KERALA BACKWATERS & HOUSEBOAT TOUR

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A short 6 day tour focused on the famous backwaters and houseboat experience of “God’s own Country”, Kerala. Your Kerala Backwaters and Houseboat tour begins in Cochin, a busy metropolis, famous for it’s harbor, fishing nets and architecture that has Anglo, Dutch and Portuguese influences. The tour then continues to Alleppey, where you board a traditional rice boat style houseboat, for an overnight cruise, through the famed backwaters of Kerala, getting an opportunity to view village life along it’s shores. Continue on to a Deluxe Backwater Resort in Kumarakom, with the Backwaters on one side, and the lake Vembanad on the other.


Tour duration: 5 Nights / 6 Days
Places Covered: Cochin / Houseboat / Kumarakom

Tour Destination: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6

Day 01 – Arrive Cochin

Kerala Backwater CruisesYour Kerala Backwater and Houseboat tour begins with your arrival at the Cochin Airport, where you will be received by a Trans India representative and he will then escort you to the hotel and assist you with the check in formalities.

Cochin: - Widely known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Cochin has one of the world’s most attractive natural ports. Cochin is well known for its spices, silks, ivory and sandalwood. It has traditionally rich heritage, but at the same time it is one of the most fast-paced and contemporary cities in India. It is very easy to be spellbound by the magic of Cochin and it is the beauty and comparatively good infrastructure that makes Cochin the ideal gateway to the state. Cochin, or Kochi as it is now called, offers visitors palaces, museums, old churches, cool backwaters; palm fringed lagoons, beaches and the practicality of a modern metro city.

Overnight at the Vivanta by Taj – Malabar in Cochin.


Day 02 – Cochin - Houseboat

Kerala Backwater CruisesAfter a relaxing breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Cochin. Tour includes visits to the following places of interest: Dutch Palace (Mattancherry Palace): The Jewish synagogue, Cochin Harbor, St Francis church, Fort Kochi beach, Hill Palace:

Later you will be assisted with check out formalities, and then start your drive to Alleppey (70 kms/approx 1 ½ hrs).On your arrival in Alleppey, you will be transferred to jetty to board you private houseboat for an overnight stay.

House Boat - One of the high points of your Kerala Backwater and Houseboat tour, will be the night spent on board the Houseboat. These rice barges or “Kettuvallams” sail along side the shallow palm-edged lakes and narrow canals. The House Boat takes you through the villages constructed on narrow spits of land, where you can stop at the local markets, or to see the wonder of the crafts men engaged in centuries-old boat-making tradition. These Houseboats offer one or two small cabins with a tiny sitting area and a crew of 2 staff and a chef. The Houseboats serve authentic Keralan cuisine. The overnight stay on the Houseboat is an extraordinary experience.

Overnight onboard Houseboat.


Day 03 – Onboard Houseboat

You will spend the day onboard your houseboat, cruising along shallow, palm-fringed lakes and the narrow canals of the Kerala backwaters, giving you an opportunity of seeing and visiting small villages built on narrow spits of land, where you can stop at the local markets, or see the wonder of the craftsmen engaged in centuries-old boat-making tradition.

Overnight onboard Houseboat.


Day 04 - Houseboat - Kumarakom

Kerala Houseboat CruisesAfter breakfast, disembark the houseboat in Kumarakom and check in at the resort.

Kumarakom : Kumarakom is a small village on the Vembanad Lake in Kerela. This beautiful paradise stocked with mangrove forests, beryl green paddy fields and coconut groves comprises with water ways and canals adorned with while lilies. Kumarakom charms the tourist from all over the world. It offers a wide variety of flora, beautiful sightseeing, boating and fishing experiences. It is a part of Kuttanad region and the bird sanctuary spread over 14 acres is a safe home for many migratory birds. It is a fascinating sight for the visitors. The best way to watch the birds of the Kumarakom sanctuary is a boat ride round the islands, as hundreds of swaying verdant coconut palms lining the rivers lean to brush the tops of your heads.

No activities are scheduled for this day. Spend rest of the day enjoying the resort’s facilities.

Overnight at the Vivanta by Taj – Kumarakom in Kumarakom.


Day 05 – In Kumarakom

Kerala Houseboat CruisesSpend the day relaxing and enjoying the Kerala backwaters, or, pamper yourself with the famous Ayurvedic massage. In Kumarakom, you could also visit the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, which is known for it’s avion population.

Overnight at the Vivanta by Taj – Kumarakom in Kumarakom.


Day 06 – Kumarakom - Cochin airport (85 kms /02 hrs) and Depart

The morning is free for you to relax and enjoy the facilities of the resort. Check out of the resort at 1200 hrs (noon) , and depending on your departure flight from Cochin, transfer by road from Kumarakom to Cochin airport, where your Kerala Backwater and Houseboat tour ends.



Category of Hotels Superior
Valid from 01st Oct'2017 till 15th Apr'2018 US$ 945 per person
Valid from 16th Apr'2017 till 30th Sep' 2017 US$ 648 per person


Cities Superior
Cochin Vivanta by Taj - Malabar
Houseboat Aircon Houseboat
Kumarakom Vivanta by Taj - Kumarakom

** Small supplements may apply for travel between 20th December’17 and 05th January’2018 and during the month of February 2018.

Note: All the figures quoted above are net per person in US Dollars.

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis in Cochin and Kumarakom and on full board basis onboard Houseboat.
  • Land transportation exactly as per itinerary using an air-conditioned car.
  • Sight-seeing tours exactly as per itinerary including entrance fee to monuments along with an English Speaking Guide.
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