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Essence of Kerala

Small group tour to Kerala


Group Tour

8 days from £765 per person

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  Places Visited: Cochin, Periyar National Park, Alapuzha, 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 group tour commences with sightseeing in the historic Fort Kochi 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. Visit a spice plantation and enjoy an afternoon cruise in Lake Periyar. 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.

Holiday Types

Group Tours Cultural Holidays


Travel Arrangements

  • Group Size 4-16 people
  • Internal Travel Air-conditioned vehicles
  • Accompanying Guide English-speaking accompanying guide throughout
  • 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. 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 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 attend a Kathakali performance, a traditional dance drama in which the dancers wear elaborate costumes and make up.

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. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 4
Periyar National Park

This morning take a walk in Periyar Nature Reserve with tribal trackers, in search of wildlife. 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.

Day 5
Periyar National Park, Riceboat

Drive back 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 some 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.

Day 6
Riceboat, Kovalam

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

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Day 7

Day at leisure.

Day 8
Kovalam, Trivandrum

Travel to Trivandrum airport for your onward flight.

8 days from £765 per person

What's included

✓   7 nights accommodation
✓   All internal transportation and transfers
✓   English-speaking accompanying guide throughout
✓   Breakfast daily, lunch on days 2, 3 & 5, dinner on day 5
✓   Entrance fees to sites and monuments listed in tour itinerary

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

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

Day 9

At leisure.

Day 10

At leisure.

Day 11
Kovalam, Trivandrum

Travel to Trivandrum airport for your onward flight.

2018/2019 tour prices for Essence of Kerala

Sat 28 Jul 2018 £765 £289 Good
Sat 11 Aug 2018 £765 £289 Good
Sat 15 Sep 2018 £765 £289 Good
Sat 20 Oct 2018 £929 £459 Good
Sat 10 Nov 2018 £929 £459 Good
Sat 24 Nov 2018 £929 £459 Good
Sat 08 Dec 2018 £929 £459 Good
Sat 19 Jan 2019 £929 £459 Good
Sat 09 Feb 2019 £929 £459 Good
Sat 23 Feb 2019 £929 £459 Good
Sat 09 Mar 2019 £929 £459 Good
Sat 23 Mar 2019 £929 £459 Good
Sat 13 Apr 2019 £775 £299 Good

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