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Kerala & South India

On our Kerela and South India tour, we’ll visit hillsides lush with the emerald green of tea plantations which stretch out before you, touching the blue horizon.

  • India

  • 14 nights
  • Worldwide Journeys



  • Feb



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Tour codes: 47260

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Walking grade

Grade 3

Classed as leisurely; walks are generally a little longer than level 2, with undulations but over a longer distance. Where sightseeing distances are longer, we take a full day with opportunities to stop, rest and refuel. Generally, itineraries involve easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks,   

Usual daily walks - Distance: 4 miles; Ascent/Descent 300m; Terrain: generally good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Half Day or Full Day walks. 

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s keys walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".


Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the hilly district of Wayanad, a beautiful region of Kerala.
  • Visit the Raj-era hill station of Kodaikanal with breathtaking views.
  • Walk along the highest tea plantations in the world in Munnar.
  • Cruise Lake Vembanad’s canals and lagoons.
  • Local naturalist guide throughout for an in-depth insight into South India's culture & wildlife.
  • Learn ancient Indian craftworks from local artists.

In the southernmost tip of India, luscious hillsides of emerald-green tea plantations stretch out before you, touching powder blue horizons. Women in brilliant, jewel-coloured saris chat happily as they nimbly pluck tea leaves, flashing shy smiles as you wander past. The delicious scent of spice plantations wafts through the air, as colourful birds and butterflies glide through the hot sun. 

This is a fertile, verdant landscape, nourished by monsoon rains. Nature’s colours seem more vivid in the south; cerulean lakes, crystal-mirrored waterways, dense green plains and undulating hills. The pace of life is mellow, and the cuisine rich in exotic fruits, vegetables, and spices.

Beginning in India’s garden city of Mysore, you’ll journey to Kerala’s beautiful hill region of Wayanad, nestled amongst the majestic Western Ghats. Here, walks lead us through terraced paddy fields, tangled forests and endless plantations of tea, coffee and spice. 

Reaching the pilgrimage site of Guruvayur, we’ll see Kerala’s most important temple shrine before travelling on to the natural harbour town of Cochin. With a mercantile history dating back to 1341, you’ll see centuries of international influence: Chinese fishing nets, Dutch palaces, Jewish synagogues and Hindu shore temples. 

At Kumarakom, on the eastern banks of Lake Vembanad, you’ll cruise along Kerala’s famous network of backwaters before spotting migratory birds on Lake Vembanad itself. Experience authentic Kerala as we share stories and learn ancient craft skills from locals in a nearby village. 

Our walks from Munnar to the Raj-era hill station of Kodaikanal offer unparalleled vistas; spectacular escarpments of the Palani range, tropical shola forests, tranquil ancestral villages, and sheer, sparkling waterfalls. 

You’ll visit the lotus-shaped city of Madurai, one of the oldest in South Asia, to explore 2,500 years of Indian culture. The city is home to the spectacular Hindu temple Meenakshi Amman, an endless, towering complex of elaborately carved deities in vivid technicolour. You’ll have time to explore before flying to Chennai for one night and connect with your flight home.

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Bangalore returning Chennai to Heathrow (British Airways)
  • Airport transfers
  • Full board en suite accommodation
  • All entrance fees
  • All local walking and sightseeing excursions
  • English speaking naturalist guide throughout and knowledgeable local guides on walks and in cities
  • All local transport costs.
  • A 'Water to Go' filter bottle posted to you before departure
  • The services of a Discover Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

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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

You depart the UK on the flight to Bangalore. Please note Bangalore is the British colonial name for the city. In 2014 its official name was changed to Bengaluru.  

Day 2



Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


You arrive in Bangalore and continue, with a breakfast stop, to the charming city of Mysore. The journey is 185 km and might take 4hrs. After lunch you will have time to visit the Maharajah's Palace and to enjoy a stroll around the town. We stay in Mysore for 1 night.

Day 3



Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


After an early breakfast we drive up Chamundi hill 1062m to see the Chamundeshwari temple with a panoramic view of 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 you will check in at the hotel and enjoy a short walk to see some local flora and fauna.

Day 4



Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


After breakfast we drive about 45mins to the starting point of today's walk. You'ill walk along country paths to a village of the Paniyar community. Your guide will explain something of village life. We continue our walk to reach a Kaavu, a traditional natural sacred space or forest temple. Continuing further we will pass by fields with crops of rice, coffee, pepper and cardamom. The terrain is gently rolling for this walk with no steep ascents or descents.

