Traditional houseboat


Kerala Holidays

God's own country

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. 

World class luxury holidays in Kerala

Hayes & Jarvis is a leading provider of luxury bespoke holidays. We have 65 years experience in creating dream holidays and our experts are on hand to answer any questions you may have with in depth advice and knowledge.

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
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 Approximately three hours from Delhi and two hours from Mumbai.
  • Health Information Some vaccinations are recommended when travelling to certain areas in India. Please contact your GP for vaccination requirements.

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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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