About the tour: Spice Lands of Kerala

Discover the warmth and colours of exotic Kerala, one of India's most preferred regions. With backwaters, wildlife and an abundance of spice plantations, Kerala has been blessed with it all! Explore this truly tranquil world set amidst marvellous mangrove forests, coconut trees and green paddy fields. This culture-drenched holiday will leave you with spectacular memories.

Tour Includes


  • 6 nights hotel with breakfast
  • Return flights to Cochin Airport with one checked-in suitcase
  • Airport transfers in India
  • Fully escorted in India by a Tour Manager

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
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  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Fly overnight to Cochin Airport in Kochi.

    Upon arrival in Kochi you will be met and transferred to your hotel where you will stay for two nights. The rest of the day is at leisure in Kochi.

    Today we will visit some of the highlights of this captivating port, taking in its myriad of styles and influences. View the remarkable cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, explore the 16th century Portuguese built Mattancherry Palace and Church of St. Francis, and discover the oldest living Jewish synagogue in the world. Enjoy a walk through Fort Kochi, a region that still retains its old world charm with European style quarters.

    Later, visit the Kathakali dance studio for a traditional dance performance. The striking feature of this dance form is the elaborate face make-up and costumes.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Kochi
    Kochi

    Included Highlights

    • Traditional dance performance
    • Kochi

    This morning we drive to the green forests of Periyar in the Thekkady region, where we stay for two nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Periyar
    Periyar

    Included Highlights

    • Periyar

    For centuries, Kerala has grown and imported spices around the world. Enjoy a walking tour which allows you to gain a first-hand experience of the cultivation, growth and processing of these spices.

    This afternoon, enjoy a Green Walk (weather permitting) with a forest guide, exploring the flora and fauna of this region. With many species of birds spotted here, it is an ornithologist's paradise!

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Periyar
    Periyar

    Included Highlights

    • Green Walk
    • Periyar Walking Tour
    • Periyar

    Today we drive to the placid backwater region of Kerala for a two night stay. The backwater houses a variety of species of both flora and fauna. Rightly called the 'Venice of the East,' this verdant area is surrounded by coconut plantations and is famous for its narrow maze of canals and backwaters.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Backwater Kerala
    Kerala Backwater Region

    Included Highlights

    • Kerala Backwater Region

    This morning, enjoy time at leisure for personal exploration.

    In the afternoon, we will embark on a backwater cruise by Shikara boat, sailing through the narrow canals. Float along the placid waters, passing palm fringed canals and villages.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Backwater Kerala
    backwater

    Included Highlights

    • Backwater Cruise

    Transfer to Cochin Airport for your return flight home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    All rooms have to be requested with our partner, Cox & Kings. Once we have confirmed your requirements we will send you a new confirmation invoice. Cox & Kings Terms and Conditions do not allow any name changes once your booking is confirmed.

    All optional excursions are subject to minimum numbers. They are to be booked and paid for on tour with the tour director.

    An ETA is required prior to travelling. please visit the official website https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html for more details or call for details.

    Please note: depending on your return flight time and airline on Day 8 you may arrive back in the UK a day later than advertised.

    Important: The Indian government has announced a ban on e-cigarettes and related products. You will be unable to buy e-cigarettes in India or take them into the country.

    Single Room Supplement from £349.00 (8 days).

    Accommodation

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will stay for two nights in Kochi at the Crowne Plaza (or similar); two nights in the Thekkady region at Poetree Sarovar Portico (or similar); two nights in the Kerala Backwaters region at Vasundhara Sarovar Premiere (or similar).

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