Day 5



Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


A very varied day starting with a walk through a tea estate to a sacred Hindu copse. Then the morning’s walk goes through paddy fields, rich in birdlife, passing local farms growing rice, coffee, coconut, ginger and tapioca. You'll be introduced to various medicinal plants and visit a bamboo handicraft cooperative.  After a traditional Keralan lunch in a local home, finish the day with a visit to a farm to see the variety of fruit, vegetables, spices, even rubber tapping and a fish farm.  You'll return to the hotel better informed than when you left.

Day 6



Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


After breakfast and a short stroll, we drive 150km to Guruvayur, the journey might take 4hrs. Guruvayur is one of the important pilgrimage centres in South India. In the afternoon and evening you can walk around the temple surroundings. The temple is an important Hindu religious site, 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



Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


There is an early start and drive of 150km to Kumarakom with an en route visit to Kochi. The journey takes about 3hrs. The city, formally named Cochin under British colonial rule, is the main port of Kerala. It is formed of a cluster of islands located on the coast of the Arabian Sea and has one of the best natural harbours in the world.  The major attractions include St. Francis Church - the oldest European built church in India. Chinese fishing nets, unique to this part of Kerala are working reminders of a centuries-old Chinese influence on this coast. The Dutch Palace, actually built by the Portuguese in 1555 but renovated by the Dutch in 1663, and the Jewish Synagogue at the heart of Mattancherry, locally known as 'Jew Town' are important historic sites. In the afternoon we continue about 2hrs drive to Kumarakom.

Day 8



Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


This morning enjoy a boat cruise in the backwaters. This is 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 are still used to transport rice and essentials to villages as well as by tour boats. Lake Vembanad is home to many resident and migratory birds like the Siberian stork, darter, egret, teal and heron. Many of these birds come here from the Himalayas and Siberia. In the afternoon we can enjoy a walk through a nearby village, meeting many local people going about their daily lives.

Day 9



Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Today experience peaceful village life, walking through Aynanam village, the setting of Arundati Roy’s book 'The God of Small Things'.  We have a chance to learn local skills like broomstick making using coconut leaves, screw pine and coconut-leaf weaving, climbing a coconut tree and coir ropemaking. We can extend the walk around the nearby paddy fields for some exercise and birdwatching. We return to the bus by boat and enjoy a free afternoon at the hotel.

Day 10



Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


After breakfast at the resort we drive 150km to Munnar. This will take around 5hrs. 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.  After checking in and lunch at the hotel we will walk 3 miles down into the town to explore the markets and return to the hotel by tuk-tuk.

Day 11



Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


You'll go for a full day walk in the Lakshmi Hills, walking through tea gardens, shola forests, hills and valleys. You are in tea country here and will walk amongst tea plantations with a boxed lunch en route. Your local guide will explain what you are seeing on the way, perhaps spotting some birds endemic to the Western Ghats.

Day 12



Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


After breakfast at the hotel we drive 170km to Kodaikanal leaving  Kerala for the state of Tamil Nadu. The drive will take 6hrs including a lunch stop. 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 you check in at the hotel and should have plenty of time for a stroll into town.

Day 13



Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    7 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


After breakfast we drive a short distance towards Vattakanal for a walk taking in forest, waterfalls and memorable valley views. We will visit the Anglo-American cemetery en route and return to town via La Salette Catholic church and pilgrimage site, and Coaker's Walk. The path is named after British army officer Lieutenant Coaker who, in 1872, cut the steep south east facing side of the ridge above Kodaikanal to create a walkway. The path is just over half a mile long and offers lovely views over the town.

Day 14



Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


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 and the Palace.  Mid-afternoon we transfer to Madurai Airport to catch the flight to Chennai. On arrival in Chennai you will be met by our local representative to transfer to the hotel in the city.

Day 15

Final day

You have an early departure from the hotel for your flight from Chennai for London, arriving on the same day.

Departure dates for your selected tour

15th Feb 2024 - 29th Feb 2024 (14 Nights)

12th Sep 2024 - 26th Sep 2024 (14 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 information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's 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. The refined rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and tea & coffee making equipment. There's a restaurant, 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  10 minute walk from Guruvayur Temple. Featuring classic furnishings and tiled floors, the rooms have flat-screen TVs, desks, and tea & coffee making facilities. An informal vegetarian restaurant overlooks the 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

The Abad Copper Castle  is loacted in the hill top resort of Munnar, which was a summer retreat during Raj-era times. The hotel is situated approx. 1600m above sea level, amid sprawling tea plantations with picturesque mountains, valleys and stream views. You will find a restaurant on site and extensive lush gardens. All rooms offer en suite with free Wi-Fi, balcony, TV and minibar.

