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Kerala With the Kids

Always wanted to explore India with your kids, but less keen on a jam-packed itinerary of forts, palaces and a cacophony of noise?

Where to go and what to see...

We’ve designed a trip with kids in mind to introduce your family to the pleasures of Southern India. This slow-paced, immersive trip takes in culture-rich Fort Kochi, pretty tea plantations, and the peaceful Keralan backwaters.

The Lowdown

  • Best for

    Kids aged 8+ and budding backpackers.

  • When to go

    For the best weather, go in the Christmas or Easter holidays.

  • Extend your trip

    If you have a beach-loving family, consider adding on a few days at Marari beach which is easily accessible within an hour of the backwaters.

  1. Welcome to India

    Your family adventure in South India will begin in Kochi. Stay in a colonial property in Fort Kochi, where nearby, fishermen pull in their catch using vast Chinese nets. In the evening watch a traditional Kathakali performance – an intricate masked dance that showcases Indian storytelling.

    The following day explore Mattancherry by rickshaw, where diverse religions have created a cultural melting pot. Take the ferry to Ernakulam, looking out for dolphins, before stopping for a vegetarian lunch served on a banana leaf.

     

  2. Riverside Living

    Change up the pace and head inland to Windemere River House for three nights. This tranquil riverside retreat, located on the banks of Periyar River, is the perfect setting for families. The lawn, gardens and pool are ideal for children to burn off energy and parents love the authentic atmosphere.

    From here there are plenty of activities to immerse yourselves in Indian culture. Cycle through coconut plantations, kayak on the river, or visit a traditional Keralan farmhouse to learn about rubber tapping followed by lunch with the family.

  3. Time for Tea

    Head further inland by road to spend time in the hilly tea-growing region. Here you’ll stay for three nights in a colonial tea bungalow, surrounded by bright-green tea fields. Get up close to the tea estates on a tour with Talayer where kids are fully immersed in the tea-making process – even coming away with their own unique brew.

    Visit a local charity in Munnar which has become an artisan natural dye workshop, employing disadvantaged young people. This is the place to buy one-of-a-kind souvenirs whilst doing good at the same time, then enjoy a delicious biryani lunch at the deli.

  4. Keralan Cruising

    For the last part of your trip, spend time on and around the lush backwaters of Kerala. Stay in a luxury cottage that sits alongside Lake Vembanad, giving guests easy access to activities such as canoeing, fishing and birdwatching.

    Explore the backwaters by day on a smaller vessel, away from the ubiquitous houseboats. You’ll find yourself going deeper into the backwaters, where you will discover remote villages where traditional way of life prevails. Take a deep breath and soak up your all-natural environment before your return flight to the UK.

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