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Classical Kerala & Temples

With marvellous coconut groves, ornate temples and an abundance of spice plantations, enjoy a culture-drenched holiday as you soak up the sights and colours of Kerala. From a boat ride along Periyar Lake and a Kettuvallam houseboat cruise to the Tata Tea Museum in Munnar and a traditional dance performance at Kathakali, our itinerary is jam-packed to ensure that you see the best of this wonderful destination.

Tour Includes

  • 10 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 1 lunch & 2 evening meals
  • Return flights to Kochi with 1 checked-in suitcase
  • Airport transfers in Kochi

12 days from £1,999pp

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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. This evening a welcome dinner will be included at your hotel.

Includes Dinner

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.

Includes Breakfast

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Kochi Kathakali Traditional Dance Performance

After breakfast, we enjoy a scenic drive through the lush green countryside and sprawling tea plantations to Munnar, where we stay for two nights.

Includes Breakfast

Situated in the Western Ghats Mountain range in India's Kerala state, Munnar is a picturesque hill station distinguished by its sprawling tea gardens and rolling hills. The region's elevation and climate contribute to its unique lush green landscape, making it one of the most sought-after destinations in southern India. The climate fosters expansive tea plantations, including the Tata Tea Museum. Dedicated to the tea making process of segregating, drying, threshing and aroma packing, the tea plantation and factory has photographs and machineries, which chronicle the journey of tea in the area.

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The Tata Tea Museum Munnar

After breakfast we make the journey to the ancient city of Madurai, home to the historic Sri Meenakshi Temple. This evening you have the option to attend the famous 'Going to Bed Ceremony', a truly extraordinary experience. Every evening, the deity Lord Shiva, represented by the processional image, is ritually taken to the bedchamber of his consort, Goddess Meenakshi, and serenaded with religious hymns and music.

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Optional Excursions

Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.

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The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.

Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments only).

Located on the banks of the River Vaigal, Madurai is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The ornate facade, colonnades, shrines and towering gopurams (monumental gateways) of the Meenakshi Temple are the highlight of this old city. There is a continual round of ceremonies and devotions, and lively markets take place within the temple enclosure. Madurai is also home to the 17th-century palace Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, representing art in the Indo-Saracenic style.

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Today we make our way through the green forests of Periyar in the Thekkady region, where we stay for two nights.

Includes Breakfast

For centuries, Kerala has grown and imported spices around the world. This morning you will have an oppotunity to gain a first-hand experience of the cultivation, growth and processing of these spices as we explore the Spice Plantation. This afternoon, enjoy a relaxing boat ride on Periyar lake (weather and water levels permitting).

Includes Breakfast

Included Highlights

Periyar Periyar Lake Boat Ride

Today we drive to Alleppey where we board a 'Kettuvallam' thatch roofed houseboat for an overnight stay. The Kettuvallam houseboats are traditional vessels that once transported rice and spices across the labyrinthine waterways of Kerala. Now, from the Alleppey Jetty, the boats take passengers along these same waterways and canals, gently cruising between the region's coconut groves, rice fields, hidden temples and tiny islands. Lunch and dinner today will be served on the houseboat.

Includes Breakfast

Includes Lunch

Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Kettuvallam Houseboat Cruise Kerala Backwater Region

Following breakfast onboard the houseboat, we travel to Kochi for an overnight stay.

Includes Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Includes Breakfast

Single Room Supplement from £499.00 (12 days).


You will stay for one or two nights at each of the following hotels, or similar:

Hostel Casino in Kochin, Amber Dale in Munnar, Fortune Pandiyan in Madurai, Elephant Court in Periyar, Lakes and Lagoon in Alleppy.

All hotels are of 4-star superior Indian standard.

Amber Dale

Amber Dale is a luxurious nature retreat set in the highlands of Munnar. The hotel’s pristine location provides a sense of tranquillity with an expanse of mountains, sweeping meadows and meandering green hills in the immediate surroundings. The hotel has a restaurant serving a selection of cuisines, as well as The Ayurveda & Spa with steam room, sauna and jacuzzi. This hotel offers a double guestroom with a beautiful view.

Lakes And Lagoon Houseboat

Lakes & Lagoons have a fleet of 25 luxury houseboats. Known as Kettuvalloms (rice boats), they are country boats that were used in the early days for the transport of goods from isolated villages to the towns. Each houseboat has three crew members – a chef, driver and a cabin assistant. They cruise from Alleppey on the backwaters of Kerala, one of nature’s greatest treasures. Each boat has an outdoor seating area and comes with a kitchen serving local specialities with traditional Kerala flavour. Traditional lanterns are used as lights.

Travel Options

When it comes to getting you to your destination, Leger Holidays makes it easy with a selection of travel options to choose from.

Luxuria Coach

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All of our coaches are modern and comfortable, and you can be assured of a high level of service and reliability from our expert-trained coach crews, who will be on hand to assist and escort you along the way.

Executive Coach Features

  • Air-conditioning, an onboard servery, onboard toilet and reclining seats.
  • Please note that on selected air holidays, the executive coach may have limited facilities.

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The drivers were brilliant. Josh and Chris. The only downside was the staff at our Hanover hotel and lack of choice for the evening meal was very poor. over all a good first time experience

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Leger make the holiday experience so easy, everything is done for you so all you have to do is enjoy your time away. The drivers are excellent, not only with regard to their motoring skills but also their customer relations. We felt secure in the knowledge that if any problems arose then we would have the help, experience and support of the drivers. They went above and beyond what is expected, to ensure we got the most out of our holiday.

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Tour drivers were fantastic, very professional. Markets were a little hit and miss. Metz not easy to find/ navigate, and with limited time there to access all areas. Loved the Black Forest, Titisee Lake and Freiburg market. My favourite and by far the best was Colmar, this should have been included in tour price, not as an extra. Strasbourg very disappointed, we arrived an hour before market even opened and had to leave 1.5 hours later, no time to see it all and have lunch. Very long arduous journeys to unnecessarily far out hotels. German hotel was clean/ presentable but food/ menu of very poor quality. 1st French hotel was very nice and could get a meal. Last hotel (France) of the trip was clean and presentable but food situation was shocking. With no time to eat at Strasbourg, a very long journey to hotel, only restaurant a good 20 minutes walk away and food options very limited at hotel itself, really ruined this experience for me. My food at that hotel I wouldn’t have given to my dog and I did complain to staff. Going forward. Long journeys to far /out of the way hotels seriously need to be addressed. On long journeys tea and coffee should be freely available (of course expected charges for alcohol, etc) another point of note: Limited times in markets, often arriving before opening mean we never actually get to see the beautifully lit up markets as depicted in your brochures.

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