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Kerala holidays. Tours & holidays in 2016 & 2017

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South India small group tour
Beautiful cities, colonial hill stations & colourful temples, from 1999 - 2899 (21 days) inc UK flights
Kerala luxury holiday
Kerala at a relaxed pace, from 1920 (15 days) ex flights
South India holiday
Tour the ancient trading cities and towns, from 1851 (15 days) ex flights
South India by rail holiday
Rail trip visiting Kerala and Tamil Nadu, from 1760 (19 days) ex flights

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Kerala homestay tours
See Kerala from a different perspective, from 400 - 510 (8 days) ex flights
Kerala budget holiday, tailor made
Budget tailor-made holiday in Kerala, from 998 (15 days) ex flights
Kerala birdwatching holidays, Western Ghats
An endemic birding tour through the Western Ghats of India, from 960 (8 days) ex flights
South India & Kerala holiday
Mysore Palace village stay Kerala Backwaters, from 865 - 1000 (15 days) ex flights
Kayaking in the Keralan Backwaters
Enjoy a riverside view of life, from 385 (5 days) ex flights
Kerala walking holiday in India
Walk through beautiful hills and tea plantations, from 1999 - 2529 (16 days) inc UK flights
Kerala homestay tour, India
Stay in homestays in various destinations in Kerala, from 1244 (15 days) ex flights
Kerala luxury holiday, India
See inside Kerala with a touch of luxury, from 2039 (16 days) ex flights
South India tour, Trivandrum to Goa
Head to the beaches and backwaters of southern India, from 625 - 765 (16 days) ex flights
South India holiday, small group
Classic south Indian tour of Kerala from Chennai to Kovalam, from 1440 - 1665 (15 days) ex flights
Rural cycling tours in South India
The perfect way to cycle in rural Keralan countryside, from 680 (8 days) ex flights
Kerala backwater holiday, India
Experience Keralan life through backwaters, hills, beaches, from 550 (8 days) ex flights
Kerala & Tamil Nadu holiday, hidden gems of India
An exclusive holiday for people who love nature, from 1750 (15 days) ex flights
North Kerala tailor made holidays
Uncover the rich culture of northern Kerala, from 1400 (13 days) ex flights
Southern India tour
Enter a world where time feels like it has stood still forever, from 799 - 899 (14 days) ex flights
South Indian food tour, Kerala
Food & culture of Kerala, from 1473 (16 days) ex flights
Photography holiday in Southern India
An incredible photographic Journey into Tamil Nadu & Kerala, from 2700 (16 days) ex flights
Kerala family activity holiday, India
Discover lush green forests & magical Kerala backwaters, from 980 (15 days) ex flights
Cochin homestay accommodation, India
Lakeside B&B near to Fort Cochin, from 40 - 70 per room per night
Kerala tailor made holiday, 11 days
Revitalize in Kerala - A most wonderful and balanced trip, from 2175 (11 days) inc UK flights
Backroads cycling holiday in Kerala, India
Tropical greenery, backwaters, wildlife reserves and spice plantations, from US $2650 - US $3150 (14 days) ex flights
Walking and cycling holiday in Kerala, India
Walking and cycling through rainforests and grasslands, from 633 (8 days) ex flights
Southern India wildlife holiday, tailor made
Explore the rich forests of the Western Ghats in South India, from 3450 (17 days) ex flights
South India food tour, Chennai to Mysore
An Immersive Hands-one Culinary journey of food & culture, from 3200 - 4400 (19 days) ex flights
Tamil Nadu and Kerala holiday, India
Epic exploration from west to east - Tamil Nadu to Kerala, from 1875 (14 days) ex flights

174 reviews for Kerala holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent Kerala holidays reviews are from travellers who have booked directly through Responsible Travel. They are not edited by us or any of the companies we work with. Find the real story, from real travellers below.

