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BEACHES AND BACKWATERS OF KERALA

DURATION : 5 Nights / 6 Days

DESTINATIONS : Cochin - Alleppey - Varkala - Trivandrum

Tour Highlights

Best Season:  January- February- March – April & October- November – December

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Chinese fishing nets, an unusual and spectacular way to fish.
  • Cruise down the backwaters of Alleppey and refresh your soul.
  • A houseboat cruise with breathtaking views of untouched rural Kerala.
  • Relax on the calm and quite Varkala beach.
  • A leisurely walk through the streets of Fort Cochin - an old spice trading port.
  • Flexible tailor-made booking options

The trip begins from Kochi which is a major port city and the capital of Indian state Kerala. Visit Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi, a very popular tourist attraction, then head to Manttancherry Palace also known as the Dutch Palace and Jewish Synagogue. An optional boat can be arranged near the harbor area at Kochi (Cochin).

Drive to Alappuzha also known as Alleppey – the “Venice of the East”. It is an important tourist destination and famous for its backwaters and enjoy a night on a traditional houseboat. The famous Nehru Trophy Boat Race also commence from here on Punnamada Lake.

Then you visit Varkala known for the beach and the cliffs, here you can just relax at the restaurants and enjoy the beauty of the Varkala or you can roam around and explore the shops.

Destinations Places to visit
Cochin The Battlefords Provincial Park , Cochin Lighthouse & St. Francis Church
Alleppey Alleppey Beaches.
Varkala Varkala Beaches

Short Description

This leisurely six day tour takes you through some of the most visually fascinating parts of the country. Explore the town of Cochin, an erstwhile spice trading centre, often referred to as the "Queen of the Arabian Sea". Cruising along the backwaters and watch life as it unfolds in its many fascinating forms. Spend a leisurely day on the beach shooting the breeze.

Detailed Itinerary

 
Day 1: ARRIVAL - COCHIN

Arrive Kochi and transfer to the hotel; evening free

Arrive at Kochi (also known as ‘Cochin’). Our representative will meet and greet you and assist you at the airport. Later transfer to Ernakulam (Cochin) and check–in at hotel. Evening free to relax OR free to explore the town.

Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 2: COCHIN SIGHTSEEING

Today morning after breakfast, we do the half day sightseeing tour of Fort Cochin. In the morning we visit Mattancherry palace, which is a Portuguese palace, popularly known as Dutch palace, visit Jewish Synagogue, this is considered to be the oldest synagogue in all the Commonwealth of Nations. Visit St. Francis Church, originally built in 1503, this church is the oldest European church in India. Afternoon visit Chinese fishing nets, an unusual method of fishing operated from the shores. The entire structure of the Chinese fishing nets is about 10 meters in height. Each fishing net spreads to about 20 meters over the water body and is operated by a team of some six fishermen. To explore the historic town of Fort Kochi, there is no better choice than setting out on foot. A leisurely walk through its streets is one of the best ways to discover all that the city has to offer - its natural harbour and historical sites. Late afternoon an optional boat-ride near the harbour area can also be arranged. Evening back to hotel.

Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 3: COCHIN - ALLEPPEY

Drive to Alappuzha, reach there and check-in to the houseboat

After breakfast we drive to Alleppey (Distance: 70km approx.), a backwater heaven interlocked with lakes and canals. The network of canals is used for inland navigation. A vast stretch of paddy fields makes this place as the rice bowl of Kerala. Apart from rice production, the coir making and boat building is a thriving industry in this area. Houseboat or a Backwater Cruise along the palm fringed waterways of Alleppey is the most exciting holiday experience. This truly offers the breathtaking views of inaccessible and untouched rural Kerala.

Overnight stay at Houseboat

Day 4: ALLEPPEY - VARKALA

Today we take a short drive to Varkala beach (Distance: 180km approx.). This is the calm and quiet beach, lies on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram district. Varkala is a picturesque place with a long stretches of cliff that is adjacent to the Arabian Sea. These cliffs are named as Varkala Formation and these are declared as geological monuments by the Geological Survey of India. We spend a free day to relax on the beach.

Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 5: VARKALA

Day free for us at Varkala to relax at the beach shacks or restaurants which serves excellent seafood; else we can explore the surrounding beauty of Varkala.

Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 6: VARKALA - TRIVANDRUM - DEPARTURE

Departure Trivandrum

Departure transfer to Trivandrum international airport.

Inclusions / Exclusions

The Price Includes:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis as per program.
  • Breakfast
  • Arrival/Departure with assistance.
  • All meals during the stay in Alleppey Houseboat.
  • Kathakkali Dance show at Cochin.
  • AC transport as per program.
  • English Speaking Local Guide as per Program.
  • One bottle of water per person per day.
  • All fuel, parking, toll, state taxes & driver allowances.
  • GST 5%


The Price Excludes:

  •  Any airfare / visa / insurance
  •  Any meals except mentioned in the column cost includes.
  •  Any Monument Entrance Fees.
  •  Any expenses of personal nature such as tips, beverages, laundry, telephone calls, photography, video fee, etc.
  •  Any new taxes / fees imposed by the Government.

Route Map

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