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9 days from £1750  

International flights NOT included - see below


A journey through Kerala including historic Fort Cochin, a luxury houseboat cruise through the tropical backwaters and a relaxing stay at an eco-resort on the shores of the Arabian Sea.



 Recommended flight from London: Emirates from London Heathrow via Dubai (see below).  If you are travelling from a country other than the UK we would be happy to give you guidance on your flight options.




For a detailed day-by-day description, with a summary of what's included, please click on the PDF (above right)

DAY 1 - Arrive Kochi.

DAY 2 – Sightseeing in Fort Cochin.  (B)

DAY 3 - By road and boat to Coconut Lagoon.  (B,L,D)

DAY 4 - Coconut Lagoon.  (B,L,D)

DAY 5 – Coconut Lagoon.  (B,L,D)  See note below regarding Houseboats.

DAY 6 - By boat and road to Mararikulam.  (B,L,D)

DAY 7 - Marari Beach.  (B,L,D)

DAY 8 - Marari Beach.  (B,L,D)

DAY 9 - Depart.  (B)

Prices from £1750 to around £1850 per person, according to the time of year, excluding international flights. 
The price we quote you at the time of booking is guaranteed. Due to weather conditions we do not recommend this itinerary between May and mid-September.


India Holidays - Houseboat on the Kerala backwatersHOUSEBOATS ON THE KERALA BACKWATERS - The concept of drifting through the charming backwaters on a kettuvalom was introduced in the late 1990s.  In the beginning there were just a handful of these vessels, but such has been the success of this experience there are now almost 3,000 houseboats available for selection.  This means that the experience itself has changed dramatically, with noise and overcrowding on the main channels, and we can no longer wholeheartedly recommend an overnight houseboat cruise as we have done in previous years.

We believe it is a more enjoyable experience to stay at a backwaters resort (such as Coconut Lagoon) and to take a private day cruise on a smaller boat, which can negotiate the narrower, less visited backwater channels, where there are few if any houseboats.  This enables you to see the everyday canal-side life in comfort and in a more relaxing way, returning to your resort in the late afternoon.  Houseboats, in fact, are not allowed to sail after 6 p.m. and must be moored for overnight. 

If you still wish to sample life on a houseboat, then World Discovery can certainly organise this for you, either as an additional night, or perhaps replacing the 3rd night at Coconut Lagoon.  With so many houseboats now available, naturally, the standard of quality, cleanliness, service, food and spoken English varies enormously.  We only use the very best of the houseboats; you will undoubtedly find very much less expensive packages available on the internet but you should be aware that many of the houseboats used are of a very low standard in all the aspects referred to above.

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International Flights.

We recommend the services of Emirates from London Heathrow via Dubai. Current timings (subject to possible change) are as follows:
Heathrow/Dubai. Depart at 14.15; arrive Dubai at 00.15 (next day)
Dubai/Kochi. Depart at 03.20; arrive Kochi at 08.55
Kochi/Dubai. Depart at 10.30; arrive Dubai at 12.45
Dubai/Heathrow. Depart at 15.45; arrive Heathrow at 20.15
Emirates also have good connecting services from London Gatwick, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester and Birmingham. 

You can book the flights yourself via the Emirates website.  Alternatively World Discovery can book the flights for you (we levy a service charge of £25 per person for this service).

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