Kerala luxury holiday
This was definitely a 4-star holiday!...By far the most memorable part for us was the houseboat cruise on the back waters. Two nights on a barge - we loved the leisurely pace as we moved slowly along the rivers, giving plenty of time for watching birds and also watching life as lived alongside the river. (more)Aldyth Rowe
Excellent...The backwaters trip and the stay at Serenity were the most memorable parts. (more)john still
It was a 100% enjoyable experience. We got really far off the beaten track & to the real Southern India (Kerala & Tamil Nadu). Seeing lots of wild fauna & flora, including elephant three times. (more)John Tams-Gray
From 1920 excluding flights
Kerala budget holiday, tailor made
Most memorable - Kayaking through the Keralan backwaters, meeting villagers and experiencing daily life first hand! Extraordinary and an experience to cherish. (more)Ben Swift
I would like to thank the suppliers, who arranged everything, for a first class service. I couldn't fault them. (more)Roy Cope
Flawless....trekking in Munnar, swimming in Varkala and the houseboats on the backwaters. But more than that meeting the locals, having the best food we've ever had and walking around lots of different villages, towns and cities really made this holiday. (more)Mike Waugh
From 998 excluding flights
Kerala holiday, Malabar Adventure
Memorable parts? The food and the beds Tips? No alcohol on first day of month and every Sunday. Internal flights have much lower baggage allowance than international flights Local benefits? Perhaps Overall rating? I feel good after it. (more)Marion Shepherd
From 1335 excluding flights
Kerala homestay tour, India
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. (more)Anthony Blin-Stoyle
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. (more)David Armes
Excellent! Best bits: The two days in Mumbai at the beginning and the experience of the Indian roads! (more)William Avery
From 1244 excluding flights
Kerala luxury holiday, India
Memorable parts? The homestays were particularly enjoyable, allowing us some insight into everyday life in a way that can be difficult to experience as a tourist. Our hosts were warm, genuine, entertaining and thoughtful people who put a great deal of effort into ensuring that we got the best from our trip. It felt very sad each time we had to move on! Also, Keralan food is wonderful, though 3 home cooked meals a day can have a serious impact on your waistline (perhaps we should have refused... (more)Liz Livingstone
From 2039 excluding flights
North Kerala tailor made holidays
Memorable parts? We traveled as a family and moved every couple of days so ever day brought something new and was memorable. What was exciting about this holiday was learning about other cultures and meeting people living in a variety of different ways. But as a family, the favorite experience was riding an elephant. Tips? Take plenty of hand sanitiser for when you are out and about and some toilet rolls too. Food is very cheap, eat out! Don't eat at the Sandesh Prince hotel in... (more)Gentian Bolt
From 1400 excluding flights
Kerala and tropical India cycling holidays
Has to be a 5 star! I will definitely do another cycling holiday with these guys they were simply excellent. (more)Lyn Hill
Excellent... Cycling down the Ooty Hill, the views were breathtaking, as well as visiting the orphanage. (more)Olga Baranova
From 2169 - 2799 including UK flights
Kerala family activity holiday, India
There are so many great memories of the holiday, that will live long in the memory. In no particular order: The smile on the face of my daughter as the helped wash an elephant in the river, the scenery around Munnar was beautiful, the homestay at Dewalokam was just great - jumping and swimming in the river... (more)Philip Hesketh
A brilliant first time experience of India for a family. Safe but still experiencing the full life of India. (more)Sarah Griffin
We were looked after so well and experienced warm hospitality, delicious food and some fascinating day trips. (more)Jenny Wells
From 980 excluding flights
Kerala Small Group Tour, India, 15 days
It was an exciting eye opening trip that gave us a real taste of life in India and of the rich culture and history of the place. (more)Lorne Invan
This ten-day Kerala tour was the highlight of my six-week visit to India. (more)Robyn Cook
From 1200 excluding flights
Kayaking in the Keralan Backwaters
The overnight on the houseboat was magical and a perfect point half way to recharge after hiking and biking and before kayaking. (more)Scott and San
Don't hesitate as it was wonderful for activities, food and accommodation! (more)Helen Bell
The most memorable parts were the incredible beauty of the backwaters, especially in the smaller waters which houseboats could not go down, seeing women doing their washing in the river and children playing. (more)Caroline Petersen
From 385 excluding flights
Cochin homestay accommodation, India
We spent 3 weeks here,and loved every day of it. I can only discibe it as heaven. 3 weeks was not long enough. (more)Stanley Hammant
"Very good indeed. No fuss, no over ambitious expectations, just a beautiful place, kind people and time to chill. I can recommend it." (more)Gail Boardman
A wonderful retreat!! We had a couple of very relaxing days here... relaxing because there is nothing to do except chill and sigh at the beauty of it all. (more)Monica Aspell
From 40 - 70 per room per night
Kerala backwater holiday, India
This holiday was absolutely fantastic in every way. Possibly the best family holiday that we have ever had. (more)Louise Hoult
