Kerala

Kerala is located in the south-western tip of India, and is known for its tropical beaches, palm-fringed backwaters and hills of the Western Ghats. Historically, Kerala was the hub of the spice trade, and Cochin (now Kochi) was and is a thriving port that has always been a melting-pot of cultures and people. Kerala saw great interest from European traders, and the Portuguese, Dutch and British were all lured to this part of India, leaving a lasting impression. To the south, you find Cochin, and for many an starting-point for a holiday to Kerala. A walk through Fort Cochin is a delight, as you see historic Portuguese churches, Dutch mansions and spice markets in abundance. The backwaters surround Lake Vembenad to the south, and you can stay on a traditional houseboat floating through remote villages, seeing a way of life unchanged in centuries. All along the Arabian coast, you find gorgeous beaches such at Kovalam to the south and Mararikulam close to Cochin and the backwaters. To the east you have the popular wildlife sanctuary of Periyar and as you enter the Western Ghats you find tea plantations and stunning views, best seen by a visit to Munnar. Further north explore the untouched delights of Wayanad, and along the northern coastlines you have even more unspoilt beaches in Bekal and Kasaragod. Kerala is perfect for a first-time holiday to India, given its relaxed way of life and shorter drives than Rajasthan for instance. It isn’t a destination packed with things to see such as temples or forts, but more about a relaxing insight into local life, experienced best when you take your time to slowly immerse yourself in Kerala’s distinct charms. The cuisine is a delight, and it is possibly the best place in India to try your hand at Indian cookery. Kerala combines perfectly with the Maldives if you want a beach stay at the end, or you can easily include Tamil Nadu or Karnataka to the north if you want a longer tour in India.

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Kerala Itineraries

This is just a selection of suggested itineraries that are there to help you with your ideas and to start the conversation with us about planning your tailor-made holiday. All our holidays are private for you and your party, and can depart on any day you like. We can adapt and change any element of these journeys, or design an itinerary from scratch around your travelling plans.

Classic Kerala

Cochin - Munnar - Periyar - Lake Vembenad - Backwaters - Marari Beach  

Kerala is exceptionally laid-back, and a leisurely private tour allows you to see the markets and history of Cochin, tea estates, wildlife, spice plantations, backwaters and end on the Indian Ocean.

13 days from £1595 p. p.

Slow Kerala

Cochin - Munnar - Dewalokam - Lake Vembenad - Marari Beach  

Take a leisurely private tour through Kerala, exploring the Cochin, the tea plantations and sleepy villages in the rural heartlands, Lake Vembenad and the backwaters before ending on the beach.

15 days from £1895 p. p.

Kerala and the Maldives

Cochin - Munnar - Backwaters - the Maldives  

Combine the bustling and colourful markets of Cochin, wander through tea plantations and cruise the backwaters of Kerala before kicking back on the turquoise blue lagoons of the Maldives on an ultimate twin-centre holiday.

13 days from £2295 p. p.

North and South India

Delhi - Agra - Jaipur -Udaipur - Cochin - Backwaters - Marari Beach  

You might well feel India is a once-only holiday, and as such a combination of the highlights of north and south India might be what you are looking for.

14 days from £4455 p. p.

A Family Holiday to Kerala

Cochin - Kanam Estate - Backwaters - Marari Beach  

Spices, elephants, backwaters and beaches await you on a family holiday to Kerala, packed with fascinating experiences and a tropical climate, perfect for a winter-sun family adventure.

12 days from £1715 p. p.

A journey through Northern Kerala & Karnataka

Mysore - Wyanad - Nagarhole National Park - Coorg - Kasaragod - Bangalore  

Northern Kerala and southern Karnataka are fast becoming the destinations to visit, a blend of history, culture, coffee hills, wildlife and fantastic beaches.

13 days from £2470 p. p.

Southern Trader: a tour of Kerala and Tamil Nadu

Chennai - Pondicherry - Tanjore - Madurai - Rajakkad - Munnar - Backwaters - Cochin  

This classic route takes you from Chennai (Madras) in Tamil Nadu, through the hills and into the Kerala to see the tea estates, backwaters and ending on the beach.

16 days from £2270 p. p.

Kerala Accommodation

This is just an overview of the hotels and lodges we feature, from characterful boutique lodges to luxury hotels. We do have a range of other hotels that we use, so if you don't see from our portfolio what you are looking for, we almost certainly know about it and can help plan an itinerary using it.

