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Explore Kerala and Mumbai from Manchester


Route:
  • Manchester
  • Cochin
  • Alleppey
  • Thrissur
  • Munnar
  • Thekkady
  • Trivandrum
  • Mumbai
  • Manchester
Tour Pace:

14 DAYS from £1349pp

Tour Highlights
  • Allepy backwaters cruise
  • City tour of Kochi and Trivandrum
  • Punnathur Kotta Elephant Sanctuary
  • Traditional tea plantations in Munnar
  • Hindu temples
  • Periyar Forest wildlife reserve
  • Two 45 minute Ayurvedic massages
  • City tour of Trivandrum and Mumbai

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Explore Kerala and Mumbai from Manchester

Characterised by winding emerald rivers, exotic wildlife, spice plantations and lush landscapes, the south Indian state of Kerala exudes tranquillity and beauty. Explore the region on this 13-night, 14-day tour, discovering the most captivating areas including an overnight boat cruise on the rural backwaters, tea plantations in Munnar and wildlife spotting in Periyar National Park.

Tour Itinerary

1
Manchester to Cochin

Depart on your overnight flight to Kerala, via Mumbai.

2
Cochin

On arrival enjoy an Ayurvedic massage at your hotel.

  • Lunch & Dinner
3
Cochin

Tour the sights of Cochin and see the Mattancherry Dutch Palace and St. Francis, the oldest European church in India.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Cochin to Alleppey

Board a traditional houseboat and cruise the winding backwaters of Kerala.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Alleppey to Thrissur

Enjoy a visit to the Athirapally Waterfalls, then head to Thrissur and explore the Punnathur Kotta Elephant Sanctuary.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Thrissur

Gain an insight into the local culture with 'A Day with the Masters', an introduction to the world of Kerala's traditional performing arts.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Thrissur to Munnar

Travel to Munnar, known for its expanse of tea plantations, rolling valleys and mountains.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Munnar

Enjoy a tour of Munnar, visiting Mattupetty Lake, Echo Point, a tea plantation and Rajamalai National Park.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Munnar to Thekkady

Travel to Thekkady, located high in the Cardamom Hills. Following lunch, visit to a plantation and spice market.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Thekkady to Trivandrum

Experience Periyar National Park and spot wildlife on a Periyar Lake boat safari. From here, travel on to Trivandrum.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Trivandrum

Tour the city and witness Kanakakunnu Palace and the Sri Padmanabha Swami Temple.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Trivandrum to Mumbai

Transfer to Trivandrum Airport for your flight to Mumbai. Take an afternoon orientation tour of Mumbai.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
Mumbai

Explore Mumbai with a full day city tour. See the iconic Gateway of India and travel to Elephanta Island. After your farewell dinner, travel to Mumbai airport for your late flight home.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
14
Manchester

Arrive this morning back in Manchester.

Important Information

Visas

A visa is required for entry into India. British Citizen Passport Holders will need to obtain an e-Tourist Visa (eTV) for travel to India. We work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote 'Mercury Holidays'. The cost of the visa is approximately £114 per person. The Travel Visa Company can only apply for this 30 days before your proposed travel date and takes around 10 working days to issue. It is only valid for a 30-day single entry stay from the date of arrival. When calling the Travel Visa Company they will advise you of any changes to the fees or the procedure, they will also advise you of all the information they will require in order to apply for the visa.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

All flights are operated by Jet Airways from Manchester to India. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus one item of hand luggage not exceeding 55cm x 35cm x 25cm in size. Flight times are for guidance only & subject to change.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 40. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your national guide who will remain with you for the duration of your trip.

Currency Information

The currency in India is the Rupee or Rs. The Rupee is a closed currency and officially you are not allowed to take any cash out of India. US Dollars and GBP are also widely accepted in India should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £100 - £200 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPriceBook Now
2019 Dates
03 May 201916 May 2019£1549.00Book Now
17 May 201930 May 2019£1419.00Book Now
06 Sep 201919 Sep 2019£1549.00Book Now
04 Oct 201917 Oct 2019£1649.00Book Now
08 Nov 201921 Nov 2019£1699.00Book Now
2020 Dates
17 Jan 202030 Jan 2020£1749.00Book Now
14 Feb 202027 Feb 2020£1749.00Book Now
06 Mar 202019 Mar 2020£1699.00Book Now
03 Apr 202016 Apr 2020£1599.00Book Now
08 May 202021 May 2020£1349.00Book Now
04 Sep 202017 Sep 2020£1599.00Book Now
09 Oct 202022 Oct 2020£1649.00Book Now
13 Nov 202026 Nov 2020£1749.00Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Indian Rupee

Average Flying time

12 - 17 hours

Min/Max temperature

27 °C / 29 °C

Spoken languages

Malayalam, English

When to go

Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Kerala

What to pack
  • Sunscreen and hat in summer
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Warm clothing and thermals in winter
  • Camera and charger
  • An electric plug converter
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
Tour Map
Explore Kerala and Mumbai from Manchester Route Map
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  • Munnar
  • Thekkady
  • Trivandrum
  • Mumbai
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