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Botanica

Kerala Backwaters Extension

Colombo to Cochin

Trip Code: BTKER5
5 Days
12 Meals
2020

Trip Highlights

Stay in the Kerala Backwaters

Enjoy 4 nights in the Kerala Backwaters region including two nights in the exotic tropical village of Kumarakom.

Rice Boat Cruise

Spend a full-day cruising on board a Rice Boat, exploring the narrow canals and hamlets that line the shores.

Discover unique plants

Learn about the unique plants of the region including pokkali, a wild rice that grows more than 1.5 metres high.

  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
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Trip Inclusions

  • All sightseeing & touring as per the itinerary
  • Services of a Tour Manager
  • Airport transfers on first & last day, tipping & porterage
  • Flight from Colombo to Cochin
  • 4 Nights accommodation
  • 12 Meals

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Group size 10-20 guests
  • High Fitness Level - pace moves quickly with long days, multiple one and two-night stays as well as unexpected cultural challenges. A good degree of mobility is required
  • Visa and immunisations could be required for this tour, enquire for details
  • To be bought in conjunction with BTSLG14, Sri Lanka Gardens of Paradise, Culture & History
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included
Asia Map BTKER5 2019-21
Colombo to Cochin

Depart Colombo this morning and travel to Kochi in the beautiful Kerala Backwaters Region. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant with the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. This evening enjoy a special Kathakali dance performance in the hotel.

Stay: Two Nights: Kochi, Crowne Plaza

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  • Dinner

This morning we travel to a local village to learn about Pokkali farming. Pokkali is a wild rice that grows over 1.5 meters in height and originated in the mountains during the great floods of the 14th century in this region. Learn about the experience of farming in this region and dine with a local family for lunch to learn more about organic farming and the produce grown here.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After breakfast, enjoy the Heritage walk around Fort Kochi area - this walking tour gives you a glimpse into Kochi’s rich history and heritage, showcasing the mixed Dutch, Portuguese, British and Jewish influences that make the city unique. During the tour, we will visit the old quarter of Fort Kochi, exploring the quaint streets of this city on foot. We will also visit Fort Kochi’s seaside promenade, and get a glimpse of daily life in Kochi. Visit the oldest church built by Europeans in India, St. Francis Church as well as Santa Cruz Basilica known for its beautiful paintings. Afterwards travel to a tiny village full of natural beauty called Kumarakom. This is where we will spend the next couple of nights.

Stay: Two Nights: Kumarakom, Kumarakom Lake Resort

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today enjoy a full day cruising on the Backwaters of Kerala. Kerala is undoubtedly blessed with a unique feature called the backwaters. The Backwaters are formed by the accumulation of sea water at the beach. As the waves moved to and fro, they made their way tearing the ground and forming backwaters. The boats played a major role in the economic development of ancient Kerala, moving cargo and men from the very nook and corner of otherwise unreachable area, cutting across the length and breadth of the land. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner in the hotel.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Travel back to Kochi today visiting a beautiful island farm on the way. This working farm practices sustainable and organic methods of farming and produces coconuts, bananas and other fruit and vegetables. Take a walk and learn about what it means to farm in this area followed by a cooking demonstration and lunch afterwards with the family. Arrive back at Kochi airport later today for your onward flight.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

In all we had a fantastic holiday. We would recommend Botanica to all who'll ask.

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