Breathe in the spice-scented mountain air and embrace the slow pace of life as you cruise the waterways on a Kerala holiday

It’s hard to decide what is the most relaxing part of a holiday to Kerala: the water lapping at the hull of your boat as you cruise through the canals of backwaters; the hours spent snoozing beneath swaying palms with the waves of the Arabian Sea as your sole soundtrack; or the cooling mountain breeze and life-enriching views in the hill stations of the Western Ghats.

Where the cities of northern India leave you exhilarated with their frenetic pace, the glorious landscapes of Kerala soothe the soul. They can soothe the body too. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a one-off treatment, a yoga class as the sun rises or an all-encompassing Ayurvedic retreat, the pressures of modern life just seem to melt away. And if it’s a little city time you’re after, the melting-pot town of Cochin (Kochi) should satisfy your urbanite cravings. You’ll soon see why countries coveted and vied for control of this corner of the globe for centuries.

Speak to one of our India experts and let us take you on a journey along the waterways and up into the hills. We’ve picked the best hotels, hidden-away coastal resorts and welcoming home stays and created a small group escorted tour full of unique experiences.

Kerala holidays - perfect for...

  • Discover South India's famous holistic treatments and unwind in blissful surroundings with a traditional Ayurvedic treatment, yoga or meditation session
  • The region is best know for its backwaters on which you can ejoy a cruise on a traditional houseboat and enjoy complete serenity as you glide across canals passing remote villages
  • Kerala's spice plantations are well worth a visit. Here you can discover a captivating blend of heady scents such as cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg
  • The city of Cochin showcases much of Southern India's colonial heritage with relics of Dutch, Portuguese and British rule

“India is astonishing, breathtaking, and captivating, often all at the same time. Cities can be frantic, but there are always quiet temples to explore and places to pause for wonderful food. Visiting India is something none of us will, or should, ever forget.” - Simon Reeve

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