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Kerala Backwater Tour

Trip code TJ1909
Theme: Beaches & Backwater
Suitable for: 14+
Group Size Unlimited
Activities

Walking & Swimming

Duration: 8 Days 7 Nights
Activity Level: Leisurely
Rating:
Destinations: Cochin, Trivandrum, Periyar, Kumarakom, Varkala

Overview



Kerala Backwater Tour

Kerala is a paradise that is intricated with some of the most beautiful attractions. From the tourism point of view, Keralas beauty often compared to Venice shrouded as it is with canals and coconut palm-shaded streets - serves as the gateway to Kerala Backwaters. The important Kerala backwater destinations are Alappuzha, Kollam, Kumarakom, and Thiruvananthpuram. The Kerala backwaters offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the scenic and stunning backwaters of Kerala especially, Kumarakom backwaters. Watching the duck fleets quacking together moving across the backwaters in perfect harmony. This locale is in between the hills and the sea. The tourists frequent this place, for their passion to witness the shimmering backwaters, that comprises of rivers, canals, and lakes on either side with the lush greenery and rural Kerala lifestyle, that remains completely unrevealed. Indeed one of the best backwater tours in Kerala. Relax whilst touring the scenic beauty and paddy fields if visible. You are at the right place, for a perfect backwater tour in Kerala The full-day Kerala backwater cruise is ideally suited for visitors looking to get a glimpse of the rural village life and local cultural interaction.


Itinerary



On arrival, check-in to the hotel of your choice. Post meals and relaxation at the hotel, you will be enjoying the evening watching a spectacular sunset or swimming at the picturesque Varkala Beach. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Post breakfast, you will be experiencing a city known for its splendid beauty. Varkala is a happening place for a holiday getaway to enjoy golden beaches, engraved temples, and vivid sunsets. The Janardhanaswamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu built 20 centuries ago. The significant feature is the huge old bell which is considered an oblation to the temple. Timings are from 4 am to 12 pm and from 5 pm to 8 pm. The entry is free. Papanasam Beach, also known as Varkala Beach, is one of the best beaches in Kerala because of the view it offers from the uplands. According to an age-old tradition, its water has medicinal properties and is believed to wash off ones impurities and sins. After a long-sightseeing, you will be provided with meals and refreshment drinks at a multi-starer restaurant. Kappil Beach is a beach-backwater destination. The backwater and the Arabian Sea is a treat to the eye. Return to the hotel and overnight stay.
After breakfast checkout, you will be traveling to a place known for its luscious backwaters. Cordial welcome at the hotel in Kumarakom with a welcome drink. Post-meal and relaxation you will be witnessing, an idyllic sunset across luscious backwaters in Gods own country. Relax at the hotel.
Post breakfast, you will leave for an enthralling experience, enjoy the scenic sites of lush paddy fields and coconut trees swaying, exotic village life right by your side while you sail through a network of canals that mix into the large patch of water in the Vembanad Lake. This region comes alive with various performances and traditional competitions like Snake Boat racing. You may engage with the locals in the preparation to welcome and prepare a feast, to spread prosperity and joy amongst the people here. After meals and relaxation along the lakeside, You will witness Kumarakoms major attraction sites at the bank of serene Vembanad lake like the exotic bird sanctuary, wherever you will be able to realize a spread of birds species and few of them are a migratory bird. It unfolds across fourteen acres. This sanctuary could be a safe home for several migratory birds like a Siberian crane, wild duck, etc. These birds live in flocks like darters, herons, egret, waterfowls, and cuckoos that are fascinating sight for the travelers. Look at these sites of migratory birds and forget all of your worries. It is additionally an attractive backwater destination. Overnight stay in Kumarakom.
After breakfast checkout from the hotel. You will leave for the queen city, cochin. Of all the Kerala backwaters, this is a perfect blend of the sea and the backwaters. On arrival, you will live this blissful day by experiencing luscious and royal beauty exhibited by Mattancherry, St.Francis palaces, fishnets, alleyways and much more, reminds us of its glorious past. While embracing the beauty and emotions of Jewish Synagogue and Dutch palace which are a short drive away will unfold the colonialism in cochin. Also, blissful beaches and soothing sightseeing will calm your soul. Cochin is one of the finest harbors in the world as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. Capture the dreamiest moment of the giant fishing net catching the radiant sun Stroll down Jew Streets shopping alley and shop your heart out. Hence, this package will let you perceive Cochin from a different angle as a destination. Overnight stay in Cochin.
Post breakfast we will leave for one of the most sought wildlife destinations in the country, Thekkady, located on the serene banks of the Periyar Lake. Renowned for its exotic spices and diverse wildlife, it provides you with a chance to experience village life in Thekkady and mingle with the locals. Embracing the local flavors will give you a better insight into the soul of this delightful destination. Relax at the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Thekkady. The very sound of the word Thekkady gives up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. In the Periyar Forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India, and spread across the entire district are plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks. This plantation town is situated on the outskirts of the Periyar sanctuary. The best experience is of boat ride during the mid-hours. Coming back to the vibrant Town in the Evening and shopping is possible in the spice market of these spicy lands. Overnight stay at Thekkady.
After breakfast, check out of the hotel. Back to Trivandrum. You will be received by our representative at the hotel. Post meals and relaxation, you will leave for local sightseeing. Major attractions include holistic places like Padmanabha Swamy temple and exotic zoological park. After witnessing the beauty of the capital city, you will appreciate the artistic work performed by locals in the Sri Chitra gallery. Overnight stay at the hotel. In the morning, after breakfast. You will board the return flight from Trivandrum international airport. We will make sure to give you the best possible. So, come plunge into this different world of natural beauty.

