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Kerala Explorer including

Kerala Beach Stay


Route:
  • London
  • Kochi (Cochin)
  • Allepy
  • Thrissur
  • Munnar
  • Thekkady
  • Trivandrum
  • Beach Stay
  • London

3 NIGHTS from £249pp

Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy Kovalam's stunning beaches
  • 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 £249pp

Tour + Extension from £1398pp

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Extend your tour with a Kerala Beach Stay

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.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Kochi (Cochin)

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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
12
Trivandrum to Kovalam

Transfer to your chosen beach hotel to commence your beach stay.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
132
Kovalam

Enjoy relaxing by the beautiful beaches of Kovalam.

14
Kovalam to the UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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 £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.

Insurance

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£39£75£129
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 Direct 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 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; 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

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. You will also be joined by a local guide in each of the cities which you visit, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

The currency in Sri Lanka is the Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR). The Rupee is a closed currency and officially you are not allowed to take any cash out of Sri Lanka. US Dollars and GBP are also widely accepted in these destinations, should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. Therefore, it is very important that you budget carefully.

The currency in Kerala is the Indian Rupee (RS). The Rupee is a closed currency and officially you are not allowed to take any cash out of Kerala. US Dollars and GBP are also widely accepted in these destinations, should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. Therefore, it is very important that you budget carefully.

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
2018 DATES
Uday Samudra Hotel
27 Sep 201811 Oct 2018£289£1399£1688SOLD OUT
04 Oct 201818 Oct 2018£289£1449£1738SOLD OUT
11 Oct 201825 Oct 2018£289£1449£1738SOLD OUT
18 Oct 201801 Nov 2018£289£1499£1788SOLD OUT
25 Oct 201808 Nov 2018£289£1449£1738SOLD OUT
08 Nov 201822 Nov 2018£269£1429£1698SOLD OUT
15 Nov 201829 Nov 2018£289£1469£1758Please call to book
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22 Nov 201806 Dec 2018£279£1479£1758Please call to book
0800 781 4893
06 Dec 201820 Dec 2018£329£1579£1908Book Now
2019 DATES
03 Jan 201917 Jan 2019£329£1549£1878Book Now
10 Jan 201924 Jan 2019£309£1519£1828Book Now
17 Jan 201931 Jan 2019£309£1499£1808Book Now
24 Jan 201907 Feb 2019£309£1549£1858Book Now
31 Jan 201914 Feb 2019£309£1529£1838Book Now
07 Feb 201921 Feb 2019£309£1519£1828Book Now
14 Feb 201928 Feb 2019£309£1479£1788Book Now
21 Feb 201907 Mar 2019£309£1549£1858Book Now
28 Feb 201914 Mar 2019£309£1499£1808Book Now
07 Mar 201921 Mar 2019£309£1529£1838Book Now
14 Mar 201928 Mar 2019£309£1559£1868Book Now
21 Mar 201904 Apr 2019£289£1569£1858Book Now
28 Mar 201911 Apr 2019£289£1559£1848Book Now
04 Apr 201918 Apr 2019£289£1529£1818Book Now
02 May 201916 May 2019£289£1329£1618Book Now
16 May 201930 May 2019£289£1149£1438Book Now
03 Oct 201917 Oct 2019£329£1439£1768Book Now
10 Oct 201924 Oct 2019£329£1479£1808Book Now
17 Oct 201931 Oct 2019£329£1499£1828Book Now
07 Nov 201921 Nov 2019£329£1449£1778Book Now
14 Nov 201928 Nov 2019£329£1479£1808Book Now
21 Nov 201905 Dec 2019£329£1479£1808Book Now
2018 DATES
Vivanta By Taj - Green Cove Kovalam
27 Sep 201811 Oct 2018£359£1399£1758SOLD OUT
04 Oct 201818 Oct 2018£359£1449£1808SOLD OUT
11 Oct 201825 Oct 2018£359£1449£1808SOLD OUT
18 Oct 201801 Nov 2018£369£1499£1868SOLD OUT
25 Oct 201808 Nov 2018£419£1449£1868SOLD OUT
08 Nov 201822 Nov 2018£379£1429£1808SOLD OUT
15 Nov 201829 Nov 2018£419£1469£1888Please call to book
0800 781 4893
22 Nov 201806 Dec 2018£419£1479£1898Please call to book
0800 781 4893
06 Dec 201820 Dec 2018£419£1579£1998Book Now
2019 DATES
03 Jan 201917 Jan 2019£409£1549£1958Book Now
10 Jan 201924 Jan 2019£409£1519£1928Book Now
17 Jan 201931 Jan 2019£409£1499£1908Book Now
24 Jan 201907 Feb 2019£409£1549£1958Book Now
31 Jan 201914 Feb 2019£409£1529£1938Book Now
07 Feb 201921 Feb 2019£409£1529£1938Book Now
14 Feb 201928 Feb 2019£409£1479£1888Book Now
21 Feb 201907 Mar 2019£389£1459£1848Book Now
28 Feb 201914 Mar 2019£389£1499£1888Book Now
07 Mar 201921 Mar 2019£389£1529£1918Book Now
14 Mar 201928 Mar 2019£389£1559£1948Book Now
21 Mar 201904 Apr 2019£319£1569£1888Book Now
28 Mar 201911 Apr 2019£329£1559£1888Book Now
04 Apr 201918 Apr 2019£329£1529£1858Book Now
02 May 201916 May 2019£329£1329£1658Book Now
16 May 201930 May 2019£329£1149£1478Book Now
03 Oct 201917 Oct 2019£389£1439£1828Book Now
10 Oct 201924 Oct 2019£389£1479£1868Book Now
17 Oct 201931 Oct 2019£389£1499£1888Book Now
07 Nov 201921 Nov 2019£439£1449£1888Book Now
14 Nov 201928 Nov 2019£439£1479£1918Book Now
21 Nov 201905 Dec 2019£439£1479£1918Book Now
2018 DATES
Isola Di Cocco
27 Sep 201811 Oct 2018£269£1399£1668SOLD OUT
04 Oct 201818 Oct 2018£269£1449£1718SOLD OUT
11 Oct 201825 Oct 2018£269£1449£1718SOLD OUT
18 Oct 201801 Nov 2018£269£1499£1768SOLD OUT
25 Oct 201808 Nov 2018£269£1449£1718SOLD OUT
08 Nov 201822 Nov 2018£249£1429£1678SOLD OUT
15 Nov 201829 Nov 2018£269£1469£1738Please call to book
0800 781 4893
22 Nov 201806 Dec 2018£269£1479£1748Please call to book
0800 781 4893
06 Dec 201820 Dec 2018£269£1579£1848Book Now
2019 DATES
03 Jan 201917 Jan 2019£279£1549£1828Book Now
10 Jan 201924 Jan 2019£279£1519£1798Book Now
17 Jan 201931 Jan 2019£279£1499£1778Book Now
24 Jan 201907 Feb 2019£279£1549£1828Book Now
31 Jan 201914 Feb 2019£279£1529£1808Book Now
07 Feb 201921 Feb 2019£279£1519£1798Book Now
14 Feb 201928 Feb 2019£279£1479£1758Book Now
21 Feb 201907 Mar 2019£279£1459£1738Book Now
28 Feb 201914 Mar 2019£279£1499£1778Book Now
07 Mar 201921 Mar 2019£279£1529£1808Book Now
14 Mar 201928 Mar 2019£279£1559£1838Book Now
21 Mar 201904 Apr 2019£249£1569£1818Book Now
28 Mar 201911 Apr 2019£259£1559£1818Book Now
04 Apr 201918 Apr 2019£259£1529£1788Book Now
02 May 201916 May 2019£259£1329£1588Book Now
16 May 201930 May 2019£259£1149£1408Book Now
03 Oct 201917 Oct 2019£279£1439£1718Book Now
10 Oct 201924 Oct 2019£279£1479£1758Book Now
17 Oct 201931 Oct 2019£279£1499£1778Book Now
07 Nov 201921 Nov 2019£279£1449£1728Book Now
14 Nov 201928 Nov 2019£279£1479£1758Book Now
21 Nov 201905 Dec 2019£279£1479£1758Book 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
Travelling Alone?

