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£1199 -- India: Private Kerala Tour w/Local Excursions*

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By Victoria Murden

Kerala is where Indian life slows down, with lagoons, coconut groves, sandy beaches, exotic spice plantations and wildlife in abundance, not to mention some of the best food in the country. For £1199 per person -- 45% less than usual -- you can now experience this unspoilt corner of India on your own private tour.

As well as return flights, checked luggage, private airport transfers, daily breakfast and dinner, various excursions and a chauffeured car with an English-speaking guide**, you get:

  • Two nights in Kochi at the Cochin Seaport Hotel, with a free upgrade to a Sea View Room
  • Two nights in Munnar at the Deep Woods Resort 
  • One night on an air-conditioned houseboat, including all meals and a bottle of wine
  • One night in Thekkady at the Pepper County Homestay, a TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice 2013 winner in the B&Bs and Inns category
  • Three nights in Kovalam at the Hotel Jasmin Palace, awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013

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 watch a martial arts and dance performance.

Next, you'll be driven to Munnar along winding roads and through spice gardens, with a stop at a tea plantation. You'll have a full day here with a driver at your disposal -- be sure to visit the Eravikulam National Park where leopards, tigers and the Nilgiri tahr (an endangered species of goat) roam. Continue on to Thekkady, India's largest wildlife sanctuary, for an overnight stay plus a wildlife-spotting boat cruise and an elephant ride.

Next is a 2-day punt on a houseboat along the backwaters of Kerala, overhung by coconut trees and lush vegetation. Locally called a kettuvallam and held together entirely by knots, these houseboats give a real insight into Keralan life -- make the most of the traditional food on board.

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

Depart from London Gatwick or Heathrow every day until 5 December and from 13 January-30 June, 2014. It's an extra £50 per person to depart from Manchester and an extra £100 to depart from Dublin or Glasgow.

It's an additional £299 per person to depart from 6 December-12 January.

Upgrade to 4-star hotel stays for an extra £299 per person.

*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. The price for this offer is based on specific flights (times, dates, airline or airports). Flights for other times, dates, airlines, airports may incur additional charges. Fares on all airlines can fluctuate depending on demand. A 50% deposit is required up front and full payment 10 weeks prior to departure. Citrus Holiday's full terms and conditions apply. 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 localdeals_uk@travelzoo.com. Accommodation will be in the hotels listed or in an alternative of a similar standard, subject to availability. **English-speaking guides will be available for local excursions only.

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