Brunton Boatyard

$ $ $ $ $ Kerala  

Wonderfully located on the Fort Cochin waterfront, Brunton Boatyard is an atmospheric small luxury hotel, steeped in Kerala’s rich colonial heritage.

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Talayar Valley Bungalow

$ $ $ $ $ Kerala  

Set in Kerala’s hill country near Munnar, Talayar Bungalow is a charming plantation estate, offering peace, comfort and immersive tea country experiences.

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Dewalokam is a lovely homestay in Kerala in India, complete with an organic farm.

Dewalokam Homestay

$ $ $ $ $ Kerala  

Dewalokam is an utterly mesmerising farm homestay located in Thodupuzha in off-the-beaten track Kerala. An ideal base to truly explore the hidden side to this remarkable corner of India.

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Old Harbour

$ $ $ $ $ Kerala  

The Old Harbour is a stunning boutique heritage hotel located in the heart of Fort Cochin in Kerala, India.

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philipkutty’s Farm, backwaters, kerala, india

Philipkutty’s Farm

$ $ $ $ $ Kerala  

Set in the sleepy Kerala backwaters, Philipkutty’s Farm is an island homestay offering a truly immersive and rewarding experience of rural village life.

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Purity

$ $ $ $ $ Kerala  

Purity is a luxury boutique located on the banks of Lake Vembenad in Kerala, India featuring just 14 rooms.

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Aanavilasam, Kerala, India

Aanavilasam Luxury Plantation House

$ $ $ $ $ Kerala  

The boutique Aanavilasam Luxury Plantation House is located in a 7-acre private estate close to Periyar National Park and the town of Thekkady in Kerala, India.

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Houseboat on Lake Vembenad, India

Houseboat

$ $ $ $ $ Kerala  

A night on a houseboat in the Kerala backwaters is one of South India’s unmissable experiences, and offer a fabulous glimpse into the rhythms of rural life.

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Reception Exterior, Windermere Estate, Kerala India

Windermere Estate

$ $ $ $ $ Kerala  

Windermere Estate is a mountain retreat located above the tea-producing town of Munnar in Kerala providing fantastic views of the valley below.

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Marari Beach Resort, Kerala, India

Marari Beach Resort

$ $ $ $ $ Kerala  

Marari Beach Resort is a delightful eco-friendly hotel set within verdant tropical gardens opening out onto the Indian Ocean in Kerala, India.

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Coconut Lagoon

$ $ $ $ $ Kerala  

Accessible only by boat, Coconut Lagoon is a traditional heritage hotel that offers a magically serene window onto village life in the Kerala backwaters.

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Spice Village, Periyar, Kerala, India

Spice Village

$ $ $ $ $ Kerala  

Spice Village, in the foothills of Kerala’s Western Ghats, is a charming retreat ideal for relaxing and wildlife safaris in nearby Periyar National Park.

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A Beach Symphony, Marari, Kerala, India | Luxury Boutique Hotel

A Beach Symphony

$ $ $ $ $ Kerala  

With four secluded Kerala fishermen’s cottages set on Marari’s white sands, A Beach Symphony offers luxury boutique style and blissful honeymoon privacy.

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Malabar House, Cochin, Kerala, India

Malabar House

$ $ $ $ $ Kerala  

Discreetly hidden away in Fort Cochin, Malabar House is a stylish luxury Kerala boutique hotel, and a chic sanctuary of good taste and epicurean delights.

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Neeleshwar Hermitage

$ $ $ $ $ Kerala  

Neeleshwar Hermitage on the Malabar Coast is northern Kerala’s finest beach escape, offering chic style, pampering relaxation and cultural adventure.

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TreeVilla - Exterior, Tranquil, Kerala

Tranquil Plantation

$ $ $ $ $ Kerala  

Tranquil Resort is a serene northern Kerala plantation hideaway offering an authentic chance to experience the rainforest canopy from your own treehouse.

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Serenity

$ $ $ $ $ Kerala  

Serenity is a lovely boutique plantation house set within a rubber plantation located midway between the backwaters and Lake Vembenad and the hills of Thekkady.

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Kerala Experiences

This is a selection of experiences that allow you to see the destination in new and interesting ways. Almost all our experiences include a private guide, and can be then tailored to your particular interests. Indeed, many of the experiences we offer are created individually for our guests, so this list is by no means conclusive. In fact, we leave a couple of our best ideas up our sleeves for when you enquire with us.