• Traditional houseboat

Tours in Kerala

Kerala tours allow you to experience luscious jungles, rural villages, golden sands and a relaxed pace of life. Add your Kerala tour to a holiday spent exploring the lively cities and historic attractions of India for a chance to unwind before travelling home. Browse our selection below for inspiration, or speak to one of our Destination Specialists and create your own itinerary.

Our luxury private tours of Kerala allow you to head into the verdant hills, explore beautiful rivers by boat or relax on sandy beaches. Our Classic Kerala Tour takes you through all the top sights of the area over eight days. Begin your holiday in Cochin, where you’ll find the Dutch Palace, churches, the Santa Cruz Basilica and more. Finish your stay with an evening dance show before setting off for Munnar in the morning. Along the way you’ll see the 14th Century Chinese fishing nets and little fishing towns the area is known for. Discover the history of the Raj and enjoy the peace of the tea gardens in Munnar. Next is Periyar, where you can trek the jungle and see elephants, exotic birds and more before finishing your journey in Allepey with a houseboat cruise on Vembanad Lake.

See how Kerala fits within the beauty and history of Southern India on our Southern India with Kerala and Tamil Nadu Tour. Visit the churches, galleries, fort and other historic attractions of Chennai before seeing colonial towns, renowned Hindu and Sikh temples and spice farms. Finish with a houseboat tour around serene Vembanad Lake before watching a traditional Kathakali dance show.

10 days a small boat in a body of water

Discover Kerala & the Tropical South Tour

Guide Price  £1,799  pp  

Our Kerala and the Tropical South tours are one of the most wonderful ways to experience India for the first time. Kerala is India’s green and peaceful state; a land of undulating tea plantations, sprawling spice gardens, golden beaches and...

Adventure holidays

Discover Kerala & the Tropical South Tour
15 days A Tea Plantation on the hill station of Munnar, in Kerala, India

Silk & Spices of South India

Guide Price  £2,899  pp  

This South India itinerary allows you to truly soak in the scenic grandeur of India’s south. With rolling tea plantations, glittering paddy fields, soaring mountain ranges and tropical backwaters, South India spreads a dazzling array of natural wonders. Paired with...

Silk & Spices of South India
18 days Tea Plantation in Kerala

South India Revealed

Guide Price  £3,799  pp  

Discover the ancient temples, palatial mansions, palm-lined backwaters, spice gardens and markets, and the stunning national parks, all in one trip - the South India Revealed. Starting in one of the seven holiest places in India, Kanchipuram, you’ll tour the...

Wildlife holidays

South India Revealed
4 days a small boat in a body of water

Alleppey (Houseboat) extension

 

The Alleppey Houseboat extension tour will let you discover the backwaters of Kerala onboard a traditional houseboat. This two-day tour, which starts in Alleppey, lets you explore the palm-lined waterways, canals and lagoons that run inland from the coast. Houses...

Iconic journeys

Alleppey (Houseboat) extension
3 days a close up of a flower

Mahabalipuram Extension

Guide Price  £399  pp  

If you don’t feel quite ready to end your holiday in India, why not consider our three-day Mahabalipuram extension? You can continue your epic Silk and Spices of South India tour or any of our other incredible India itineraries -...

Mahabalipuram Extension

Martyn

Destination Manager

“Hiking around Munnar, through the high-altitude forests up to the tea and cardamom plantations is, in my opinion, one of the most unforgettable ways to see this part of Kerala.”

Clive

Content Editor

“For me, if you can only do one thing, it should be taking a trip on one of the houseboats, or kettuvallam, through the Keralan backwaters. You just feel so much closer to nature and the local way of life.”

Jessica

Destination Manager

“I’ve always loved elephants, so seeing them in the wild was a real highlight. I may not have managed to spot a tiger, but that didn’t make my visit to Periyar National Park in Thekkady any less magical.”

The best time to go is from late November through to early April when there’s the lowest chance of rain. From late March through to May, temperatures rise and it can get really hot. As a general rule of thumb, avoid June and July when it’s monsoon season, and there is often a spike in rain again around October.

Mosquito repellent is key, and if you’re planning any jungle treks, a pair of leech socks will be your most prized possession. Comfortable shoes for walking in, as well as flip flops for the beach. And pack one or two warm layers, particularly if you’re heading into the hills, where it can get chilly.

Public transport is actually pretty reliable in Kerala, and most tourists have great success getting around by bus or train. You can also hire motorbikes, bicycles, or your own personal driver.

From the lush green jungles and rolling hills of tea plantations, to the intricate chain of lagoons that are Kerala’s backwaters, and the coconut tree-line beaches, Kerala is a land of great opportunity for both adventure seekers and beach loafers. 

Why you'll love Kerala...

  • Spending the night on an iconic houseboat in the backwaters 
  •  Encountering elephants in their natural habitat in Periyar National Park 
  • Trekking through the jungle up to the stunning tea plantations around Munnar 
  • Sampling the freshest fish caught that day in Cochin 
  • Catching a glimpse of one of nature’s most elusive big cats, the Bengal tiger 
  • Exploring the cardamom plantations that cover the hills of the Western Ghats 
  • Watching monkeys play in the trees of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary 
  • Strolling along the coastal paradise that is Varkala Beach 
  • Making the pilgrimage to Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram 
  • Learning to cook your favourite Keralan dish in a local cookery class 
  • Soaking up the culture clash and history of Fort Cochin 
  • Discovering your spiritual side in ‘God’s own country’ 

Did you know? 

  • Kerala was declared ‘one of the 10 paradises of the world’ by National Geographic. 
  • The state of Kerala consumes 20 percent of all India’s gold annually, the majority of which goes to adorning brides in splendour on their wedding day. 
  • The ‘land of coconuts’ is also proud to hold the record for India’s highest literacy rate, at around 93 percent. It also achieved 100 percent primary education among its population in 2016.