Kerala India & Southern Wonders

16 day Kerala & the Southern Wonders tour with return flights, transfers, accommodation, overnight cruise & more!

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16 days | per person twin share | | Typically $5,308!
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  • Had a short 2 hours motorboat trip of backwaters of Kumarkom in the evening and did enjoy it a lot. One can choose a long duration trip also. Sunil123singh
  • Treat yourself on a houseboat, gently drifting down the canals - either for a day trip or overnight. Houseboats seem to have 2-4 bedrooms with ample lounge and cooking facilities. GlobalRover
  • There is no better way to enjoy and unwind in Kumarakom, than to hop onto one of the many houseboats available there, and enjoy a tranquil day in the backwaters… Utkarshjain93
  • We spent one night on the houseboat and really enjoyed our experience. The staff on board were fantastic cooks and we ate sea food we had purchased from one of… DianeNSW

Highlights

 

Be transported to a magnificent country full of culture, history and colour with a 16 day Kerala & the Southern Wonders tour. Explore the colonial sights of Chennai, the largest city in South India and marvel at impressive temples and bazaars. Discover the ‘Golden City of a Thousand Temples’ Kanchipuram and see the sculptural genius of Mahabalipuram.

Travel to intriguing Hassan and Mysore and learn about the political and cultural history, plus admire the magical Hoysala architecture in Somnathpur. Enjoy a Toy Train experience in Ooty and travel to Cochin, the commercial capital of Kerala before heading to Alleppey to board our overnight houseboat. This verdant area of Kerala, known as the ‘Venice of the East’, offers a stunning maze of canals and backwaters.

Your package includes return international airfares, all accommodation, dedicated tour guide, overnight houseboat cruisesightseeing and more!

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Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff – Chennai

Depart Australia today on your flight to Chennai. On arrival into Chennai International Airport follow customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection. A Webjet representative will meet you as you exit the arrivals hall. 

Chennai (formerly known as Madras), the largest city in South India and the fourth largest city in the country, the capital of Tamil Nadu is located on what is popularly called the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. The varied aspects of traditional South Indian culture existing alongside the lifestyle of a modern city complete with its plush hotels, restaurants offering a range of continental to typical South Indian cuisine, long and uncrowded stretches of beaches, modern shopping malls, and cinema halls. While moving around in the city one cannot overlook the obvious British influence that is so evident in the various cathedrals, buildings in Indo-Saracenic style of architecture and wide tree lined avenues. However, despite the undeniable strong English legacy, Chennai has retained its traditional Tamil Hindu culture and effectively blended it with the foreign influence.

Please note: Some flights will depart late the night before Day 1. However, most flights departing Australia will arrive late at night on Day 1.

Day 2: Chennai (B,D)

This morning, explore some of the colonial sights on a sightseeing tour of Chennai. Begin with a visit to the site of the first British outpost in India – Fort St. George and the commercial centre, George Town. Visit the Fort house and the museum exhibiting a vast collection of portraits, regimental flags, weapons and coins. Afterwards we proceed  to Mylapore in the south which is the site of the famous Kapaleeswarar Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It has a typical Dravidian gopuram (Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple premises). 

Near the temple, is the San Thome Cathedral, which is said to feature the remains of St Thomas the Apostle (Doubting Thomas). Located on Triplicane High Road is the Parathasarathy Temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna. Built in the 8th century during the Pallava reign, it was later renovated by the Vijayanagar kings in the 16th century. The morning tour ends at the Government State Museum and the National Art Gallery (Remains closed on Friday) showcasing an interesting archaeological section and a bronze gallery. It houses items right from the Cholas, Vijaynagar, Hoysala and Chalukya periods to some very recent artwork.

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. 

