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6-Day break in unexplored South Kerala

  • Trivandrum 1 night
  • Kollam 2 nights
  • Varkala 2 nights
  • Tour Itinerary
  • Kerala
  • Indus Holidays Bestseller
Suitable for

Family / Couple

Duration

5 Nights 6 Days

Category

Backwaters/Beach

Package type

Luxury

Luxuriate on the Varkala beach, watch the sunset, explore magnificent temples and also get a taste of Kerala’s stunning backwater beauty. This luxury package features secluded and relaxation oriented beach & backwater experiences with little travel time between destinations.

Starting from

25000

/person

Experience Highlights

  • Cliff Beach
  • Backwaters
  • Heritage
  • Take a sunset cruise in the beautiful backwaters of the Ashtamudi
  • Spend a couple of days in the unique cliff ambience Varkala beach
  • Explore the heritage city of Trivandrum and get insights into Kerala culture
  • Stroll into the villages of the backwaters to pick up on coir making and local festivals (if any)

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Tour Summary

  • 6 Days
  • 3 Destinations
  • Short daily travel
  • Day 1 - Trivandrum on arrival
  • Day 2 - Trivandrum - Kollam
  • Day 3 - Explore Kollam
  • Day 4 - Kollam - Varkala
  • Day 5 - Explore Varkala
  • Day 6 - Departure from Trivandrum

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

  • Trivandrum
  • Full day
  • In town

Kerala capital city keeps a tight grip on its heritage while wholeheartedly acting as a springboard to its nearby beaches. With its fair share of food spots and intriguing sights - majestic temples, glorious palaces and a cluster of victorian museums in neo-keralan buildings - Thiruvananthapuram clearly justifies a visit.

  • MORNINGMeet our representative on arrival at the airport.
  • Start the day at the city's key icon and architectural marvel, thePadmanabha Swami Templefamous for being the richest temple in the world (Entry for Hindus only).
  • Drop byKuthiramalikaa magnificent wooden palace known for its horse sculpture work.
  • ExploreNapier Museuma unique naturally air conditioned structure housing a rare collection of oil paintings and artefacts.
  • The same grounds has the conservation oriented Trivandrum Zoo which will interest families.
  • EVENINGSpend time by the beach and relax into the night.

Stay at Trivandrum

AC Private Cab

Our drivers are trained and professional. They are well versed with the destinations and also help for your requirements while on tour.

Uday Suites

(See our stay selections)

Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

The 18-foot-long idol of Lord Vishnu has to be viewed through three seperate doors.

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

View more tips

Activity Add-ons

Day 2

  • Trivandrum to Kollam
  • 2 hrs
  • 70 kms

Keeping a tight grip on its old port-city legacy, Kollam of today marks the unspoilt southern approach to Kerala backwaters. Packing together some lesser explored gems (like Munroe island) and gorgeous luxury stays, Ashtamudi calm waterways are an increasingly popular alternative to Kerala's more crowded backwaters.

  • MORNINGToday, drive past hectic center town Kollam to reach your resort by the Ashtamudi Lake.
  • Spend time luxuriating at the your stay, use the spa and enjoy in-house facilities.
  • Later in the day, consider a trip to exploreMunroe Islandon a country boat (optional).
  • EVENINGEarly evenings are well spent atThangassery Lighthousevisiting the local villages or cruising into the sunset on a punt boat.
  • Enjoy the local spread for dinner and relax into the night at your resort

Stay at Kollam

AC Private Cab

Our drivers are trained and professional. They are well versed with the destinations and also help for your requirements while on tour.

Fragrant Nature

(See our stay selections)

Lake view Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Kollam known as ‘the cashew capital of the world is globally the largest process cashew exporter? 

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

View more tips

Activity Add-ons

Day 3

  • Explore Kollam
  • Full day
  • In town

Today is set aside for you to explore Ashtamudi and really soak-in the backwater village culture.

  • MORNINGIf you like to stay indoors, you can relax undisturbed in your own private garden or rest under the shade of coconut trees with gentle breeze from the lake.
  • Let nature softly nudge you in the relaxing environs of your backwater resort.
  • Day trips and activities are good too.
  • AFTERNOONTaking a stroll through the village around your resort will be a fascinating experience. You can watch the process of coir making and pick up some coir handicrafts too. There is always a festival on somewhere, just go and immerse yourself in the sound and colour.
  • Activity oriented can take day trip to Thenmala ecotourism orPalaruvi Waterfalls .
  • Enjoy your dinner and relax into the night at your resort

Stay at Kollam

AC Private Cab

Our drivers are trained and professional. They are well versed with the destinations and also help for your requirements while on tour.

