Welcome to Kerala
For many travellers, Kerala is South India's most serenely beautiful state. A slender coastal strip is shaped by its layered landscape: almost 600km of glorious Arabian Sea coast and beaches; a languid network of glistening backwaters; and the spice- and tea-covered hills of the Western Ghats. Just setting foot on this swath of soul-quenching, palm-shaded green will slow your subcontinental stride to a blissed-out... Read More
Top experiences in Kerala
Private Cultural Tour: Day Trip to Mahabalipuram and Dakshinachitra from Chennai
After pickup from your hotel in the morning, your private guide will take you by air-conditioned vehicle to the village of Dakshinachitra, located about 18 miles (29 km) outside of Chennai. Spend approximately 45 minutes in Dakshinachitra, meaning ‘A Picture of the South,’ which preserves the traditional Dravidian way of life. See traditional Indian homes, explore the open-air museum, and visit the artisan workshops to learn about the Dravidian crafts of several regions in South India including Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh – a great activity for kids. Here, you may see traditional theater performances as well as local craftsmen making pottery and baskets, weaving silk and building puppets. Then, drive approximately 14.5 miles (23.3 km) to Mahabalipuram, or what is now called Mamallapuram. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed city is full of rock-cut monuments built between the 7th and 9th centuries. These structures, most of which were built to honor Hindu gods, are some of the oldest existing examples of Dravidian architecture. With your guide, visit several cave temples and sculpted reliefs including Five Rathas, Arjuna Dhabas, Krishna Mandap, Krishna Butterball and Shore Temple. Your guide will point out the Buddhist elements of these impressive structures and explain the historical significance of the sites you pass. In between sightseeing, enjoy an authentic Indian lunch at a nearby restaurant in Mahabalipuram. After your full-day tour, you’ll be driven back to your Chennai hotel in the evening.
Private Tour: Kerala Backwater Cruise
Your private day trip from Kochi starts with a 1.5-hour journey from your Kochi hotel to the backwaters of Alleppey, famous for its labyrinth of waterways spanning 559 miles (900 km). On arrival in Alleppey, board your private Kettuvallam and feast on a mouthwatering Kerala-style lunch. Enjoy savory dishes such as sambar, a hearty vegetable stew, and avail, a vegetable and coconut curry. Tickle your sweet tooth with pappad, a South Indian wafer, and payasam, a rice pudding flavored with cardamom, raisins, saffron, cashew nuts and pistachios.As you cruise along, witness life in the backwater villages of Alleppey. Travel down the canals dotted with houses, paddy fields, coconut trees, market places and temples. See local people engaging in a variety of activities from fishing to daily chores. Soak in the beautiful scenery from your thatched-roof boat and relish the serenity of this river town.Enjoy a traditional Indian tea with snacks before disembarking your Kerala houseboat. Your private guide will drive you from Alleppey back to your Kochi hotel.
Celebrity Constellation Kochi Shore Excursion: Alleppey Backwater Houseboat Tour and Fort Kochi
Meet your Guide at Kochi Port/Pier in the morning prior to 9:15am then transfer to Alleppey which will take approximately 1.45-hours minutes. Upon arrival at the pier, you will board a motor boat and be transferred to your houseboat. Later, begin your discovery of all the lush Alleppey region of India. Cruise slowly through the backwaters and village areas. Marvel at the lush vegetation, paddy fields, coconut palms and more as you gently glide through the waters. Relax as your guide and onboard staff ensure your experience is one to remember.Enjoy a traditional Keralan cuisine lunch with rice, vegetable dish, fish, chicken and more as you continue to cruise. After the boat returns to the pier you will disembark at approximately 1:30pm to Fort Kochi to see the Chinese fishing nets or shore operated lift nets used for more than 150 years. When the tour ends you will be dropped-off at Kochi Port by 4pm to return to your cruise ship.
Kochi Shore Excursion: Private Day Tour of Heritage and Backwaters
You will be picked up from Kochi Port ships berth 09.00-09.15 am and transferred to Alleppey (approx 1.45 hours) to board your houseboat by 10:45am. Cruise slowly through the backwaters and village areas to marvel at the lush vegetation, paddy fields, coconut palms, and more. There will be 3 staff members to look after you and make sure your experience is as relaxed as you could wish for.Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha, is located between the Arabian Sea and a web of rivers flowing into it. In the early 20th century, the Viceroy of the Indian Empire, Lord Curzon, was so mesmerized by the scenic beauty that he declared that Alleppey was “The Venice of the East.” Enjoy a lunch of Keralan cuisine on the houseboat. The cruise will be over approximately at 1:30pm and later on we will transfer to Fort Kochi to visit the famous Chinese nets, St. Francis Church and Dhobi Khana and then drive back to Kochi Port by 4:00pm.
Group Shore Excursion: Backwater Houseboat Tour and Fort Kochi from Cochin Port
After pickup from Kochi Port between 9am-9:15am, transfer to Alleppey (approximately 1 hour 45 minutes) to board your houseboat by 10:45am. Cruise slowly through the backwaters and village areas to marvel at the lush vegetation, paddy fields, coconut palms and traditional wooden houseboats. There will be 3 staff members along with your guide who will ensure that your experience is relaxed and comfortable.Enjoy a lunch of Keralan cuisine lunch with rice, vegetable dishes, fish, chicken and more as you gently cruise. The houseboat cruise will finish at approximately 1:30pm then you will disembark and transfer to Fort Kochi by air-conditioned coach. See and learn about the Chinese fishing nets which have dominated the coastline for more than 150 years.When the tour ends, you will be dropped back at Kochi Port by 4pm to return to your cruise ship.
Private Day Tour: Athirappilly Falls and Vazhachal Falls Adventure from Kochi including Lunch
Your driver will pick up you from your hotel in Kochi or Ernakulam by 8:30 AM and drive to the Athirappilly. Athirappilly is known for its scintillating waterfall with a height of over 80 feet. This breathtaking waterfall joins the river Chalakudy that is 5 km from the hill station Valparai. Valparai is famous for its serene tea-estate and it is also the proud habitat of elephants. The highest density of the enormous Indian elephants is found here. Geographically, it is also an important corridor between Parambikulam and Malayattur. On arrival Athirappilly enjoy the mesmerizing view of Athirappilly Falls followed by a delicious lunch at a luxurious resort/restaurant. After lunch you will visit another waterfall called the Vazhachal Falls. The Vazhachal Falls is also a part of the Chalakudy river with a wide variety of colorful flora and herbal plantation. This plantation is maintained by the forest department of India. After a heartfelt trip to the Athirappilly and spending the whole day in the nature, you will be dropped off at your hotel in the evening.