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India - Classic Kerala & Goa

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Discover the rich history and unique culture of Kerala and Goa on this 15-night tour with a difference.

Lying in the south-west, along the Malabar Coast, Kerala is a bright and verdant region that often contradicts the typical perception of traditional India.  The beautiful climate of the region produces a mesmerising bounty of pungent spices, aromatic tea and exotic fruits. The region has a diverse landscape changing from mountains and deep valleys to open coastal plains and tranquil backwaters.

Stretching along the Arabian Sea in western India lies Goa, a sun-soaked state famous for its beaches, seafood and laid-back tropical atmosphere. Relax on one of Goa’s many golden sandy beaches and admire the unspoiled, palm-fringed coastline. From classic curry dishes to seafood specialities, there is no shortage of culinary treats for the taste buds in Goa. You will also have the unique opportunity to visit spice farms and tea plantations on your trip, learning about one of the most important trades in this region of India.

Immerse yourself in local life on this once in a lifetime trip to Kerala and Goa as you visit regional villages and markets, sample local cuisine and enjoy some relaxation time on golden, sandy beaches. 

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Rupee (80 Rupees = €1.00 approx) 
Local Time
GMT + 5.5 hours. India does not observe daylight saving time (DST).
Passport
Irish and UK citizens require a visa to enter India. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months. Click here for information on Indian visas https://www.traveldepartment.ie/about-us/our-visa-services/india/ 
Vaccinations
Vaccinations may be required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau. 
Climate

Kerala & Goa have a maritime tropical climate and days are generally warm and sunny, with average temperatures in the early 20s. The proximity to the sea results in a southwest summer monsoon and a northeast winter monsoon. The evenings can be a little chillier as you head up into the mountain areas during this trip. 

Dress Code

Compared with certain parts of Asia, India has a very relaxed dress code, especially in the South. However, care should still be taken not to give offence by wearing clothing which may be considered revealing. Carrying a shawl and/or a sarong to cover shoulders or knees is a handy way to be prepared when visiting religious sites.

Food & Drink

Known as the ‘land of spices’ Kerala is home to a dazzling array of fragrant and vibrant food. Both spicy and mild dishes are available, all very different and delicious! Traditional Keralan food is vegetarian, but you will also find lamb and chicken dishes on the menu as you would throughout the rest of India. Due to its proximity to the sea and its teeming backwaters, there’s a plentiful supply of freshly caught fish. The mix of religious and overseas influences means that you will also see beef and pork dishes served Keralan restaurants. Signature dishes of the region to try are Sadya and Malabar Biryani.

Please Note; The Kerala State Government has a strict liquor policy. The majority of hotels and resorts in Kerala do not have an alcohol licence. Some have a beer and wine licence only. Please enquire directly for more details.Your hotel in Goa offers a full bar service.  
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 74.00Rs
  • Beer: 75.00Rs
  • Glass of wine: 100.00Rs
  • Main course: 200.00Rs
  • Soft Drink: 21.00Rs
  • Bottled Water: 22.00Rs
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A 220v plug adaptor
  • Sun cream
  • A light jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading/Viewing

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Where the Rain is Born by Anita Nair

King Neptune’s Delight by Gita V. Reddy

Holiday highlights

Kathakali Dance Performance

 One of the oldest forms of theatre in the world, Kathakali is a classical Indian dance performance characterised by subtle gestures and facial movements. Combined with elaborate make up, flamboyant costumes and dramatic music the resulting performance is an intense and theatrical interpretation of traditional folk stories.

Cochin 

Kochi or Cochin is known as the gateway to Kerala. A major port and bustling city, Cochin was the centre of the spice trade for centuries and today still displays characteristics from many different rulers and inhabitants including Dutch, Portuguese and British.

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

 South India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary, Periyar is home to an array of different wildlife, most notably elephants and tigers. Originally a private game reserve, the park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1950.

Periyar Spice Garden

Many things that we only see in jars on the supermarket shelves grow in abundance here. Great quantities of cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, clove, vanilla, tea and coffee are produced here as well as rubber for medical and household use in the western world. 

Houseboat journey through the backwaters of Kerala

 Spending a night on a traditions thatch roofed ‘Kettuvallum’ is truly a magical experience. You can enjoy the time on board relaxing and cruising through the waterways, lined with coconut groves and rice fields as daily life carries on at the water’s edge. 

