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Ayurvedic Treatment

  • Route:
  • London
  • Kochi (Cochin)
  • Allepy
  • Thrissur
  • Munnar
  • Thekkady
  • Trivandrum
  • Ayurvedic Resort
  • London
3 NIGHTS from £249pp

Tour Highlights

  • Doctor's Consultation
  • 6 Ayurvedic Treatments
  • Allepy backwaters cruise
  • City tour of Kochi and Trivandrum
  • and more...
Extension from £249pp
Tour + Extension from £1398pp
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Ayurvedic Treatment

With a personalised consultation and treatment schedule, experience the widely recognised benefits of Ayurveda, the oldest and most complete healing system in the world.

Now gaining in popularity throughout the West, this holistic treatment involves various types of massage, oil applications, inhalations, diet and natural medicines, all provided in a stunning lake and beach location.

Day 1: UK to Kochi (Cochin)

Depart London on your overnight flight to Kerala, via Mumbai.

    Day 2: Kochi

    On arrival at Kochi International airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel where you will check in and have dinner. The rest of your evening is at leisure.

    • Dinner

    Day 3: Kochi

    Start your day with a 45 minute Ayuervedic massage and breakfast at your hotel. This afternoon enjoy a traditional lunch of Sadhya, a delicacy in Kerala served on a banana leaf, before you begin your tour of Kochi, the historic centre of India's spice trade. See the ancient Chinese influence in the impressive fishing nets, still used daily by locals, and take a ride through the village road in a tuk-tuk. You will also see the Mattanchery Dutch Palace and the oldest European church in India, St. Francis before returning to your hotel in Kochi for the evening.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 4: Kochi to Alleppey

    Today you will board a traditional houseboat which will be your transport and accommodation. This leisurely cruise takes you through the winding backwaters of Kerala, enjoying the local food and stunning rural scenery of the surrounding Kerala villages and waters. Meandering through the beautiful lagoons, rivers and canals is truly an amazing experience like no other.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 5: Alleppey to Thrissur

    After breakfast disembark and journey to the Athirapally Waterfalls which, falling from a height of 80 feet, are one of the highest in the state. Then head on to Thrissur with its strong cultural, religious and spiritual background. Visit historical buildings such as the Vadkumnathan and Paramekavu Devi Temples before exploring the Punnathur Kotta Elephant Sanctuary, where you can watch these magnificent creatures feed and bathe. Continue to your hotel in Thrissur where you will spend the next two nights.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 6: Thrissur

    Following breakfast, today will be your chance to gain insight into the local culture with 'A Day with the Masters', an introduction to the world of Kerala's traditional performing arts. Learn about traditional Sanskrit theatre, percussion music and the training of each art form, as well as the life of an artist. Retire to your hotel in the evening for dinner and your overnight stay.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 7: Thrissur to Munnar

    The tour will depart Thrissur in the morning and travel to Munnar, known for its expanse of tea plantations, rolling valleys and mountains. Stopping en route for lunch, the rest of the day will be free time where you may choose to hire a bicycle and ride through Munnar's beautiful paths, or simply relax with a good book at your hotel.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 8: Munnar

    Today you will have a tour of Munnar, a nature lover's paradise. Visit Mattupetty Lake, Echo Point, Gundala Lake and Jungle Honey Bee Nest, where over 20 nests occupy a single tree. You will then continue to a tea plantation and Rajamalai National Park, famous for its largest surviving population of Nilgiri Tahr (wild goat).

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 9: Munnar to Thekkady

    The tour will then journey to Thekkady, a stunning area located high in the Cardamom hills containing tea gardens, rubber, coffee and pepper plantations. Following lunch, a visit to a plantation and spice market awaits you.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 10: Thekkady to Trivandrum

    A highlight of Thekkady is the Periyar National Park, India's largest wildlife sanctuary. Board a boat at Periyar Lake where you will have the chance to spot some elephants, or one of the park's 25 Bengal tigers amongst other birds, reptiles and mammals. From here you will then travel on to Trivandrum, en route enjoy the scenic beauty of Kerala's various villages before arriving at your hotel for your overnight stay.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 11: Trivandrum

    Depart in the morning for a half day city tour. Witness the magnificent Kanakakunnu Palace, one of the last architectural relics of the colonial era, then see the famous Sri Padmanabha Swami Temple, one of the principle places of worship of the deity of Vaishnavism. Y

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Ayurvedic Treatment - Extension Starts

    Day 12: Trivandrum to Ayurvedic Resort

    Transfer to the Beach and Lake Ayurvedic Resort, Kovalam. Start with a doctor's consultation and personalised assessment to address your specific requirements, followed by two treatments.

    • Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 13: Ayurvedic Resort, Kovalam

    Enjoy two Ayurvedic treatments and the rest of the day at leisure.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 14: Ayurvedic Resort, Kovalam

    Following two further Ayurvedic treatments, you will have the rest of the day to relax in the beautiful surroundings.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 15: Ayurvedic Resort, Kovalam to UK

    Depart after breakfast for your return flight to the UK.

    • Breakfast

    Included in the Price

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

    Important Information


    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 £96 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 information they will require in order to apply for the visa.


    You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Holidays is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

    Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
    Up to 17 days cover£42£79£135

    For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. 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.


    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 Air India Airlines. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage and hand luggage of 8kg not exceeding 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm in size.

    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;,,, 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

    There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. 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 UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
    20 Sep 201804 Oct 2018£289pp£1359pp£1648ppBook
    27 Sep 201811 Oct 2018£289pp£1399pp£1688ppBook
    04 Oct 201818 Oct 2018£289pp£1429pp£1718ppBook
    11 Oct 201825 Oct 2018£289pp£1439pp£1728ppBook
    18 Oct 201801 Nov 2018£289pp£1479pp£1768ppBook
    25 Oct 201808 Nov 2018£289pp£1429pp£1718ppBook
    08 Nov 201822 Nov 2018£279pp£1429pp£1708ppSOLD OUT
    15 Nov 201829 Nov 2018£289pp£1449pp£1738ppBook
    22 Nov 201806 Dec 2018£289pp£1459pp£1748ppBook
    06 Dec 201820 Dec 2018£289pp£1479pp£1768ppBook
    03 Jan 201917 Jan 2019£299pp£1549pp£1848ppBook
    10 Jan 201924 Jan 2019£299pp£1499pp£1798ppBook
    17 Jan 201931 Jan 2019£299pp£1489pp£1788ppBook
    24 Jan 201907 Feb 2019£299pp£1529pp£1828ppBook
    31 Jan 201914 Feb 2019£299pp£1499pp£1798ppBook
    07 Feb 201921 Feb 2019£299pp£1499pp£1798ppBook
    14 Feb 201928 Feb 2019£299pp£1449pp£1748ppBook
    21 Feb 201907 Mar 2019£299pp£1429pp£1728ppBook
    28 Feb 201914 Mar 2019£299pp£1499pp£1798ppBook
    07 Mar 201921 Mar 2019£299pp£1499pp£1798ppBook
    14 Mar 201928 Mar 2019£299pp£1549pp£1848ppBook
    21 Mar 201904 Apr 2019£249pp£1569pp£1818ppBook
    28 Mar 201911 Apr 2019£259pp£1549pp£1808ppBook
    04 Apr 201918 Apr 2019£259pp£1499pp£1758ppBook
    02 May 201916 May 2019£259pp£1299pp£1558ppBook
    16 May 201930 May 2019£259pp£1149pp£1408ppBook
    03 Oct 201917 Oct 2019£299pp£1429pp£1728ppBook
    10 Oct 201924 Oct 2019£299pp£1449pp£1748ppBook
    17 Oct 201931 Oct 2019£299pp£1489pp£1788ppBook
    07 Nov 201921 Nov 2019£299pp£1439pp£1738ppBook
    14 Nov 201928 Nov 2019£299pp£1469pp£1768ppBook
    21 Nov 201905 Dec 2019£299pp£1469pp£1768ppBook

    Alcoholic drinks

    Please note that Kerala has strict laws regarding the governance of the sale of alcohol in public places including hotels and restaurants. The sale and consumption of alcohol is therefore often restricted in hotels, varying from one establishment to another. However, you may bring your own alcohol with you for private consumption in your room.

    Fact File

    • Currency: Indian Rupee
    • Average Flying time: 12 - 17 hours
    • Minimum temperature: 27°C
    • Maximum temperature: 29°C
    • Spoken Language(s): Malayalam, English

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    Extend your tour with a Kerala Beach Stay


    Tour route

    • London
    • Kochi (Cochin)
    • Allepy
    • Thrissur
    • Munnar
    • Thekkady
    • Trivandrum
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    • London

    Extend your tour with a relaxing beach stay in the Indian State of Kerala. Relax in the popular resort of Kovalam, known locally as the paradise of the south, amongst the coconut groves for which the town is famous.


    Indian Cookery Class


    Tour route

    • London
    • Kochi (Cochin)
    • Allepy
    • Thrissur
    • Munnar
    • Thekkady
    • Trivandrum
    • Kovalam
    • London

    Extend your stay with this 3 night cookery package with Dr. Lekshmi Nair, one of the most popular celebrity chefs in Kerala. Whether you're an expert in the kitchen or a complete beginner, this course is designed to give you the skills and confidence to create great tasting, authentic dishes time and time again. Over 3 days you'll enjoy unlocking the secrets to combining spices, learn about typical South Indian Cuisine, perfect essential cooking techniques with the opportunity to make your own delicious dishes.

    This add-on tour must be taken at the end of the main tour.


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