Experience a unique combination trip through the beautiful and magnificent backwaters of Kerala. You will enjoy a couple of active days kayaking through the canals and enjoy relaxing time at a houseboat. During the trip you will not only be able take in the serene surroundings, but also meet the local villagers for a peek into the lifestyle in the country side.
Included: Accommodation: In hotel of your choice of “Budget” or “Comfort” (see “Rates” and “Type of Accommodation”)
Meals: 3 Breakfast, 1 Lunch and 1 dinner.
Transport: AC car w/road taxes and parking fees.
Guide: Chauffeur who speaks basic English. Local kayaking guide during Kayaking only.
Others: Kayaking equipment. Not included: · Meals other than the one mentioned in “Included in the price”.
· Visas, travel insurance (compulsory)
· Entry fees at the monuments
· Personal guide for the whole trip
All other expenses not stated as included in the above.
· Kayak through Kerala's backwaters and meet villagers, understand their culture and enjoy their hospitality
· Enjoy the slow pace which allow you to take in the rice fields, green paddy fields, coconut grooves and generally pristine nature
· Enjoy Kerala's cuisine on the houseboat whilst kicking back and relaxing in the magical surroundings of the backwaters
Day 1: Arrive in Cochin – Alleppey
Welcome to Kerala!
Arrive in Cochin/Trivandrum where you will meet our representative and transfer to Alleppey and check-into hotel and if time permits you may go for Kayaking in the backwaters of Alleppey.
Kayaking is the best way to explore the backwaters of Kerala, impacting minimal on the environment. The expedition presents an opportunity to meet villagers, understand their culture and enjoy their hospitality – all essential ingredients for responsible travelling.
Overnight at your hotel.
Please make extra table lines if more days are needed!
Day 2: Alleppey
After breakfast, continue kayaking and explore the backwaters of Kerala – God's own country.
Today's kayaking will take you through the village of Champakkulam – a part of Kuttanad. This area is known as the rice bowl of Kerala and is resplendent in green paddy fields, coconut groves etc. The network of water channels and canals you traverse today takes you through uninhabited areas, vast paddy fields and pristine nature. In the years gone, these waterways were used for transporting rice and vegetables for trading.
Birdwatchers would be able to spot eagles, kingfishers, herons, egrets and many more. It may also be possible for you to go fishing with a local fisherman while he casts his net. He will be able to teach you the nuances of the local way of angling.
After the trip come back to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Alleppey – Houseboat
After breakfast, checkout from your hotel and transfer to the houseboat. Board the houseboat and prepare to take in the beauty of Kerala's backwaters. Kick back and relax while the boat cruises and enjoy the narrow serene backwater canals. On the way, you will have your lunch and evening tea/coffee with snacks. Continue the cruise through the backwaters in a different direction to experience villages and country life of the locals. You may see great varieties of migratory birds from different parts of the world from the houseboat.
In the evening at about sunset, the boat is anchored. Enjoy your dinner and the rest of your evening on the houseboat far away from polluted cities and maddening crowds. The Only disturbance will be twinkle of a shining star or the fishes that dive around you and peep out to say hello by waving their tail from the water. Most of the time there is a provision of Direct to Home satellite connection and television on the houseboat for entertainment when the boat is anchored.
Overnight stay at the Houseboat.
Day 4: Alleppey – Cochin
The houseboat starts cruising early morning. After Breakfast, check out from the houseboat and drive back to Cochin from where you may proceed to your next destination.
Kayak throught Kerala's backwaters and explore the lifestyle and culture of the local people, Relax and take in the magical surroundings staying at a houseboat departing Alleppy, Enjoy Kerala's cuisine on the houseboat served by the houseboat cruise staff.
Child age: Up to and including 6 years of age.
Child price: 1 child is free of charge if sharing bed with parents. Children aged over 6 years will be treated as adult.
This trip is not recommended for: children up to the age of 6 years due to Kayaking.
Budget: Guest House in standard room with private bathroom - 1 star hotel or similar
Upgraded Budget: Budget hotel in standard room with private bathroom - 2 star hotel or similar
Comfort: Deluxe/Standard room with private bathroom - 3 star hotel or similar
AC car for the transfers,Kayaking,Houseboat
Throughout the year - Kerala experiences pleasant weather throughout the year.
The best time to visit Kerala is in the months October to March,
which is also the peak season for Kerala visits.
June to August is the time for Monsoon.