Tour southern India and trek through the trails and backwaters of Kerala.

Discover the heart of Kerala, a canvas of rolling green hills, fertile plantations and shimmering backwaters. From the urban rush of Kochi to the gentle breezes of Kerala’s highlands, this magical trekking adventure provides a great mix of contemporary and traditional India, throwing in plenty of surprises along the way. So whether you find peace on top of a mountain ridge, or lazing on the deck of a houseboat in the middle of Vembanad Lake, this authentic, energetic trek through the spice trails of Kerala may be for you.

Start
Kochi, India
Finish
Kochi, India
Countries
India
Themes
Walking
Code
HZXI
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 16
Group size
Min 7, Max 16
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Cruise through the Kerala backwaters on a houseboat

Itinerary

Get acquainted with the sights, sounds and tastes of India in this sprawling portside city.
Escape the sticky heat of the coastline and head to the beautiful hill station of Munnar. Embark on a short trek through the spectacular scenery, and visit local villages that are nestled between lakes, reservoirs, forests and tea estates.
Stride out on a 4-day trek into the heart of Kerala, one of India’s most beautiful and colourful regions. Weave through coffee, cotton, coconut and mango plantations, stand in the shade of red Rhododendrons, clamber over dramatic ridges and climb some of India’s tallest peaks for unrivalled views over the countryside. Along the way, drop in on remote hillstations for a rest, meet local villagers and cool off in pristine waterfalls.
Leave those trekking shoes at the door and step into one of Madurai’s many temples to experience traditional Hindu culture.
Take an awe-inspiring drive through the Western Ghats en route to the quaint village of Tekkady. After an optional spice tour, head into Periyar National Park, where a short trek provides a great opportunity to spot elephants, otters, wild pig and buffalo.
Kick back and relax on a boat ride through the Kerala backwaters, a region that is renowned for its laid back vibes and incredible cuisine.
Cruise along the coastline to Trikunnupazha and relax in a riverside resort. In the afternoon, head out to some villages to learn more about traditional Indian life.
Return to Kochi and enjoy a guided tour that encompasses all the highlights, including the impressive Fort Cochin and Mattancherry Palace.
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Inclusions

Meals
14 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport
Minibus
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (5 nights), Hotel (8 nights), Houseboat (1 night)
Included activities
  • Guided Tour
  • Periyar - National Park

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Important notes

1. Please note that a variance in our standard booking conditions applies to this trip. Departures may only be confirmed 4 weeks before the scheduled start date of your trip, rather than the standard 60 days. We recommend that you make no non-refundable travel arrangements until your trip has been confirmed.

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