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Kerala

God's own country

Kerala Tailor-made Holidays

Introduction

Idyllically located on the southwestern coast of India, Kerala offers hundreds of miles of coastline on the Arabian Sea, with the relaxed, easygoing pace of a true beachside getaway. The name means ‘Land of Coconuts', but the region is perhaps better known as ‘God's Own Country', with a landscape of endless palm groves, relaxed rivers, emerald backwaters and dreamy beaches.

Kerala backwaters

Far from the frenetic bustle of India's cities, Kerala's backwaters are India at its most tranquil and laid back. Accessed from Alleppey, just a short transfer from Cochin, this palm-fringed network of canals and lakes offers the ultimate in away-from-it-all relaxation. And, there's no better way to explore than on a houseboat, staying overnight, enjoying traditional Keralan food cooked by a private chef and watching the sun set from the deck with a glass of beer in hand. There's even the chance to hop off your houseboat for some village exploration, perhaps visiting a local family for an authentic cultural experience.


The Keralan coast

While Goa is, for many, the go-to destination for an India beach holiday, the endless stretches of sands that line Kerala's coast are, arguably, even more inviting. Swaying palms and golden sands invite endless days of sun-soaked relaxation, made all the more indulgent by the Ayurvedic health spas that take pride of place in the state's finest beachfront hotels. The beaches around Cochin and Kovalam are among the state's best.


Kerala's Hill stations

The rolling greenery of Kerala's hill stations offers a cool retreat from the heat of the coastal plains. Indeed, it was a popular summer retreat for the British Raj, and colonial bungalows can still be found dotted among the mountains. Here, tea and spice plantations make for scenic strolls and relaxing days. And, if you want to find out more, it's easy to arrange a tour in the company of a local tea expert – simply speak to our specialists who'll take care of all the details.


Keralan culture & cuisine

In Kerala India has preserved a deep soul that generations of travellers have fallen in love with, in part because it retains the feeling of a secret spot, a proud place with a sense of its own history. This is the home of Kathakali dance, with its colourful masks and fascinating stories, and Kalarippayattu – an athletic and graceful martial art. There's also the chance to explore the state's religious history, visiting some of the many Hindu temples that dot the countryside, splashes of colour and intrigue amid the verdant landscape. And, no trip to Kerala would be complete without taking a journey through its rich culinary landscape. Expect delightfully fragranced curries and plenty of coconut, while on the coast and in the Backwaters, you'll find the freshest lobster and the biggest prawns.


Special offers in Kerala

Dubai to Cape Town with Oceania

34-day luxury cruise from £7,105 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Special fares, pre-paid gratuities & more
Book by: 01 December 2019

Enjoy $150 spa or ship credit plus we will cover your gratuities on this epic voyage from Dubai to Cape Town

Golden Temples, Ancient Shrines on Seven Seas Voyager

22-day cruise from £9,795 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Receive $500 credit per suite and free 3-night land tour
Book by: 31 December 2019

Take advantage of special fares and on board credit. Guests in all suite categories can enjoy a FREE 3-Night Essence of Bangkok pre-cruise land program or a FREE 3-Night Abu Dhabi, Dubai Dunes and Sharjah post-cruise land program on this voyage.

Opulent Capitals & Sacred Shrines on Seven Seas Voyager

22-day cruise from £10,145 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Exclusive - Receive $500 Spa or shipboard credit per suite
Book by: 31 May 2019

East meets Middle East on this spectacular sailing aboard Seven Seas Voyager where you'll discover glamorous cities, seldom-explored deserts and Indian beach towns before it all culminates in Asia's foodie capital, Singapore.

Top itineraries in Kerala

Keralan Spice Coast

13-day tailor-made journey from £2,060 pp incl. flights

India's southern coast, bordered by the sparking waters of the Arabian Sea and the evergreen mountains of the Western Ghats, is blessed by a perfect climate, verdant foliage and a slower pace of life.

Splendours of Southern India

13-day tailor-made journey from £2,650 pp incl. flights

This luxury tour introduces you to the flavour and spice of Southern India. Relax and observe whilst the delicate aromas of cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, turmeric and curry leaves perfume the air.

Madras Mail on the Deccan Odyssey

16-day tailor-made rail & stay journey from £12,305 pp incl. flights

This spectacular itinerary will see you explore southern India, a myriad of glittering relics and shrines, rolling hills fringed by sandy beaches and vibrant cities like Mumbai and colonial Kochi with a journey on the Deccan Odyssey, one of the world's most opulent trains.

Dubai to Cape Town with Oceania

34-day luxury cruise from £7,105 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Special fares, pre-paid gratuities & more
Book by: 01 December 2019

Enjoy $150 spa or ship credit plus we will cover your gratuities on this epic voyage from Dubai to Cape Town

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Top places to stay in Kerala

Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kerala

Traditional resort

When the serene, blue-green beauty of Kerala’s ‘backwaters’ began to attract Western travellers a decade or so ago, a rash of new resorts sprang up in the south exploiting the successful ‘wooden-cottage-in-palm-grove’ formula. But this addition on the quieter shores of Lake Vembanad is a cut above …

Niraamaya Surya Samudra, Kovalam

Small & intimate resort

This stylish and exclusive boutique hotel is about 15 minutes' drive from Kovalam. Surrounded by lush greenery, and on the Arabian Sea, Surya Samudra effortlessly blends weathered wood with old charm and modern day comfort.

The Leela, Kovalam

Contemporary resort

The Leela Kovalam is set high on a cliff-top, with sweeping views of pristine beaches. It’s the ultimate beach resort for those seeking respite from modern life.

The Windermere Estate Plantation & Retreat, Kerala

Small & intimate hotel

The Windermere Plantation & Retreat is located in Munnar, Kerala. Munnar literally means three rivers, and three mountain streams, the Muthipuzah, Nallathani and Kundala, feed the area.

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Where to go in Kerala

Kovalam

Kovalam is Kerala's most developed beach resort, with four main stretches of beach separated by a rocky promontory, which has created a beautifully calm bay, ideal for sea bathing.

Periyar

The town of Kumily is the gateway to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the largest and most visited wildlife reserves in India.

Munnar

Vast jungles and sprawling tea plantations cover the hills surrounding Munnar, in the Western Ghats region.

Kumarakom

Kumarakom is tucked among the lily-studded waterways and mangroves on Vembanad Lake, near Kottayam. Here exclusive hotels dot the landscape offering Ayurvedic treatments, yoga classes and peaceful relaxation.

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When to go to Kerala

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As with much of India, the best time to visit Kerala and its surrounding southern states is during the dry winter months. From November to March, the coastal resorts of Goa and Kerala bask in almost constant sunshine and temperatures hover around the mid to high twenties. The hill stations of the Western Ghats are cooler, so it’s worth packing something warm. In Tamil Nadu, the dry season starts slightly later, with the monsoon extending through to November.

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Kerala articles

The flavours of southern India

From Kerala to Tamil Nadu, the food of India's south has its own style and flavour; here's what to expect on a southern Indian holiday.

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