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Travel number: 67
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Kerala Budget Tour

10 days India for Backpackers and Students, Multi Active Cultural Tours

Reiseverlaufskarte zu Kerala Budget Tour

Number of participants: from 1 person

Requirements: 2 von 10

There should be a desire for small sporting activities and curiosity about a different culture

An adventure trip to the most beautiful places of Kerala with many active elements. We take a bike ride to the beach outside of Cochin, live in a farmhouse in the backwaters, go on a canoe tour, hike through the tea plantations of Munnar, take part in a kerala cooking course, visit spice plantations and national parks and, and, and…

Authentically in a small group we embark on an unforgettable journey!

Day 1 Arrival in Cochin and Sightseeing, Hotel check in

Today we will meet in Cochin. Depending on how you arrive, We will pick you up from the train, bus or airport. After we have checked in at our accommodation, we will show you Cochin with its churches, spice markets and Chinese fishing nets. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-

Day 2 Cycle tour to the beach, overnight stay at the hotel in Cochin

Today we go on a 50 km long cycle tour to the beach outside of Cochin. We will also use the ferry for this purpose. During the bike tour we pass small villages. In the evening we can watch a traditional Khatakhali performance (traditional theater and dance). (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/-

Day 3 Houseboat Tour with overnight stay in the backwaters in a Farm house

Today we set off on the one-hour drive to the backwaters. The backwaters are a huge canal system, with many small islands, villages, rice fields and palm trees. Here we will live in a small farmhouse and will be spoiled by the Innkeepers with local delicacies. We will take a houseboat tour, take small walks and can even do some fishing. (overnight stay in a farmhouse or on a houseboat) (B/L/D)

Day 4 Trip to Munnar, Sightseeing in Munnar

In the morning we are picked up by our private driver and make the four-hour drive up to Munnar in the Western Ghats. In the afternoon we visit Munnar,  the interesting tea museum as well as the local market. Here you will find the best parotha (keralan bread) and fried bananas. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/-/D

Day 5 Hike in Munnar

Today we go off to the tea! We will take a nice walk through the green tea plantations and watch women pick the green tea leaves. Try yourself as well! In the evening we can watch a show on keralan martial arts. (Overnight stay at the hotel) B/L/D

Day 6 Drive to Thekkadey and cooking class in Thekkadey

We continue to Thekkadey. Thekkadey is about 4 hours from Munnar and the journey through tea plantations and cardamom fields alone is unique! In Thekkadey we live in a homestay of a very nice family. We use the afternoon to explore the place. In the evening we take part in a cooking class. Here we learn the secrets of Keralan cuisine while preparing a variety of dishes with a local family! (Overnight at Homestay) B/-/D

Day 7 Hike in the Nature Reserve Thekkadey

Thekkadey is famous for its nature reserve. There are even elephants and tigers here! If we are lucky, we will see one or the other wild animal on our day hike! (Overnight at Homestay) B/L/-

Day 8 Visit to the spice plantations and drive to Mararikulum Beach

Before we leave Thekkadey, we visit a spice plantation. Here you can find everything from pepper, coffee, chilli and lots of exotic fruits to vanilla pods, cloves and cardamom!

Then we go to one of the most beautiful beaches of Kerala! We will stay in a cozy accommodation of a fisherman and his family. (Overnight at Homestay) B/-/-

Day 9 Beach Day Mararikulum

Today we just enjoy the beach. We can do yoga and watch the fishermen fish! (Overnight in pension) -/-/-

Day 10 Drive Cochin Airport

We drive to the airport in Cochin.

Included services

  • 8 nights in a double room
  • complete transport in the car with an English-speaking driver
  • Bicycle Tour Cochin
  • Hike Munnar
  • Spice plantations visit
  • Cooking
  • Trek and entrance nature reserve Thekkadey
  • Sightseeing tour Cochin and Munnar with entrance fees
  • Eco houseboat tour with accommodation and meals (lunch, dinner breakfast) in the backwaters

non-included services

  • unmentioned meals and drinks (B: breakfast, L:lunch, D: dinner)
  • additional activities (e.g. Khatakali, keralan martial arts demonstration)
  • Flight
  • Visa
  • Tips
  • a tour guide can be booked at an additional cost

This trip is possible around the year, but not recommended during the monsoon season (June to September). Please make a inquiry

About the Region

From November to March it is pleasantly warm and you only need light clothing. On most beaches of Kerala you can swim in normal swimwear. At remote beaches, it is advisable to put on a T-shirt. Women in particular often attract unwelcome glances from locals and Indian tourists, as it is not common for women in India to show too much skin.

From March, temperatures will rise and it will be humid, so you will probably sweat a lot and pay attention to drink enough. From June to the end of September is the rainy season and many seasonal accommodations and restaurants have closed. It rains quite heavily during this time.

Accommodation

Our accommodations during the tours are typical and simple guesthouses, homestays or hotels with air conditioning in 2 to 3 star categories. They are clean, located in a quiet location, mostly with balcony.