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£1199 -- India: Private Kerala Tour w/Meals & Chauffeur*

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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 region. 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, 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 Fort Queen Hotel or similar
  • Two nights in Munnar at the Deep Woods Resort or similar
  • One night in Thekkady at the Hotel Treetop or similar
  • One night on a deluxe air-conditioned houseboat, including all meals
  • Three nights in Kovalam at the Hotel Jasmin Palace or similar

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 and visit a local family for a cooking lesson and a typical Keralan dinner.

Next, you'll be driven to Munnar along winding roads through spice gardens and tea plantations. 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 onto Thekkady, India's largest wildlife sanctuary, for an overnight stay plus a wildlife-spotting boat cruise and an elephant ride.

The next stop 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) resorts. All of the hotels on this 9-night trip are highly rated on TripAdvisor and two (Misty Mountain Resort and Hotel Jasmin Palace) were awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence last year.

Depart from London Heathrow or Gatwick every day from 1 April-5 December, 2013; 13 January-31 March, 2014

It's an extra £50 per person to depart from Manchester and an extra £100 per person to depart from Dublin or Glasgow.

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, airports). Flights for other times, dates, airlines or airports may incur additional charges. Fares on all airlines can fluctuate, depending on demand.

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