Watch the sunset through the fishing nets of Kochi, stretch out on white-sand beaches, drift through the tranquil backwaters and rise at dawn to see the sunrise. This 7-day tour offers a quick introduction to the diversity of South India. Inhale the exotic perfume of cardamom as you stroll through spice gardens and unwind with some yoga in your free time. Meet the locals and spend the night with a local family on a tour that's all about authentic cultural experience.
Arrive in Kochi at any time. There are no planned activities. Check into to the hotel (check-in time is 12.00 midday) and enjoy the city.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Leaving early to avoid the heat, enjoy the Jewish Town with its old curio shops and the more than 400-year-old synagogue.
Travel afterwards to Alleppey, a golden streak of land woven with rivers, lakes, lagoons, and canals.
In the afternoon, we check out the island with a local English-speaking guide and learn about the way of life here. Afterwards, settle into a homestay and get to know your hosts.
Alleppey Guided Walk
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Travel to Kollam by bus after enjoying a morning ferry cruise.
Alleppey Ferry Cruise
Local bus (2.00 hour(s))
Enjoy lots of free time to explore the town, relax with an Ayurvedic massage, get treated by local healers, or visit the Varkala Temple.
Kollam Fishing Docks Visit
Neendakara Fishing Harbour Visit
Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))
Spend time wandering the peaceful gardens of an ashram devoted to Kerala's most eminent spiritual and social reformer and the mystical Janardhana Swamy Temple, or just head to the beach to relax and watch the Arabian Sea.
Travel to Kochi and take an orientation tour visiting Fort Kochi, St Francis Church, the Dutch cemetery, and the Chinese fishing nets.
In the late afternoon/early evening, opt to watch Kathakali dancing (a Kerala traditional dance form).
Train (3.50-4.00 hours)
Depart at any time.
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Very enjoyable week with an interesting mix of ages, 23-78, 5 nationalities, and a variety of backgrounds. A youngish guide who was on the ball when things did not go quite to plan especially transport! e.g. transfer to a public bus when a fault occurred half at way stop to Thekkaddy.Overall Rating
Very nice and relaxing tour through south of India, very nice and hard working tour leader, nice group, good hotels, perfect overall organizationOverall Rating
Our tour leader was great, he had lots of interesting ideas for optional programs!I enjoyed also the accommodations, all hotels and home stays were very comfortable and nice.Overall Rating
Overall represents very good value for moneyOverall Rating
Trip Name: Kerala Beaches & Backwaters
Duration: 7 Days
From Price: 407
Trip Code: 126325
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