Kerala family activity vacation, India

“Milk a cow, stay on a houseboat, visit waterfalls, tea plantations, hill stations and beaches - this two week activity vacation in Kerala is ideal for families visiting India for the first time. ”


Kochi | working organic spice farm | Munnar hill station | Periyar National Park | Project Tiger Reserve | backwaters houseboat | Marari beach resort | Activities include: cycling, hiking, kayaking and wildlife safaris |

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor-made to suit your interests, time schedules and budget requirements.
Vacation type

Traveling with a local operator

This vacation is operated by a company based in the vacation destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. They will be able to tailor make your vacation to suit your requirements not only concerning the dates of travel but also typically the standard of accommodation, and thus price. It is rare for local operators to be able to help with the booking of your flights.

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.

This vacation will help the local community as their participation is involved at each place. The homestays help the local community by providing them employment and also engaging them in the various activities in the farm lands.

By employing local birding guides at Thattekkad and by staying at environmentally low impact accommodation like the Hornbill Camp, we hope to bring in awareness about Responsible Tourism among the general public. Hornbill Camp is made of locally available materials and constructed exclusively by using locally available expertise in reed leaf thatching. There is very little concrete, but tents are used instead. The water is heated using solar heaters and the kitchen refuse is recycled for use in the spice plantations nearby.

The parks have introduced a system by which the Vana Samrakshana Samitis (Forest Protection Teams) and Eco Development Committees form part and parcel of all tourism ealted activities. It is mandatory to employ a local guide while entering the park.

All our activities implement practices that are respectful of natural and cultural environment and which contribute in an ethical manner to the local economic development. It contributes in a positive and equitable way to the development and fulfillment of individuals living, working and staying in the areas we operate in. We encourage Farm and pro-poor Tourism. We also offer CSR (Corporate Social responsibility) modules to corporates and organizations.

Except in unavoidable cases, we always encourage our clients to stay in non-hotels like Homestays, Camps or Bungalows. This gives them an opportunity to interact closely with the local people and indirectly benefit the people living around those areas.

As a company, we have introduced modes of conservation like introduction of CFL lamps to conserve energy, reuse of paper and old envelops and minimizing printing. The accommodation we use on all our tours have also introduced organic farming, vermicompost for waste disposal, employing local labour in tourism related activities. All supplies are sourced locally.

The Impacts of this Trip

Kalypso has greatly recognized Kerala as a beneficial tourist destination. We have thus identified the growing potential of each place and accordingly planned and developed programmes. We have also explored various routes off the beaten track. Keeping in mind the needs and expectations of the local people and communities we are in the process of developing local home stays and camp sites. We strongly follow the policy of “Travel Global, Buy Local”. Kerala has a lot to offer and Kalypso makes sure that we do not leave anything out. Being a state with so much beauty and splendor we give our clients the opportunity to enjoy an overall experience of “Gods Own Country” at its best.

We always employ local drivers during all our tours. Our supplies like vegetables and poultry are always sourced from villagers residing near the camp & we promote local businesses by using local jeeps and locally owned wooden canoes for moving on the river, whenever possible. The activities during this vacation, namely, cycling, kayaking and walking are all carbon neutral activities and as such they go a long way in promoting responsible travel.


10 Reviews of Kerala family activity vacation, India

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2019 by

Fantastic trip of a lifetime ! The most memorable parts were our enthusiastic guide and driver, the animals (monkeys, birds and elephants), the beautiful scenery, the friendly people and the wonderful food. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Dec 2018 by

Most memorable? - Everything! From the moment that our tour guides picked us up - Jeffin & Santosh - who were AMAZING & our kids loved! Kerala is stunning, the food, the people - we loved it! Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Jan 2016 by

There are so many great memories of the vacation, that will live long in the memory. In no particular order: The smile on the face of my daughter as the helped wash an elephant in the river, the scenery around Munnar was beautiful, the homestay at Dewalokam was just great - jumping and swimming in the river... Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Sep 2016 by

An amazing, unforgettable experience allowing us to see the natural side of Kerala and keep us constantly entertained. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2016 by

A brilliant first time experience of India for a family. Safe but still experiencing the full life of India. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2015 by

We were looked after so well and experienced warm hospitality, delicious food and some fascinating day trips. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2014 by

I would thoroughly recommend it. We have no experience of this kind of undertaking and we had an exceptional time that catered perfectly for a family of 4 including an 11 year old girl and 14 year old boy who all valued the tour immeasurably. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Apr 2014 by

Absolutely incredible! The children loved it (age 8 and 5) as well as the parents, we had so many rich experiences and wonderful stories to take home. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2013 by

Excellent, it was so good. There is nothing I could fault everything met or exceeded our expectations, some of the main highlights were: the homestays, the food, the people, the variety of activities, visiting a local school and orphanage, elephants, the Ayurveda. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Oct 2011 by

Everything was superb from beginning to end. The guides and drivers used were truly professional...We were impressed by the quality and freshness of all the food that we were given - wonderful flavours. We enjoyed all the activities from sightseeing to birding, cooking demos to kayaking. Read full review

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