Adventure through beautiful India on a classic Kerala tour.

Travel to India and embark on this Classic Kerala tour from Kochi to Kovalam Beach. Lush, tropical southern India is charming, captivating and hospitable. Discover a thousand shades of green and share smiles with the friendly local people. Experience the culture, religion and history of this region in its small rural towns, quaint fishing villages and scented spice plantations. This is a fabulous part of India and Classic Kerala follows the road less travelled - without sacrificing too many creature comforts.

Kochi, India
Kovalam, India
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
391kg pp per trip


  • Cruise the twisting backwaters of Kerala
  • Indulge in a traditional Ayurvedic massage in Varkala
  • Watch the sun set over the Arabian Sea
  • Spot elephants in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Stroll through the eclectic Kochi attractions
  • Sip tea while soaking up spectacular scenery in Munnar
  • Relish the rich aromas of an Indian spice plantation


Kerala's eclectic history is most evident in Kochi. India's oldest European church sits alongside mosques and synagogues, Portuguese homes nestle against English manors and Chinese fishing nets line the harbour shores. Check out the striking Dutch Palace and witness the virtuosity of the Kathakali dance performers.
Craggy mountain peaks, tropical forests and green fields surround the hill station of Munnar. Visit the local tea fields and sip a local brew while admiring the impressive landscape.
Cruise through lush pineapple plantations on the way to Periyar. Savour the heady aroma of spices at a local spice garden before venturing into the acclaimed Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Wander amid colourful flowers and lush trees and keep an eye out for bison, elephants, deer and maybe tigers and leopards.
Cruise through the backwaters of Kerala to Alleppey and discover one of rural India’s hidden treasures. This pleasant market town sits on the banks of palm-lined canals. Enjoy a leisurely cruise through the winding waters and meet locals on a walk through a village. After an action-packed day, settle down for a relaxing Ayurvedic massage.
No Kerala holiday is complete without a stop-off at the beautiful beaches of Varkala. Stop en route to visit the Mannarasala Nagaraja temple and the Krishnapuram Palace, a quintessential Keralan delight. Once in Varkala, wander through peaceful gardens, catch some rays on the beach or enjoy a refreshing coconut drink at one of the many cliff-top cafes.
Sitting on the Arabian Sea, Kovalam Beach is the perfect spot to unwind. See Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Achuthengu Fort or use free time to relax on palm-fringed beaches, sample fresh seafood or shop for souvenirs before heading home.
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9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Boat, Private vehicle
Heritage Property (2 nights), Hotel (7 nights)
Included activities
  • Boat tour
  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
  • Janardhana Swamy Temple
  • Kerala - Ayurvedic massage
  • Kochi - Dutch Palace
  • Kochi - Fort Kochi sightseeing
  • Kochi - Jewish Synagogue
  • Kochi - Kathakali performance
  • Krishnapuram Palace
  • Mannarasala Nagaraja (Snake) Temple
  • Munnar - Tea Musuem
  • Periyar - Guided National Park wildlife walk
  • Periyar - Spice farm tour & dinner
  • Sivagiri Ashram


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Important notes

1 This trip starts in Kochi on Day 1 at 1pm.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.
3. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.

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Classic South India , December 2015

Classic South India , December 2015