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2 Nights South to North Cruise

Kerala River Cruise

Alleppey-Thottappalli

The Kerala Backwaters as they are famously known are coconut palm tree lined emerald waterways of interwoven lagoons, lakes, rivers and canals which National Geographic called as the “Green Venice of the East” and Kerala brands as “God’s Own Country”! These   waterways weave together the very heartland of this land of spices where the world once sailed to, lead by famous world explorers and traders like Vasco DaGama and many more. The river cruise takes you through wide lakes, flowing rivers, narrow canals and tranquil lakes with many villages on its banks that are only connected by water. Life is all on these waterways with people commuting in wooden dugout canoes where school children, traders and fishermen all mingle together to make the voyage through the bustling waters both colourful and very exciting.

Visit temples, market places, experience traditional wooden boats are built by stitching the planks of wood together with coir rope. A really delightful tropical river cruise on warm waters with a lot of sun bathing and lazing as you sail towering twenty feet above the paddy fields in canals held together by dykes or, along the Arabian Sea where the setting sun splashes the endless waters with a bright orange glow.

Fare Starting 660$ per cabin

2 NIGHTS SOUTH to NORTH CRUISE

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Alleppey – Punnamada – Kanjippadom

Arrive at Punnamada in Alleppey to embark on our boat. This lake is the venue of the annual spectacular race of Snake boats on 2nd Saturday of the month of August by different villages of Alleppey and its neighbouring places.

The team on-board welcomes you to the boat and helps you with smooth check-in. Gather at the lounge for a safety briefing about the boat and about the cruise through Alleppey – the Granary/Rice Bowl of Kerala till Kochi. We set sail. Unwind, as the boat leaves behind the bustling township and cruises gently to the villages interspersed along the tranquil emerald green water world of rivers, lakes, lagoons, canals and coastal estuaries, expanses of paddy fields, swaying tall coconut trees, banana plantations and variety of tropical fruit bearing trees. Enjoy the traditional lunch and relax on-board.

We talk about Alleppey – the Green Venice of the East, its geographical, cultural and social significance. We visit the village Kanjippadom for a leisurely walk. We meet the carpenters at the boat building yard and talk about the traditional method of building wooden boats (Kettuvallom), joining wooden planks using coir, cotton and natural resin. Return to boat and relax cruise.

Meal Plan: (L, D)

Day 2: Kanjippadom – Karumadi – Thottappalli

After breakfast take a drive (30minutes) to visit an ancient sacred grove where serpents are worshipped. This is the only temple in Kerala having female priests. You can take a walk inside and see the rituals going on.

We proceed to Mannar village (45minutes) to meet the metal smiths engaged in making traditional lamps, ornate locks, bells and various types of vessels being used in temples. (The workplace remains closed on Sundays and religious holidays). You may also choose to visit one of the 7 and half churches built by St. Thomas, the apostle of Jesus Christ, who arrived in Kerala during AD50. (Washroom facility is available only at this place).

Return to the boat.we sail to a quaint village Karumadi. We take a walk around a small shrine preserving the ruin of a sculpture of Buddha that belongs to the early centuries.

Return to boat and cruise to the coastal village, Thottappalli, passing by the spillway at the southern area of Kuttanad, which prevents the saline water at river mouth from flooding the low-lying paddy fields. We get to know about indigenous practices of paddy cultivation on reclaimed land at lower altitude that the Sea.
Return to boat and relax.

Meal Plan: (B, L, D)

Day 3: Thottappalli

We cruise leisurely, watching the vibrant life along the way.

After breakfast we check-out at Thottappalli jetty.

Meal Plan: (B)

RV Vaikundam Cruise

Package Price For 2 Nights

September 2019 TO May 2020

Luxury Cabin

Uncover the secrets of magical Kerala, an adventures land with immense ancient and must-watch attractions.

  • 140sqft
  • 1 Cabins
  • Bathroom
  • Windows on 3 Sides
820$ for 2 Nights

Deluxe Cabin

Uncover the secrets of magical Kerala, an adventures land with immense ancient and must-watch attractions.

  • 130sqft
  • 8 Cabins
  • Bathroom
  • Windows on 1 Side
660$ for 2 Nights

RV Vaikundam Cruise

Package Price For 2 Nights

September 2020 TO May 2021

Luxury Cabin

980$ for 2 Nights

Deluxe Cabin

790$ for 2 Nights

Inclusion

  • Entrances: Entrance Fees
  • Naturalist/Destination Manager: English speaking
  • Internet: Available with Wifi Dongle
  • Land Transport: By Air-conditioned Vehicles and Local Tuk-tuk
  • Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Exclusion

  • Airfares: International or Domestic Airfares
  • Taxes: 5% Government Tax. Or any other tax levied in the future.
  • Evacuation Charges: For medical emergencies or any other reasons
  • Personal Expense: Laundry, calls, extra liquor, camera fee, medical, spa etc
  • Insurance: Any travel insurance or personal insurance.
  • Force Majeure
  • Assisted Transfers

Available Departure Dates

Sno.Boarding DateDe-boarding DateCruise DirectionStatus
110-Mar-202012-Mar-2020North – SouthSold Out
213-Mar-202015-Mar-2020South-NorthAvailable
301-Apr-202003-Apr-2020North-SouthSold Out
403-Apr-202005-Apr-2020South-NorthSold Out
510-Apr-202015-Apr-2020North-SouthAvailable

Updated: 19 February 2020

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  • Cruise Check-In 1400 hours, Check-out time 1200 NOON
  • .As the first operation on this itinerary will be undertaken in end Sep 2019. The itinerary might need to be amended with minor modification post the first launch, exploratory cruise departure.

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