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Luxury Holidays In Tropical Paradise Kerala

Nowhere in India will you find a more gentle and relaxed state than Kerala. Tucked away in the south west corner of India, between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghat mountains, sandwiched between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, this ‘land of the coconuts’ is criss-crossed by rivers and waterways.

The backwaters, a self-supporting eco-system of lakes, canals and estuaries that connect many villages together, are unique to Kerala and best explored by houseboat. Monumental sites may be few here, in comparison to the rest of India, but Kathakali more than makes up for this.

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A powerful combination of dance and drama, heavily made-up actors dressed in elaborate costumes use head and eye movements, facial expressions and mime to tell ancient tales of gods and demons.

Kerala is a tropical paradise. It follows a much gentler pace than its northern counterparts, 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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- Totally unique every time you travel with us

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- Established over 30 years ago we have been around longer than most

- Our specialists come from, have lived in or travelled extensively in the regions we cover

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- Philanthropy is our philosophy

- Our founding principle is to always ‘put something back’

- An amount from each holiday is donated to our selected conservation and humanitarian charities

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As a guide, the cost of our extraordinary and utterly bespoke journeys tends to start from $1200 per person per day excluding international flights.

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