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Kerala Backwaters Tour – 8 Days

Kerala, aptly called as God’s Own Country, is famous for its backwaters. In this tour, travelers spend their time sightseeing in the green hills of Munnar, which are mostly carpeted by tea plantation. Then, they

OVERVIEW OF THE TRIP

Trip:
Tour Type: Sightseeing and Cultural TourGuided Sightseeing Tour
Trip Duration: 8 Days
Max Altitude:
Trip Starts From: Kochi
Trip Ends At: Kochi
Trip Region: India
Best Season: 
September to March
Trip Level: Easy
Just about anyone can participate in one of these holidays. Minimum walking time is 2 hours and maximum walking time is approximately 5 hours a day. By the time you walk around a number of historical sites you’ll be surprised at how quickly the time passes. You do have the chance to take your time and there are plenty of places where you can rest if needed.
Trip Route: Kochi-Munnar-Kumarakom-Alappuzha-Kochi

Trip Information

Kerala, aptly called as God’s Own Country, is famous for its backwaters. In this tour, travelers spend their time sightseeing in the green hills of Munnar, which are mostly carpeted by tea plantation. Then, they leisurely cruise in Vembanad Lake. A houseboat journey takes them from Kumarakom to Alappuzha, also knows as Venice of the East. Spend a day sightseeing which includes kayaking in the narrow backwater canals. It is one of the best ways to enjoy the backwaters and observe the life and culture of the people of Kerala.


    ITINERARY

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kochi. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 02: Guided Sightseeing in Kochi. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 03: Drive to Munnar (4 Hours). Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 04: Guided Sightseeing in Munnar. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 05: Drive to Kumarakom (4.5 hrs). Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 06: Backwater Houseboat Ride to Alappuzha (6 Hours). Overnight at Houseboat.

  • Day 07: Backwater Kayaking and Sightseeing in Alappuzha (7 Hours)

  • Day 08: Drive to Kochi (1.5 Hours) and Flight Departure


    TRIP DETAILS

  • Day 1 – Arrive in Kochi

    Our airport representative will receive you at Cochin International Airport, Kochi. S/he will be displaying an Aarohi Holiday signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to the hotel in a tourist vehicle.

    If you arrive before 4 pm, there will be pre-trip meeting in the hotel. You will be briefed about your trip. Ask questions if you have any. And if you arrive after 4 pm, the meeting will be held the next day.
    Overnight at a hotel.(No meals included.)

  • Day 2 – Guided Sightseeing in Kochi

    Have breakfast in your hotel. Then today’s sightseeing starts. You will have a tour guide with you.

    The sightseeing tour covers fish market and Chinese fishing nets. These giant nets are believed to be brought by traders from China during the time of Kubla Khan. Visit the Dutch Palace in Mattancherry. It was a gift to the Raja of Kochi by the Portugese and later renovated by the Dutch. St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India, is also on the list of place you will visit. Then explore the Jew Town which has 400-year-old Paradesi Synagogue, the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations, and also explore spice market. And in the evening, enjoy traditional Kathakali dance performance.
    Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast Included)

  • Day 3 – Drive to Munnar (4 Hours)

    Start your day with lovely breakfast. Leave Kochi and take a drive to Munnar. The scenic road journey to this picturesque hill station takes about 4 hours. Munnar is known for its green tea plantations carpeted on the rolling hills. There is no planned activity today. You are free to explore on your own.
    Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast included.)

  • Day 4 – Guided Sightseeing in Munnar

    Enjoy your breakfast. Then your sightseeing begins. On the list of sites you will visit today includes: Eravikulam National Park. It is the first national park of Kerala. The park is home to the largest surviving population of Nilgiri tahr (mountain goats) who are considered endangered species. Other sites you will visit are: Mattupetty Dam, Tea Museum, Echo Point and Kundala Dam.
    Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast included.)

  • Day 5 – Drive to Kumarakom (4.5 Hours)

    AHave breakfast and check out of the hotel. Today take a drive to Kumarakom. The road journey takes about four and a half hours. Kumarakom is located on the shores of Vembanad Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Kerala and the longest in India. The lake is popular all over the world for its backwater houseboat experience. Once you reach the destination, check into a hotel. Then take a short trip to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, a favorite hang-out of migratory birds.
    Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast included.)

  • Day 6 – Backwater Houseboat Ride to Alappuzha (6 Hours)

    Morning is free for you to explore or do anything you like. There is no planned activity. Then check out of the hotel and move into a houseboat. They usually leave Kumarakom at around 11 or 12. Spend about 6 hours riding on a comfortable houseboat as it moves through Vembanad Lake. Spend your time in boat reading, sunbathing, birdwatching, fishing or just doing nothing. By the time the clock hits 5 or 5:30 pm, the houseboat reaches Alappuzha. Onboard you will be served traditional Kerala food items.
    Overnight at a houseboat. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.)

  • Day 7 – Backwater Kayaking and Sightseeing in Alappuzha (7 Hours)

    Breakfast will be provided in the houseboat. After breakfast, check out and transfer to a hotel in Alappuzha. Alappuzha, also known as Alleppey, is famous as Venice of the East. Today spend your day kayaking in narrow backwater canals that join larger lakes. It is one of the best ways to immerse in the beauty of Alleppey backwaters, interact with local villagers and experience their culture.

    You won’t kayak all the time of sightseeing tour. There will be right number of rest stops. The kayaks are sit-on-top, not the ones used in fast-flowing rivers. Lunch will be provided.
    Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast and lunch included.)

  • Day 8 – Drive to Kochi (1.5 Hours) and Flight Departure

    The trip ends today. Our airport representative will drop you off at Cochin International Airport in Kochi for your flight departure to home.
    (Breakfast included.)


    COST INCLUDES

  • Airport pick up and drop off on a tourist vehicle

  • Twin-sharing accommodation in three-star hotel for the duration of the tour including breakfast

  • All ground transportation by private tourist vehicle for sightseeing and transferring you between cities

  • Licensed English-speaking city guides in each place.

  • Licensed English-speaking tour guide/escort

  • Houseboat ride from Kumarakom to Alappuzha including lunch, dinner and breakfast and overnight stay in the houseboat

  • Full kayaking service in Alappuzha: kayaks, support boat, guide, lunch and others

  • All applicable hotel and transport taxes


    COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International and domestic airfare and airport departure tax

  • Travel insurance (mandatory for the trip)

  • Lunch and dinner (USD 12 to 20 a day depending upon your spending habit)

  • Monument entrance fees during sightseeing

  • Expenses of personal nature related to laundry, telephone calls, etc

  • Alcoholic and cold drinks

  • Personal clothing and equipment(Click on equipment tab )

  • Tips for guides/escort and drivers (Tipping is expected.)

  • Other expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section


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