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Kerala Explorer including



2 NIGHTS from £139pp

Tour Highlights
  • Spend 3 days exploring the amazing city of Dubai
  • 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

Extension from £139pp

Tour + Extension from £1308pp

To book call us on 0800 781 4893

Dubai Extension

With incredible beaches of powdery white sand and an azure sea which is crystal clear and warm, an extension to Dubai and the Emirates is the perfect place to relax and soak in the Arabian sun. Famed for its luxury shopping and ultra modern architecture, Dubai offers a kaleidoscope of attractions for you to experience.
Choose a hotel from our handpicked options or speak to our reservations team about our entire range of hotels available.

Tour Itinerary

UK to Kochi (Cochin)

Depart London on your overnight flight to Kerala.


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

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
Kochi to Thrissur

After breakfast disembark and journey to the Athirapally Waterfalls. Then head on to Thrissur and visit historical buildings such as the Vadkumnathan and Paramekavu Devi Temples Continue to your hotel in Thrissur where you will spend the next two nights.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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
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

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). Please note: Rajamala National Park will closed during the breeding period of Nilgiri Thars.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Munnar to Thekkady

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. . Following lunch, a visit to a plantation and spice market awaits you.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Thekkady to Alleppey

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. 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
Alleppey to Trivandrum

Following breakfast travel to Trivandrum with stop at the Jatayupara Earth Centre. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to Trivandrum. Enjoy the evening at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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. You will then return to your hotel to enjoy another Ayurvedic massage before your farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Trivandrum to the UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. Please note the itinerary on the website is for 2020 departures ONLY, for 2019 departures please download the 2019 dossier and refer to this. The same inclusions apply however it is in a different order.

  • Breakfast

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 £134 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.


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.


If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp 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

Flights are operated with Emirates, departing London Heathrow via Dubai. Each passenger is entitled to 30KG of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding (Max 10kg - 55cm/38cm/ 20cm) in size. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check- in. Check-In should be at least 3 hours before departure.
IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure.

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. There are restrictions on taking Indian rupees into India. Visitors, including tourists, are not permitted to take any amount of Indian currency into the country. You can take cash or travellers' cheques (in pounds sterling or another foreign currency) and/or a bank card with you and exchange or withdraw rupees once in India.

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
2019 DATES
Marco Polo
07 Nov 201920 Nov 2019£169£1569£1738SOLD OUT
14 Nov 201927 Nov 2019£169£1499£1668Please call to book
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21 Nov 201904 Dec 2019£169£1499£1668Please call to book
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2020 DATES
09 Jan 202022 Jan 2020£179£1659£1838Book Now
16 Jan 202029 Jan 2020£179£1519£1698SOLD OUT
23 Jan 202005 Feb 2020£179£1519£1698Book Now
30 Jan 202011 Feb 2020£179£1559£1738Book Now
06 Feb 202019 Feb 2020£179£1599£1778Book Now
13 Feb 202026 Feb 2020£179£1569£1748Book Now
20 Feb 202004 Mar 2020£179£1539£1718SOLD OUT
27 Feb 202010 Mar 2020£179£1499£1678Book Now
05 Mar 202018 Mar 2020£179£1559£1738Book Now
12 Mar 202025 Mar 2020£179£1589£1768Book Now
19 Mar 202001 Apr 2020£179£1579£1758Book Now
26 Mar 202008 Apr 2020£179£1559£1738Book Now
16 Apr 202029 Apr 2020£179£1559£1738Book Now
30 Apr 202013 May 2020£139£1389£1528Book Now
07 May 202020 May 2020£139£1349£1488Book Now
14 May 202027 May 2020£139£1169£1308SOLD OUT
01 Oct 202014 Oct 2020£179£1449£1628Book Now
08 Oct 202021 Oct 2020£179£1489£1668Book Now
15 Oct 202028 Oct 2020£179£1639£1818Book Now
05 Nov 202018 Nov 2020£179£1489£1668Book Now
12 Nov 202025 Nov 2020£179£1489£1668Book Now
19 Nov 202002 Dec 2020£179£1489£1668Book Now
26 Nov 202008 Dec 2020£179£1499£1678Book Now
2019 DATES
Carlton Palace Hotel
07 Nov 201920 Nov 2019£189£1569£1758SOLD OUT
14 Nov 201927 Nov 2019£189£1499£1688Please call to book
0800 781 4893
21 Nov 201904 Dec 2019£179£1499£1678Please call to book
0800 781 4893
2020 DATES
09 Jan 202022 Jan 2020£199£1659£1858Book Now
16 Jan 202029 Jan 2020£199£1519£1718SOLD OUT
23 Jan 202005 Feb 2020£199£1519£1718Book Now
06 Feb 202019 Feb 2020£199£1599£1798Book Now
13 Feb 202026 Feb 2020£199£1569£1768Book Now
20 Feb 202004 Mar 2020£199£1539£1738SOLD OUT
27 Feb 202011 Mar 2020£199£1499£1698Book Now
05 Mar 202018 Mar 2020£199£1559£1758Book Now
12 Mar 202025 Mar 2020£199£1589£1788Book Now
19 Mar 202001 Apr 2020£179£1579£1758Book Now
26 Mar 202008 Apr 2020£179£1559£1738Book Now
16 Apr 202029 Apr 2020£179£1559£1738Book Now
30 Apr 202013 May 2020£149£1389£1538Book Now
07 May 202020 May 2020£149£1349£1498Book Now
14 May 202027 May 2020£149£1169£1318SOLD OUT
01 Oct 202014 Oct 2020£199£1449£1648Book Now
08 Oct 202021 Oct 2020£199£1489£1688Book Now
15 Oct 202028 Oct 2020£199£1639£1838Book Now
05 Nov 202018 Nov 2020£199£1489£1688Book Now
12 Nov 202025 Nov 2020£199£1489£1688Book Now
19 Nov 202002 Dec 2020£199£1489£1688Book Now
26 Nov 202009 Dec 2020£199£1499£1698Book 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
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.

Kerala Extensions ONLY:

From May 2019 if you have a Kerala Extension your flights to India will be with Emirates, via Dubai. Please refer to your final ticketing documentation for information on baggage and confirmed flight times.

What to expect

Fact File

Indian Rupee

Average Flying time

12 - 17 hours

Min/Max temperature

24 °C / 40 °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.



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 Dossiers
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    Ayurvedic Treatment

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  • Kerala
    Extend your tour with a Kerala Beach Stay

    3 nights from £289pp

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Hotels & Accommodation

Other Extensions

Ayurvedic Treatment
Tour Route
  • London
  • Kochi (Cochin)
  • Allepy
  • Thrissur
  • Munnar
  • Thekkady
  • Trivandrum
  • Ayurvedic Resort
  • London

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

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

3 nights
from £269pp
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Extend your tour with a Kerala Beach Stay
Tour Route
  • London
  • Kochi (Cochin)
  • Allepy
  • Thrissur
  • Munnar
  • Thekkady
  • Trivandrum
  • Beach Stay
  • 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.

3 nights
from £289pp
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