The best known of India’s southern states, Kerala is the country’s most verdant and relaxed. It is undoubtedly one of India’s most beautiful and the slow pace of life in ‘god’s own country’ is ideal for unwinding and getting back to nature.
Where should I go?
Kerala has something for virtually every taste. Step into the tea-clad hills around Munnar for spectacular treks and walking. Relax aboard a converted ricebarge as you paddle through the languid backwaters watching life unfold. Join a cookery class at a homestay to discover the secrets of timeless family recipes. With its long coastline, spice and coconut plantations, meals in Kerala are a foodie’s delight.
In Tamil Nadu – the colourful neighbour of Kerala – Hinduism dominates nearly every aspect of life. If you only visit one temple, make sure it’s the Sri Meenakshi in Madurai. Balancing on each other’s heads and packed up tightly between kings and warriors, millions of gods smother its towering gopurams in a riot of colour that has you reaching for your sunglasses.
Elsewhere, discover a little piece of France in Pondicherry with its curry and croissants. And Chettinad demands a leisurely few days of pottering – wander around abandoned mansions, cycle down quiet lanes and unearth amazing antiques in the region’s markets.
Wherever you visit, you’ll be greeted by wonderful people. After all, Kerala is known as India’s smiliest state. To begin your adventure, talk to our equally friendly team.