South India - Kerala Dreaming
Slutdestination: Vypin Island
Compared to the North, southern India is a different place working on a different pace. But you don't need to devote a month to get here; this compact trip offers a healthy taste of Kerala's stunning tropical beauty. Luxuriate on the beach and watch the sunset, explore the backwaters along quiet canals, and savour that last smidgen of flavour as you scrape your banana leaf plate clean. After only one night in the tropical south, you may never want to leave.
Minibus, houseboat, canoe, taxi, walking.
Comfort hotels/resorts (5 nts), homestay (1 nt).
Learn the true meaning of relaxation on a houseboat cruising Kerala's backwaters, discover how fishermen's nets can be an attraction in their own right, drool over that extra helping of delicious South Indian cuisine with a cooking demonstration, enjoy a homestay with a local family
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Family Home Meal Experience, Alleppey. Arrival transfer. Walking tour in Kochi including Fort Cochin, the Dutch Palace, the Jewish quarter and the fishing market and famous Chinese fishing nets. Kathakali cultural show. Visit Tripunithura Hill Palace. Kumarakom canoe ride. Walking tour of the paddy fields and Chempu village. Houseboat day trip along the Kerala backwaters. Homestay with cooking demonstration and meal with local family. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 1 Kochi
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.
Day 2 Kochi (1B)
Explore on a walking tour in old Fort Kochi, including the fish market, famous Chinese fishing nets, Dutch Palace, Jewish quarter, and spice market. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Kathakali dance performance.
Day 3 Kochi/Kumarakom (1B, 1D)
Visit Tripunithura Hill Palace then continue to Kumarakom. Enjoy a canoe paddle in the narrow canals and take a walking tour of the paddy fields and Chempu village.
Day 4 Kumarakom/Kerala Backwaters (1B, 1L, 1D)
Spend the day cruising the Kerala backwaters on a comfortable houseboat while observing local village life and bird watching. Later, arrive at our homestay in Alleppey and enjoy a cooking demonstration of traditional Kerala cuisine and dine with a local family.
Day 5 Kerala Backwaters/VypÄ«n Island (1B)
Take time to relax in paradise with free time to explore the local village and pristine beaches. There's an option to visit an Ayurvedic spa or go cycling.
Day 6 VypÄ«n Island (1B)
Free Time on VypÄ«n Island.
Day 7 VypÄ«n Island (1B)
Depart at any time.