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AHSNG - South India: Explore Kerala

Get a taste of the Indian tropics on a compact seven-day trip to India's southwestern coast. Stroll Kerala's beaches, paddle a can 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.

Inclusions

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Meet with a Local Spice Expert, Kochi National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Family Home Meal Experience, Alleppey National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Visit Vembanad Wetlands Conservation Programme, 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 Chempu village
Houseboat day trip along the Kerala backwaters
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Tour Provider G Adventures
Number of Days
7
Price From
AUD $1,257
Start Location
Kochi, India
End Location
Vypin Island, India
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
1 to 16
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Discovery
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
28 Oct 201803 Nov 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,257 
04 Nov 201810 Nov 20186AUD $1,479
11 Nov 201817 Nov 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,257 
18 Nov 201824 Nov 201811AUD $1,479
25 Nov 201801 Dec 201812AUD $1,257
02 Dec 201808 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,257 
09 Dec 201815 Dec 20189AUD $1,479
16 Dec 201822 Dec 2018Fully BookedAUD $1,257 
23 Dec 201829 Dec 20186AUD $1,599
30 Dec 201805 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $1,257 
13 Jan 201919 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $1,257 
20 Jan 201926 Jan 2019Fully BookedAUD $1,257 
03 Feb 201909 Feb 201914AUD $1,479
10 Feb 201916 Feb 20199AUD $1,479
24 Feb 201902 Mar 20193AUD $1,479
10 Mar 201916 Mar 2019Fully BookedAUD $1,257 
24 Mar 201930 Mar 201916AUD $1,479
07 Apr 201913 Apr 201913AUD $1,349
21 Apr 201927 Apr 201912AUD $1,349
15 Sep 201921 Sep 201916AUD $1,349
29 Sep 201905 Oct 201916AUD $1,349
13 Oct 201919 Oct 201916AUD $1,349
27 Oct 201902 Nov 201916AUD $1,479
10 Nov 201916 Nov 201916AUD $1,479
24 Nov 201930 Nov 201916AUD $1,479
22 Dec 201928 Dec 201916AUD $1,599
29 Dec 201904 Jan 202016AUD $1,599
12 Jan 202018 Jan 202016AUD $1,599
02 Feb 202008 Feb 202016AUD $1,479
16 Feb 202022 Feb 202016AUD $1,479
01 Mar 202007 Mar 202016AUD $1,479
15 Mar 202021 Mar 202016AUD $1,479
22 Mar 202028 Mar 202016AUD $1,479
19 Apr 202025 Apr 202016AUD $1,349
03 May 202009 May 202016AUD $1,349
20 Sep 202026 Sep 202016AUD $1,349
04 Oct 202010 Oct 202016AUD $1,349
18 Oct 202024 Oct 202016AUD $1,479
01 Nov 202007 Nov 202016AUD $1,479
15 Nov 202021 Nov 202016AUD $1,479
29 Nov 202005 Dec 202016AUD $1,479
13 Dec 202019 Dec 202016AUD $1,599
27 Dec 202002 Jan 202116AUD $1,599
ItineraryExpand
Day 1 - Kochi
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.
Day 2 - Kochi
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 3 - Kochi/Kumarakom
Visit Tripunithura Hill Palace then continue to Kumarakom on Vembanad Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the state of Kerala. Enjoy a can paddle along the narrow canals and take a walking tour through the paddy fields and Chempu village.
Day 4 - Kumarakom/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 5 - Kerala Backwaters/Vypin Island
This morning, meet with a representative of the Vembanad Wetlands Conservation Programme 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 6 - Vypin Island
Free time on Vypin Island.
Day 7 - Vypin Island
Depart at any time.