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Overview

Kerala, with its long coastline along with a variety of sun-kissed golden sandy beaches amidst towering palms facing the sea, is a perfect holiday destination. In this sojourn, re-discover yourself along the miles of idyllic palm-fringed beaches with activities like kayaking, wind sailing, sea surfing, sunbathing and exploring fishing villages. The tour strikes the perfect balance of action and relaxation.

Your journey starts in Cochin, which brings together the old world charm of the erstwhile Portuguese colony and the modern day city life. Thereafter, head to the idyllic beach Cherai located around 40km drive from Cochin. This attractive beach is on Vypin Island and is ideal for swimming. The tour then takes you to one of the calmest beaches of Kerala in Mararikulam, known for the picturesque fishing village. In Mararikulam you can experience the laidback life of the beach town, rejuvenate yourself with an Ayurvedic massage or simply stroll in the local fisherman villages.

Now it is time to board the enchanting houseboat and begin cruise along the serene backwaters. As you cruise along, you will witness life in the backwater villages of Alleppey. You will travel down the small canals dotted with houses, paddy fields, coconut trees, marketplaces, and temples. Watch local people engaging in a variety of daily activities from fishing to boat-making.

After backwater cruise, explore the finest beaches of Kerala in Varkala and Kovalam. Varkala is a calm, secluded beach known for its white, silvery stretch of clear sands and spring mineral. Kovalam, having three crescent-shaped beaches, offers one of the most splendid and alluring beach holidays. The massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters which is ideal for swimming, snorkeling and surfing. The shore is full of restaurants offering all kinds of local seafood.

Before you return back home, spend some time to visit the city of Trivandrum and enjoy last minute shopping in the God’s Own Country.

Highlights

  • Marvel at Chinese fishing net
  • Spot dolphins at Cherai Beach
  • Relax on white sand beach of Marari
  • Take a cruise on a traditional rice barge houseboat in Alleppey
  • Enjoy sunset view from the cliff in Varkala
  • Laze on crescent-shaped beaches of Kovalam

Tour Details

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Day 1 - Arrive Cochin

Our representative will receive you on arrival at the airport in Cochin and will take you to thehotel. Inthe evening, enjoy traditional Kathakali dance performances or a kaleidoscope of martial arts and traditional dance forms of Kerala. Overnight will be in Cochin.

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Day 2 - In Cochin

After breakfast, begin the sightseeing tour of Cochin which includes The Santa Cruz Cathedral,Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry or ‘Dutch Palace’ and also the famous St.Francis Church- the first European Church that was built in India. Later, head to the harbor where local fishermen use the old Chinese fishing nets introduced centuries ago. Overnight will be in Cochin.

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Day 3 - Cochin to Cherai Beach By road 40kms / 1hrs

After breakfast, drive to Cherai Beach, upon arrival check into the resort.This attractive beach borders around Vypeen (Vypin) island that is ideal for swimming. Sometimes, you can also spot dolphins here. It is surrounded by a charming Kerala village which consists of paddy fields as well as coconut palm groves. Enjoy leisure activities at the beach. Overnight will be at Cherai Beach.

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Day 4 – Cherai Beach to Marari By road 74kms / 2hrs

After breakfast, drive to Marari and you will be transferred to an independent villa at the Marari Beach. After lunch in the restaurant, it’s time to relax. Spend the rest of the day at leisure near the beach or go for a stroll in the local fishing village. Overnight will be at Marari.

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Day 5 – In Marari

The day is at leisure to explore Marari and enjoy the white sand beach. You may also choose to try an ayurvedic massage. Overnight will be at Marari.

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Day 6 – Marari to Alleppey By road 58kms / 01 Hrs

After breakfast, proceed to the jetty which is just half an hour away from your hotel. Check into a traditional Kerala style houseboat and go on a leisurely backwater cruise along the lake. The houseboat, with all modern comforts, lets you discover the countryside at your own pace. All meals will be served on the boat freshly prepared by the crew. In the evening the boat will anchor by the lush paddy fields. Dinner will be served on board. Enjoy the tranquility of the water around and spend the night on the houseboat.

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Day 7 – Alleppey to Varkala By road 106kms / 4hrs

Breakfast will be on board. Cruise through the backwaters watching children going to school and the village markets opening. Disembark the boat at the finishing point where your driver will be waiting for you to drive toVarkala. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel. Enjoy the evening watching a spectacular sunset or swimming at the picturesque Varkala Beach. Overnight will be in Varkala.

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Day 8 – In Varkala

Breakfast will be at thehotel. Varkala's main beach, Papanasam is long and golden with a stunning backdrop of red cliffs from which healing mineral water springs forth. Varkala is flanked by endless beaches to the north and the south. You may also choose to visit the ancient Janardhanaswamy Temple largely rebuilt in the 13th century. Overnight will be in Varkala.

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Day 9 – Varkala to Kovalam By road 56kms / 01hrs

After breakfast, drive to the beautiful beach of Kovalam. Three crescent-shaped beaches, separated by rocky outcroppings, constitute the chief attraction of this coastal town. The shallow water of the beach is ideal for swimming. In the evening, you can go for a boat ride and visit places like Rock Cut Cave, Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium, Kovalam Light House, Eve's Beach and Samudra Beach. Head back to the hotel and enjoy the beautiful sunset. Overnight will be at Kovalam.

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Day 10 – In Kovalam

After breakfast, drive to Veli Tourist Village a picnic spot, where the Veli Lake meets the Arabian Sea. You can hire boat to explore the beautiful lagoon. The evening is free to enjoy the crescent-shaped beach. Overnight will be in Kovalam.

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Day 11 - Kovalam to Trivandrum By road 16kms / 1hrs

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Depending upon your flight timing, explore the Trivandrum city and go for last-minute shopping. Later, you will be transferred to the Trivandrum airport to take a flight back home with sweet memories of the tour. TOUR ENDS!