South India: Explore Kerala

National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures

ITINERARY

DAY 1 KOCHI

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

DAY 2 KOCHI

Enjoy a walking tour in old Fort Kochi, including the fish market, Chinese fishing nets, Dutch Palace, and Jewish Quarter. Meet a local spice expert, learning the medicinal and culinary uses of spices and their importance in the life of Kerala and all of India. This evening, enjoy a traditional Kathakali dance performance.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 3 KOCHI/KUMARAKOM

Visit Tripunithura Hill Palace then continue to Kumarakom on Vembanad Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the state of Kerala. Enjoy a canoe paddle along the narrow canals and take a walking tour through the paddy fields and Chempu village.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 4 KUMARAKOM/KERALA BACKWATERS

Spend the day cruising the Kerala backwaters on a comfortable houseboat while observing local village life and bird watching. Later, arrive at our homestay in Alleppey and enjoy a cooking demonstration of traditional Kerala cuisine and dine with a local family.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 5 KERALA BACKWATERS/VYPĪN ISLAND

Meet with a representative at the Vembanad Wetlands Conservation Programme and learn about the ongoing efforts by local communities and National Geographic to conserve the Vembanad Wetlands. Also visit a clam sanctuary and meet local fishermen who show us how they harvest and prepare the mussels. After, continue to the beach to relax in paradise with free time to explore.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 6 VYPĪN ISLAND

Free time on Vypīn Island.

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 7 VYPĪN ISLAND

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

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