This evening, we’ll enjoy a walking tour of Channai’s Bazaars. Crowded markets, narrow lanes, chaotic traffic, and noisy hawkers… Majestic buildings, fascinating history, vivid colours and mesmerizing images… The pulse of any city is in its markets. From the early morning flower bazaars to the ever bustling vegetable markets, these vibrant pockets of life in this city are great places to gauge the local way of life. This walk takes you through one such market place, Georgetown. Fascinating history, streets teeming with life and spilling over with colour, noise and exuberance; one is never short of sights to take in on this tour.

Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers with a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram – Chennai (B)

After breakfast we drive to the impressive town of Kanchipuram, 70 km from Chennai and 66km west of Mahabalipuram, known as the Golden City of a Thousand Temples, one of the oldest towns in India. It is famous for both its temples, many of them remarkably well preserved and for its hand-woven silks. Kanchipuram is one of the seven sacred cities of India and it is the only one associated with both Shiva and Vishnu. Visit Ekambareshwar Temple, Kailashnath Temple, Kamakshi Temple, the Vaikunthaperumal Temple, all built in the 7th and 8th centuries. With a weaving tradition dating back to the Pallava era (when silk was the royal cloth), Kanchipuram is justly famous for its particularly fine silk saris, embellished with stunning patterns. Apart from the temples, you will also have an opportunity to visit the local homes of the weavers and watch them create magic out of silk thread into saris.

Following Kanchipuram, continue drive to Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram), a small seaside village that was once the main port of the Pallava Dynasty from the 5th – 9th centuries.

Today it is the site of several antique sculptural marvels. Declared as the world heritage site by UNESCO, Mahabalipuram boasts of some of India’s most sublime rock-cut art. The town was earlier called Mahabalipuram, but was later renamed as Mamallapuram or the place of the great wrestler – Narasimhavarmam I. He made this port a flourishing trade centre. The only shore temple, which remains here, is the spectacular two-spired shrine, which is unique in that it houses both Vishnu and Shiva in its sanctum. 

The open-air bas-reliefs, structured temples, man-made caves and the five monolithic “rathas” (chariots carved from single processions) reflect this art at its best. “Arjuna’s penance” here is the world’s largest bas relief measuring 27 meters by 9 meters. The hillside is scattered with eight temple porches with bold sculptures inside and there is also still one surviving shore temple, built in the 1st century. A row of Nandi Bulls surrounds its walls and Mahabalipuram also boasts an excellent openair museum where you can watch stonemasons at work. After we head back to Chennai where to rest of the evening is at leisure.

Day 4: Chennai –  train-icon  – Bangalore (B)

This morning, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the railway station (with a packed breakfast) for your train to Bangalore.

Departure Chennai At: 0600 hrs Train Shatabdi Express-12007

Arrive Bangalore at: 1050 hrs

CLASS: AC Chair Car Class

Upon arrival in to Bangalore, you will be met at the railway station and transferred to your hotel before we head out on a tour of the garden city. We start with a visit to Lalbagh, the botanical garden spread over 240 acres and having a wide variety of exotic trees and plants. Visit Tipu Sultan’s Palace – dating back to 1790 and made mostly out of wood, it was used as the summer residence of the legendary ruler Tipu Sultan. Continue to visit the Bull temple believed to have been constructed in the 16th-century it has been carved out of a single granite block.

Day 5: Bangalore – Shravenabelagola – Hassan (B)

After breakfast, we drive to Hassan (180 kms/ 4.5 hrs approx) en route visit Shravenabelagola.

Shravenabelagola, renowned for its colossal Gomateshwara statue. (Note: There are around 700 steps to climb on to reach the Gomateshwara statue).

Shravenabelagola is one of the most celebrated Jain pilgrim sites and the gigantic statue of Lord Gomateshwara has been carved out of a single block of granite and stands majestically atop a hill. The carved nude statue is shown standing on a lotus and captures the tranquility typical of much Buddhist and Jain art. The depth of the saint’s meditation is depicted by the creepers shown growing up his legs and arms. After, we continue our drive to Hassan. 

