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South India: Explore Kerala

Kerala, South India

South India: Explore Kerala

Biking
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Start: Kochi
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End: Vypin Island

Get a taste of the Indian tropics on a compact seven-day trip to India’s southwestern coast.

Activity
Biking
LocationKerala, South India
Duration7 days
Start / EndKochi / Vypin Island
Tour operatorG Adventures

Kerala, South India

South India: Explore Kerala

Biking·
7 days·G Adventures
Start: Kochi
·
End: Vypin Island

Description

Get a taste of the Indian tropics on a compact seven-day trip to India’s southwestern coast. Stroll Kerala’s beaches, paddle a canoe through its backwaters along quiet canals, explore southern palaces, and savour some of the country’s most incredible flavours. Venture into a part of India that’s truly off the beaten path amid the cool, luxuriant greens of this tropical paradise.


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Itinerary

Day 1Kochi

Arrive at any time and transfer to hotel. There are no planned activities, so check in and enjoy the city.

Day 2Kochi

Enjoy a walking tour in old Fort Kochi, including the fish market, Chinese fishing nets, Dutch Palace, and Jewish Quarter. Meet a local spice expert, learning the medicinal and culinary uses of spices and their importance in the life of Kerala and all of India. This evening, enjoy a traditional Kathakali dance performance.

Day 3Kochi/Kumarakom

Visit Tripunithura Hill Palace then continue to Kumarakom on Vembanad Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the state of Kerala. Enjoy a canoe paddle along the narrow canals and take a walking tour through the paddy fields and Chempu village.

Day 4Kumarakom/Kerala Backwaters

Spend the day cruising the Kerala backwaters on a comfortable houseboat while observing local village life and bird watching. Later, visit a local home in Alleppey and enjoy a cooking demonstration of traditional Kerala cuisine and dine in the family's home.

Day 5Kerala Backwaters/Vypīn Island

This morning, meet with a representative of the Vembanad Wetlands Conservation Program 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 that the National Geographic has collaborated with on many conservation projects across India over the past decade. Continue 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 ways of collecting and processing clams are models for the management of lake resources. After, continue to the beach to relax in paradise with free time to explore.

Day 6Vypīn Island

Free time on Vypīn Island.

Day 7Vypīn Island

Depart at any time. Hotel checkout is at 12:00pm. It is very easy to arange a transfer from the resort to the Cochin airport - your CEO will be happy to assist.

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Accommodation

Hotels/resorts (6 nts).

What's Included

Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Meet with a Local Spice Expert, Kochi Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Family Home Meal Experience, Alleppey Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Visit Vembanad Wetlands Conservation Program, Kumarakom. Arrival transfer. Walking tour of old Kochi. Kathakali cultural performance. Visit Tripunithura Hill Palace. Kumarakom canoe ride. Walking tour of the paddy fields and Che... Read more

Meals Included

6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

What to Take

We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as your are expected to carry your own luggage. As a rule we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 mintues with your bags which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 10-15kg/22-30lb. Most travellers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!) as they need to fit under the beds when travelling ... Read more
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