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Kerala is a tropical paradise. It follows a much gentler pace than its northern counterparts. Coconut-studded coastlines, canal-like backwaters and undulating evergreen hills – the tropical beauty of this south-west swathe of India is unrivalled.

It’s not only the region’s scenic splendour that will win your heart on a holiday in Kerala, but also its friendliness, spirituality and tasty cuisine.

It has a fascinating mix of influences, from the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs and Chinese who came to trade spices and ivory, to the Dutch, Portuguese and British – all of whom have left their mark: the Chinese fishing nets in Cochin, the Dutch forts and palaces throughout the region, the tea plantations and the cricket pitches of the Raj occupation.

In addition to the long shoreline, there are tranquil backwaters to enjoy on your luxury holiday in Kerala, 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 fish curries and a history of independent thinking. With its rolling hills of the Western Ghats, wildlife sanctuaries, spice plantations and tranquil backwaters, Kerala deserves its title ‘God’s Own Country’.

A Kerala vacation has so much more to offer than beaches, backwaters and massages. Our bespoke luxury holidays to India take in lovely small, owner-managed properties overflowing with warm hospitality and wonderful local cuisine; superbly guided individual birding and wildlife trips well off the beaten track, where you can camp out in the middle of elephant and tiger safari country; beautiful and remote plantation bungalows stylishly and imaginatively converted to accommodate our discerning clients for their luxury Kerala holidays.

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Kerala Family Holidays

Located on the Malabar Coast, at the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent, Kerala is a magical place, well-loved by travellers. Luxury Kerala holidays are ideal for a family destination. The travelling distances are relatively short, as it is a small, compact state. Kerala has also consistently enjoyed the highest quality of life in India. This fact, combined with an idyllic climate and lush tropical landscapes, makes it a very easy introduction to India for children of all ages.
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Stylish Boutique Hotels and Private Villas

The Western Ghats with its hill stations and tea plantations flanks the eastern side of Kerala. On the western side is the Arabian Sea. This is why Kerala is known for fabulous beaches, a laid-back culture, great food, and the waterways of the backwaters. It is also very popular for its stylish boutique hotels and private villas.
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Take high-tea in the hill station of Munnar

Quaint cottages, fragrant tea gardens and mist-draped mornings are all hallmarks of Munnar. This destination is home to the only sandalwood forest in Kerala and is also famous for its exotic flora and fauna.
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Cruise the idyllic Kerala backwaters by houseboat

Formed by the 40 odd rivers that flow down to the Arabian Sea from the Cardamom Hills, this network of canals, lakes and estuaries comprises one of India’s most enchanting areas - a rural, riverine expanse of verdant coconut groves and rice paddies. The scene is idyllic and the mood – romantic.
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Venture inland to spice country and hike the nature reserves of Thekkady

Kerala with its mountainous terrain and unparalleled biodiversity is becoming an integral part of travel plans for any nature lover. Gift wrapped in lush green spice plantations, it is no doubt the heartland of spices. In and around 50 sq km of the famous Periyar Tiger Reserve, the world famous spices such as cardamom, pepper, vanilla, nutmeg and clove are all grown.
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The beautiful Palm lined beaches of Kerala

Kerala boasts of some of the most pristine and stunning beaches anywhere in India. Spread along 370 miles of palm fringed coastline by the Arabian Sea, the topography along the coast is as distinctive as it is varied as one proceeds from North to the South. What remains consistent are the miles of soothing palms that make each of these beaches a haven for travellers.
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Sample fabulous foods and a culinary experience of a lifetime at a gorgeous Kerala Homestay

Kerala’s cuisine is like its many enchanting geographical highlights - authentic, diverse and delightful. Kerala’s love affair with food has a long history - one that dates back to the early centuries when traders from across the world came to its shores enamored by stories about the region’s spices.
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Biking, Trekking, Camping, Kayaking and much much more……

Captivating waterways, dense greens, imposing mountains and serene beaches offers a wide choice of thrilling and exhilarating adventure sports. There are abundant opportunities for trekking, climbing, canoeing and rafting. Visit the mystic lands of Kerala and indulge in the best of daring adventure activities.
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Visit the Vadakumnathan Temple

Visit the Vadakumnathan Temple, the main venue of the world-famous festival – the Thrissur Pooram, celebrated annually in April-May.
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Experience the Nehru Trophy Boat Race

Experience the Nehru Trophy Boat Race, which is the greatest event on the backwaters of Kerala. The race is held on the second Saturday of August every year near Allapuzha. Magnificent snake boats compete for the prized trophy instituted by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India.
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Experience Theyyam - a performing art form that embodies dance, drama and music

Theyyam is popular in northern Kerala and is quite something to witness! A ritual art that embodies dance, drama, music,myth, art and architecture.
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The ancient healing science of Ayurveda

Enhance your mind-body-and-soul, ensure you indulge in the ancient healing science of Ayurveda while you’re away. Because of the rich vegetation and wealth of herbs in Kerala, it is believed that the cosmetic and therapeutic Ayurvedic treatments practiced here are the most superior. We have some amazing places to stay where one can practice yoga, meditation and have stunning spa treatments.
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