Upon arriving in Hassan, we visit Belur & Halebid. The serenity of Belur is attributed to the celebrated temple of Channakeshava, built by the Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana in 1117 A.D. to commemorate his conversion from Jainism to Vaishnavism. The main structure of the temple, which is star shaped, is a homogenous architectural unit on a raised platform. Everything is carved in black stone, looking like metal. Facing the temple, at the entrance, stands the winged figure of Garuda, Lord Vishnu’s carrier. The 650 charging elephants on frieze around the walls outside are all different from each other. 

Halebid was the ancient capital of the Hoysala Empire. Founded in the early 11th century as Dwarasamudram (Gateway to the seas), it was destroyed by the armies of the Delhi Sultanate in 1311 and 1327 AD, after which it was deserted and later renamed Halebid (Old Capital). The Hoysaleswara temple at Halebid, the largest of the Hoysala temples, was started in 1121 AD, about 10 years after the temple at Belur, but despite 86 years of labour, it was never completed. Nevertheless it is easily the most outstanding example of Hoysala art. Every centimeter of the outside walls and much of the insides are covered with an endless variety of Hindu deities, stylised birds and animals and friezes depicting the life and times of the Hoysala rulers. 

The rest of the evening is at leisure.

Day 6: Hassan—Mysore (B)

After breakfast we drive to Mysore (130 km/ 3.5 hrs approx). Mysore was the political capital of the Wodeyar dynasty which ruled the state of Karnataka for some 150 years till the independence of the country from the British. These kings were great patrons of art and culture and Mysore was the cultural capital of the south under the rule of the Wodeyars. Mysore still carries on its placid shoulders the aura and glamour of palaces, the grandeur of festivals of times gone by, but all of it with a quiet, unhurried dignity. It is often called the Jewel of Karnataka – its arts, culture, buildings, festivals, gardens and parks being the quintessence of the state’s heritage.

We head our for a walking tour of Mysore markets. The 125-year old market with more than 700 stalls will hold your interest for its vibrancy and colours. You also get to discover Mysore’s specialties ranging from sweets, flowers, fruits to natural incense and a variety more. The rest of the evening is at leisure.

Day 7: Mysore (B)

After breakfast, we take an in-depth tour of Mysore. The infatuation with Mysore begins with the Maharaja’s Palace, at the heart of the city. It is a veritable treasure trove of exquisite carvings and works of art from the world over. Overlooking the city of Mysore are the Chamundi Hills, where stands a monolithic statue of the Nandi Bull. Proceed to the Rajendra Art Gallery which has some remarkable selections of paintings by Raja Ravi Verma, Nicholas Roerich and traditional paintings in the Mysore style.

We then proceed to Somnathpur, which is known for the Keshava Temple. Built in 1268, the temple is a marvellous example of Hoysala architecture. The walls of this star studded temple are covered with exquisite sculptures in stone depicting various scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata and the life and times of the Hoysala kings. The rest of the evening is at leisure.

Day 8: Mysore – Ooty (B)

Post breakfast we drive to Ooty (a journey of 165 km/ 6.5 hrs approx). Called the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’ picturesque, green Udhagamandalam better known as Ooty is the most

popular hill station in the South. Located in the Western Ghats at a height of 2240m, Udhagamandalam is the headquarters of the Nilgiris district where the two ghats meet. Nature has been generous with this region which is by far the most beautiful in the state. Apart from coffee and tea plantations, trees like conifers, eucalyptus and pine dot the hillside in Ooty and its environs.

We begin with a visit to the Botanical Gardens which were laid out in 1847. The picturesque gardens that are maintained by the Horticulture department of the state, cover an area of about 22 hectares. The Gardens have well over 650 species of plants and trees, including a fossil of a tree, which is believed to be more than 20 million years old. Continue to Ooty Lake built in 1825 and is about 2.5 km long. Finally we finish off with a visit to Dodabetta Peak which stands at an altitude of 2,623 meters. It is the highest point in the district, making it possibly the best vantage point around Ooty. The rest of the evening is at leisure.

