Southern India

Kerala is located on the Malabar Coast of south-west India. Here much of the local life is defined either by the sea or by the extensive network of waterways that fringe the coast. It is an ideal place for some relaxing activities whether cruising on the Kerala backwaters, enjoying Ayurveda treatments or simply taking it easy on the beach.


The city of Kochi (Cochin) is a blend of many different cultures from the colonial rule of the British and Portuguese to Jewish communities and Chinese business. Visit some of the old churches and the synagogue and then head down to the sea to watch the fishermen with their huge Chinese cantilevered nets.

In Kochi you can also witness a traditional Kathakali dance where the performers wear extravagant costumes and make-up, and are accompanied by singing and percussive music.


Magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendour of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a favourite among visitors to India. Goa has a long history but the strongest mark was left by the Portuguese who colonised the enclave from the 16th century until 1961. The historical buildings are recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and include the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Sé Cathedral of Santa Catarina and the Church of St. Cajetao. Of course we cannot forget the beaches which are a major attraction of Goa. Miles of beautiful golden sand touch the warm Indian Ocean making this an idyllic place to relax at the end of your holiday.

Kerala Cruising

Cruise the backwaters of Kerala on a kettuvallam, a houseboat that is converted from a traditional rice barge. Observe small villages, temples and schools and enjoy authentic Keralan food as you make your way slowly through the network of canals. This is a very relaxing way to gain an insight into life by the water.

Cruises operate on the waterways near to Alleppy which is close to Kochi.

Periyar National Park

Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is set in the Cardamom Hills near to Thekkady. The park has great scenic charm with a rich biodiversity and is a repository of rare flora and fauna. Periyar is known as a tiger reserve, although the creatures are extremely elusive and are very unlikely to be observed. More easily seen are some of the one thousand elephants. Also look out for leopards, palm civets and sambars as well as many varieties of birds.

Ayurveda Treatments

Ayurveda treatments are traditional Hindu methods which can help to relax and soothe. Using a combination of herbal oils, massage, yoga and meditation, Ayurveda aims to restore health and balance. Select a treatment plan that is personal to you to focus on rejuvenation, de-stressing or detoxification. With consultancy and treatments by a qualified Ayurveda doctor this is the perfect way to complete your Indian holiday.

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