We have 2 rooms available on every tour date for single occupancy use, however a single supplement must be paid on the add-on part of the tour.

Colombo Airport Closure 2017

Please note that if you are travelling on the Jewels of Sri Lanka, Secrets of Sri Lanka or Grand Tour of Sri Lanka main tours, Colombo Airport will be switching to nighttime operation in order to carry out refurbishment in early 2017. As a result, your extension may start a day later. If this is the case you will receive an extra evening meal in Sri Lanka prior to your flight in the evening. Your full itinerary and whether you are affected will be confirmed to you in writing post booking.

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.

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

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
Customer Rating:
10/10
Geoffrey Crocker
23rd May 2018

Good standard in all hotels. Clean and staff were attentive, food good. Could have done with more Air conditioning to sit in rather than just our room. The restaurants were very hot.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Karen Bell
18th May 2018

All the hotels were clean and staff very helpful

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Nigel Hammersley
22nd Jan 2018

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Ian Davidson
3rd Nov 2017

All the hotels were good, clean comfortable with friendly staff and good food.I feel they they represented excellent value for money. The tour extension hotel (Vivanta by Taj at Green Cove) was outstanding in all respects

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Hilary Fagan
20th Oct 2017

All hotels were very good especially Isola de cocco

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Julie Faldo
4th Mar 2017

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Keith Douglass
14th Dec 2016

The tour was very good and the guide and driver were excellent.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Nita Sproston
21st Oct 2016

All the hotels on the tour were very good. Our driver was very good and our guide was also good

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Michael Jocelyn
12th Feb 2016

All were excellent, perhaps a couple could have had better shower facilities in the rooms (no hot water) but all very comfortable and staff were excellent.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Christine Pretty
11th Dec 2015

Very good standard. Rooms clean, no problems.
We appreciated having tea-making facilities.
Good range of local food in all hotels.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Gailyn Groves
10th Nov 2015

Quality of hotels was excellent with usual issues of plumbing and electricity.

The pace of the tour was just right. I was never over tired.

The guide Raj was more than excellent, he went over and above anything that could be expected.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Janet Karamath
27th Feb 2015

All hotels were of high standard. No problems.
Beach stay hotel was the best --- Isola de cocco the high standard of this hotel is not evident in its reviews... a great shame

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
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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 £259pp
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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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