Kerala hiking vacation in India
Our only walking vacation in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, run by one of our longest-standing partners who employ local, fairly-paid guides throughout. Their expert knowledge unveils the most beautiful spots from villages, beaches and backwaters to stunning mountain ranges.
Munnar Silent Valley NP Western Ghat mountains Thekkady Periyar Lake Madurai Sri Meenakshi Temple Alleppey backwaters Night on houseboat Five full days hiking Cochin
US $2749excluding flights
Optional single supplement £480.
Minimum age 16.
Minimum age 16.
Late availability on these dates: 08 Jan
Description of Kerala hiking vacation in India
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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
Our top tip:
This is the land of Ayurveda. Treat yourself to one of the best massages in the world after all that hiking and camping.
Small group vacation. Max. 16 people, min. age 16.
5 nights camping, 8 nights standard hotels, 1 night houseboat.
Accommodation, equipment, all breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, transport, activities.
Many meals included, but budget £12/day when not.
Solo travelers welcome. Surcharge for own tent/room.
6 Reviews of Kerala hiking vacation in India
4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 26 Nov 2018 by Muriel MooreI loved the trekking. My experience was that I could trust the guide implicitly - so go with the flow! Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Mar 2018 by Lisa BrolloFrom the moment we arrived in Cochin to the moment we left every second was memorable. Five stars all the way. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Jan 2018 by Erika BühlerThe trekking and the temple in Madurai was the most memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Jan 2018 by MiteThe trek and camping experience particularly wonderful. Visiting a school in Silent Valley. The houseboat excursion. Staying in Munnar. Wandering the tea plantations. A tour of Abraham's beautiful Spice Garden... Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Feb 2017 by Linda BlanchardThe trek, climbing Meesapulima mountain especially memorable. Beautiful walks through tea plantations, forests and grasslands with knowledgeable, courteous and attentive guides.... We learnt so much about the wildlife, landscape, agriculture and the local people. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Jan 2017 by Leila SuwwanReaching the top of the Meesapuli Mountain, after days of trekking, was an amazing feeling of accomplishment! The whole camping half of the trip allowed for complete de-stress, with great staff, food and equipment to support long hours of hiking during the day in beautiful and extremely varied scenery. Waterboat and warm waters of Marari Beach were also amazing! Read full review
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
Few vacations have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints, although we hope to have a positive effect by engaging with locals, using their businesses and visiting cultural sites. Also by taking guided tours, we support employment levels in the areas we visit, whilst enriching our experience and understanding of Kerala.
Water is a really important issue with walking trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. Lack of recycling is already a massive problem in India so we suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle. Water is safe to drink at the accommodation, which facilitates re-using one bottle.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleAccommodation and Meals:
You will spend 8 nights in hotels with en suite facilities, 5 nights in full service camps and 1 night on a houseboat. By using locally owned and run accommodation in the Western Ghats and staying in a local fisherman’s houseboat, we can ensure that the people in the community benefit from our business. By camping for a large portion of the trip, we also drastically reduce our carbon footprint by saving on energy. Where meals are included, fresh and local produce is used to make delicious and plentiful food. Free meal times are a valuable opportunity to explore Keralan cuisine and to support local vendors, restaurants and cafes in the area. Keralan specialties include biriyani made with Khaima rice, fish and chicken curries and Sadya – a vegetarian spread of side dishes served on a large banana leaf.
Local Craft and Culture:
Much of our time is spent walking through cardamom, coconut, mango and tea plantations. These large areas are not just a source of beauty and interest for our clients, but they provide an insight into rural life, agriculture and cuisine in the area. The Periyar area is a center for spice growing, and here there will be opportunities to visit the local bazaar, where there are numerous shops selling cardamoms, vanilla, peppercorns, chillies, turmeric and other locally grown ingredients. There are cottage industries and souvenir opportunities in Cochin, Periyar and Madurai. At Madurai, the great Meenakshi-Sundareshwarar Temple, most of which was built during the Nayak period between the 16th and 18th centuries, is at the heart of the city and the life of the town revolves around it. It is a hive of activity and religious celebration, so this is a great place for Hindu culture.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.