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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. Visit the churches, galleries, fort and other historic attractions of Chennai; see the 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.

Tea Plantation in Kerala

South India Revealed

  • 18 Days
  • 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...
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Cultural holidays
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Alleppey Houseboat Tour

  • 4 Days
  • Guide Price £399 PP
The Alleppey Houseboat extension tour will let you discover the backwaters of Kerala onboard a traditional houseboat. This two-day tour,...
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Iconic journeys
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Mahabalipuram Guided Tour

  • 3 Days
  • Guide Price £299 PP
If you don’t feel quite ready to end your holiday in India, why not consider our three-day Mahabalipuram extension? You...
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Escorted tours holidays
A Tea Plantation on the hill station of Munnar, in Kerala, India

Kerala Tea Tour

  • 15 Days
  • 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,...
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Martyn, Destination Executive

“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.”

Martyn
Destination Manager
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“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.”

Clive
Content Editor
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.”

Jessica
Destination Manager

Frequently Asked Questions

When’s the best time of year to visit Kerala?

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.

What essentials should I pack?

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.

What’s the best way to get around Kerala?

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

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