Kerala luxury holiday

“Two week tailor made tour of Kerala. Locally-owned accommodation, your own car and driver, and a great variety of locations and activities.”


Fort Cochin | Kerala backwaters | Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary | Boutique hotels | Western Ghats | Mararikulam beach | Spice Village | Ayurvedic treatments |

Description of Kerala luxury holiday

This tailor made fortnight in Kerala is all about those extra little luxuries that help to turn a holiday into an absolutely unforgettable experience.

First and foremost we recommend travellers get into the swing of things at their own pace. This can be achieved through a variety of cultural sightseeing, wildlife watching and free time to explore combining with excellent accommodation that’s been handpicked for comfort, character and environmental credentials. Ayurveda treatments, canoeing and birdwatching are also ideal for seeing southern India from entirely unique perspectives but this is your tour so please feel free to do as much or as little as you wish.

The suggested itinerary below invites numerous opportunities to experience a diverse range of Kerala’s best-loved landscapes from the harbour city of Cochin to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in the highlands of the Western Ghats. As you’ll be travelling in an air-conditioned car, with your own driver, transfers are extremely efficient and convenient with ample excuses to rest, relax and watch Kerala pass by your window.

No trip to Kerala is complete without time spent exploring on the backwaters. You spend 2 nights at a very special resort on Vembanad Lake, and two on a traditional houseboat. Kerala’s houseboats were once rice barges (kettuvallam) however, these days, they have been converted into the most exquisite floating lodges.

Away from the backwaters and into the fresher climate of the Western Ghat Mountains, accommodation is also extremely attractive with individual traditional cottages presenting a lovely location, especially if you’ve got plans to explore in the realm of Periyar National Park.

This Kerala tour has been carefully crafted to ensure that no compromises have been made in terms of comfort and luxury, whilst also working closely with local communities and businesses that have good environmental practices. As a tailor made tour we're able to focus on your interests and needs, and work with you to ensure you have the best possible holiday in Kerala.

The best time to visit Kerala is October to April with the very best months being December, January, February and March. The Easter holidays are good for families. May, June and July are usually wet and August and September can be pleasant as well as featuring lots of local festivals.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made to suit your dates, budget and requirements
Our top tip:
The mountains get cold at night, so bring layers.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Solo travellers welcome. Surcharge for own room.
Boutique hotels.
Accommodation, all transfers, some meals, driver/chauffeur.
All breakfasts, half board at Coconut Lagoon, all meals on houseboat.
Holiday type

Tailor made holiday

The tour operator offering this holiday is a British company with an intimate knowledge of the destination. All their holidays are tailor made which means that they can create a unique holiday for your individual requirements. They offer a range of accommodation from guesthouses and homestays to the more luxurious hotels. Where possible they use properties that are heritage or characterful. Quality and value are the hallmark of these trips. They are licenced to sell flights from the UK and will search for the best airfare for your dates. If you book flights with them, then the whole holiday will be protected by ATOL. This tour operator is also a member of ABTA – this means that all their holidays adhere to the ABTA Code of Conduct, their finances, insurances etc are checked regularly and if you have a complaint that cannot be resolved there is an arbitration scheme available to you.

Responsible tourism

Kerala luxury holiday

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


By supporting locally owned hotels and homestays we are helping to provide employment for local communities. All of the hotels on this tour are extremely proud of their strong policies regarding the environment and ecotourism. CGH Earth Group who own Coconut Lagoon, Spice Village and Marari Beach have evolved over four decades into a chain that specialises in remaining true to the environment – one of their mottos is "Nature remains the Chief Architect". While staying at their resorts the staff will be happy to show you around their various environmental projects including water harvesting and water re-cycling, organic farming, biogas facility, composting etc.

The Malabar House hospitality team is committed to sustainability and social and environmental responsibility. They are the only operation (at the time of writing) in India that is certified by Green Globe 21, the worldwide environmental certification program for sustainable travel and tourism. The houseboat is locally made using traditional methods and natural materials and owned by a local company. All our houseboats adhere to stringent environmental rules and regulations that are in force on the Kerala backwaters.

Coconut Lagoon, Spice Village and Marari Beach Resort are all owned by the environmentally friendly CGH Earth Group of Hotels. CGH Earth is a Kerala family owned business that has been operating since 1954. Sustainability has been their ethos from the start. At CGH Earth protecting the environment and nature is core to their business and visitors staying at their various hotels will see this in practice

This tour includes a visit to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Periyar is a protected area, is committed to conserving the numbers of tigers and elephants within the reserve and practices community based ecotourism.

The ground handling of this tour is provided by our local agent and we supply him with more than 90% of his turnover. All of the drivers and staff are local people. Thus we have fifteen local families that are directly financially reliant upon us. Our drivers have a contract and are paid a monthly wage. This is very unusual in South India where most drivers are normally employed on a commission-only basis (not easy for such seasonal work). All of the guides we use are local.

Tailor-made holidays cater for couples or small groups and this means that our customers have the opportunity to interact with the locals. All of our customers are supplied with detailed information about their holiday. We supply general advice relevant to all customers as well as more specific facts about your particular tour. These documents offer our customers lots of advice and guidance including how to obtain an Indian Visa, which immunisations are recommended, how much to tip people, how to dress appropriately and how to behave in National Parks.

16 Reviews of Kerala luxury holiday

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2019 by

Staying at a homestay was a highlight for the brilliant hospitality we received; we became good friends with our hosts over the three days we spent with them and were sad to leave. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Mar 2018 by

Everyone was friendly, helpful and went out of their way to make sure we had a holiday of a lifetime. The itinerary was prefect for an introduction to Kerala; the accommodation was superb, the food delicious and all activities were interesting and worthwhile. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Jan 2018 by

Seeing a herd of wild elephants up close and the tea plantations was the most memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2018 by

We enjoyed it as a whole experience. We loved the countryside, the vistas, and particularly the variety of birds we saw. Fort Kochi was a contrast -bustling, colourful and quirky with the peace and tranquillity of Munnar and then the backwaters. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2017 by

The people we met was the most memorable - ALL of them lovely- friendly, genuine, generous. This applies to local s we met, in addition to those employed in the industry. Every single day was memorable and exciting. No exaggeration! Maybe I would have to say the Houseboat was the highlight though. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Dec 2017 by

All of the destinations were special in their own way. You are made to feel very welcome wherever you go. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Jan 2015 by

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. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2013 by

Excellent...The backwaters trip and the stay at Serenity were the most memorable parts. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2013 by

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. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2012 by

Out of 100 - 100. Out of 10 - 10 Out of 5 -5 It was the most perfect holiday in the whole wide world. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2012 by

Being part of a celebration at a temple in Cochin and seeing the elephants parade in all their finery, accompanied by the deafening sound of drums and horns. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Feb 2010 by

Completely fantastic! We loved it! The most huge and beautiful tropical place that I had ever been to, I can't wait to return! Read full review

Reviewed on 14 May 2010 by

It was superb! Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2010 by

The highlight must have been our trek in the Periyar tiger reserve - alas no tigers but close up views of the wild elephants was really exciting. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2010 by

Staying on a farm in the backwaters and then 'Cruising' the backwaters in a houseboat watching the world go by was my most memorable part of the holiday Read full review

Reviewed on 01 May 2009 by

So many highlights! Seeing stork-billed kingfishers while floating along the backwaters on a house boat, practising yoga on the beach at sunset, watching the Kathakali dance performers putting on their makeup before a show, mesmerising!! Read full review

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