Kerala Guided Walking Holiday

Experience the aromas, sights and sounds of India's mystical land

Code: KRWHW

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Activity types:

  • Culture
  • Food & drink
  • Wildlife

Level

  • 1
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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £2,999.00 - 11 to 12 nights

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Holiday overview

Download Kerala Trip Notes 2019

Discover lesser known jewels on a connoisseur’s walking tour as you follow trails in the spice-scented hills and tea estates of Kerala, India. Soak up the rich culture of the royal city of Mysore, go in search of elephants, bison and tiger in the beautiful Nagarhole National Park and relax on a houseboat in the lush backwaters. From traditional crafts on display at the bustling Kozhikode markets to colonial bastions like Fort Kochi, the land of Kerala also provides a tantalizing look into the past.

Holiday highlights

  • Experience nature at her most magnificent in the wildlife haven of Wayanad
  • Discover lush green mountains and spice-scented cardamom hills
  • Enchantingly rich culture at historic Mysore and colonial Kochi
  • Enjoy an evening afloat on our luxury houseboat in a labyrinth of lakes and lagoons
  • Swaying palms, village strolls and beautiful white sand beaches

Price includes

  • 11 nights’ en-suite accommodation (2 nights tented, 1 night houseboat)
  • Full Board from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure
  • A full programme of guided walks led by a specialist local leader
  • Sightseeing, entrance fees, train and air-conditioned coach travel
  • Tips

In pictures...

Accommodation

From the secluded rainforest lodges at Wayanad to the charming colonial hotels of Kochi and Mysore, our selection of comfortable 3 to 5-star accommodation will be one of the highlights of your holiday. One night aboard our luxury houseboat, and an evening in the Bison safari camp, provide the ideal introduction to the rich and colourful culture of Kerala.

Lemon-Tree-Premier-Hotel in Bangalore, India 

Lemon Tree Hotel, Bangalore  - 1nt

Our first evening is at The Lemon Tree, in the "Ulsoor" district of Bangalore, approx 45 mins transfer from the airport. This is a 4-star hotel with high standards, both in terms of accommodation and food. The ideal place for us to enjoy a bit of rest and relaxation after our flight.

 Hotel-Metropole in India

Hotel Metropole, Mysore - 1nt

This is a Heritage Hotel located at the heart of Mysore, built as a royal residence of the Maharaja of Mysore. The colonial charm and elegance here give us an insight into days gone by. Its stunning architecture, historical charm, spacious rooms and great service, make our stay here memorable. After our day exploring, we've plenty of time to enjoy a drink in the gardens, or take a dip in the pool before dinner.

 The-Bison in India

The Bison - 1nt

This is unlike any camping you've ever done before! All facilities and comforts of hotel accommodation are found here in this peaceful setting. Perfect wildlife watching opportunities present themselves without any searching. Listening to our hosts tell wildlife tales in the evening around the campfire will be one of many highlights of your holiday. 

 Plantation-Experiences in India

Plantation Experiences, Wayanad - 2nts

Located in the lush green hills of Wayanad, your accommodation here is set inside a 4,000 acre working tea estate at approx 3,000 ft above sea level. You'll be surrounded by lush tropical forests and mist-clad hills. Rooms are inside two colonial bungalows. This is an opportunity to experience the greenery of the Ghats away from the towns. 

 Copper-Folia in India

Copper Folia, Kozhikode - 1nt

This modern contemporary 4 star hotel has a rooftop pool in which to relax after our days' walks. All rooms are comfortable and spacious. Although in the midst of this bustling township, the hotel has an air of peace and calm surrounded by nearby green space.

 Kumarakom-Lake-Resort in India

Kumarakom Lake Resort - 2nts

Here we're treated again; this time our accommodation is a luxury heritage resort in Kerala. With views overlooking Vembanad lake, you'll not want to leave here. Rooms are airy and air-conditioned, with plenty of space. The beach is only a short stroll across the gardens, which provide the perfect place for spotting butterflies. 

