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Kerala Beach Stay

  • Route:
  • London
  • Kochi (Cochin)
  • Allepy
  • Thrissur
  • Munnar
  • Thekkady
  • Trivandrum
  • Beach Stay
  • London
3 NIGHTS from £219pp

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy Kovalam's stunning beaches
  • Allepy backwaters cruise
  • City tour of Kochi and Trivandrum
  • Punnathur Kotta Elephant Sanctuary
  • and more...
Extension from £219pp
Tour + Extension from £1314pp
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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.

Day 1: UK to Kochi (Cochin)

Depart London on your overnight flight.

    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. You will then return to your hotel to enjoy a

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Kerala Beach Stay - Extension Starts

    Day 12: Trivandrum to Kovalam

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

    • Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 13 - 14: Kovalam

    Enjoy relaxing by the beautiful beaches of Kovalam.

      Day 15: Kovalam to the UK

      Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

        Your Meals
        • Included Breakfast will always be served at your accommodation each morning during the tour.
        • Included Lunch and Dinner, where included, will be served in local restaurants or at your accommodation.

        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

        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 £72 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

        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 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
        Vivanta By Taj - Green Cove Kovalam
        05 Oct 201719 Oct 2017£299pp£1375pp£1674ppBook
        09 Nov 201723 Nov 2017£349pp£1375pp£1724ppBook
        23 Nov 201707 Dec 2017£349pp£1395pp£1744ppBook
        07 Dec 201721 Dec 2017£349pp£1425pp£1774ppBook
        04 Jan 201818 Jan 2018£329pp£1445pp£1774ppBook
        18 Jan 201801 Feb 2018£329pp£1425pp£1754ppBook
        15 Feb 201801 Mar 2018£319pp£1425pp£1744ppBook
        22 Feb 201808 Mar 2018£309pp£1395pp£1704ppBook
        15 Mar 201829 Mar 2018£309pp£1295pp£1604ppBook
        19 Apr 201803 May 2018£269pp£1245pp£1514ppBook
        03 May 201817 May 2018£269pp£1095pp£1364ppBook
        04 Oct 201818 Oct 2018£309pp£1395pp£1704ppBook
        18 Oct 201801 Nov 2018£319pp£1445pp£1764ppBook
        08 Nov 201822 Nov 2018£359pp£1395pp£1754ppBook
        22 Nov 201806 Dec 2018£359pp£1425pp£1784ppBook
        06 Dec 201820 Dec 2018£359pp£1445pp£1804ppBook
        Isola Di Cocco
        05 Oct 201719 Oct 2017£229pp£1375pp£1604ppBook
        09 Nov 201723 Nov 2017£229pp£1375pp£1604ppBook
        23 Nov 201707 Dec 2017£229pp£1395pp£1624ppBook
        07 Dec 201721 Dec 2017£299pp£1425pp£1724ppBook
        04 Jan 201818 Jan 2018£239pp£1445pp£1684ppBook
        18 Jan 201801 Feb 2018£239pp£1425pp£1664ppBook
        15 Feb 201801 Mar 2018£239pp£1425pp£1664ppBook
        22 Feb 201808 Mar 2018£239pp£1395pp£1634ppBook
        15 Mar 201829 Mar 2018£239pp£1295pp£1534ppBook
        19 Apr 201803 May 2018£219pp£1245pp£1464ppBook
        03 May 201817 May 2018£219pp£1095pp£1314ppBook
        04 Oct 201818 Oct 2018£239pp£1395pp£1634ppBook
        18 Oct 201801 Nov 2018£239pp£1445pp£1684ppBook
        08 Nov 201822 Nov 2018£239pp£1395pp£1634ppBook
        22 Nov 201806 Dec 2018£239pp£1425pp£1664ppBook
        06 Dec 201820 Dec 2018£239pp£1445pp£1684ppBook
        Uday Samudra Beach Hotel
        09 Nov 201723 Nov 2017£249pp£1375pp£1624ppBook
        23 Nov 201707 Dec 2017£249pp£1399pp£1648ppBook
        07 Dec 201721 Dec 2017£269pp£1449pp£1718ppBook
        04 Jan 201818 Jan 2018£259pp£1459pp£1718ppBook
        18 Jan 201801 Feb 2018£259pp£1439pp£1698ppBook
        15 Feb 201801 Mar 2018£259pp£1439pp£1698ppBook
        22 Feb 201808 Mar 2018£259pp£1399pp£1658ppBook
        15 Mar 201829 Mar 2018£259pp£1299pp£1558ppBook
        19 Apr 201803 May 2018£229pp£1259pp£1488ppBook
        03 May 201817 May 2018£229pp£1099pp£1328ppBook
        04 Oct 201818 Oct 2018£259pp£1399pp£1658ppBook
        18 Oct 201801 Nov 2018£259pp£1459pp£1718ppBook
        08 Nov 201822 Nov 2018£259pp£1399pp£1658ppBook
        22 Nov 201806 Dec 2018£259pp£1439pp£1698ppBook
        06 Dec 201820 Dec 2018£289pp£1459pp£1748ppBook

        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.

        Fact File

        • Currency: Indian Rupee
        • Average Flying time: 12 - 17½ hours
        • Minimum temperature: 27°C
        • Maximum temperature: 29°C
        • Spoken Language(s): Malayalam, English

        Here to help

        • Get in touch with one of our experts on Kerala
        • 0800 781 4893 (free)
        • 0333 321 3144(mobile friendly)
        • Request a call back

        Hotels and Accommodation

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        Vivanta By Taj - Green Cove Kovalam

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        River Retreat

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        Tea County Resort

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        Aranya Nivas

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        Uday Suites

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