Exploring Kerala Local life in a 7 day trip

  • Tour Itinerary
  • Kerala
  • Indus Holidays Bestseller
Suitable for

Family/ Couple

Duration

6 Nights

Category

Nature / Adventure

Package type

Customisable

Follow the road less travelled through. This tour is about connecting with the people of Kerala and their lives in a way that will inspire, inform and entertain.On this tour, you will spend less time on the road, discover beautiful rural towns and bring you close to locals that too without

Starting from

20000

/person

Experience Highlights

  • Meadows
  • Village life
  • Jungle Safari
  • Explore the stunning meadows and pine forests of the unexplored rural hill town of Vagamon
  • Stay in a beautiful waterfront stay and spend your days learning cooking and exploring with your hosts (optional)
  • Unwind on a deserted beachside, exploring the fishermen villages, festivals and indulging in the cuisine
  • Connect with the locals of the backwaters on an immersive Village life experience at Kumarakom
  • Experience the wonders of the Periyar on a jungle jeep safari at Gavi

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Tour Summary

  • 6 Days
  • 5 Destinations
  • Short daily travel
  • Day 1 - Kochi arrival - Marari
  • Day 2 - Explore Marari
  • Day 3 - Marari - Vagamon
  • Day 4 - Vagamon - Gavi
  • Day 5 - Gavi - Kumarakom
  • Day 6 - Explore Kumarakom
  • Day 7 - Departure from Kochi

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

  • Kochi to Marari
  • 1.5 hrs
  • 50 kms

The sleepy fishing hamlet of Marari is getting increasingly popular for its white-gold beaches, a rare showcase of eco-diversity and some gorgeous seafront stays. Feel the local pulse with early morning fish auctions, festive temple visits, village explorations and walks through sandy backlanes to near-deserted sands.

  • Meet our representative at the airport and get on-road, past mini backwaters and paddy fields to beachside Marari
  • Settle into the relaxed pace of life here and unwind at your resort
  • Late afternoon, treat yourself at the inhouse ayurveda spa (Optional)
  • Enjoy aimless walks on the near-empty beach, explore the village or go cycling around (Check activities)
  • Relish your dinner based on local cuisine and relax for the night.

Stay at Marari

Abad Turtle Beach Resort

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Beach side room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Marari has more of a sleepy fishing village feel than a vibrant, activity packed beach destination.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Marari

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Activity Add-ons

Day 2

  • Explore Marari
  • Full Day
  • In Town

Today is set aside for you to explore marari and pursue activities of your interest. There are quite a few in-house activities like yoga or ayurveda. The outdoor options include temple tours and village tours among others.

  • Kick start your day with a relaxed breakfast.
  • Choose a couple of activities of your interest and enjoy a slow holiday
  • Enjoy an aimless walk on a near empty beach as you watch the waves change colour
  • Taking a stroll through the village around the resort will be a fascinating experience. You can watch the process of coir making and pick up some coir handicrafts too.
  • Meander the sleepy lanes of your fishing village and try a tipple at one of the local toddy shops.
  • Learn to cook with spices or pamper yourself with an ayurveda massage.
  • Relax after a quiet dinner at your resort.

Stay at Marari

Abad Turtle Beach Resort

(See our stay selections)

Beach side room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Marari has more of a sleepy fishing village feel than a vibrant, activity packed beach destination.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Marari

View more tips

Activity Add-ons

Day 3

  • Marari to Vagamon
  • 3 hrs
  • 100 kms

Experience the dales and knolls of Vagamon, a sleepy hill town popular for its meandering rivulets, mist-clad mountains, myriad trek routes and a distinctive serene vibe. Offering adventure and tranquility in equal proportions, Vagamon is Kerala’s well-kept secret.

  • Start your tour with Vagamon Meadows, scenic rolling grassland.
  • Stroll through Pine forest, amidst tall pine trees providing excellent photo ops
  • Consider a pedal boat ride in Vagamon lake surrounded by Tea gardens
  • Evening, visit Kurishumala, a prominent pilgrim and trekking spot
  • Trek up Thangalpara, an amazing vantage piont and a sacred muslim pilgrim site
  • Unwind after a cozy dinner in your resort

Stay at Vagamon

Holiday Vagamon

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Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

International Paragliding festival, a 4-day annual event is a real crowd puller where adventure enthusiast throng to Vagamon

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Vagamon

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Activity Add-ons

Day 4

  • Vagamon to Gavi
  • 2 hrs
  • 70 kms

Secluded in a corner of Periyar tiger reserve, Gavi is a pristine ecotourism hotspot hidden from the masses. A camping experience inside the forest hosted by locals, abundant wildlife sightings, treks and its exclusivity (only 100 tourists permitted per day) are hallmarks of this stellar responsible tourism initiative.

