Saga, the specialist tour operator for the over-50s, offers a 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 PS2,199pp including car pick-up from your home in the UK, flights, transfers and mixed-board accommodation plus tourist visa. saga.co.uk
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.
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