Kerala Family Holiday
This relaxing Kerala family holiday takes you through the lush fertile countryside of this region, from mist-clad tea plantations to gorgeous white sandy beaches backed by swaying palms. Accommodation is in small family-run boutique guesthouses where you are made to feel like a long-lost friend making it ideal for families with children of all ages.
Watch a colourful Kathakali dance
Explore the tea plantations of Munnar
Nature walk through a wildlife park
Swim in a waterfall
Bike through the backwaters
Relax on a picture perfect beach
15 days from £1,850 pp
Plus international flights from £600
A 2-week Kerala family holiday will cost from £7,400 for a family of four, plus international flights.
When considering where to travel in India, it is worth bearing in mind that Rajasthan and Northern India are considerably cheaper than Kerala and the South.
A standard two week holiday for a family of four in Rajasthan will start from around £5,000
based on characterful heritage hotels (many with pools) and private transport. This excludes international flights.
If you would like to upgrade to more luxurious heritage hotels (particularly in Delhi where accommodation is expensive), the price will start from £6,000 for a two week holiday for a family of four.
A holiday in Kerala and the south will be considerably more expensive than this, particularly as hefty supplements apply over Christmas and the New Year when most families wish to visit. A 2-week trip in this region will start from £7,500 for a family of four, excluding international flights.
All prices exclude international flights. These start from £450 per person to Delhi and £600 per person to Kochi (Cochin) from London. We will be very happy to provide a flight quote for you from your nearest airport. Please ask us for details.
Flights are available for booking approximately 11 months in advance. If travelling during UK school holidays we suggest that you book your flights as far in advance as possible to get the best fares. Prices will rise considerably the closer to departure that you book.
Our tours in India are open for all age-groups and will be tailored to the ages of your children.
Rest assured that you have 100% financial protection if you book with us, as we are members of the Travel Trust Trade . All monies paid to us by you are deposited into a trust account and the funds are only released to Stubborn Mule after you have completed your holiday.
All you need to do is let us know a few key details about you and your family and we will do the rest. After a chat to understand more about you, we can produce an itinerary as a starting point and you can review this as many times as you need to until we get it just right.
Kerala Family Holiday day-to-day itinerary
Arrive in Kochi where you will be met by a Stubborn Mule Travel representative and taken to your hotel.
Kochi (or Cochin) is set on a cluster of islands and narrow peninsulas and has one of the best natural harbours in the world. The famed ‘Malabar Spices’ were exported from this very port, bringing to Kochi visitors as varied as the Arabs, the Dutch, the Portuguese and, finally, the British. All of them have left their mark on the architecture, making Kochi one of the most unique and fascinating towns in India.
Day 2 Kochi
In the morning enjoy a city tour of Fort Cochin. First stop is Kochi harbour where the children will enjoy seeing the traditional Chinese fishing nets suspended over the water. Elsewhere in the old city it seems like you are walking through the pages of a history book. Explorers will be inspired by St Francis Church, the oldest church in India and the burial place of Vasco da Gama, but there is also a 17th century Jewish Synagogue and a Dutch Palace. This place really is a melting pot of different cultures all coming together in a uniquely Indian style.
The afternoon is free and in the evening you will see a Kathakali Dance Performance in which local dancers are intricately made up as demons and superhuman beings. Only men are allowed to perform but they adorn themselves in huge skirts and headdresses, and their faces are incredibly elaborately made up.
Day 3 Kochi – Munnar
Head into the hills, with a drive to Munnar of around 4 hours. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book streets with old Raj style bungalows, winding lanes and cool air make Munnar a perfect place for a relaxed couple of days.
The afternoon is free for you to wander around.
Day 4 Munnar
A day excursion to Eravikulam National Park to get up close to some of the world’s last Nilgiri tahr (a variety of mountain goat or ibex). Existing only in the mountain grasslands of the Western Ghats at altitudes above 2,000m (6,400 ft), the tahr is an endangered as the tiger, with fewer than 2,000 left. Of course, sighting what is basically a goat, no matter how rare, may not be as exhilarating as spotting a tiger, but your chances are far higher! In fact the tahrs have grown so used to visitors that you can usually get within a few yards of them. Aside from the tahr, the views across the mountains are stunning.
Day 5 Munnar – Thekaddy
After breakfast take a beautiful drive with incredible views to Thekkady (about 3 hours). The afternoon is free for you to relax and enjoy the panoramas of the Cardamom Hills.
