Kerala homestay tour, India

“Unique because of its home from home feel with two weeks staying in southern Keralite homestays, with two nights in each, so that you don’t feel like anonymous hotel guests.”

Highlights

Western Ghat Mountains | Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary | Houseboat on Kerala backwaters | Cochin | Olanad

Description of Kerala homestay tour, India

This two week holiday is a tailor made trip that takes you around Kerala’s unique landscapes (coastal areas, watersides and mountains) while also immersing you completely in local culture and contemporary life. You will be accommodated at some of Kerala’s finest homestays along the way staying two nights in each, so you can start to really get a sense of life in this stunning southern state of India. For this reason, we have not included any day trips or sightseeing on the itinerary, leaving you the freedom to plan your days around your journeys between each homestay. And with spots like the Western Ghat Mountains, the hill towns, the harbour city of Cochin and the popular Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, you will not be short of things to do.

One of the finest features of this Kerala homestay tour is not only the innate sense of welcome that you will get from Keralites, but also the superb cuisine prepared by your hosts. Each homestay varies. Some host you within their own homes and others have a separate building within the grounds for their guests. One of the things every visitor should experience in Kerala is staying on a houseboat that takes you through the famous maze of backwaters, and so your itinerary also includes two nights on the water.

We are happy to chat through all options in order to make this tailor made trip work perfectly for you. Regarding the weather, our guests find that the best time to visit Kerala is during the dry season, which falls between October and April. The rains come between May and July, with August and September being green and lush, and with fewer tourists than during the European winter months.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made to suit your dates, budget and requirements
Our top tip:
Be prepared to tip, but don’t expect a thank you. It isn't part of the culture. The idea is that the pleasure is in the giving, not the receiving.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome, but surcharge applicable.
Accomm:
Homestay, some within family home, some in separate guest accommodation. Two nights on houseboat.
Included:
Accomm., transfers, chauffeur driven transport throughout in private vehicle with A/C.
Meals:
All breakfasts, 8 nights full board (depending on chosen itinerary).
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type

Tailor made holiday

The tour operator offering this holiday is a British company with an intimate knowledge of the destination. All their holidays are tailor made which means that they can create a unique holiday for your individual requirements. They offer a range of accommodation from guesthouses and homestays to the more luxurious hotels. Where possible they use properties that are heritage or characterful. Quality and value are the hallmark of these trips. They are licenced to sell flights from the UK and will search for the best airfare for your dates. If you book flights with them, then the whole holiday will be protected by ATOL. This tour operator is also a member of ABTA – this means that all their holidays adhere to the ABTA Code of Conduct, their finances, insurances etc are checked regularly and if you have a complaint that cannot be resolved there is an arbitration scheme available to you.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Kerala homestay tour, India

By using homestays and small guesthouses on this tour, you are supporting the host families, their staff and the local community. With small numbers of individuals staying in small properties the impact on the environment is reduced, as waste, lighting etc will be minimal. This tour includes a visit to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Periyar is a protected area, is committed to conserving the numbers of tigers and elephants within the reserve and practices community based ecotourism.

Dewalokam Farm Retreat is a homestay with guest accommodation adjacent to the family home. The delightful family (including the two children) are very much involved in making you feel welcome in their home. Dewalokam is a working farm, growing tropical fruits and spices as well as Ayurvedic herbs for its Ayurveda centre. Guests are encouraged to go on nature treks in the surrounding forest or along the adjacent river. This is a great start to this holiday as it is not far from Cochin Airport and gives guests a certain amount of independence / privacy when you may still be getting over the jet lag. There is a small swimming pool using fresh water and no chemicals.

Royal Mist this friendly and popular guesthouse is situated just outside the town of Munnar and walking in the area is a popular activity. There are three guest rooms with great views on the top floor of this family home.

Pepper County a delightful family will welcome you to their comfortable modern home set in a beautiful rural setting not far from the Wildlife Sanctuary of Periyar. Guests are encouraged to take walks in the surrounding area where the Periyar Lake can be seen from the top of the nearby hill.

