Backwaters of Kerala
  • Tour Highlights
  • Cruise on the Kettuvallum Houseboat in the serene backwaters of Kerala.
  • Enjoy traditional family home dinners and home stays in the southern India.
  • Pamper yourself at the backwater resort with a soul soothing ayurvedic massage.
  • Visit the country side rich in spice, coffee and tea plantations.

Backwaters of Kerala

Kerala now competes with Royal Rajasthan to be India’s most popular tourist destination. While on the tour, you will be visit the harbour city of Cochin passing through the serene backwaters of Kerala. The highlight of the tour will be the backwater cruise at Kumarakom with meals being served under the open sky. The tour will end on the sandy beaches of Kovalam where you can stroll on the sandy beaches or opt for some ayurvedic massages at the resort. Kerala, also known as “God’s own country” is on the “must see places in a lifetime” by prominent travel magazine National Geographic.

This is a suggested tour. It can be tailor-made to suit your requirements. Please contact us for a tailor made tour.

Itinerary

Backwaters of Kerala- Day 01 – Arrive / Cochin
You will be met on arrival at Cochin International Airport and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon proceed for city tour of Cochin. During the tour with your well experienced guide, you will visit The Dutch Palace at Mattancherry, known for its wall murals depicting scenes from the Ramayana, The Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church - the oldest European church in India and built by the Portuguese in 1557 and The Chinese fishing nets. Overnight at Cochin.

Backwaters of Kerala- Day 02, Cochin / Periyar
After breakfast drive 4hrs through the scenic countryside dotted with plantations of rubber, cardamom, cocoa, green pepper and areca nut, to the wildlife reserve at Periyar. On arrival at Periyar check into your hotel. Afternoon free to explore the town known for various Spice and coffee plantations and Periyar Wild Life Reserve. Overnight at Periyar

Backwaters of Kerala - Day 03 – Periyar
Early morning after a hot cup of tea or coffee, you will proceed for jungle excursion by boat with your naturalist to see the wildlife in Periyar Reserve. After breakfast bullock cart ride to visit tea / coffee and spice plantations. Afternoon nature walk into forest with your naturalist. Overnight at a hotel in Periyar.

Backwaters of Kerala- Day 04, Periyar / Munnar
Morning game viewing by boat with your naturalist to see wild elephants and other wildlife of the national reserve. Afternoon drive to Munnar, the famous hill station of Kerala. Munnar is situated near the Anaimudi Peak, the highest peak in the Western Ghats. Arrive Munnar and check into your hotel for overnight.

Backwaters of Kerala - Day 05, Munnar
After breakfast excursion to Eravikulam National Park to see the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. On arrival hike into the national park to have a closed view of the Nilgiri Tahr. On return we will visit to tea gardens and the tea manufacturing units. Afternoon free to explore the beautiful hill station, once a famous summer destination of the British rule. Overnight at Munnar.

Backwaters of Kerala - Day 06, Munnar / Kumarakom
After Breakfast drive to 4 hrs Kumarakom. Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and is part of the Kuttanad region. An enchanting backwater destination, Kumarakom offers visitors many other leisure options. One can also visit the bird sanctuary here spread across 14 acres. Egrets, darters, herons, teals, waterfowls, cuckoo, wild ducks and the migratory bird, Siberian Stork can be seen here. The panoramic backwaters here offer an ideal retreat to enjoy nature at its best. On arrival check into one of the backwater resorts for overnight stay.

Backwaters of Kerala - Day 07, Kumarakom / Alleppey
After breakfast board your Kettuvallum Houseboat with a bedroom and en-suite rest room for your comfort which will cruise through the backwaters passing through the lakes and lagoons, rivers and the waterways. This is the best way to explore the villages and rural life. Enjoy the chirping of birds and occasional ripples in water and savor mouth watering delicacies prepared in front of you by your Kitchen crew. Spend the night on board the houseboat.

Backwaters of Kerala - Day 08, Kovalam / Kanya Kumari / Kovalam
Today you will take full day return excursion to Cape Camorin, the southernmost part of the Indian mainland. Kanya Kumari is a pilgrimage centre of Hindus and famous beach destination. Visit the Vivekananda Memorial and Gandhi Mandapam which are built about 400 metres offshore.

Backwaters of Kerala - Day 09, Kovalam
Spend the day at leisure or enjoy a soul soothing massage at the beach resort. Overnight at beachwater resort.

Backwaters of Kerala - Day 10, Kovalam / Departure
After breakfast transfer you will be transferred to airport or railway station for your onward destination.



Best time to Visit
Throughout the year

Itinerary Sketch

  • Day 1 - Cochin
  • Day 2 - Cochin / Periyar
  • Day 3 - Periyar
  • Day 4 - Periyar / Munnar
  • Day 5 - Munnar
  • Day 6 - Munnar / Kumarakom
  • Day 7 - Kumarakom / Alleppey
  • Day 8 - Kovalam / Kanya Kumari
  • Day 9 - Kovalam
  • Day 10 - Kovalam / Departure

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Tailor-made Suggestions
  • 2 nights trip to Varanasi, a hindu pilgrimage centre.
  • 2 nights trip to Chambal to see the crocodiles and gharials in river Chambal.
  • 3 nights trip Haridwar and Rishikesh to relax and rejuvenate