Backwater Kayaking in Kerala


Backwater Kayaking in Kerala

 Kerala (South India)

6 days / 545 € from Cochin

Ecofriendly and cultural journey on the Bacwaters to enjoy the peaceful life in remote villages of Kerala, boating with small kayaks.

Very slow travel all along the rivers to explore” God own country”, with a professional indian guide in single or twin kayaks.

You ‘ll observe the rural life in depth with a bit of physical workout, using the most antique way of transport in Kerala because here all is transported by boat, children to school, women to their market, workers, fishermen and all kind of marchandise.

This tour will take you to the near and far end of the backwaters, kayaking through canals, rivers, lakes and lagoons, slowly around 15 or 20 km a day with lunch breaks.

With the waterways being a means of transport in the remote villages of Kerala, you will be able to interact with the local community and get an idea about their livelihood and lifestyle. You can get the best of both nature and culture in one trip.

At night you will sleep in  heritage home stays and will discover the sophisticated and so tasty keralae cooking.

Trip Highlights

Partnership with a local adventure and ecotourism travel agency committed to responsible tourism.

Local professional experimented guide.

Charming heritage  homestays.

Good “Cuisine”.

Transport 100% ecofriendly.

Ecofriendly and responsible trip

The way used for transportation is very slow and respectful for the inhabitants and the nature with no pollution. Pollution is becoming a big issue in Kerala so we ‘d like to help tourists getting bigger awareness about it.

Backwaters are a fabulous eco system we can compare with the Bayous in Louisiana. They are 1 500km with canals, rivers, lagoons and lakes, which one of the bigest birding reserve in India. They are supplied with 40 rivers flowing down from the Ghâts ( South India mountains) and stretching along Malabar coast, separated from Oman sea with many islands and lagoons.

The fauna is very rich with many birds, cormorants, egrets, herons and other crabs, frogs or special jumping fishes called mudskippers.

The mass tourism developement in Kerala is threatening people and biodiverity.  The increasing numbers of houseboats ( more than 2000 big cruise motor boats in the backwaters) have spoiled the water with motor oil discharges and domestic wastes.  The polluted water in some places  is a disaster for the farmers, fishermen and a big part of the poorest population. Many specieses of birds  are disappearing and a lot of diseases because the bad quality water have emersed.

Day 1

Kochi

On the first day you will arrive at Kochi International Airport where you will be picked up and transfered to the city. Kochi is a fascinating historical city worth exploring with its narrow streets, spice scented shops enveloping the ‘pardesi’ synagogue, the Dutch museum showcasing murals depicting hindu mythology and endless rows of shops selling anything from lamps to spices. The experience is heightened on the tuk-tuks that abound in this area. A walk past the Chinese fishing nets and a wonderful rendition of the classical dance, Kathakali in the evening would be an apt ending to your visit to this city.

Day 2

Alleppey

Today, you will be meeting up with your kayaking guide at Alleppey who will brief you about safety measures and other responsibilities. You will then start paddling through the palm fringed waterways and countryside into the interiors of the backwaters. With the quiet villages on either side, you can watch the peaceful village folks, smiling children on their way to school, farmers hard at work and of course the chirping water birds. We will cross a few small wooden canoes on the way, laden with people, home appliances, vegetables, fish or even livestock which are being transported from one place to another. After a picnic lunch en-route at a beautiful location, you will paddle on to a small family owned resort. 

Day 3

Pulinkunnu

Today, you will kayak through the narrow canals of Pulinkunnu to the island of Kavalam, an erstwhile headquarters of affluent agrarian families. It is an excellent opportunity to see village life at close quarters with the local people who are engaged in farming, fishing, duck rearing and shell collection. You may also see the traditional toddy tappers at work on coconut palms. Toddy shops are the local “bars” and it is the traditional meeting place for men after a grueling day at work. You will stop for lunch at a beautiful coconut grove on a bund on the lakeshore and continue kayaking till you cruise into the beautiful heritage home where a delicious Kuttanadan dinner awaits you followed by a well-deserved rest. In the evening, you can walk to a nearby market and enjoy the serenity of village life.

Day 4

Pulinkunnu

Today, you will depart after breakfast and continue paddling through the peaceful backwaters. You will make a stopover at a local tea shop or a spice garden that borders the backwaters. You can have a nice picnic lunch on the banks of the Vattakayal Lake. After lunch, you will continue kayaking through small canals back to the backwater heritage villa.

Day 5

Muhamma

Today, you will set course after breakfast to a small and nicel “Tharavadu” (Ancestral home) situated on the backwaters. As you paddle along these waters, you will be mesmerized by the beauty and tranquility of the backwaters and realize why it has become world famous and endeared itself to millions of tourists visiting this area. At noon, you will have a picnic lunch on the way. Once we have arrived at our destination you will be able to relax and enjoy the serenity of this stately Tharavadu.

Day 6

Depart

You will depart after breakfast for your next destination.

 

Dates 

Available all through the year / 4 persons base Minimum.

The best season is between december and march when it is cool and salubrious, very hot in May and June. The weather is pleasant from july to october, moonson season is from july to september.

The Confirmation for reservations are on a first come first serve basis.

Price 

Price per person, with double occupancy to a room.

The price is degressive for bigger groups than 4. Please consult us.

Included

Imported  Prijon Kayaks ( Twin, Single).

Accompanying local (english speaking) guide.

Accomodation in homestays.

All  meals.

Cochin airport pickup and drop.

Medical fees and repatriation fees Insurances.

5% for the developement fund.

Not included

International airfares, visa fees and all taxes and extra fees ,

All local transport that are not on the program.

File and subscription fees

Cancelling  insurances

All drinks like fresh juices, beer and other alcoholic beverages and snacks.

Personnel expenditures (Laundry, drinks exept water and tea time)

Options – Extensions

Possibility to include one or several days to your trip.