Experiential Backpacking trip to Kerala

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Come join us for exploring the backwaters, walking in the tea estates, bathing with the elephants, dipping in the Arabian Sea! Befriend other like-minded travellers looking for enriching experiences like cycling tours, treks, chasing waterfalls, surfing/cooking classes and playing games! Come, let's create some memories to cherish for the lifetime!

Short Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Cochin. Move to Kumarakom

Day 2 : Cycling tour to a village in the backwaters. Shikara ride.

Day 3 : Kumarakom to Munnar. Culture show.

Day 4 : Trek to Chokramudi

Day 5 : Munnar to Thekkady

Day 6 : Elephant Junction. Move to Varkala.

Day 7 : Sea time!

Day 8 : Move to Trivandrum. Depart.

Price (Cochin to Trivandrum)


Triple Occupancy 23500

Itinerary (Cochin to Trivandrum)

  • 1

    Day 1 : Arrival in Cochin. Move to Kumarakom

     Arrive in Cochin airport by 11am. Our trip begins from the airport itself!

    Meet the trippers and we set on our road-trip to Kumarakom, a beautiful village in the backwaters! We check-in into our property right by the backwaters and get to know each other better.

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    Day 2 : Cycling tour to a village in the backwaters. Shikara ride.

    Get on your cycles as we leave for an experiential journey to explore the backwaters!

    We shall pass endless paddy fields, canals, bridges, coconut trees - all in the vicinity of the gorgeous backwaters, to make our way to a village in the backwaters. It would be approximately 7-10 km one way. A fun relaxed slow ride to experience the backwaters in a different way!

    Later in the day, we will aboard the shikara boat to explore the backwaters further.

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    Day 3 : Kumarakom to Munnar. Culture show.

    Time to bring on your games for road-trips as we depart from Kumarakom to move to Munnar!

    Approximate journey time 4 hours. Soak in the beauty of the uber-famous tea estates en route Munnar. In the evening, we shall spend some time understanding the culture better. There are 2 culture shows available - Kathakali show and the martial arts show, and we will go see one of them.

    Later, more group and fun games continue!

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    Day 4 : Trek to Chokramudi

    Let's get adventurous?!

    We will be trekking Chokramudi peak at the altitude of 7200 ft. The trail will take us through some astounding views of the valleys and tea estates! The trek lasts about 7 hours, but we will proceed per the comfort of our folks! Local guides will be available.

    The ones not looking for adventure can also just explore the sightseeing places in Munnar.

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    Day 5 : Munnar to Thekkady

    Today, we shall move to Thekkady from Munnar.

    Another road-trip, more fun stuff on the journey lasting roughly 3.5 hrs. Once at Thekkady, we shall spend some time exploring and merrying around. The travellers' tales shall unfold deep into the night!

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    Day 6 : Elephant Junction. Move to Varkala.

    It's time to get friendly with the elephants! Let's go bathe the elephants, and then enjoy the awesome experience of getting sprayed over by the elephant itself! Oh, the fun! Life's a journey after all, they say. Let's steal some moments and live them!

    Post breakfast, we set on our longest road-trip so far! Down South, to this beautiful cliff beach by the Arabian Sea - Varkala! Plan is to reach Varkala before the Sunset so that we can spend some time dipping and playing games swimming in the sea! In the evening, we shall explore the several awesome little cafes set on the cliff! Oh and for the book lovers, there is a wonderful book shop right on the cliff overlooking the sea! For the shopping enthusiasts, Varkala market offers many options from rare stones, artefacts, magnets to interesting collection in the Tibetan market.

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    Day 7 : Sea time!

    Today is our sea day!

    Play games, sun bathe, swim, explore - whatever you would prefer! You can also opt to go for the famous massage and spa here. Another interesting option is to take motorcycles on rent and go exploring some interesting places nearby.

    We also suggest trying some surfing or cooking classes, while in Varkala! Many options - whatever the folks decide!

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    Day 8 : Move to Trivandrum. Depart.

    It will be time to bid adieu to God's own country! With great memories and many new friendships, we shall set on the road-trip early morning to Trivandrum. We shall depart then, hoping to meet again. Soon!

    You can book your return flights after 11 am. You can also choose to explore Varkala or Trivandrum further.

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Inclusions

Transport (from Cochin airport to Trivandrum airport) in our privately hired vehicle

Stay on sharing basis

Meals (7 breakfast)

Cycle on rent in Kumarakom

Backwaters tour in Shikara boat

Culture show in Munnar

Local guide for the Chokramudi trek in Munnar

Trip leader throughout the trip

Exclusions

Anything not mentioned in Inclusions

Cancellation Policy

No cancellations will be taken over call or whatsapp msg. Please reply to the email of payment receipt that you have received at the time of booking.

 Free Cancellation upto 60 days before the departure date

 59 Days to 45 days of Departure date. 10% of total Trip cost. (Booking amount is non-refundable)

 44 Days to 30 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost

 29 Days to 15 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost.

 15 Days to 8 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost.

 7 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost.

 No Show . No refund.

Incase of government orders, harsh weather conditions , protests , landslides or any other unforseen circumstances , we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even even certain activities are cancelled , the organization provides the best alternate but no refunds are provided.

 If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), JustWravel will issue a trek voucher for the full amount and if possible will provide an alternate trek. The voucher can be redeemed upto same amount for the same trek or another trek in the next 365 days from the trek departure date.

 If a trek or trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.). No refund would be provided.

 Any extra expense coming due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc.), Will be beared by customer. Company will not be liable.

 Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and popular places.

Things To Pack

Down Jacket /Main Jacket

Thermals (Upper & Lower)

Clothes

Socks

Undergarments

Gloves

Slippers

Running Shoes/ Outdoor Shoes

Hats/Caps

Daypack

Medicines (Diamox – to reduce chances of AMS)

First Aid Kit

Documents – ID (Driver’s License, AADHAR Card, Voter ID :: Passport and Visa copy for Foreign Nationals)

Sun Glasses

Torch

Water Bottle

Power bank

Mobile Charger / Travel Charger

Raincoat

Hand Sanitizer

Toiletries

Cold Cream

Lip Guard

Sunscreen Lotion

FAQs

Q. What will be the group size?

Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.

We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.

Q. Who all will go along with us on the trip/trek?

All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certifie, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.

All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.

Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?

Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.

Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the trek/trip?

Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.

Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?

We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.

Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?

We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.

Q. Which shoes should I buy?

Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.

Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?

During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.

Q. What will be the type of accommodation?

It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.

Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?

Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.

Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?

It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.

Q. How can I book a trek/trip with you?

After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.

Q. What type of food is served during the trek?

We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.

Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?

Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.

In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.

Q. Can we change the itinerary?

Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.

Q. Can you customize the trip/trek?

Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.

Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?

No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.

Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?

Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.

Q. Diamox is advisable or not?

Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.

Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.

Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?

It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.

Q. What will we do if it rains?

If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.

Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?

Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.

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