BACKWATERS AND BEACHES

Duration: 5 Nights/6 Days

Places: Cochin → Kumarokom → Alleppey → Varkala → Kovalam

Day 1: Cochin

Cochin (Kochi) has one of the finest natural harbours in India around which is based an ancient history of maritime trade. The cosmopolitan city is fascinating in many ways – the beautiful sea front with Chinese fishing nets and stalls selling seafood; the traditional Fort Kochi area with its mix of Dutch, British, Muslim and Portuguese architecture; and the older city of Ernakulam steeped in Malayali culture. Built around a saltwater lagoon, the bustling seaport city on the southwest coast of India is actually a cluster of islands and peninsulas.

Day 2: Kumarakom

The quaint town is a cluster of little islands, located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake in the Kuttanad region of Kerala. Renowned for its natural beauty, Kumarakom is an ideal base to experience the famous Kerala backwaters, replete with meandering lagoons, coconut trees, endless rows of paddy fields interspersed by waterways and canals. Just 16 Km from Kottayam, Kumarakom is also home to a bird sanctuary.

Day 3: Alleppey

Alleppey (Alapuzzha), coined ‘Venice of the East’ is a mosaic of mirror-still lagoons, picture book lakes, palm fringed canals and a long sandy beach – all brimming with glimpses of daily life in the Kerala country side.

The town is famous for its boat races, houseboats, coir products, fish and lakes. Alleppey remains prominent on the tourist attractions of Kerela as one of the major centers for backwater cruises.

Day 4: Varkala

Varkala has also grown into a popular seaside resort over the years. It has a beautiful beach facing the Arabian Sea, but what is more unique are the steep cliffs rising from the beach with unique geological formations and natural springs, known as the Varkala Formation. The mineral rich waters are used for spa treatments and this small unexplored destination has been attracting many tourists, including foreigners, for a mix of beach relaxation and natural therapies.

Day 5: Kovalam

Once a fishing village and a favourite hippy haunt, Kovalam has transformed itself into a top beach destination of Kerala. It is 16 Km from Trivandrum and draws thousands of tourists from all over India and the world. Kovalam is spread with coconut trees and is a big draw for beach lovers, as it offers a variety of water sports, great seafood and Ayurvedic massages and treatments.

Day 6: Trivandrum

Transfer to Trivandrum and proceed to onward destination.

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