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Kerala & South India

Hillsides lush with the emerald green of tea plantations stretch out before you, touching the blue horizon.

From£2,899

  • India

  • 16 nights
  • Pioneer

    Sightseeing

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 5

Full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent.

The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground.

Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the hill district of Wayanad, a beautiful region of Kerala.
  • Visit the Raj-era hill station of Kodaikanal with breathtaking views.
  • Walk from Munnar, taking in the highest tea plantations in the world.
  • Explore Lake Vembanad and its canals by boat and canoe.

Guided Walking Holidays - Kerala & South India

Hillsides lush with the emerald green of tea plantations stretch out before you, touching the blue horizon. Women, brilliant in jewelcoloured saris, chat happily as they nimbly pluck the leaves, and flash you shy smiles as you wander past. The delicious scent of spices wafts past as they take their lunch, and colourful birds flit around in search of crumbs. Breathe in – you’re in Southern India.

This is a fertile, verdant landscape, watered by the monsoon rains; beautiful coastlines, lakes, inland waterways, green plains and undulating hills are there for you to discover. Nature’s colours seem more vivid in the south; the pace of life is mellow, and the cuisine rich in exotic fruits, vegetables and spices.

Our journey begins in India’s garden city of Bangalore before we travel to the beautiful hill country of the Wayanad, nestled among the Western Ghats. Here, our walks lead us through grasslands and valleys, forests and plantations. At Guruvayur, we’ll see Kerala’s most important shrine.

Taking a breather at Kumarakom, on the eastern shore of Lake Vembanad, we’ll cruise along Kerala’s famous backwaters and Lake Vemband itself, a timeless experience. We can also enjoy a peaceful sunrise walk. From both Munnar, at the centre of Kerala’s tea growing region, and the Raj-era hill station of Kodaikanal, perched on top of the Palani range, our walks in the surrounding hill country offer us unparalleled vistas as we explore tea plantations, shola forests, tranquil villages and waterfalls.

Madurai, one of the oldest cities in south Asia, has the elaborately sculptured Meenakshi Amman Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, which we visit before we fly to Chennai for one night and connect with our flight home.

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Bangalore returning Chennai to Heathrow (British Airways)
  • Airport transfers
  • Half board en suite accommodation
  • All entrance fees
  • Lunches on walking days
  • All local walking and sightseeing excursions
  • English speaking local guide
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

In flight

We depart the UK on our flight to Bangalore. Please note Bangalore is the British colonial name for the city. From 2014 the official name of the city was changed to Bengaluru.  

Day 2

Mysore

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We arrive Bangalore and go immediately to a local restaurant for breakfast. After a chance to freshen up we continue to the charming city of Mysore. The journey is 185 km and might take 4hrs. After dropping our luggage in the hotel we will have time to enjoy a stroll around the town. We stay in Mysore for 1 night.

Day 3

Wayanad

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

After an early breakfast we drive up Chamundi hill 1062m to see the Chamundeshwari temple with a panoramic view of Mysore. We also visit the Maharaja’s palace in Mysore before driving on to Wayanad (160km, 4hrs). Wayanad is a green paradise, nestling among the mountains of the Western Ghats. It forms the border world of the greener part of Kerala. Located 76 km from the sea, this verdant hill station is full of plantations, forests and wildlife. On arrival we will check in at the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 4

Wayanad

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400m

After an early breakfast, we will leave the hotel about 08.00 to drive 2hrs to the foot of Chembra Peak (2,100 m). Situated near the town of Meppady, it is the highest peak in Wayanad. It will take about three hours walking to reach the summit. We will walk about 6km climbing 400m to the peak. We start walking through tea plantations and climb steadily. After an hour we reach the romantically named 'Heart Shaped Pond'. On inspection it is easy to see where its name came from. The summit offers panoramic views across rolling countryside and makes the travelling and walking well worthwhile. After descending back to the start, we drive back to the hotel to enjoy some down time.

