Tea Estates, Munnar, Kerala, India

Kerala

Kerala, the better known and most-visited Southern Indian state, with its coconut fringed beaches, beautiful landscapes and backwaters, sets it apart from its neighbours.

Kerala holidays are perfect for a first-time visitor to India and an excellent holiday option for families.

The slow-flowing calm found in the network of lagoons and rivers known as the backwaters is wonderfully relaxing and a visit here offers an insight into a unique way of life.

Another fascinating aspect of Kerala is that beneath its relatively westernised surface, lies an ancient world of shamanistic beliefs that are celebrated each year in dramatic and colourful festivals. Kerala’s perfect climate suits the unique blend of culture and scenery and will never fail to entice visitors old and new.

Explore Kerala

  • Cochin
  • Marari Beach
  • Alleppey
  • Munnar
  • Periyar National Park

Experiences

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Rice Barge, Kerala, India

Explore the Keralan Backwaters

Stay overnight on board your own private houseboat and explore the peaceful canal-ways of this fascinating river system.

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Tea Plantation, Munnar, Kerala, India

Explore Kerala

Walk the lush green paddy fields of the plains, through spindly rubber plantations and blooming coffee plantations.

Colonial Spice Warehouse, Cochin, Kerala, India

Fort Kochi

Wander the streets of ram shackled Fort Kochi, with its mixing pot of cultures and religions, illustrating a fascinating past.

Woman picking Tea Leaves, Munnar, Kerala, India

Thekkady Tea Estates

Explore the tea estates in the hillside villages of Thekkady.

Spice, India

Kerala Market

Go shopping at the spice market, the ginger and clove factory or visit the weekly antiques market.

Rice Barge, Kerala, India

Spend a Day on a House Boat

Take time to spend a day relaxing on a traditional house boat on the Vembanad Lake.

Tea Estates, Munnar, Kerala, India

Munnar Tea Plantations

Visit the tea plantations of Munnar and experience spectacular scenery.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Spice Village £££££

  • India

Spice Village is a collection of individual cottages set in a landscaped spice garden in Thekkady, close to Periyar Wildlife Reserve.

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Windermere Estate £££££

  • India

Once the summer resort of the British Government in South India and set at the confluence of three mountain streams, Windermere is a 60-acre Cardamom Plantation known for its excellent hospitality.

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Brunton Boatyard £££££

  • India
  • City

Brunton Boatyard is an elegant colonial-style hotel with distinguished decor, a fantastic outdoor pool and an excellent selection of restaurants. Sophisticated and chic, heritage-style hotel with a superb seafood restaurant.

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Coconut Lagoon £££££

  • India

This traditional-style, eco-friendly hotel promising complete escapism. Individual cottages, called tharawads, are set amongst lawns and gardens amid a network of pools and waterways.

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Marari Beach Resort £££££

  • India
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Sprawled expansively across 25 acres of land, Marari Resort is separated from the sea by a windbreak of stretching palms. There are a mere 52 cottages, so the sense of space here is much more dramatic.

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Neeleshwar Hermitage £££££

  • India
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Neeleshwar Hermitage is a beach and spa hotel in northern Kerala. The resort is stunning in every way, with comfortable rooms, all beautifully designed and influenced by local fisherman’s huts, an excellent spa and unparalleled seafood at the beachside restaurant.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way.

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Charlotte Lawton

Charlotte is the Conde Nast Traveller chosen Specialist for Asia.

My strong sense of belonging in Asia stemmed from a childhood in Hong Kong and Nepal. My Grandmother was born in a tent in India. Some of my clearest memories are of walking through a dense, tropical jungle while hailstones the size of cricket balls rained down on us; of being carried on my father’s shoulders as we trekked through the Himalayas; my mother wearing flipflops on a snowy mountainside; and me falling into Dal Lake in Srinagar as we disembarked from our houseboat. 

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