Alleppey gets its sobriquet,‘The Venice of the East’ from its fascinating network of inland canals. The canals also make it the ideal headquarters for backwater tourism. A visit to Alleppey is incomplete without a trip to the charming church filled town of Kottayam, and the town of Aranmula, famous for its historic Snake Boat Race during the Onam festivities.
Be spellbound at Aymanam Village
Aymanam village in the Kottayam District of Kerala found its way to the world map as the setting for Arundhati Roy’s 1997 novel ‘The God of Small Things’. Aymanam, which means ‘the land of five forests’, is blessed with sparkling rivers and canals. Read more
Cruise the backwaters
Revel in a day long houseboat cruise on the backwaters made unforgettable with scenic views. Enjoy the meandering canals, countless lagoons, lush paddy fields, charming homes set on the banks and verdant landscape. Traditional cuisine with specialities like ‘Karimeen’ add to the enriching experience.
Step into a farm island
Reclaimed from the backwaters of the Vembanad Lake in the early 1950’s, the fascinating Philipkutty’s Farm with waterfront villas affords an experience like no other. Home to sustainable or organic farming, find coconut, nutmeg, banana, cocoa and pepper growing here. Jumbo prawn (scampi) and karimeen (pearlspot) are found in some of the farm canals.
Life of Backwaters on a Bicycle
Experience biking though small fishermen villages and lush coconut trees. Immerse yourself in the beautiful Backwaters sceneries. Get a Welcome Drink to energise you to start your Cycling tour and reach the Fish market. Learn about the life and activities around this market. Get an insight of how well the economy is balanced among the communities.Read more
Catch a Fish like a Local in Kumarakom
Get lucky and catch the ‘Karimeen’ from the serene Backwaters . Experience a Traditional canoe evening ride accompagnied with a local guide and a fisherman in the surroundings Backwater villages. Learn the different typical methods of fishing and engage in night fishing with your guide. Pick from fishing with nets, angling and handpicking of clams. Fishing is a livelihood for the backwater people. Read more
Birding in Kumarakom
Watch maximum number of the local birdlife with your knowledgable guide in the surroundings Backwater villages. Learn with him how to recognized moves and chanting sounds of each bird species. The closeby Vembanad lake body attracts waterfowl, cuckoo, owl, egret, heron and the water duck, as well as the migratory Siberian cranes. Flocks of birds flying across the rice fields during the morning hours is a beautiful sight.Read more
Alleppey Preserve Tour
Join the Preserve Alleppey project, created by the Lions Ladies Club of Alleppey in 2000. Your journey will start with a presentation of the town history and followed by a walking through the Gujarati quarter, the canal banks and an old wholesale market with a local guide. A Kerala lunch will be served in one of the members' homes, which will grant you an opportunity to visit a home, meet with the residents and to learn about local’s ways of life.
The capital of Kerala, the city is now known by the name Thiruvananthapuram, which literally means the ‘abode of Lord Anantha’. Its rich past blends stunningly with the modern, in a city marked by the beauty of vibrant culture.
Cruise in a traditional houseboat fitted with modern conveniences along the backwaters of the Ashtamudi Lake. Enjoy travelling along the canals, exploring the backwaters, taking in the picturesque scenery along the tranquil waters. Read more
Lunch with a view in Poovar Backwaters
Drive to Poovar to board a motor boat cruise on the backwaters of Poovar. The two hour leisurely cruise gently takes you through the delightful backwaters. Sit back, enjoy, read a book and watch life go by. Read more
Fisherman village and handloom factory visit
Step into Thiruvananthapuram’s busiest fishing harbour and spot hundreds of fishing boats, fisherwomen heading to the local markets and fishermen eagerly gliding into the sea. At Mukkola, a typical Kerala rural market with an array of shops and the fish/vegetable market awaits. Another must see is the Balaramapuram Handloom village famous for the production of traditional varieties of handloom textiles. Read more
Trivandrum, Capital of Travancore
Get a cultural immersion in the Capital of Kerala.. Be introduced to Trivandrum, the easygoing and energetic Kerala’s Capital, filled with Victorian style buildings, major art museums and 200-years-old Travancore maharajas palaces. Keep your eyes open on The Kuthiramalika Palace built by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal of Travancore. Inside capture its collections of the royal family such as wood carvings, paintings and various priceless. Read more
Cape Comorin, End of India
Drive South to Kanyakumari (Cape comorin), rocky headland on the Indian Ocean and Reach the tip of the Indian subcontinent's… En route visit Padmanbhapuram palace, the summer palace of the erstwhile Travancore Kingdom. Get an insight into the life of the Maharajas of Travancore. Its oldest sections date back to 1550. Read more
Try your hand at local cuisine at a cookery class by a local chef
Cycle down meandering village tracks
Take a canoe ride through the backwaters
Join the chorus at a local toddy shop while feasting on spicy lobsters