Kerala budget vacation, tailor made

“Flexible fortnight for travelers looking for rural comforts and authenticity instead of overpriced alternatives. Houseboats, homestays and local hotels.”


Cochin | Homestay experiences | Munnar hill station | Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary | Kadathanadan Kalari Centre | Exclusive backwaters houseboat | Munroe Island | Varkala beach resort | Optional yoga and Pilates sessions |

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor-made to suit your dates, budget and requirements
Tailor made tour:
All our vacations are tailor made which means we can create a unique vacation for your individual requirements. We offer a range of accommodation from guesthouses and homestays to the more luxurious hotels. Where possible we use properties that are heritage or characterful. Quality and value are the hallmark of our trips. We are licenced to sell flights from the UK.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

By using homestays and small guesthouses on this tour, you are supporting the host families, their staff and the local community. The owners of the accommodation all have a commitment to environmental issues and as you travel between the properties you will find good practices, eg waste being recycled, low power light bulbs, water being heated by solar panels etc. With small numbers of individuals staying in small properties the impact on the environment is reduced, as waste, lighting etc will be minimal. 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. We support local charities and invite our customers to do so too (details are supplied with your travel documents).

The ground handling of this tour is provided by our local agent and we supply him with 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 our customers are supplied with detailed information about their vacation. 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.

10 Reviews of Kerala budget vacation, tailor made

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 07 Apr 2018 by

Awesome organic farm in Kerala was fantastic for kids- swimming in river, milking cows, home grown foods, fantastic service (dewakolam). A splurge yet incredibly memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2018 by

The whole vacation was amazing - it would be difficult to select one bit. However the food was excellent. It was excellent! Our original plans were to book on a small group vacation but we found traveling on our own with a driver was a good experience that we would like to repeat. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2017 by

Spotting so many exotic and sometimes rare, birds. The journey through the Western Ghats. Meeting so many friendly Indian people. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Feb 2017 by

The variety of Kerala, the bird and wildlife, the friendly people, the wonderful fresh spices and delicious cooking, the houseboat, staying in homestays etc. One of the best vacations we have been on. Everything was very well organised. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2017 by

The most memorable moment was Dewalokom hotel & farm beautiful gardens, lovely family running it and fabulous food. Scenery and friendly people also memorable. Breath of fresh air. Wanted my children to appreciate how lucky they are to travel and to do this in a positive way for other people. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Dec 2016 by

Excellent, without a doubt. Up there with the best, so though not reborn I'll nevertheless give it 5 stars. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2015 by

Most memorable - Kayaking through the Keralan backwaters, meeting villagers and experiencing daily life first hand! Extraordinary and an experience to cherish. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Jan 2015 by

I would like to thank the suppliers, who arranged everything, for a first class service. I couldn't fault them. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2014 by

Flawless....trekking in Munnar, swimming in Varkala and the houseboats on the backwaters. But more than that meeting the locals, having the best food we've ever had and walking around lots of different villages, towns and cities really made this vacation. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Feb 2013 by

Really nicely looked after, such good food and so relaxing. Best bit though was staying at Koshy's home stay in Kumily. Read full review

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