Backwaters Tour of KeralaDuration: 03 Nights / 04 Days
Destionations: Cochin - Alleppey - Kollam
Day 01: Cochin
On arrival at the Airport/Railway Station in Cochin, you will be met and transferred to Hotel. After lunch at 1330 hrs go on a pleasant boat ride across the Cochin Harbour, which takes you to the gateway of the Arabian Sea. On arrival at Fort Cochin, proceed on a sight seeing tour, which includes a visit to the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Chinese Fishing nets, etc. After the thrilling boat ride, go on a shopping spree & sight seeing of the city center before returning to your hotel.
Day 02: Cochin / Embark from Alleppey /Thottappally village - Rice Barge
Today Cruise through Pallathuruthy Canal, Karimpavalavu village , Karumady canal - the long stretch of narrow canal - to reach Thottappally village for night stay. Enroute can visit Karumady Kuttan(a statue of Buddha and a Temple) Alleppey, often called the Venice of the East, and situated on the Vembanad Lake which is the longest lake in India. The commercial centre of Allappuzha lives in a maze of canals in the labyrinth of backwater channels, the town is one of the best starting points to explore the un-spoilt countryside of Kerala. Though ferries operate regular serves in the backwaters, a country boat is the best mode for a real experience of Kerala. One of the best-known ports along the coast stretching along its west. Parallel to the sea are lakes and backwaters of Kerala with several openings to sea. This helped to develop a natural port, which made Allappuzha a famous trade centre.This was a flourishing Buddhist centre of ancient Kerala (Karumadi Temple), with the Sri Lankan traders and the backwaters connecting it with inland trade with eastern high ranges.
Overnight at Rice Barge.
Day 03: Cruise through Thandapara / Champakulam Village /Nedumudi village/Mancompu village/Trikkunnapuzha / Kayamkulam Lake - Rice Barge
Early Morning wake up to the tunes of lovely birds and watch sun climbingover the palm trees - Breakfast on board. Witness the humble living of Keralites. Many goods are sold and purchased on of barter system still today. Visit famous Chambakulam St. Forane Church. After lunch visit Chambakulam chundan the famous Snake Boat. A visit to Nedumudi village market to witness varieties of Indian Vegetables and Fishes ,Continue cruise through Nedumudy and Mancompu village. Stop for walk through Mancompu village and visit Bhagavathy temple - one of the oldest temples near backwaters. Proceed to Kumarakody and Pallana to Thrikunnapuzha. A walk through Thrikunnapuzha village and visit local coir manufacturing unit.
Overnight stay at Rice barge at Kayamkulam lake.
Day 04 : Kayamkulam/Alinkadavu/Disembark at Kollam
Today a leisurely Cruise through Kayamkulam lake and Alinkadavu village, Glance through the first hand the unhurried village life of rural Kerala. The life is tough and traditional work is highly labour intensive. Here one meets the people engaged in country boat building, prawn cultivation, sand mining, coir manufacture, limestone collection (by divers who are specialists in this field), rice farming and duck rearing. You could go to Kollam thru the maze river and myriad lagoons. This place is also a strong magnet for the millions of tourists who come here from all over the globe to encounter the unbelievable beauty of the place and the life of the millions besides these backwaters.