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By Boat Through Narrow Backwaters


By Boat Through Narrow Backwaters

Backwaters And Cardamom Hills

Backwaters Of Kerala And The Cardamom Hills

6 Day Tour

 

01 Depart UK  
02 Arrive Cochin
  • Sightseeing At Fort Cochin
  • Kathakali Dance Performance
03 Thekkady
  • Spice Villages At Kumily
04 Thekkady
  • Elephant Back Ride At Kumily
  • Wildlife Boat Trip On Periyar Lake
05 Kumarakom
  • Descent From The Cardamom Hills
06 Kumarakom
  • Relax By Idyllic Lake Vembanad
07 The Backwaters
  • Overnight Rice Boat Trip
08 Beach
  • Beach Stay For Number Of Nights As Required
09

Depart Kerala

Arrive UK

  • Transfer To Airport

 

This Is A Private Tour With Your Own Vehicle And Driver-Guide

When To Go: July - April

The Classic Tour Of Kerala

Our most popular tour is a good mix of sightseeing and relaxation that is ideal for combining with a beach stay for a fabulous 2 week holiday in Kerala.

 

Relax upon arrival at Fort Cochin. Most flights into Cochin arrive in the morning, so you will have ample time to wander around the historic quarter and see the Chinese Fishing Nets, which are easily seen in one afternoon. 

 

Thekkady is Kerala’s most famous resort due to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary located around the jungle clad hills of Periyar Lake. You can go on a Boat Safari or a Guided Nature Walk to observe wild elephants.

 

Descending from the Cardamom Hills, you reach the tropical paradise of Kumarakom, perhaps the most beautiful resort in Kerala situated on the banks of the huge Vembanad Lake and a perfect place to relax for a few days.

 

A Backwater Journey by Private Rice Boat on the Kerala Backwaters is truly One Of The World’s Great Travel Experiences! Disembarking from Alleppey the beaches of Marari are a stone’s throw away. Alternatively head to the famous beach resort of Kovalam with great sea-bathing or quieter resorts in the vicinity like Chowara. 

 

Recommended For: Anyone who wishes to see the main sights of Kerala in a relaxed fashion.

Chinese Fishing Nets At Cochin

Chinese Fishing Nets At Cochin

 

Frescoes At Mattancherry Palace

Frescoes At Mattancherry Palace

 

The Old Harbour Hotel

The Old Harbour Hotel

 

On The Road To Periyar

On The Road To Periyar

 

Elephant Court

Elephant Court

 

Chilli, Black Pepper And Cinnamon

Chilli, Black Pepper And Cinnamon

 

The Coconut Lagoon – One Of The Most Famous Hotels In The World

The Coconut Lagoon – One Of The Most Famous Hotels In The World

 

Kumarakom

Kumarakom

 

Rice Boat Moored Along A Backwater

Rice Boat Moored Along A Backwater

 

Servings at the Rice Boat

Servings at the Rice Boat

 

Marari Beach And Seashells From Kovalam

Marari Beach And Seashells From Kovalam

 

Delicious Kerala Fish Curry

Delicious Kerala Fish Curry

Day 01 - Depart UK

Depart UK – Overnight flight.

 

Day 02 - Cochin 

Sightseeing At Fort Cochin With A Local Guide 

Cochin is a cosmopolitan and bustling city that features the oldest church in India: the Church of St Francis built in 1503 by the Portuguese. You can also visit Mattancherry Palace, a 16th-century Dutch building whose interior houses a Hindu temple and museum with fascinating costumes and murals.

 

The Old Town with its Jewish Synagogue and surrounding quarter of are also worth a visit for their architectural interest and quaint shops, selling everything from wooden carvings to exotic spices.

 

The famous Chinese Fishing Nets built along the northern shores of Fort Cochin are highly photogenic wooden structures, with a careful counterweight-design evolved through the centuries.

 

You can if you wish, end your evening with a performance showcasing Kerala’s fabulous Kathakali Dances.

 

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

Boutique Hotel: The Old Harbour Hotel

 

Day 03 - Thekkady 

Drive Through The Cardamom Hills

Just a few hours' drive away from Kerala’s coast, are the famed Western Ghats of South India. These forested hilltops rise above valleys with exotic spice and tea plantations, lakes and wildlife sanctuaries. 

 

Abraham Spice Garden And Kumily Spice Villages 

Visit the most famous Spice Garden in Kerala, where aromatic plants like cardamom, vanilla, cloves, pepper and nutmeg with delight your senses.

 

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

4 STAR: Elephant Court

 

Day 04 - Thekkady 

Wildlife Safari At Periyar National Park

The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary has 777 square kms of forestland with unique biodiversity. There are some 750 elephants, herds of Indian Bison, Wild Boar, Sambar, Barking Deer, Mouse Deer, Indian Wild Dog and four species of primates including the rare Lion-tailed Macaque. Most elusive of all are about 40 Indian Tigers and Leopards.

 

Most people experience this with a 2-3 hour boat trip around the Periyar Lake (Upper Deck seats are booked) which is great for close encounters with elephants that feed at the edge of the waterline. However those with a close interest in wildlife and nature should consider half-day Guided Nature Walks in to the beautiful forest on jungle trails. 

