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Best time to go: October - April
Best for: Slow Travel, Culture & Beach, First Time Visitor

If you really want a relaxing pace of travel, but with an element of culture thrown in for good measure, then Kerala is a perfect destination for you. This suggested itinerary does just that, gently meandering around the exotic delights of Kerala. You spend three nights in many places rather than two, so you have more time to sit back and relax rather than jump from one experience to another. You will stay in charming boutique hotels, or really lovely homestays, so the experience will be immersive and off-the-beaten track. You’ll have your own driver and luxury air-conditioned vehicle, and private guides when heading out on unique experiences. Begin in Cochin for three full days, famous for its colonial fort area where you can head off on a walking tour before hitting the vibrant market. On your second day, relax by the pool, or just amble around stopping at a coffee shop or two. Continue to Munnar, famous as Kerala’s dramatic tea plantations and a stay at Windermere, perfect for just wandering around the nearby plantations. You again have three nights here, and one the most wonderful things to do in Munnar is sit on the lawn, with a good book and a steaming cup of tea from the estate. Next, delve into Kerala’s rural heartlands with a stay at a superb homestay, Dewalokam. The family are wonderful, and within the garden is an inviting pool. Three days here allows you to fully explore too, with a walk through their organic farm, a visit to a local village and school. Work back to the backwaters and stay for three nights in the gorgeous Philipkuttys Farm, maybe take an immersive experience into the community to learn to cook Keralan cuisine. You are close to the backwaters, so it is then easy to board your private houseboat for a day.  Finally, head to the beach for three nights of complete R&R. All-in-all, this is such a relaxing way to see Kerala, without rushing around, with time to put your feet up. That said, you still get to witness some superb experiences throughout your time in Kerala, so you come back both refreshed, restored and reinvigorated!

Any element of this itinerary can be tailor-made and we can add on nights, or take some away if you don’t quite have long enough in Kerala. We can also weave in other destinations in Kerala, or in the wider region.

Guide Pricing

Starting At

  • £1895
    Price per person including all accommodation, private transfers, unique experiences and excluding international flights. We can arrange international flights should you wish.


    • Leisurely drift around Cochin, the backwaters and beaches of Kerala, without feeling like you are rushing
    • Perfect if you want an element of soft adventure followed by a restful beach stay
    • Have your own private driver and private guides in each location
    • Explore Kerala through a range of immersive experiences to see how the communities live and work
    • Perfect for those who want to have a few cookery courses, so you can come back knowing how to cook the perfect curry!
    Days Location Hotel
    Day 1-3 Cochin Malabar House Old Harbour
    Day 4-6 Munnar Serenity Windermere Estate
    Day 7-9 Kodikulam Purity Dewalokam Homestay
    Day 10-12 Lake Vembenad, Backwaters Marari Beach Resort Philipkutty’s Farm
    Day 13-15 Marari A Beach Symphony

    Suggested Hotels

    Day 1-3
    Malabar House, Cochin, Kerala, India

    Malabar House

    $ $ $ $ $  

    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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    Day 1-3

    Old Harbour

    $ $ $ $ $  

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

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    Day 4-6


    $ $ $ $ $  

    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 4-6
    Reception Exterior, Windermere Estate, Kerala India

    Windermere Estate

    $ $ $ $ $  

    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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    Day 7-9


    $ $ $ $ $  

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

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    Day 7-9
    Dewalokam Homestay, Kerala, India

    Dewalokam Homestay

    $ $ $ $ $  

    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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    Day 10-12
    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 10-12
    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 13-15
    A Beach Symphony, Marari, Kerala, India | Luxury Boutique Hotel

    A Beach Symphony

    $ $ $ $ $  

    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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    Customise Your Itinerary

    We can tweak and change any element of this itinerary and you can depart on any day you want, add nights here and there, and we can fully customise your day-to-day experiences depending on your interests. Here are just a few ideas of many that we can look at and discuss when we come to plan your tailor-made itinerary.

    Idea 1

    You can of course extend any of the elements to make it even slower!

    Idea 2

    Similar to our Classic Kerala suggested itinerary, you can add on a visit the wildlife in Periyar

    Idea 3

    Maybe add on a stay in the Maldives for a few nights before coming home, or add on a stop-over in Dubai on the way out or back?

    Further Itinerary Suggestions

    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.

    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 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.

    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.

    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.