• Traditional houseboat

Kerala Holidays

India’s slice of serenity. Stretching all the way down the southeastern coast, on the edge of the glittering Arabian Sea, Kerala is India’s verdant and peaceful state. Part of Kerala’s appeal is its multi-layered landscape; a diverse natural wonderland. Palm-lined beaches and quaint fishing villages are met by the languid networks of the backwaters, behind which lush slopes of tea and spice plantations rise into the sky. Take a break from the frenetic madness of India and find tranquillity on a holiday in Kerala.

Explore Kerala’s beaches, backwaters and beautiful mountains

Begin your Kerala trip unwinding on the golden coast, savouring delightful local cuisine, taking part in beachside yoga and indulging in ayurvedic massages. Travel inland to Alleppey to stay overnight in a luxurious houseboat, where you’ll cruise Kerala’s picturesque backwaters, relaxing aboard as the tropical scenery unfolds before you.

Up in the green hills of the Western Ghats, undulating spice, coffee and tea plantations spread across the landscape. Explore the rolling hills and tea plantations of Munnar, enjoying the cool air and slow pace of this part of India. Kerala’s hills are scattered with Wildlife Sanctuaries - such as Periyar Tiger Reserve or Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary - and here you’ll have the chance to glimpse wild elephants, monkeys and luck providing, tigers.

Kerala has a rich and fascinating history, experienced in cities like Cochin. This coastal town is home to an array of colonial architecture, from Dutch palaces to the iconic Chinese Fishing Nets.

Whether you’re searching for a romantic getaway or a family-friendly trip, Kerala holidays are the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation. We organise an array of Kerala tours. Discover Southern India and stay on a houseboat on our Kerala and the Tropical South Tour. Or for city explorations and an introduction to Indian heritage, consider our Golden Triangle Tour. Whatever you’ve been dreaming, we’ll make it happen. Get in touch.

Destination Highlights
  • Cruise the coconut-fringed backwaters of Alleppey on a houseboat
  • Explore Kerala’s lush hill country, discovering Munnar’s sprawling tea and spice plantations
  • Glimpse India’s exotic wildlife at Periyar National Park, including elephants, tigers and leopards
  • Relax on golden beaches in Mararikulam or Kovalam

Time Zone

GMT +5.5 hours

Flight Time

Approx 3 hours from Delhi and 2 hours from Mumbai

Currency

INR - Indian rupee

Visa Information

Irish citizens are required to obtain a visa from the Indian embassy prior to arrival.

Language

Hindi and English are widely spoken

Health Information

Some vaccinations are recommended when travelling to certain areas in India. Please contact your GP for vaccination requirements.

Best time to go to Kerala

The best time to visit Kerala is between December and March, with December, January and February the coolest and driest months. Monsoon begins in June, with heavy rain and high humidity. Kerala is hot year-round with temperatures averaging at 35°C from mid-February to May.

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Average weather in January

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28ºC
21mm

Average weather in February

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28ºC
26mm

Average weather in March

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29ºC
40mm

Average weather in April

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29ºC
119mm

Average weather in May

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29ºC
216mm

Average weather in June

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27ºC
341mm

Average weather in July

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27ºC
239mm

Average weather in August

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27ºC
156mm

Average weather in September

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27ºC
175mm

Average weather in October

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27ºC
268mm

Average weather in November

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27ºC
192mm

Average weather in December

Best travel weather

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27ºC
69mm
  • Natalie, Destination Specialist

    Natalie

    Destination Specialist

    “For a unique and memorable Kerala experience, stay on an overnight houseboat on Kerala’s backwaters. You’ll cruise the waters by day and enjoy sumptuous Indian dinners and breakfasts on board.”

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    Steph

    Direct Marketing Campaign Manager

    “Bring some layers for travelling Kerala. Unlike other parts of India, the temperature can get quite cool in the hill country at night.”

  • Onam

    Onam is an annual Hindu festival in Kerala, occurring in August and September. It is Kerala’s most significant yearly event; a ten-day harvest celebration that marks the homecoming of the mythical King Mahabali. Festivities include elephant street parades, music and dance performances and snake boat races.

  • Dosa

    Dosas originated in South India but are widely popular all over India. A dosa is a flat cooked layer of rice batter - prepared by soaking rice and lentils in water for a few hours to make the batter and then frying it on a skillet. The result is a papery roll, often filled with potato and vegetables and served with dahl and spicy sambar.

  • Idli

    Idli is a typical Indian breakfast, originating in Kerala. The dish is composed of a fermented rice cake, made by steaming a batter of lentils and rice. They are often served for breakfast with an assortment of curries.

  • Idiyappam

    Another typical Keralan breakfast fare, Idiyappam is made of rice flour, salt and water, with a number of thin strands interlaced to make a noodle-esque consistency. It is often served with creamy egg curry.

  • Keralan Fish Curry

    Originating in Kerala’s south coast, Keralan fish curry is widely popular and a must-try when you’re in the region. Coconut infused and spicy, flavoured with local fish, shallots, tamarind and tomato, this curry is one of the region’s ultimate authentic dishes. Enjoy with a serving of rice.

Our Kerala destinations

Chinese fishing nets in Cochin India

Kerala

Cochin

Cochin

Types of Kerala holidays

Cochin fishing nets

Kerala Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays