Discovering Kerala - Revealing the Treasures of Southern India

Discovering Kerala - Revealing the Treasures of Southern India

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Discovering Kerala - Revealing the Treasures of Southern India

12 Days Starting and ending in Kochi, Kerala, India

Visiting: Kochi, Munnar, Madurai, Thekkady, Alappuzha

Tour operator:

Just You

Tour code:

SLIKER1

Specialist Group:

Singles Solo

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

15 - 35

Physical rating:

Low, Classic Touring

Age range:

18-99

Special diets catered:

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Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Boat/Cruise Excursion

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Tour Overview

DISCOVERING KERALA - REVEALING THE TREASURES OF SOUTHERN INDIA. Absorb the heady mix of Kerala on this incredible journey from bustling cities to peaceful backwaters on a tour packed with fascinating cultural and wildlife encounters that reveal the region's finest treasures. explore the Periyar Nature Reserve, with an optional trek excursion. In the afternoon a boat trip will give you a chance to look for elephants, bison and deer on the shoreline, as well as all manner of exotic plants that, if you're very lucky may be hiding the elusive tiger.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the famouse cultural Kathakali dance show and Kalaripayattu - traditional martial arts performance.

  • Explore the Tea plantation and tea factory tour and Tata Tea Museum.

  • Discover the Old City of Madurai and Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal in sightseeing tour.

  • Spice plantation walk

  • Periyar Game Reserve - Game viewing by boat.

Itinerary

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Day 1 Uk - Cochin
Location: Kochi
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: No Meals

Today, you fly to Cochin.

Day 2 Cochin
Location: Kochi
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: TRIDENT COCHIN
Meals Included: Dinner

Kerala's cosmopolitan capital Cochin is known as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea' thanks to the beauty of its natural harbour. The city is a charming collection of islands with distinctive houses on stilts and peaceful backwaters.
After settling in at your hotel, get to know your travelling companions over dinner this evening.

Day 3 Cochin
Location: Kochi
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: TRIDENT COCHIN
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We'll start the day with a morning tour of Cochin. Our first stop is the centre of Jew Town, a bustling port area and centre of Cochin's spice trade, where we will see the oldest Jewish Synagogue in the commonwealth, dating back to 1568. Next is the Mattancherry Kerala Palace, renamed the Dutch Palace after Cochin was taken from the Portuguese by the Dutch. We'll take time to admire the splendid murals that adorn some of the rooms, considered among the finest in India.
Another speciality of Kerala is Kathakali dance, and we'll learn about this unique art form this evening before enjoying a 'Sadya' vegetarian feast with the group. This shared meal will take you on a gastronomic journey through Kerala as you try a tempting selection of dishes from many different regions. Each is served following local customs and come in an order which is said to help digestion. You'll eat from a banana leaf, which points in a certain direction, with rice served on the bottom half, and other items placed in clockwise order. You'll find that your hosts serve dessert mid-way through the meal.

Day 4 Cochin - Munnar
Location: Munnar
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: This morning we begin our journey inland towards Munnar. It's a rewarding journey with great views along the way and on arrival we'll have time to take a stroll around the resort before dinner this evening.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we begin our journey inland towards Munnar. It's a rewarding journey with great views along the way and on arrival we'll have time to take a stroll around the resort before dinner this evening.

Day 5 Munnar
Location: Munnar
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: AMBER DALE MUNNAR
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we have the chance to take in the natural scenic beauty of Munnar, with its rolling hills, forests, waterfalls and tea plantations. We'll visit a plantation and tea factory where we get the chance to see the segregating, drying, threshing and packing in progress.

We will also visit the Tata Tea Museum, that tells the story of the area and the impact of tea to its journey. This afternoon, you'll have time time to explore the hill station - Munnar town independently. Having been a summer resort during the colonial era you'll see a nod to the English country style in some of the houses.

Day 6 Munnar - Madurai
Location: Madurai
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: FORTUNE PANDIYAN
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We continue our journey through Kerala to Madurai, one of the oldest cities in India, home to the incredible Meenakshi Temple. Built at the same time as the Taj Mahal, it is a stunning sight and superb example of south Indian Hindu architecture. This evening you could join us to experience the extraordinary 'Putting to Bed Ceremony' held at the temple, a dazzling display of colour and noise with dance and music.

