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Experience a taste of India on this outstanding introductory tour.
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Discover the beauty, tranquillity and variety
of Kerala on this tour specially designed for
solo travellers. The tour takes in wildlife,
spice plantations, historically important
towns and the scenic beauty of the Western
Ghats. Spend an afternoon cruising the
tropical backwaters and relax for two nights
on the palm-fringed sands of one of south
India’s most beautiful beaches.
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Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Kochi, via Dubai, with Emirates. (N)
Early morning arrival and check in to the
Taj Malabar Resort & Spa for 2 nights. After
settling in, explore Fort Kochi by tuk-tuk.
Discover the narrow streets of the old town and see the cantilevered fishing nets, the 16th century
Portuguese-built Mattancherry Palace
and the church of St Francis. Evening welcome
dinner at hotel. (D)
Spend the morning at the village of
Kumbalanghi to learn about life in rural Kerala.
The village has been set up to preserve and
uphold ancient crafts such as coir making,
weaving, cigar making and pottery as well as
traditional fishing techniques. Observe and
partake in a variety of activities before having
lunch overlooking the backwaters. Afternoon
at leisure to explore Kochi independently
before visiting a Kathakali dance studio to
see a traditional performance. Arrive early
to see the performers apply their colourful
makeup. (B, L)
Travel through endless green hilly scenery
to Thekkady, a region abundant with spice
plantations and the gateway to Periyar
National Park, south India’s most popular
wildlife reserve. Visit a private spice plantation
before a late afternoon cooking lesson to
learn the secrets of traditional Kerala cuisine.
Stay 2 nights at Spice Village in individual
chalet-style bungalows with elephant grass
thatched roofs. (B)
Early-morning nature walk in Periyar National
Park. While tiger sightings are unlikely, the
walk is beautiful, taking you through tribal communities, grasslands and deciduous forest,
providing excellent opportunities to watch
the resident birdlife. Evening Kalaripayattu
Head to Kumarakom, an idyllic backwater
fishing village located on Kerala’s largest lake
– Vembanad. Board a traditional houseboat
for lunch and drift through the canals and
backwaters, where you will see rural life
unchanged for centuries. Spend 2 nights at the
lakeside Aveda Resort & Spa. (B, L)
Explore the island of Kumarakom on a gentle
bicycle ride, passing narrow, palm-fringed
canals that wind their way through the vast
expanse of paddy fields and neat, tiny hamlets.
Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Travel to Kovalam, where the broad, palmfringed
beaches are among the finest in India.
Spend 2 nights at Taj Green Cove Resort &
Spa, where the Jiva Spa offers an extensive
range of ayurvedic treatments. (B)
Morning exploration of the nearby town
of Trivandrum including visits to the
exquisite Palace Museum and the Sri
Padmanabhaswamy Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Afternoon at leisure before an evening
farewell dinner at the hotel. (B, D)
Transfer to Trivandrum airport for your flight
to London, via Dubai, with Emirates. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
These small group tours have been specially created for solo travellers. Benefits include single occupancy of double / twin rooms as standard and at sensible prices, plus the company of like-minded travellers. View the complete collection here.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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XKA2020: 8 Nights
Kochi (Cochin), overlooking the Arabian Sea and once a strategic port on the spice route, is an enchanting blend of east meets west...
Located only 16 km south of the regional capital of Trivandrum, the broad sandy palm...
An island on Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is just 16 km west of Kottayam and only 1 hour 30...
Thekkady is set among the endless green slopes of the Cardamom Hills in the spice-growin...