Join other Solo Travellers on this amazing 9 day tour of ‘God’s Own Country’, Kerala. Visit the cultural fishing village of Kumbalanghi in Cochin, marvel at the magnificent mountain scenery at the Munnar tea plantation, spice things up at the Thekkady spice plantation, visit Kerala’s largest freshwater lake in Kumarakom, explore the temples of Kollam and Kovalam and finally gaze at the paddy fields as you drift down Kerala’s famous backwaters on a houseboat for the night, feasting on backwater delicacies prepared by your own personal chef… what could be better? This Kerala tour is not to be missed.
Day 1 - 2nd Decemeber 2019 - Cochin Arrival
Today you will arrive in Cochin. There are no activities planned today but if you arrive in time for dinner, you can join the guide for dinner and get to know your other group members.
Day 2 - 3rd December 2019 - Cochin
After breakfast at the hotel, you will begin a half-day guided sightseeing tour of Cochin. Highlights will include the Dutch Palace, built by the Portuguese in 1557, the Jewish Synagogue, built in 1568, and the Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, one of eight basilicas in Kerala. You will also see the iconic Chinese Fishing nets. In the evening, you will visit the Cultural Art Centre that showcases Kerala’s best known dance drama, Kathakali, and other Art forms of South India. An interesting make up application demonstration of the show starts an hour before the show itself. Overnight at Cochin.
Day 3 - 4th December 2019 - Cochin / Munnar
After breakfast we will start our 4-5 hour journey to mesmerising Munnar. You will pass through beautiful scenery including stunning tea and spice plantations. We will stop at the Tea Factory and museum in Lockhart where you will learn about the history of the tea estates and the various stages of tea processing. We will then check into your hotel which is nestled in the stunning hills with amazing views , where you can relax before dinner in the evening.
Day 4 - 5th December 2019 - Munnar / Thekkday
Enjoy a breakfast at the hotel and today we start our day with take a beautiful drive down to the green mountains of the Nilgiris. Rubber, coffee and cardamom plantations and tea gardens will follow. In the afternoon, explore the beauty of nature and the flora and fauna of the region, with a 2-hour nature walk in the remote areas of the Periyar National Park. It provides sanctuary for wildlife such as Tigers, Elephants, Bison, Sambar, and Wild Boar. Overnight in Thekkady.
Day 5 - 6th December 2019 - Thekkady / Alleppey (150 Km- 4 Hrs)
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and proceed to Alleppey. Alappuzha – most still call it Alleppey – is the hub of Kerala’s backwaters. In the late afternoon you will proceed to the Village Life Experience Program in Kumarakom (Winner of UNWTO ULYSEES Award). The village is well acclaimed for its backwaters, delicious cuisines and greenery. This tourist destination, over the years, is one of the most-visited in Kerala. Our journey will begin at Kavanatinkara after a briefing session. You will be accompanied by a guide who will familiarize you to the picturesque landscapes and the lush green surroundings of Kumarakom. Afterwards, return to your hotel to enjoy the water front and view the spectacular sunset. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6 - 7th December 2019 - Alleppey House Boat
After breakfast you will be transferred to a fully furnished exotic houseboat, which will take you down Kerala’s serene backwaters. Watch and relax as rustic backwater life floats by, whilst treating yourself to a plate of backwater delicacies, prepared for you by your own personal chef. This is one of Kerala’s most stunningly beautiful and relaxing experiences. Overnight on a Premium Houseboat.
Day 7 - 8th December 2019 - Alleppey / Kovalam (165 Kms/4.5 Hrs)
After breakfast check out and proceed to Kovalam to check-in to your next hotel. Kovalam is an evergreen and pleasant beach resort. Kovalam has three beaches separated by rocky outcroppings in its 17 km coastline; the three together form the famous crescent of the Kovalam beach. In the afternoon we will proceed for local sightseeing of Trivandrum to explore some of the best landmarks and attractions of this city. Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple, one of the richest temples in the world, the Kanakakkunnu Palace and the Kowdiar Palace are some of the last remaining royal insignia of this city, which will remind you of the erstwhile kingdom of Travancore. Overnight in Kovalam.
Day 8 - 9th December 2019 - Kovalam
After breakfast use the rest of the day for some well-earned time to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Maybe have some beach time or a relaxing ayervedic massage.
Day 9 - 10th December 2019 - Kovalam / Depart Trivandrum
In the morning, you will have breakfast at the resort and later, check-out of the hotel and drive to airport for your return journey with beautiful memories in Kerala.
• Accommodation based on sharing a twin room at 3 and 4 star hotels with breakfast (single supplement £299)
• Premium Houseboat Stay at Alleppey with all meals included
• Kathakali Dance Show at the A/C Theatre in Cochin.
• Visit to Eravikulam National Park, Tea Museum and other sightseeing in Munnar
• Nature walk in Periyar National Park.
• Spice plantation visit at Thekkady.
• Guided Village Life Experience program in Kumarakom (3 Hours)
• Sightseeing tours of Cochin & Trivandrum with English-speaking guide.
• All entrance fees to the monuments and parks.
• Transportation in private vehicles (includes airport transfers if travelling on suggested flights)
• All currently applicable taxes.
The cost of this tour, including all of the above is just £799.00! This price does not include flights from the UK. Please do not book flights until we have reached minimum numbers and given the go-ahead to do so. Get in touch for suggested flights and timings. If you wish to reserve a place on this trip, please pay a non refundable deposit of £150.00 via bank transfer or credit card by 1st March 2019. We have both ATOL and TTA bonding for all trips for complete financial protection. Any trips that include flights are ATOL bonded whereas tours without flights are TTA bonded. ***A VISA IS REQUIRED FOR ENTERING INDIA, YOU'LL ALSO NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE AND INOCULATIONS***
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Please note that a check-in time of 14.00 is typical at most hotels. If you are arriving on an early flight, please let us know if you would like the room to be booked from the night before (for an additional cost) to ensure that the room is available for you when you arrive.
It may sometimes be necessary to make small, last-minute changes to our itineraries or hotels for reasons beyond our control. We will ensure that you are kept updated of any changes.