Best of beach and backwaters in 6 days

  • Kochi 1 night
  • Kumarakom 1 night
  • Houseboat 1 night
  • Kovalam 2 nights
  • Tour Itinerary
  • Kerala
  • Indus Holidays Top10Collection
Suitable for

Couple/Family

Duration

5 Nights 6 Days

Category

Beach/Backwaters

Package type

Customisable

This compact package covers the famous beach and backwater destinations in south Kerala. Admire the mish-mash of colonial style & cosmopolitan temperament of Kochi, chill out on beaches and experience the tropical beauty of the backwaters in this evergreen tour.

Starting from

16000

/person

Experience Highlights

  • Houseboat
  • Backwaters
  • Beach
  • Learn the true meaning of relaxation on a houseboat cruising Kerala's backwaters
  • Drool over that extra helping of the delicious South Indian cuisine
  • Chill out on popular beaches and discover how watching fishermen at work is an attraction in its own right
  • Watch Sunset through the historic Chinese fishing nets of Fort Kochi

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Booked by 120 travellers in 2021

Tour Summary

  • 6 Days
  • 4 Destinations
  • Short daily travel
  • Day 1 - Kochi on arrival
  • Day 2 - Kochi - Kumarakom
  • Day 3 - Kumarakom - Alleppey
  • Day 4 - Alleppey - Kovalam
  • Day 5 - Explore Kovalam
  • Day 6 - Departure from Trivandrum

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

  • Kochi on Arrival
  • Full Day
  • In Town

Nowhere else in India can you find such an intriguing mix: a 450-year-old synagogue, colourful street art, iconic fishing nets and gable-roofed victorian structures squeezed together with boho cafes. A tropical port city which sits astride a cluster of little islands, Kochi is far more than your gateway to Kerala.

  • On arrival, meet your Indus representative who will drive you to mainland Kochi. Fresh up at your hotel and head to Fort Kochi.
  • Afternoon, dig into Kochi’s colonial past by foot to explore heritage churches, landmarks and the well preserved Dutch Palace.
  • Stroll past shops selling antiques and spices to visit the beautiful Jewish synagogue
  • Walk by the sea to observe the still-in-use Chinese fishing nets and even try operating one
  • Laze around in the town’s arty cafes or hop on a local ferry to see the city skyline at sunset
  • As in important center for arts, Kochi is a standout place to witness an evening Kathakali show (Optional)
  • For dinner, try one of the exquisite seafood restaurants around and relax for the night

Stay at Kochi

Coral Isle

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Deluxe Room

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

Day 2

  • Kochi 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

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

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Activity Add-ons

Day 3

  • Kumarakom to Alleppey
  • 45 min
  • 30 kms

To glide along backwater canals by day and to sleep under a sky full of stars, a houseboat cruise is pure enchantment! Your private boat, setup as a home on a traditional rice barge, takes you on a journey to discover a water-world brimming with experiences that last a lifetime.

  • Morning, take a short drive through vibrant villages to board your ‘Kettuvallom’
  • Your cruise will take you through splendid waterways giving you sights of homes on the backwaters, shops, the people and their villages.
  • Stop to enjoy a traditional Kerala lunch freshly prepared by the chef on your boat
  • Afternoon, drift by canals fringed with endless paddy fields while you socialise with your crew. Watch backwater life unfold from your boat deck.
  • Your houseboat will be anchored near a village by early evening, Stroll around to interact with locals, go fishing and witness a spectacular sunset.
  • Relax after dinner on the boat experiencing the gentle lapping of water, night sky and balmy breeze.

Stay in Houseboat

Houseboat

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Deluxe

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

Did you know Kettuvallams were once used to ship agricultural produce from homes by backwaters to market in nearby towns.

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

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Activity Add-ons

Day 4

  • Alleppey to Kovalam
  • 3.5 hrs
  • 160 kms

Once a calm fishing village clustered around crescent beaches, Kovalam and nearby Poovar is now the getaway to a region of estuaries, villages and upmarket beach resorts. Its promising waves (and surf club), flourishing ayurveda/yoga scene and convenient access make it an immensely popular place for fun by the sea.

  • Start the day with a scenic drive past paddy fields and palms to your beach resort
  • Head to the touristy lighthouse beach this afternoon to indulge in food joints and shops stretching back into the hillside from the shore
  • Climb up spiral staircases of the candy-striped lighthouse to get a stunning view of the coast (optional)
  • Choose between active water sports, laid back cafe vibes and walks to secluded stretches of beach this evening to view the sun set.
  • Slip into the night with open air dining followed by a moonlight walk in the silver sands

Stay at Kovalam

Sagara Beach Resort

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Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

The name Kovalam means groove of coconut trees.

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

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Activity Add-ons

Day 5

  • Explore Kovalam / Trivandrum
  • Full Day
  • In Town

Explore the city of Trivandrum, a city which showcases the heritage of Kerala like none else. With famous temples, palaces, museums and art emporiums, a tour of Trivandrum will as exciting as it is insightful. The evening is left free for some more beach time!

  • Half-day tour exploring the heritage city of Thiruvananthapuram
  • After breakfast, head to the Padmanabhaswamy temple, the richest temple in the country with antique riches (Entry for Hindus only).
  • After darshan explore the horse palace (Puthenmalika) - magnificently crafted wooden palace famous for its house sculpture work.
  • Later, revel at the oil paintings of the raja and exquisite collection at Napier Museum.
  • This evening we leave free for you to spend time at leisure by the sea.
  • Walk around the Kovalam, visit some of the other beaches around, watch fishermen at work and enjoy
  • Shop around if you may or even take an ayurveda massage if you are interested
  • Relax for the night at your beach resort.

Stay at Kovalam

Sagara Beach Resort

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Deluxe Room

Insider Tips by Indus Indus Holidays

The name Kovalam means groove of coconut trees.

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

View more tips

Activity Add-ons

Day 6

  • Departure from Trivandrum
  • 45 min
  • 25 kms

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

  • Check out from your resort and head to Trivandrum.
  • Shop for artefacts and curios if interested (optional).
  • Drop back at Airport in the afternoon bidding farewell to god’s own country with memories to last for a life time.

Departure from Trivandrum

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

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Activity Add-ons

Offers & Packages

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  • Kochi 1 night
  • Kumarakom 1 night
  • Houseboat 1 night
  • Kovalam 2 nights

5 Nights Deluxe Package

Starting From

16000 / 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 Nights Luxury Package

Starting From

20000 / 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 Nights Honeymoon Package

Starting From

20000 / 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 Nights Deluxe Package for family

Starting From

14000 / 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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