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A Taste of Southern India

Holiday Highlights

  • Meeting the smallholder farmers of Fair Trade Alliance Kerala
  • Exploring the enormous Hindu temple complex in Madurai
  • Relaxing in a houseboat on the backwaters and Vembanad Lake
  • Spotting wild elephants on a nature walk in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Enjoying the beautiful seafront in Pondicherry
  • Visiting pottery and incense craft workers in Tamil Nadu

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Day Description Distance Meals
1 Depart UK Overnight flights to Kozhikode (Calicut)  
2 Arrival day Arrive in Kozhikode  
3 Kozhikode to Kelakam Meet Fair Trade Alliance Kerala's team and transfer to Kelakam B  
4 Kelakam Visit to a coconut processing facility and smallholder farmers B L  
5 Kelakam to Kochi Daytime sleeper train to Kochi B D  
6 Kochi Tour of Kochi and visit to women's empowerment project B  
7 Kochi to Alappuzha Stay on a Kettuvellam rice houseboat B L D  
8 Alappuzha to Thekaddy Stay in Thekaddy Wildlife Sanctuary B  
9 Thekaddy to Kallupatti Elephant spotting on nature walk and visit Reaching the Unreached B D  
10 Kallupatti Learn more about Reaching the Unreached B L D  
11 Kallupatti to Madurai Visit to Co-optex handloom weavers and tour of Madurai B  
12 Madurai Exploring Madurai and temple complex. Night sleeper train to Chennai. B  
13 Chennai to Pondicherry Afternoon tour of Pondicherry B  
14 Pondicherry Visit to Inner Reflections and Sri Sivam Pottery B  
15 Pondicherry to Chennai Visit to the UN World Heritage Site of Mahabalipuram B  
16 Depart Tour of Chennai and departure flights B L  

Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

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As we travel through the stunning coastal and mountainous landscapes of southern India we leave the well-travelled tourist trail and are invited into villages and communities for an amazing insight into rural life.


Starting with Fair Trade Alliance Kerala we visit smallholder farmers in the Western Ghats. In an area under threat from deforestation and the commercial use of natural forests, the farmers of organic coffee and spices see themselves as guardians of one of the most important areas of biodiversity in India. We learn about how the benefits of fair trade help them to adapt their farming practices to protect the forests that they are so passionate about preserving.


Our tour then continues south along Kerala’s coast to the Chinese fishing nets at Kochi and the backwater lagoons before we head back up into the cooler hills. Continuing east we stay with craft workers before heading on to Madurai and its iconic temples in the heart of Tamil Nadu. Our tour ends on the eastern coast of India with visits to Pondicherry and the famous shore temple at Mahabalipuram, a great end to a great holiday.

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Holiday Details

1 night on houseboat

2 nights in project-run accommodation

All other accommodation in hotels and guesthouses with en-suite facilities

50% meals provided

2 train journeys (one overnight)

4 long road transfers

4 producer visits

1 development project visit

6 tourist visits

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