Goa

 Goa is a state in western India with coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea. Its long history as a Portuguese colony prior to 1961 is evident in its preserved 17th-century churches and the area’s tropical spice plantations. Goa is also known for its beaches, ranging from popular stretches at Baga and Palolem to those in laid-back fishing villages such as Agonda. 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Rupee (80 Rupees = €1.00 approx) 
Local Time
GMT + 5.5 hours. India does not observe daylight saving time (DST).
Passport
Irish and UK citizens require a visa to enter India. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months. Click here for information on Indian visas https://www.traveldepartment.ie/about-us/our-visa-services/india/ 
Vaccinations
Vaccinations may be required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau. 
Climate

Kerala & Goa have a maritime tropical climate and days are generally warm and sunny, with average temperatures in the early 20s. The proximity to the sea results in a southwest summer monsoon and a northeast winter monsoon. The evenings can be a little chillier as you head up into the mountain areas during this trip. 

Dress Code

Compared with certain parts of Asia, India has a very relaxed dress code, especially in the South. However, care should still be taken not to give offence by wearing clothing which may be considered revealing. Carrying a shawl and/or a sarong to cover shoulders or knees is a handy way to be prepared when visiting religious sites.

Food & Drink

Known as the ‘land of spices’ Kerala is home to a dazzling array of fragrant and vibrant food. Both spicy and mild dishes are available, all very different and delicious! Traditional Keralan food is vegetarian, but you will also find lamb and chicken dishes on the menu as you would throughout the rest of India. Due to its proximity to the sea and its teeming backwaters, there’s a plentiful supply of freshly caught fish. The mix of religious and overseas influences means that you will also see beef and pork dishes served Keralan restaurants. Signature dishes of the region to try are Sadya and Malabar Biryani.

Please Note; The Kerala State Government has a strict liquor policy. The majority of hotels and resorts in Kerala do not have an alcohol licence. Some have a beer and wine licence only. Please enquire directly for more details.Your hotel in Goa offers a full bar service.  
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 74.00Rs
  • Beer: 75.00Rs
  • Glass of wine: 100.00Rs
  • Main course: 200.00Rs
  • Soft Drink: 21.00Rs
  • Bottled Water: 22.00Rs
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A 220v plug adaptor
  • Sun cream
  • A light jacket
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
Recommended Reading/Viewing

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Where the Rain is Born by Anita Nair

King Neptune’s Delight by Gita V. Reddy

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 – Depart for India

Morning

Depart for India

Depart Dublin on your overnight flight to Cochin.

Day 2 – Arrive in Cochin

Morning

Cochin

Upon arrival in Cochin you will be met by your guide and transferred by coach to your hotel in Cochin. You will have the morning at leisure to settle in to your hotel and get to know your surroundings.

Afternoon

Welcome Meeting

Enjoy a welcome gathering with your local expert guide, where you will learn about the history and culture of Kerala before dinner at your hotel.

Day 3 - Cochin

Morning

Fort Kochi

Depart your hotel for a Heritage walk of Fort Kochi, exploring the nooks & crannies of this coastal town. You will see the age-old Chinese fishing nets still in use, the historic St. Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Basilica, with ample time for photo opportunities. You will then take a short drive to Mattanccherry to visit the Dutch Palace & Jewish Synagogue.

Afternoon

At Leisure

You will have the afternoon to spend at your own pace in Cochin. Your guide will be delighted to suggest activities to suit your individual interests.

Evening

Kathakali

After dinner at your hotel, your guide will accompany you to an Indian dance drama known as Kathakali. The colourful costumes, dramatic makeup, subtle facial expressions and the expressive music combine to form an unforgettable performance.

Day 4 – Cochin to Munnar

Morning

Mundackal Plantation

Leave Cochin behind this morning as you travel into the hills to the town of Munnar. There is plenty of colour and activity to observe throughout the journey, with lunch at the Mundackal Plantation included en route.

Afternoon

Munnar

Upon arrival in Munnar, you will have the rest of the day to spend at your leisure as you unwind in the tranquillity of Kerala’s hills. Munnar is situated at the confluence of three rivers and is South India’s largest tea growing region.

Day 5 – Munnar

Morning

Tour of Munnar

Embark on a morning tour of Munnar. During the tour you will visit the Munnar Tea Museum and Eravikulam National Park, home to the endangered Nilgiri Tahr mountain goat.

Afternoon

At Leisure

Enjoy an afternoon to spend at your leisure. You might like to shop for local tea or locally grown spices, or explore one of the nearby waterfalls. Your local guide will be on hand to offer some suggestions to suit your taste.

Day 6 – Munnar to Thekkady

Morning

Transfer to Thekkady

After breakfast you will transfer to your hotel in Thekkady. En route from Munnar to Thekkady you will enjoy breathtaking views of the emerald hills and witness the harvesting of cardamom and other local spices.