Day 5

Wayanad

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

After breakfast we start with a morning’s village walk visiting local farms growing coffee, coconut, ginger and tapioca. We will be introduced to various medicinal plants. We will also have a chance to learn and practice the technique of climbing coconut trees. After a traditional Kerala lunch (included) you have some time to relax. Later in the afternoon we visit a bamboo handicraft making unit and have a chance to walk amongst paddy fields. We finish the day with a quick lesson in making some traditional Keralan snacks and enjoy a cup of local tea. We shall return to the hotel better educated than we left.

Day 6

Guruvayur

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast, we drive 150km to Guruvayur, the journey might take 4hrs. Guruvayur is one of the important pilgrimage centres of South India. On arrival we will visit Punnathoor Kotta - the palace grounds used now to house the elephants belonging to the Guruvayur temple. This facility is also used to train the elephants to serve Lord Krishna. Elephants are used to participate in many festivals that occur throughout the year. In the evening we can walk around the temple surroundings. The temple is one of the most important Hindu religious sites, its name translates as 'the holy abode of Vishnu on earth'. Only Hindus are permitted inside the temple area but there is plenty for non-Hindus to enjoy.

Day 7

Kumarakom

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

We have breakfast at the hotel and drive 150km to Kumarakom with an en route visit at Kochi. The drive takes about 3hrs. The city, formally named Cochin under colonial rule, is the capital of Kerala. It is formed of a cluster of islands located on the coast of the Arabian Sea and has one of the finest natural harbours in the world. The major attractions include St. Francis Church - the oldest European built church in India, Chinese fishing nets, introduced by Chinese traders and unique to this part of Kerala and living symbols of a centuries-old Chinese influence on this coast, the Dutch Palace - which was built by the Portuguese in 1555 and renovated by the Dutch in 1663 and the Jewish Synagogue at the heart of Mattancherry which is locally called 'Jew Town'. In the afternoon we continue about 2hrs drive to Kumarakom. On arrival we check in at the hotel and have some time to relax.

Day 8

Kumarakom

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

This morning we enjoy a boat cruise in the backwaters. This perhaps the quintessential Kerala experience and will not disappoint. The boat takes you through scenic canals, lagoons and lakes to see the village life around the backwater areas. The canals were previously used to deliver rice and essentials to villages but are now used mainly by tour boats. We can also visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary which is home to many migratory birds like the Siberian stork, darter, egret, teal and heron. Many of these birds come here from the Himalayas and Siberia.

Day 9

Kumarakom

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we experience the peaceful village life of Kumarakom. We begin in a country boat from Aattamangalam Church. We will be rowed by local boatmen through Kannadi Chal, a picturesque canal. We will stop on the way to enjoy a visit to Kandan Kavu and experience some of the biodiversity of the area. We have a chance to learn local skills like broomstick making using coconut leaves, screw pine weaving, bow and arrow fishing, net fishing and weaving coconut leaves. We return to the hotel by boat and enjoy some free time.

Day 10

Munnar

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast at the resort we drive 150km to Munnar. This will take around 4hrs. Munnar is a beautiful hill station on the Western Ghats at about 1600m above sea level. There are lakes, reservoirs, forests and several tea estates here. The Tata Tea (India's biggest selling brand) estate and factory is in Munnar. We also visit a wildlife sanctuary in the Rajamala area. Look out for Nilgiri Thar, a very rare breed of mountain goat. After check in at the hotel we are at leisure for the rest of the day.

Day 11

Munnar

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    8 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    530m

After an early breakfast, we will be picked up to go for a trek in the Lakshmi Hills. We plan to reach our starting point by 0815 hrs. After a short briefing we will start trekking through tea gardens, shola forests, hills and valleys. We will have a boxed lunch en-route. Our high point today will be 1950m. Our local guide will explain what we are seeing on the way. We plan to reach the end of trek just after midday and drive back to the resort. On returning to the hotel we have the option to visit the local Tea Museum.

Day 12

Munnar

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300/120m

This morning we drive about 2hrs from Munnar to Yellapatty to walk through the local hills. We start from Yellapatty with our local guide and trek through the tea gardens and shola forests (rain forest) which will lead you to a cliff (2150m) overlooking the deep valleys, beautiful mountains and peaks around. From here you can see the world’s highest tea plantation, Kolukkumalai (2170m) and Meesapulimalai (2640m), the 2nd highest peak in south India. On our walk today we are crossing between the two states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The walk starts in the aptly names ‘Silent valley and climbs steadily through plantations of eucalyptus and pine before reaching open grass lands with spectacular views all around.