Day 7 Madurai
Location: Madurai
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: FORTUNE PANDIYAN
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we include a sightseeing tour of the Old City of Madurai, the highlight of which is a visit to Meenakshi Temple with its ornate façade. Inside the temple enclosure you'll get to experience the lively atmosphere with buzzing markets and continuous ceremonies and devotions. Later we visit the Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, built in 1635 and designed by an Italian architect, the palace is a must-see for its intricate designs. Finally, we will explore the local markets and narrow streets of Madurai by cycle rickshaw before a little time to make our own discoveries.

Day 8 Madurai - Thekkady
Location: Thekkady
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: THE ELEPHANT COURT
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we'll travel onto Thekkady, a town near Periyar National Park. We'll head to a spice plantation where the aromatic scent of cardamon and pepper plants fills the air. Superb peppers are grown here on the Malabar Coast and as such are referred to as 'black gold'.

This evening we'll experience a traditional Indian martial arts performance - Kalaripayattu.

Day 9 Thekkady
Location: Thekkady
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: THE ELEPHANT COURT
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning you could choose to explore the Periyar Nature Reserve, with an optional trek excursion. In the afternoon a boat trip will give you a chance to look for elephants, bison and deer on the shoreline, as well as all manner of exotic plants that, if you're very lucky may be hiding the elusive tiger. Later there will be time to explore the town and local market.

Day 10 Thekkady - Alleppey
Location: Alappuzha
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: HOUSEBOAT
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our drive this morning takes us to Alleppey, where we'll board one of Kerala's famous houseboats for an overnight stay with a difference. Your 'kettuvallom' – modelled on the area's traditional rice boats – offers an unforgettable experience for you and your fellow travellers. Head on deck for a cruise through the backwaters to see how the locals live, then enjoy a tranquil evening as our boat anchors in a quiet spot.

Day 11 Alleppey - Cochin
Location: Kochi
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: TRIDENT COCHIN
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast served on our houseboat is a great start to the day. After this we'll take to the road and head towards Cochin. Along the way we will visit Kumbalangi village, this integrated tourism village project is a unique initiative where we can experience life as a local in this fishing village and enjoy a homemade lunch.

Day 12 Cochin - Uk
Location: Kochi
Meals Included: Breakfast

We will transfer to the airport for our flight to the UK, arriving the same day.

What's Included

  • Use of an airport lounge in the UK

  • Accommodation

    9 nights half-board in 4 and 5-star hotels plus 1 night in flight and 1 night on one of Kerala's famous houseboats cruising the backwaters included.

  • Fully Guided

    Just You Holiday Director as your host

  • International Travel

    Return flights from London

  • Meals

    22 included meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 10 dinners including welcome drink & farewell get-together

  • Overseas transfers, other transportation, & porterage

  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own

What's Not Included

Check out our Q&As

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in itinerary.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No, Bookings for children under 18 years will not accepted.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Return flights from London

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, An English speaking tour guide on this tour.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes, overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage included.

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    4 and 5-star hotels on this tour.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    All the people in your group will be solo travellers and will share your sense of adventure and passion for travel. There’s usually a good mix of ages too, so you’ll meet a variety of solo travellers who have more, or in some cases less, life experience. We find the overall mix of people really adds to the whole experience and there are certainly plenty of l

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    A few years ago we set up Just You Cares, a programme that gives back to some of the places we love. We have always believed in taking care of the communities we visit, and have taken the time to really get to know the local people and understand the challenges they face. Some of our holidays give our Customers the chance to see how the money from their trips has been spent.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    At Just You, we are committed to operating our business operations responsibly, with integrity and always act ethically in all our business dealings and relationships. We are committed to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking does not take place in our own business or in any of our supply chains

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If we can accommodate a change in date - we will always do our best to help you. Just pick up the phone and ask one of our friendly advisors - just make sure you have your booking number to hand.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes, and all of our accommodation providers will be working to the very highest standards of hygiene – you already always enjoy a private room of your own on all of our trips, all of our partners will be guided by local government operational standards of hygiene and the new protocols we have issued to them.

  • Will I eat alone?

    We find there’s always a social element to dining, so you’ll never eat alone, unless you want to! Every holiday includes a welcome get-together, all breakfasts and many other meals. When a meal is not included we find travellers meet and dine together.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    No, given the nature of our holidays, it is not possible to join the tour once it has departed.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Just You has been operating solo holidays for more than 15 years.

  • Am I guaranteed a room of my own?

