Backwaters Of Kerala

10 Days / 09 Nights
Cochin - Periyar - Alleppey - Marari

Backwaters Of Kerala

Kerala today has become one of the most popular destinations in south India. Its perfect destination for adventure, culture and relaxation. The scenic backwaters of Kerala comprise serene stretches of lakes, canals and lagoons located parallel to the coast of the Arabian Sea. The backwater regions of Kerala are one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. This Small tour takes in the most captivating areas, including the ancient harbour city of Cochin, to the wildlife reserve of Periyar and serenity of the backwaters.

Tour Highlights

  • South India Kathakali dance cultural show.
  • South India Boat ride at Periyar Lake.
  • South India The Spice Plantation Tour.

Itinerary Map

Tour Itinerary

Arrive at Cochin International Airport. Please clear immigration and visa formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the arrival lounge through the green channel. MAGADH TRAVELS executive will wait at the arrival hall with a placard in your name to greet you. Thereafter you will be assisted with a transfer and check in at the hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Cochin.

Brunton Boatyard, Cochin: This restored period building that is our hotel sits well with its colonial era surroundings and counterparts - the great trading houses of British India when pepper from Kerala was considered as precious as gold. Like the cultures they celebrate and display, Brunton Boatyard is a five star hotel whose interiors reflect an eclectic but tasteful blend of English, Portuguese and Dutch influences as seen in its high ceilings, hanging fans and a plethora of artifacts and curios from a great mercantile age known for its pomp and glamour. The scent of colonial history is all around you as you take a tour of the historic Fort Cochin area where the hotel stands. Though little remains of the fort itself there are legacies of its proud history to be seen everywhere.

Morning after breakfast half day city tour of Cochin covering The Dutch Palace "Mattancherry Palace", located in Palace Road and built by the Portuguese as early as 1557, is considered to be one of the important places to visit in Cochin. Popularly known as Dutch Palace, it has the style and architecture that resembles a typical traditional Kerala house with four individual wings and a patio in between. Visit Jewish Synagogue Built in 1568, Paradesi synagogue or the Jewish synagogue is the oldest one amongst all commonwealth countries. Jewish synagogue is located in Jew Town area of Cochin and was built by Cochin Jewish group or Malabar Yehudan people. Visit St. Francis Church originally built in 1503, is the oldest European church in India and has great historical significance as a mute witness to the European colonial struggle in the subcontinent. The Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama died in Kochi in 1524 when he was on his third visit to India. Visit Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica is one of the eight Basilicas in Kerala. Counted as one of the heritage edifices of Kerala, this church is one of the finest and most impressive churches in India and visited by tourists the whole year round. Also visit the Chinese Fishing nets. Later in the afternoon enjoy the Kathakali dance cultural show. Stay overnight at hotel in Cochin.

Morning after breakfast travel to Periyar. Periyar with its cool chimes and agreeable greenery has a wide zone for travellers to chill out. This pride destination in southern India is boosted with serene surroundings and startling sights and the reason to visit Periyar are for its wildlife scene. Periyar National Park is set high in the mountains and sprawls over the Western Ghats. This National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area located on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border and here, you can feel the presence of serenity and excitement amidst the wilderness. On arrival check-in at hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Periyar.

Spice Village, Periyar: Spice village for us is a work of nature as much as it is a lofty expression of the imagination. We conceived the resort as a village and approached its building the way you would a village - with local materials, native artisans, mountain spirit and traditional wisdom in its creation. Though traditional in its conception, this is a 'village' that offers you all the comforts of a city minus the noise, pollution and other urban ills that you can do without. Our interaction with the ecology of these hills is symbiotic, influenced by the native people of these parts who have lived in harmony with their surroundings for generations. They taught us about self-sustaining systems and also steward our organic gardens that put fresh vegetables, fruits and spices on your tables every day.

Early morning enjoys the shared boat ride at Periyar lake, clubbed inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Two-hour boating trips at the artificial lake formed near the Periyar Wildlife sanctuary. One can see herds of elephants grazing near the edges of the shoreline. Deer, sambar, gaur and wild boars can be seen flocking around the place at regular intervals. A majority of the wildlife activity in the area can be viewed during the summer months of March and April. Darters, egrets and kingfishers can be seen flocking around the withered trees that rise out of the lake.

