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Best time to go: October Half Term, Christmas Holidays, February Half Term, Easter Holidays
Best for: Family Holidays, Culture & Beach, Cultural & Immersive

Kerala is the perfect place to introduce your children to the colours of India. The drives aren’t too long, like they are in Rajasthan, and it is simply a more laid-back destination where you can easily get into the spirit of things.  You’ll just spend your time in and around the backwaters. Begin in Cochin, where you’ll either opt for a cycling tour of Cochin, stopping off at points of interest and heading to the markets, seeing spices sold and bought. Continue to Kanam Estate where the children will have their very own elephant for the day to walk through the plantation. Next, have an immersive experience at a luxury homestay where you can learn a little about local Keralan life, and also try your hand at Indian cookery. After a day on a houseboat, cruising through the Keralan backwaters, you’ll end up on the beach.

Guide Pricing

Starting At

£1715
Price per person including all accommodation, private transfers, unique experiences and excluding international flights.

Highlights

  • Great mix of soft-adventure, culture and beach
  • A really good introduction to India with short drives
  • Stay in lovely boutique hotels and have your own private driver and guides
  • Packed with things to do: have a day with the resident elephant, learn Indian cookery, try on saris or dhotis, explore the backwaters on a private family houseboat, explore spice plantations, wander through the markets of Cochin and end on the beach
DaysLocationHotel
Day 1-2 Cochin Brunton Boatyard Brunton Boatyard
Day 3-4 Kanam Estate Serenity Serenity
Day 5-6 Lake Vembenad Philipkutty’s Farm Philipkutty’s Farm
Day 7 Backwaters Houseboat Houseboat
Day 8-11 Marari Marari Beach Resort Marari Beach Resort
Day 12 Cochin Airport Fly Home

Suggested Hotels

Day 1-2

Brunton Boatyard

$ $ $ $ $  

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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Day 1-2

Brunton Boatyard

$ $ $ $ $  

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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Day 3-4

Serenity

$ $ $ $ $  

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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Day 3-4

Serenity

$ $ $ $ $  

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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Day 5-6
philipkutty’s Farm, backwaters, kerala, india

Philipkutty’s Farm

$ $ $ $ $  

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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Day 5-6
philipkutty’s Farm, backwaters, kerala, india

Philipkutty’s Farm

$ $ $ $ $  

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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Day 7
Houseboat on Lake Vembenad, India

Houseboat

$ $ $ $ $  

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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Day 7
Houseboat on Lake Vembenad, India

Houseboat

$ $ $ $ $  

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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Day 8-11
Marari Beach Resort, Kerala, India

Marari Beach Resort

$ $ $ $ $  

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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Day 8-11
Marari Beach Resort, Kerala, India

Marari Beach Resort

$ $ $ $ $  

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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