Day 9: Ooty –train-icon  – Coonoor – train-icon  – Ooty (B, L)

No visit to Ooty is complete without the Toy Train experience. In the morning, we head to the railway station to board the Toy train at 0915 hrs to Coonoor. Arrive Coonoor at 1025 hrs. Upon arrival we will be taken to a Tea Plantation followed by Tea Tasting and lunch. After lunch we head back Ooty (an hour drive approx.). Rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 10: Ooty – Cochin (B)

After breakfast we leave Ooty, and drive to Cochin (a journey of about 300 km/ 7 hrs drive approx.). The commercial capital of Kerala and the most cosmopolitan of the state’s cities, Cochin or Kochi have long been eulogized in tourist literature as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’. Strategically located on the east–west sea route, Cochin is Kerala’s major port,boasting of one of the finest natural harbours in the world, which forms the hub around which the city revolves. With its wealth of historical associations and its setting on a cluster of islands and narrow peninsula, the city of Kochi perfectly reflects the eclecticism of Kerala. Apart from being a major commercial hub, Kochi is also a major tourist attraction in southern India. Cochin served as a very important seaport and centre of trade with the Chinese, Arabs, Phoenician, Romans and Greeks. One is able to catch a glimpse of the past through the old colonial churches, tiled houses built in the Chinese pagoda style, the famous Chinese fishing nets, colonial buildings, synagogues and mosques – all narrating fascinating tales of this enriched harbour town.

The rest of the evening is at leisure.

Day 11: Cochin (B)

Today we Explore the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, Cochin. Unravel the ancient treasures of this quaint harbour port town visiting the fascinating sights partly by boat and partly on foot. Visit the Chinese Fishing Nets, the St. Francis Church, walk through the narrow cobbled streets, lined with antique and handicraft shops of the Jew Town to the Jewish Synagogue, the oldest living synagogue in the world.

(Note: Visitors to the Jewish Synagogue should be modestly dressed. Admission will be denied to men and women wearing short pants/skirts, sleeveless t-shirts/blouses. Bare shoulders and mid-riffs are not permitted and should be covered with shawls).

This evening, watch a mesmerising Kathakali performance. Kathakali represents a synthesis of all that is best in dance, drama and music and has been recognized by connoisseurs of art, the world over as a `total art form of immense sophistication and power’. It is the impression created by make-up and the costumes that make Kathakali a visual par excellence. Let the magic of this unique art form envelope you as you watch the emotions displayed by the performing artists.

Optional Tour: Dinner at Fort Cochin Seafood Specialty Restaurant—Considered one of the state’s best seafood restaurants, this casual catch-of-the-day semi-alfresco pad is something of a Kerala institution. The atmosphere is charmingly rustic. The excellent food is prepared at an open grill adjacent to a large waist-level fish tank filled with Chinese carp. Tables are set around a huge banyan tree and under light shades made from Chinese fishing baskets. Rather than a daily menu, a trolley contains the catch of the day, straight off Cochin’s fishing nets. You can expect king prawns, lobster, Indian salmon, snapper, pomfret, squid, mullet, seer fish and more. Once you’ve selected your fish, you get to decide how it’s cooked – whether stir-fried in the spices of the East, steamed, baked, or poached, and served with Kerala’s famous string hoppers, rice or naan.

Day 12: Cochin – Thekkady (B)

This morning after breakfast visit the Mattancherry Palace built by the Portuguese for the Raja (King) of Kochi in exchange of trading rights. Later we drive to Thekkady (191 km/ 4.5 hrs approx.). Upon arrival, proceed for check in to your hotel. Visit a local spice plantation. Let a guide take you through a plantation as you discover crops such as cardamom, nutmeg, pepper, coffee and tamarind in their native environment and learn about their varied uses. For centuries Kerala has grown and exported spices around the world and a walking tour of a plantation will allow you to gain a first-hand experience of the cultivation and growth of spices

In the evening, explore the Kumily spice market renowned for the various forms of spices, perfumed soaps, chocolates and other local articles. 

