Holidays in Kerala

From banana groves and pepper plantations high in the Wayanad hills to lagoons, rivers and canals weaving between small islands in the backwaters, Kerala is a constant delight. Explore lush forests and sprawling plantations, discover charming hill stations and the secrets of bamboo craft. Enjoy a stay in a wonderful, traditional-style houseboat, built and managed by the local communities. Glide along the backwaters between their strikingly beautiful villages. Get to know the boatmen, coir rope spinners and mussel collectors and watch as canoes full of coconuts or mussels paddle by. The gentle pace of life combined with spectacular scenery will delight and enthrall. 

Hill stations and lagoons

Kerala lies on the Malabar coast of south-west India, with the Arabian Sea in the west, the Western Ghats hills to the east. Numerous rivers flow across the state and feed the complex unique backwater network of lagoons behind the coast. Kerala has a cosmopolitan society with a of diversity of religions, where you can find Hindu temples, mosques and churches. With a pleasant tropical climate it has long been a popular tourist destination. With verdant hills blanketed in sprawling coffee plantations and dotted with hill stations, and winding backwaters fringed with palm, you cannot help but be charmed by this delightful state. Discover rubber plantations and banana groves, and relax on a very special houseboat- all bathed in the warmth of South India. Choose to combine your visit to Kerala with a stay in neighbouring Karnataka. 


Hills and Backwaters, 11 night holiday from £799


Book-ended with a stay in historic Fort Cochin on the Malabar Coast, this holiday takes you high into the Western Ghats to the lush hill-side village of Mothakkara, set among pepper, coffee and banana plantations, before heading south to the palm-fringed rivers and lagoons to unwind on the houseboat. A wonderfully relaxing taste of Kerala.

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Spirit of the South, 16 night holiday from £1,067


With two new communities joining Village Ways this season, you have the chance to be among the first guests to relax on the unspoiled beaches of Pavinakurva on the Karnataka coast and explore the rubber plantations and banana groves of Mothakkara in the Wayand hills. Add to this the spice gardens at Hulgol and a stay on the community houseboat for an enchanting discovery of the magical South.

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Mothakkara Short Escape, 3 nights


For guests who have existing travel plans in place or have limited availability, we offer a three night short break in Mothakkara village for a taste of life in the Wayanad hills. Prices for short escapes include accommodation, meals and private guiding; travel can also be arranged if required.

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