Kerala Backwaters Tour Extension 4 Nights

$999.00

Tour Highlights:

  • Float down the serene backwaters of Kerala in a houseboat
  • Watch an intriguing Kathakali cultural dance performance unique to South India
  • Marvel at the majestic Chinese fishing nets
  • Indulge in a complete and rejuvenating Ayurveda experience

Kochi is home to the famed backwaters of Kerala, aptly nicknamed 'the Venice of South Asia', due to its labyrinth of meandering streams, lakes, rivers, and lagoons. Here, an interesting mix of Portuguese, Dutch and English influences is manifest in Jewish synagogues, historical churches and buildings, as well as giant fishing nets said to originate from China. At Alleppey, alight for a cruise through the serene backwaters of Kerala in a houseboat. Enjoy a special lunch on board and soak in the charming village life along the banks as you cruise along in style.

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per person twin share
$400

Inclusions:

  • Domestic internal flight(s): Jaipur > Kochi (via Mumbai)
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Transportation & transfers
  • Site entry fees
  • Local English-speaking tour guide

Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $125
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything else not stated

Accommodation:

Area Hotel Local Rating
Kochi Crowne Plaza Kochi or similar
Alleppey Cosy Houseboat or similar
Changanssery Contour Backwater Resorts or similar

Notes:

  • There will be a slight deviation from the Delhi sightseeing portion of the Passage to India 7 Days tour itinerary for all travellers taking up the Kerala Backwaters 4 Night extension. Lotus Palace, Gandhi Smriti and Humayun’s Tomb which are normally offered as part of the Passage to India 7 Days tour package will be replaced with a visit to India Gate, a drive by Parliament House and the President’s House, capped off with a special farewell dinner.
Transfer to the airport this morning after breakfast. Board your flight to Kochi via Mumbai. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel to rest. Enjoy the sunset by the seashore and see the extravagant Chinese Fishing Nets. These giant nets are one of a kind and it has been said it was brought to India from the traders of the court of Kublai Khan in AD 1400 China. Behold a special Kathakali performance this evening. Kathakali is a traditional folk dance specific to the Kerala region and features actor-dancers dressed up in extravagant colourful make-up, costumes, face masks and vivid face painting.
Kathakali
Rise early for your chance to relax at the spa (at your own expense) before the city sightseeing commences today. Kochi is a major port city on the south-west coast of India with a touch of Portuguese, Dutch and English influence. Visit the Jewish Synagogue this afternoon, a synagogue adorned with several objects of antiquity, such as elaborate Belgian glass chandeliers, giant scrolls from the Old Testament and hundreds of Chinese 18th century hand-painted porcelain tiles. Stop by St. Francis Church, well-known for its magnificent architecture and its Portuguese influence dating back to the 15th century. Later, see the Dutch Palace (or otherwise, known as Mattancherry Palace) and museum where large elaborate art murals depicting scenes from Great Indian Epics and an impressive collection of royal items formerly owned and worn by the royal family are on display.
Head to Alleppey after breakfast. On arrival, alight for a relaxing day cruise through the serene backwaters of Kerala in a houseboat. Observe the charming village life along the banks as you cruise along in style. Enjoy a special lunch on-board and soak in the warm sunset glow before journeying back to Changanssery for a complete and rejuvenating ayurvedic experience. Ayurveda is the science of life and longevity involving the harmony of mind, body and soul.
Kerala Houseboat
Indulge in a full day experience of Kerala Ayurveda treatments after a thorough check of individual body requirements.
Kerala Ayurveda
Early breakfast before you check out of the hotel. Return to Kochi this morning for your flight to Delhi. On arrival, free time for some last minute shopping before you visit India Gate passing by the Parliament House as well as the President’s House. Enjoy a special farewell dinner before you will be transferred to the airport for your journey home via connecting cities.

Note: There will be a slight deviation from the Delhi sightseeing portion of the Passage to India tour itinerary for all travellers taking up the Kerala extension. Lotus Palace, Gandhi Smriti and Humayun’s Tomb which are normally offered as part of the Passage to India tour package will be replaced with a visit to India Gate, a drive by the Parliament House and the President’s House capped off with a special farewell dinner.

Kochi Street