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Kerala Houseboat Holidays & South India

Tropical Kerala offers a light introduction to India, with a wonderfully warm climate and outstanding beaches. Its magnificent Backwaters – a network of freshwater lakes and rivers stretching over 930 miles – provide a vital waterway for transporting people and their produce. On holidays to Kerala, an overnight houseboat is the perfect way to relax after a tour or tiger safari elsewhere in the country.
 
The jewel in Kerala’s crown is its Backwaters, best enjoyed by combining a stay at Kumarakom, a birding hot spot on the vast Vembanad Lake, with an overnight stay relaxing on a traditional rice houseboat. On Kerala houseboat holidays you can take in the traditional way of life of the local people, as you cruise along the canals and lakes. You can select your own dinner from the local fish market, which your crew will prepare in the delicious southern style whilst you enjoy the magnificent sunset.
 
Tamil Nadu in South India is renowned for its historic temples and many World Heritage sites, and can be combined with Kerala or enjoyed as a hoiliday on its own.
 
All our holidays can be tailormade so take a look at our sample holidays to Kerala and South India below, including some wonderful Kerala houseboat holidays, and if you'd like to start planning a trip, call us on 01582 766122 or send us an email.
 
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The spice trading port of Cochin (now called Kochi) is the gateway to this beautiful state on the southwest tip of India. Here you will be introduced to the cuisine of southern India, and its relaxed rural way of life. The tea producing hill station at Munnar is a popular stopover on holidays to Kerala, as is Periyar National Park where you can see wild Asian elephants, but tiger sightings here are rare.
 
Be sure to end with one of our Kerala houseboat holidays on the vast Backwaters. Then relax at a beach resort on the Arabian Sea, such as Kovalam with its warm shallow waters that are ideal for swimming. Throughout Kerala you will have the opportunity to participate in early morning yoga classes, and don’t forget to try out an Ayurvedic spa treatment, for which this region is world-famous.
 
South India is renowned for the temples of Tamil Nadu state. Chennai, a bustling port on the eastern Coromandel Coast since the 1st century, is the best starting point. Formerly known as Madras, it’s home to one of our most popular curries.
 
On holidays to Tamil Nadu you will be spoilt for choice, with many World Heritage Sites found in this state, such as the ancient shore temple and caves in the old port of Mahabalipuram and the Great Living Chola Temples at Thanjavur.
 
Wander through the French Quarter in Pondicherry, one of the last footholds of the retreating French in the 19th century, admire the famous Roman Catholic Church in Velankanni (the Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health) and visit some of the museums and art galleries of Trinchy, including the Rock Fort and Sri Jambukeshwara Temple - one of the five major Shiva temples of Tamil Nadu.
 
Take the train to Coimbatore to visit the hill station of Ooty, in the Nilgiri Hills and don’t overlook Mysore, famous for its many palaces and festivals. On holidays to Tamil Nadu also stop at Srirangapatnam, situated on an island in the Kaveri River and formerly the Summer Palace.
 