Day 13

Kodaikanal

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

After breakfast at the hotel we drive 170km to Kodaikanal leaving the state of Kerala. The drive will take 7hrs including stops. Kodaikanal is set in an area of granite cliffs, forested valleys, lakes, waterfalls and grassy hills. At 2,000m above sea level, the town is centred around the man-made, star shaped Kodaikanal Lake, bordered by evergreen forest. On arrival we check in at the hotel and hopefully have time for a stroll around town and lake..

Day 14

Kodaikanal

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    8.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    280m

After breakfast we drive to Perumalmalai for a trek to Perumal Peak. Located at an altitude of 2,440m, Perumal Peak is the highest of Perumalai Hills, 18 km from Kodaikanal. It offers captivating views of the surrounding Western Ghats and the Nilgiri Hills. The trek begins at the foot of the peak near Perumalmalai village. 

Day 15

Kodaikanal

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    390m

We have breakfast at the hotel and drive 2hrs to Kavunji. From here our trekking route passes through a Sheep Research Centre and then winds uphill to the top of Kukkal hill. The terrain includes grassland and shola forest, with stretches of swampy ground. Above Kookal you can see the caves formally inhabited by ancient tribes. It is thought the caves were inhabited by the Paliyan people; original inhabitants of the area whose descends lived the caves up until the 1980's.

Day 16

Chennai

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation

After an early breakfast at the resort we drive 3hrs to Madurai. Over 2500 years old, Madurai is the second largest city of Tamil Nadu. It is an important cultural and commercial centre. It was once the seat of Tamil learning and still the place where the Tamil language is spoken in its purest form. The city is planned in the shape of a lotus. We have an orientation tour including the Sree Meenakshi temple. Mid-afternoon we transfer to Madurai Airport to catch our flight to Chennai. On arrival in Chennai we will be met by our local guide to transfer to the hotel in the city. Dinner tonight is at the hotel.

Day 17

Final day

We have an early departure from the hotel for our flight from Chennai for London Heathrow, arriving into London on the same day.

From (GBP)£2,899

Departure dates for your selected tour

30th Jan 2020 - 15th Feb 2020 (16 Nights)

10th Sep 2020 - 26th Sep 2020 (16 Nights)

20th Dec 2020 - 5th Jan 2021 (16 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Bangalore (Bengaluru) returning Chennai to Heathrow (British Airways)
  • Arrival transfer by road c.50mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights; Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Visa is required

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each nights' accommodation for each departure date.

Sandesh the Prince

In the city's historic centre, Sandesh The Prince hotel is 1 km from Mysore Palace and 5 km from Chamundeshwari Temple, perched at the top of Chamundi Hills. The refined rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and tea & coffee making equipment. There's a restaurant, a  pub, coffee shop, bar, outdoor pool, gym and spa.

Abad Brookside Resort

Set amongst the natural beauty of Wayanad known for its lush green mountains and misty landscapes. The Abad Brookside Resort offers spacious, comfortable rooms with WI-FI, air conditioning, ceiling fan, hair dryer, minibar and tea & coffee making facilities. The hotel has an outdoor pool set amongst forest trees.

Hotel Devaragam

In a building surrounded by trees at the edge of the town centre, the Hotel Devaragam is a 9-minute walk from Guruvayur Temple and 6 km from Chavakkad Beach. Featuring simple furnishings and tiled floors, the rooms have flat-screen TVs, desks, and tea & coffee making facilities. An informal vegetarian restaurant overlooks a courtyard with a pond.

Abad Whispering Palms

We expect to stay at the Whispering Palms resort, set beautifully on the shores of Lake Vebanadu and the heart of the Kerala backwaters. This luxurious resort really is a place to switch off and relax.

Delicious Keralan and European cuisine is served in the restaurant and every morning a good buffet breakfast is available. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool with views out over the lake and the setting sun.

