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Kerala

Kerala


Kerala is one of the most fascinating and distinctive states in India, with networks of tropical waterways,  hidden villages and an inviting, palm-fringed coastline. Kerala’s enchanting culture, warm climate and  dramatic landscapes combine to create a relaxing and captivating destination.

Kovalam

Ten miles south of Trivandrum is the best-known beach resort in Kerala with many hotels overlooking the sea. At  its heart are three sheltered sandy bays providing safe bathing.

Varkala

Varkala is regarded as having one of the finest beaches in Kerala and offers picturesque sunsets. The beach cliffs create natural water spouts and spas and the area offers fascinating architecture.

Backwaters

The famed Backwaters of Kerala are made up of an interlinked network of rivers, lakes and waterways which thread the coastal plain and stretch from Trivandrum, 150 miles north through spectacular scenery to Cochin.

Kollam

One of the oldest ports in Kerala, Kollam is another access point to the Backwaters. A colourful and busy market with a fishing community on Kollam Beach.

Poovar

An attractive beach area about 12 miles south of Kovalam. Access is along the river that wends its way lazily from the highway through coconut palm groves.

Thekkady

This hill station, at more than 3,000ft, is in the heart of rubber, coffee, tea and spice plantations. It also adjoins Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary.

Goa Extension

A popular holiday destination since colonial times, Goa's golden, palm-fringed beaches and spectacular sunsets continue to attract visitors. More than a beach, Goa offers a mix of colonial and Indian heritage with fragrant spice plantations, gentle, rolling rivers and numerous animal encounters. Stay for 3 nights B&B at 4H Pride Sun Village Resort from €

KERALAN CUISINE

Known as the "land of spices" due to it's spice trade  traditions, Keralan cuisine is liberal in its use of local spices. An abundance of seafood, chillies and tropical fruits has heavily influenced the region's cooking, with rich curries made using coconut milk and stir-fried seafood common on hotel menus. You'd be wrong in thinking the fruits of the sea feature in every dish though, beef or lentil curries are just as common (and tasty) and incredibly popular. Try Chemmeen curry (a signature Keralan dish - prawn curry made with blended fenugreek, fennel & mustard  seeds, curry leaves, green chillies, coconut milk & mango).

TRANSFERS

Transfers to your holiday accommodation are included  in the price and will feature shared transport to your accommodation. Alternatively we offer a private transfer service which will meet you at the airport and take you comfortably and swiftly to you hotel.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Currency: Indian Rupees (Rs)
Language: Malayalam & English
Visas: e-TOURIST VISA (eTV) required by EU nationals before travel. Please note it is mandatory  for each passenger to carry a printed copy of the  approved eTV as proof and verification at check-in.
Time Zone: GMT + 5½ hrs
Flying Time: 12 to 17½ hrs
Electricity: 220V

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