Chinese fishing nets | Kochi | India
FROM: USD $2,095 pp

Combining historic Kochi, the virgin hills of the Western Ghats amongst rubber, pepper and coconut plantations, Alleppey and the lush Keralan Backwaters. In eight sun-filled days feast upon the amazing natural wonders, wildlife, beauty and diversity of stunning Kerala - God’s own country.

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Trip Highlights

Kochi - the beautiful St Francis’ Church, the white washed Dutch Palace, Fort Kochi and the iconic Chinese Fishing nets on the waterfront
Kottamangalam - spice plantation and elephant rescue centre
Thykattusserry - picturesque rural village
Coastal Alleppey - gateway to the relaxing palm fringed backwaters
Kerala's famous tropical backwaters


6 nights homestay at a colonial plantation bungalow and 1 night - traditional rice-boat
Guided sightseeing in Kochi
Touring and excursions as per itinerary in chauffeur driven vehicle
Entrance fees to all sites included in the itinerary
7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Return transfer from Kochi
Services of English-speaking Indian specialist guides at some sites

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Laundry, drinks, items of a personal nature


Day 1


Arrive Kochi, included transfer to hotel. In the evening enjoy a Kathakali dance performance, the traditional dance-form of Kerala.
Overnight: Kochi

Day 2


Formerly a princely state, Kochi is also fondly referred to as “The Queen of the Arabian Sea”. This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of the town including the beautiful Parsi Synagogue built in 1568, the Dutch Palace built by the Portuguese in 1555 and St Francis’ Church. This evening enjoy a sunset cruise to see Chinese fishing nets at the entrance of Cochin Harbour.
Overnight: Kochi  |  Breakfast

Day 3


Kochi - Thykattusserry. This morning drive to a small rural village called Thykattusserry being midway between Kochi and Alleppey. World's apart from the hustle and bustle of India's larger towns and cities, this charming village provides a fascinating insight into rural Indian life. The population comprises of people from different communities who live in harmony doing their daily chores like fishing and farming. At the homestay you'll be guaranteed a warm welcome, as you're showered with hospitality by the owners and made to feel like one of the family and in the kitchen you can learn about local cuisine.
Overnight: Thykattusserry (in the Alleppey District)  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Houseboat on the backwaters

Thykattusserry - Backwaters - Kothamangalam. This morning, board a simply furnished private rice-boat for a journey through the backwaters in and around Alleppey. Floating serenely along through palm fringed waters, watch fascinating scenes of everyday life, relax in the sunshine and absorb the picturesque scenery.

The rice-boat is a simply furnished craft and consists of a thatched covered lounge and dining area, sleeping accommodation and a bathroom with a WC and washbasin. In the evening the boat is lit by hurricane lamps. There is a small service area at the rear of the craft where the cook prepares simple but tasty meals.
Overnight: Houseboat  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5


Disembark from the rice-boat at Alleppey then drive to Kothamangalam and transfer to a plantation homestay (approximately 2 hour drive). Relax, unwind and learn about spices like vanilla, pepper, nutmeg, cloves and more.
Overnight: Kothamangalam  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Free time

Relax in the cool ambience of the homestay.
Overnight: Kothamangalam  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Optional visit to Bird Sanctuary

Spend your day at leisure or there is also an optional tour to Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, one of the best in Asia. More than 80% of birds found in Kerala can be seen here.
Overnight: Kothamangalam  |  Breakfast

Day 8


Kottayam - Kochi. Drive back to Kochi and onward transfer to the airport for your international flight.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price.

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Price /
Kerala Homestay - 8 days
USD $2095
USD $1250

In Brief

Trip Type
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Breakfast: 7, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 2
Kochi, Alleppey, Kothamangalam
Kochi Chinese fishing nets - Highlight
kothamangalam highlight
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