 Houseboat in India

Houseboat - 1nt

These rice boats ruled the backwaters of Kerala, transporting rice and coconuts. There are widely varying standards of houseboat, but ours is a higher standard than many others. You'll enjoy comfortable en-suite rooms, simply on-board rather than in a hotel. This is a unique Keralan experience.

 Poovath-Heritage-Hotel in Kochi, India

Poovath Heritage Hotel, Kochi - 1nt

Set in a restored Dutch palace, this 3 star hotel is a minute's walk from Fort Kochi Beach, a 4-minute walk from St. Francis Church and an 8-minute walk from Santa Cruz Basilica. The elegant rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs with cable channels, and desks, as well as minibars, and tea and coffeemakers. 


On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.

 

Itinerary

Guided Walking & Sightseeing in Kerala

Download Kerala Trip Notes 2019

The perfect mix of walks and sightseeing. Walks range from 3-6 miles (5-9½km) and include historical city tours, jungle walking safaris, village strolls and scenic spice trails. 

Day 1: Outward flight & Bangalore

Overnight flight to garden city of Bangalore (1nt).

Day 3: Mysore

Brightly coloured pots of foodOur journey heads via the 18th century island fortress of Srirangapatna, to the royal city of Mysore (1nt).  A walking tour of the city provides an excellent introduction to ancient history and to the wonderfully rich culture of Southern India. 

Days 4-5: Nagarhole Sanctuary 

Herd of Kerala elephantsScenic safaris at Nagarhole sanctuary (2nts), once the Maharaja’s reserve and home to elephant, bison, antelope, monkey and tiger. Wildlife walks led by local naturalists give a fantastic introduction to the area.



Days 6-7: Around Wayanad

Banasura HillsWe enjoy a scenic early morning safari to spot some of Nagarhole’s resident wildlife, before beginning our journey to the cool green hills of Wayanad (2nts). En route we stretch our legs with a stop at the Kuruva islands on the Kabini River.

The following day our walk explores the Banasura foothills, giving us a good introduction to Wayanad, the green paradise of the Western Ghats.

Day 8: to Kozhikode

Boat at BeyporeAs the morning mist rises from the lush forest floor, we begin our plantation walk at the Edom Estates. After our walk we leave the serenity and greenery of the hills, and begin our journey to the bustling streets of Kozhikode (Calicut). We stay here for 1 night and can visit the ancient boat building yards of Beypore, and the Kadalundi bird sanctuary.

Day 9-10: Kumarakom Lake Resort 

Bunches of green bananasWe explore the streets of Kozhikode this morning before boarding the train to Alleppey and our accommodation at the Kumarakom Lake Resort (2nts).

The following day we have time to enjoy the stunning setting of our resort. If you are an early bird you can attend an open-air yoga session, which runs daily. Mid morning we take a leisurely walk.  Afterwards we have time to relax, before another short, leisurely walk in the evening as the sun sets.

Day 11: Backwater Cruise

Cruising the Kerala backwatersAfter breakfast we take a short transfer to Alleppey from where we begin a magical cruise through the serene backwaters, a labyrinth of shimmering lagoons and lakes. Our boat is modelled on the traditional Keralan kettuvallum houseboats, once used to ply the backwaters loaded with rice and other staples.

Day 12-13: Kochi & return flight 

Dancer with bright orange faceOur final journey today as we travel the short distance to Kochi. We explore charming Fort Kochi on foot with a guided tour discovering its Portuguese, Dutch and British influences. In the evening we take in a traditional Kathakali performance; the perfect finale before our return flight the following day.

Essential Information

Passport

To enter India, a passport valid for a minimum of 180 days at the time of your visa application and at the time of entry is necessary. Your passport must be machine readable, with at least two blank pages for your visa.

