Kerala luxury holiday
Valid from 1 Oct 2022 - 30 Sept 2023.
During peak season (approx Dec to Feb) the price will be higher.
Description of Kerala luxury holiday
Whether you’re watching the sun touch the water on a sunset cruise of Cochin Harbour, or relaxing at a waterside resort, this luxury Kerala tour is all about adding a little extra bit of luxury. Do as much or as little as you wish: this is your holiday.
Kerala is a laid-back region in southern India, where the beaches are big, but the backwaters and the tranquil mountains inland are even more intriguing. This trip gives you a bit of both, so you can balance relaxation with exploration.
The special places where you’ll stay on your way give this getaway its luxury edge. They include a waterside resort on Vembanad Lake where birdlife comes up to the door of your guest house, a houseboat that cruises along the backwaters, and thatched guest houses set in a fragrant spice garden in the Western Ghats.
Keralan culture is there for the sampling, whether that’s a cooking lesson, Kalaripayattu (martial arts) displays, or mesmeric traditional Kathakali shows; arrive a little early and you’ll also be able to watch the artists putting on their elaborate make up and costumery, too, a performance in itself.
You’ll be travelling in an air-conditioned car, with your own driver, so rest, relax and watch Kerala pass by your window on the way to each destination.
No trip to Kerala is complete without time spent exploring on the backwaters. You spend three nights at a very special resort on Vembanad Lake, and two on a traditional houseboat. Kerala’s houseboats were once rice barges (kettuvallam). These days, they have been converted into floating lodges that cruise lazily through the area.
Away from the backwaters, you’ll enjoy a breath of fresh air in the Western Ghat Mountains, where spice and tea plantations cloak the rolling hills, and you can explore the birdlife and wildlife in pretty Periyar National Park.
At the end of your trip, wind down and relax with a few days at a beach resort: Mararikulam has a long and lovely stretch of sand at Marari Beach.
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 its a tailor made tour it can focus on your interests and needs, and the operator will work with you to ensure you have the best possible holiday.
7 Reviews of Kerala luxury holiday
Reviewed on 17 Mar 2019 by Julian WelbankStaying 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 Kate BullochEveryone 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 Trish ButlerSeeing a herd of wild elephants up close and the tea plantations was the most memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Apr 2018 by Sue RiceWe 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 Liz NaylonThe 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 Michael BrownAll 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 Aldyth RoweThis 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
Planet and peopleBy 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.
Forte Kochi is very centrally located near local shops and cafes and is part of The Paul Resorts and Hotels group. 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.