Kerala luxury vacation

“Two week tailor made tour of Kerala. Locally-owned accommodation, your own car and driver, and a great variety of locations and activities.”

Highlights

Fort Cochin | Kerala backwaters | Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary | Boutique hotels | Western Ghats | Mararikulam beach | Spice Village | Ayurvedic treatments |

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made to suit your dates, budget and requirements
Our top tip:
The mountains get cold at night, so bring layers.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Surcharge for own room.
Accomm:
Boutique hotels.
Included:
Accommodation, all transfers, some meals, driver/chauffeur.
Meals:
All breakfasts, half board at Coconut Lagoon, all meals on houseboat.
Vouchers
Accepted
Vacation type

Tailor made vacation

The tour operator offering this vacation is a British company with an intimate knowledge of the destination. All their vacations are tailor made which means that they can create a unique vacation for your individual requirements. They offer a range of accommodation from guesthouses and homestays to the more luxurious hotels. Where possible they use properties that are heritage or characterful. Quality and value are the hallmark of these trips. They are licenced to sell flights from the UK and will search for the best airfare for your dates. If you book flights with them, then the whole vacation will be protected by ATOL. This tour operator is also a member of ABTA this means that all their vacations adhere to the ABTA Code of Conduct, their finances, insurances etc are checked regularly and if you have a complaint that cannot be resolved there is an arbitration scheme available to you.

Responsible tourism

Kerala luxury vacation

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

By supporting locally owned hotels and homestays we are helping to provide employment for local communities. All of the hotels on this tour are extremely proud of their strong policies regarding the environment and ecotourism. CGH Earth Group who own Coconut Lagoon, Spice Village and Marari Beach have evolved over four decades into a chain that specialises in remaining true to the environment one of their mottos is "Nature remains the Chief Architect". While staying at their resorts the staff will be happy to show you around their various environmental projects including water harvesting and water re-cycling, organic farming, biogas facility, composting etc.

The Malabar House hospitality team is committed to sustainability and social and environmental responsibility. They are the only operation (at the time of writing) in India that is certified by Green Globe 21, the worldwide environmental certification program for sustainable travel and tourism. The houseboat is locally made using traditional methods and natural materials and owned by a local company. All our houseboats adhere to stringent environmental rules and regulations that are in force on the Kerala backwaters.

Coconut Lagoon, Spice Village and Marari Beach Resort are all owned by the environmentally friendly CGH Earth Group of Hotels. CGH Earth is a Kerala family owned business that has been operating since 1954. Sustainability has been their ethos from the start. At CGH Earth protecting the environment and nature is core to their business and visitors staying at their various hotels will see this in practice

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.

The ground handling of this tour is provided by our local agent and we supply him with more than 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 the guides we use are local.

Tailor-made vacations cater for couples or small groups and this means that our customers have the opportunity to interact with the locals. 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.

16 Reviews of Kerala luxury vacation

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Reviewed on 17 Mar 2019 by

Staying at a homestay was a highlight for the brilliant hospitality we received; we became good friends with our hosts over the three days we spent with them and were sad to leave. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Mar 2018 by

Everyone was friendly, helpful and went out of their way to make sure we had a vacation of a lifetime. The itinerary was prefect for an introduction to Kerala; the accommodation was superb, the food delicious and all activities were interesting and worthwhile. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Jan 2018 by

Seeing a herd of wild elephants up close and the tea plantations was the most memorable. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2018 by

We enjoyed it as a whole experience. We loved the countryside, the vistas, and particularly the variety of birds we saw. Fort Kochi was a contrast -bustling, colourful and quirky with the peace and tranquillity of Munnar and then the backwaters. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2017 by

The people we met was the most memorable - ALL of them lovely- friendly, genuine, generous. This applies to local s we met, in addition to those employed in the industry. Every single day was memorable and exciting. No exaggeration! Maybe I would have to say the Houseboat was the highlight though. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Dec 2017 by

All of the destinations were special in their own way. You are made to feel very welcome wherever you go. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Jan 2015 by

This was definitely a 4-star vacation!...By far the most memorable part for us was the houseboat cruise on the back waters. Two nights on a barge - we loved the leisurely pace as we moved slowly along the rivers, giving plenty of time for watching birds and also watching life as lived alongside the river. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2013 by

Excellent...The backwaters trip and the stay at Serenity were the most memorable parts. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2013 by

It was a 100% enjoyable experience. We got really far off the beaten track & to the real Southern India (Kerala & Tamil Nadu). Seeing lots of wild fauna & flora, including elephant three times. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2012 by

Out of 100 - 100. Out of 10 - 10 Out of 5 -5 It was the most perfect vacation in the whole wide world. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2012 by

Being part of a celebration at a temple in Cochin and seeing the elephants parade in all their finery, accompanied by the deafening sound of drums and horns. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Feb 2010 by

Completely fantastic! We loved it! The most huge and beautiful tropical place that I had ever been to, I can't wait to return! Read full review

Reviewed on 14 May 2010 by

It was superb! Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2010 by

The highlight must have been our trek in the Periyar tiger reserve - alas no tigers but close up views of the wild elephants was really exciting. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2010 by

Staying on a farm in the backwaters and then 'Cruising' the backwaters in a houseboat watching the world go by was my most memorable part of the vacation Read full review

Reviewed on 01 May 2009 by

So many highlights! Seeing stork-billed kingfishers while floating along the backwaters on a house boat, practising yoga on the beach at sunset, watching the Kathakali dance performers putting on their makeup before a show, mesmerising!! Read full review

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