Visiting around Munnar with time to see nature and lots of bird life, made more memorable as we had a knowledgeable driver who showed us many birds. The Kathakali Dance event in Cochi gave an interesting insight into the historical parts of the area and was well worth seeing all the make up as well as the dancing. (more)Andrew Patrick
It was all wonderful but I think the time we enjoyed most was at Vanilla County, Teekoy. We found Baby Matthew and Rani to be the most wonderful hosts and their staff were lovely. (more)Linda Crowder
From 550 excluding flights
South India holiday
The holiday was fantastic. There isn't anything we could fault, I wouldn't hesitate in recommending the company to anyone. The organisation, attentiveness and flexibility to suit our preferences was second to none. (more)Peter Stimpson
Kerala was incredible from start to finish. As we came to each destination the only word that fit was ' paradise' (more)Samantha Smith
A holiday to suit a wide age range. Safe, friendly and we were able to learn so much about the culture of Kerala. One of the best holidays. 10/10 (more)Joanna Allman
From 1851 excluding flights
South India by rail holiday
We very much enjoyed this holiday, completely met and often exceeded our expectations. (more)Carole Noble
An amazing way to get an insight into the many sides of India. Trains are a brilliant way to see the countryside and talk to Indian people. The tour company was the most helpful travel company I have ever dealt with and I highly recommend using them. (more)David Jelley
The most memorable part of the holiday was staying in some fabulous homestays. Arriving at the first one, Nelpura, Moncompu in a canoe felt like royalty. (more)Clair Butler
From 1760 excluding flights
Kerala birdwatching holidays, Western Ghats
Many memorable parts - wonderful bird watching trips, cycling in the backwaters, relaxing and enjoying the Keralan food and scenery. (more)Moyra Williams
It's a highly recommendable trip. Excellent birding and other wildlife, scenic landscapes, very nice accommodation and an excellent guiding. (more)Luis Mario Arce
A magnificent tally of endemic birds! This was a birdwatching tour so we hoped and expected to see a number of new birds but our excellent guide provided an enormous list. (more)Henrietta Soffe
From 960 excluding flights
South India & Kerala holiday
Wonderful, fabulous, went beyond my already high expectations. Everyone should do this one, it's a gem. (more)Dorothy Shirvell
This is a fantastic way to be given a taste of what a wide area of the south of India has to offer, and helps highlight places to which a return is required! (more)Gail Boardman
The highlight was when Peter Lemass organised a car and driver for my wife and me so that we could go round Ooty and Ketti to see where I used to live as a boy. Also the Rock carvings at Mahabaliporam. Also the stay with Thomas in the Kerala backwaters. (more)Roger Hamer
From 865 - 1000 excluding flights
Kerala homestay tours
The most memorable parts were the overnight trip on a rice barge and the canoe trip through villages. (more)Brenda Fox
The most memorable part was the stay in Kumily. It was my first 2 days. Having spent the last 2 weeks in Madurai and Chennai, it was nice to find somewhere cool, clean and tranquil. (more)Peter Shepherd
Excellent....By far the best food is to be had at homestays. (more)Maggie Carr
From 400 - 510 excluding flights
Rural cycling tours in South India
Cycling through the tea plantations, sleeping and awaking on the houseboat in the backwaters, stand up early in the morning to listen to birds or the elephants trumpeting far in the valley. (more)Manuela Vismara
Cycling and trekking through the tea plantations at Munnar were the most memorable parts of the holiday. (more)Howard Rossman
From 680 excluding flights
South India holiday, small group
Memorable parts? Probably the meenakshi temple visit. I also thought Kerala was beautiful. Tips? I would advise other travelers to research the areas being visited because I didn't think there were enough interesting activities offered. Local benefits? Not sure. Overall rating? 2 stars. Although our tour leader was nice enough, I found her rather disorganized and not particularly communicative regarding the areas we visited (unless we asked direct questions) or the... (more)Rose Ortiz
From 1440 - 1665 excluding flights
Elements of Kerala tailor made tours
The opportunities that presented themselves for us to see real Theyyem in the northern villages with no other westerners for miles. Arriving in the Wayanad hills on the one day in the year that the coffee plants flower and to be enveloped by their amazing scent. (more)Rosemary Richardson
A superb experience. Sights, sounds, smells, people....a little overwhelming occasionally; but the backwater cruise in particularly was a wonderful getaway. The operator organised everything wonderfully, and we can't recommend them more highly. (more)Anne Jenkins
The area is stunning. Very beautiful. The homestay aspect was great and enjoyed staying in more representative settings than in hotels. All fabulous for different reasons. (more)Alexandra Pearce
From 734 excluding flights
Kerala activity holiday, India
It surpassed our expectations. The best parts were Cycling through villages, with all the children running out to greet us, and giving us "high 5's"as we passed through - Standing on top of the 2nd highest mountain in South India, having just trekked to the top. Staying for the night on a rice boat... (more)janice eastman
Brilliant! The first 10 days are very intensive - cycling and walking with lots of new experiences along the way. The last few gave us plenty of time to wind down and relax so that we have arrived home feeling completely refreshed. (more)Annette Keith
