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Holidays in South India.

Discover the hill stations, backwaters, spice plantations and coastal villages of Kerala and Karnataka, staying at the heart of village life.

The warmth of South India: Kerala and Karnataka

From the labyrinthine backwaters and Wayanad hills of Kerala, to the fishing villages and spice plantations of Karnataka, South India is a constant delight. Explore lush forests and sprawling plantations, discover charming hill stations and secluded beaches. Enjoy a stay in a wonderful, traditional-style houseboat, built and managed by the local communities. The gentle pace of life combined with spectacular scenery will delight and enthral.
Virtual Tour To Spice Village Hulgol, Karnataka

Our holidays in Kerala and Karnataka

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Spirit of the South

Spend time at the coast in Karnataka and explore the rubber plantations and banana groves of Mothakkara in the Wayand hills. Add to this the spice gardens at Hulgol and a stay on the community houseboat for an enchanting discovery of the magical South.

Tour Duration: 14 Nights

Starting Price £1,100 Per Person

Spice, Temples and Coast of Karnataka

Explore the ancient palatial remains of the ‘City of Victory’ at Hampi; immerse yourself in the spice market, cycle through verdant forest, and discover the secrets of the spice plantations in the charming hamlet of Hulgol; then spend a day at the coast visiting the fishing Harbour, the local market at Honnavar. A thrilling exploration of exotic Karnataka.

Tour Duration: 9 Nights

Starting Price £690 Per Person 


Hills and Backwaters of Kerala

Book-ended with a stay in historic Fort Cochin on the Malabar Coast, this holiday takes you high into the Western Ghats to the lush hillside village of Mothakkara, set among pepper, coffee, and banana plantations, before heading south to the palm-fringed rivers and lagoons to unwind on the houseboat. A wonderfully relaxing taste of Kerala.

Tour Duration: 11 Nights

Starting Price £870 Per Person 

fishing nets in Kochi

Christmas Special 2023

For a relaxing Christmas break, enjoy the warmth of Kerala in this very special small group trip. From the Wayanad Hills to the weaving backwaters, discover rural Kerala at its finest.

Tour Duration: 10 Nights

Starting Price £850 Per Person 

Onam Festival 2024

Kerala is a seductive place to visit at any time, but during the festival period of Onam, it becomes all the more vibrant, showcasing the local culture and traditions at their very best. Enjoy the music, parades, spectacular Vallam Kali snake boat races in Kochi. Relax onboard a community-owned houseboat and visit the wonderful hillside village of Mothakkara.

Tour Duration: 9 Nights

Starting Price £990 Per Person 



Customers reviews

What people say?

"We had a wonderful time. We were so well looked after by everyone from start to finish. Taxi drivers, guides and villagers could all not do enough for our safety and comfort. It’s also nice to come back from a holiday not only a little bit fitter but also to know that your trip has directly helped rather than damaged the places and people who you have visited."
Clare I
"A very important aspect of these holidays is the aim of sustainable development to keep these communities thriving. This takes a great deal of hard work from everyone involved with Village Ways and it would appear they are now being rewarded for this."
Janet O