Kerala Backwaters Beaches and Wildlife tour is a picture-perfect combination of beautiful nature and captivating attractions. Cruise on the serene Periyar Lake; relax at the waterfront in Kumarakom with the cool breeze kissing your cheeks.
End of your tour in Kovalam, the palm-fringed beaches will enchant you. Get ready for a fascinating journey to pristine beaches and tranquil backwaters that will carve a special place in your heart. The natural beauty of Kerala’s beaches and backwaters will offer you memorable experiences for a lifetime.
At a glance
Day 1 Arrive Cochin. Transfer to hotel
Day 2 Cochin city tour
Day 3 Travel to Periyar National Park
Day 4 Onwards to Kumarakom
Day 5 Kumarakom at leisure
Day 6 Board the Houseboat in Alleppey
Day 7 Continue to Kovalam
Day 8 Kovalam at leisure
Day 9 Transfer to Trivandrum Airport
India’s Different Seasons
India climate is considered hot; however, the weather varies a lot depending on which part of the country you visit. The South has Monsoons whereas the North may be covered in snow. The best time to travel is between October and March (except for the Far North, where you will encounter winter conditions from November onwards)
Overview of food & drink
India’s food is tantalizing and spicy and comes in so many varieties. Rice is the foundation of each dish. This does not exclude a number for breads from light to roasted. Northern Indian food mostly consists of meaty stews and kebabs. Southern India is known for its spiced vegetarian curries and dosas. Goa and Kerala will serve you the best seafood dishes.
Drink only bottled water during your stay in India. Nimbu Pani (Lemonade) is a traditional and most common Indian drink, made of lemon and ginger juice. Coconut water is preferred by many locals across India. Toddy is a famous alcoholic drink in Madhya Pradesh that is made from various palm plants. Jal Jeera, the magical drink to survive the hot Indian Summers
Usually, add 10 to 15% when eating out. Restaurants in Delhi and Mumbai often charge a ‘service charge’, not to be confused with ‘service tax’ (which is a government-levied tax). When a ‘service charge’ is levied no tip is expected. When you have a driver over multiple days you should tip him between 150 – 300 INR per day. Again, base this on how happy you were with his service and local knowledge
Culture and Language
It’s traditional to greet people using ‘Namaste’; place both hands together and bow slightly. In urban areas, this is often overlooked. Indian culture is based on a hierarchical system, so elders and superior are greeted first. Avoid standing too close to others. Use your right hand to touch, accept or give something. Do not use public displays of affection. Hindi is the official language, but English is widely spoken throughout the country
Getting around in India
Air carriers serve all major cities and large towns. There are several domestic “low Budget” options
Taxis and auto rickshaws are a very popular way of getting around the major cities. These rides are charged by the kilometer. Insist that your vehicle has a meter before going on your journey. Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai have metro systems. Rail is India is widely available. Shatabdi Express connects major and secondary cities. Advanced reservations are essential
Here are some traditional dishes
Alu Gobi: a dish made with potatoes (aloo), cauliflower (gobi) and Indian spices
Butter Chicken: traditionally cooked in a tandoor; but may be grilled, roasted or pan-fried with a special gravy
Rogan Josh: consists of braised lamb chunks cooked with a gravy based on browned onions or shallots, yogurt, garlic, ginger and aromatic spices
Malai Kofta: cooked in a creamy gravy made of tomatoes and cashew nuts
Naan: leavened, oven-baked flatbread normally served with all meals
Located (5200 ft above sea level), Munnar provides you with a welcome cool climate and a relief from the heat of the plains. In addition, the surrounding hills are covered with a dense carpet of tea plants (Camellia sinensis). Here you find some of the world’s highest tea plantations.
Between the hills and coast are the lush backwaters. A network of waterways providing a source of fish for food, water for farming and a communication route for villagers.
A perfect discovery tour to the southern Indian paradise of Kerala, its beaches, and wildlife. The hill stations and backwaters are where greenery and nature are all around. Explore Cochin, famous for its Chinese fishing nets. Kerala is renowned for its serene beaches, lush vegetation, mesmerizing backwaters, hills, spice perfumed air, and an amiable culture that embraces all religions. In short, it represents a microcosm of India and has been certified as one of the 10 paradises of the world.
- On arrival you are met by our representative for assistance and transfer to the hotel and check-in.
- Overnight at your hotel in Cochin
- Morning sightseeing of Cochin; a city till today influenced by medieval Portugal; Holland and England.
- You visit St. Francis Church; built-in 1503 by Portuguese Franciscan friars where Vasco da Gama was buried for 14 years before his remains were transferred to Lisvon. His tombstone still stands.
- Nearby is the Mattancherry Palace or “Dutch Palace”. The central hall on the 1st floor was the coronation hall of the rajas of Cochin. Other rooms depict scenes from the Ramayana and Puranic legends connected with Hindu gods.
- Amazing are the Chinese fishing nets. These cantilevered fishing nets line the entrance to the harbor mouth. They were introduced by traders from the courts of Kublai Khan.
- You also see the Jew City with the Jewish Synagogue; constructed in 1568; with hand-painted; willow-pattern floor tiles brought from Canton in the mid-18th century by a Rabbi.
- Overnight at your hotel in Cochin.
Cochin – Periyar (B)
- After breakfast drive to Periyar National Park.
- This unique wildlife sanctuary is about 780 sq. km centered around an artificial lake fed by the Periyar River.
- In the morning enjoy a short Trek in the forest with a naturalist. Different nature trails traversing diverse habitats form the trekking routes; generally 4 to 5 km. in length.
- This is an interpretive program offering excellent opportunities to watch birds; butterflies and other wildlife.
- The trails often pass through evergreen and moist deciduous forests interspersed with marshy grasslands.
- The trek lasts for about 3 hours per trek.
- The Nature walk is the right program to feel nature; hear her whispers and smell her flowers.
- Overnight at your hotel in Periyar.
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Sightseeing tours and intercity transfers as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- 8 Nights’ Accommodation at selected hotels in a double room sharing
- Meals: as mentioned
- Local English Speaking Guide
- International/Domestic flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- India visa fee
- Entrance fees
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 01 OCT 18 and 31 MAR 2019
- Seasonal supplements for travel between 18 DEC 18 and 10 JAN 19
Contact us for any other date of travel required