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  • 15 Nights/ 13 Days
  • Max People : 22
  • Wifi Available
  • Jan 18’ - Dec 21'
  • Min Age : 12+
  • Pickup: Airport

Explore Kerala backwaters, which are easily the most tempting tourist highlights in Kerala. And, this is the most loved holiday type for the Britons. In this special Kerala holiday itinerary, explore the most captivating backwaters on the Malabar Coast, Kumarakom and Alappuzha. Also, explore the rich colonial past of Cochin, wildlife at Periyar National Park and the hilly beauty of Munnar.

Kerala Backwater Destinations

The most important Kerala backwater destinations are Alappuza, Kollam, Kasargod, Kozikode(Calicut), Kumarakom, Kuttanad and Thiruvananthpuram. Explore the Kallada river, Asthamudi Lake, Sasthamkoda Lake, Munroe Island in Kollam

Kerala Houseboats 

Spend a day or two in the most popular Kerala houseboats – locally known as kettuvallams. 

Kerala Backwater Holiday: Cochin – Munnar – Thekkady – Kumarakom – Kerala House Boat – Alleppey – Kovalam

Call our Indian holiday travel experts to book special Kerala backwater holiday experience and tell us if you would like to add tour extensions. We specialise in making unique India holiday itineraries.

Getting there

For Kerala Backwater holiday packages, you can look at booking British Airways flights because they fly direct from London Heathrow to Cochin. Your tour starts from Cochin. Also, Emirates, Oman Air, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways also have excellent connections via their respected hubs to Kolkata, Kochi, Trivandrum, Kozhikode, Goa, Jaipur and Lucknow and fly from airports all over the UK.

Flying times from UK

Direct flights from the UK take between 8 and 10 hours depending on the destination. Also, flights with stops en-route take between 12 and 14 hours.

Time zone

India is +5½ hours ahead of GMT.

Visa requirements

Holders of British Citizen passports are able to apply for an e-Tourist Visa (eTV). Please note that the very latest an Indian eTV application can be made is 4 days prior to travel to India.

Departure & Return Location

Heathrow Airport

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Bedroom

4 Bedrooms

Bathroom

6 Bathrooms

Price Includes

  • Air fares
  • 15 Nights Hotel Accommodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Stay in a houseboat
  • All Transfers & Sightseeing

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Driver Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
Tour Highlights
  • Trekking through Periyar National Park
  • Boat trip in Lake Periyar
  • Sunset at Kanyakumari
  • Tour of the colonial city of Cochin
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Kerala Backwater Holiday Experience 15N/13D

Day 1UK to Cochin

Today you will depart from the UK to Cochin in an overnight flight.

Day 2Cochin

Today, you arrive in Cochin and our representative will meet you at the airport. You will be transferred to the hotel for two nights. Cochin is also called the Venice of the East. Spend your afternoon at the sunset harbour to see Bolgahtty Island and the Chinese fishing nets.

Day 3Cochin

In the morning, we will proceed for a city tour including the Dutch Palace, with its 17th-century murals of Ramayana. We will also be visiting the Jewish Synagogue, built-in 1568, Fort Cochin and St Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. In the afternoon, we will watch the famous Kathakali dance performance.

Day 4Cochin to Munnar

Today, we will head to Munnar by the road, the area is right in the midst of cardamom and tea plantations, on the Western Ghats. In the afternoon, we will explore the town.

Day 5Munnar

Today, we will head to visit tea and spice plantations. Also, see Anaimudi (2695m), the highest peak in South India. You can also choose to visit Mattupetty Dam Evarikulam National park to see the Nilgiri Thar (wild goat).

Day 6Munnar to Periyar

After breakfast, we will head to Periyar National Park for its elephant herds and a rich variety of birdlife.

Day 7Periyar

The morning is at leisure. In the afternoon, proceed for a boat ride in Lake Periyar.

Day 8Periyar to Kumarakom

After breakfast drive to Kumarakom. You will be staying here for two nights and indulge in Ayurvedic treatments.

Day 9Kumarakom

A day at leisure to relax on the shores of the Vembanad Lake.

Day 10Kumarakom to Backwaters

After breakfast, we will take the rice boat and cruise through the Vembanad Lake. Overnight stay in the houseboat.

Day 11Backwaters to Alappuzha

In the morning, leave for a the houseboat in Alappuzha (Alleppey), an enchanting backwater destination famous for coir and carpet products, fish and lakes.

Day 12Alappuzha to Kovalam

In the morning, take a train to Trivandrum and you will then be moving to Kovalam – known for its beach of silver sands with rows and rows of tall palm trees. Reminder of the day at leisure. Three nights stay in Kovalam.

Day 13-14Kovalam

At leisure.

Day 15Kovalam to the UK

Transfer to the International airport in Trivandrum towards your onward journey to UK

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FAQ

Can Indiaologist do a custom trip for me?

Indiaologist excels in customising trip itineraries for you! Absolutely, anything you want! If you loved our itinerary and would, in addition, want something new and exciting to do, we can add that too. Have a large group visiting like family or a corporate? We can easily tailor to your wants and needs – new destinations, more attractions or extend the number of people.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

For booking the trip, you would need to use the United Kingdom – Pound sterling (£) and for shopping during the trip, you would need Indian Rupee.

Are entrance fees to attractions included in the itinerary?

Unlike many tour companies, we include a selection of entrances in our tour prices. Any other entrance fees will be at your own expense.

Can you cater for my dietary restrictions?

Indiaologist Team does our best to accommodate your dietary needs. Please ensure that any restrictions are made clear to us at the time of booking so we can pass the information on to our hotels, restaurants and suppliers.

When should I book my trip?

The earlier the better! Our trips will book up fast. Plus, we offer discounts for people who book early. See our exclusive deals page

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