Traditional houseboat

Destination

Kerala Holidays

God's own country

Located in south India on the Malabar Coast, with over 600km of Arabian coastline, Kerala is noticeably different to the rest of the country. Steeped in traditions abound with cultural and natural beauty, the laid back charm and unhurried pace of life is evident on the banks of the backwaters and beach resorts of this serenely beautiful state.

Despite its relaxed feel, there’s still an abundance of culture and history to explore in this region that would keep even the most restless traveller occupied. A city many consider to be the jewel of Kerala, Cochin has a unique colonial history, with a culture shaped by Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese and Arabic influences. Continue on this south India cultural exploration to the Tamil Nadu temple town of Madurai, home to the internationally acclaimed Meenakshi temple. The Southern India with Kerala is a great mix of culture, tea plantations and backwaters.

Well known for its backwater canals, a trip to the Indian state wouldn’t be complete without an exploration of the backwater labyrinth, a truly enchanting escape as you glide along the tranquil waters to soak up the sights of the surrounding landscape and wildlife. Our Classic Kerala tour lets you experience Kerala's backwaters and tea plantations, we recommend a beach stay in Kovalam on the end of the tour before your onward flight. For the ultimate cultural experience, Delhi, Agra and Jaipur in north India make up India’s Golden triangle, with Delhi only being a short flight away from Kerala, these three fantastic cities are easy for you to explore.

Destination Highlights
  • Experience the backwaters on our Classic Kerala tour in Alleppey
  • Short three hour flight from Delhi
  • Kerala is home to world’s first Ayurveda Resort
  • Diverse wildlife and culture
Essential Information
  • Time Zone GMT +5.5 hours
  • 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
  • Flight Time Approx 3 hours from Delhi and 2 hours from Mumbai
  • Health Information Some vaccinations are recommended when travelling to certain areas in India. Please contact your GP for vaccination requirements.

Top Tips from our Experts

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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