The diversity in this two week training camp was really something. From Kayaking in +30c to staying in a tent with -4c. And the intensity of the cycling. 100 km up and down. But then always guides with loads of bananas, beer and kindness. (more)Tomas Ekberg
From 1120 excluding flights
Walking and cycling holiday in Kerala, India
Hiking was amazing, gorgeous scenery and we were well looked after by our guide. (more)Collette Lyons
We loved our 8 day experience and our guide was brilliant...caring, thoughtful, adapted to our needs...made our experience in Kerala exceedingly pleasurable. (more)Liz Huelin
Most memorable was trekking through tea estates and then climbing to mountain tops to see the vast landscape revived our spirits. (more)Des Jarrett
From 633 excluding flights
Cycling holidays in Kerala
From start to finish, we had a ball! Vipin and Rodger were great guides, full of encouragement and knowledge about all things Indian (more)lindsay innes
Wonderful memories....The organisation of our two week cycling holiday in Kerala with the operator was excellent. Additional activities, our accommodation, our driver support, bike guide and equipment were all well chosen and provided an excellent introduction to Keralan life. (more)Stevan Johl
To join a Hindu marriage, included to experience the hospitality and kindness towards us. Thanks Jerry! (more)Niels Revsgaard
From 1180 excluding flights
Kerala homestay accommodation in India
The most memorable part of my holiday was being in such a calm, peaceful and gentle environment and experiencing the culture of a country that was completely different to that in the UK. Just as memorable was the kind and giving nature of the family who accommodated me. (more)Susan Stevens
Staying in a real Keralan village in the backwaters with a lovely family was the most memorable part. We had a room in a block built at the end of their garden so had a nice secluded spot overlooking the rice paddy. (more)Helen Esplin
In addition to the homestay family, local boat guides, drivers, and masseurs were employed. (more)Kieran McGrath
From 30 - 45 per couple per night
Kerala Ayurveda & Yoga holiday, India
Jos arranged a trip of a lifetime for me and I would recommend it to all other independent travellers heading to Kerala. So much better than staying in bland, air conditioned (non spicy) tourist hotels! (more)Philippa Rimell
Arriving to the homestay and the wonderful setting of the bungalow, was breathtaking, it's so peaceful, and Lamy's cooking is lovely. (more)Maria Arbelaez
I loved the canoe ride on the backwaters. I also loved the hike with the naturalist. It was beautiful and he was completely fabulous. (more)Emily Blackburn
From 900 - 1400 excluding flights
Kerala cultural tours, India
Memorable parts? A few hours at Elephant Junction near Kumily. We had a trek up into the hills on the back of a massive bull elephant, then watched a display of his strength moving logs, then had the enormous privilege of scrubbing him down afterwards. Tips? To make sure that they do their homework and find out what they want to see and do before they go. There is SO much to see that it was good to have some vague plans at least. Local benefits? Yes I felt it benefitted the... (more)Katie Shaw
From 960 excluding flights
Culinary homestay accommodation in India
Memorable parts? The cooking lessons were the best bit if this holiday, in particular the one we did in Jaipur Tips? Go for it! Local benefits? Maybe more of our payments went to the hosts but there did still seem to be several middle men. Overall rating? Excellent (more)Angela Rigby
From 30 - 100 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
South India small group tour
The most memorable were - Staying on the houseboat on the Kerala backwaters, the rickshaw ride through Madurai, dipping my feet in the Indian Ocean at the southern most tip of India, eating curry with my fingers off a banana leaf and the cookery lesson at Peryar. (more)Sylvia Wilson
Best bits: Mysore, Madurai, Chennai Government Museum, Mahabalipuram, Kerala Backwaters (houseboat trip), Pondicherry Market, Martial Arts at Kumily (more)Charles Moberly
It was to see at last places that were high on my bucket list. My trip was South India Explored. (more)Diane Norman
From 1999 - 2899 including UK flights
Kerala tailor made holiday
It was the holiday of a lifetime and there were so many memorable parts. Trekking in the nature reserve at Periyar and having a very close shave with wild elephants was one of them!...Wonderful! We really had the best holiday ever. So much to see and do and the food was incredible. (more)John Mills
Memorable parts of the holiday - There were too many to mention, but floating on the backwaters at sunset, felt pretty magical. (more)Colette Cooper
A fantastic experience for adults, teenagers and pre-teens alike. A wonderful combination of culture and the outdoors, plus plenty of wildlife. (more)Fiona Walter
From 570 - 670 excluding flights
Kerala accommodation, India
One of my most memorable experiences was our frequent walks to the local river where we swam and talked with local people, many washing themselves and their clothes in the idyllic setting of the river. (more)Felicity Fincham
The most memorable parts were enjoying cooking lessons with a bat flying over head. Scrubbing baby elephants clean with a coconut shell. Eating the most amazing food in a cosy family atmosphere. (more)Jo Osborn
The most memorable part of my holiday would have to be spending the morning in the river with 6 beautiful elephants - just washing them and watching them - it was amazing. (more)Joy Skipper
From Rupee13500 per double room per night

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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