City & country Kerala tour with a scenic houseboat stay

Cochin, Thekkady, Kerala & Kumarakom, India

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Fishing nets, Cochin

Crowne Plaza Cochin

Crowne Plaza Cochin

St Francis Church, Cochin

Crowne Plaza Cochin

Crowne Plaza Cochin

Crowne Plaza Cochin

Crowne Plaza Cochin


Cardamon County, Periyar

Cardamon County, Periyar

Cardamon County, Periyar


Periyar cottage, Cardamon County, Periyar

Periyar cottage, Cardamon County, Periyar

Cardamon County, Periyar

Periyar cottage, Cardamon County, Periyar

Alleppy Houseboat

Alleppy Houseboat


Zuri Kumarakom Resort and Spa

Zuri Kumarakom Resort and Spa

Zuri Kumarakom Resort and Spa

Zuri Kumarakom Resort and Spa

Zuri Kumarakom Resort and Spa

Zuri Kumarakom Resort and Spa

Zuri Kumarakom Resort and Spa


Alleppy Houseboat

Kerala backwaters

Alleppy Houseboat

Cardamom County, Periyar

Cardamom County, Periyar

A rich escape to enchanting Kerala with a houseboat stay

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You'll start your holiday with two nights in a Deluxe room with city view at Crowne Plaza Kochi, Cochin, with breakfast included.

Then, you will spend two nights in a Periyar cottage at Cardamom County, Periyar, with breakfast included.

Next, you will spend one night in on board an AC Deluxe Alleppey Houseboat, on a full-board basis.

Finally, you will spend two nights in a Zuri room at The Zuri Kumarakom, with breakfast included.

This offer also includes entrance fees to all monuments, a Kathakali dance performance in Cochin, and one boat ride in Lake Periyar.

Flights are included from London Heathrow to Cochin, India. A 7kg hand luggage and 23kg hold luggage allowance per person is included, as well as private transfers.

For different travel dates, specific flights, upgrade your room or make this an escorted tour, please contact our supplier The Holiday Place on 020 7625 0664 (lines are open Mon-Thurs: 9am- 9pm, Fri: 9am-8pm, Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 10.30am-5.30pm).

The discount:

We advertise this offer at up to 55% off. We calculate this discount percentage based on the rates we offer compared to the supplier's online rate. An example of our top discount is:

On 08/05/2019, leaving from London Heathrow, two people may book this seven-night holiday (inclusions as noted above) and will pay £1,099 per person, per stay, compared to the supplier's online rate of £2,442 per person, per stay. Based on this calculation, by booking with Secret Escapes, you will save 55%.

The discounts, price and availability stated above were checked on 04/01/2019.

The offer is 100% non-refundable and date changes are not possible once the booking has been made.

This holiday is supplied to us by The Holiday Place and is ATOL Protected (ATOL 3101).

A super-scenic tour of India's beautiful Kerala, with vibrant city and tranquil lakeside stays, plus a houseboat cruise - all travel included

India is a mesmerising mix of intoxicating colours, sounds and smells, from dazzling fairy-tale Maharaja palaces and soft sandy beaches dotted with sacred sunbathing cows, to its chaotic cities pulsating with hair-raising rickshaw rides, car horns and overflowing train stations. The southwest coastal region of Kerala epitomises India's softer side with its laid-back attitude and slower pace of life, and with this holiday, you'll enjoy a thrilling tour through some the area's best bits.

You'll kick off with two nights in charismatic Cochin, staying at the elegant Crowne Plaza Kochi hotel, which boasts sweeping views over the city from the rooftop bar and grill. Stroll past spice warehouses, artisan's studios and hidden shrines as you explore the city. Head out on a half-day sightseeing tour of the city, visiting the 16th-century Jewish Synagogue, the Chinese fishing nets and St Francis Church, and take a traditional tuk tuk ride.

After an evening spent over a classical Indian dance show, you'll head to the small town of Periyar next, with its endless hillsides, spice-scented plantations and picturesque landscapes. You'll stop by a tea factory on the way and enjoy some traditional martial Kalaripayattu dance later that evening. A visit to a spice plantation the following day will see you learn about ancient spice traders and you'll get the chance to sample peppers, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and more. You'll also experience the Periyar Tiger Reserve and National Park from the beautiful waters of Lake Periyar on an afternoon boat ride.

You'll hop aboard another boat next, to spend one night upon Kerala's backwaters in a houseboat crafted from a traditional kettuvallam (rice boat). Cruise through narrow canals to discover lush paddy fields, pretty villages and hidden islets, before heading onwards to Kumarakom for two final nights in the 'Venice of the East'. Immerse yourself in the stunning natural beauty and panoramic views of Kerala's heartland of lagoons and palm-fringed lakes, before returning to Cochin for your flight home.