Day 13: Thekkady – cruise-icon  – Alleppey (B,L,D)

This morning, we drive to Alleppey (130 km/ 3.5 hrs approx). Upon arrival, board your traditional riceboat to sail through and explore Kerala’s backwaters. Embark on an enchanting journey across sun-dappled backwaters on a kettuvallom – fully furnished traditional rice boats. Rightly called the ‘Venice of the East’, this verdant area surrounded by coconut plantations is famous for its narrow maze of canals and backwaters. Float through the placid waters passing palm fringed canals, lakes and villages. Treat yourself to a sumptuous lunch and dinner of local delicacies. The rest of the afternoon is free to relax and watch the world go by on your traditional houseboat.

Day 14: Alleppey – Kumarakom (B)

This morning, we disembark from the houseboat at Kumarakom. Today is a free day for relaxation.

Optional Tour: Island Farm visit with Traditional Lunch – Proceed by boat to an Island Farm, situated in the backwaters. Enjoy a traditional lunch, following which your host will escort you on a tour of the 50-acre farm, as you witness the various farm activities of coconut harvesting or toddy making, the variety of spices cultivated on the farm.

Day 15: Kumarakom – Cochin – airplane-takeoff – Australia (B)

After breakfast the rest of the morning is at leisure. This afternoon we’ll head back to Cochin where you’ll be transferred to Cochin international airport for your on ward flight home.

Day 16: Australia

Arrive home today

 

 
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What You Get

 

Your package includes return international flights, all accommodation, dedicated tour guide, overnight houseboat cruise, sightseeing and more…

  • Return international airfares with a full service airline, including 23kgs checked luggage.
  • Return airport transfers
  • 14 nights’ accommodation on a twin share basis in the hotel standard of your choice!
  • Breakfast daily & a welcome dinner to get to know your group
  • Dedicated air-conditioned coach transportation
  • Overnight traditional houseboat on the Kerala Backwaters
  • All meals while on board your houseboat
  • The services of a professional English speaking Webjet tour guide throughout
  • All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Unique included experiences:
    • Traditional Kathakali dance performance
    • Tea Planatation visit including tasting & lunch
    • Toy Train to the mountainous Ooty
    • Overnight traditional houseboat in Kerala

Tour Highlights:

  • Travel right across the tip of India
  • Explore the colonial city of Chennai
  • Enjoy an India rail experience from Chennai to Bangalore
  • Visit the famous Tea Plantations of the south
  • Visit the ancient towns of Belur & Halebid
  • Cruise the Backwaters of Kerala on an overnight traditional houseboat
 
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Fine Print

 

 Tour Excludes: 

  • Tipping
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Personal Expenses 
  • Anything not mentioned or ‘optional’ in the itinerary

To book your Tour:

  • Bookings essential
  • Once you have purchased your voucher, please complete the following request form: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/bookings
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure, whichever is earlier 
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Airline: 

  • Return economy airfare departing Sydney, Melbourne with China Southern (Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines or similar)
  • Perth or Brisbane – Return economy airfare with China Southern (Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines or similar if unavailable)
  • Adelaide – Return economy airfare with Singapore Airlines (Malaysia Airlines or similar if Singapore Airlines is unavailable). A $250 interstate surcharge applies per person, please purchase the interstate fee after you click ‘Buy Now’ or by clicking here in addition to your 15 Day voucher. We are unable to guarantee which airline you will travel with as flights will be booked subject to promotional fare availability for your travel dates.
  • Customers wishing to choose their preferred airline – please purchase your voucher first and request your preferred airline in the ‘special requests’ field when submitting your booking form. Webjet Exclusives will then advise if any surcharges are payable. Should you be unhappy with the additional surcharge amount, you will be provided with a full refund of your voucher.
  • Including minimum 23kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked. Once we receive your form and your dates are available, your booking will be completed – no further changes will be possible.
  • The airfare remains non-refundable at all times.

