Group Tour 8 days from £995 per person

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  Places Visited: Cochin, Periyar National Park, Alleppey, Kovalam

At the southern tip of India lies the oblong state of Kerala, aptly referred to as “God’s Own Country” for its miles of golden sandy beaches dotted with coastal villages, verdant landscapes of the Western Ghats, fragrant spice, tea and coffee plantations and its own vibrant culture.

Our Essence of Kerala tour commences with sightseeing in the historic Fort Cochin and Jew Town to see influences left by the Chinese, English, Dutch and Portuguese settlers. Enjoy sweeping views whilst journeying through the beautiful countryside towards Periyar National Park. Enjoy a nature walk and visit a spice plantation. Travel onward to the myriad of complex waterways that make up the backwaters of Kerala for an overnight stay on a traditional rice boat. A couple of days on the beach at Kovalam beckon, where the golden sands invite you to relax and swim before returning home.

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Travel Arrangements

  • Group Size 6 -12 people
  • Internal Travel Arrival & departure transfers. Internal travel by road and rail
  • Accompanying Guide English-speaking guides. Accompanying tour escort when minimum group size achieved
  • Accommodation 7 nights
  • Meal Plan Breakfast daily. Lunch on days 2, 3, 5. Dinner on day 5


Itinerary for Essence of Kerala

Day 1

Greeted on arrival in Cochin and escorted to the Killians Boutique Hotel or similar for two nights. Should you arrive in time, after a short rest at your hotel, you will enjoy a trip to a local toddy shop to learn about how drink's history and how it is brewed, sampling some of the shop's favourites.

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Day 2

Spend the morning taking in the sights of historic Fort Cochin. Explore the colonial streets and St Francis, the oldest church in India. Visit the Dutch Palace, with its murals of the Ramayana. In the evening take a sunset cruise on the harbour, a signature Kerala experience, for views of the landmark Chinese fishing nets, which provide a spectacular photo opportunity at dusk.

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Day 3
Cochin, Periyar National Park

Drive along meandering roads through lush, green countryside ascending into the ‘Western Ghats’ at Periyar (5 hours). Enjoy lunch at a rubber plantation. Stay at the Cardamom County Resort or similar for two nights. In the evening attend a Kathakali performance, a traditional dance drama in which the dancers wear elaborate costumes and make-up to enact the story of the Mahabarat epic.

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Day 4
Periyar National Park

This morning take a walk in Periyar Nature Reserve with tribal trackers, in search of wildlife. In the afternoon visit a spice plantation which offers an interesting insight into how various spices such as cardamom, cloves and cinnamon are grown, cultivated and processed.

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Day 5
Periyar National Park, Alleppey

Drive down through the hills and plantations towards the backwaters to board a rice boat for an overnight cruise through Lake Vembanad and the backwaters. This is a region that not only shelters unique animal and bird life, but also lush paddy fields. This is one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level.

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Day 6
Alleppey, Kovalam

Drive to the southern coastal town and the inviting beaches at Kovalam. Stay at the local styled Travancore Heritage or similar for two nights.

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Day 7

Day at leisure.

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Day 8
Kovalam, Trivandrum

Travel to Trivandrum airport for your onward flight.

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Group Tour 8 days from £995 per person

What's included

✓   7 nights accommodation
✓   Arrival & departure transfers. Internal travel by road and rail 
✓   English-speaking guides. Accompanying tour escort when minimum group size achieved
✓   Breakfast daily. Lunch on days 2, 3, 5. Dinner on day 5
✓   Entrance fees at monuments. Escorted walks in Periyar

Holiday Extensions for this tour

Essence of Kerala - Kovalam

4 days, 3 nights from £235 per person

Single supplement £ 150 per person
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Day 8, 9, 10

Stay for an additional three nights at the Travancore Heritage Hotel. Remain at leisure.

Day 11
Kovalam, Trivandrum

Travel to Trivandrum airport for your onward flight.

2024 tour prices for Essence of Kerala

Sat 13 Jan 2024 £1035 £475 Please call us
Sat 03 Feb 2024 £1035 £475 Please call us
Sat 17 Feb 2024 £1035 £475 Good
Sat 16 Mar 2024 £1035 £475 Good
Sat 06 Apr 2024 £1035 £475 Good
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