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Christmas in Kerala

  • Duration
    16 days
  • Tour Type
    Group Tour
  • Tour Style
    Classic
  • Price From
    £4,290pp
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Embark on an enchanting journey through southern India with a festive touch – "Christmas in Kerala." Explore Chennai and Pondicherry, marvelling at the historic sites. Discover the cultural wonders of Madurai's markets and the scenic beauty of Lake Periyar along with Munnar's tea plantations. Celebrate Christmas in Kochi with an Oriental Orthodox Mass and conclude your exploration with a tranquil backwaters cruise. This adventure seamlessly blends cultural richness with the breath taking landscapes of southern India, creating cherished memories.
  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 14 , Lunches: 12 , Dinners: 13
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    14 nights in 3+/4 star accommodation
  • Visa Included
    Visa fees for UK passport holders
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 28
  • Physical Rating 2Learn More
    X A reasonable level of fitness is required, as you'll be spending time on your feet and doing a bit of walking to cover short distances during your daily sightseeing. There will also be some climbing of steps and climbing on and off of coaches and boats. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Walking, some steps and extended time on your feet.
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Tour Highlights

Our Christmas in Kerala tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

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Tour Itinerary

  • Days 1-2
    Arrive Chennai
    Days 1-2: Arrive Chennai

    Fly overnight to Chennai, where on arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. You have the rest of the day at leisure, until dinner.

    • Dinner
  • Day 3
    Chennai
    Day 3: Chennai

    Embark on a festive journey in Southern India! Begin at Marina Beach, soaking in the sun and Christmas spirit. Explore the historic Fort St. George, home to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly and the oldest Anglican church in India, St. Mary's Church. Move on to the enchanting Kapaleeswarar Temple, a sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, known for its intricate architecture and spiritual ambiance.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4
    Pondicherry
    Day 4: Pondicherry

    Following breakfast, you'll head to Pondicherry with a stop enroute at the Mahabalipuram rock carvings. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, these ancient rock-cut sculptures feature intricate depictions of Hindu mythology and ancient Indian art. Your day will conclude with an overnight stay in Pondicherry.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5
    Pondicherry
    Day 5: Pondicherry

    Immerse yourself in Pondicherry's spiritual aura at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and delve into the area's rich history at the Pondicherry Museum. Experience the distinctive allure of the French quarter with a delightful rickshaw ride, followed by leisure time to explore its vibrant streets that beautifully blend French and Indian influences.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6
    Velankanni
    Day 6: Velankanni

    Today's journey takes you south to Velankanni, making a lunch stop in Chidambaram. Upon arrival visit the esteemed Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health, also known as Vailankanni Church. This significant pilgrimage site is renowned for its association with miraculous healing. People of various faiths come to seek blessings and offer prayers to the Virgin Mary.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7
    Madurai
    Day 7: Madurai

    Embark on a journey to Madurai after breakfast, taking a detour through Chettinad. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the region by touring a tile-making factory, observing the intricate process of tile production. Visit a traditional house that stands as a testament to the architectural and cultural legacy of Chettinad before exploring the local market. Finally, proceed with your drive to Madurai and check in at the hotel upon arrival.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8
    Madurai
    Day 8: Madurai

    Discover the cultural gems of the city by starting with a trip to the iconic Meenakshi Amman Temple, devoted to Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Sundareswarar. Immerse yourself in the regal history of Madurai at the Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace. As the day progresses, witness the enchanting Aarti ceremony at the Meenakshi Temple, participating in the evening ritual alongside devotees, as lamps illuminate, prayers are extended, and the energy of the temple comes to life.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9
    Periyar
    Day 9: Periyar

    This morning's journey is to Periyar. Enjoy a scenic drive with a visit to a local spice village and market along the way. Upon reaching Periyar, cap off the evening by experiencing the ancient and dynamic Kalaripayattu martial arts show. Originating in Kerala, this traditional martial art is distinguished by its fluid movements, precise techniques, and deep cultural roots. Marvel at the skilled performers as they display this ancient art form, demonstrating a captivating blend of strength, agility, and discipline.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10
    Munnar
    Day 10: Munnar