Day 1: Arrive in Cochin, where you will be met by a representative, before transferring to the Crowne Plaza Kochi. In the afternoon, take a half-day sightseeing tour of Cochin, visiting the Jewish Synagogue, Chinese Fishing Nets, St Francis Church and The Dutch Palace. Overnight at Crown Plaza Kochi.
Day 2: In the morning, enjoy a walking tour of Mattancherry with tuk tuk ride. In the evening, enjoy at Kathakali dance performance. Overnight at Crowne Plaza Kochi.
Day 3: Transfer to Periyar, where you'll visit a Tea Plantation, before spending the night at Cardamom County Hotel. In the evening, enjoy ancient Kalaripayattu martial dance.
Day 4: Take a guided walk through a Spice Plantation, before a boat ride on Lake Periyar, through The Periyar Tiger Reserve and National Park. Overnight at Cardamom County Hotel.
Day 5: Transfer to Alleppey to board a Ketuvallam houseboat, on which you'll cruise the beautiful backwaters of Kerala. Enjoy lunch, dinner and an overnight stay on board.
Day 6: Disembark and transfer to The Zuri Kumarakom, with its lagoons and palm-fringed lakes. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 7: Visit the local village of Kumarakom for a walking tour, exploring the paddy fields and village life around the backwaters. Option to take a canal ride in the afternoon (supplement applicable), including coir making, toddy tapping and coconut climbing.
Day 8: Transfer back to Cochin airport for your flight home.

Crowne Plaza Kochi, Cochin (two nights)

You'll unwind in the epitome of elegance at the waterfront hotel, with stunning views of Cochin city from the floor-to-ceiling windows of your modern Deluxe room with city views. There's a host of wellness facilities to enjoy including the sauna, steam room and range of relaxing treatments on offer at Sohum Spa. Dip between two free-form outdoor pools, lined with gently swaying palms and dine between four restaurants, including a rooftop grill.

Cardamom County, Thekkady (two nights)

You're immersed in Kerala's stunning natural landscapes at this attractive hotel, which is located next to Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve, and the spice-trading hill stations of the Malabar coast. There's a relaxing Ayura Spa on site, as well as a restaurant. Periyar cottages face the bamboo forest and come complete with air conditioning.

Alleppey Houseboat, Kerala (one night)

Topped with an elaborate thatched roof and kitted out with a bathroom and air conditioning, a traditional Alleppey Houseboat has all you need for a graceful sail past paddy fields, coconut trees and secluded villages. This quintessential Keralan experience is at the height of peacefulness. Lunch and dinner are served on board, as well as breakfast the next day, so all you have to do is relax and admire the ever-changing view.

The Zuri Kumarakom (two nights)

Sitting peacefully on the banks of India's longest lake - the Vembanad Lake - this five-star resort offers 18-acres of paradise and plenty of soothing luxuries to revel in. Indulge in a hearty meal at the hotel's restaurant or a drink in the lagoon-facing bar, swim in the sun-kissed pool or spend an afternoon at Maya spa for some authentic Ayurvedic therapies. Your Zuri room comes complete with air conditioning and 24-hour room service.

Crowne Plaza Kochi, XI/641A, Kundanoor Junction, NH 47 Bypass, Maradu, Ernakulam, Kochi, Kerala 682304, India (your first destination)

Travel is included in this offer - see below for details.


Flights are included from London Heathrow to Cochin, India.

7kg hand luggage and 23kg hold luggage allowance per person is included, as well as private transfers.

From London Heathrow to Cochin, via Dubai, with Emirates:
  • Outbound:
  • Departing London Heathrow at 14.20, arriving into Dubai at 00.20 (the following day)
  • Departing Dubai at 03.20, arriving into Cochin at 09.00
  • Inbound:
  • Departing Cochin at 10.30, arriving into Dubai at 12.55
  • Departing Dubai at 14.15, arriving into London Heathrow at 18.40

From London Heathrow to Cochin, via Muscat, with Oman Air:
  • Outbound:
  • Departing London Heathrow at 20.05, arriving into Muscat at 07.15 (the following day)
  • Departing Muscat at 08.50, arriving into Cochin at 13.50
  • Inbound:
  • Departing Cochin at 09.50, arriving into Muscat at 12.00
  • Departing Muscat at 14.30, arriving into London Heathrow at 19.10

From London Heathrow to Cochin, via Abu Dhabi, with Etihad Airways:
  • Outbound:
  • Departing London Heathrow at 15.00, arriving into Abu Dhabi at 01.10 (the following day)
  • Departing Abu Dhabi at 02.55, arriving into Cochin at 08.30
  • Inbound:
  • Departing Cochin at 10.00, arriving into Abu Dhabi 12.30
  • Departing Abu Dhabi at 13.55, London Heathrow at 18.45

Please note that your outbound flight is overnight, and some of your inbound flights are overnight, so bear this in mind when planning the time you'll be away for. The date you select as your check-in date will be the day you'll fly out from the UK and you'll arrive in Cochin the following day to commence your seven-night holiday.

Please note flight times are subject to change and may vary plus or minus one hour depending on the season.

Please consider that your flight can be any of the options offered above. A supplement may be applicable if you want to guarantee a specific airline or flight. Please contact our supplier, The Holiday Place, for more information.

Within seven days of confirming your booking with us, you'll receive an email from our supplier, The Holiday Place, with your final booking confirmation detailing the exact flight times confirmed for your specific reservation. The flight time will be within the time parameters and possible airlines detailed in this offer.

The flights inclusive offer shown on this page is ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Secret Escapes is acting as an agent for The Holiday Place with ATOL number 3101 and your contract is with that company. The Holiday Place booking conditions are available from

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  • Taking a traditional tuk tuk ride through captivating Cochin
  • Experiencing the sights and sounds of Periyar Tiger Reserve from the water, on a relaxing boat ride across Lake Periyar
  • Floating along Kerala’s famous backwaters in a fully equipped houseboat
  • Spending two tranquil nights overlooking a lagoon in Kumarakom

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  • To find out more about The Zuri Kumarakom, visit their website or read previous reviews on TripAdvisor
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