Kerala
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Our most recommended Kerala Day Trips

  • Kerala Houseboat and Mumbai City Tour from Cruise Port

    1. Kerala Houseboat and Mumbai City Tour from Cruise Port

    Cochin Itinerary: Backwater Houseboat and Fishing Nets Duration 7 hours After pickup from the port, transfer to Alleppey, approx 1.5 hours, to board your houseboat. On arrival, check in and take a short motor boat transfer to the houseboat. Enjoy the slow, gentle cruise through the backwaters and village areas while enjoying a lunch of Keralan cuisine with rice, vegetable dishes, fish, chicken, and more. Lunch only option for the morning cruise, and tea and snacks for the afternoon cruise. The houseboat cruise lasts approximately 2 hours, at which point you will disembark and transfer to Fort Kochi. See and learn about the Chinese fishing nets that have dominated the coastline for more than 150 years. Later transfer to Cochin Port. Note for Cochin Tour 1: For the ship, which docks at cochin at 12:00 PM or later, only houseboat cruises will be arranged without visiting the Chinese Net...

  • Munnar Private Day Trip

    2. Munnar Private Day Trip

    After an early morning pick-up from your Kochi hotel, travel in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle for about 4 hours to Munnar. En route to Munnar, stop to see the Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls, and take a break for breakfast. Your local guide will meet you in Munnar to start the tour. Munnar is a hill station that is known for its vast tea plantations and natural beauty. It was once a favorite summer retreat for British colonials. Start your tour by visiting Mattupetty Dam and a tea museum, then take a short walk through the tea plantations. There will be a break for lunch before heading back to your hotel in Kochi, with a stop at a spice plantation along the way.

  • Same Day Backwater Cruise Of Alleppey from Cochin

    3. Same Day Backwater Cruise Of Alleppey from Cochin

    You will be picked up from your accommodation  and drive to Alleppey (1.5 hours), also known as Alappuzha. It is located between the Arabian Sea and a web of rivers flowing into it. On arrival at Cochin Port, you will meet the tour representative and drive directly to Alleppey, where he will assist you to embark on your private houseboat for a 3-4 hour cruise through the backwaters and village areas to marvel at the lush vegetation, paddy fields, coconut palms, and more. Enjoy a traditional Kerala lunch (both veg and non veg), evening tea, coffee and snacks. Later, you will disembark at the jetty point and be driven back to your accommodation.                                                                                                                                                                 

  • From Kochi Port: Backwater Canoe and Fort Kochi Tour

    4. From Kochi Port: Backwater Canoe and Fort Kochi Tour

    Marvel at the breathtaking scenery of the Allepey region from the comfort of a traditional riverboat on this shore excursion. After getting picked up from the cruise ship docks at Kochi Port, begin the 1.5-hour journey to Alleppey where you will board your Shikara (motorized canoe). Then, begin your journey, cruising slowly through the vast network of backwaters.  Discover for yourself why Alleppey has often been described as the Venice of the East. Venture through village areas and the landscape of the Alappuzha to marvel at lush vegetation, paddy fields, coconut palms, and much more.  Once back on dry land, sit down to a delicious vegetarian lunch which showcases the best of Keralan cuisine before journeying to the serene Fort Kochi area. Marvel at the Cheena Vala (Chinese fishing nets) in the Arabian Sea, and see other attractions of the region. At the end of your tour, get dropped ...

  • Highlights of Cochin: Group Tour from Cochin Port

    5. Highlights of Cochin: Group Tour from Cochin Port

    You will be picked up from Kochi Port Ships Berth and transfered to Fort Kochi to visit your first stop, the Chinese Fishing Nets. Introduced by traders from the court of Kublai Khan in the 14th century, Kochi fishermen still use the fishing nets to earn their livelihoods. Continue your stroll down to St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. The church was constructed in 1503 by Portuguese friars and is now the burial place of Vasco da Gama, a Portuguese explorer who led the first ships that sailed directly from Europe to India. Next you will visit Santa Cruz Basilica, one the largest and most impressive churches in India. The church has two soaring spires and a bright, white-washed exterior. Inside, you will find walls decorated with frescoes, murals, and large paintings depicting scenes from the life of Jesus Christ. Stop at Local Laundry or Dhobi Khanna. Later, visit...

