Kerala backwater holiday, India

“Experience traditional Keralan life at three different homestays in beautiful locations - on the backwaters, in a village below sea level and on a tea plantation”


Village homestay on the backwaters near Kochi | Visit Fort Cochin and Mattancheri | Heritage homestay in Alleppey | Night on a houseboat | Tea Plantation Homestay at Munnar

Description of Kerala backwater holiday, India

On this seven-night Kerala backwater holiday youíll explore a side of Kerala that many other tourists miss out on, staying with three local host families in three different regions. Itís the perfect way to gain an insight into the traditional way of life and youíll get to eat homemade Keralan food, stay in non-touristy neighbourhoods and experience the local culture first hand.

You donít have to miss out on the top local attractions, however, and while staying with your host families there will be plenty of time for day trips. You will also get to spend a night on a traditional houseboat on the backwaters.

This trip is equally suited to singles, couples and families and can be tailored and/or extended according to your interests.

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This holiday will help the local community as their participation is actively involved at each instance - from the man who ride the country boat to the boy who perform the manual pollination of vanilla plant and the taper who make toddy out of coconut tree, all enjoy the benefit. The fish, prawn, crab, coconuts, some vegetables and fruits produce locally benefiting the villagers and guests in turn enjoy fresh food.We have decided, 10% of the profit generating out this holiday package shall be used for helping the poor (old and sick) in the village. At the end of the journey travellers may donate any unwanted clothing, medicine and bandages, which are distributed to appropriate local charities.

23 Reviews of Kerala backwater holiday, India

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2016 by

This holiday was absolutely fantastic in every way. Possibly the best family holiday that we have ever had. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2016 by

The whole holiday was truly memorable and exceeded expectations from beginning to end. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2016 by

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. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2016 by

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. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Mar 2015 by

It was a wonderful holiday, very well organized by our local host. Everything went seamlessly and especially the contact with the locals and the homestays was fantastic. There is not one negative thing I could come up with. THANK YOU Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2014 by

Everything went like clockwork... The people we met were friendly... Kerala is wonderful... It was just about the best holiday ever. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Nov 2013 by

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. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2012 by

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. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2010 by

Our children mixed and played with local children which was an enriching experience to all involved. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2010 by

The most memorable part of the trip were the people!!!! These were lovely people, it was enriching to live in such a society even for a short while. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2009 by

Superb you can leave arrangements in Jos's hands with confidence of a great trip. Everything worked brilliantly from train trip back to Trivandrum to Rice boat picking us up from dock of homestay dead on time. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Oct 2008 by

The homestays were a perfect choice for us, combining the excellent hospitality each of the families provided, with the best local knowledge of what to see and where to visit. Not to mention the amazing home cooking that you just cant get elsewhere. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Feb 2008 by

The homestays are great, not at all basic, and the people involved are so friendly. Jos' organisation was great and it made it an effortless way to see an amazing state. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Dec 2007 by

A day and night on a house boat in backwaters of Allepey was the highlight. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2007 by

Sight seeing in Cochin, watching a rain squall on a houseboat in the backwaters, spending time on a rubber plantation and learning about the variety of crops were the highlights. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2007 by

The holiday was very good and it was lovely to lodge at the homestays; it gave an insight into a way of life I could never get if I had just lodged in sterile hotels. Everyone was very kind and nothing was too much for them to do. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Apr 2006 by

All the homestays were comfortable and full of character and we learned far more about the local culture than when staying in big international resort hotels. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2006 by

The most memorable part was arriving at the different homestays and finding them all to have their own unique quality. The hospitality of the people we met and their knowledge of their country and surroundings. The beautiful natural landscape. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Jan 2006 by

We stayed in a variety of different houses - all different but equally interesting, comfortable and welcoming. The food was just excellent, travel arrangements were straightforward and our whole trip went smoothly. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2005 by

Our holiday in Kerala was fantastic! The most memorable things were the communal meals with the hosts and the other guests at the homestays. Sitting round a big table in the beautifully warm climate, eating delicious food and discussing an amazing range of topics was thoroughly enjoyable. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Dec 2005 by

The most exciting bit was probably the bareback ride on an elephant around Alleppey beach - but it was all memorable - the food, the colours, the variety of homestays, the excellent hospitality, the service... Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Feb 2005 by

The people were so nice, friendly and generous, the food was amazing every single meal, and the backwaters were beautiful. I am from India and have visited North India numerous times, but this was by far the best holiday I have ever been on. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Oct 2005 by

The homestays and our driver Ramish were excellent. The food was superb local specialities especially at the vanilla plantation homestay. All homestays we visited were very welcoming and relaxed; we had a great impromptu cookery lesson in the emerald isle homestay! Read full review

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