Flights:

  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 2 transits, stopovers or a substitute airline. Such changes are beyond our control, as availability on flights can vary. 
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable. Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing.
  • Please Note, flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure. If your travel dates are within 30 days of purchase you will be provided with your itinerary within 7 days.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as instructed by the ticketed airline

Documentation: 

Documentation will be provided after final payment is complete and before 30 days of travel, including E-Ticket instructions, hotel confirmation, itinerary extension & optional tour confirmation (where applicable) and destination travel tips.

Single Supplement:

16 day tour Superior Accommodation – $999 per person in addition to the twin share price
16 day tour Deluxe Accommodation – $1299 per person in addition to the twin share price

Please purchase your twin share vouchers and then purchase your single supplement. You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here

Minimum age of 2 years old.

Children: Same price as adults

Group Size: 2 – 6 PAX

Minimum Age: Children must be 2 years and above.

Triple Share: Not available

Optional Activities: 

Any Optional Tours purchased after your initial booking (and 60 days before departure) must be emailed to customerexperience@webjetexclusives.com.au to ensure your booking is correctly updated. Failure to do so may result in you not being accepted on this optional tour and your purchase will be refunded.

Note that while Optional Tours provide an excellent opportunity to further explore this wonderful country, it will also reduce the leisure time described in the itinerary.

Optional Tours requested within 60 days of travel cannot be accepted.

You can purchase your activities by clicking here 

Coach Transportation: Where group sizes are not sufficient to use a full-sized coach, we reserve the right to use a smaller coach on the same level of comfort.

Accommodation: 

The accommodation listed below may be subject to change, but will remain of a similar or higher standard. Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed.

Standard Accommodation:

Chennai – Iris or similar
Bangalore – Gold Finch or similar
Hassan – Ashok Hasan or similar
Mysore – Regaalis or similar
Ooty – Monarch or similar
Cochin – Holiday Inn or similar
Thekkady – Treetop or similar
Backwaters – 2-3 Bedroom air-conditioned houseboat
Kumarakom – Green Fields or similar

Superior Accommodation:

Chennai – Sarovar Portico or similar
Bangalore – Gold Finch or similar
Hassan – Ashok Hasan or similar
Mysore – Radisson or similar
Ooty – Fortune Sullivan Court or similar
Cochin – Le Meridien or similar
Thekkady – Cardamom County or similar
Backwaters – 2-3 Bedroom air-conditioned houseboat
Kumarakom – Backwaters Ripple or similar

Tipping:

At the start of your tour:

Through our experience we have found that our travellers are often confused, frustrated or embarrassed about tipping, especially if they are unsure of the correct etiquette in the country they are visiting.  To overcome this, we have established an on-tour ‘Tipping Kitty’. Upon meeting your tour guide, they will discuss the idea of having a group pooled kitty, where everyone contributes an equal share. This is to cover small tips made along the way to local services such as porters, railway station assistants (if applicable), restaurants (included meals only), toilet stops,  tips to shoe keepers during temple and monument visit. Your guide will collect this amount at the start of your tour and tip the intended recipient’s on your behalf allowing you to enjoy your experience more freely.

The amount to budget for on this trip for the kitty is: INR 1450 per person

Please note that this doesn’t cover a tip for your tour leader & driver.