We stay in chalets with landscaped gardens or private terraces, that include air conditioning, en-suite facilities, tea and coffee making facilities, a daily newspaper(on request), desk, hair dryer(on request), internet access and TV.

Ayurveda is an Indian tradition, and the hotel embraces the culture with its Ayurveda centre, offering massages and reflexology (may be chargeable).

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout.

Abad Copper Castle

Another example of the type of property we stay in on this holiday is the Abad Copper Castle in the hill top resort of Munnar, which was once a summer retreat during Raj-era times. The hotel is situated approx. 1600m above sea level, admits sprawling tea plantations with picturesque mountains, valleys and stream views. You will find a restaurant on site, a spa with steam room and extensive lush gardens. All rooms are en suite with WiFi, balcony, TV and minibar.

Germanus Springs Hotel

Featuring views of the surrounding valley, the Germanus Springs Hotel hotel is a 9-minute walk from the Kodaikanal Solar Observatory, and 5 km from the Guna Caves. The relaxed, warmly decorated rooms come with Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TV, safe, minifridges, and tea & coffee making facilities. Breakfast is buffet style and is served in a down-to-earth restaurant that has outdoor seating. There's also a garden with a pond.

Crown Plaza Chennai

Set in Chennai's upscale Alwarpet neighbourhood, the Crown Plaza Adyar Park is an imposing modern building with a pillared portico. Refined rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars. There are 3 restaurants, a 24-hour eatery and a wood-panelled bar/lounge, as well as an outdoor pool and a fitness room.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This Grade 5 holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over varied terrain and includes an element of sightseeing as well. Our walks are on generally good tracks amongst through villages, pasture, plantations and waterside with outstanding views one from the higher ground. Please see the day to day itinerary for a more detailed description of the walks.

Walks & Excursions

The walking programme of this holiday will be made from Wayanad, Munnar and Kodaikanal, mostly following undulating forest trails, dirt tracks and natural trails in tea plantations. The daily walking times range from 3-5 hours, spread over the day. As we will be walking in the hills, there will be some steepish sections, but we will take our time, there is no rush, and our reward will be stunning views and exotic vegetation. You will be accompanied by a local walking guide and the group leader on our walking days. There will be days, such as Mysore and Madurai, where the sightseeing element will fill most of the day.

Please note: This itinerary has been planned to be busy and full-packed so that you make the most of your time in India and experience as much as possible. There will be some free time during the tour for you to explore on your own or relax, and details will be confirmed locally by your leader.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Currency in India

The currency in India is the Rupee (Rs).  It is not possible to buy or sell Indian currency outside India.  All prices in India will be listed in Rupees. It is possible at some hotels to exchange small amounts of cash (take some cash with you - US Dollars and Sterling being the easiest) and the larger towns have banks with ATMs where you can withdraw Rupees (ensure your debit card is linked with Visa or Mastercard). Note that in India, unlike UK, you insert your card & remove it immediately before entering your PIN. If in doubt, check with your bank prior to travel that you will able to withdraw cash in India.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high.  In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff & to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Visa

A passport is required to visit India and it must be valid for a minimum of six months from your intended return to the UK. It is necessary to have at least two blank pages in your passport to allow for a visa to be inserted. 

A visa is required for entry into India. The visa is not included in the holiday charge and must be obtained by you before departure. 

You can apply for an e-visa for India between 30 days and 3 days prior to the date of arrival in India. The visa is double entry and will be valid for 60 days from date of arrival. The visa cost as of Aug 2019 is USD$100. 

You will need to complete the online form and it is necessary to upload a copy of the photo page from your passport, with all information showing clearly, plus a recent front facing photograph. Specific requirements for the photograph can be found on the application website.

You should print off a copy of the confirmed e-visa to take with you. Biometric data will be taken on arrival and this is mandatory.

Information on the e-visa, cost, photograph specifications and your application form can be found at: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html

Please note it is very important to use the correct site as there are many websites that charge huge sums and offer the same service.

As the visa is valid from DATE OF ISSUE, not date of travel, please do not apply for your visa too far in advance of your travel dates. Please ensure that your visa will be valid for your entire stay in India.

