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Kerala Backwater Experience

Kerala Backwater Experience

If you are looking to explore the backwaters, which are easily the most tempting tourist highlight in Kerala, this is the tour you should opt for! On the tour, you get an opportunity to spend time at captivating backwaters on the Malabar Coast, Kumarakom and Alappuzha. Also, you can explore the rich colonial past of Cochin, wildlife at Periyar National Park and the hilly beauty of Munnar.


Tour Nights

  • Cochin: 2 nights
  • Munnar: 2 nights
  • Thekkady: 2 nights
  • Kumarakom: 2 nights
  • Kerala House Boat: 1 night
  • Alleppey: 1 night
  • Kovalam: 3 nights

Tour At a Glance

  • Tour through the colonial city of Cochin
  • Spot wildlife whilst trekking through Periyar National Park
  • Revel in the pleasures of a house boat in Alleppy
  • Evening Sunset boat trip in Lake Periyar
  • Enjoy Sunset at the Kanyakumari – "The Lands End of India"
  • Tour code: STI25
  • Accommodation Grade
  • Private Tour

15 Days / 13 Nights from fr £ 1769 pp

Kerala Backwater Experience Itinerary details

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  • Day 1 UK to Cochin
    UK to Cochin

    Depart from UK an overnight flight to Cochin.

  • Day 2 Cochin

    Arrive in Cochin and transfer to your hotel for two nights. Set amidst lagoons and backwaters on the Malabar Coast, Cochin is also known as the ‘Venice of the East’. Over the centuries Europeans have traded ivory, spices and teak. The British, Dutch and Portuguese left their influence on this great city. Afternoon a Sunset harbour cruise to see Bolgahtty Island and the Chinese fishing nets.

  • Day 3 Cochin

    Morning city tour visiting the Dutch Palace, with its 17th century murals of Ramayana. The Jewish Synagogue, built in 1568, contains the Grand Scroll of the Old Testament. Also visit Fort Cochin and St Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. Vasco de Gama, who discovered India, was first buried here. Afternoon a chance to see the famous Kathakali dance performance (Optional), a traditional folk dance of Kerala, enacting stories from the Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabhartha.

  • Day 4 Cochin to Munnar
    Cochin to Munnar

    Depart by road to Munnar, a hill resort in the midst of cardamom and tea plantations, on the Western Ghats. Situated on the confluence of three mountain streams, this British summer retreat of the Raj has lakes, reservoirs and lush green forests. Munnar is a major centre for the tea industry in Kerala. In the afternoon explore the town. Two nights stay in Munar.

  • Day 5 Munnar

    Visit to tea and spice plantations to see how the crops are grown. Munnar is close to Anaimudi (2695m), the highest peak in South India and offers plenty of nature walks. Optional visit to the nearby Mattupetty Dam Evarikulam National park to see the Nilgiri Thar (wild goat). This park is also rich in varieties of bird life .

  • Day 6 Munnar to Periyar
    Munnar to Periyar

    Post Breakfast, drive to Periyar.
    ​Periyar National Park, noted for its rich variety of bird life. Two nights stay in Periyar.

  • Day 7 Periyar

    Morning at leisure and take afternoon boat ride in the lake Periyar in search of wildlife.

  • Day 8 Periyar to Kumarakom
    Periyar to Kumarakom

    After breakfast drive to Kumarakom. Accommodation consists of comfortable cottages with a swimming pool and Ayurvedic massage facilities. Two nights stay in Kumarakom.

  • Day 9 Kumarakom

    A day at leisure to relax on the shores of the Vembanad Lake. At your leisure visit the nearby bird sanctuary or a local village.

  • Day 10 Kumarakom to Backwaters
    Kumarakom to Backwaters

    After breakfast board the riceboat and cruise slowly through the palm-fringed waterways of the Vembanad Lake. Your captain and cook will accompany you. See life in the backwaters as you pass through various villages. Overnight on board the houseboat.

  • Day 11 Backwaters to Alappuzha
    Backwaters to Alappuzha

    Morning leave the houseboat in Alappuzha (Alleppey), an enchanting backwater destination famous for coir and carpet products, fish and lakes. Every year a boat race is held here and features the gigantic snake-boats of Kerala. Afternoon tour of the town includes a visit to a coir factory. Overnight stay in Allepy

  • Day 12 Alappuzha to Kovalam
    Alappuzha to Kovalam

    Morning train to Trivandrum and transfer to Kovalam, an uncluttered beach of silver sands with rows and rows of tall palm trees. Reminder of the day at leisure. Three nights stay in Kovalam.

  • Days 13-14 Kovalam

    At leisure. During your stay you will be provided with a day excursion to Kanyakumari (Cape Cemorin) ’The Lands End of India' where the India Ocean, Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal meet, visiting Padmanabhapuram Palace Suchindram en route. Sunset at the Lands End is spectacular.

  • Day 15 Trivandrum (Kovalam) to UK Departure
    Trivandrum (Kovalam) to UK Departure

    Transfer to the International airport in Trivandrum towards your onward journey to UK with sweet memories.

