Maldives-Kerala combo holidays: the perfect mix of relaxation and culture

Male', Maldives, June 12 2013

Kerala Hill Station - Photo from 

With the Maldives and southern India being so close geographically and excellent transport links between the two countries, growing number of travellers are discovering the benefits of combining a holiday in the Maldives with Kerala.

While the Maldives is famous over the world for its stunning white beaches and shimmering turquoise lagoons, the southern Indian state of Kerala is yet to become equally as well-known as a tourist hotspot. But more and more travellers are starting to discover Kerala’s charms, and spending a few days in Kerala before heading to the neighbouring Maldives is proving to be a popular choice of holiday style. Tourists can explore Kerala’s fascinating culture and bustling historical towns before heading to the Maldives to relax on a perfect white sandy beach on a private island.

With Maldivian, it takes just 1 hour 20 minutes from Trivandrum in south-west Kerala to Male’ in the Maldives. Trivandrum, also known as ‘the evergreen city of India’ is the gateway to exploring the treasures of Kerala. Highlights include fascinating Hindu and Buddhist temples, Colonial architecture, Ayurvedic retreats, traditional house boats and rustic hill stations. There are also cultural shows and festivals throughout the year. Travellers can explore the region by train, bus or private hire vehicle.

When they have had their fill of Keralan culture, in little more than one hour’s flight, travellers can find themselves in the sunny Maldives. The most unique concept about the Maldives is that every single resort is located on its own individual private island, offering the utmost in privacy and seclusion. So after the bustling atmosphere of India’s towns and villages, what better place to relax and work on your sun-tan?