Notes to assist you with completing your visa application:
You are required to supply details of a referee in the UK in India. You may wish to use the referees as listed below.

In the UK:
RWH Travel Ltd. Box 43
Welwyn Garden City
Hertfordshire
AL8 6PQ
Tel: 01707 331133

In India:
Dravidian Trails Holidays
Sreekandath Rd
Cochin
682016
India
Tel: +91 484 4060 604

Meals

Alcohol is not always available at hotels and restaurants in south India. Some of the accommodation on this itinerary is 'dry' and alcohol is not sold. We understand that you can sometimes purchase alcohol outside the hotel and are able to consume this in the privacy of your hotel room. Your group leader will give you further information locally.

Breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday price and will be taken at our hotels. Packed lunches are included on 6 days. All other lunches are at your own expense. Our first meal in India will be breakfast on Day 2 and our final meal in India will be dinner on Day 16.

The food is predominantly South Indian which is generally mildly spiced, with plenty of vegetarian dishes. Western alternatives are generally available for those who prefer.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

Footwear As Hand Luggage

We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

India Modest Dress

As in most Asian countries, modesty of dress is sensible.  Very short shorts are considered improper in some areas and women should exercise caution when exposing the upper arms or shoulders as this can cause offence. A lightweight shawl can be a useful item for women.  Men should also dress modestly, long trousers and a loose shirt are often more acceptable than shorts and a T-shirt.

Traveling Light

You should be able to lift and carry and handle your own luggage. At some hotels, the coach may have to stop some distance short of the hotel entrance. Also, within some of the hotels themselves, there may be some long walks between the rooms and entrance area which could include some steps.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in India

In India: Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts at 50Hz. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a two or three pin style adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at  https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

  • Maps & Books
    South India (Lonely Planet Country and Regional Guides) – Lonely Planet Publications
    The Rough Guide to Kerala – Rough Guides Ltd
    Kerala and Southern India (Travellers) - Anil Mulchandani – Thomas Cook Publishing
    The God of Small Things - Arundati Roy

Websites:
Indian Ministry of Tourism www.incredibleindia.org

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to your the areas you will be walking in may be brought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for India

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to India, although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Diphtheria and Typhoid immunisations are recommended, and you might also like to consider immunisations against Rabies, Cholera, Japanese Encephalitis and Hepatitis B. 

Malaria is present throughout the year in India; please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic. 

Dengue fever, Zika virus and Chikungunya virus exist in India; please take normal precautions against mosquito bites. 

Seek pre-travel Zika virus advice from your health care provider 6-8 weeks in advance of travel, particularly important if you are pregnant or planning pregnancy.

Air Pollution

Cities may at times experience periods of poor air quality. If you suffer from a respiratory condition you may wish to seek advice from your doctor prior to travel.

Diarrhoea & Boiled Water

Don’t forget to exercise caution with what you eat to avoid upset stomachs and stay away from unpeeled fruit and vegetables, salad and do not have ice in your drinks. Hot, fresh cooked food, where possible, is best. 

Hand washing facilities may be poor or unavailable when travelling, we therefore strongly advise you to carry antibacterial sanitizing gel and / or hand wipes at all times and use to them regularly.

Drinking or cleaning teeth in un-boiled water is not recommended.  Bottled pure water is inexpensive and widely available in shops, at hotels, and on the coach. Make sure you only buy sealed bottles.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.

See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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India

  • Capital

    New Delhi

  • Currency

    Indian Rupee

  • Language

    Hindi; English

  • Time Difference

    UTC +05:30

  • Flight duration

    9.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    17°C

    Avg. Rain: 14mm

  • February

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 17mm

  • March

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 22mm

  • April

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 40mm

  • May

    30°C

    Avg. Rain: 76mm

  • June

    29°C

    Avg. Rain: 197mm

  • July

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 308mm

  • August

    27°C

    Avg. Rain: 274mm

  • September

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 182mm

  • October

    25°C

    Avg. Rain: 83mm

  • November

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 34mm

  • December

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 15mm

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