Kerala Holidays: An Overview

Kerala is the latest part of India to become a fashionable luxury holiday destination, and with good reason. The south-western coastal province at the tip of this massive country is bordered by the Arabian Sea to the west, the Western Ghats mountain range in the east, and is criss-crossed with dozens of rivers.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • This is a fascinating part of the world - Kerala boasts 100% literacy and, for fans of obscure facts, was also the first place in the world to elect a communist government democratically.

Luxury Kerala Holidays: The Detail

In addition to the long shoreline, there are tranquil backwaters, flanked by beautiful hill country where the slopes are blanketed with tea plantations and the cooling breezes provide respite in the searing summer months. In amongst the plantations and paddy fields, there are numerous historic and cultural monuments.

The Keralan people, with their distinctive Malayalam language, are among the most charming and independent in India, famed for their delicious - but hot (even by Indian standards) - fish curries and a history of independent thinking.

Explore historic Cochin; like many port cities, a place where civilizations have rubbed shoulders for centuries, and heir to a remarkable cultural heritage.

Drift through the photogenic backwaters of Alleppey on a rice boat at dawn, visit elegant coastal cities where Portuguese churches stand as a lasting reminder of a long since vanished colonial presence, and spend time on the beach or up in the cooler climes of the hill country.

Kerala is also the place to come for authentic Ayurvedic treatments, and several of the luxury resorts have excellent spas.


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Get off the beaten track in Kerala and explore the backwaters in the north (rather than down in Alleppey) - you'll escape the crowds.

Miranda, Original Traveller

A note on price

Flights to India cost approximately £570 (economy) and many airlines fly directly from the UK. Accommodation-wise, prices vary hugely: Rajasthan could cost around £3,000 per person for two weeks, whilst South Kerala would come in a lot cheaper comparatively for a luxury holiday of a similar length. Learn more about our pricing

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  • Average Temp. — 13°C / 55°F
  • Rainfall — 1cm / 0.6 inches
Flight from London

8:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +6 hrs


Top picks for Kerala

Shalimar Spice Garden, luxury hotel in India

Shalimar Spice Garden

Kerala

The resort's five acres are reached across a wooden suspension bridge, which leads into a world of landscaped gardens, palms and mango groves and fragrant spices and nutmeg trees.

Where to stay

Malabar House, luxury hotel in India

Malabar House

Kerala

Malabar House is situated on a peaceful green in Fort Cochin. In 1996 Malabar House became India’s first boutique heritage hotel.

Where to stay

pool at Neeleshwar Hermitage, luxury hotel in India

Neeleshwar Hermitage

Kerala

The entire resort has been built according to the traditional architectural principals of Kerala Vastu, which dictates that a building should be constructed so to conform to the subtle laws of nature.

Where to stay

Serenity, luxury hotel in India

Serenity

Kerala

A sister hotel of Malabar House, Serenity's location makes it the ideal stopover on the long journey between Cochin and Thekkady.

Where to stay

Purity, luxury hotel in India

Purity

Kerala

This boutique hotel is situated in the backwaters of Kerala, on the shores of Lake Vembanad.

Where to stay

Philipkutty’s Farm

Philipkutty’s Farm

Kerala

Philipkutty’s Farm is a sustainable, organic working farm located on an island, where guests are hosted in waterfront villas that overlook the tranquil backwaters of Kerala.

Where to stay

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