In celebration of our Nostalgia issue, we’ve teamed up with Meraki Travel to send one reader and a friend/ flame/ family member on a seven-day soiree to tropical Kerala.

Known for its palm-lined sands and intricately carved temples, Kerala, aka “God’s Own Country”, possesses a bewitching majesty all of its own. Get lost in the flavours of spicy Cochin, revel in the plantation-clad rolls of Thekkady, discover the age-old traditions of Alleppey with a houseboat stay and soak up the relaxed vibes of Kumarakom, the “Venice of the East”.

We’re covering international flights (from the UK), premium accommodation and plenty of local experiences. If that wasn’t enough, you’ll also be able to customise your adventure by adding one of three experience packs to your itinerary. Choose between an Anglo-Indian cooking lesson in the “foodie” pack, cycling the plains of Tamil Nadu in the “active” pack or discovering Kumarakom’s unique culture with a village visit in the “authentic” pack.

For inspiration, follow food, lifestyle and wellness author Jasmine Hemsley as she maps out her Keralan adventure on @suitcase – then make it your own.

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About Meraki Travel

Meraki Travel is pioneering a fun way to book bespoke holidays. Based entirely online, you can now tailor-make a once in a lifetime trip anytime, anywhere. The basics have been hand-picked by experts, but the rest is up to you – simply start with a base itinerary in India, Sri Lanka, China, Canada, South Africa or East Africa before customising your route, adding experiences, upgrading hotels and selecting flights.

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