 

Elephant Back Ride Through Kumily Village

Highly popular Elephant Back Rides through the village of Kumily are possible on numerous well-kept and looked after domesticated elephants at Thekkady.

 

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

4 STAR: Elephant Court

 

Day 05 - Kumarakom 

Descent From The Western Ghats

Journey back down to the coastal plains and reach Kottayam, the gateway to Kerala Backwaters.

 

In Kerala, the ‘backwaters’ refer to an interconnecting system of lakes, lagoons and natural waterways that link tiny settlements and farms, and which are still used by locals as a sort of aquatic highway.

 

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

4 STAR: Coconut Lagoon

 

Day 06 - Kumarakom 

Relax At Kumarakom  

Kumarakom is a unique backwater destination situated on the banks of the Vembanad Lake. It is an unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals adorned with white lilies.

 

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

4 STAR: Coconut Lagoon

 

Day 07 - Backwaters 

The Backwaters

An overnight boat journey through Kerala’s Kuttanad Country, a 75km stretch of shimmering waterways incorporating rivers, lagoons and lakes is one of the World’s Great Travel Experiences.

 

The waterways are lined by swaying palm trees and Chinese Fishing Nets, cooled by a gentle breeze, and studded with water hyacinths. All kinds of craft ply these waters ferrying cargoes of spice, rice, nuts, coir (coconut fibre), copra (dried coconut) and people. 

 

Your Luxury Private Rice Boat 

Kerala’s house boats are known for their unique design and use of local material such as bamboo. They feature fully furnished A/C bedrooms with attached bathrooms and have a sun deck and private balcony.

 

Each boat has a fully equipped kitchen and an experienced cook to prepare authentic Keralan cuisine using seafood specialties and fresh vegetables. 

 

RICE BOAT JOURNEY – Kumarakom To Alleppey

Cruises start at 12:00 noon when your Rice Boat collects you direct from the jetty of your Kumarakom hotel. You will initially cruise through the vast Vembanad Lake the largest natural lake in Kerala. Then enter the highly scenic narrow waterways that flow into the lake from the lush Kuttanad region. At some places you can see below water level paddy cultivation.

Reach Moonnattinmugham for night anchoring.

 

Day 08 - To Kerala’s Beaches

 

In the morning, the cruise continues towards Alleppey Jetty where you disembark at 10:00 am 

 

Mararikulam Beach  

Marari’s great advantage is that it is only 20 minutes from the Rice Boat landing point at Alleppey. It offers endless miles of soft white sand backed by coconut groves and a local fishing community. It is one of India's best-kept secrets and the perfect retreat for those desiring a peaceful and relaxing holiday in a natural, exotic location. 

 

Kovalam

Located about 3 hours south of Alleppey on the National Highway. Kovalam is a group of three crescent shaped beaches that make up one of the best known resorts in India. The beaches lie inside sandy crescents that are ideal for sea-bathing with headlands at each end, the most popular being the Lighthouse Beach. 

 

Poovar

A unique mixture of beach and backwater 30 minutes to the south of Kovalam where a narrow sand bar with a beach holds back a very pretty estuary and lagoon. The hotels are built along the banks of the lagoon and the beach is reachable by boat. Many hotels here are also only reachable by boat. 

NOTE: You can choose as many beach nights as you require.

 

Depart Kerala

 

Depart Kerala – Daytime flights arrive back in UK the same day.

NOTE: If you do not require a beach stay, you may need to add a stopover night at Cochin prior to your departure.

Backwaters Of Kerala And The Cardamom Hills

Room And Breakfast (Rice Boat: Full Board)
Based On 2 Persons Sharing Room

 

SUMMER: 01/05 – 30/09 WINTER: 01/10– 30/04

 

FEATURED TOUR – LAND HOLIDAY ONLY
  SUMMER 2015 WINTER 2015
FIRST CLASS HOTELS £648 PP £810 PP
STANDARD 3 STAR HOTELS £522 PP £652 PP

 

FEATURED TOUR - WITH FLIGHT PACKAGE (LHR)
  SUMMER 2015 WINTER 2015
FIRST CLASS HOTELS £1188 PP £1332 PP
STANDARD 3 STAR HOTELS £1062 PP £1172 PP

 

*Based On Lowest Non – Peak Period Airfares

 

FLIGHTS AND AIRFARES TO KERALA

INCLUDES

  • Escorted tour of Kerala in an air-conditioned vehicle with English speaking driver.
  • All entry fees for places of interest as described in itinerary including Boat Ride or Guided Nature Walk at Periyar Lake National Park.
  • Services of local English speaking guide at Cochin.

 

OFFERS AND DISCOUNTS

  • Children under 6 years of age sharing parents bed are given the land tour FREE OF CHARGE!!
  • Special rates available for 2 adults and 1 child sharing triple room.
  • Discounts available for families and groups.
  • Flight and accommodation supplements may apply at peak periods.

 

TAILOR MADE ALTERATIONS

  • You are welcome to suggest changes or alterations such as a more relaxed tour with fewer activities, additional nights at places that may interest you.
  • Tell us about any special interests and we will incorporate them in to your tour schedule.

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