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Christmas in Kerala

15 days Fully Inclusive Classic Group Tour

Christmas in Kerala

Embark on an enchanting journey through southern India with a festive twist – "Christmas in Kerala." Commence your adventure in Chennai, before continuing to Pondicherry for rickshaw rides and serenity at Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Marvel at the Basilica of Lady of Good Health, meander through lively markets in Madurai, and be captivated by the scenic wonders of Lake Periyar and Munnar's sprawling tea plantations. Celebrate Christmas in Kochi with an Oriental Orthodox Mass, immersing yourself in festive traditions, and relish a special Christmas day lunch. Wrap up your exploration with a mesmerizing Kathakali dance performance in Kochi, followed by a tranquil backwaters cruise in Kerala. This adventure seamlessly blends cultural richness with the breath taking landscapes of southern India, creating memories to cherish.
  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 13 , Lunches: 13 , Dinners: 13
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    13 nights in 3+/4 star accommodation
  • Visas
    Visa fees & processing for Australian passports
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 28
  • Physical Rating 2
    A reasonable level of fitness is required, as you'll be spending time on your feet and doing a bit of walking to cover short distances during your daily sightseeing. There will also be some climbing of steps and climbing on and off of coaches and boats.
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    Walking, some steps and extended time on your feet.
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Classic Group Tour
15 DAYS
From $7,980PP
Chennai (2N) - Pondicherry (2N) - Velankanni (1N) - Madurai (2N) - Periyar (1N) - Munnar (2N) - Kochi (2N) - Backwaters (1N)
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Tour Highlights

Our Christmas in Kerala tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Day by Day Itinerary

Chennai (2N) - Pondicherry (2N) - Velankanni (1N) - Madurai (2N) - Periyar (1N) - Munnar (2N) - Kochi (2N) - Backwaters (1N)
  • Day 1
    Arrive Chennai
    Dinner
    Day 1: Arrive Chennai

    On arrival to Chennai you will be met and transferred to your hotel. You have the rest of the day at leisure before meeting your fellow travellers for dinner.

    Dinner
  • Day 2
    Chennai
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 2: Chennai

    Your festive adventure in Southern India begins! Start at the iconic Marina Beach, where you can stand with the sand between your toes, the sun on your face and the Christmas spirit in your soul! Next, delve into the historical significance of Fort St. George, a colonial-era fortress that houses the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly and the St. Mary's Church, the oldest Anglican church in India. Continue your journey to the Kapaleeswarar Temple, a sacred Dravidian-style Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, where the intricate architecture and spiritual ambiance create a captivating experience.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3
    Pondicherry
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 3: Pondicherry

    After breakfast you will depart for Pondicherry, stopping 1h50 minutes enroute at the Mahabalipuram rock carvings. These ancient rock-cut sculptures, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcase intricately carved depictions of Hindu mythology and ancient Indian art. Continue your journey to Pondicherry, where you will spend the night.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4
    Pondicherry
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 4: Pondicherry

    Explore Pondicherry's spiritual essence at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, then uncover the region's history at the Pondicherry Museum. Take in the unique charm of the French quarter with a delightful rickshaw ride, followed by free time to wander through its colorful streets, revealing a perfect blend of French and Indian influences.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5
    Velankanni
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 5: Velankanni

    Today you will travel south, driving approximately 5 hours to Velankanni. Lunch will be In Chidambaram. On arrival you will check in at your hotel before a visit to the revered Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health. Also known as Vailankanni Church, this is a major pilgrimage site, where its significance lies in the belief that it is a place of miraculous healing. Devotees from various faiths visit to seek blessings and offer prayers to the Virgin Mary.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6
    Madurai
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 6: Madurai

    Set off after breakfast on a 5hour drive to Madurai, detouring through Chettinad. Explore the rich cultural heritage of this region by visiting a tile-making factory, witnessing the intricate process of tile production. Continue by visiting a traditional house, a testament to the architectural and cultural legacy of the region, before exploring the local market. Resume your drive to Madurai, where you'll check in at the hotel upon arrival.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7
    Madurai
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 7: Madurai

    Explore the cultural treasures of this city with a visit to the iconic Meenakshi Amman Temple, dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareswarar. Next, delve into the regal history of Madurai by visiting the Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace. As the day unfolds, experience the mesmerizing Aarti ceremony at the Meenakshi Temple, joining the devotees in the evening ritual, where lamps are lit, prayers are offered, and the divine energy of the temple is palpable.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8
    Periyar
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 8: Periyar

    Embark on a scenic drive where along the way you will visit a local spice village and market. Continue to Periyar and, in the evening, witness the ancient and dynamic Kalaripayattu martial arts show. This traditional martial art form, originating in Kerala, is characterized by its fluid movements, precise techniques, and a deep connection to the region's cultural heritage. Marvel at the skilled performers as they showcase this ancient art form, demonstrating a captivating blend of strength, agility, and discipline.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9
    Munnar
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 9: Munnar

