13 DAYS ●
Immerse Yourself Tour
Kerala's tropical landscapes range from golden beaches and mellow backwaters to jungle-clad hills and lush paddies. A long history of trade has made it culturally rich and diverse, full of colourful ritual and exuberant arts – all of which you'll explore.
Cruise Kerala's backwaters
Bamboo rafting in Periyar
Enjoy a colourful Kathakali dance performance
Visit a tea plantation & get involved in the processes
Our Discover Kerala itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly to Kochi. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Take a full day tour of Kochi. Start at the Dutch Palace, once home to the rajas of Kochi, and the synagogue at the heart of the Jewish Quarter, St Francis Church, and Santa Cruz Basilica. Drive along the coast to the mouth of the harbour to view the picturesque old Chinese fishing nets, brought here by Chinese traders in the 14th century. Finish the day at Fort Kochi where you can stroll amongst historical Dutch and Portuguese buildings. This evening find relaxation with an Ayurvedic massage at your hotel. (B,L,D)
Travel to Muhamma, a town nestled amongst lush paddy fields in the ‘rice bowl’ of Kerala. Enjoy a cooking demonstration where you’ll see local Keralan cuisine being prepared. Tonight, you will be staying in a homestay with a Keralan family – you’ll get the chance to witness the local cooking culture first-hand, and be part of family life. (B,L,D)
Transfer to the jetty at Alleppey and board your kettuvallam, the local name for the houseboats. Sit back and relax as your boat cruises the beautiful jade water, meandering through canals, rivers and lakes, passing tiny villages, swaying palms, lush paddy fields and people going about their lives on the riverbanks. Dine on food cooked fresh on-board before retiring to your cabin for a night on the water. (B,L,D)
Disembark and proceed to Thekkady, one of Kerala’s most nature-rich areas. This evening, enjoy a colourful Kathakali dance performance, one of the old art forms of Kerala. (B,L,D)
Ride a bamboo raft on a lake at the heart of Periyar National Park. From the water, you’ll get beautiful views of the forested hills and may spot some wildlife, such as elephant, gaur and sambar on the bank of the lake. The afternoon is at leisure. (B,L,D)
Journey into the Western Ghats to the hill station of Munnar, stopping en route at spice plantations and organic spice gardens to see what they grow, how it’s grown and how it is used in day to day life. Later, visit a tea plantation and museum where you can get involved in the processes of running the plantation, such as plucking and planting, and learn about the history of tea in the area. (B,L,D)
Travel just out of town to the Letchmi hills, where your hike will begin. Strike out into tea plantations, climbing a hill to follow a beautiful ridge through grassland, passing more plantations and forest and absorbing spectacular views as you go. After a picnic lunch, wander through a Nature Zone, spotting exotic plants and birds that are endemic to the region. Return to Munnar where the rest of the day is at leisure. (B,L,D)
Journey to the city of Palakkad. Visit Kandath Tharavad, a 200-year-old Keralan architectural gem built from mud and teak, before exploring the city itself. Kerala as a whole has long been a crossroads of trade and therefore, diverse culture and religion – this is reflected in the sights you will visit today – a Jain temple, the Shiva and Snake temple, Kalpathy Brahmin village and Hyder Ali's Fort. (B,L,D)
Start the day with a yoga class, a walk through the rice paddies and a tumbler of tea with local villagers. Climb aboard a bullock-drawn cart to travel through winding lanes to visit some of the area’s cottage industries. Meet the artisans, including a potter and basket weaver and see the technique of toddy tapping. This afternoon, prepare for something mystical! Learn about fortune telling and have your own fortune read. (B,L,D)
Travel from Palakkad back to Kochi, stopping en route at the old port town of Kodungalloor. The town is considered the cradle of several world religions in India – Christians, Jews, Muslim and Hindus all settled here centuries ago, creating the perfect microcosm of Kerala's, and India's, diversity. Visits include the 52 AD Kottakavu Church, Cheraman Masjid, India's first mosque and Chenamangalam synagogue. Arrive in Kochi where there is an option to take a sunset cruise along the beautiful Malabar Coast (at your own expense). (B,L,D)
Enjoy a free morning to spend at your leisure. You will be transferred to Kochi airport to board your flight to Australia, arriving home the same or following day. (B)
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
Most nationalities require a visa when travelling to India. Travellers should arrange visas well in advance of departure. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your visa in the price of your tour. We handle the entire application process – all you need to do is complete the paperwork and send your passport to us eight weeks prior to departure. We are always on hand to help you with any queries you may have while completing the application form.
While travelling overseas, the Wendy Wu Tours contact number during business hours is +61 2 9224 8888. Emergency Assistance (24-hours) is 0044 1888 288 288. You will find mobile phone coverage to be quite high throughout Asia. We recommend contacting your mobile carrier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated call and data costs before you leave Australia. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi, which usually comes at a cost.
Tipping is not commonplace in Australia. In Asia however, it is anticipated that a tip be given to reward good service. With that in mind, we have a tipping system for our group tours. Each passenger ‘tips’ a set amount to the National Escort at the start of the tour or on arrival in each country. They then distribute this as appropriate. Tipping is appreciated for Private and Tailor-Made travel. In your final documents, we include guidelines for tipping when travelling independently.
Shopping is a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests while on holiday, your tour includes a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. Included are visits to establishments that provide locally produced goods, unique to your destination. Witness the creation of these products, and see first-hand how their production supports the local economy. As most travellers like to take home souvenirs, we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or too unusual. Breakfast at your hotel includes local and western dishes. A myth about India is that the food is of poor quality and always spicy. This is definitely not the case! In addition, a great deal of Indian cuisine is vegetarian. Drinks are at your own expense. Beer is widely available. Bottled drinking water and soft drinks are widely available – you should only have ice, juices, or lassies from a trusted source that uses boiled or bottled water.
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