Kerala Backwaters

Stay Locations:
Kochi, Thekkady, Kumarakom
Best Time to Visit:
October to March
Shoulder Season:
April, September
Trip Soul:
Nature, Wildlife, Hills, Backwaters
6 Nights 7 Days

Day 1: Arrive Kochi

Arrive in Kochi where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax

Widely known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, Kochi has one of the world’s most attractive natural ports. Kochi 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 Kochi and it is the beauty and comparatively good infrastructure that makes Kochi the ideal gateway to the state. Kochi, or Kochi as it is now called, offers palaces, museums, old churches, cool backwaters; palm fringed lagoons, beaches and the practicality of a modern metro city

Day 2: Kochi

After a relaxing breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken for a guided sightseeing tour of Cochin. Tour includes Dutch Palace (also known as Mattancherry Palace): The Jewish synagogue, St Francis Church, Fort Kochi beach and Cochin Harbor

Evening experience a remarkable performance of Kerala's famous Kathakali dance performance. Kathakali is a classical dance form, portraying Indian epics (Ramayana and Mahabharata). The costumes of the dancers are very colorful and elaborate. Dancers with painted faces depict the various characters of the ancient epics. The Kathakali dancers portray a lot of facial expressions and articulate body movements.

Day 3: Kochi - Thekkady

After breakfast drive to Thekkady,home of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, a community based ecotourism project which aims to protect the rare flora and fauna of the region as well as providing a living for the residents of the area. The sanctuary is known for the Tigers. It has a wide range of animals, including the elephants, bison, macaque leopards, jungle cats, wild dogs, mouse deer, gaur, sambar deer, barking deer. The sanctuary treasures a wide variety of rich flora and rare fauna

On arrival you will head straight to your hotel. This evening you will visit a spice plantation, where exotic aromas fill the air


Day 4: Thekkady

This morning you will step aboard a traditional vessel and cruise through the Periyar Game Reserve

Rest of the day is free at leisure

Day 5 : Thekkady - Kumarakom

After a relaxing breakfast, you start your drive to Kumarakom. This is a small village on the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. The land is famous for it's painstakingly hand craft each exquisite piece still made in a traditional way. Vembanad Lake is home to several types of marine life exclusively the Chemeen (Prawns), the Konju (Tiger Prawns) and Karimeen.This beautiful paradise stocked with mangrove forests, beryl green paddy fields and coconut groves comprises with waterways and canals adorned with white 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.

Rest of the day is free at leisure

Day 6 : Kumarakom - Houseboat

After a relaxing breakfast, board on your private Houseboat for an overnight stay.

Houseboat - One of the high points of your Luxury Kerala tour, will be the night spent onboard the Houseboat. These rice barges or “Kettuvallams” sail alongside 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 craftsmen 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

Day 7 : Houseboat - Cochin airport

After a relaxing breakfast disembark in Alleppey, and then drive to Cochin International Airport in time for your flight home.