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South India: Explore Kerala
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If the north of India offers brilliant fuschia and turquoise, its south offers the coolest, most luxuriant greens anywhere. This compact trip offers the perfect taste of Keralas stunning tropical beauty. Stroll its beaches, ride in a canoe through its backwaters along quiet canals, explore southern palaces, and enjoy some of the countrys most incredible flavours. Experience a part of India thats truly off the beaten path.

  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: AHSNG/155175
  • Starts: Kochi, India
  • Finishes: Vypīn Island, India
You will Visit
  • Kochi
  • Vypīn Island

Itinerary

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Day 1: Kochi

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.
Arrive at any time and transfer to hotel. There are no planned activities, so check in and enjoy the city.

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Day 2: Kochi

Enjoy a walking tour in old Fort Kochi, including the fish market, Chinese fishing nets, Dutch Palace, and Jewish Quarter. Meet a local spice expert, learning the medicinal and culinary uses of spices and their importance in the life of Kerala and all of India. This evening, enjoy a traditional Kathakali dance performance.
After breakfast, explore the old part of Fort Cochin and Mattancherry. Visit the Dutch Palace, which was built by the Portuguese and presented to the Cochin King in the 16th century, the St. Francis Church (the oldest European church in India), and Santa Cruz Basilica, built by Portuguese in the 16th century. Walk through the fish market and the famous Chinese fishing net, believed to have been brought by traders from Kubla Khan's court in China. In the evening, attend the popular classical dance-drama of Kerala called "Kathakali," which combines literature, music, painting, acting, and dance.

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Day 3: Kochi/Kumarakom

Visit Tripunithura Hill Palace then continue to Kumarakom on Vembanad Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the state of Kerala. Enjoy a canoe paddle along the narrow canals and take a walking tour through the paddy fields and Chempu village.

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Day 4: Kumarakom/Kerala Backwaters

Spend the day cruising the Kerala backwaters on a comfortable houseboat while observing local village life and bird watching. Later, visit a local home in Alleppey and enjoy a cooking demonstration of traditional Kerala cuisine and dine in the family's home.
This morning we travel to Allepey, a golden streak of land surrounded by rivers, lakes, lagoons and canals, where we board our private houseboat. You can sunbathe on the deck and enjoy the scenery, watching daily life take place along the water. The trip goes through a wonderful area full of water birds, palm trees, rice fields and floating water plants.

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Day 5: Kerala Backwaters/Vypīn Island

This morning, meet with a representative of the Vembanad Wetlands Conservation Programme to learn about the ongoing work by local communities to conserve the lake and surrounding wetlands. This project was created by the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), an organization National Geographic has collaborated with on many conservation projects across India over the past decade. Continue by boat to a fish sanctuary established by traditional fishermen through the program. Meet with some of the fishermen and see firsthand how their traditional way of collecting and processing clams are models for the management of lake resources. After, continue to the beach to relax in paradise with free time to explore.

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Day 6: Vypīn Island

Free time on Vypīn Island.

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Day 7: Vypīn Island

Depart at any time.
Depart at any time. Hotel checkout is at 12:00pm. It is very easy to arange a transfer from the resort to the Cochin airport - your CEO will be happy to assist.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Arrival transfer
    • Walking tour in Kochi
    • Learn about spices with a local expert
    • Kathakali cultural performance
    • Visit Tripunithura Hill Palace
    • Kumarakom canoe ride
    • Walking tour of the paddy fields and Chempu village
    • Houseboat day trip along the Kerala backwaters
    • Cooking demonstration and meal with local family
    • Visit Vembanad Wetlands Conservation Programme and a clam sanctuary
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/resorts (6 nts)
    • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Minibus, houseboat, canoe, taxi, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Learn the true meaning of relaxation on a houseboat cruising Kerala's backwaters
  • Discover how fishermen's nets can be an attraction in their own right
  • Learn about spices with a local expert
  • Drool over delicious South Indian cuisine with a cooking demonstration