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Southern India

Southern India

Sun-kissed beaches, serene backwaters, emerald green tea plantations and abundant wildlife are just some of Kerala's captivating charms.

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Gentle Walking & Wildlife Kerala

15 day Gentle / Moderate Walking & Trekking
Gentle Walking & Wildlife Kerala New
  • Take a sunset cruise to see Kochi’s iconic fishing nets
  • Walk with expert local trackers in three different wildlife sanctuaries
  • Wander through tea plantations in the scenic hills of Munnar
  • Ascend the second highest peak in southern India
  • Relax on an overnight riceboat cruise on Kerala’s backwaters
  • Visit a spice plantation, tea factory and coconut farm, and experience rural Keralan life

Flight inclusive from £2910, Land only from £1995

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Introduction

Southern India is completely different from the north - particularly in the state of Kerala in the far south. Kerala is a land of coconut-fringed, white beaches; nature reserves where elephant and tiger still roam; rainforests replete with sparkling waterfalls, and verdant tea and spice plantations covering the hillsides in a carpet of emerald green. There are colonial forts and historic buildings to explore that give a flavour of the days of the British Raj, whilst Hindu influences are most notable in the mesmerising Kathkali dances and multi-hued temples

The best way to discover the many delights of Kerala is on a cruise along the beautiful backwater lagoons of Kerala on a converted rice barge. You can combine this cruise with time in historic Hyderabad and the incredible ancient city of Hampi - a rival to Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu in its magnificence - Hyderabad, Hampi & the Backwaters of Kerala



Key Facts

  • Capital of Kerala: Thiruvanathapuram
  • Population of Kerala: 34.8m (2012)
  • Size of Kerala: 38,863 km sq
  • Currency: Indian Rupee
  • Power supply: 220-240v
  • Sockets: Two pin sockets or Indian three-round pin variety, which are larger than European size
  • Language: Malayalam
  • Time difference: GMT +5.5 hours
  • Visas: British nationals require a visa to visit India which must be obtained in advance.
  • Religion: Buddhist (official) 69.1%, Muslim 7.6%, Hindu 7.1%, Christian 6.2%, unspecified 10% (2001 census provisional data)
  • Popular dishes: Rice and fish curries are the most popular Keralan dishes often featuring coconut as one of the main ingredients.
  • Popular drinks: Chai (tea) is the most popular drink in the region although coffee is also widely drunk in Kerala. Masala Chai is a tasty version of traditional tea made with ginger, pepper and cardamoms.
  • Did you know: The traditional rice barges of Kerala are made from planks of angelin wood, lashed together using cotton and coir ropes soaked in resin - the hull is then waterproofed with cashew oil. No nails or other artificial materials are used in their construction.
  • FCDO advice: FCDO advice for India


Climate

When is the best time to travel to Kerala, Southern India?

Our temperature and rainfall charts will give you a guide to the climate in Kerala, Southern India.

It is hot in Kerala all year round but the best time to visit Kerala is between December and February. At this time the skies are clear and humidity is at its lowest. The temperatures build up during spring, before the monsoon arrives in earnest in June. A second lighter monsoon (the 'retreating' monsoon), arrives in October.

If you can't make the dates of our group departures, then take a private departure on dates to suit you, or we can create a Tailor Made holiday to Southern India, especially for you and your family or friends.

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