Situated in southern India on the Malabar Coast, Kerala is a state of utmost beauty, fun and flavour. One of its biggest attractions is backwaters. The backwaters of Kerala, a network of 1500 km of canals, were once a major means of transportation connecting every corner of the state to another. Today, these backwaters cruises have gained immense popularity as a major tourist destination for travellers from different parts of the globe. You many find plenty of beaches in India, but backwaters are something that add uniqueness to the state. A Kerala backwater cruise is the perfect way of exploring the natural beauty of the state, its cities and towns. The backwaters are comprised of multiple canals, rivers, lakes and estuaries.
Houseboats (kettuvallams) are available to sail across the Kerala backwaters. During your cruise through the backwaters, you'll come across such picturesque towns as Kollam, Kozhikode and Alappuzha. Depending on your specific requirements, you can choose to go on a Kerala backwater cruise for one or several days. If you opt for a multiple-day cruise, you'll be accompanied by a navigator and a cook in the houseboat that you hire. You'll have the pleasure of enjoying a wide range of traditional cuisines of Kerala prepared from freshly picked vegetables.
If the Kerala backwaters is a crown, the Ashtamudi Lake is its most precious jewel. While cruising along the backwaters, exploring the beauty on and around this beautiful lake is an unforgettable experience. The lake is quite well-known for its endangered marine species. An overnight stay in a luxurious houseboat at this lake will prove to be a great stress-busting experience. The Vembanad Lake is another major attraction in the backwaters of the state. Apart from hiring houseboats, you can also hire yachts to enhance your cruise experience.
Today on reaching at Cochin, you will be assisted to your car and drive to Alleppey. Enroute exploring the green mountains, On reaching at Alleppey, embark on your private houseboat starting your cruise through the rich and splendid backwaters of Alleppey. Just relax at the luxurious houseboat. It will be a unique and exclusive experience in your lifetime. You will be cruising along the village sides and paddy fields witnessing the core life of the Kerala villages for the whole day. The house boat is fully furnished with bedrooms, private balcony and a kitchen. It also comprises a chef, Oarsmen & cabin assistant. The materials that go into the making are all local and Eco friendly bamboo poles, coconut fiber ropes, bamboo mats, coir carpets etc. Dinner and overnight stay is at the houseboat.
Today we will cruise through the Kumarakom backwaters, Kumarakom is a place for it habitats numerous churches and is famed for its rubber farm. Kottayam is just 17 Kms away from Kumarakom and Vemband Lake. Backwater activity, rubber, tea, coffee, pepper and cardamom plantation are some of the attracting features of Kumarakom. Also we pay a visit to the Kumarakom bird sanctuary home of migratory birds like the siberian stork, egret, darter, heron and teal. Later board the houseboat cruiseing through the canals of Kumarakom. Dinner and overnight aboard air conditioned houseboat
Following a leisurely breakfast, we will Periyar enroute visiting Idukki dam. On reaching at Periyar, check in to your hotel. Thekkady is known for its wildlife, lake and spice plantations. Rest of the day is at leisure to explore the vicinity at your own, or enjoy at the resort.
Today after breakfast, we will proceed for the visit the Periyar Wildlife sanctuary visiting Periyar Lake on boat, come across wild elephant, boar, deer, tiger and more.
Afternoon, proceed for the spice plantation tour, rich in cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee, tea estates etc. on your way back to the hotel, you could stop at the local market and pick up some fragrant spices.
After breakfast, get on time transfer to the Cochin airport, to board your onward flight.
I would for sure recommend Max Holidays to everyone. Last month I went for a 05 days tour to Kerala and I must say it was an awesome experience. The highlight of the trip was a night on a houseboat the scenery was stunning. Thekkady again was amazing I loved watching animals at their natural habitat. Overall a memorable trip with Max!!
I took 05 days trip to Kerala with my girlfriend through Max Holidays and I must say that my decision of choosing them was absolutely right. I had lot of special requests to make as it was a surprise trip which I was planning from pretty long time. I came across so many other tour operators who was happy to help me to plan this tour but I decided to go with Max only reason is Mr. Amit who was one point contact in Max and the way he conveyed all the information to me made me feel like yes, they are the one who can make this trip a lifelong enriching experience for us.
We offer services which are better comparing to other agencies running similar trips. Our drivers and guides are highly experienced and trained for hospitality. The hotels are carefully picked to ensure your comfort and safety.
To book this trip you need to pay only US$100 and balance 45 days prior to the trip. If at any time before this you change your mind your money is safe with Max Holidays and can be transfered to your next trip with us.
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