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.
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.
Depart London on an overnight flight to Kochi (Cochin).
On arrival in Kochi, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore your surroundings, and in the evening there is an optional sunset cruise.
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.
Witness the tradional Keralan way of life as you cruise past rice paddies, rubber plantations, markets and villages.
Days 5-6 :
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy a slow and scenic drive past tea plantations and villages over the Western Ghats to the town of Madurai.
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.
Board the train and travel to Kovalum, Kerala's best known beach resort.
Days 12-13 :
Two days are kept free for you to relax on the beach. Alternatively, take a tour to nearby Trivandrum or explore the area.
Transfer to the airport and fly back to the UK.
- Prices from (exc. international flights): £1,599 per adult, £1,549 per child
- Prices from (inc. flights from/to UK): £2,559 per adult, £2,289 per child
Flight prices are subject to change, and prices tend to be higher during peak periods.
Child prices apply for ages 11 and under at the time of travel.
- Duration: 14 days
- Ideal for ages: 5+
- Itinerary type: Small group
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