Afternoon

Periyar Spice Garden

Embark on a guided tour of Periyar Spice Garden and see many different varieties of spices growing in their natural environment. You will have the opportunity to taste some spices if you wish!

Day 7 – Thekkady

Morning

Periyar National Park

This morning you will enjoy an excursion in the vast Periyar National Park, a wildlife sanctuary that is home to tigers, elephants, lion-tailed macaques, leopards and the picturesque Periyar Lake. Experience a leisurely boat ride across the lake as your local guide points out exotic birds and other wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive tiger!

Afternoon

At Leisure

You will have the afternoon at leisure to take in the mountain air and relax in the surroundings of your hotel.

Day 8 – Thekkady to Kumarakom

Morning

Kumarakom

Take a coach transfer with your guide to Kumarakom, beside the Vembanad Lake. On arrival you will board a deluxe traditional, thatch roofed ‘Kettuvallum’ or houseboat for an overnight journey through the backwaters of Kerala. Both lunch and dinner will be included on the houseboat.

Afternoon

Keralan Village Visit

Visit a traditional Keralan village before returning to your unique accommodation. You can enjoy the time on board relaxing and cruising through the waterways lined with coconut groves and rice fields as daily life carries on at the water’s edge.

Day 9 – Kumarakom to Alleppey

Morning

Alleppey

Following breakfast you will disembark the houseboat and transfer to your hotel Alleppey.

Afternoon

At Leisure

Upon arrival in Alleppey you will have the remainder of the day at leisure. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere on the shores of the Vembanad Lake, the longest lake in India.

Day 10 – Alleppey

Full Day

At Leisure

You will have the morning and afternoon to explore Alleppey at your own pace. Your guide will be on hand to suggest optional activities to suit your interests or you can simply unwind and avail of the hotel facilities.

Evening

Cooking Class

This evening you will attend a cooking class hosted by the Hotel Chef. Kerala is home to some of the best quality spices in the world and the influence of these spices is quite visible in the local cuisine. You will learn how to prepare a couple of popular dishes and later on will be able to enjoy these dishes as your main meal of the day!

Day 11 – Depart for Goa

Morning

Internal Flight to Goa

Say farewell to Kerala as you transfer to Kochi airport for your internal flight to Goa (via Bangalore).

Afternoon

At Leisure

Upon arrival in Goa you will transfer to your hotel with guide assistance. The remainder of the day will be at leisure so you can settle in to your new surroundings.

Day 12 – Old Goa

Full Day

Sightseeing in Old Goa

Today you will enjoy sightseeing in Old Goa, which is the ancient capital of Goa and well-known for its churches. You will visit The Basilica of Bom Jesus, which is the best-recognised church in Goa. Completed in the year 1605, it houses the sacred relics of St. Francis Xavier, who came to Goa in the year 1542 and is now the patron saint of the state’s Christian community. You will also visit the Se Cathedral, which is said to be the largest church in Asia. Inside the Cathedral are eight chapels and six side altars, as well as the main altar that is dedicated to Saint Catherine.

Day 13 - Goa at Leisure

Full Day

Goa at Leisure

Indulge in a full day of relaxation in Goa. You will have ample time to unwind by the hotel pool or visit one of Goa’s beaches.

Day 14 - Goa

Full Day

Goa at Leisure

Enjoy another full day experiencing Goa at your own pace. Perhaps you would like to book a locally available optional excursion or visit a nearby flea market? The choice is yours.

Day 15 – Depart Goa

Morning

Depart Goa

After a leisurely breakfast transfer to Goa airport to board internal flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival in Mumbai airport, you will connect with your overnight flight back home to Dublin.

Day 16 – Arrive Home

Morning

Arrive Home

Arrive home following your once-in-a-lifetime trip to Kerala & Goa.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

Customer reviews

Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Crowne Plaza Cochin 5

The Crowne Plaza Cochin hotel is ideally located in the new business district of Cochin city, near the NH 47 bypass. The hotel is close to key attractions including Marine Drive, Cochin Port, Fort Kochi and Mattancherry. Guests can enjoy the hotel's facilities which include a var... read more read more read more

The Crowne Plaza Cochin hotel is ideally located in the new business district of Cochin city, near the NH 47 bypass. The hotel is close to key attractions including Marine Drive, Cochin Port, Fort Kochi and Mattancherry. Guests can enjoy the hotel's facilities which include a variety of authentic restaurant options, a bar, spa and leisure facilities, outdoor pool tropical garden and tranquil waterfront setting.

