• Traditional houseboat

Kerala Holidays

Kerala holidays are all about relaxation. This verdant Indian state is located at the country’s southeastern point, on the edge of the Arabian Sea. Fishing villages cluster along a palm fringed coast boasting some of India’s finest beaches. Charter a boat and dive among coral reefs, take up yoga or simply lie back on a lounger and watch the waves roll in.

A little inland are the backwaters, where traditional reed roofed houseboats glide along a network of canals meandering through rich jungle. Spend a few nights aboard in luxuriously appointed rooms, watching the scenery change and catching up on some reading. Up in the towering Western Ghats, the tea plantations are a vision in lush green. Munnar, with its impossibly beautiful outlook, is justifiably the best known. You’ll notice the pace of life is slower here than elsewhere in India. Kerala is the perfect starting point to experience this incredible country. 

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The Southern India with Kerala and Tamil Nadu tour offers the chance to see vibrant Chennai, one of India’s cultural capitals, before taking in the former French colony of Pondicherry. Feel like something completely different? The India’s Golden Triangle with Rajasthan tour opens the door to the nation’s most iconic monuments.

Destination Highlights
  • Explore the backwaters
  • Dive amidst coral reefs
  • Learn yoga on the beach
  • Visit a hill station
  • Bathe in the Arabian Sea
  • Relax in a luxury resort

Time Zone

GMT +5.5 hours

Flight Time

Approximately three hours from Delhi and two hours from Mumbai.

Currency

INR - Indian rupee

Visa Information

British citizens are required to obtain a visa from the Indian embassy prior to arrival.

Language

Hindi and English are widely spoken

Health Information

Some vaccinations are recommended when travelling to certain areas in India. Please contact your GP for vaccination requirements.

Kerala Attractions

  • Take a backwater cruise

    Kerala’s backwaters are a network of lagoons and canals stretching on for more than 900km. In the past they were used to transport goods and cargo. Today you can explore those old trade routes on a traditional kettuvallum houseboat. In the evenings, the boat anchors out on the waters. Lanterns are lit and delicious home cooked food served. When it’s time to sleep, your cabin awaits.

  • Visit a hill station

    They don’t call Kerala “God’s own country” for nothing. The region’s stunning hill stations produce some of the best tea in the country. Rolling hills stretch off into the distance, with plantations cut into the hillside. The air is cool and clear: visit after the monsoon for the full effect.

  • Experience a festival

    Kerala is an incredibly diverse state, home to many different faiths. This makes it a great place to experience one of India’s famous festivals. At Diwali the state blazes with lights. Vibrant Holi is a riot of brightly coloured paints, while Christmas is an astonishing spectacle, with its familiar western tropes given an Indian twist. And at Thrissur Pooram, held to celebrate Lord Shiva, the temple ele-phants are decked out in all their finery.

Best time to visit Kerala

Select month

Average weather in January

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Nepal
9ºC
13mm
Mumbai
24ºC
Goa
25ºC
Delhi
13ºC
20mm

Average weather in February

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Nepal
12ºC
14mm
Mumbai
25ºC
Goa
26ºC
Delhi
17ºC
25mm

Average weather in March

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Nepal
16ºC
10mm
Mumbai
27ºC
Goa
27ºC
Delhi
22ºC
25mm

Average weather in April

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Nepal
20ºC
29mm
Mumbai
29ºC
Goa
29ºC
Delhi
29ºC
8mm

Average weather in May

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Nepal
22ºC
70mm
Mumbai
30ºC
20mm
Goa
29ºC
Delhi
33ºC
41mm

Average weather in June

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Nepal
23ºC
129mm
Mumbai
29ºC
494mm
Goa
27ºC
407mm
Delhi
32ºC
97mm

Average weather in July

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Nepal
22ºC
325mm
Mumbai
28ºC
735mm
Goa
26ºC
694mm
Delhi
31ºC
190mm

Average weather in August

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Nepal
22ºC
239mm
Mumbai
28ºC
530mm
Goa
26ºC
353mm
Delhi
30ºC
201mm

Average weather in September

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Nepal
22ºC
175mm
Mumbai
28ºC
348mm
Goa
27ºC
110mm
Delhi
29ºC
134mm

Average weather in October

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Nepal
20ºC
67mm
Mumbai
29ºC
91mm
Goa
27ºC
68mm
Delhi
25ºC
10mm

Average weather in November

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Nepal
15ºC
7mm
Mumbai
28ºC
Goa
27ºC
Delhi
20ºC
2mm

Average weather in December

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Nepal
11ºC
8mm
Mumbai
26ºC
Goa
27ºC
Delhi
15ºC
9mm
  • Natalie, Destination Specialist

    Natalie

    Destination Specialist

    "There’s no better way to explore Kerala than on a houseboat effortlessly making your way through the back waters, the scenery is beautiful and ever changing.”

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