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Photography tour Kerala 2015: Treasures of Kerala  |  Kerala photography holidays

Treasures of Kerala photo holiday details:

  • The tour package: What's in, out, optional
  • Overall weather for the region at time of tour:
    • This is the best time of year for visits to Kerala: in the winter and before the onset of the very hot and humid period leading up to the monsoon.
    • Dry, sunny, highs around 30°C (86°F), lows around 20°C (68°F).
    • Detailed chart.
  • Activity/fitness rating:
    • Easy for most averagely fit people.
  • Getting there and back:
    • The tour starts in Kochi, India and concludes in Thiruvananthapuram, India. Both cities have modern international airports served by a number of Indian, Asian and Middle Eastern airlines. You could:
      • Fly into and out of India using a major international hub like Mumbai or Delhi, then take a connecting flight between that airport and Kochi (arrival) or Thiruvananthapuram (departure); or
      • Use Kochi as your international arrival airport and Thiruvananthapuram as your international departure airport if those routes makes sense with your home airport; these airports are well served on routes via the Middle East.
    • Arriving in Kochi: Aim to arrive Saturday 18-Nov-2012 afternoon to get to hotel, settle in and meet up at 18:00
    • Departing from Thiruvananthapuram: At the end of the tour we'll escort you to Thiruvananthapuram airport on the morning of Saturday 01-Dec-2012
    • Get a feel for flight prices and possible routes, but please don't buy tickets until we've confirmed your trip!
  • Travel documents: Foreigners need a visa.
  • Travellers' health: Advice for India:
  • Non-shooting companions: Very welcome on this tour
    • Itinerary will be a fascinating experience even for non-shooters
    • Plenty of optional, customised diversions, excursions, sight-seeing, pampering and experiences possible

    Photo holiday details: The short version

    We include as much as possible in the price of our tours: see the full spec below. But if you're in a hurry right now, it might be simpler to see what you need to budget for in addition to the photo holiday price:

    • Not included: Airfares between your home city and Kochi/Thiruvananthapuram
    • Not included: Most of your lunches (returning to the hotel for lunch can eat into shooting and sightseeing time, so lunches tend to be about grabbing a sandwich or whatever you fancy — this is really cheap and tasty fun in India). Aboard the houseboat, your lunches are included.
    • Not included: Stuff you consume or do on your own outside planned group activities
    • Not included: Drinks, beverages and snacks
    • Not included: Room service, items of personal nature and incidentals, telephone charges, entrance fees not mentioned in the full specification below, video-camera fees, tips, mandatory travel insurance, passport and Indian visa fees.

    Photo holiday details: Full specification

    Tour name Treasures of Kerala 2012
    Tour reference H-IN-KRLA-2012-11-18
    Countries of travel India
    Tour price £2,395 sharing twin room, £2,895 single room (Prices quoted in any other currency are pegged to these GBP prices and are for guidance only.)
    Duration 14 days 13 nights
    Start date and time Sunday 18 November, 2012, 18:00 India time
    Start point Reception of chosen Kochi hotel (Hotel will be advised in Tour Notes closer to travel date)
    End date and time Saturday 01 December, 2012, 09:00 India time (Approx. time of arrival by coach at Thiruvananthapuram airport)
    End point Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) airport, India
    Included air travel None
    Included railway travel Alappuzha-Varkala, best class available
    Included road travel Private air-conditioned mini-coach
    Accommodation Hotel (11 nights) and houseboat (2 nights) on a twin-share basis (unless the single option is taken); Class: Heritage/boutique/3★ hotels, or better.
    Included meals Breakfasts and dinners, except on the houseboat where all meals are included.
    Included rides, excursions, encounters and cultural events All group road travel as per itinerary; Kathakali, Kalaripayattu, Punnamada boatbuilders, Kolukkumalai, Padmanabhapuram Palace Museum, Balaramapuram.
    Included transfers Transfer between Kochi Airport and hotel on Day 1; Group transfer to Thiruvananthapuram Airport on Day 14.
    Included entrance and camera fees For one still camera only, wherever applicable. All entrance fees to monuments, temples and museums included.
    Tour guides At certain destinations, a local English-speaking tour guide is included.
    Shoot Director The services of a professional English-speaking photographer are included in the price. The photographer will provide you with photography instruction and guidance throughout the tour.
    Inclusions Items and activities mentioned in the tour itinerary and also mentioned above are included. Items and activities mentioned in the tour itinerary and not mentioned above are not included. These items and activities will typically be free of charge or at nominal cost.
    Exclusions Optional activities; Anything not mentioned in this Full Specification. Please see our Booking Conditions, which form part of this Specification.
    Notes Important: The Tour Itinerary outlines a target plan for the duration of the tour, and we've worked hard to make these planned opportunities happen. However, the Shoot Director may vary the tour itinerary as he or she sees fit. All times and times of day are approximate and subject to change.