  • After breakfast, get on-road today, winding past tea plantations and grasslands to enter Gavi’s deep forest.
  • Halt by the dam, have lunch and relax for a while at your camp by the lakeside .
  • Afternoon, canoe in the placid Gavi lake and trek to hidden waterfalls in the forest.
  • Join your guide to Sabarimala viewpoint today evening for panoramic view of the deep ravine below (subject to weather).
  • Enjoy a campfire with dinner cooked by locals and fall asleep to night sounds of the forest.

Stay at Gavi

KFDC Gavi Mansion

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Swiss Cottage Tent

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Residents of Gavi (around 200 families) are originally Sri Lankan refugees who came here during the 1970s.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Gavi

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Activity Add-ons

Day 5

  • Gavi to Kumarakom
  • 2 hrs
  • 70 kms

Discover the most fascinating waterworld on earth - every road is a canal, every home is an island. Kumarakom will marvel you with its unique biodiverse landscape, heavenly local cuisine and its altogether different ‘backwater village’ lifestyle.

  • Morning, enjoy a scenic drive past paddy fields and palms to your backwater resort
  • Experience a traditional Kerala lunch and settle into the gentle pace of life here
  • Ayurveda therapies would be a great option for the late afternoon
  • Unwind at the resort as you witness boats pass by and a relaxed backwater sunset
  • Evening walks to explore local villages and fresh seafood at ‘shaaps’ will be fun before relaxing for the night

Stay at Kumarakom

Lakesong Resort

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Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Kumarakom bird sanctuary is home to a wide range of avifauna including local and migratory ones.

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Kumarakom

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Activity Add-ons

Day 6

  • Explore Kumarakom
  • Full Day
  • In Town

This day of the tour has been set aside for you to experience the life of the backwater village, their cuisine, day-to-day activities and understand how they earn their living indulging in activities life fishing, coir making and toddy tapping.

  • This morning you set you to explore Kumarakom. VLE is a full day programme that takes you to the heart of a backwater village. It is an authentic experience which transfers the benefits of travel to the local community
  • Get a peek into the lives of locals as you navigate the small canals in a country boat.
  • You will come across women converting coconut coir to rope, children rowing away to school, locals ferrying goods to markets, men fishing for lunch, toddy being tapped from coconut trees and many such sights.
  • This program lets you experience the simple life as lived out every day by Georgekutty, Mercy, Mohan and many others
  • Return to your resort and relax for the night

Stay at Kumarakom

Lake Song

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Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Kumarakom bird sanctuary is home to a wide range of avifauna including local and migratory ones.  

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Kumarakom

View more tips

Activity Add-ons

Day 7

  • Departure from Kochi
  • 2 hrs
  • 70 kms

Today is the last day of your tour. Enjoy a splendid breakfast on your houseboat and get prepared for onward journey

  • Consider shopping for some fresh spices or traditional Kerala sarees.
  • Bid farewell to god’s own country with memories to last for a life time.
  • Drop back at Airport/Rail station in the afternoon.

Departure from Kochi

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Did you know that Kochi was a natural harbour created by the massive floods of 1340?

All such local insider tips is here: Local's guide to Kochi

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Activity Add-ons

Offers & Packages

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  • Marari 2 nights
  • Vagamon 1 night
  • Gavi 1 night
  • Kumarakom 2 nights

6 Nights Deluxe Package

Starting From

19000 / person

These are indicative Rates (per person). Subject to variation based on choice of stay, group size, activities, dates, routes, transportation and other price hikes.

6 Nights Luxury Package

Starting From

23000 / person

These are indicative Rates (per person). Subject to variation based on choice of stay, group size, activities, dates, routes, transportation and other price hikes.

6 Nights Deluxe Houseboat Package

Starting From

24000 / person

These are indicative Rates (per person). Subject to variation based on choice of stay, group size, activities, dates, routes, transportation and other price hikes.

6 Nights Homestay Package

Starting From

18000 / person

These are indicative Rates (per person). Subject to variation based on choice of stay, group size, activities, dates, routes, transportation and other price hikes.

We handle each booking individually to get best possible prices and inclusions. This means our negotiating power can often lower prices or get more inclusions than indicated here. Give us a try!

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