Kerala family activity holiday, India

Milk a cow, stay on a houseboat, visit waterfalls, tea plantations, hill stations and beaches - this two week activity holiday in Kerala is ideal for families visiting India for the first time.
Kochi working organic spice farm Munnar hill station Periyar National Park Project Tiger Reserve backwaters houseboat Marari beach resort Activities include: cycling, hiking, kayaking and wildlife safaris
US $1385 excluding flights
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Minimum age for child - 5 yrs Based on a family of 4 in 2 rooms.
Please note that in case the child is below 12 years, some programmes at Periyar would not be possible for safety reasons.
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Description of Kerala family activity holiday, India

Southern India really appeals to adventurous families looking for an activity holiday and Kerala, especially, is an ideal region from where to experience India from a safe and secure first time perspective.

This two week holiday in Kerala can be tailored to your family’s personal preferences with a range of activities, including wildlife watching, forest treks, backwater kayaking, cycling and visits to tea estates and spice farms, all great ways to become immersed in the laid back lifestyles of the south.

From lush forested mountain foothills to Kerala’s world-famous back water canals and beautiful beaches, this is your opportunity to take your family into a world of tropical adventures with little luxuries, cultural heritage and conservation projects all adding to an amazing family holiday that everyone can enjoy.

Finally, a good choice of accommodation ensures your family get to see Kerala on a level that suits them with heritage villas, country guesthouses and beach resorts all promising an authentic and culturally interactive experience as well as providing plenty of chances to taste a range of delicious Keralan cuisine.

Price information

US $1385 excluding flights
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Minimum age for child - 5 yrs Based on a family of 4 in 2 rooms.
Please note that in case the child is below 12 years, some programmes at Periyar would not be possible for safety reasons.
Make enquiry

Departure information

This trip can be tailor-made to suit your interests, time schedules and budget requirements.

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Dietary requirements:
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.


10 Reviews of Kerala family activity holiday, India

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 31 Oct 2022 by

Outstanding. Far better to use a local travel company than our previous experiences. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2019 by

Fantastic trip of a lifetime ! The most memorable parts were our enthusiastic guide and driver, the animals (monkeys, birds and elephants), the beautiful scenery, the friendly people and the wonderful food. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Dec 2018 by

Most memorable? - Everything! From the moment that our tour guides picked us up - Jeffin & Santosh - who were AMAZING & our kids loved! Kerala is stunning, the food, the people - we loved it! Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Jan 2016 by

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... Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Sep 2016 by

An amazing, unforgettable experience allowing us to see the natural side of Kerala and keep us constantly entertained. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2016 by

A brilliant first time experience of India for a family. Safe but still experiencing the full life of India. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2015 by

We were looked after so well and experienced warm hospitality, delicious food and some fascinating day trips. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2014 by

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. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Apr 2014 by

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. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2013 by

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. Read full review

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.


This holiday will help the local community as their participation is involved at each place. The homestays help the local community by providing them employment and also engaging them in the various activities in the farm lands.

By employing local birding guides at Thattekkad and by staying at environmentally low impact accommodation like the Hornbill Camp, we hope to bring in awareness about Responsible Tourism among the general public. Hornbill Camp is made of locally available materials and constructed exclusively by using locally available expertise in reed leaf thatching. There is very little concrete, but tents are used instead. The water is heated using solar heaters and the kitchen refuse is recycled for use in the spice plantations nearby.

The parks have introduced a system by which the Vana Samrakshana Samitis (Forest Protection Teams) and Eco Development Committees form part and parcel of all tourism ealted activities. It is mandatory to employ a local guide while entering the park.

All our activities implement practices that are respectful of natural and cultural environment and which contribute in an ethical manner to the local economic development. It contributes in a positive and equitable way to the development and fulfillment of individuals living, working and staying in the areas we operate in. We encourage Farm and pro-poor Tourism. We also offer CSR (Corporate Social responsibility) modules to corporates and organizations.

Except in unavoidable cases, we always encourage our clients to stay in non-hotels like Homestays, Camps or Bungalows. This gives them an opportunity to interact closely with the local people and indirectly benefit the people living around those areas.

As a company, we have introduced modes of conservation like introduction of CFL lamps to conserve energy, reuse of paper and old envelops and minimizing printing. The accommodation we use on all our tours have also introduced organic farming, vermicompost for waste disposal, employing local labour in tourism related activities. All supplies are sourced locally.


Kalypso has greatly recognized Kerala as a beneficial tourist destination. We have thus identified the growing potential of each place and accordingly planned and developed programmes. We have also explored various routes off the beaten track. Keeping in mind the needs and expectations of the local people and communities we are in the process of developing local home stays and camp sites. We strongly follow the policy of “Travel Global, Buy Local”. Kerala has a lot to offer and Kalypso makes sure that we do not leave anything out. Being a state with so much beauty and splendor we give our clients the opportunity to enjoy an overall experience of “Gods Own Country” at its best.

We always employ local drivers during all our tours. Our supplies like vegetables and poultry are always sourced from villagers residing near the camp & we promote local businesses by using local jeeps and locally owned wooden canoes for moving on the river, whenever possible. The activities during this holiday, namely, cycling, kayaking and walking are all carbon neutral activities and as such they go a long way in promoting responsible travel.

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