7 Day Kerala with Backwaters

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The pristine backwaters, boat rides, fishing villages, beaches, wildlife safaris and temples – Kerala beckons and invites warmly.



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The pristine backwaters, boat rides, fishing villages, beaches, wildlife safaris and temples – Kerala beckons and invites warmly.

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  • Day 1: Arrive in Cochin

    Our representative will meet you at the Cochin airport and help you check into the hotel.

    Cochin or Kochi is one of those rare places which has been touched and influenced by various settlements over the years. The arching Chinese fishing nets, Portuguese homes, palaces, churches and synagogues are as endearing as the seafood, spices and surrounding scenic beauty. Often acting as the gateway for exploring the other interior parts of the state, Cochin nevertheless enthralls with a charm of its own.

    After quick refreshing, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Cochin.

    The Old Cochin area is home to the Jewish community and has been in existence for hundreds of years. The Paradesi Synagogue built in 1568, famed for its bell towers and tiled roof along with the unique hand painted Chinese tiles, exquisite chandeliers, rugs and gold crowns gifts in the interiors makes it a must visit tourist attraction of this area.

    The St. Francis Church built in 1503 is the oldest European church in India and the mortal remains of Vasco de Gama were originally buried here until after 14 years they were moved to Lisbon. The Vasco de Gama square and the architecturally and artistically grand Santa Cruz Basilica are also noteworthy visits on our sightseeing tour. Other historically significant structures that date back to the 14th and 15th century include the VOC Gate and Bastion Bungalow.

    The International Pepper Exchange is an interesting attraction since it deals with the trade of black pepper globally.

    However, it is the Chinese fishing nets that are almost synonymous with Cochin, silhouetted against its skyline that are the favorite attractions of tourists and locals alike. The nets that stand against the port and seafront are mounted on bamboo and teak poles and though its origins are debatable, these fishing nets nonetheless, make for the most beautiful post card moments in Cochin.

    A private harbor cruise awaits you in the early evening hours that take you to the Bolgatty Palace and the fishing island as you may enjoy some dolphin spotting. Watch the sunset from the vantage point of the edge of the Arabian Sea.

    Unwind with an excellent Kathakali dance performance that will leave you enthralled and mesmerized.

    Return to the hotel for some excellent seafood dinner before retiring for the night.

  • Day 2: Cochin to Periyar National Park (Thekkady)

    After breakfast, be driven comfortably to Thekkady, whilst enjoying the ride with tea garden views, rolling hills and Kerala homes.

    The Periyar National Park, situated along the Periyar River is a wildlife lover and naturalist’s delight. Known to be home to the Royal Bengal Tiger and Indian Bison, as well as, the Asian elephant, dhole or wild dog, antelope and the endemic Nilgiri Tahr, this national reserve has a lot in store.

    For birdwatchers, it is not rare to sight the greater hornbills, herons, darters, owls, egrets and kingfishers.

    A bamboo rafting excursion on the river Periyar is in store next. An excellent way to watch the wildlife unfold around, this excursion provides for the close encounters with the animals as they descend on the waters for a drink or laze. Some of the animals that you may catch sight of are the elephants, barking deer, sambar, wild pigs, porcupine, mouse deer, lion tailed macaques, Malabar squirrel and sloth bears. It is a tad bit difficult however, to spot the tiger or leopard.

    Check into your resort and enjoy a quiet meal.

    Spend the afternoon visiting the spice plantations, coffee and tea estates, as well as, indulge yourself in some shopping of the same.

    Return to the resort for a relaxed overnight stay.

  • Day 3: Nature trek in Periyar National Park

    Breakfast will be served.

    A highly experienced guide will travel with you for a jungle walk. Experience a memorable walk in the dense and interiors of the forests to watch the wildlife in its natural habitat and surroundings. The duration of the walk can be customized depending on your interest and wish.

    Our representative will also try and arrange for an elephant ride if available.

    Enjoy a pleasant night stay at Thekkady.

  • Day 4: Thekkady to Kumarakom by road, Backwater cruise

    After breakfast, begin the road journey towards Kumarakom en route a tea garden. The scenic terrain, coconut trees, paddy fields and rolling hills are a constant reminder of how beautiful is God’s very own country.

    Kumarakom is located on the banks of Kerala’s famous and largest fresh water lake Vembanad. Vembanad is popular for the boat races that peak during the Onam season. It is a sporting delight to watch the sleek boats competing with each other in the massive expanse of the lake.

    The Vembanad or Kumarakom bird sanctuary, famous for migratory birds is located near Kumarakom and a visit to the sanctuary marks the beginning of the sightseeing attractions here.

    Kumarakom is the also the entry point to the Backwater experience. The Kerala backwaters are a complex interconnecting system of canals, streams and lakes, where the waters from the Arabian Sea and the fresh water from inland mix and merge to form a network of waterways. These backwaters are a wonderful surviving ecosystem for wildlife and humans alike. Fish, crabs, turtles, mudskippers and otters also make home of the waters and marine vegetation as do birds, such as, cormorants and terns.

    The backwaters are edged with cultivation of rice and dotted with coconut trees and at times act as the only means of transportation. This endearing ecosystem is unlike any other, making a boat ride along them a delightfully wonderful experience.

    To experience the true essence of the backwaters, we help you check into a traditional thatched houseboat for your backwater cruise. Enjoy your stay on the houseboat, equipped with modern amenities yet floating over the quiet splash of the calm waters surrounded by tiny hamlets and the lush green carpets of vegetation and nature. Help yourself to fresh sea food and have a restful and peaceful overnight stay on the houseboat.

  • Day 5: Cruise from Kumarakom to Alleppey, Alleppey to Kov

    The final destination of the cruise takes you to the bustling beach town of Alleppey, also called Alappuzha.

    Alappuzha means ‘land between river and sea’ and hence is also often referred to as the ‘Venice of the East.’ The waterways have been a lifeline of sorts for Alleppey, which is also famous for the boat races, especially the Nehru Trophy Race on the Punnamada Lake.

    Some other tourist attractions in Alleppey include, the Alleppey beach, the Sri Krishna Temple, Krishnapuram Palace and the Edathua Church.

    Disembark at Alleppey where your driver will be waiting to drive you to Kovalam.

    Kovalam the quaint beach town is a fishing hub as well as known for its endless coconut trees in sight. Its popular three beaches separated by rocky outcrops from the famous crescent of its coastline. A walk to the lighthouse or a dip into the Samudra Beach which still retains its fishing hamlets and old world charm are some ways to explore this petite yet beautiful town.

    Overnight stay will be at Kovalam. 

  • Day 6: Kanyakumari by road

    Kanyakumari or the southernmost tip of the Indian peninsula surrounded by the Laccadive Sea on three sides, is a popular tourist destination known for its spiritual connect, the Vivekananda Rock as well as, its strategic location that makes it lighthouse one of the busiest and used frequently by the met department to study the course of the Indian monsoons.

    Drawing hundreds of spiritual devotees as well as tourists for its historical and geographic significance, Kanyakumari will fascinate and bewitch you at the very onset. Do not miss the stunning hues of the magnificent sunset before making way back to Kovalam and spend a restful night. 

  • Day 7: Kovalam to Trivandrum

    After breakfast, drive comfortably to Trivandrum and ensue on a short sightseeing tour in the capital city of Kerala.

    You will be later escorted to the airport from where you may continue your onward journey.