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Keralan Backwater Experience

Keralan Backwater Experience 15 Days / 13 Nights

If you are looking to explore the backwaters, which are easily the most tempting tourist highlight in Kerala, this is the tour you should opt for! On the tour, you get an opportunity to spend time at captivating backwaters on the Malabar Coast, Kumarakom and Alappuzha. Also, you can explore the rich colonial past of Cochin, wildlife at Periyar National Park and the hilly beauty of Munnar.

 

Tour Nights

  • Cochin: 2 nights
  • Munnar: 2 nights
  • Thekkady: 2 nights
  • Kumarakom: 2 nights
  • Kerala House Boat: 1 nights
  • Alleppey: 1 nights
  • Kovalam: 3 nights

Tour At a Glance

  • Tour through the colonial city of Cochin
  • Spot wildlife whilst trekking through Periyar National Park
  • Revel in the pleasures of a house boat in Alleppy
  • Evening Sunset boat trip in Lake Periyar
  • Enjoy Sunset at the Kanyakumari – "The Lands End of India"
  • Tour code: STI25
  • Accommodation Grade
  • Private Tour

Itinerary details

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Day 1

UK to Cochin

Depart from UK an overnight flight to Cochin. Read More

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Day 2

Cochin

Arrive in Cochin and transfer to your hotel for two nights. Set amidst lagoons and backwaters on the Malabar Coast, Cochin is also known as the ‘Venice of the East’. Over the centuries Europeans have traded ivory, spices and teak. The British, Dutch and Portuguese left their influence on this great city. Afternoon a Sunset harbour cruise to see Bolgahtty Island and the Chinese fishing nets. Read More

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Day 3

Cochin

Morning city tour visiting the Dutch Palace, with its 17th century murals of Ramayana. The Jewish Synagogue, built in 1568, contains the Grand Scroll of the Old Testament. Also visit Fort Cochin and St Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. Vasco de Gama, who discovered India, was first buried here. Afternoon a chance to see the famous Kathakali dance performance (Optional), a traditional folk dance of Kerala, enacting stories from the Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabhartha. Read More

Munnar

Day 4

Cochin to Munnar

Depart by road to Munnar, a hill resort in the midst of cardamom and tea plantations, on the Western Ghats. Situated on the confluence of three mountain streams, this British summer retreat of the Raj has lakes, reservoirs and lush green forests. Munnar is a major centre for the tea industry in Kerala. In the afternoon explore the town. Two nights stay in Munar. Read More

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Day 5

Munnar

Visit to tea and spice plantations to see how the crops are grown. Munnar is close to Anaimudi (2695m), the highest peak in South India and offers plenty of nature walks. Optional visit to the nearby Mattupetty Dam Evarikulam National park to see the Nilgiri Thar (wild goat). This park is also rich in varieties of bird life. Read More

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Day 6

Munnar to Periyar

Post Breakfast, drive to Periyar.
​Periyar National Park, noted for its elephant herds and a rich variety of bird life. Two nights stay in Periyar.
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Day 7

Periyar

Morning at leisure and take afternoon boat ride in the lake Periyar in search of wildlife. Read More

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Day 8

Periyar to Kumarakom

After breakfast drive to Kumarakom. Accommodation consists of comfortable cottages with a swimming pool and Ayurvedic massage facilities. Two nights stay in Kumarakom. Read More

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Day 9

Kumarakom

A day at leisure to relax on the shores of the Vembanad Lake. At your leisure visit the nearby bird sanctuary or a local village. Read More

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Day 10

Kumarakom to Backwaters

After breakfast board the riceboat and cruise slowly through the palm-fringed waterways of the Vembanad Lake. Your captain and cook will accompany you. See life in the backwaters as you pass through various villages. Overnight on board the houseboat. Read More

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Day 11

Backwaters to Alappuzha

Morning leave the houseboat in Alappuzha (Alleppey), an enchanting backwater destination famous for coir and carpet products, fish and lakes. Every year a boat race is held here and features the gigantic snake-boats of Kerala. Afternoon tour of the town includes a visit to a coir factory. Overnight stay in Allepy Read More

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Day 12

Alappuzha to Kovalam

Morning train to Trivandrum and transfer to Kovalam, an uncluttered beach of silver sands with rows and rows of tall palm trees. Reminder of the day at leisure. Three nights stay in Kovalam. Read More

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Days 13-14

Kovalam

At leisure. During your stay you will be provided with a day excursion to Kanyakumari (Cape Cemorin) ’The Lands End of India' where the India Ocean, Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal meet, visiting Padmanabhapuram Palace Suchindram en route. Sunset at the Lands End is spectacular. Read More

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Day 15

Trivandrum (Kovalam) to UK Departure

Transfer to the International airport in Trivandrum towards your onward journey to UK with sweet memories. Read More

Dates and Prices

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Extension

Chennai - ( 03 Nights ) (Day 15 to Day 18)
  • Period of travel
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    Single Room Supp (pp)
  • 16 Apr - 30 Sep

    £435

    £305

  • Period of travel
    Price (pp)
    Single Room Supp (pp)
  • 16 Apr - 30 Sep

    £485

    £345

Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, is a city of vibrant joys and festivities where religion & traditions bind the populace in a bond of warmth and wellbeing.

