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Kerala Family Holidays

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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.

A typical family holiday to Kerala could begin in Kochi, known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, where you could explore the harbour area with its huge ‘Chinese’ fishing nets. Drive up to the hill-station of Munnar in the Cardamom Hills, and spend a couple of days exploring tea plantations and shola forest, with a night at a village home-stay. You can even over-night in a treehouse!

Driving across the Western Ghats, you can visit the tiger reserve at Periyar for tiger safaris and enjoy wildlife-spotting in this beautiful park, both from a boat on the lake and on foot. There will also be the chance to care for and bathe an elephant.

Then we have a lovely house on a rubber plantation, where you can watch the rubber being extracted from the trees, spend the day with an elephant, bathing her, travel by ox-drawn cart through the villages, and mountain-bike.

Descending to the famous Keralan ‘backwaters’, you can have a free day at a lovely hotel beside Vembanadu Lake and also take an overnight cruise on a splendid houseboat. The perfect way to end your holiday would be to allow a few days for relaxation at Kovalam, at a charming and very laid-back beach resort. Such a luxury holiday in Kerala would offer an endless visual feast and will entertain and amaze the whole family.

Highlights of family holidays to Kerala:

  • Fort Cochin’s intriguing blend of colonial and Indian cultural heritage.
  • Thekkady’s spice plantation, where the air is filled with the scent of cinnamon and cloves.
  • Exploring the jungles of Periyar.
  • Meandering along the tranquil backwaters in a traditional houseboat.
  • Munnar's mountain peaks, gushing waterfalls and tea-covered hills.
  • Sumptuous Keralan cuisine prepared with fresh aromatic spices.
  • Kovalam’s sun-kissed beaches and the turquoise waters of the Arabian Sea.
  • Museums and art galleries of Trivandrum.
  • Experiencing snake-boat races, folk dances, bull races or elephant processions during the several festivals that are celebrated during the year.
  • Spending a day with an elephant, bathing and caring for it. 
  • Spending a few hours on the back of an ox-cart through the villages and mountain-biking.
  • Canoeing and Cycling

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