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.

Itinerary (Cochin to Trivandrum)

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    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.

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

Booking amount is non-refundable.

No refund of total trip amount will be provided on cancellation, 10 days prior to departure date.

50% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation between 11-20 days prior to scheduled departure date.

90% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation between 21-90 days prior to scheduled departure date.

100% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation, 90+ days prior to scheduled departure date.

For Cancellations/ Refund Request , kindly reply to the confirmation mail and get in touch with the Team. All cancellations will be considered only after the mail has been received.

Things To Know

1. Mind your Trash - This we take very seriously! We promote responsible tourism and expect you to not litter. We expect your full cooperation in this regard.

2. We work closely with the local communities, understanding the importance of sustainable tourism. Do note that you will be directly contributing to these communities by joining our trip.

3. Temperatures during the trip are expected between 15 and 35 degrees Celsius, you can pack accordingly.

4. Concerned with the after floods situation in Kerala? Kerala bounced back and is ready to welcome the tourists, since long now! In fact, if at all, it needs more of us travellers now to help with its economy. The place is safe and awesome, as ever!

FAQs

Kumarakom - Paradise Resorts / Similar

Munnar - The Wind / Similar

Thekkady - Sterling / Similar

Varkala - Woodhouse Beach Resort / Similar

 

Rooms are on triple sharing basis with CP plan. We can provide double sharing basis also, with additional cost.

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