India’s slice of serenity. Stretching all the way down the southeastern coast, on the edge of the glittering Arabian Sea, Kerala is India’s verdant and peaceful state.
Part of Kerala’s appeal is its multi-layered landscape; a diverse natural wonderland. Palm-lined beaches and quaint fishing villages are met by the languid networks of the backwaters, behind which lush slopes of tea and spice plantations rise into the sky. Take a break from the frenetic madness of India and find tranquillity on a holiday in Kerala.
Explore Kerala’s beaches, backwaters and beautiful mountains
Begin your Kerala trip unwinding on the golden coast, savouring delightful local cuisine, taking part in beachside yoga and indulging in ayurvedic massages. Travel inland to Alleppey to stay overnight in a luxurious houseboat, where you’ll cruise Kerala’s picturesque backwaters, relaxing aboard as the tropical scenery unfolds before you.
Up in the green hills of the Western Ghats, undulating spice, coffee and tea plantations spread across the landscape. Explore the rolling hills and tea plantations of Munnar, enjoying the cool air and slow pace of this part of India. Kerala’s hills are scattered with Wildlife Sanctuaries - such as Periyar Tiger Reserve or Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary - and here you’ll have the chance to glimpse wild elephants, monkeys and luck providing, tigers.
Kerala has a rich and fascinating history, experienced in cities like Cochin. This coastal town is home to an array of colonial architecture, from Dutch palaces to the iconic Chinese Fishing Nets.
Whether you’re searching for a romantic getaway or a family-friendly trip, Kerala holidays are the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation. We organise an array of Kerala tours. Discover Southern India and stay on a houseboat on our Kerala and the Tropical South Tour. Or for city explorations and an introduction to Indian heritage, consider our Golden Triangle Tour. Whatever you’ve been dreaming, we’ll make it happen. Get in touch.
Great sample itineraries
Explore our Kerala holiday packages and tours. Below is a selection of our India itineraries. Get in touch with our Destination Specialist so we can tailor make your ideal trip.
Kerala Tea Tour
South India Revealed
Alleppey Houseboat Tour
South India Luxury Tour
Mahabalipuram Guided Tour
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 elephants are decked out in all their finery.
Best time to visit Kerala
The best time to visit Kerala is between December and March, with December, January and February the coolest and driest months. Monsoon begins in June, with heavy rain and high humidity. Kerala is hot year-round with temperatures averaging at 35°C from mid-February to May.
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“For a unique and memorable Kerala experience, stay on an overnight houseboat on Kerala’s backwaters. You’ll cruise the waters by day and enjoy sumptuous Indian dinners and breakfasts on board.”
“Bring some layers for travelling Kerala. Unlike other parts of India, the temperature can get quite cool in the hill country at night.”
Events & Festivals
Kerala’s local festivals introduce visitors to the state’s rich and distinct culture. The perfect way to experience true Kerala, plan your holiday to coincide with one of Kerala’s yearly festivities.
Onam is an annual Hindu festival in Kerala, occurring in August and September. It is Kerala’s most significant yearly event; a ten-day harvest celebration that marks the homecoming of the mythical King Mahabali. Festivities include elephant street parades, music and dance performances and snake boat races.
Kerala’s cuisine is a blend of flavours and cultures, due to its history and geography. This state is known for its delicious cuisine, and a big part of a holiday in Kerala is food.
Dosas originated in South India but are widely popular all over India. A dosa is a flat cooked layer of rice batter - prepared by soaking rice and lentils in water for a few hours to make the batter and then frying it on a skillet. The result is a papery roll, often filled with potato and vegetables and served with dahl and spicy sambar.
Idli is a typical Indian breakfast, originating in Kerala. The dish is composed of a fermented rice cake, made by steaming a batter of lentils and rice. They are often served for breakfast with an assortment of curries.
Another typical Keralan breakfast fare, Idiyappam is made of rice flour, salt and water, with a number of thin strands interlaced to make a noodle-esque consistency. It is often served with creamy egg curry.
Kerala Fish Curry
Originating in Kerala’s south coast, Keralan fish curry is widely popular and a must-try when you’re in the region. Coconut infused and spicy, flavoured with local fish, shallots, tamarind and tomato, this curry is one of the region’s ultimate authentic dishes. Enjoy with a serving of rice.
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