    Tommy our guide was all that we could ask for. He helped made a great tour of a wonderful city even better. Thank you Tommy

  • Backwater Houseboat and Fort Kochi Tour from Cochin Port

    6. Backwater Houseboat and Fort Kochi Tour from Cochin Port

    Benefit from pickup at the cruise ship docks at Cochin Port, and journey on the road to board a houseboat on the backwaters of Kerala (approx 1 hour and 45 minutes). Cruise slowly through the hidden backwaters of Alappuzha (also known as "Alleppey"), considered the hub of the state's backwaters and home to a vast network of waterways and boats. Venture through village areas and the landscape of the Laccadive Sea to marvel at the lush vegetation, paddy fields, coconut palms, and much more. There will be 3 staff members along with your guide to look after you and make sure your experience is as relaxed as possible. Enjoy a lunch of Keralan cuisine as you gently navigate the waterways, which includes rice, vegetable dishes, fish, chicken, and more. End your houseboat cruise and later journey to the serene Fort Kochi area. Marvel at the Cheena vala (Chinese fishing nets) in the Arabian Sea...

    The trip by bus to the backwaters was very interesting, we saw a lot of the city. The guide organized everything very well and explained us everything well. Very impressive trip with a lovely guide with very good English. The lunch together on the houseboat was great and tasted fine. Great experience, thanks.

  • 7-Hour Day Cruise in Alleppey

    7. 7-Hour Day Cruise in Alleppey

    Experience of the idyllic and peaceful backwaters of Alleppey on this full-day tour. Our day begins with a 1.5-hour road journey from Kochi to the waters of Alleppey, often referred to as a Venice of the East, home to a maze of waterways both big and small on the western side of the mainland Alleppey district of Kerala. At 12:00, board your exclusive houseboat for a day cruise and experience life on the backwater villages of this unique community. The cruise takes you through endless narrow and wide canals whose banks are dotted with houses and paddy fields, where cultivation is done below the waterlevel. Watch as the locals go fishing and carry out a host of daily activities of the village, and get an up close look at the local waterside marketplaces, temples, and much more. During the cruise, lunch is served on-baord, usually consisting of some fresh and delicious Keralan cuisine. T...

  • Cochin: Full-Day Private Shore Excursion

    8. Cochin: Full-Day Private Shore Excursion

    Explore the historic city of Cochin and the backwaters of Kerala on a full-day private tour, customized to your preferences. Following a pick-up at your city center hotel, or from the cruise ship terminal, relax in your chauffeur-driven transport as you investigate the heritage of one of India’s most enchanting areas. Drive to a local vegetable and spice market to immerse yourself in the everyday life of the city and see locals going about their business. Marvel at the scents of the spices and the bustle of the market. Enjoy a backwater cruise of Kerala’s canals, gliding along a narrow waterway surrounded by tropical vegetation and traditional fishing nets. After lunch at a Vedic village resort, climb aboard a tuk tuk for a short 3 mile (5 kilometer) tour to the Bhadra Kali Temple. Then, it’s time for a tour of Cochin city center. See heritage monuments, such as the small church of St...

  • From Cochin: Fort Kochi and Mattancherry Sightseeing Tour

    9. From Cochin: Fort Kochi and Mattancherry Sightseeing Tour

    See the Chinese fishing nets introduced in Kochi by traders from the court of Kublai Khan in the 14th century. See also the 16th-century St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India, and the burial place of the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama. Next on the 4-hour shore excursion is Santa Cruz Basilica. Admire the interior decorated with frescoes, murals, and paintings depicting scenes from the life of Christ. Visit the Mattancherry Palace, built by the Portuguese. See murals with scenes from Hindu tales. Next door is the Paradesi Synagogue, the oldest active synagogue in South India. Admire the brass pulpit, glass chandelier, and hand-painted Chinese porcelain floor tiles.

    Great overview of Kochi! The tour guide (Jude) was very knowledgeable, spoke great English, and was very friendly. Highly enjoyed this experience, would recommend this tour!

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What people are saying about Kerala

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 55 reviews

We were in a group of 12. This is a good size. Chance to meet fellow travellers and manageable for guide. Our guide's name was Jude and he was excellent. He had great english, was very knowledgeable and had a good sense of humour. I would be delighted to use same tour company when i visit Cochin again.

Punctual guide! We were expected with a sign. He was attentive and attentive. 2 bottles of water were at our disposal. The vehicle was clean and we had an excellent driver Thanks to our guide Tomy for this excellent day.

Enjoyed this houseboat tour. Be prepared for a 2 hour ride each way. Interesting to see the communities. It is a long ride but worth it

Very knowledgable guide, Jude who lived locally. Lots of history explained in humourous banter. Very enjoyable, educational day.

From booking to meeting Chris and the team dockside just excellent.