    Of course, you’ll always have a twin or double room all to yourself. It’s great to have that space to relax and reflect at the end of the day. In some hotels you can also pay a little extra to upgrade for more space or a lovely sea view.

  • What is the typical age range on a Just You holiday?

    Typically, our customers are solo travellers in their 40s, 50s and 60s, but it’s quite possible you could meet 20-year-olds or 70-year-olds (or anyone in between)... After all, age is just a number!

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have received the World Travel and Tourism Councils (WTTC) Safe Travels stamp, which recognises businesses and destinations worldwide that have adopted a new set of global protocols to support the return of 'Safe Travel' around the world. The 'Safe Travels' stamp provides you, with assurance and peace of mind that we have implemented enhanced health and hygiene prprotocols on all holidays.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Once you book, you will receive a confirmation invoice within 7 days, prior to departure, we will send you further information to help prepare for your trip.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Just You is exclusively for solo travellers, every tour includes a twin or double room of your own, with no single supplement.

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Fabulous Holiday with Just You

28-Oct-2021

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21/06/2021

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16-Nov-2021

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aled blackshaw (Google Reviewer)  

Been on 5 holidays with...

13-Oct-2023

Been on 5 holidays with this company they have generally been good but the prices have risen considerably and i feel do not provide true value for money. In my opinion all the excursions and meals should be included in the total cost as they not worth the extra cost. Also they are very dismissive of any complaints once you have paid for the holiday they are not interested. I think i will try another company next time

Sue Sweeney (Google Reviewer)  

Great holidays for singles. I've been...

28-Jun-2023

Great holidays for singles. I've been on 4 holidays with them. Only issue is the hotel rooms. They generally use 3* hotels and I've booked at the same time and price as my friends but the difference in rooms is unbelievable. I've been lucky, but I've heard horror stories from friends of rooms like a dungeon with one small high window whilst I've had a fabulous sea view.

COLIN BROAD (Google Reviewer)  

I went on a spirit...

08-Apr-2024

I went on a spirit of an India trip with Amritsar add on. It looks good in the brochure, but things aren’t always as they seem. If like me you like a toilet break every two hours (discussed with the company in depth in advance) or have a hidden disability. then this holiday is not for you - use a different holiday company! Their planned toilet stops are every 3.5 hours, so ladies bring your pads and gents be prepared for “natural stops” while all the passengers watch you out the window or bring a bottle and a blanket as a screen. The Taj Mahal in Agra was good, along with the two trips to the Ganges river and the Golden Temple at Amritsar too. Rarely are you in the same spot for more than one night and a 6 hour daily coach or train journey became the norm. It was a shame that there was not an opportunity to enjoy the hotels that we’d obviously paid a lot of money for. If you’re looking for tigers in the game park, don’t get your hopes up. 99% unlikely. It is also a disappointment that there is little opportunity to explore the areas in the major cities that we’d traveled too If you are lucky enough to find some companionship from the opposite sex and wish to be bring them “home” this is frowned upon by the company - even if you have paid extra due double occupancy as required by the hotel I received a letter on holiday basically saying that the two hourly toilet stops required (and discussed in advance) due to diabetes was a disruption to the schedule. That photos sent to me by a girlfriend were “illicit”. Photo uploaded - make your own mind up” Also that managing to get lucky a couple of times and bringing them back to the hotel was an issue - very strange due a so called singles holiday

Maureen May (Google Reviewer)  

Just returned from St Lucia....

29-Feb-2024

Just returned from St Lucia. Hotel dreadfully shabby. Breakfasts very limited with very little fresh fruit. Our hotel was a 20 minute walk in 29C or a free bus on the hour to the beach and sister hotel. Location good for nearby local shopping and restaurants. The sunset cruise was brilliant as was the whale watching, but surf and safari trip was a disaster. We travelled in two open topped trucks with a two and a half hour drive to the surfing destination. During the trip smoke started from the gear box and we had to abandon the vehicle until the situation was rectified, which, to their credit, was sorted very quickly. Unfortunately the sea was too rough for the boat so we had to return back in the trucks. Extremely uncomfortable on side bench seats, hanging on in the rain. So, all in all we don’t over 6 hours on the trucks - not good. The tour guide left before the 5 day extension period without a handover to the local tour operators. No Information was given except by the hotel. I had already booked to go the Athens with Just You in May, now I wish I hadn’t.

Lynda Martin (Google Reviewer)  

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10-Feb-2024

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Great holiday but then no...

21-Sep-2023

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