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A place like no other, step away from the hustle and bustle of India and take yourself to a tranquil State boasting an intricate coastline of the Lakshadweep Sea and further inland lagoons and rivers of the Western Ghats.
Kerala is fondly known as the jewel of India and a firm favourite amongst our solo travellers, owing to its sheer natural beauty and a haven to escape the norms of day-to-day life. Its architectural designs and ancient structures hold a deep mythology whilst the setting, surrounded by palm trees, luscious greenery, quiet waters and captivating wildlife besiege you in tranquillity.
The best way to be captivated by Kerala is by houseboat, as you pass through one of its many intricate winding backwaters, exploring authentic fishing villages and habitual life on the waters edge.
Kerala is every food-lover's paradise. Kerala cuisine known for its rich and generous use of coconut and rice offers a multitude of dishes for your taste buds to explore, from fish curries to vegetarian dishes, they are bursting with flavour and not to be missed.
Relax into your Keralan tour as you navigate the famous backwaters, golden beaches and villages along the South West Indian coastline. Passing through and exploring Cochin, Munnar, Thekkady, Alleppey and Marari.
Day 1 – Welcome to Cochin
On arrival you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel to commence this majestic journey. Once you’ve checked in you will taken to Cochin, known as Kerala’s financial capital, but also famed for its historic Chinese fishing nets which cast a stunning silhouette against a sunset backdrop. Here you’ll take a tour of the Mattancherry Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, the oldest European church in India and the Santa Cruz Basilica.
As evening approaches, enjoy a cold drink and entertainment of the world famous Kathakali dance performed at the local theatre.
Day 2 – Cochin to Munnar
After breakfast, you’ll drive from Cochin to Munnar, where you’ll be in awe of the high altitude, luscious green tea plantations and stunning scenery – you may even spot a monkey or two. Here you’ll visit a coffee and tea plantation.
Day 3 – Munnar
Discover more of Munnar on a sightseeing tour, including special visits to the Mattupetty Dam, Kundale Lake and Echo Point. Observe a rare species of mountain goat Rajamala hill, situated on the famous hill station at Munnar before being taken to a Tea Museum to learn about the industry, its history and its 1880’s founding roots.
Day 4 - Thekkady
Today you’ll visit Thekkady, fondly known to many as a tourist paradise with many a sight to see! Thekkady is truly enchanting as the road winds through tranquil countryside, rich plantations, spice plantations and thick jungles. The National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is a famous reserve to elephants and tigers located amongst the Cardamom Hills.
Here, you’ll have the opportunity to take a tour in a boat around the park, where you might see elephants by the waters edge, and other animals. If you want to get more up close and personal with the animals, you’ll have the chance to ride on an elephants back, creating everlasting memories from your trip.
Day 5 - Houseboat
Get ready to be truly rest your mind and soul as you hop on board a beautifully handcrafted houseboat on the Kerala backwaters – the true heart of Kerala! On deck, or from your balcony you’ll cross through idyllic rivers, lagoons and canals as the waters edge fringed with green palms and tropical life comes alive. Let the hustle and bustle of daily life pass you by as you’re served fresh local cuisine daily by the boats very on chef. In Alleppey you’ll have the chance to explore a number of local fishing villages and be shown how to make alcohol from coconut palm sap – not to mention being able to sample it!
Day 6 – Houseboat, Alleppey to Marari
Back on dry land, you’ll be taken to Marari Beach Resort, an eco-friendly hotel, fringed with hammocks swaying and coconut palm trees, making this hideaway near Alleppey's sandy shores the ultimate place for relaxation. Located on the shores, unwind as you watch the burnt orange sun set over the evening’s sky.
Day 7 – Marari
Remove yourself from beach life for a few hours to enjoy a banquet of local seafood at a local fishermen’s village. To end the holiday, try an authentic Ayurveda massage, that focuses on relaxation, stress relief and releasing emotional blockages.
Day 8 – Departure to the UK
You’ll be served breakfast with your fellow solo travellers before being transported to the airport to pick up your return flight home.
If you opted for the Kerala Beach extension, you’ll be transported to the 4 star Abad Turtle Beach, Marari where you can continue relaxing and unwinding under a perfect setting!
Throughout your tour of Kerala you’ll be staying at the following hotels:
- Cochin - Abad Atrium,
- Munnar - Abad Copper Castle,
- Thekkady - Abad Green Forest,
- Alleppey - Evergreen Houseboats,
- Marari - Abad Turtle.
To note – although Kerala eased its alcohol ban in 2017, it may still be restricted in some of the hotels featured in your tour. If you require Alcohol during your holiday it is recommended purchase from duty free prior or on arrival in India.
Kochi, formally known as Cochin, is a major port city set on a magnificent estuary, which has been drawing traders, travellers and explorers to its shores for over 600 years. It’s mesmerising ambiance is thanks to its eclectic mix of giant Chinese fishing nets, ancient mosques, a 450-year-old synagogue, Portuguese and Dutch-era houses and the decaying relics of the British Raj.
No trip to India would be complete without a Hindu Ayurveda treatment, promising to rejuvenate your body and mind, using traditional methods and plant-based oils. Couple this with a session of Yoga on one of the many soothing beaches or meditate with new-found friends to ease the stresses of everyday life.
Traditional backwaters Houseboat
Submerge yourself in Kerala by hopping a-board a houseboat! Sit down, drink in hand, and let the boat take you away as you float through the complex backwater system coupled with striking landscapes and tropical life on the waters edge. Fully equipped with modern facilities you’ll be in the lap of comfort, take on the views from the deck or from your vey own balcony, whilst Keralan life passes you by. Your nights will be lit up with traditional oil lamps, whilst you’re served traditional Keralan cuisine, whilst you take on no worries but to sit back and while away the evening over a sweet palm wine.
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Catch a rare glimpse of some of the world’s most exotic animals! Periyar Tiger Reserve is home to tigers and a significant elephant population, as well as rare lion-tailed macaques, leopards, Indian bison and sambar deer. Whilst exploring, be captivated by the reserves rare and diverse flora and fauna – a place like no other!
Beach extension Marari
Enjoy an even slower place to Kerala with a 3-night stay at Marari Beach, a luxury 5-star hotel, located on the sandy shores of Alleppey. Enjoy freshly caught seafood, delicious cocktails and you while away the hours under one of its many swaying palms. The beach extension at Marari Beach offers you the perfect respite for those singletons looking to rest and rejuvenate.
What is included in the tour
- Stay at 4* Hotels throughout the tour and for beach extension at 4* Abad Turtle Beach Resort, Marari
- Your own single occupancy en-suite room
- Daily Breakfast & Dinner
- Flights from any UK airport
- All Taxes & Surcharges
- 20Kg Baggage allowance and 5kg hand baggage.
- All transfers
- Coordinated site-seeing and activities as per Itinerary
- Entrance fees to the sites as per itinerary
- Cochin tour, Spice gardens visit and drive through tea plantations, Kathakali show, Houseboat Stay at Backwaters and Elephant ride
- Dedicated GoSingles host at the hotel
- Welcome get together
- Meet other single, like minded travellers who wish to socialise and make new friends
Price and itinerary may be subject to change
Price excludes: Indian visa
All British passport holders must obtain the holiday visa in advance at least 72 hours prior and not more than 30 days in advance of your departure.
The cost for Indian Tourist Visa for 1 month is US$25 (approx. - £22) from July - March & US$10 (approx. - £10) from April - June and you can purchase from the India Government website https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html failure to comply with entry requirements will result in travel being denied or entry refused.