Swaying palm trees, tranquil backwaters, fishing nets arching gracefully over rippling rivers – these are the images that draw people to Kerala from every corner of the world. But if you think you know all there is to know about Kerala –better think again!
Beyond the beaches and backwaters, away from the package resorts and tourist traps, Kerala is bursting with authentic culture and art forms that can leave you dizzy with their sheer beauty.
First and (we think) best of all, there’s the ancient civilisation of the River Nila – the place where The Blue Yonder’s journey began. Along the Nila’s banks we’ll introduce you to the musicians who put the pounding pulse into the famous Pooram temple festivals. You’ll witness folk music and dance performed with a passion that makes your hair stand on end, and learn from craftsmen who keep alive traditional crafts that survive here and nowhere else.
A journey into the Nilgiri hills can have you sampling spices and tasting teas in a shady plantation bungalow one day, and tracking tigers on foot the next. In the cloud forests of Wayanad you can wake up in the arms of a giant fig tree while the forest comes alive with the calls of birds, monkeys and giant squirrels. Travel here during the monsoon and you can shoot the rapids on rain-swollen creeks, mounted on a hand-built bamboo raft.
And then, of course, there are the backwaters. If you’re looking for the classic Kerala backwater houseboat experience, rest assured we work with only the most environmentally conscious houseboat owners. And if you want to cruise without the crowds, on a backwater all your own – well, we have our little secrets!
Wherever possible, our Kerala tours feature accommodation that meets best practices in responsible tourism – and just as importantly, has a story to tell. Our host properties include organic farms, colonial-era tea planters’ bungalows, and traditional Brahmin manor houses.
Check out the following itineraries, or contact us to start building an unforgettable Kerala holiday just for you.