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Day 1

To Chennai

Post breakfast, transfer to the airport and proceed towards your onward journey to Chennai. Upon arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights stay in Chennai. Read More

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Day 2

To Chennai

Morning visit to the temple city of Kanchipuram. In the afternoon, visit the scenic shore temples at Mahabalipuram. Read More

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Day 3

To Chennai

Morning visit Chennai city tour including George Town (the original Madras) and the Chennai Museum. Afternoon fly from Chennai to Trivandrum. Read More

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Day 4

To UK

Transfer to the International airport in Trivandrum towards your onward journey to UK with sweet memories. Read More

Hotels

  • ABAD Green Forest
    ABAD Green Forest
    Thekkady

     

  • Back Waterripples
    Back Waterripples
    Kumarakom

     

  • Abad Harmonia Ayurveda Beach Resort
    Abad Harmonia Ayurveda Beach Resort
    Kovalam

     

  • The Renai Cochin
    The Renai Cochin
    Cochin

     

  • ABAD Copper Castle
    ABAD Copper Castle
    Munnar

     

  • Citrus Backwater Spa Retreat
    Citrus Backwater Spa Retreat
    Alleppey

     

  • AC Dlx. House Boat
    AC Dlx. House Boat
    Kumarakom

     

  • The Mountain Courtyard Thekkady
    The Mountain Courtyard Thekkady
    Thekkady

     

  • Back Waterripples
    Back Waterripples
    Kumarakom

     

  • Uday Samudra Beach Hotel
    Uday Samudra Beach Hotel
    Kovalam

     

  • Holiday Inn
    Holiday Inn
    Cochin

     

  • Fragrant Nature Munnar
    Fragrant Nature Munnar
    Munnar

     

  • AC Dlx. House Boat
    AC Dlx. House Boat
    Kumarakom

     

  • Ramada Alleppey
    Ramada Alleppey
    Alleppey

     

  • Spice Village
    Spice Village
    Periyar

     

  • The Zuri
    The Zuri
    Kumarakom

     

  • The Leela Kovalam
    The Leela Kovalam
    Kovalam

     

  • Crowne Plaza
    Crowne Plaza
    Kochi

     

  • Fragrant Nature Munnar
    Fragrant Nature Munnar
    Munnar

     

  • Citrus Backwater Spa Retreat
    Citrus Backwater Spa Retreat
    Alleppey

     

  • AC Dlx. House Boat
    AC Dlx. House Boat
    Kumarakom

     

The Mountain Courtyard Thekkady

Thekkady
  • The Mountain Courtyard Thekkady

Situated at Spring Valley, about 3 kms from Thekkady, in 4.5 acres of verdant greenery, the Mountain Courtyard places you in the pristine lap of nature.

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Back Waterripples

Kumarakom
  • Back Waterripples

Back Water Ripples a Kerala themed resort is located at Kumarakom, directly overlooking the Vembanad Lake which is the second largest lake in India. Cochin International Airport is 70 kilometers from the resort. The resort is

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Uday Samudra Beach Hotel

Kovalam
  • Uday Samudra Beach Hotel

Uday Samudra Hotel is located at the famed beaches of Kovalam. It is just minutes away from Vellar Junction. Trivandrum International Airport is only 15 kilometers and Railway Station is 13 kilometers away from the hotel.

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Holiday Inn

Cochin
  • Holiday Inn

Located in the cosmopolitan city of Cochin, known as the industrial capital of Kerala, Holiday Inn Cochin is a recent addition in this bustling commercial port.Conveniently located on the NH Bypass at a distance of 5 kms from

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Fragrant Nature Munnar

Munnar
  • Fragrant Nature Munnar

Fragrant Nature—a luxury hotel with the finest vantage views of the verdant mountains—is situated in a choice location of Munnar. Tata Tea Museum and St. Thomas Marthoma are within 10 kilometer.