Dates & Prices

01 Oct - 16 Dec

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Single Room Supp (pp)


16 Jan - 07 Apr

Superior (pp)


Single Room Supp (pp)


01 Oct - 16 Dec

Deluxe (pp)


Single Room Supp (pp)


16 Jan - 07 Apr

Deluxe (pp)


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The Elephant Court Superior

The Elephant Court Thekkady

The Elephant Court is situated in Thekkady, one of the

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Aveda Resorts and Spa Superior

Aveda Resorts and Spa Kumarakom

The hotel Situated in Kumarakom, Aveda Resorts and Spa is on a lake and close to Kumarakom Boat Jetty, Vembanad Lake, and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Regional attractions also include Thirunakkara Mahadeva Temple and Nagambadam Stadium.

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Uday Samudra Beach Hotel Superior

Uday Samudra Beach Hotel Kovalam

Uday Samudra Hotel is located at the famed beaches of Kovalam. It is just minutes away from Vellar Junction. Trivandrum International Airport is only 15 kilometers and Railway Station is 13 kilometers away from the hotel. 

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Holiday Inn Superior

Holiday Inn Cochin

Located in the cosmopolitan city of Cochin, known as the industrial capital of Kerala, Holiday Inn Cochin is a recent addition in this bustling commercial port.Conveniently located on the NH Bypass at a distance of 5 kms from Kakkanad,commercial plac

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Fragrant Nature Munnar Superior

Fragrant Nature Munnar Munnar

Fragrant Nature—a luxury hotel with the finest vantage views of the verdant mountains—is situated in a choice location of Munnar. Tata Tea Museum and St. Thomas Marthoma are within 10 kilometer. Fragrant Nature Munnar is styled similar t

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AC Dlx. House Boat Superior

AC Dlx. House Boat Kumarakom

Sail onto the famed backwaters of Kerala on a house boat and behold captivating sights and sounds - swaying palms and images from daily life in local fishing villages. 

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Ramada Alleppey Superior

Ramada Alleppey Alleppey

Ramada Alleppey is accessible through water, road and air. Just minutes away on the coast, climb the teak spiral staircase to very top of the oldest lighthouse on the Arabian Sea. This relic of Alappuzha’s days as a busy port is open to visitor

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Spice Village Deluxe

Spice Village Periyar

Spice Village is a resort located in Kumily, a small settlement

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The Zuri Deluxe

The Zuri Kumarakom

The Zuri is Located on the serene banks of Vembanad

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The Raviz Kovalam Deluxe

The Raviz Kovalam Kovalam

The Raviz Kovalam hotel built on a cliff-top, is cradled between wide sweeping beaches and has a panoramic view of the famous Kovalam coastline. It is spread over 44 acres of lush green land. Trivandrum, the capital of Kerala is a short and scenic dr

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Crowne Plaza Deluxe

Crowne Plaza Kochi

Located on the NH 47 Bypass with easy access to the airport, CBD, Kakkanad Infopark, Fort Kochi, and scenic backwaters and beaches to the south.

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Windermere Estate Deluxe

Windermere Estate Munnar

Windermere Estate is set amidst a cardamom estate surrounded by

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Lake Palace Resort Deluxe

Lake Palace Resort Alleppey

Lake Palace Resort is a luxury resort located in Alleppey at the banks of Vembanadu Lake, adjacent to the venue of the legendary Nehru Trophy boat race. Set amidst green vistas, vast blue skies, fresh breeze, towering palms and ever flowing water str

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AC Dlx. House Boat Deluxe

AC Dlx. House Boat Kumarakom

Sail onto the famed backwaters of Kerala on a house boat and behold captivating sights and sounds - swaying palms and images from daily life in local fishing villages. 

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What's Included?

  • International Flights: Return economy class International flights from UK. Supplement may apply from regional airports.
  • Domestic Flights:Economy class domestic flights within India.
  • Assisted Transfers : All Airport and train transfers as specified by a chauffeur driven car inclusive of representative assistance. Where courtesy transfers are provided by the hotel representative assistance may not be available in some places.
  • Accommodation: Room with attached private facilities.
  • Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast at all places and House Boat on Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Jungle Safari: As per individual parks regulations. By Jeep sharing with other tourist, seating up to five, or a large open vehicle, seating up to eighteen. Safaris are accompanied by a naturalist. For booking exclusive jeeps a higher charge may apply. Due to the limited number of vehicles allowed inside a park in a day, exclusive jeep is subject to availability.
  • Train: Air conditioned sleeper.
  • Services of Local Agent & Tour Guide: Services of a local agent in all major cities and an English speaking guide during sightseeing as specified inclusive of entry fee to the monuments.
  • Taxes:All applicable taxes and service charges.

What's not Included?

  • Travel insurance: We recommend you take a comprehensive travel insurance to cover your holiday at the time of booking the tour.
  • Visa: UK citizens require entry visas for India.
  • Personal Expenses: Such as laundry, telephones calls, hard & soft drinks, meals other then specified, beverages and mineral water etc
  • Camera fee: Still and video camera fee at monuments and game parks.
  • Tips anywhere: To drivers, porters, bellboys, guides & waiters etc.
  • Free Days: Any car arrangements on free days / days at leisure.
  • Any items not mentioned in the itinerary and inclusions.

Additional Information

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£) based on twin sharing.

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