Benzz Park Hotel

The Benzz Park Hotel is located in a quiet area of Kodaikanal overlooking gardens and hills. Rooms offer free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and tea & coffee making facilities. The hotel offers a lounge area and restaurant.

Grand by GRT Hotels or similar

Grand Chennai by GRT is located in the famous shopping area of Pondy Bazaar, Chennai. It features an indoor swimming pool, a spa and wellness centre and a fitness centre. Free WiFi access is available in all areas. Each room enjoys a TV, air conditioning, minibar, private bathroom also comes with a bath or shower and a hairdryer. Other facilities offered at the property include Bazaar, a 24-hour multi-cuisine restaurant offering street food from across the world, J.Hind is a contemporary Indian cuisine restaurant with interactive food experiences including molecular gastronomy while Steam and Whistles is a gastro-bar with a live Himalayan bao kitchen. Guests can indulge in therapeutic spa treatments at the renowned Bodhi Spa, work out with a personal trainer at the fully equipped gym, and swim laps in the privacy of the indoor pool.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

Classed as leisurely; walks are generally a little longer than level 2, with undulations but over a longer distance. Where sightseeing distances are longer, we take a full day with opportunities to stop, rest and refuel. Generally, itineraries involve easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks,   

Usual daily walks - Distance: 4 miles; Ascent/Descent 300m; Terrain: generally good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Half Day or Full Day walks. 

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s keys walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".

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 our naturalist guide, 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 sight see on your own or relax. Details will be confirmed locally by your leader.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity program for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear 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 snacks and drinks is £5-£10 per person per day. This is a full board tour so no need to account for lunches.

Currency in India

The currency in India is the Rupee (Rs). It is not usually possible to buy or sell Indian currency outside India.  All prices in India will be listed in Rupees. It is possible  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). If in doubt, check with your bank prior to travel that you will able to withdraw cash in India.


In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organized they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the program for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organized group program, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

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 prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passports and Visas


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. 

India has now reintroduced the e-visa scheme for UK passport holders. Please check with the Indian High Commission for full details: High Commission of India, London, United Kingdom (hcilondon.gov.in) 

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 30 days from date of arrival. The visa cost as of Mar 2023 was US$25. Please note this price changes regularly with no prior notice from the Indians.

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.

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.

Lemsford Mill

Welwyn Garden City



Tel: +44 1707 331133

In India:

Dravidian Trails Holidays

Sreekandath Rd




Tel: +91 484 4060 604

Please note the visa application procedure can be challenging. Regent Visa Services offer a visa application service. For a fee they can greatly simplify the process:

Regent Visa Services, U.K. - Find Visas and Apply Online: Fast Service, Easy Requirements.  


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 purchase alcohol outside the hotel and are able to consume this in the privacy of your hotel room. Your tour 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, with restaurant lunches on the other days. Our first meal in India will be breakfast on Day 2 and our final meal in India will be dinner on Day 14. 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


Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer.

Binoculars 2

Wildlife and scenery viewing experiences are always improved with binoculars. For seeing a bird in the treetops or picking out some detail on the horizon they are invaluable. If you have a pair, please bring them with you on your holiday. On some holidays it will be appropriate to have them with you all the time. Sometimes you might prefer to avoid carrying the extra weight. Your tour leader will always be happy to advise which days it will be particularly useful to take them.

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

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWW15 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

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

Indian Ministry of Tourism www.incredibleindia.org

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.


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

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

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.

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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

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritize the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

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

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.


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  • 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


    Avg. Rain: 14mm

  • February


    Avg. Rain: 17mm

  • March


    Avg. Rain: 22mm

  • April


    Avg. Rain: 40mm

  • May


    Avg. Rain: 76mm

  • June


    Avg. Rain: 197mm

  • July


    Avg. Rain: 308mm

  • August


    Avg. Rain: 274mm

  • September


    Avg. Rain: 182mm

  • October


    Avg. Rain: 83mm

  • November


    Avg. Rain: 34mm

  • December


    Avg. Rain: 15mm

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