Read More Day 6 Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary In the morning take a nature walk through the sanctuary, following a 4km route that offers an excellent opportunity to watch birds, butterflies and other wildlife. The trails pass through evergreen and moist deciduous forests interspersed with marshy grasslands. Later in the day take a boat trip on Periyar Lake. The reserve is centred around a vast artificial lake and a boat trip offers one of the best ways of seeing a range of wildlife as you can watch the animals as they come to drink from the lake at dusk. Although tigers usually prove elusive you will often see the elephants at the lake shore. Day 7 Thekkady – Teekoy Day 8 Teekoy Day 9 Teekoy – Allapuzha You spend the night on a Kerala houseboat known as a Kettuvallam. This is one of the most tranquil and relaxing things you can do in India. There is a large open sitting area where you can relax and watch the world go by, sipping from a tender coconut and enjoying the sheer peace of the surroundings. Freshly cooked Indian food and chilled beer make the experience even more enjoyable! Day 10 Allapuzha Day 11 Allapuzha Day 12 Allapuzha – Mararikulam Day 13 – 14 Mararikulam Day 15 Mararikulam – Kochi
Head into the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, a beautiful nature reserve in the hills that is home to a large population of wild elephants as well as a small number of tigers (that are notoriously difficult to spot). The landscape here is gorgeous with lush grasslands sandwiched between lakes and thickly forested hills.
After breakfast drive around 3 hours to the small hill station of Teekoy, near the origin of the Meenachil River. Here you will stay as guests on a homestay, right in the heart of a working plantation of vanilla, coffee and rubber. Your hosts – Rani and ‘Baby Matthew’ – are charming and Rani is a wonderful cook who will conjure up delicious meals in her immaculate kitchen! The surrounding landscape is stunningly beautiful with mist clad hilltops, cascading waterfalls, rolling knolls cloaked in emerald green and evergreen tea gardens.
A full day to explore the plantations around your homestay. You can swim in the natural pools of the Meenachil River, take a walk through the nearby plantations or perhaps take a short tour through the spice gardens.
Drive to Allapuzha (around 2 hours), a bustling town south of Kochi and a major trading centre for the coir industry. It is also the centre of Kerala’s backwaters with many interesting homestays in villages around the town. Bordered by the Arabian Sea in the west and with a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh-water rivers crossing it, this backwater country shelters some unique animal and birdlife.
Disembark your house boat after breakfast and head to a wonderful old heritage home on Kerala’s backwaters. Time can be spent watching the toddy tappers climbing the tall palm trees, walking among the paddy fields or along the river banks, or rowing through the narrow canals in a country boat. This area will give the children a real insight into rural life in this part of India.
A full day to relax and enjoy exploring the surrounding area. You can borrow bikes and follow small quiet roads through local villages, take a cruise through the narrow channels of the backwaters on a rowing boat or wander through the nearby villages.
A short drive of just 30 minutes take you to Mararikulam for three nights on the beach. Situated 56 km south of Kochi and just a few kilometres north of Allapuzha, Mararikulam offers a fabulous stretch of soft sandy beach fringed with swaying palms. Life in the village still goes on much as it did a hundred years ago, with the men going out to sea each day to earn a living bringing in the daily catch. It is an idyllic retreat for those who want to ‘get away from it all’.
Two full days to relax and enjoy the beach.
Transfer to Kochi Airport for your flight home.
Day 6 Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
In the morning take a nature walk through the sanctuary, following a 4km route that offers an excellent opportunity to watch birds, butterflies and other wildlife. The trails pass through evergreen and moist deciduous forests interspersed with marshy grasslands.
Later in the day take a boat trip on Periyar Lake. The reserve is centred around a vast artificial lake and a boat trip offers one of the best ways of seeing a range of wildlife as you can watch the animals as they come to drink from the lake at dusk. Although tigers usually prove elusive you will often see the elephants at the lake shore.
Day 7 Thekkady – Teekoy
Day 8 Teekoy
Day 9 Teekoy – Allapuzha
You spend the night on a Kerala houseboat known as a Kettuvallam. This is one of the most tranquil and relaxing things you can do in India. There is a large open sitting area where you can relax and watch the world go by, sipping from a tender coconut and enjoying the sheer peace of the surroundings. Freshly cooked Indian food and chilled beer make the experience even more enjoyable!
Day 10 Allapuzha
Day 11 Allapuzha
Day 12 Allapuzha – Mararikulam
Day 13 – 14 Mararikulam
Day 15 Mararikulam – Kochi
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