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Spice Village

Periyar
  • Spice Village

Spice Village is a resort located in Kumily, a small settlement three kilometres from Thekkady. The hotel is 145 kilometers from Cochin airport, 74 kilometers from Kottayam railway station, 90 kilometers from the backwaters i

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The Zuri

Kumarakom
  • The Zuri

The Zuri is Located on the serene banks of Vembanad Lake, set at the heart of the beautiful Southern state of Kerala. It is just 2 hours from the Cochin International Airport and 30 minutes drive from Kottayam railway station

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The Leela Kovalam

Kovalam
  • The Leela Kovalam

The Leela Kempinski Kovalam Beach Kerala built on a cliff-top, is cradled between wide sweeping beaches and has a panoramic view of the famous Kovalam coastline. It is spread over 44 acres of lush green land. Trivandrum, the

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Crowne Plaza

Kochi
  • Crowne Plaza

Located on the NH 47 Bypass with easy access to the airport, CBD, Kakkanad Infopark, Fort Kochi, and scenic backwaters and beaches to the south. Amidst exotic surroundings that comprised of alluring attractions of the city

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Fragrant Nature Munnar

Munnar
  • Fragrant Nature Munnar

Fragrant Nature—a luxury hotel with the finest vantage views of the verdant mountains—is situated in a choice location of Munnar. Tata Tea Museum and St. Thomas Marthoma are within 10 kilometer.

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Citrus Backwater Spa Retreat

Alleppey
  • Citrus Backwater Spa Retreat

Citrus Retreats Alleppey is located in the natural paradise of Kerala. Citrus Alleppey is 32 miles from Cochin International Airport.

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ABAD Green Forest

Thekkady
  • ABAD Green Forest

Situated on 3 acres of woodland, Greenforest Thekkady is one mile from Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary. Abad Greenforest Thekkady is a 4-hour drive from Cohin and 118 miles from the Cochin Airport. It is one mile from Periyar Boa

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Back Waterripples

Kumarakom
  • Back Waterripples

Back Water Ripples a Kerala themed resort is located at Kumarakom, directly overlooking the Vembanad Lake which is the second largest lake in India. Cochin International Airport is 70 kilometers from the resort. The resort is

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Abad Harmonia Ayurveda Beach Resort

Kovalam
  • Abad Harmonia Ayurveda Beach Resort

Abad Harmonia Ayurveda Beach Resort is located at Chowara, just 6 kilometers from south of Vizhinjam. Both Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Shanghumukham Beach are also nearby from the resort. Trivandrum Railway Station is 14 K

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The Renai Cochin

Cochin
  • The Renai Cochin

The Renai Cochin is a landmark 4-star rated exclusive boutique hotel in the heart of Cochin and The Renai, Cochin is just a half-hour drive (20 KM) from Nedumbassery International Airport, 10 minutes drive (2 KM) from the Ern

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ABAD Copper Castle

Munnar
  • ABAD Copper Castle

Cooper Castle is within walking distance of the teak plantation. It is one mile from Cochin Airport and 48 miles from Angamalli Train station. 130 Kms off Kochi. Munnar is a hillock retreat 1800 Mts above sea level.

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Citrus Backwater Spa Retreat

Alleppey
  • Citrus Backwater Spa Retreat

Citrus Retreats Alleppey is located in the natural paradise of Kerala. Citrus Alleppey is 32 miles from Cochin International Airport.

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AC Dlx. House Boat

Kumarakom
  • AC Dlx. House Boat

AC Dlx. House Boat

Kumarakom
  • AC Dlx. House Boat

AC Dlx. House Boat

Kumarakom
  • AC Dlx. House Boat

Ramada Alleppey

Alleppey
  • Ramada Alleppey

Ramada Alleppey is accessible through water, road and air. Just minutes away on the coast, climb the teak spiral staircase to very top of the oldest lighthouse on the Arabian Sea. This relic of Alappuzha’s days as a busy port

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What's Included?

  • International Flights: Return economy class International flights from UK. Supplement may apply from regional airports.
  • Domestic Flights:Economy class domestic flights within India.
  • Assisted Transfers : All Airport and train transfers as specified by a chauffeur driven car inclusive of representative assistance. Where courtesy transfers are provided by the hotel representative assistance may not be available in some places.
  • Accommodation: Room with attached private facilities.
  • Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast at all places and House Boat on Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Jungle Safari: As per individual parks regulations. By Jeep sharing with other tourist, seating up to five, or a large open vehicle, seating up to eighteen. Safaris are accompanied by a naturalist. For booking exclusive jeeps a higher charge may apply. Due to the limited number of vehicles allowed inside a park in a day, exclusive jeep is subject to availability.
  • Train: Air conditioned sleeper.
  • Services of Local Agent & Tour Guide: Services of a local agent in all major cities and an English speaking guide during sightseeing as specified inclusive of entry fee to the monuments.
  • Taxes:All applicable taxes and service charges.

What's not Included?

  • Travel insurance: We recommend you take a comprehensive travel insurance to cover your holiday at the time of booking the tour.
  • Visa: UK citizens require entry visas for India. We can obtain visa on your behalf for a nominal fee.
  • Personal Expenses: Such as laundry, telephones calls, hard & soft drinks, meals other then specified, beverages and mineral water etc
  • Camera fee: Still and video camera fee at monuments and game parks.
  • Tips anywhere: To drivers, porters, bellboys, guides & waiters etc.
  • Free Days: Any car arrangements on free days / days at leisure.
  • Any items not mentioned in the itinerary and inclusions.

Additional Information

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£) based on twin sharing.