    Start your day with a peaceful morning boat ride on Lake Periyar, enveloped by the verdant landscapes of Periyar National Park. While navigating the serene waters, keep a keen eye out for the diverse wildlife that often graces the lake, such as elephants, deer, and various bird species. After the boat ride, your journey will proceed to Munnar.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 11
    Munnar
    Day 11: Munnar

    Embark on a morning trek in Eravikulam National Park, savouring the fresh mountain air. Explore a local tea plantation in Munnar to learn about the tea-making process and the nuances of cultivation. Conclude your day at the Tata Tea Museum, discovering the history of Munnar's tea industry through interactive exhibits.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 12
    Kochi
    Day 12: Kochi

    On this Christmas Eve, travel to Kochi, renowned for its rich history and cultural diversity. To embrace the festive spirit, enjoy a Christmas dinner at the hotel, relishing the flavours of Kerala's cuisine with your fellow travellers. Later in the evening, immerse yourself in Kerala's unique Christmas traditions by attending a traditional midnight mass at an Oriental Orthodox Church. The midnight mass is a culturally rich and spiritually fervent occasion, fostering a sense of togetherness.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 13
    Kochi
    Day 13: Kochi

    Merry Christmas! Enjoy a festive day in Kochi, dressed in traditional Keralan attire for Christmas Mass at St. Francis Church. Explore Kochi's cultural sites, including the Santa Cruz Basilica, Jewish Synagogue, and Chinese fishing nets. After a Christmas brunch at your hotel, experience an enchanting evening at the Kathakali Dance auditorium. Witness the intricate preparations before a captivating Kathakali dance performance, showcasing artistry through costumes, facial expressions, and rhythmic movements.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 14
    Backwaters
    Day 14: Backwaters

    Experience a unique Boxing Day by travelling to Alleppey Jetty Point, where you'll board a traditional houseboat. Cruise through the scenic canals of Kerala's backwaters, making stops to explore villages, visit charming churches, and discover ancient temples, immersing yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of the region. As the houseboat moors in the evening, enjoy a special night filled with the enchanting rhythms of Folk Music and Dances.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 15
    Kochi
    Day 15: Kochi

    Following breakfast, disembark from the houseboat and travel to Kochi. Enjoy lunch in the city before exploring the local markets, including the spice market, to immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture.

    • Breakfast
  • Day 16
    Depart Kochi
    Day 16: Depart Kochi

    Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

    • Breakfast
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 25°c
  • 22mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 23mm
  • Munnar
  • 18°c
  • 18mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 26°c
  • 2mm
  • Kochi
  • 28°c
  • 26mm
  • Munnar
  • 19°c
  • 29mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 28°c
  • 4mm
  • Kochi
  • 29°c
  • 31mm
  • Munnar
  • 20°c
  • 47mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 30°c
  • 8mm
  • Kochi
  • 29°c
  • 95mm
  • Munnar
  • 21°c
  • 129mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 32°c
  • 44mm
  • Kochi
  • 29°c
  • 283mm
  • Munnar
  • 21°c
  • 189mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 32°c
  • 56mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 706mm
  • Munnar
  • 20°c
  • 420mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 31°c
  • 100mm
  • Kochi
  • 26°c
  • 594mm
  • Munnar
  • 19°c
  • 583mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 30°c
  • 140mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 403mm
  • Munnar
  • 20°c
  • 364mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 30°c
  • 137mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 280mm
  • Munnar
  • 20°c
  • 210mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 28°c
  • 279mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 320mm
  • Munnar
  • 19°c
  • 253mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 26°c
  • 407mm
  • Kochi
  • 28°c
  • 175mm
  • Munnar
  • 18°c
  • 164mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Chennai
  • 25°c
  • 191mm
  • Kochi
  • 27°c
  • 43mm
  • Munnar
  • 18°c
  • 64mm
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Christmas in Kerala map

Places Visited: UK - Chennai (2N) - Pondicherry (2N) - Velankanni (1N) - Madurai (2N) - Periyar (1N) - Munnar (2N) - Kochi (2N) - Backwaters (1N) - Kochi (1N) - UK

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