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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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

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 Impacts of this Trip

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.


8 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

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