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IndiaHighlights of Kerala For Families

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Our fully customisable, private 11-day Southern India tour has been designed for families travelling with children aged 5 and above. Your tour starts and ends in Cochin, taking you on a journey through Southern India's highlights, including the beautiful backwaters of Alleppey, the white sand beaches of Marari, and the tea plantations of Periyar.​Kids will love...• Feeding and walking with elephan...

Our fully customisable, private 11-day Southern India tour has been designed for families travelling with children aged 5 and above. Your tour starts and ends in Cochin, taking you on a journey through Southern India's highlights, including the beautiful backwaters of Alleppey, the white sand beaches of Marari, and the tea plantations of Periyar.​

Kids will love...

• Feeding and walking with elephants at Periyar's Elephant Camp 

• Learning how to make fresh tea at one of Munnar's tea plantations

• Spending the night on a floating houseboat in Alleppey

Parents will love...

• The perfect balance of family-friendly activities and down time

• The presence of English-speaking guides throughout

• The safety of 24:7 on-the-ground assistance

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Tour itinerary includes
  • City
  • Food and drink
    Food and drink
  • Nature observation
    Nature observation
  • Local culture
    Local culture
  • Sightseeing

Customisable trip itinerary

This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Cochin - Arrival & Welcome

Upon arrival into Cochin Airport, you'll be met by a representative from our local travel agency and transferred to your hotel. Depending on the time of your flight, you and your family will have the whole day to relax by the pool at your hotel.


Day 2: Cochin - Guided City Tour & Cruise

Today, your adventure begins. In the morning, you'll be accompanied by a guide to enjoy the sights of the historic Fort Cochin area. On the programme: Mattencherry Palace, the Jewish Synagogue, the Chinese fishing nets, and Santa Cruise Basilica. In the afternoon, you'll set off on a picturesque cruise through Cochin Harbour.


Day 3: Munnar - Enter the Hill Station

After breakfast, you and your family will travel to the famous hill station of Munnar, famous for its lush tea plantations and misty mountains. Upon arrival, you'll spend the rest of the day either relaxing in your hotel spa or exploring your surroundings by foot.

Transfer time: 4 hours


Day 4: Munnar - Family Trek & Tea Plantation Visit

Today, grab your trainers and set off on a gentle trekking excursion in the Kolukumalai Hills, reachable by Jeep. Throughout the trek, you'll enjoy spectacular view of the Meesapulimalai Hills and Tamil Nadu, before visiting a nearby tea factory to learn about tea processing.

If your children are too young for trekking, a great alternative is a spice plantation visit and lunch at a local family with a cooking demonstration.


Day 5: Periyar - National Park Tour

Today, you'll set off to Periyar National Park, known for its spice plantations and wild elephants. Upon arrival, you and your family will visit a local spice garden to learn about the spices grown in the region, before spending the evening relaxing back at your hotel.

Transfer time: 3 hours


Day 6: Periyar - Elephant Camp

After breakfast, you'll embark on a guided nature walk in Periyar National Park to observe the wildlife. In the afternoon, you'll stop off at a local elephant camp where your kids will have the unforgettable experience of being able to wash and feed the elephants.


Day 7: Alleppey - Backwaters & Cooking Class

Today, you and your family will set off to the famous backwaters region of Alleppey, where you'll stay with a friendly local family while you explore the nearby paddy fields and villages. In the evening, you'll all be treated to a cooking demonstration and delicious home-cooked meal.

Transfer time: 5 hours


Day 8: Alleppey - Overnight River Cruise

After a relaxing morning at leisure, you and your family will be transferred to a nearby jetty to board your houseboat for the night. You'll navigate through the various canals of the backwaters and end the day with a delicious family meal on board the boat. In the evening, the houseboat will be anchored to a nearby village so you can get the chance to stretch your legs before spending the night on the boat.


Day 9: Marari - Free Day on the Beach

After breakfast, you and your family will be transferred to one of India's most stunning beaches, Marari, where you'll have the whole day to relax on the golden sand and swim in the sea.

Transfer time: 30 minutes


Day 10: Marari - Manakodam Village Visit

Today, you'll set off on an excursion to Manakodam Village, where you'll enjoy lunch with a local family and explore the beautiful village of Mankodam to meet the locals, and visit the local coir factories and schools. The rest of the evening will be yours to spend relaxing by the sea.


Day 11: Cochin - Departure for Flight Home

Enjoy a last breakfast at the hotel before your journey back to Cochin. Upon arrival, you'll be transferred to the airport for your flight home. We hope you and your family have had an amazing time in India and look forward to seeing you again soon!

​Transfer time: 3 hours



Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. £1,300 / 11 days
Excluding international flights
Price per person
High Season£1,300

Included in price:

  • Accommodation: 10 nights based on 2 double rooms for two adults and two children
  • Transfers: to/from airport on days 1 & 11
  • Transport: an air-conditioned Toyota Innova car with an experienced driver for all visits and transfers, as well as all expenses related to transport such as fuel, parking, toll fees, and taxes
  • Activities: all activities mentioned in the tour (except optional treatments in the hotel spa on day 3)
  • Meals: breakfast and dinner on each day of the tour
  • Taxes: all applicable government taxes
  • Guides: an English-speaking guide for all visits and activities in Cochin
  • Welcome kit upon arrival in Cochin
  • 24:7 on-the-ground assistance

Not included in price:

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Lunch at local restaurants
  • Entrance fee at the monuments
  • Personal expenses
  • Guide services outside of Cochin
  • Tips for guides and drivers
Book your flights to India
International flights are not included in this trip. Thanks to our partnership with Option Way, you can take advantage of booking your flights directly with your local agent.
Check out the many benefits:
  • Competitive rates
  • All-inclusive prices with no hidden fees
  • Peter, in India will inform you of any changes to your flights
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