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£1699pp -- India: Private Kerala Tour w/Flights & Excursions*

Sold out - (25 June, 2014) A new deal from this provider was published on 19 March, 2015.
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By Laura Summers

Kerala is where Indian life slows down, with lagoons, coconut groves, exotic spice plantations and wildlife in abundance, not to mention some of the best food in the country. For £1699 per person for solo travellers, you can now experience this unspoilt corner of India on your own private tour. We've seen similar packages for up to £350 more, and that's for group tours with shared transfers.

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 Bracknell Forest in Munnar
  • Two nights at the Pepper County Homestay in Thekkady
  • One night on a houseboat ­in ­Alleppey, including a free bottle of wine and lunch
  • Three nights in an upgraded Deluxe Sea View Room at the Beach and Lake Ayurvedic Resort in Kovalam ­­with a free Ayurvedic full-body massage
  • English-speaking guide in Kochi and Munnar
  • All excursions and entrances fees

Depart on 7, 14, 21, 28 September; 5, 12, 19, 26 October; 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November; 7, 14 December; 4, 11, 18, 25 January; 1, 8, 15, 22 February; 1, 8, 15, 22, 28 March, 2015.

Travel on the same dates from Manchester for £90 more per person, or from Glasgow for £150 more per person.

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. This leg also includes 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.

Then it's 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.

The trip finishes with a 3-night stay in Kovalam, a fishing village with pristine beaches and many Ayurvedic (alternative medicine) retreats. Here, you'll get a free Ayurvedic full-body massage.

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

Other options
The same deal is £1199 per person based on two sharing.

Restrictions may apply. Based on solo travellers. It's £1199 per person, 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. In the event that that hotels listed aren't available on booking, properties of a similar standard will be substituted. Citrus Holidays' full terms and conditions apply. This is a special offer and is based on specific flight times, dates, airlines and airports. 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.

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