Towards the end of your tour:

If you have enjoyed the knowledge, service and expertise of your tour guide and driver a tip (while not compulsory) is appropriate towards the end of your tour. While it may not be customary in Australia, tipping is entrenched into many cultures especially within the tourism industry globally. It helps reward and inspire excellent service. The following is provided to assist our guests, but we leave the decision to provide a gratuity entirely at their discretion:

The group leader: Our past guests have left gratuities based on their overall service of INR 4000 per person for the full tour

The driver & assistant:  Our past guests have left gratuities based on their overall service of INR 1000 per person for the full tour

Gratuities aren’t compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. Your guide will hand around two envelopes towards the end of the tour (1 Tour Guide and 1 Driver envelope) to make the process as easy as possible.

Flight Variations: 

 If you wish to modify the promotional airfare included in your Webjet Exclusives package, the following Flight Variations can be requested:

  • Early arrival
  • Late departure
  • Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class where available
  • Airline of your choice where available

 A $250 per person “breakaway” charge will apply per person plus any applicable fare and tax difference.

In order to obtain a quote for your requested variations, you must purchase your vouchers first and submit your request via the online booking form. On this form will be a section highlighted “Flight Quote Request”. You must complete the mandatory information in this section to be provided with an accurate quote.

Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the 2nd Instalment has been paid. Please contact flightdesk@webjetexclusives.com.au if you have not received your quote within two weeks of paying the 2nd Instalment.

 Should you be unsatisfied with the initial quote provided, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group, as per the tour itinerary and promotional airfare; 

2. Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available, or;

3. Cancel the vouchers purchased and receive a full refund. 

The quote will include instructions on how to make payment and failure to pay by the stipulated time will cause the quote to lapse.

Once flights have been confirmed and ticketed, any voluntary changes made thereafter will incur a change fee plus any fare and tax difference.

Should you choose to vary your arrival date, departure date or airline from the promotional airfare, we are unable to offer the group airport transfer and this will need to be arranged at your own expense.

 We are unable to provide additional accommodation for early arrivals or late departures and this will need to be arranged at your own expense.

Free Date Changes:

  • After booking your travel and paying the deposit, you may change your travel date subject to the following terms.
  • Changes can only be made up until 210 days prior to travel or when the 2nd instalment has been paid, whichever is earlier. After this point, your booking becomes non-changeable and remains strictly non-refundable.
  • Any change is subject to availability
  • To request a date change, please email customerexperience@webjetexclusives.com.au with your existing booking details and your requested travel date.
  • If you choose to change your travel date, you will be requested to complete another booking form. Please ensure you include all preferences and special requests, as prior submissions will not be considered in finalising your booking.

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $199 per person plus any applicable surcharges are due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date. We offer a FREE date change policy allowing you to change your departure date any time up until your 2nd instalment payment is made.
  • 2nd Instalment: $1,000 per person is due at 210 days prior to your travel date. Once this payment is made, no cancellations or amendments are permitted and all prior payments become strictly non-refundable. If you book within 210 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days.
  • 3rd Instalment: Final payment is due 90 days prior to your travel date. If you book within 90 days of travel, you will be sent a final invoice within 7 days.
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable

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Visas:  For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

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Note: If you have not yet selected your dates of travel or submitted your booking form, our 21 Day Money Back Guarantee allows you to claim a full refund within 21 days of your purchase. However, if you have selected your dates and submitted your booking form, your purchase becomes strictly non-refundable even within 21 days of purchase. See our Terms & Conditions for further details.

 
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Travel Dates

 

Departure Dates:

12 February 2018 
17 February 2018 
24 February 2018 
10 March 2018 
17 March 2018 
16 April 2018 
30 April 2018 
14 May 2018 
28 May 2018 
25 June 2018 
23 July 2018 
20 August 2018 
3 September 2018 
17 September 2018 
1 October 2018 
15 October 2018 
29 October 2018 
12 November 2018 
26 November 2018 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international airfares
  • 14 nights’ accommodation
  • Breakfast daily & welcome dinner
  • Overnight Kerala Backwaters houseboat
  • Professional English speaking Webjet tour guide
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