One of the best ways to experience unique Kerala is with a welcoming local family. Surrounded by rubber plantations, the town of Kanjirappally is 70km from Kochi. During your travels you will also have the chance to visit Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary and journey along the backwaters on a ‘kettuvallam’, a houseboat converted from traditional rice barges.
This is a private short stay package for the independent traveller.
DAY 1: arriVe kocHi To kanJirappaLLy
Upon arrival at Kochi airport you will be met and transferred to Kanjirappally, a town nestled among rubber plantations, where your homestay accommodation is located. This afternoon visit a rubber plantation as well as coffee and pepper plantations. Enjoy traditional Keralan cuisine for dinner this evening. (L,D)
DAY 2: kanJirappaLLy To THekkaDy
Transfer to Thekkady where Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary and your homestay accommodation are located. This afternoon take a walk through the national park and wildlife sanctuary, which is a well-known protected area for tigers and elephants. Be on the lookout for Indian Elephants, bison, leopards, Barking Deer and Mouse Deer. (B,L,D)
DAY 3: THekkaDy To neDumuDy
Transfer to Nedumudy to board your overnight houseboat. Known as‘kettuvallams’, the houseboats are converted from traditional rice barges. Cruise the backwaters enjoying authentic Keralan cuisine, made from rich spices and coconuts and relax on board. (B,L,D)
DAY 4: aLLeppey To cHerTHaLa
Disembark your houseboat in Alleppey and travel to the small town of Cherthala, located 30km from Kochi. This afternoon take a canoe ride through the narrow canals of the backwaters of Kerala while watching the local fishermen cast their nets and tend to their farms. (B,L,D)
DAY 5: cHerTHaLa
Tour the nearby villages by bicycle, including the many small temples and Catholic churches. Later you will witness the art of 'toddy tapping', where a 'tapper' climbs to the top of a coconut tree to collect the sap. This is then turned into coconut palm wine. The unfermented sap is called neera, and is refrigerated, stored and then distributed locally once ready. (B,L,D)
DAY 6: cHerTHaLa To kocHi
After check-out this morning you will be transferred to Kochi airport where your arrangements end. (B)
#Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply.
Note: Jewish Synagogue (Kochi) closed Fridays and Saturdays year round.