    Begin your day with a serene morning boat ride on Lake Periyar, surrounded by the lush greenery of the Periyar National Park. As you navigate the tranquil waters, be on the lookout for diverse wildlife that frequents the lake, including elephants, deer, and various bird species. Following the boat ride, you will continue to Munnar, taking approximately 4 - 4.5 hours. Munnar is renowned for its verdant landscapes, tea estates, and cool climate, making it a popular hill station in South India.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10
    Munnar
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 10: Munnar

    Embark on a morning visit to Eravikulam National Park, as you enjoy a light trek through Munnar, taking in the fresh mountain air and the scenic beauty of the park. Following this delve into the world of tea with a visit to a local tea plantation in Munnar. Gain insights into the tea-making process, from plucking the leaves to processing and packaging. Learn about the nuances of tea cultivation and appreciate the picturesque surroundings of the tea estates. Your day will conclude with a visit to the Tata Tea Museum, where you can explore the history of tea cultivation in the region.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11
    Kochi
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 11: Kochi

    Today, Christmas Eve, you head 5 hours to Kochi, a city known for its rich history and cultural diversity. To get you into the Christmas spirit this evening, indulge in a festive dinner at the hotel, savouring the flavors of Kerala's culinary delights as you celebrate the season with your travel companions. Later, immerse yourself in the vibrant and unique Christmas traditions of Kerala by attending a traditional midnight mass at an Oriental Orthodox Church. The midnight mass in Kerala is a special occasion marked by cultural richness, religious fervor, and a sense of togetherness.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12
    Kochi
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 12: Kochi

    Merry Christmas! Today promises to be a wonderful experience as you immerse yourself in the vibrant culture, for a day filled with festive and cultural experiences in the lovely sunshine. Dress up in traditional Keralan attire and attend the Christmas Mass at St. Francis Church before a city tour of Kochi, visiting the Santa Cruz Basilica, a beautiful church with Portuguese origins. Explore the Jewish Synagogue, Chinese fishing nets along the waterfront and take a stroll through nearby markets. For a particular fun Christmas evening, later you will proceed to the Kathakali Dance auditorium for an enriching cultural experience, where you will spend approximately 45 minutes witnessing the intricate preparations before enjoying a captivating Kathakali dance performance, where the artists showcase the artistry and storytelling through elaborate costumes, facial expressions, and rhythmic movements.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13
    Backwaters
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 13: Backwaters

    For a Boxing Day with a difference, transfer 1h30 minutes to the Alleppey Jetty Point to board a traditional houseboat. Cruise through the picturesque canals of the backwaters of Kerala. Along the way, make stops to explore small villages, visit charming churches, and discover ancient temples, absorbing the rich cultural tapestry of the region. As the houseboat moors in the evening, partake in a special evening filled with the enchanting rhythms of Folk Music and Dances.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 14-15
    Depart Kochi
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Day 14-15: Depart Kochi

    After breakfast, you will disembark from your houseboat and transfer 1h30 back to Kochi, where you will enjoy lunch. Later spend time visiting local markets, before transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back to Australia.

    Breakfast, Lunch
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When to go

The best time to visit India is from November to March when you’ll enjoy pleasant warm dry days and low humidity.

City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chennai
  • 21
    29
    25
  • 22
  • Kochi
  • 23
    32
    27
  • 23
  • Munnar
  • 13
    22
    18
  • 18
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chennai
  • 22
    30
    26
  • 2
  • Kochi
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 26
  • Munnar
  • 14
    24
    19
  • 29
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chennai
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 4
  • Kochi
  • 25
    32
    29
  • 31
  • Munnar
  • 15
    25
    20
  • 47
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chennai
  • 26
    34
    30
  • 8
  • Kochi
  • 26
    33
    29
  • 95
  • Munnar
  • 16
    26
    21
  • 129
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chennai
  • 28
    37
    32
  • 44
  • Kochi
  • 26
    32
    29
  • 283
  • Munnar
  • 17
    26
    21
  • 189
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chennai
  • 28
    37
    32
  • 56
  • Kochi
  • 24
    30
    27
  • 706
  • Munnar
  • 17
    24
    20
  • 420
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chennai
  • 26
    35
    31
  • 100
  • Kochi
  • 24
    29
    26
  • 594
  • Munnar
  • 16
    22
    19
  • 583
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chennai
  • 26
    34
    30
  • 140
  • Kochi
  • 24
    29
    27
  • 403
  • Munnar
  • 16
    23
    20
  • 364
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chennai
  • 26
    34
    30
  • 137
  • Kochi
  • 24
    30
    27
  • 280
  • Munnar
  • 16
    23
    20
  • 210
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chennai
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 279
  • Kochi
  • 24
    31
    27
  • 320
  • Munnar
  • 16
    23
    19
  • 253
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chennai
  • 23
    30
    26
  • 407
  • Kochi
  • 24
    31
    28
  • 175
  • Munnar
  • 15
    22
    18
  • 164
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Chennai
  • 22
    28
    25
  • 191
  • Kochi
  • 23
    32
    27
  • 43
  • Munnar
  • 14
    22
    18
  • 64

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    • Flight Inclusive rates only: These include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 1 November 2023. Please note supplements may apply if lead in economy rates are not available.
    • Customary tipping amount of approximately USD90 (AU$134) is paid locally in India.
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