There is nothing like experiencing the beauty and culture of Kerala at close quarters from a kayak. Feel a part of this beautiful land as you kayak through the backwaters, narrow canals with villages & market places on either side taking in the sights and sounds of the region at your own pace.
The palm-fringed,tranquil backwaters were once the state`s trade highways. They have dictated her history, shaped her present and promise a future by virtue of offering incomparable beauty and unique experiences. The state`s palm-fringed backwaters are inland lakes connected by a network of canals. With 41 west-flowing rivers, the backwaters stretch to almost 1,900 kilometers. The backwater routes date back over the centuries and have been long used for all transportation needs, in particular trade in coconut, rubber, rice and spices. Today, these waterways link remote villages and islands to the mainland and nerve centres of the coastal area.
Kayaking on the Periyar river with forests and rubber estates on either side is also an exhilarating experience. It gives you an opportunity to observe the flora and fauna, particularly the wide variety of birdlife in this area.
Trips can be tailormade to suit your preferences & tour itinerary and are suitable for beginners to real enthusiasts. Comfortable accommodation arrangements can be made enroute and your luggage transported to the next stopover for trips of a longer duration. Browse through the sample itinerary and get in touch with us with your specific requirement.
Day 1. Cochin - Kayamkulam
Transfer from Cochin ( 2 hours drive ) and on arrival meet up with our guides at Kayamkulam, where we will get used to the kayaks and do a bit of paddling. before making our way to the villages nearby, visit the temples and coir making facilities there.
Day 2. Kayamkulam backwaters
After an early breakfast we’ll set course for a small family run resort on the backwaters. We will have a picnic lunch and visit the Karumadi Kuttan temple on the way. For those wanting a massage, the resort could arrange for one. On special request you could witness a ‘Kalaripayattu’ performance in the evening before dinner.
Day 3. Alleppey
We leave the resort after breakfast and are headed today for a century old house which is today a home stay. An excellent opportunity to see village life at close quarters - local people engaged in fishing, duck rearing, shell and mud collection for the farms. We will stop for lunch at a beautiful coconut grove and continue our kayaking till we cruise into the beautiful heritage home on the banks of the river Manimala
Day 4. Alleppey
Depart from Emerald Isle after breakfast and paddle through the narrow canals. Morning is an opportunity to see the village life go by – stop over at the local tea shop or the spice garden bordering the backwaters. Picnic lunch at the banks of the Vattakayal lake. After a post lunch break, kayak back to the Heritage Villa.
Day 5. Pulinkunnu
Depart after breakfast and kayak through the narrow canals. Morning is an opportunity to see the village life go by; stop over at the local tea shop or the spice garden bordering the backwaters. Picnic lunch on the banks of the Vattakayal lake before paddling into a beautiful country home set against the backdrop of the paddy fields and the backwaters.
Day 6. Muhamma
Today after breakfast we set course to a Heritage Resort, a small but beautiful `Tharavadu` ancestral home again on the backwaters. Paddling along these backwaters, you`ll realize why it has become world famous and endeared itself to millions of tourists visiting this area.
Day 7. Muhamma - Cochin
After a leisurely breakfast transfer by car back to Cochin
Accomodation envisaged at Backwater , Riversisde Resorts / Homestays enroute
Kayamkulam - Coir Village
Backwaters - Green Palace
Alleppey - Emerald Isle
Pulinkunnu - Maria heritage
Muhamma - Kovilakom
Kayaks: Prijon Capri
Accompanying motor boat
Accommodation on Full board