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Home >> South India >> Kerala Holiday Packages >> Kerala Backwaters Tour (Tour Code : SK 02)

Kerala Backwater Tour Packages : Kerala today has immerged as one of the most sort after destinations amongst national and international tourist. Though Kerala has lot to offer to the tourist, but Backwaters are still the most fascinating part of every visitors itinerary. The backwaters in Kerala are a network of interconnected rivers, lakes and canals and farms almost 900 plus km waterways within the state of Kerala.

 

These canals are manmade or natural, fed by almost 38 rivers, and almost half of the state is connected by these backwaters. You can choose to start and get down from your backwater cruise at number of towns and cities, which serve as the start or end point of cruises. These waterways are used to move cargo and also used for backwater tourism. The National Waterway NO. 3 covers a distance of 205 km from Kollam to Kottapuram, and runs almost parallel to the coast line of southern Kerala.


It is a unique experience and an ideal way to discover the day to day life of natives. One can do day trip or overnight trip by local Kerala house boats which are very comfortable and are build to provide all modern amenities to the tourist. While on such trips, one feel amazingly close to the nature.


It is a must visit programme in a life time.

Kerala Backwaters Tour - 08 Nights/09 Days

Destinations Covered: Cochin - Puthenkayal - Alleppy - Tiruivalla - Munnar - Mararikulam - Cochin
DAY 01 : Arrive Cochin
Arrive Cochin, ex Bombay or from Chennai or by International flight, founded by Vasco da Gama in 1502, once a center of the spice trade and now the principal port on the Malabar Coast. A cosmopolitan European influence has been left by the various waves of Portuguese, British, Dutch and Jewish settlers that have made this colourful city their home. Stay for two nights at The Malabar House Residency a beautifully appointed heritage hotel, situated in Fort Cochin or Hotel Brunton Boat Yard.
DAY 02 : Cochin
Explore the divers sights of Fort Cochin, including the Mattancherry Palace, St. Francis’ Church, the spice market and the fine synagogue. In the afternoon take a cruise around the harbour to see the Dutch-built Bolghatty Palace and the Chinese fishing nets.
DAY 03 : Cochin - Puthenkayal
Today proceed by car and boat to the small island of Puthenkayal, near Kumarakom to stay at Philipkutty’s Farm, where the owners farm their reclaimed land for coconut, banana, cocoa, nutmeg and pepper. The family reside in their own house nearby and they will be your hosts whilst you stay in a delightful traditional style Malayali cottage on the waterfront. The cottage with its wooden furniture and tiled floors is spotlessly clean and although not air-conditioned a cool breeze comes off the water. A small veranda surroundes the cottage and provides the perfect place to sit and watch river life.
DAY 04 : Puthenkayal
Explore the surrounding area in the company of your hosts or simply relax and enjoy the serene and peaceful surroundings.
DAY 05 : Puthenkayal - Alleppey
This morning transfer by motor boat across Vembanad Lake to the market town of Alleppey from where you join your private houseboat for the next two nights. The boats are simple and comfortably furnished and consist of a thatch-covered lounge/dining area; one or two double bedrooms with mosquito nets and attached bathrooms with a WC, wash basin and a hand held shower. In the evening the boat is lit by solar powered lights and hurricane lamps. Thatched awnings on both sides of the boat allow the breeze and views to flow in. Meals are cooked on board, using freshly caught or plucked ingredients from the backwaters. The boat is fully staffed with a captain and a cook. Remainder of the day cruising the backwaters.
DAY 06 : Backwaters
At leisure traveling on the backwaters where life passes by as it has for centuries. Try your hand at catching fish, or discuss the menu with your cock!
DAY 07 : Backwaters - Tiruvalla
This morning leave your houseboat at Changanacherry and proceed just a short distance by car to Tiruvalla, a small quaint town that maintains the richness of its local culture and traditions. Your stay in Tiruvalla will be at Chalakuzhy, an ancestral home that is almost 200 years old. The Paulose family reside in their house and they will be your hosts whilst you stay in a delightful wooden and tiled cottage in the grounds. The cottage with its wooden furniture and tiled floors is spotlessly clean.
DAY 08 : Tiruvalla
At leisure or visit the beautiful 8th century riverside temple at Aranmula. The temple is home to three elephants, which can often be seen frolicking in the river. This town is also famous for its unique metal mirror work known as Aranumala Kannadi. In Tiruvalla visit the Sree Vallabha Temple where traditional Kathakali dances are performed as an offering to the deity on most evening.
DAY 09 : Tiruvalla - Mumbai

Proceed to the Cochin airport for your return flight to Mumbai. Alternatively, relax at the Marari Beach Resort an idyllic retreat on the Malabar coast. Or go into the hills to stay in Munnar at the Windamere Estate or in Periyar at the delightful Shalimar Spice Garden.




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