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Kerala holidays and tours, 2015 and 2016

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Kerala holiday, Malabar Adventure
Kerala adventure staying in a variety of accommodations, from £1335 (14 days) ex flights
Kerala homestay tours
See Kerala from a different perspective, from £400 - £510 (8 days) ex flights
South India & Kerala holiday
Mysore Palace village stay Kerala Backwaters, from £720 - £895 (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
Kerala homestay tour, India
Stay in homestays in various destinations in Kerala, from £1254 (15 days) ex flights
Kerala walking holiday in India
Walk through beautiful hills and tea plantations, from £1899 - £2449 (16 days) inc UK flights
South India small group tour
Beautiful cities, colonial hill stations & colourful temples, from £1899 - £2859 (21 days) inc UK flights
Kerala luxury holiday
Kerala at a relaxed pace, from £2022 (15 days) ex flights
Kerala budget holiday, tailor made
Budget tailor-made holiday in Kerala, from £1049 (15 days) ex flights
Kayaking in the Keralan Backwaters
Enjoy a riverside view of life, from £385 (5 days) ex flights
South India by rail holiday
Rail trip visiting Kerala and Tamil Nadu, from £1805 (19 days) ex flights
South India holiday, small group
Classic south Indian tour of Kerala from Chennai to Kovalam, from £1225 - £1635 (15 days) ex flights
North Kerala tailor made holidays
Uncover the rich culture of northern Kerala, from £1400 (13 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 tailor made holiday, India
plantations gods own country mangroves beaches house boat, from £750 (10 days) ex flights
South India holiday
Tour the ancient trading cities and towns, from £1851 (15 days) ex flights
Kerala family activity holiday, India
Discover lush green forests & magical Kerala backwaters, from £980 (15 days) ex flights
South India tour, Trivandrum to Goa
Head to the beaches and backwaters of southern India, from £635 - £760 (16 days) ex flights
Kerala tailor made tour, 8 days
Backwaters and homestays in India's most charming state, from £675 (8 days) ex flights
Kerala backwater holiday, India
Experience Keralan life through backwaters, hills, beaches, from £550 (8 days) ex flights
Kerala culture and backwaters holiday, India
Enriching and meaningful experience of quintessential Kerala, from £750 - £890 (12 days) ex flights
Kerala & Tamil Nadu holiday, hidden gems of India
An exclusive holiday for people who love nature, from £1928 (15 days) ex flights
India encompassed by rail
India’s highlights with plenty of time to disembark and get to know your surroundings, from £3449 (54 days) ex flights
Southern India tour
Enter a world where time feels like it has stood still forever, from £799 - £869 (14 days) ex flights
Cycling holidays in Kerala
Spectacular scenery and friendly people, from £1180 (14 days) ex flights
Western Ghats mountain biking holidays, Southern India
Western Ghats mountain biking, off the beaten track, from £815 (8 days) ex flights
South India adventure tour
Explore the Rural South India on a Cycling Holiday with us, from £1265 (15 days) ex flights
South Indian food tour, Kerala
Food & culture of Kerala, from £1473 (16 days) ex flights
South India cycling tour, coast to coast
Journey across South India's geographical & cultural landscapes, from £1250 (14 days) ex flights
The Golden Chariot luxury train tour in India
Journey on one of India's wonderful luxury trains, from £4776 (15 days) ex flights