End your Tamil Nadu holiday in the garden city of Bangalore (now known as Bengaluru), the capital of Karnataka state and the Silicon Valley of India, before heading off to the beaches of Kerala to unwind.
Beautiful Kerala
IPS12K
12 NIGHTS
FROM £1,495
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See a more relaxed side of India on this wonderful holiday to beautiful Kerala in the southwest. From the port city of Cochin, once the centre of the spice trade, visit the tea plantations at Munnar & get up close to Asian elephants in Periyar. Stay overnight on a traditional Rice Houseboat, then relax on Kovalam beach. English speaking guides, private driver & all sightseeing included.
Periyar Asian Elephants India Kerala Houseboat Munnar Kovalam
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Cochin
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City Tour & Dutch Palace
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Thattekad
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Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
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Munnar
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Tea Plantations
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Periyar Elephants & Tigers Reserve
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Kerala Backwaters
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Rice Houseboat
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Kovalam Beach
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Cochin
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City Tour & Dutch Palace
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Thattekad
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Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
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Munnar
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Tea Plantations
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Periyar Elephants & Tigers Reserve
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Kerala Backwaters
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Rice Houseboat
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Kovalam Beach
Temples of South India
IPU15C
15 NIGHTS
FROM £1,795
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Travel to Southern India to explore its culture & cuisine, starting from Chennai (Madras). Visit the ancient stone structures at Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry & pilgrimage shrine to 'Our Lady of Velankanni'. Seer the temples of Thanjavur & Trichy, take the train to the hill station of Ooty, drive to the palaces of Mysore & garden city of Bangalore. English speaking city guides, private driver & sightseeing included.
Temple Tour Southern India Chennai Mahabalipuram Ooty Bangalore
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Chennai (Madras)
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Bay of Bengal
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Mahabalipuram Port
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Pondicherry
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Velankanni
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Thanjavur
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Trichy
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Ooty Hill Station
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Mysore
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Bangalore
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Chennai (Madras)
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Bay of Bengal
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Mahabalipuram Port
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Pondicherry
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Velankanni
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Thanjavur
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Trichy
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Ooty Hill Station
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Mysore
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Bangalore
Bandhavgarh Safari + Kerala Backwaters + Kovalam
IPK12M
12 NIGHTS
FROM £1,995
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Renowned for some of the best tiger sightings in India, visit Bandhavgarh National Park and peaceful Kerala. Fly to the port city of Cochin and tranquil lakes & backwaters of Kumarakom, with overnight stay on traditional rice houseboat. Complete your holiday relaxing on Kovalam beach, known for its Ayurvedic treatments. English speaking city guide, private driver, jeep safaris & sightseeing included.
Tiger Safari Kerala India Bandhavgarh Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
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Delhi
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City Tour
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India Gate
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Bhandhavgarh Tiger Reserve
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Tigers
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Jeep Safari
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Sloth Bear
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Mararikulam
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Indian Ocean Beaches
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Cochin
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Delhi
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City Tour
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India Gate
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Bhandhavgarh Tiger Reserve
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Tigers
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Jeep Safari
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Sloth Bear
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Mararikulam
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Indian Ocean Beaches
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Cochin
Temples of Tamil Nadu + Kerala
IPT14C
14 NIGHTS
FROM £1,995
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Explore the temples & cultures of Tamil Nadu in south India, with your own private driver/guide. Starting from Chennai (formerly Madras), visit the Shore Temple at Mahabalipuram, French-influenced Pondicherry & the temples of Tanjore & Madurai. See Periyar's wild elephants, stay on a Rice Houseboat & relax on the beautiful Kerala backwaters. English speaking guides & sightseeing included.
Photo Tamil Nadu Temple Tour Kerala Pondicherry Chennai Periyar
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Chennai (Madras)
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Mahabalipuram Port
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Pondicherry
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Tanjore
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Madurai
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Periyar
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Kerala Backwaters
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Rice Houseboat
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Kumarakom
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Cochin
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Chennai (Madras)
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Mahabalipuram Port
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Pondicherry
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Tanjore
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Madurai
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Periyar
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Kerala Backwaters
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Rice Houseboat
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Kumarakom
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Cochin
Best of India: Treasures of Rajasthan & Kerala
IPI18D
18 NIGHTS
FROM £2,495
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This holiday showcases the very best of India, starting from the ancient city of Delhi. Visit the magnificent Taj Mahal & explore the architectural & cultural treasures of Rajasthan - including Jaipur, Jodphur & Udaipur. Stay overnight on a traditional Rice Houseboat in Kerala, before relaxing on Kovalam Beach. English speaking city guides, private driver, tiger safari & excursions included.
Photo Kerala Houseboat India Taj Mahal Rajasthan Golden Triangle
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Delhi
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Taj Mahal
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Fatehpur Sikri
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Ranthambore Tigers
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Jaipur
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Jodhpur
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Udaipur
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Cochin
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Kumarakom Backwaters
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Kovalam Beach
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Delhi
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Taj Mahal
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Fatehpur Sikri
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Ranthambore Tigers
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Jaipur
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Jodhpur
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Udaipur
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Cochin
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Kumarakom Backwaters
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Kovalam Beach
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