India – Kerala

Kerala Backwaters –
A World of Timeless Serenity

The distinctive features of a Kerala visit are its mysterious backwaters, magnificent beaches, the healing touch of its ancient science of ayurveda and the short distances between them all. What is truly magical about a houseboat cruise on the backwaters is the rare opportunity that it provides for an up-close and personal view of a unique lifestyle that is still untouched and far removed from the stressed and hurried lifestyle of modern civilization.

Trivandrum – Kovalam – Alleppey – Kumarakom – Periyar – Munnar – Cochin
(7 Nts/8 Days)

The heart and soul of Kerala is it’s ‘poorams’ or the lively and colorful seasonal temple festivals. Entire communities come to life as the streets are decked up to celebrate these events. Processions of richly-caparisoned elephants splash the streets with color to the thunderous roars of applause from enthusiastic crowds of devotees. The atmosphere is that of a carnival as local folk artists put on spontaneous performances at every street corner near the temples.

A Beach at Kovalam, Kerala
A Beach at Kovalam, Kerala
Snakeboat Races in the Backwaters, Kerala
Snakeboat Races in the Backwaters, Kerala
Decorated Elephants at Thrissur Pooram, Kerala
Decorated Elephants at Thrissur Pooram, Kerala

Kovalam

The beaches of Kovalam are world-renowned for white sand and pristine settings. The deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean and a favorable climate make Kovalam a favorite year-round spot for swimming. The ocean here is calm and shallow where swimming is safe and enjoyable for the most part of the year.

Alleppey

The otherwise inaccessible backwaters have served to preserve the unique culture and character of rural Kerala. The houseboats have all the creature comforts of a good hotel including furnished bedrooms, modern ecological toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen and even a balcony for angling.

Cochin

Cochin is known as the queen of the Arabian Sea and is one of the most interesting cities of India. It is home to one of the finest natural harbors in the world. The St. Francis Church is the first European church built in India and is the site where the mortal remains of the famous Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama are buried.

Kerala – God’s Own Country. An Out-of-this-world Experience.