Emerald Isle is a traditional Kerala home (150 years old) set on the edge of the backwaters. It is a family home with a few rooms set aside for guests. All rooms are on the ground floor and there is a veranda running right round the house. Your host (Vinod) and his family are delightful and guests enjoy simply relaxing at their home. However, if you are looking for things to do a number of activities can be arranged for you – these include traditional paddy harvesting, toddy tapping or paddling around in a small boat.

The houseboat is locally made using traditional methods and natural materials and owned by a local company. All our houseboats adhere to stringent environmental rules and regulations that are in force on the Kerala backwaters.

The Bungalow is the heritage home of Neema and her family. They have two guest rooms on the first floor. Neema is a great cook and prepares traditional Kerala fare. This homestay is situated on Vypin which is on the north side of Cochin’s harbour mouth (Fort Cochin is to the south). The most direct route to Fort Cochin is across the harbour by ferry. Vypin has an 'undeveloped' beach at Cherai . Staying at Vypin offers an opportunity to be close to the sightseeing areas of Fort Cochin and the shops of Ernakulam but away from the busy streets. A perfect compromise – and many people find the adventure of taking the ferry adds to the fun.

Teak House - this homestay is the home of Mr and Mrs Sunil Elias and their adult daughter. The house is set on a sizable plot of land adjacent to the Periyar River and is good for bird watching. Mr Elias is a keen bird watcher and photographer and is happy to share his knowledge with guests. There are three guest rooms and a swimming pool.

The ground handling of this tour is provided by our local agent and we supply him with more than 90% of his turnover. All of the drivers and staff are local people. Thus we have fifteen local families that are directly financially reliant upon us. Our drivers have a contract and are paid a monthly wage. This is very unusual in South India where most drivers are normally employed on a commission-only basis (not easy for such seasonal work). Tailor-made holidays cater for couples or small groups and this means that our customers have the opportunity to interact with the locals.

All of our customers are supplied with detailed information about their holiday. We supply general advice relevant to all customers as well as more specific facts about your particular tour. These documents offer our customers lots of advice and guidance including how to obtain an Indian Visa, which immunisations are recommended, how much to tip people, how to dress appropriately and how to behave in National Parks. We support local charities and invite our customers to do so too (details are supplied with your travel documents).

16 Reviews of Kerala homestay tour, India

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Reviewed on 22 Mar 2017 by

We really enjoyed the spice farm tour, snake boat race in backwaters and houseboat. Also had a lovely yoga lesson at Marari beach and particularly enjoyed visiting a village school in backwaters village. So many memorable parts! Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Mar 2017 by

The houseboat on the 'backwaters' was the most memorable. Excellent. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Feb 2016 by

It is hard to pick out just one memorable monet but we loved the tea plantations - the rolling hills, the vast sea of green, the windy roads, the spices nearby and the history of the sector. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Feb 2016 by

I thought it was very well organised and have no complaints about your company at all. I would certainly consider using you again, and recommend you to other people. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2015 by

Excellent! Best bits: The two days in Mumbai at the beginning and the experience of the Indian roads! Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2015 by

Excellent! Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2014 by

This certainly would be rated up amongst one of the best holidays we have had...Getting off of the beaten track and being introduced to the real India Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Feb 2013 by

This was a tremendous experience...drifting peacefully through the backwaters on our own private rice barge was one of the most memorable experiences. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Dec 2012 by

Really enjoyable. The homestays exceeded our expectations. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Apr 2012 by

The most memorable parts were the wonderful scenery and the friendliness of the people. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2012 by

The most memorable parts were the houseboat trip on the backwaters and meeting and interacting with the local people. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Jan 2012 by

We came across some elephants being washed in a river being prepared for a temple festival. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2012 by

Our stay at Dewalokam Farm Retreat was the most pleasant part of the trip, no effort was spared to make us feel welcome and enjoy every aspect of this beautiful retreat. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Mar 2010 by

Faultless organisation. We did not have a single bad experience. The food was outstanding. One of our memorable holidays. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 May 2010 by

Very good indeed. The organisation ran like clockwork and we were very well looked after Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2009 by

Will never ever forget this paradise on earth, the people, the staff of CGH group of hotels. Best of of all the absolute jewel of a homestay at Dewalokam Resort... Read full review

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