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£1199pp -- India: Private Kerala Tour w/Flights & Excursions*

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By Laura Summers

Kerala's "intensely tropical landscape" has "intoxicated visitors" for hundreds of years, says Rough Guides. With lush rice paddies, exotic spice plantations and wildlife in abundance, this unspoilt corner of India is best seen with a guided tour. And at £1199 per person -- up to £595 less than similar tours -- we think this 10-night private trip is just the ticket.

What's included

  • Return flights from London Gatwick or Heathrow
  • All transfers by private chauffeured air-conditioned car
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Two nights at the Fort Abode in Kochi
  • Two nights at the Aranyaka Resort in Munnar
  • Two nights at the Pepper County Homestay in Thekkady
  • One night on a houseboat ­in ­Allepey, including a free bottle of wine and lunch
  • Three nights in an upgraded Deluxe Sea View Room at the Beach & Lake Ayurvedic Resort in Kovalam ­­with a free Ayurvedic full-body massage
  • All excursions led by an English-speaking guide and entrances fees

When
Depart on select dates from August, 2014, to April, 2015. It's an extra £299 to travel on select dates throughout Christmas and New Year. Visit Citrus Holidays' website for a full list of dates.

Itinerary
The trip starts in Kochi, on the west coast of India. Known for its blend of cultures, the seaside town is home to Chinese fishing nets that stretch out across the water, a Jewish synagogue and the Portuguese Mattancherry Palace -- the included excursions take in all three. You'll also enjoy a free cooking lesson with a local TV personality.

Next, you'll be driven to Munnar along winding roads and through spice gardens, with a stop at a tea plantation and museum, including a free tasting session, plus a chance to ride an elephant. Continue on to Thekkady, India's largest wildlife sanctuary, for a 2-night stay plus a wildlife-spotting boat cruise in the Periyar Tiger Reserve, as well as a traditional Indian Kathakali dance and martial arts show.

Then it's a 2-day punt on a houseboat along the backwaters of Kerala, where coconut trees and lush vegetation line the river. Locally called a kettuvallam and held together entirely by knots, these houseboats give a real insight into Keralan life.

The trip finishes with a 3-night stay in Kovalam, a fishing village with pristine beaches and many Ayurvedic (alternative medicine) retreats. 

The properties in Kochi, Munnar and Thekkady all have TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence 2014.

Transfers & baggage
This deal includes all transfers by private chauffeured car and 20kg checked luggage.

Other options

  • It's an extra £99 per person to depart from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle
  • It's an extra £499 per person for solo travelers
*Terms/Conditions:
Restrictions may apply. Based on two sharing. Credit cards are charged at 2%; there is no charge for debit cards. Fully ATOL protected. This offer is non-refundable. Citrus Holidays' full terms and conditions apply. This is a special offer and is based on specific flight times, dates, airlines and airports. If the specified hotels are unavailable, a hotel of a higher quality will be offered. Some flights may depart very early in the morning or late at night. Check flight times before you book. Other flight dates and times, or flights from other airports, may be available at an additional cost. Offer is limited and may be withdrawn without notice. Citrus Holidays is solely responsible for all customer service in connection with your purchase; Travelzoo has no liability for such service. If you experience any difficulties booking the dates and the prices listed above, please report it to our Customer Service Team at support_uk@travelzoo.com.