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Sally's Tour of Kerala

25th Aug

Woman in TukTuk in India on an Indian Tour

Hi, I’m Sally, a member of the Authentic India Tours team.

I took a whistle-stop tour of Kerala in September to visit some of the hotels we offer on our South India tours. I did have some time for sightseeing, so I thought I’d share my experiences.


Sunset selfie at Cochin beach

I loved Cochin. After the initial introduction to the slightly bonkers traffic (think beeping horns and a very confident style of driving!) it was great to catch up on some sleep with a quick nap at The Xandari Harbour in Fort Kochi. In the evening, I thoroughly enjoyed the magical sunset cruise around the harbour to see the silhouetted Chinese fishing nets.

The next day involved watching the fishermen in action, looking round the Dutch Palace, and seeing the fascinating public laundry complex in action. The day concluded watching an amazing Kathakali dance performance – dramatic storytelling with bold makeup and exaggerated facial expressions.


Misty Munnar hills - view from breakfast in South India

After seeing so many photos of misty mountains, I was really looking forward to visiting Munnar and it didn’t disappoint! Spending a peaceful breakfast on the balcony of the hotel whilst gazing over a sea of trees peeking out through the mist was a highlight of my tour.


Periyar National Park

Enjoying a morning gliding along the waters of Periyar National Park was pure bliss. From the boat, we could see bison, cormorants, deer and kingfishers. Sadly no elephants! In the afternoon, I enjoyed learning about how various spices are grown on a plantation visit complete with the incredible accompanying aromas. This was the only time during my trip that I got bitten by bugs as I forgot to put on my repellent. Oops!


Bamboo leaf weaving on the Village Life Experience in Kumarakom

The Village Life Experience in Kumarakom is not to be missed. It’s inspiring and humbling to meet local villagers along the beautiful backwaters and learn about crafts and produce. I was absolutely terrible at making rope and only slightly better at weaving coconut leaves!

Travel Tips

Suitcase, what to pack, how to pack for an indian

  • Organise your suitcase! I had planned my outfits in advance, and it really saved time keeping everything together in my case.
  • Most restaurants asked how spicy I wanted my dish, so you can control how hot (or not) you want your meal. Choose hotels or restaurants with buffet options so you get to try lots of different food. The vegetarian dishes with organic vegetables were amazing.
  • I bought an Indian sim card for around £6 at the airport which meant I had a strong signal and plenty of data to use throughout my trip.
  • Visit your GP for advice on vaccinations before going to a chemist. I’m not sure I needed all the expensive jabs Boots sold me!
  • Have a wonderful time. Kerala is one of the few places I’ve immediately wanted to return to. It really is such a special place.

Sally's trip included an adapted version of our Highlights of Kerala with Xandari Hotels tour.