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South India: Explore Kerala

  • Trip Type: Journeys
  • 7 Days | Kochi to Cherai Beach
  • Group Size: Max 16

Trip Details

 

Stretching along India’s southwestern coast, Kerala is home to beautiful beaches and backwaters, verdant jungles and tea-covered hills. This compact trip offers a chance to experience a part of India that’s truly off the beaten path. Paddle a canoe along lush canals, explore historic forts and palaces, sample flavorful cuisine, and more.

Trip Highlights

    • See the colonial architecture of Fort Kochi and watch a kathakali performance.
    • Paddle a canoe on Kerala’s waterways.
    • Sample southern Indian cuisine during a stay at a family home.

Itinerary - 7 Days

Day 1 — Kochi (Cochin)

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

Day 2 — Kochi (Cochin)

Embark on a walking tour of Fort Kochi, including the Dutch Palace, which was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century; Saint Francis Church, the oldest European church in India; and Santa Cruz Basilica. Mingle with shoppers and vendors at the lively fish market. Then meet with a local expert learning the medicinal and culinary uses of spices and their importance in the life of Kerala and all of India. This evening, experience a performance of kathakali, a classical dance form that combines literature, music, acting, and elaborate costumes. (1B)

Day 3 — Kochi/Kumarakom

Discover the impressive architecture and beautiful grounds of Tripunithura Hill Palace. Built in 1865, the palace houses the largest archaeological museum in Kerala, though it was originally the administrative office for local royalty. Continue to Vembanad Lake, Kerala’s largest lake. Paddle a canoe along narrow canals and take a walking tour through rice fields to the delightful village of Chempu. (1B, 1D)

Day 4 — Alleppey/Kerala Backwaters

This morning we travel to Alleppey, a golden expanse of land surrounded by rivers, lakes, lagoons, and canals. Board a traditional houseboat and spend the day cruising the serene backwaters of Kerala. Sunbathe on the deck and enjoy the passing landscapes, spotting birds and floating plants and observing scenes of daily life along the water. Later, arrive at our homestay in Alleppey and enjoy a cooking demonstration of southern Indian cuisine, followed by dinner with a local family. (1B, 1L, 1D)

Days 5 & 6 — Cherai Beach/Vypīn Island

On Vembanad Lake, meet with a representative of the Vembanad Wetlands Conservation Programme to learn about the ongoing work by local communities to conserve the lake and surrounding wetlands. This project was created by the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), an organization National Geographic has collaborated with on many conservation projects across India over the past decade. After learning about the program, travel by boat to a fish sanctuary established by traditional fishermen through the program. Meet with some of the fishermen and see firsthand how their traditional way of collecting and processing clams are models for the management of lake resources. Continue to Cherai Beach and enjoy free time to explore the village and experience the beaches and scenic backwaters of Vypīn Island. Opt to visit a spa or go for a bike ride. (2B)

Day 7 — Vypīn Island

Depart any time. (1B)

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Dates

2017
  • Sep 10 - 16, 2017
  • Sep 24 - 30, 2017
  • Oct 08 - 14, 2017
  • Oct 22 - 28, 2017
  • Nov 05 - 11, 2017
  • Nov 19 - 25, 2017
  • Dec 03 - 09, 2017
  • Dec 17 - 23, 2017
  • Dec 31, 2017 - Jan 06, 2018
2018
  • Jan 07 - 13, 2018
  • Jan 14 - 20, 2018
  • Jan 21 - 27, 2018
  • Jan 28 - Feb 03, 2018
  • Feb 04 - 10, 2018
  • Feb 11 - 17, 2018
  • Feb 18 - 24, 2018
  • Feb 25 - Mar 03, 2018
  • Mar 04 - 10, 2018
  • Mar 11 - 17, 2018
  • Mar 18 - 24, 2018
  • Mar 25 - 31, 2018
  • Apr 01 - 07, 2018
  • Apr 08 - 14, 2018
  • Apr 22 - 28, 2018
  • Sep 02 - 08, 2018
  • Sep 09 - 15, 2018
  • Sep 16 - 22, 2018
  • Sep 23 - 29, 2018
  • Oct 07 - 13, 2018
  • Oct 14 - 20, 2018
  • Oct 21 - 27, 2018
  • Oct 28 - Nov 03, 2018
  • Nov 04 - 10, 2018
  • Nov 11 - 17, 2018
  • Nov 18 - 24, 2018
  • Nov 25 - Dec 01, 2018
  • Dec 02 - 08, 2018
  • Dec 09 - 15, 2018
  • Dec 16 - 22, 2018
  • Dec 23 - 29, 2018
  • Dec 30, 2018 - Jan 05, 2019

Trip Cost

Price From

$1,099

Contact Us: 1-800-281-2354

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Cost Details

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $649

What's Included

Arrival transfer, transport between destinations and to/from included activities, and activities as listed in the itinerary. Optional activities such as spa visits and bicycling are at an additional cost.

Accommodations
Comfortable, mid-range hotels (5 nights), family homestay (1 night)

Meals Included
6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Transportation
Private minibus, houseboat, canoe, taxi

Optional Experience

You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.