Fragrant Nature

(See our stay selections)

Lake view Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Kollam known as ‘the cashew capital of the world is globally the largest process cashew exporter? 

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

View more tips

Activity Add-ons

Day 4

  • Kollam to Varkala
  • 45 min
  • 30 kms

Perched almost perilously along the edge of a majestic cliff, Varkala has a uniquely beautiful setting for its stretch of clear sand extending into the sea. Add on warm waves for surfing, the cleaner beaches around to escape crowds, its relaxed cafe culture and we have Kerala's most popular backpacker hang-out.

  • MORNINGToday, drive along the coastal belt to arrive at Varkala.
  • Freshen up, dab some sunscreen, put on shades and head out toNorth Cliff.
  • AFTERNOONStroll along the cliff line narrow path to cute cafes and tiny shops that sell you everything.
  • At golden hour, behold the majestic view of the Arabian sea below your feet and enjoy a long walk in the wet sand.
  • As the sun sets, restaurants light candles on every table and play soothing world music to set a perfect open dining.

Stay at Varkala

AC Private Cab

Our drivers are trained and professional. They are well versed with the destinations and also help for your requirements while on tour.

Elixir Resort

(See our stay selections)

Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

It is believed that a dip in Varkala’s Papanasam beach will wash away all sins.

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

View more tips

Activity Add-ons

Day 5

  • Explore Varkala
  • Full Day
  • In Town

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

  • MORNINGStart your day with guided yoga by the beach side and spend the day pampering yourself
  • Consider visiting the 2000 year oldJanardhana Templeatop the hill that adds an element of mysticism to Varkala.
  • The pious mineral springs, fishing hamlets ofFort Anjengoare other popular outings.
  • EVENING would be a great time to watch a dance-dramaKathakalishow.

Stay at Varkala

AC Private Cab

Our drivers are trained and professional. They are well versed with the destinations and also help for your requirements while on tour.

Elixir Resort

(See our stay selections)

Deluxe Room

Activity Add-ons

Day 6

  • Departure From Trivandrum
  • 1.5 hrs
  • 42 kms

Today will be the last day of your tour. Have a splendid breakfast at your resort and get ready for onward journey.

  • MORNINGCheck out from your resort and head to Trivandrum.
  • Shop for artefacts and curios if interested (optional).
  • AFTERNOONDrop back at Airport. Bidding farewell to gods own country with memories to last for a life time.

Departure From Trivandrum

AC Private Cab

Our drivers are trained and professional. They are well versed with the destinations and also help for your requirements while on tour.

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

The 18-foot-long idol of Lord Vishnu has to be viewed through three seperate doors.

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

View more tips

Activity Add-ons

Offers & Packages

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  • Trivandrum 1 night
  • Kollam 2 nights
  • Varkala 2 nights

5 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.

5 Night Honeymoon Package

Starting From

28000 / 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.

5 Night Deluxe Package for family

Starting From

21000 / 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.

5 Night Backpackers package

Starting From

17000 / 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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Q & A for Backwater Splendor (5 Nights) by Indus Holidays

Can I customise my itinerary with a few stays of my choice?

Answered by Prasanth Madhavan

Definitely! As we specialise in customised holiday planning to Kerala & South India for the last 20 years, we can offer almost any stay option. We have long-standing direct relationships with resorts, homestays & hotels in this region which allow us to deliver privilege services at unbeatable rates.

If you want to change the stay options in our offers, your trip designer will work with you till you are happy with the package. More importantly, our experts give you unbiased insights and highlights of each stay option from direct experience to help you make better choices.

What is the holiday booking procedure?

Answered by Divya Hrishikesh

You can submit an enquiry here anytime or contact our destination experts directly. One of Indus’ Trip Designers will call you back to understand your requirement and will make an offer within 2 hours. Our experts will also make suitable recommendations on stay options, day activities, itinerary options and transportation to assist you further in customising the holiday to your requirements. Once it is perfect, send a confirmation and we will take care of the rest.

What are the payment options you offer?

Answered by Goldin Syriac

We offer all major payment options including credit cards , debit cards , wire transfer, net banking and UPI. Service charges from the bank may be applicable on select payment methods.

Can my driver speak hindi? Do you offer taxi services only?

Answered by Resmi Kakkat

Yes, our transportation team carefully chooses and trains our driver partners to deliver the high touch experiences we offer. They are highly co-operative, friendly and can speak in hindi and English. You will also find our cabs to be well maintained, safe and reliable.

When you book hotels, activities and taxi together with Indus, we will be able to offer you a better overall deal than what you get directly. Also you get the added benefit of Indus’ responsive customer relations team for on-tour support. So, currently our trained drivers are available only for our package customers.