Kerala

Kerala is located in the southwestern tip of India. Above all, it is known for its tropical beaches, palm-fringed backwaters and hills of the Western Ghats. Historically, Kerala was the hub of the spice trade. 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 a 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 Vembanad to the south. Here, 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 as Kovalam to the south and Mararikulam. To the east, you have the popular wildlife sanctuary of Periyar. As you enter the Western Ghats you find tea plantations and stunning views, best seen by a visit to Munnar. Further north explores the untouched delights of Wayanad. Furthermore, along the northern coastlines, you have even more unspoiled beaches in Bekal and Kasaragod.

Above all, Kerala is perfect for a first-time holiday to India. This is due to its relaxed way of life and shorter drives than Rajasthan. It isn’t a destination packed with things to see such as temples or forts. However, it is more about a relaxing insight into local life. This is 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 experience Indian cooking. 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.

Kerala Family Holiday

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 Homestay, Kerala, India

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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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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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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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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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.