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Kerala

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Home to one billion people and 23 major languages, India is one of the world's most diverse places. You could visit every year for a lifetime and still not see all of it. Many come for its colourful history and tongue-tingling food, or to explore the centuries-old spirituality of a country that places faith at the heart of its society.

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Kerala is one of India’s most beautiful states. From its spiderweb of lazy backwaters to the tea-covered hills of the Western Ghats, Kerala’s landscapes are breathtaking – and that’s before you even consider its 600km of coastline and beaches.

However, there is more to Kerala than just natural beauty. This is a place famous for its ecotourism initiatives and its unique culture and traditions, whether houseboats on its waterways or its vibrant Kalaripayattu martial art, said to be a precursor to Kung Fu. Kerala is also home to Ayurveda, a healing therapy using natural herbs that goes back more than 5,000 years. Come to Kerala to nourish both your body and mind.

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  • Kochi

    Kochi

    The port city of Kochi (also known as Cochin) is Kerala's biggest conurbation, but is actually made up of a collection of tiny islands and outcrops...Read more
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  • Kumarakom

    Kumarakom

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  • Thekkady

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  • Periyar National Park

    Periyar National Park

    Found near Thekkady in the Western Ghat mountains, Periyar National Park is home to sought after populations of elephants and tigers...Read more
  • Kottayam

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  • Varkala

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  • Mangalore

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  • Kannur

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  • Wayanad

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Keralan Tea and Beaches

Backwaters, plantations and hidden beaches
Approx. 7 days
Kochi (3 days) → Periyar National Park (2) → Kumarakom (3)
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Golden Triangle and Best of Kerala

India's classic route combined with Keralan adventure
Approx. 14 days
Delhi (2 days) → Agra (2) → Jaipur (2) → Kochi (3) → Periyar National Park (2) → Kumarakom (3)
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Things to do in Kerala

Our recommended experiences and activities

Sail Kerala's waterways on a houseboat
Kerala

Sail Kerala's waterways on a houseboat

Explore Kerala's canals and waterways onboard with an authentic houseboat adventure, starting from rural Alleppey.

Where to go in Kerala

Our recommended places

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