India Kerala Backwaters, Hills & Wildlife
The perfect tour to explore Kerala, India’s southern paradise. Wonderful hill stations, exotic wildlife and backwaters will enchant every visitor. Situated along the shores of the Indian Ocean and the spice growing Cardamom Hills to the east, Kerala is a beautiful and fertile heaven.
At a Glance
Day 1 Arrive Cochin. Afternoon City tour
Day 2 Transfer to Munnar Hill Station
Day 3 Munnar at leisure
Day 4 Leave for Periyar National Park
Day 5 Onwards to Kumarakom
Day 6 Kumarakom at leisure
Day 7 Board Houseboat in Alleppey
Day 8 Return to Cochin Airport.
Located 1,524 metres above sea-level. Munnar’s cool climate provides a welcome relief from the heat of the plains. Carpets of tea plantations (Camellia Sinensis) cover the surrounding hills. This makes them one of the world’s highest plantations.
Between the hills and coast are the lush backwaters, a network of waterways providing fish for food, water for farming and a communication route for local villagers.
Blessed with an outstanding network of canals, lakes, lagoons and estuaries it is the perfect place to enjoy nature. The backwaters play a major role in helping it earn international fame. The peaceful and blissful blue Kerala backwaters promise to make your experience so treasured that it will stay imprinted in your mind forever.
Palm trees, pandanus shrubs, leafy plants and bushes fringing the backwaters leave the onlookers captivated.
The backwater cruise envelops beauty, excitement, fun and pleasure. Cruising across the waters on a traditional houseboat is like slipping slowly into a heavenly dream.
The traditional Houseboats, also called Kettuvallams, are available in various sizes and are equipped with modern comforts and fitted in traditional Kerala style. They provide the best ways in exploring the treasured beauty of Kerala. Kettuvallams are built of bamboo poles and mats, coconut fibre, ropes and carpets. They are therefore eco-friendly. It has one or two bedrooms rooms and a small sitting room. The food on-board consists of local Kerala dishes giving you the real taste of Kerala cuisine.
The mesmerizing backwaters of Kerala also attract beautiful birds. Terns, kingfisher, darters and cormorants to mention a few. Other water species having found a home in Kerala backwaters are crabs, frogs and mudskippers.
The Kuttanad region is the rice bowl of Kerala.