168 reviews for Kerala holidays4 star overall rating

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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 £2022 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 £1049 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
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 (more)Sylvia Shilliam
This was a tremendous experience...drifting peacefully through the backwaters on our own private rice barge was one of the most memorable experiences. (more)Daphne Donkin
Really enjoyable. The homestays exceeded our expectations. (more)Rosanna reynard
From £1254 excluding flights
Kerala and tropical India cycling holidays
Memorable parts? Cycling down the Ooty Hill, the views were breathtaking, as well as visiting the orphanage. Tips? Padding, padding and padding. Local benefits? Yes. Overall rating? Excellent. (more)Olga Baranova
From £1949 - £2699 including UK 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
Kayaking in the Keralan Backwaters
Don't hesitate as it was wonderful for activities, food and accommodation! (more)Helen Bell
The most memorable part was visiting a local village Theyyam festival in Northern Kerala. Not a tourist experience but a real festival with wonderful people and amazing costumes and customs. (more)Jayne Mills
We walked, cycled, bird-watched, searched for elephants, travelled the country stopping to buy bananas and lemonade, lazed about on a beach, visited local families, stayed at all kinds of places from fancy resorts through eco-lodges to family homestays. (more)Angela Charles
From £385 excluding flights
Kerala backwater holiday, India
Everything went like clockwork... The people we met were friendly... Kerala is wonderful... It was just about the best holiday ever. (more)Robert Lorimer
It's really hard to pick a single highlight, there were so many. For all the incredible sights, it was probably something quite simple - a sunset canoe ride around the lagoon at the back of the home stay is something I think that will stay with me forever. (more)Jonathan Green
What made this holiday for us was the homestays - the chance to get to know our hosts and also to meet other guests. We appreciated the care that was taken to look after us and the fact that every homestay was different. (more)Judith Wilson
From £550 excluding flights
Kerala family activity holiday, India
I would thoroughly recommend it. We have no experience of this kind of undertaking and we had an exceptional time that catered perfectly for a family of 4 including an 11 year old girl and 14 year old boy who all valued the tour immeasurably. (more)hugh garling
Absolutely incredible! The children loved it (age 8 and 5) as well as the parents, we had so many rich experiences and wonderful stories to take home. (more)Sarah Bland
Excellent, it was so good. There is nothing I could fault everything met or exceeded our expectations, some of the main highlights were: the homestays, the food, the people, the variety of activities, visiting a local school and orphanage, elephants, the Ayurveda. (more)Juliet Shayler
From £980 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 £720 - £895 excluding flights
Kerala birdwatching holidays, Western Ghats
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
The most memorable part of the holiday was...Getting away from cities to the real Southern India in Kerala & Tamil Nadu. Seeing lots of birds and other wild fauna & flora, and having such knowledgeable people as our guide Jijo (more)Keith Pigdon
It was really an excellent experience...we were well looked after by a great driver/guide, Peter. He was ever cheerful and patient when one of us was a bit slow and tried hard to meet the high expectations of the other. We had some really good sightings of rare species. (more)Dianne Reidy
From £960 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 £1225 - £1635 excluding flights
Kerala small group tour, India
Memorable parts? I can't decide between threshing rice, morning yoga class in Munnar, getting lost in the backwaters of Alleppey, or watching a movie in Malayalam and loving it even though I hardly understood a word. Tips? Don't worry - you have made the right decision. Local benefits? Yes - our guide steered us toward activities which benefited local people and increased our understanding of the culture and environmental issues. Overall rating? This ten-day Kerala... (more)Robyn Cook
From £750 excluding flights
South India by rail holiday
Memorable parts? Staying in some fabulous homestays. Arriving at the first one, Nelpura, Moncompu in a canoe felt like royalty. Tips? No need to take too many clothes so easy to get things washed. Had thought we would be dressing up for dinner so took clothes to cover this eventuality. Local benefits? It was wonderful to go into people's houses to see craftsmen at work - the potter, weaver, basket. Since returning have told many people about life out there, how people have... (more)Clair Butler
From £1805 excluding flights
South India holiday
Stay as long as you can, it will be too short. We had three weeks and wished it was longer. (more)Judith Myers
The holiday was completely wonderful in every way. The whole holiday was memorable beyond expectation but if I have to chose one element that was most memorable it's the organiser Ravi Kumar and his wonderful family at Aakriti who treated me like a loved family member (more)Nelson Jeannette
It was fascinating to experience a little part of this remarkable mixture. The visit to the backwaters - which included 24 hours on our boat - was particularly worthwhile. This is an area of lakes, rivers and small canals quite unlike any other we have visited. (more)John Burley
From £1851 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 £698 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 £1210 - £1320 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 - £80 per room per night
Kerala culture and backwaters holiday, India
It was just great! I really enjoyed it and had great experiences. (more)karin baumgartner
We were quite astonished the continuous concern for our welfare and enjoyment. One of the most memorable things was spending two nights at a homestay situated within a bird sanctuary. (more)Robin Fox
From £750 - £890 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
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
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 tailor made holiday, India
Memorable parts? Staying in some amazing properties in Kochi, Thekkady, Kumarakom, Kovalam, in a beautiful part of India, that some might consider a wonderful antidote to the absolute (wonderful) madness of Northern India. Kerala is a great place to explore. Tips? We were lucky that the variety of accommodation was very high (but obviously this was negotiated with the company). Discuss what you want out of the holiday, the activities, style of trip etc... as it is totally tailor made.... (more)Brendan Godfrey
From £750 excluding flights
Walking and cycling holiday in Kerala, India
Memorable parts? Trekking through tea estates and then climbing to mountain tops to see the vast landscape revived our spirits. Well cared for and enjoyed the company of the guides and travel companions. Kerala never ran short of smiles and cheery hellos. Tips? Check the weather carefully as can be much wetter than the historic averages suggest. Rain never spoilt our days but does mean wildlife is harder to see. Kovalam, lighthouse beach, was a real treat with nice waves and clean... (more)Des Jarrett
From £633 excluding flights
Fair trade tours to India
Memorable parts? The visit to the tea plantation. Tips? Try to get out of the coach and wander about. Local benefits? Some benefit to local people. Impact on the environment minimized through use of a coach. Overall rating? A good chance to meet local people. (more)Peter Bentley
From £1645 - £1745 excluding flights
South India small group tour
Memorable parts? It was to see at last places that were high on my bucket list. My trip was South India Explored. Tips? Do not expect to feel immersed in India. You will stay at tourist hotels and be driven from one tourist site to the next in a very large tourist bus. You will not stay in Fort Cochin, nor see the architectural gems of Chennai. The houseboats at Alleppey are too large to explore the smaller canals. In fact we were moored for the night on a deserted spit of land on... (more)Diane Norman
From £1899 - £2859 including UK flights
Kerala Ayurveda beach resort, India
Memorable parts? Arrived at 0300hrs to be met by Rajesh, who drove me to the resort where I was met by both Manu and Sunita. What a beautiful couple. The wakeup call from Brigitte was next and lunch served. Next, off to meet Dr Moly, what an amazing woman. Mediation in the afternoon with Anoop, our yoga master! Dinner with new friends and served by lovely friendly locals, Daisy, Josh, Amal and occasionally Manu, helping out his staff. Met the GM Gamal, a very fine gentleman, who is both... (more)Kylie Pogorzelski
From €100 - €290 per person 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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