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Kerala - Flavours of Southern India

10 Days from £1,599

See a different side to India as you explore Kerala's fragrant spice plantations and tranquil backwaters.

Departure from: Feb 2018 - Nov 2019

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

 

  • Return flights from Heathrow with Etihad Airlines
  • 8 nights half board in 4 and 5-star hotels including 1 night full board in a houseboat, plus 1 night in flight
  • 19 meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 dinners

PLUS

  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage​
CLASSIC TOURING
HALF BOARD

Included holiday highlights

  • Explore the port city of Cochin
  • Cookery demonstration by chef Nimmy Paul plus lunch
  • Traditional Kathakali dance performance
  • Spice plantation visit
  • Cruise through the Periyar Game Reserve
  • Overnight houseboat cruise on Kerala's backwaters






Your Itinerary

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DAY 1 UK/Cochin

​Today you'll depart on your overnight flight to Cochin via Abu Dhabi or other international airport.​

DAY 2 Cochin

On arrival in Cochin we will transfer you to your hotel for a two-night stay. Cochin is Kerala's cosmopolitan capital, where you'll discover a picturesque harbour and tranquil backwaters​.


DAY 3 Cochin

You'll get to know Cochin on a tour this morning. Highlights include the Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace, built by the Portuguese in 1557, and St Francis Church, which is the oldest European built church in India.
At lunchtime we're invited to a cookery demonstration with Nimmy Paul. Nimmy is a famous local chef and food journalist, and will host the demonstration with her husband in their home. Kerala was once the spice trade centre for India, and Nimmy will show you how to use these aromatic ingredients in your cooking. After the demonstration, we'll enjoy the dishes she has cooked for lunch.
Tonight you've a display of Kathakali classical dance to look forward to. It's a traditional art form dating back to the 17th century.​

DAY 4 Thekkady

After breakfast we are going to drive to Thekkady. Our journey takes us past mountains, vast carpets of tea bushes and gardens of coffee, cardamom and pepper. On arrival we'll head straight to our hotel which is located close to the Periyar Game Reserve. This evening we'll visit a spice plantation, where exotic aromas fill the air.​

DAY 5 Thekkady

Our optional early morning nature trek is a must for wildlife enthusiasts. The forest is a haven for a huge variety of flora and fauna, and a Local Guide will point out interesting sights. Look out for guar bison, sambar deer, otters, macaque monkeys, the Malabar giant squirrel and many species of bird.

This afternoon we'll step aboard a traditional vessel and cruise through the Periyar Game Reserve.​



DAY 6 Vayalar

​After breakfast this morning we'll drive to the small, traditional village of Vayalar. We'll stay here for the next two nights in a hotel with an idyllic pool area and luxurious spa. It's a lovely place to relax, and there are lots of opportunities to get out onto the backwaters and explore this intriguing environment.​

DAY 7 Vayalar

Spend some time at leisure relaxing in this idyllic location. Ayurveda treatments are offered at your hotel and a specialist is on hand to give you an insight into this style of treatment. If you wish, you could head to the spa for a treatment such as an Ayurveda massage. Alternatively, you might prefer to lounge by the pool or explore the lake. It's home to a wide variety of fish, so why not see how many you can spot.

If you want to carry on exploring, we recommend an optional excursion to a village located along the backwaters. Here you'll enjoy a tour and witness the unhurried pace of life in rural Kerala. You'll also watch as the villagers carry out traditional work such as boat building, prawn cultivation, sand mining and basket making. You'll enjoy a lunch of local specialities, served in the traditional way on banana leaves, before returning to your hotel.  ​


DAY 8 Alleppey

Your adventure continues with a drive to Alleppey this morning. On arrival we will transfer you to one of Kerala's famous houseboats for an overnight stay. These 80ft long kettuvallams have been converted from rice boats and turned into modern, comfortable vessels. They offer an unforgettable experience in traditional surroundings.​

DAY 9 Kovalam

Breakfast will be served on board your houseboat and then we will disembark and drive to Kovalam. Located on the coast, there are some lovely beaches here and you're free to soak up the sun this afternoon.​

DAY 10 Kovalam/UK

​After an early breakfast we will transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK. You will travel via Abu Dhabi or another international airport.


Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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Day 2 - 3 :

Crowne Plaza Cochin
The Crowne Plaza Cochin is a 5-star property located in the heart of the city. It is located within close proximity to many of the cities attractions including Fort Kochi and Mattancherry.

Day 4 - 5 :

Poetree Sarovar Portico
Sarovar Portico is situated on a mountain at Ottakathalamedu near Thekkady, with a breathtaking views of the Sahyadri Mountains and the Periyar Lake. The eco-resort offers amenities such as: a fitness centre, a telescope deck, a games room and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Day 6 - 7 :

Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere
The 4-star Vasundhara Premier Hotel is situated by the serene backwaters of Kerala in Vayalar.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and a spa. Bedrooms have private facilities and air-conditioning.

Day 8 :

House Boat Alleppey
Your 'kettuvalom' is modelled on the area's traditional rice boats. Your luxuriously furnished houseboat has a dining room, open deck lounge and 2-4 bedrooms. You will have your own bedroom and private bathroom.

Day 9 :

Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel & Spa
Uday Samudra Hotel is located just 15 meters away from the famed beach of Kovalam. The hotel is equipped with Wi-Fi, laundry facilities and tea/coffee-maker. The hotel also has spacious lawns, a harmony of architecture, blue water pools and soaring coconut grove in four tranquil acres by the sea.


Dates and Prices

 
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FRI 09 MAR 18

London (Heathrow)

£1,899

£1,799

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Friday 09 March 2018

Departs

14:05 London (Heathrow)

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01:20 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Etihad Airways

Saturday 10 March 2018

Departs

03:05 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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08:35 Kochin (Intl)

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Etihad Airways

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Etihad Airways - EY

Sunday 18 March 2018

Departs

08:55 Trivandrum (Intl)

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11:45 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways - EY

Sunday 18 March 2018

Departs

13:45 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

Arrives

17:45 London (Heathrow)

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Etihad Airways

FRI 06 APR 18

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£1,799

£1,699

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Outbound
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Friday 06 April 2018

Departs

15:00 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

01:20 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Etihad Airways

Saturday 07 April 2018

Departs

02:55 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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08:30 Kochin (Intl)

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Inbound
Etihad Airways - EY

Sunday 15 April 2018

Departs

09:00 Trivandrum (Intl)

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11:45 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways - EY

Sunday 15 April 2018

Departs

13:50 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

Arrives

18:45 London (Heathrow)

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Etihad Airways

FRI 09 NOV 18

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£1,699

£1,599

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Friday 09 November 2018

Departs

15:00 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

01:20 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways

Saturday 10 November 2018

Departs

02:55 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

Arrives

08:20 Kochin (Intl)

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Etihad Airways

Inbound
Etihad Airways - EY

Sunday 18 November 2018

Departs

09:00 Trivandrum (Intl)

Arrives

11:45 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways - EY

Sunday 18 November 2018

Departs

13:35 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

Arrives

17:45 London (Heathrow)

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Etihad Airways

FRI 22 FEB 19

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£1,899

£1,799

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Friday 22 February 2019

Departs

15:00 London (Heathrow)

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01:20 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways

Saturday 23 February 2019

Departs

02:55 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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08:20 Kochin (Intl)

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Etihad Airways

Inbound
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Sunday 03 March 2019

Departs

09:00 Trivandrum (Intl)

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11:45 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways - EY

Sunday 03 March 2019

Departs

13:35 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

Arrives

17:45 London (Heathrow)

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Etihad Airways

FRI 08 MAR 19

London (Heathrow)

£1,899

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Friday 08 March 2019

Departs

15:00 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

01:20 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Etihad Airways

Saturday 09 March 2019

Departs

02:55 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

Arrives

08:20 Kochin (Intl)

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Etihad Airways

Inbound
Etihad Airways - EY

Sunday 17 March 2019

Departs

09:00 Trivandrum (Intl)

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11:45 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Etihad Airways - EY

Sunday 17 March 2019

Departs

13:35 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

Arrives

17:45 London (Heathrow)

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FRI 26 APR 19

London (Heathrow)

£1,799

Available

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Friday 26 April 2019

Departs

15:00 London (Heathrow)