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Sustainable Travel

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchange, and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to sustainable tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

As much as possible, we try to use accommodation that is locally owned or at least employs local staff and uses local produce. This ensures that our visit directly benefits the local community by providing them with job opportunities and a chance to generate income. Water is especially important and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital to not cause too much waste from single use plastic bottles. Hence, we provide large water containers so that clients can refill their reusable water bottles.

In Jordan we are very proud to work with a local partner that received the Travelife Partner award in July 2021. Travelife is a certification system dedicated to achieving sustainable practices in the global tourism industry. In order to receive the award our Jordanian partner had to comply with over 100 criteria related to Corporate Social Responsibility. The Travelife standard is formally recognised for full compliance with the UN Sustainable Tourism Criteria.

Where Can I Travel?

Are you missing the rush of exploring somewhere new, or rediscovering hidden gems in your favourite destinations with like-minded travellers? We understand. There’s nothing like the sheer anticipation of counting down the days to your next big trip.

Our expert team is continuously reviewing the latest travel requirements at home and abroad so we can bring you the most up-to-date advice. Below, we’ve highlighted a selection of trips from destinations that are currently open for quarantine-free travel, so you can start planning your next adventure right now.

Where a country is listed as ‘Amber’, travellers from England who are fully vaccinated at least two weeks before departure can avoid quarantine on their return journey from 19th July. This rule also applies to children under 18. For people travelling from other locations, please find out the latest travel advice on our Travel Hub. Our 'Amber' destinations only include countries where the FCDO does not advise against travel. As soon as any country-level FCDO advice against travel is lifted, we will update this page.

As always, you can continue to book and travel with confidence on an Exodus trip. Not only have we been named Which? recommended provider, for the 6th consecutive year, but we also have an industry-leading booking flexibility policy in place to give our customers that added peace of mind when they travel. Find out more about your stress-free travel experience; one of the many reasons our customers have rated us ‘excellent’ on Trustpilot.

Not ready to book yet? Why not create an Exodus Wish List? We’ll let you know when your chosen country is open for travel, so you can secure your spot on that dream trip. In need of inspiration? Browse through some of our best-selling holidays to see where 2021 and 2022 will take you.


Essentials Info



Sustainable Travel

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchange, and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to sustainable tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

As much as possible, we try to use accommodation that is locally owned or at least employs local staff and uses local produce. This ensures that our visit directly benefits the local community by providing them with job opportunities and a chance to generate income. Water is especially important and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital to not cause too much waste from single use plastic bottles. Hence, we provide large water containers so that clients can refill their reusable water bottles.

In Jordan we are very proud to work with a local partner that received the Travelife Partner award in July 2021. Travelife is a certification system dedicated to achieving sustainable practices in the global tourism industry. In order to receive the award our Jordanian partner had to comply with over 100 criteria related to Corporate Social Responsibility. The Travelife standard is formally recognised for full compliance with the UN Sustainable Tourism Criteria.

Where Can I Travel?

Are you missing the rush of exploring somewhere new, or rediscovering hidden gems in your favourite destinations with like-minded travellers? We understand. There’s nothing like the sheer anticipation of counting down the days to your next big trip.

Our expert team is continuously reviewing the latest travel requirements at home and abroad so we can bring you the most up-to-date advice. Below, we’ve highlighted a selection of trips from destinations that are currently open for quarantine-free travel, so you can start planning your next adventure right now.

Where a country is listed as ‘Amber’, travellers from England who are fully vaccinated at least two weeks before departure can avoid quarantine on their return journey from 19th July. This rule also applies to children under 18. For people travelling from other locations, please find out the latest travel advice on our Travel Hub. Our 'Amber' destinations only include countries where the FCDO does not advise against travel. As soon as any country-level FCDO advice against travel is lifted, we will update this page.

As always, you can continue to book and travel with confidence on an Exodus trip. Not only have we been named Which? recommended provider, for the 6th consecutive year, but we also have an industry-leading booking flexibility policy in place to give our customers that added peace of mind when they travel. Find out more about your stress-free travel experience; one of the many reasons our customers have rated us ‘excellent’ on Trustpilot.

Not ready to book yet? Why not create an Exodus Wish List? We’ll let you know when your chosen country is open for travel, so you can secure your spot on that dream trip. In need of inspiration? Browse through some of our best-selling holidays to see where 2021 and 2022 will take you.


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