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Family Friendly Kerala

This 8-day trip through tropical Kerala has been designed with families in mind. Long car journeys are kept to a minimum and a mix of wildlife, boat trips and family friendly accommodation have been selected to create an itinerary that allows all ages to enjoy the warmth and rich culture of India in a relaxed way!

Your Itinerary

DAY 1 - Welcome to India!

This morning your overnight flight arrives in to Cochin, and your journey through south Kerala begins. Your driver and guide will greet you at Cochin Airport and transport you to historic Fort Cochin. Once you have had a chance to check in and relax after your flight, your guide will meet you for your tour through the winding lanes of Fort Cochin in Tuk Tuks! Tuk Tuk is the local transport and is a unique and fun way to get around and see the local way of life.

DAY 2 - Journey in to rural Kerala

Today you driver will transfer you in to rural Kerala to Thodupuzha. Here, you will be staying at a wonderful homestay called Dewalokam. Set on an organic farm, you will be welcomed in to the family, spending time with them and gaining an insight in to the local life.

DAY 3 - Enjoy Keralan way of life!

Today is a full day at leisure to enjoy at your own pace. Dewalokam offers plenty of activities the whole family will enjoy such as cooking lessons, spice walks, village walks, cycling, bamboo rafting and swimming in the pool or river. You can also help out on the farm and even milk the cows!

DAY 4 - Journey to the backwaters

Today you will journey across to Kerala’s serene backwaters. On arrival, you will board your traditional houseboat for your overnight cruise along the waterways. Enjoy an afternoon drifting along the palm-fringed waterways ending with a special evening meal dinner on board your boat.

DAY 5 - Head to the beach!

After breakfast on board, you will disembark and journey to the beautiful golden sands of Mararikulam. Check in to your beach side hotel and relax in your tropical surroundings.

DAY 6 & 7 - Enjoy the sun, sea and sand!

Enjoy your time at leisure on the beach. Perhaps rise early and watch the fishermen arriving in their colourful fishing boats bringing in their catch of the day!

DAY 8 - Home time!

Today your time in India comes to an end. Your driver will transfer you back to the airport in time for your international flight home. Safe flight!

DETAILS: -

This itinerary costs from £850 per person B&B (full board at Dewalokam and on the houseboat) and is based on a family of four sharing two rooms during October half term. The price includes all private transfers and excursions but not international flights.

International flights tend to cost about £600pp for a return – do ask us for advice. Alternatively we can book the flights for you but a booking fee applies.

What's included?

INCLUDED:
  • Prices start from £850 per person
  • Accommodation on B&B basis
  • Dewalokam Homestay and the Houseboat are on a full-board basis
  • Private transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Local taxes
  • All excursions and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered
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