5 Nights South to North Cruise
Kerala River Cruise
Changankari to Kochi
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 fidhermen all mingle together to make the voyage through the bustling waters both colourful and very exciting.
Visit temples, churches, market places, traditional dance and martial art schools and ayurvedic medicine centres. Take a canoe ride through the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Experience how coir making is done. 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 1,700$ per cabin
Day 1: Embarkation at Changankari
Embark on the boat at Changankari village by lunch time. The team on-board welcome you to the boat and helps you with a smooth check-in. Gather-together in the lounge for a briefing about the boat and about the cruise. Sail during the afternoon exploring the interior settlements at the middle of vast expanses of paddy fields of Kuttanad. At dinner join the rest of the group returning from their day’s excursion and then retire for the night.
Meal plan: ( L, D)
Day 2: Changankari-Champakkulam-Nedumudy –Pulinkunnu
Arrive in Changankari village to take a leisurely walk. After breakfast, we proceed to Champakkulam village. Kerala’s old spice trade used to pass through this town en route to Cochin and other ports on the west coast. Settled more than 1000 years ago by Syrian Christian traders, who later converted to Roman Catholicism under the Portuguese, the people chose to keep their synthetic cultural heritage. This can be seen in the monumental St Mary’s Church on the riverside.
Built in 1550, the foundations are said to be as old as 5th century AD. Architecturally, it is a mélange of several European styles, from the Levantine altar and structure to the Dutch arches that tower overhead.
We visit St. Mary’s church and a school and meet the local artisans (open on weekdays) who make biblical heroes.
We can also see the Snake boat (Chundan Vallom), the pride of the villagers, gracefully docked. These types of boats being used for races today in modern days were, once maritime war boats and their structure and design reflect the prowess of ancient Kerala architecture.
Return to the boat and we cruise to Nedumudy. Lunch will be served while cruising. After lunch, we drive through the quaint and scenic villages to Mannar which is famous for bell metal and brassware crafts. Interact with the artisans; inspire them, watching the indigenous method of casting of traditional lamps, utensils and ornate locks. Return to Nedumudy and cruise to Pulinkunnu village for over-night halt. Get closer to the life along the way, paddling along narrow canal by country boat, interacting with the villagers. Return to the boat. After dinner retire for the night.
Meal Plan: (B, L, D)
Day 3: Pulinkunnu-Kainakari-Kavalam
This day after breakfast we cruise to Kainakari.Here we visit Chavara Bhavan, the ancestral home of Saint Kuriakose Chavara which is now preserved as a museum. Saint Chavara, the first canonized Catholic male saint of Indian origin, was the co-founder of the first congregation for men, the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate – C.M.I, and of a similar one for women, Congregation of the Mother of Carmel C.M.C. While cruising lunch will be served on board. We arrive in Kavalam where river Pampa reverses its course and drain into Lake Vembanad. You may take the ferry to explore the region, walk along the dykes surrounding the expanses of paddy fields and interact with the farmers and women’s collective. We continue the cruise till dusk. Dinner on–board and retire for the night.
Meal Plan: (B, L, D)
Day 4: Kavalam – Kumarakom
After having breakfast, cruise to the expanses of lake Vembanad experiencing its wetland ecosystem.
We visit a farmhouse.This house is located on an island which was made by the men of the house, by reclaiming land from Backwaters. A walk in the farm will be educative. The hostess will demonstrate the preparation of traditional Syrian Christian cuisine. You may also try your hand at cooking and listen to the story of her family, of three generations of hard working men, and equally strong women who supported their pioneering spirit. We will have lunch at this house. Return to our boat and relax.
We set out by country boat to watch the migratory and endemic birds of Kumarakom, which is a cluster of lagoons of lake Vembanad, at the backdrop of mangroves, paddy fields and coconut groves. Waterfowl, cuckoo, owl, egret, heron and the water duck are some of the endemic species seen here. Parrots, teal, larks, flycatchers, wood beetle, and other birds are seen here during their respective migratory seasons.
Return to our boat and cruise to Thanneermukkom for overnight halt. The barrage at Thanneermukkom built across Vembanad, the largest lake of Kerala, divides the lake into two; one half with perennial salty water and the other with fresh water enriched by the rivers.
Relax on the boat, enjoying the gentle breeze and the beauty of the vastness and serenity of the majestic lake. After dinner retire for the night.
Meal Plan: (B, L, D)
Day 5: Kumarakom-Chenganda-Vaikom
After breakfast we sail to Chenganda village. The people of this rustic village are having a laid-back and peaceful life. Spend time with the coir weavers, the shell harvesters and farmers, engaging in conversation about the riparian life and watching various indigenous techniques of fishing. Return to boat and have lunch on-board.
By evening we arrive in the ancient village Vaikom, By tuk-tuk or by foot we proceed to the cultural centre in the locality to watch the traditional dance performance – Kathakali, the traditional dramatic and mimetic dance form, which plays stories from epics. It is a unique blend of dance, music, action, literature and make-up.
We take a tour around the temple to get to know about its history and architecture. The architecture of temples in Kerala is based on ancient science of construction and geographical features of the land. As per the traditional architecture, the each element of temple represents an element of human body, and, a temple is not only the space for spiritual enlightenment but also the venue for harmonious social networking. .
Tonight we celebrate our sojourn over farewell dinner on board.
Meal Plan: (B, L, D)
Day 6: Vaikom – Cochin & Disembark
Having breakfast on-board, we set sail, gently cruising by the islands interspersed along rivers, lake and coastal estuaries. We talk about Cochin, the Queen of Arabian Sea, its geographical, cultural and social significance.
Arrive at Marad and disembark from boat. Drive to Nettoor, to watch kalaripayattu, the traditional martial art of Kerala said to the birth place for all martial arts including Karate. Drop off at the hotel or, airport and the Cruise programs ends.
Meal Plan: (B)
Breakfast Lunch and Dinner
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Updated: 03rd July 2019
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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.