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Solo Travel

India- Kerala Backwaters & Beaches Tour

From €1448pp
Great for solo travellers!
Depart From
Fly from Dublin
Departure Date
25 Aug 2019 - 02 Sep 2019
Duration
7 Nights
Destination
Kerala, India
Price
From €1448pp
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Fly from Dublin to India and spend a week exploring Kerala state, on this adventure tour that's ideal for the solo traveler.

Watch the sunset through the fishing nets of Kochi, stretch out on white-sand beaches, drift through the tranquil backwaters, and rise at dawn to see the sunrise.

This seven-day tour offers a quick introduction to the diversity of south India. Unwind with some yoga in your free time. Meet the locals and spend the night with a local family on a tour that's all about authentic cultural experience.

Travel Style: 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Fast, fresh, and fun adventures that never slow down, made for young, budget-minded travellers.

Service Level: Basic

Simple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.

Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 18, avg 12.

Age requirement: 18-39

A visa may be required for this trip. Please ask us for details.

Day 1: Kochi

Arrive in Kochi at any time. There are no planned activities. Check into to the hotel (check-in time is 12.00 midday) and enjoy the city.

This evening, it's your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards.

Accommodation: Gama Heritage (or similar)

Day 2: Kochi/ Alleppey

Explore the Jewish Quarter before continuing to Alleppey. Experience local life at a homestay, and enjoy a guided walk along the lagoon.

Leaving early to avoid the heat, enjoy the Jewish Town with its old curio shops and the more than 400-year-old synagogue. Travel afterwards to Alleppey, a golden streak of land woven with rivers, lakes, lagoons, and canals.

In the afternoon, we check out the island with a local English-speaking guide and learn about the way of life here. Afterwards, settle into a homestay and get to know your hosts.

  • Private Vehicle: Kochi – Alleppey( 1h30m)

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

  • Alleppey Guided Walk (1h-2h)

Explore the area, known as the "Venice of the East," on foot with a local English-speaking guide and learn about the way of life here.

  • Your Local Living Moment: Alleppey Homestay

Enjoy a stay with a local family in Alleppey and get a real taste of the culture and what life on the islands is like. Learn how to cook some delicious Kerala dishes and dig in and enjoy the meal after your lesson.

Accommodation: Alasr Heritage Home (or similar) Homestay

Meals included:  Lunch | Dinner

Day 3: Alleppey/ Kollam

Explore the backwaters and its unique ecosystem on a ferry cruise. Travel to Kollam by bus after enjoying the morning ferry cruise.

  • Alleppey Ferry Cruise (2h-3h)

Enjoy a morning ferry ride through the backwaters, observing the unique ecosystem with blue-green stretches of water and coconut trees.

  • Local bus: Alleppey – Kollam (3h)

Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

  • Orientation Walk (30m-1h)

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Accommodation: Hotel Sea Pearl (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4: Kollam/ Varkala

Enjoy lots of free time to explore the town, get treated by local healers, or visit the Varkala Temple. Note that Kollam Harbour is closed to visitors in May through june.

  • Kollam Fishing Docks Visit (1h)

See where all of the action happens in this busy port city and walk around Kollam's bustling fishing docks.

  • Neendakara Fishing Harbour Visit

Visit the largest wholesale fishing market and harbour on the Arabian Sea, dating back to the sixteenth century. Take in the sights and sound of a busy fish market at work, and check out the morning's fishing haul.

  • Private Vehicle: Kollam – Varkala (5h-6h)

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Optional Activity:

  • Janardhana Swamy Temple Visit, Varkala

Enjoy a visit to this beautiful temple that gives homage to Janardana Swami, who is a form of Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation. Pilgrims from the south of India make the trek to visit this 2000-year-old temple and pay their respects.

Accommodation: Nikhil Residence (or similar)

Day 5: Varkala

Spend time wandering the peaceful gardens of an ashram devoted to Kerala's most eminent spiritual and social reformer and the mystical Janardhana Swamy Temple, or just head to the beach to relax and watch the Arabian Sea.

  • Free Time: Varkala (Full Day)

Lots of free time to explore the town, relax with an Ayurvedic massage, get treated by local healers, or visit the Varkala Temple.

Accommodation: Nikhil Residence (or similar)

Day 6: Varkala/ Kochi

Travel to Kochi and take an orientation tour visiting Fort Kochi, St Francis Church, the Dutch cemetery, and the Chinese fishing nets.

In the late afternoon/early evening, opt to watch Kathakali dancing (a Kerala traditional dance form).

  • Train: Varkala – Kochi (3h30m-4h)

Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.

Orientation Walk, Kochi (1h-2h)

  • Get to know the delightful city of Cochin through this guided walk. Visit the Dutch Palace and Jewish Quarter, with its 400-year-old synagogue. Explore St Francis Church, the oldest church in India.
  • Free Time: Kochi (Afternoon)

Visit any sites skipped on the first visit to Kochi.

Optional Activity:

  • Kathakali Dance, Kochi (350INR per person)

Considered one of the oldest dance forms in India, Kathakali is a combination of drama, dance, music, and ritual. Characters with vividly painted faces and elaborate costumes re-enact stories from the Hindu epics, Mahabharata and Ramayana. This dance drama is famous for amazing costumes, extensive makeup, and explosive body movements, and is performed exclusively by men.

Accommodation: Gama Heritage (or similar)

Day 7: Kochi

Depart at any time.

Price is based on a solo traveller and includes:

  • Flights and charges from Dublin to India
  • 7 day Kerala Backwaters and Beaches Tour
  • Experiences:
    • Your Local Living Moment: Alleppey Homestay, Alleppey
    • Orientation walks in Alleppey, Kollam, and Fort Kochi
    • Kerala boat tour
    • Morning ferry cruise on Alleppey's backwaters
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Accommodation: Simple hotels or guesthouse (twin-share) (5 nts), homestay (1 nt).
  • Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner 
    • Allow USD140-185 for meals not included.
  • Transportation: Bus, boat, taxi, tuk-tuk
  • Staff & experts: 
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply. Price shown is based on a solo traveller. Please contact us for pricing for 2 or more travelers.

For up-to-date information on this last minute offer, we recommend calling us on 021 427 7094 or 01 696 5135.

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