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South India Itinerary

South India The Backwaters and Beaches of Kerala


Day 01:
Fly to Cochin

Day 02:
Arrival and transfer to your 5*Hotel

Day 03:
Morning sightseeing tour in Cochin. Evening cultural dance show (B)

Day 04:
Drive to the Munnar Hill Station (B)

Day 05:
A day at leisure (B)

Day 06:
Transfer to Thekkady and check-in to your 4*Resort in the Periyar National Park (B)

Day 07:
Morning guided walk in the spice plantation. Afternoon boat cruise on Lake Periyar (B)

Day 08:
Transfer to Alleppey where you start your private air conditioned houseboat cruise through the gentle backwaters (B,L,D)

Day 09:
Disembark your houseboat and transfer to Kumarakom village and check in to your 4*Resort (B)

Day 10:
A full day at leisure (B)

Day 11:
Transfer to Kovalam and check in to your 5*Resort & Spa (B)

Day 12-15:
At leisure (B)

Day 16:
Transfer to Trivandrum and flight back to the UK (B)

This is simply a suggested itinerary and can easily be customized to suit your schedule, budget, and interests.

What is included:

• Scheduled flights 
• 13 Nights accommodation in 4 & 5  Star Hotels with breakfast
• 1 Night onboard your private air conditioned house boat
• 1 Lunch and 1 Dinner during backwater cruise
• Private car transfers
• Full sightseeing programme
• Entrance Fees
• Services of an English speaking guide
• Taxes

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When to go

The weather is hot most of the year with variations from region to region. The coolest weather lasts from around December to February, with fresh mornings and evenings and mostly sunny days. The really hot weather, when it is dry, dusty and unpleasant, is between March and June. Monsoon rains occur in most regions in summer anywhere between June and early October. 

Flying time

From London to Delhi is 8 hours; to Kolkata (Calcutta) is 9 hours 45 minutes; to Chennai (Madras) is 11 hours, and to Mumbai (Bombay) is 8 hours 30 minutes.

Time difference

GMT +5½.


Passport & Visa

Visa Required?
British Yes
USA  Yes
Other EU Yes

Passports must be valid for a minimum of 180 days


Visa Validity

Tourist: six months or one year for multiple entry. Transit: maximum stays of 15 days within three months. Business: six months or one year, or up to two years for multiple entry. Visas are valid from the date of issue.

Visa Note

Certain parts of the country have been designated protected or restricted areas that require special permits and in some cases prior government authorisation. Intent to visit a specific restricted region should be indicated when applying for a visa and a permit will be granted to visit that region only. 


Health requirements

Diphtheria Yes
Hepatitis A Yes
Malaria  Yes
Tetanus Yes
Typhoid Yes
Yellow Fever No*


Inoculation regulations can change at short notice. Please take medical advice in the case of doubt. Where 'Sometimes' appears in the table above, precautions may be required depending on the season and region visited.