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Kerala Beaches & Backwaters

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. 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.

  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: AHBB/126325
  • Starts: Kochi, India
  • Finishes: Kochi, India
You will Visit
  • Kochi

Itinerary

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Day 1: Kochi

Arrive at any time.
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.

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Day 2: Kochi/Alleppey

Check out the Jewish Quarter and the spice markets before continuing to Alleppey. Explore Alleppey with an orientation walk. Experience local life at a homestay, and enjoy a guided walk along the lagoon.
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.

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Day 3: Alleppey/Kollam

Explore the backwaters and its unique ecosystem on a ferry cruise. Transfer to Kollam.
Travel to Kollam by bus after enjoying a morning ferry cruise.

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Day 4: Kollam/Varkala

Enjoy lots of free time to explore the town, relax with an Ayurvedic massage, get treated by local healers, or visit the Varkala Temple.

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Day 5: Varkala

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.

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Day 6: Varkala/Kochi

Return to Kochi. Take an orientation walk to Fort Kochi, St Francis Church, and the Chinese fishing nets. Opt to take in a local Kathakali dance performance.
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).

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Day 7: Kochi

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Local Living: Alleppey Homestay, Alleppey
    • Orientation walks in Alleppey, Kollam, and Fort Kochi
    • Kerala boat tour
    • Morning ferry cruise on Alleppey's backwaters
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (twin-share) or hostels (multi-share) (5 nts), homestay (1 nt)
    • 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Bus, boat, taxi, tuk tuk
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Relax in the calm backwaters
  • Experience a local homestay
  • Chill out on quiet beaches
  • Explore ecosystems aboard an Alleppey ferry cruise
  • Sample South Indian cuisine.


Reviews (4)
Awdry R Posted on: 

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.

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Petra S Posted on: 

Very nice and relaxing tour through south of India, very nice and hard working tour leader, nice group, good hotels, perfect overall organization

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Stephanie J Posted on: 

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.

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Owen W Posted on: 

Overall represents very good value for money

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