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Laid-back Kerala is a far-cry from the hectic north of India, and this itinerary is ideal for those looking for a slow-paced, culturally rich family adventure.

  • Sleep on board an Indian houseboat
  • Learn to cook a yummy curry
  • Meet the Kathakali dancers
  • Experience an authentic homestay
  • Spot wildlife in Periyar National Park
  • See how tea is made on a tea plantation

With hundreds of miles of pristine coastline, an extensive network of waterways and lagoons, plus the mountainous Western Ghats, it's no wonder Kerala is often considered India's most beautiful state.

Enjoy vibrant traditions, beautiful temples and immerse yourself in local life by staying in a houseboat and farm-stay. Search for wild elephants and exotic bird life, enjoy a cookery course and learn all about tea at a hill station.

Typical Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

    Depart London on an overnight flight to Kochi (Cochin).

  2. Day 2: Arrive Kochi

    On arrival in Kochi, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore your surrounding, and in the evening there is an optional sunset cruise.

  3. Day 3: Explore Kochi: Kathkali show

    Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the city and in the evening have the chance to see a Kathakali dance performance, the traditional dance-form of Kerala.

  4. Day 4: Transfer to Alleppey, board houseboat

    Witness the tradional Keralan way of life as you cruise past rice paddies, rubber plantations, markets and villages.

  5. Days 5-6 : Stay on a farm

    Transfer to a beautiful sustainable working farm on the banks of the Kannadipuzha River. The farm has an abundance of spices fruits and herbs and traditional Keralan food is served here. Spend time relaxing in the hammocks or pool or joining optional activities such as a cookery class, market or village visits, bird and butterfly watching or cycling and walking in the nearby forests.

  6. Day 7: Visit a tea plantation & factory

    Visit a tea plantation and see the process for making tea - from withering and curling through to enjoying a tasting at the end of the process.

  7. Day 8: Walking & boat safaris in Periyar

    This morning there will be a gentle walk with a local guide to look for mammals, reptiles, insects and plants. This afternoon, join a gentle boat cruise on Periyar Lake in search of herds of wild elephants.

  8. Day 9: Transfer to Madurai

    Enjoy a slow and scenic drive past tea plantations and villages over the Western Ghats to the town of Madurai.

  9. Day 10: Madurai sightseeing tour

    Take a tour of the city visiting one of southern India's most famous temples - Sree Meenakshi Amman - as well as the Ghandi Museum, cave temple and palace.

  10. Day 11: Take the train to the beach

    Board the train and travel to Kovalum, Kerala's best known beach resort.

  11. Days 12-13 : Free time at the beach

    Two days are kept free for you to relax on the beach. Alternatively, take a tour to nearby Trivandrum or explore the area.

  12. Day 14: Fly to UK

    Transfer to the airport and fly back to the UK.

Guide prices

  • Prices from (exc. international flights): £1,649 per adult, £1,549 per child
  • Prices from (inc. flights from/to UK): £2,259 per adult, £2,049 per child

Child prices apply for ages 11 and under at the time of travel.

Other information

  • Duration: 14 days
  • Ideal for ages: 5+
  • Itinerary type: Small group

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What’s Included

All prices are per person and include:

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation is in a good standard of hotel - 3* and above - with en suite facilities on a twin share basis. Accommodation on the rice barge houseboat is comfortable and clean, with air conditioning and mosquito nets where necessary. Houseboats are small, with between one and three bedrooms, and it may be necessary to split up large groups among different houseboats (although families will always be kept together). You will have a cook and crew on board your boat, and your cook will also act as your guide. Two nights are spent on a working farm, where traditional Keralan food is served and most of the produce is grown and prepared on the farm .
  • Meals

    12 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 3 dinners
  • Activities

    • Boat trip

    • City tour

    • Nature walk

Flights

You can typically expect to pay from £660 for an adult, and from £500 for a child aged 11 and under.

Flight prices are subject to change, and prices tend to be higher during peak periods or when booking late.

For peace of mind, we recommend that you book your flights with us. If you choose your own flights, please ask us to confirm all arrangements first.

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Departures

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Our small group holidays require a minimum of just four participants to operate. Most of our holidays are also available on a private basis or can be tailored to meet your requirements.

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Year Starts Ends Adult price, excluding flights, from Child price, excluding flights, from Holiday Status Options
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2018 23 Dec 4 Jan £1,899 £1,849 Available* Book or Enquire
2019 7 Apr 19 Apr £1,649 £1,549 Available* Book or Enquire
2019 22 Dec 3 Jan £1,899 £1,849 Available* Book or Enquire