Hotel address
Crowne Plaza Cochin
XI/641A, Kundanoor Junction
NH 47 Bypass, Maradu
Ernakulam, Kochi
India
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Chandys Windy Woods Hotel 4

The setting for Chandys Windy Woods Hotel, which is terraced into the hillsides of the tea plantations around Munnar, is nothing short of spectacular.The resort is ideally situated, only 13.8 km from the city center of Munnar. Guests can enjoy many local points of interest in the... read more read more read more

The setting for Chandys Windy Woods Hotel, which is terraced into the hillsides of the tea plantations around Munnar, is nothing short of spectacular.The resort is ideally situated, only 13.8 km from the city center of Munnar. Guests can enjoy many local points of interest in the vicinity such as Eravikulam National Park, the scenic Munnar Lake and popular Echo point. Guests can also take advantage of the hotel's facilities which include an outdoor swimming pool, spa and wellness centre and a garden and terrace.


Hotel address
Chandys Windy Woods Hotel
Pallivasal
2nd Mile
Meencut P.O., Munnar
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Poetree Sarovar Portico 3

The Poetree Sarovar Portico Hotel is located at a unique vantage point on top of a hill and surrounded by forest and untouched land in Thekkady, Kerala. Guests can relax and admire the unforgettable views over the Periyar forest with the distant backdrops of waterfalls and the Pe... read more read more read more

The Poetree Sarovar Portico Hotel is located at a unique vantage point on top of a hill and surrounded by forest and untouched land in Thekkady, Kerala. Guests can relax and admire the unforgettable views over the Periyar forest with the distant backdrops of waterfalls and the Periyar River. The Thekkady region is famous for its wildlife reserve and is considered a haven for natural spices. Guests can explore the nearby vicinity which features a splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River. Guests can enjoy the hotel facilities which include an outdoor swimming pool, retaurant and garden.

Hotel address
Poetree Sarovar Portico
Ottakathalamedu Amaravathy P.O.
Kumily

Thekkady
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Citrus Hotel Alleppey 3

Situated in the Kerala Backwaters, the Citrus Hotel Alleppey is ideally situated in the shores of Pallathuruthy River. Guests can enjoy the hotel facilities which include a swimming pool, spa and floating restaurant. Guests can also enjoy the unique and tranquil surrounding area ... read more read more read more

Situated in the Kerala Backwaters, the Citrus Hotel Alleppey is ideally situated in the shores of Pallathuruthy River. Guests can enjoy the hotel facilities which include a swimming pool, spa and floating restaurant. Guests can also enjoy the unique and tranquil surrounding area which offers lots of opportunity for exploring nature such as taking a boat ride along the river or a stroll along the shoreline. 

Hotel address
Citrus Hotel Alleppey
Karimba Valavu
Punnapra North, Paravoor Village (Mullackal),
Alleppey - 688014
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Citrus Hotel Goa 3

Located close to Calangute Beach, the Citrus Hotel Goa is surrounded by tropical greenery, palm trees and pristine beaches. The hotel is ideally situted for exploring the nearby Calangute Beach, which is the largest beach in North Goa. Guests can enjoy the hotel's facilities whic... read more read more read more

Located close to Calangute Beach, the Citrus Hotel Goa is surrounded by tropical greenery, palm trees and pristine beaches. The hotel is ideally situted for exploring the nearby Calangute Beach, which is the largest beach in North Goa. Guests can enjoy the hotel's facilities which include an outdoor pool, spa and restaurant.  

Hotel address
Citrus Hotel Goa
Umtavaddo, Calangute Bardez
Goa - 403516

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Evergreen House Boats 3

Evergreen House Boats are luxurious houseboats in Kerala, which operate in the enchanting waters of the Vembanad, providing panoramic views of rural life along the banks. Evergreen House Boats are mini mobile cottages with all modern amenities including spacious bedrooms with wid... read more read more read more

Evergreen House Boats are luxurious houseboats in Kerala, which operate in the enchanting waters of the Vembanad, providing panoramic views of rural life along the banks. Evergreen House Boats are mini mobile cottages with all modern amenities including spacious bedrooms with wide windows, attached bathrooms, sitout, sundeck, micro-kitchen and dining room. At your service onboard, a well experienced native crew of the region ensure that every house boat cruise is a memorable moment for guests.

Hotel address
Evergreen House Boats
No.709 A,St.Thomas Church Building
Pallathuruthy,Thottuvathala P.O
Alappuzha – 688501
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