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.
Day1: Depart UK
Depart London on an overnight flight to Kochi (Cochin).
Day2: 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.
Day3: 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.
Day4: Transfer to Alleppey, board houseboat
Witness the tradional Keralan way of life as you cruise past rice paddies, rubber plantations, markets and villages.
Days5-6: 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.
Day7: 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.
Day8: 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.
Day9: Transfer to Madurai
Enjoy a slow and scenic drive past tea plantations and villages over the Western Ghats to the town of Madurai.
Day10: 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.
Day11: Take the train to the beach
Board the train and travel to Kovalum, Kerala's best known beach resort.
Days12-13: 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.
Day14: Fly to UK
Transfer to the airport and fly back to the UK.
Prices from (exc. international flights):£1,599per adult,£1,549per child
Prices from (inc. flights from/to UK):£2,259per adult,£2,049per child
Child prices apply for ages 11 and under at the time of travel.
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 .
12 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 3 dinners
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.
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