Wish You Were. HERE? Kerala, India

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This Southern India state is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai.

It is full of history, tea plantations and romantic backwaters - don't miss the chance to explore the countryside on a houseboat.

With the monsoon season over, this is the perfect time to visit.

Saga, the specialist tour operator for the over-50s, offers great 12-night trip. It starts with a stay in Cochin and visits to Alleppey followed by three nights on a river boat. There are also excursions by rice boats to the historic village of Chambakulam and floating markets, the chance to see elephants at a wildlife sanctuary and two nights at the famous Windermere tea plantation in Munnar. Finally there is a chance to relax with a three-night stay at the Marari Beach Resort on the Malabar coast. The deal: A 12-night holiday with Saga starts at [euro]2,624pp including flights, transfers and mixed-board accommodation plus tourist visa. saga.co.uk Kerala/Maldives, First Choice This fully-guided holiday takes you to Kovalam, Kumarakom, Periyar, Munnar, Cochin, Alleppey and Trivandrum. …