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Kerala

Kerala Holidays

Introduction

A slim state situated on the southwestern coast of India, Kerala offers hundreds of miles of coastline on the Arabian Sea, and Kerala holidays operate 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, dream beaches and fresh, spicy 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. Let Wexas build you a Kerala holiday, tailor-made just for you, and you too might fall in love.

This is the home of Kathakali dance, with its colourful masks and vibrant stories... seafood to make the most experienced connoisseur's mouth water... hotels of unmatched comfort and hospitality... wildlife, from tigers to elephants, that have become icons to those who travel in India.

Ayurvedic health resorts abound, from the beaches to the lush green hill stations. If you choose to indulge, you'll discover a world of gentle healing with aromatic oils. And if you want to discover the tea plantations on your tour of Kerala, head to Munnar or Chinnakanal to explore how this iconic Indian export is grown, while putting yourself in a landscape of impossibly green and fragrant hillsides.

As you journey across the state, watch for celebrated athletes who draw their swords to practice the ancient art of Kalarippayattu, a lively and graceful martial art. Or explore the many Hindu temples that dot the land, giving the region some of its distinct and longstanding character. 

Special offers in Kerala

Keralan Spice Coast

13-day tailor-made journey from £1,960 pp

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– Save up to £185 pp
Book by: 26 July 2017

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 £2,290 pp

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– Save up to £190 pp
Book by: 26 July 2017

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.

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Top itineraries in Kerala

Keralan Spice Coast

13-day tailor-made journey from £1,960 pp

Special
offer

– Save up to £185 pp
Book by: 26 July 2017

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 £2,290 pp

Special
offer

– Save up to £190 pp
Book by: 26 July 2017

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.

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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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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7590 0798 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

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