Kerala beach holiday highlights

Utopian sands and verdant vegetation are interspersed with some of India’s finest retreats such as Kovalam, which poetically translates to ‘grove of coconut trees’. Almost at India’s most southern tip, the sweeping beaches of this popular resort offer natural beauty and turquoise waters. Kovalam also offers an alternative to the beaches of Goa for those looking to relax and unwind after a tour of India’s iconic sights.

Marari, shortened from Mararikulam, is a sleepy little fishing village near Alleppey and offers an escape from India’s bustling cities. Boasting idyllic golden sand beaches and simple living locals, this coastal resort is dotted with charming home stays. The pace of life is slow here so take the time to realign your body and soul as you unwind in total tranquillity, indulging in rejuvenating Ayurvedic massage and the ancient practises of yoga and meditation. It really is an ideal spot to spend some time after exploring the backwaters of Kerala.

Kerala beach key facts

Time difference

GMT +5½ hours

Currency

Rupee

Flying time to destination

Kovalam is reached by a 40-minute drive from Thiruvananthapuram airport which is reached by a 11¼-hour from the UK (excluding stop over times).

Language

Hindi, English and a number of other regional languages

Passport & visas

A visa is needed for travel to India. British passport holders are able to apply for an E-Visa. The E-Visa needs to be applied for online in advance of travel and travellers must possess a machine readable passport. Please call for more information.