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01:20 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Etihad Airways

Saturday 27 April 2019

Departs

02:55 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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08:20 Kochin (Intl)

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Inbound
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Sunday 05 May 2019

Departs

09:00 Trivandrum (Intl)

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11:45 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Etihad Airways - EY

Sunday 05 May 2019

Departs

13:35 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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17:45 London (Heathrow)

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FRI 04 OCT 19

London (Heathrow)

£1,699

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Friday 04 October 2019

Departs

15:00 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

01:20 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Etihad Airways

Saturday 05 October 2019

Departs

02:55 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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08:20 Kochin (Intl)

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Etihad Airways

Inbound
Etihad Airways - EY

Sunday 13 October 2019

Departs

09:00 Trivandrum (Intl)

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11:45 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Etihad Airways - EY

Sunday 13 October 2019

Departs

13:35 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

Arrives

17:45 London (Heathrow)

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Etihad Airways

FRI 08 NOV 19

London (Heathrow)

£1,699

Available

Outbound
Etihad Airways

Friday 08 November 2019

Departs

15:00 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

01:20 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

Operated by

Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways

Saturday 09 November 2019

Departs

02:55 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

Arrives

08:20 Kochin (Intl)

Operated by

Etihad Airways

Inbound
Etihad Airways - EY

Sunday 17 November 2019

Departs

09:00 Trivandrum (Intl)

Arrives

11:45 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways - EY

Sunday 17 November 2019

Departs

13:35 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

Arrives

17:45 London (Heathrow)

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Etihad Airways

FRI 23 FEB 18

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£1,899

SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT

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Friday 23 February 2018

Departs

14:05 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

01:20 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

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Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways

Saturday 24 February 2018

Departs

03:05 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

Arrives

08:35 Kochin (Intl)

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Etihad Airways

Inbound
Etihad Airways - EY

Sunday 04 March 2018

Departs

08:55 Trivandrum (Intl)

Arrives

11:45 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

Operated by

Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways - EY

Sunday 04 March 2018

Departs

13:45 Abu Dhabi (Intl)

Arrives

17:45 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Etihad Airways

Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Village tour in Vayalar

FROM £52

Don’t miss this cultural experience where we include a visit a local homestay. Enjoy a backwater cruise by open country boat through natural canals giving you the opportunity to see the locals living their everyday life. See the ladies weave coir ropes from dried coconut husks and straw mats being woven out of wild pineapple leaves. Also included is a traditional Keralan lunch served on banana leaves, giving you the opportunity to taste the local flavours of southern India.

Three Quarter day - Moderate Walking – Cultural Highlight

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Nature Trek in Thekkady

FROM £46

Enjoy a walk through the dense forests covering approximately 8kms. You will have the opportunity to try and spot lots of different birds, wild boar, Gaur bison, Sambar deer, Nilgiri langur, Macaque monkey, otter, and many other creatures. You will also be surrounded by lush green vegetation to spot these animals in their natural habitats.

Half day - Strenuous walking - Amazing Scenery

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Local Knowledge

We asked some of our Tour Managers to sum up what they really love about this tour. Here's what they said:

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

Some of the finest pepper in the world is grown around Thekkady and is known locally as ‘Black Gold’.

KIM CLARK - TOUR MANAGER

Kerala - Flavours of Southern India


Featured accommodation: Traditional houseboat

While in Kerala, one of the most beautiful states of India, you'll have the opportunity to experience the breathtakingly beautiful backwaters which consist of a complex network of lovely lagoons, lakes and canals. The most authentic way to do this is to stay on a traditional wooden houseboat, also known as a kettuvallam, in Alleppey. In the past kettuvallams were the main form of transportation for cargo. In modern times, they have been converted from rice boats into modern, comfortable vessels, which offer an unforgettable experience in traditional surroundings.

Each houseboat offers the following facilities:

  • Two or three bedrooms with en-suite facilities
  • Air-conditioning
  • Hot water facilities
  • Spacious living area with dining table and chairs
  • Upper deck with canopy to relax and for excellent views

There is a fully equipped kitchen on every houseboat and an experienced cook to prepare traditional simple Indian cuisine for dinner.

Traditional houseboat
Traditional houseboat
Traditional houseboat