After visit return back to hotel for breakfast. Later in the afternoon enjoy the Spice Plantation Tour. The winding pathways among the plantations, the thing that strikes you first is the lingering aroma in the air. The scent may be of cloves, nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon or cardamom and sometimes a fragrance that combines the scents of two or more spices. The geographical and climatic peculiarities of Kumily such as the cool climate and its elevation from the sea level make it ideal for spice cultivation. Stay overnight at hotel in Periyar.

Morning after breakfast travel to travel to Alleppey or Alappuzha, is often referred to as the Venice of the East by travelers, and rightly so. It is the hub of Kerala's backwaters, home to a vast network of waterways and more than a thousand houseboats. On arrival board your houseboat to explore the backwaters of Kerala. Your journey will start from Pallathurathy starting at 12 noon cruise towards Kannjipadam - The land situated in a picturesque surrounding with- all beauty of Kerala - Coconut palm plantations, paddy fields, backwaters & canals. After lunch at Kannjipadam cruise via Thottapally towards- Thakazhi by reaching by 5.30PM. We will anchor the house boat and then after proceed for a village walks. The land is bounded by backwater and is the birth place of famous Malyalam writer Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai. Thakazhy was a centre of Buddhism during the early days. It was under the Chempakassery Kingdom, which is annexed to Travancore by Marthanda Varma. After you finish exploring the village return to house boat for dinner and overnight stay.

Spice Coast Cruise, Alleppey: We took these old boats, called Kettuvalloms, and went to work on them as would a craftsman. With some imaginative tweaks to these vessels, we converted them into stately floating homes to cruise the placid waters of the vast and captivating Vembanad lake. Made from natural materials, these spice boats are powered with solar energy and vegetable oils to reduce their impact upon the lake. The crew of these boats are simple fisherfolk, men who know these waters from their early years. However, they do more than just pilot these behemoths, alternating between navigating the waterways, preparing meals for the guests onboard and generally keeping things 'shipshape'. Their smiling faces speak of a culture that is famed for its accommodating and amiable ways. This is indeed spontaneous hospitality, or what we term 'hospitality from the heart', a common CGH Earth feature.

Morning after breakfast start cruising via Chambakkulam. Stop for a brief halt at the famous St. Mary's Church at Champakulam cruise via Nedumudi to Vennattukadu. After lunch explore the narrow escapes of back water with canoe (subject to weather conditions). As you drift along the backwaters, it is difficult not to be captivated by the local way of life. Seeing children travelling to school in a narrow canoe, local ladies washing the pots at the side of the canal and fishermen netting their daily meal in the shallows, you realize how integral this network is to the life of the region. Then after continue cruising to Black-C where our house boat will be anchored for night stay.

Morning after breakfast de-board from houseboat and travel to Marari. Marari originates from 'Mararikulum', a local fishing village on the Arabian Sea coast. Marari Beach is a perfect location to enjoy the sandy beaches & sun. This beach in Kerala is eternal with coconut palm trees and golden sands. Rest of the day at your leisure. Stay overnight at hotel in Marari.

Marari Beach Resort, Mararikulam: Hidden away between two fishing villages on a beautiful golden beach, this 30-acre resort with successfully combines a warm, rustic feel with modern comforts. Scattered throughout the tropical coconut grove are 62 deceptively modest thatch-roof villas, which are spacious and comfortable with open-air bathrooms. Effort has been made to use local materials wherever possible and both the architecture and interiors have been designed with an authentic Keralan aesthetic in mind, echoed in the eco-friendly wooden structures and soothing neutral colour palate. We highly recommend the garden pool villas for those seeking privacy and tranquillity.

Morning after breakfast day at your leisure. Stay overnight at hotel in Marari.

Morning after breakfast day at your leisure. Stay overnight at hotel in Marari.

Morning after breakfast in time transfer to Cochin airport to board your schedule flight to back home.

Tour Ends...

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