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Kerala Beaches & Backwaters

7 days with G Adventures   Rating: Budget
Restricted to Ages 18-39

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Kochi
Arrive at any time.

Arrive in Kochi at any time. There are no planned activities. Check into to the hotel (check-in time is 12.00 midday) and enjoy the city.

Day 2 Kochi/Alleppey
Explore the Jewish Quarter before continuing to Alleppey. Experience local life at a homestay, and enjoy a guided walk along the lagoon.

Leaving early to avoid the heat, enjoy the Jewish Town with its old curio shops and the more than 400-year-old synagogue. Travel afterwards to Alleppey, a golden streak of land woven with rivers, lakes, lagoons, and canals. In the afternoon, we check out the island with a local English-speaking guide and learn about the way of life here. Afterwards, settle into a homestay and get to know your hosts. (L, D)

Day 3 Alleppey/Kollam
Explore the backwaters and its unique ecosystem on a ferry cruise. Transfer to Kollam.

Travel to Kollam by bus after enjoying a morning ferry cruise. (B, L)

Day 4 Kollam/Varkala
Enjoy lots of free time to explore the town, get treated by local healers, or visit the Varkala Temple.

Note that Kollam Harbour is closed to visitors in May through june.

Day 5 Varkala
Spend time wandering the peaceful gardens of an ashram devoted to Kerala's most eminent spiritual and social reformer and the mystical Janardhana Swamy Temple, or just head to the beach to relax and watch the Arabian Sea.

Day 6 Varkala/Kochi
Return to Kochi. Take an orientation walk to Fort Kochi, St Francis Church, and the Chinese fishing nets. Opt to take in a local Kathakali dance performance.

Travel to Kochi and take an orientation tour visiting Fort Kochi, St Francis Church, the Dutch cemetery, and the Chinese fishing nets. In the late afternoon/early evening, opt to watch Kathakali dancing (a Kerala traditional dance form).

Day 7 Kochi
Depart at any time.
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All This Included
Watch the sunset through the fishing nets of Kochi, stretch out on white-sand beaches, drift through the tranquil backwaters, and rise at dawn to see the sunrise. This seven-day tour offers a quick introduction to the diversity of south India. Unwind with some yoga in your free time. Meet the locals and spend the night with a local family on a tour that's all about authentic cultural experience.
  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Alleppey Homestay, Alleppey
  • Orientation walks in Alleppey, Kollam, and Fort Kochi
  • Kerala boat tour
  • Morning ferry cruise on Alleppey's backwaters
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Simple hotels or guesthouse (twin-share) (5 nts)
    Homestay (1 nt)
  • 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner.
  • Transportation: Bus, boat, taxi, tuk-tuk
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Highlights
  • Relax in the calm backwaters
  • Experience a local homestay
  • Chill out on quiet beaches
  • Explore ecosystems aboard an Alleppey ferry cruise
  • Sample South Indian cuisine.
Accommodations
Hotels (twin-share) (5 nts)
Varkala: Nikhil Residence (or similar)
Kochi: Gama Heritage (or similar)
Kollam: Hotel Sea Pearl (or similar)

Homestays (1 nt)
Alleppey: Alasr Heritage Home (or similar)
Notes
  • Small group experience; Max 18, avg 12.
  • Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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