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Backwater Splendor

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Luxuriate on the Varkala beach, watch the sunset, explore magnificent temples and also get a taste of Kerala’s stunning backwater beauty. This luxury package features secluded and relaxation oriented beach & backwater experiences with little travel time between destinations.

Places: Varkala, Trivandrum, Ashtamudi (Kollam)

Duration:6 Days

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Experience Highlights

  • Take a sunset cruise in the beautiful backwaters of the Ashtamudi
  • Spend a couple of days in the unique cliff ambience Varkala beach
  • Explore the heritage city of Trivandrum and get insights into Kerala culture
  • Stroll into the villages of the backwaters to pick up on coir making and local festivals (if any)

Tour on Map

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Day to Day itinerary

Day 1

Trivandrum

Day 2

Ashtamudi

Day 3

Explore Ashtamudi

Day 4

Varkala

Day 5

Explore Varkala

Day 6

Departure Trivandrum
Day

1

Trivandrum

You will be welcomed at Trivandrum International airport / rail station by our company representative who will direct you to your resort.

The city of Trivandrum showcases the heritage of Kerala like none else. With famous temples, palaces, museums and art emporiums, a tour of Trivandrum will as exciting as it is insightful.

A half-day tour exploring the heritage city of Thiruvananthapuram

As the day unfolds, head to the Padmanabhaswamy temple, the richest temple in the country with antique riches. After darshan explore the horse palace (puthenmalika) - magnificently crafted wooden palace famous for its house sculpture work. Later, revel at the oil paintings of the raja and exquisite collection at Napier Museum.

Napier Museum, an architectural masterpiece, boasts of a natural air-conditioning system

Relax for the day at your resort.

Day

2

Ashtamudi Backwaters

Today you head to Kollam, one of the oldest ports in the Arabian Sea. Surrounding the hectic centre town are the calm waterways of the Ashtamudi Lake. Fringed with cashew plantations, coconut palms and traditional villages, this is a great place to get a feel of the backwaters without the crowds.

Check-in to your backwater resort and spend the rest of the day enjoying the scenic environs by the lake side.

There is nothing like a sunset cruise through the tranquil backwaters of the Ashtamudi lake

Sunset cruise in the Ashtamudi Lake (Optional)


You can take the cruise boat or a punt boat trip from the jetty at the end of the day and meditate peacefully as you watch the sun go down over the lake. Relax for the night in your resort.

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3

Explore Ashtamudi

Today is set aside for you to explore Ashtamudi and really soak-in the backwater village culture. If you like to stay indoors, you can relax undisturbed in your own private garden or rest under the shade of coconut trees with gentle breeze from the lake.Day trips and activities are good too.

Let nature softly nudge you in the relaxing environs of your backwater resort

Village colours: Coir making, colourful festivals and more (optional)


Taking a stroll through the village around your resort will be a fascinating experience. You can watch the process of coir making and pick up some coir handicrafts too. There is always a festival on somewhere, just go and immerse yourself in the sound and colour. Activity oriented can take day trip to Thenmala ecotourism or Palaruvi waterfalls.


Relax for the day at your resort.

Day

4

VARKALA BEACH

After the tranquil backwaters of Kollam, you head to your final stop, Varkala, one of the best beaches in Kerala. Use this chance to pick up some activities of your choice for the next couple of days.

The unique cliff ambience & adventure activity makes Varkala the pick of beaches in Kerala


At Varkala Beach: The shores go through a hundred moods


A high rocky cliff ends abruptly and a stretch of clear sand extends down to the sea. An incredible sight to say the least! Varkala beach is less touristy and its warm waves are perfect for surfing on the waters. Paragliding of the cliffs facing the open sea is another exciting option


Enjoy the awesome sunset and relax for the day here.

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5

EXPLORE VARKALA

Today is set aside for you to explore Varkala and pursue activities of your interest. There are quite a few in-house activities like yoga, learning to cook with spices, or ayurveda. The outdoor options include temple tours and village tours among others.

Choose a couple of activities of your interest and enjoy a slow holiday.

Start your day with guided yoga by the beach side and spend your day pampering yourself with ayurveda. The 2000 year old Janardhana temple atop the hill is a must visit and adds an element of mysticism to Varkala. The pious mineral springs, fishing hamlets of Fort Anjengo are other popular outings you can consider. Evening would be a great time to watch a dance-drama Kathakali show.

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Yoga and meditation by the beachside make for a perfect way to start your day

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6

DEPARTURE FROM TRIVANDRUM

Today is the last day of your tour. Enjoy a splendid breakfast at your resort and head to Trivandrum for onward journey.

Drop back at Airport/Rail station in the afternoon bidding farewell to god’s own country with memories to last for a life time.

Bon Voyage

STANDARD PACKAGE

Accommodation

4 star luxury hotel/resort with neat amenities, hygienic bathrooms & European toilets, Telephone and 24 hours room service

Transportation

Air Conditioned vehicle with chauffer at your disposal thorough out the tour

Meals

Buffet breakfast included at all resorts/ hotels

Total tour cost

Starting from INR 26500 per person in October to March and INR 22500 per person from April to September

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