Escorted tour specialist launches new tour of Kerala with 2025 and 2026 departures

Newmarket Holidays has expanded its Solo Traveller Collection with an 11-day escorted tour through the enchanting southern landscapes of India. 

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Periyar National Park, Kerala

The group tour, India’s South – Kerala & Madurai’s Temples, is a meticulously crafted adventure that is exclusively for solo travellers and explores the forested uplands, plantations of the Western Ghats, and the sprawling urban centres of Madurai and Kochi.

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Kochi Chinese fishing nets

Guests start by travelling east to Munnar, through mountains that are home to free-roaming elephants, where they explore the history of tea with visits to a plantation and museum. The next leg continues to Madurai, with highlights that include a guided rickshaw ride through the fascinating old city, a culinary walking tour of local markets, a visit to an elaborate 17th century palace, and an evening at the world-famous Sri Meenakshi Temple to enjoy the towering gopurams and the extraordinary colourful, musical, ‘Going to Bed’ ceremony. 

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Meenakshi Temple, Madurai

Continuing eastwards to Periyar National Park, guests can join a nature hike, take a lake cruise to look for wildlife that includes Bengal tigers, and visit a local spice plantation. The tour closes with a languid cruise through untouched Kerala on-board a traditional, thatch roofed Kettuvallam houseboat, before returning to Kochi, with a guided tour to enjoy iconic sites that include the city’s ancient Chinese fishing nets. 

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Tea Plantations, Kerala

Prices start from £3,249 per person (saving £350 until April 30, 2024), which includes eight nights’ half-board hotel stays, one night’s full-board lodging on a Kettuvallam, excursions, transfers, and return flights to Kochi. Departures are available in November 2025 and through 2026, https://newmarketholidays.co.uk, 0330 341 1927).

Tour link: https://www.newmarketholidays.co.uk/holidays/asia/kerala-madurais-temples-exclusively-solos

Main image | Keralan Houseboat, Kerala, India