Visas

British, Australian, Canadian and US citizens require a e-visa to enter India. This can be done online. The e-visa fee is country/territory specific plus a 2.5% credit card charge. You will need to upload a photo and complete the application form online. Please remember to take a copy of the e-visa with you. You can apply for the e-visa minimum 4 days in advance of your travel date, with a window of up to 120 days. The e-visa should be emailed to you within 4 days. The validity of the e-visa will be 60 days from the date of arrival in India.

Other nationals should check with their nearest embassy or consulate for details of entry requirements.

Health advice

Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health: www.travelhealthpro.org.uk  www.redplanet.travel.com  

Vaccinations are advised for diphtheria, tetanus, polio, hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid. Dengue and malaria are both caused by mosquito bites and are prevalent in hot and humid conditions. There are occasional, seasonal outbreaks of dengue fever. Travelers should vigilantly protect themselves against mosquito bites. Malaria prevention is strongly recommended so use insect repellent and wear protective clothing.

Visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventative measures.

Climate

Although Kerala lies closer to the equator than most Indian states, it is protected by the mountains of the Western Ghats, which keep out the hot, dry winds from the north. Its lush vegetation is helped by plenty of rain each year, and the Highlands of Kerala enjoy a cool climate during the months we have chosen to travel.

Money

The Rupee (Rs) is the official currency for India. The import and export of local currency is prohibited. Sometimes smaller shops and stalls will not accept notes larger than Rs 500. It is best to carry some smaller notes with you too. In major cities, debit and credit cards are generally accepted, including: MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus, Maestro. However, in smaller towns and villages, choice is generally narrowed to cash or MasterCard and Visa. Travelers cheques are widely accepted and can be changed at banks and larger hotels. Currency can also be changed at banks, airports or authorised money changers. US Dollars and Pounds Sterling are the easiest currencies to exchange. Traveler’s cheques are not advised.

Drink

Please be aware that the consumption of alcohol is prohibited within the state of Kerala.

Time

GMT +5.30 hrs

Tipping

Tips are included on this holiday.

For flights information please see the Dates and Prices tab.

Leaders

Pradeep Murthy

Pradeep worked in management consulting across the globe for close to 15 years before deciding to follow his passion for the outdoors. In his new avatar, he enjoys escorting guests in their discovery of India and delights in showing them the little facets of daily life that so often get missed in a typical "tour".

Pradeep divides his time half and half between the UK and India, making him an ideal leader for your Kerala holiday. He will be leading all our Kerala tours.

Dates & Prices

Here at HF Holidays, we pride ourselves in offering a unique holiday full of experiences that you can’t find with anyone else. Find out what's included in this holiday.

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
20 Jan 2019 KRWHW - Spice Trails of Kerala
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 20 Jan 2019, 1:55 p.m.
  • Arrive: 21 Jan 2019, 5 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Bangalore

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 1 Feb 2019, 8:15 a.m.
  • Arrive: 1 Feb 2019, 5:55 p.m.
  • Depart from: Cochin Mil. (Navy) & Civil
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
12 £3,799.00 Book Now
21 Jan 2019 KRWHW - Spice Trails of Kerala - Without Flights 11 £2,999.00 Book Now
3 Nov 2019 KRWHW - Spice Trails of Kerala
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 3 Nov 2019, 1:55 p.m.
  • Arrive: 4 Nov 2019, 5 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Bangalore

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 15 Nov 2019, 8:15 a.m.
  • Arrive: 15 Nov 2019, 5:55 p.m.
  • Depart from: Cochin Mil. (Navy) & Civil
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
12 £3,799.00 Book Now
4 Nov 2019 KRWHW - Spice Trails of Kerala - Without Flights 11 £2,999.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Price includes

  • 11 nights’ en-suite accommodation (including 2 nights tented, 1 night houseboat)
  • Full board from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure
  • A full programme of guided walks led by a specialist local leader
  • Sightseeing, entrance fees, train and air-conditioned coach travel
  • Tips

Other important information

  • Single room: £1,085 (2018), £1,199 (2019)
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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