Tour description provided by G Adventures

Watch the sunset through the fishing nets of Kochi, stretch out on white-sand beaches, drift through the tranquil backwaters and rise at dawn to see the sunrise. This 7-day tour offers a quick introduction to the diversity of South India. Unwind with some yoga in your free time. Meet the locals and spend the night with a local family on a tour that's all about authentic cultural experience.

Itinerary

Day 1 Kochi

Arrive in Kochi at any time. There are no planned activities. Check into to the hotel (check-in time is 12.00 midday) and enjoy the city. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Kochi/Alleppey (1L, 1D)

Leaving early to avoid the heat, enjoy the Jewish Town with its old curio shops and the more than 400-year-old synagogue. Travel afterwards to Alleppey, a golden streak of land woven with rivers, lakes, lagoons, and canals. In the afternoon, we check out the island with a local English-speaking guide and learn about the way of life here. Afterwards, settle into a homestay and get to know your hosts. Included Activities: Alleppey Guided Walk Alleppey Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))

Day 3 Alleppey/Kollam (1B, 1L)

Travel to Kollam by bus after enjoying a morning ferry cruise. Included Activities: Alleppey Ferry Cruise Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus (2.00 hour(s))

Day 4 Kollam/Varkala

Enjoy lots of free time to explore the town, relax with an Ayurvedic massage, get treated by local healers, or visit the Varkala Temple. Included Activities: Kollam Fishing Docks Visit Neendakara Fishing Harbour Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s))

Day 5 Varkala

Spend time wandering the peaceful gardens of an ashram devoted to Kerala's most eminent spiritual and social reformer and the mystical Janardhana Swamy Temple, or just head to the beach to relax and watch the Arabian Sea.

Day 6 Varkala/Kochi

Travel to Kochi and take an orientation tour visiting Fort Kochi, St Francis Church, the Dutch cemetery, and the Chinese fishing nets. In the late afternoon/early evening, opt to watch Kathakali dancing (a Kerala traditional dance form). Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Train (3.50-4.00 hours)

Day 7 Kochi

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day