Experiential Backpacking trip to Kerala
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!
1st Day: Arrival in Cochin. Move to Kumarakom
2nd Day: Cycling tour to a village in the backwaters. Shikara ride.
3rd Day: Kumarakom to Munnar. Culture show.
4th Day: Trek to Chokramudi
5th Day: Munnar to Thekkady
6th Day: Elephant Junction. Move to Varkala.
7th Day: Sea time!
8th Day: Move to Trivandrum. Depart.
Cochin to Trivandrum:
|Triple Occupancy||23500 / Person|
Itinerary (Cochin to Trivandrum)
1st Day : 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.
2nd Day : 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.
3rd Day : 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!
4th Day : 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.
5th Day : 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!
6th Day : 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.
7th Day : 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!
8th Day : 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.
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
Anything not mentioned in Inclusions
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)
Running Shoes/ Outdoor Shoes
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)
Mobile Charger / Travel Charger
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