5 Nights/ 6 Days (Thottappalli – Kumarakom)

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Alleppey – Cochin

River Backwaters, Kerala, India

Our upstream journey starts from Alleppey and ends at Keralas capital city Kochi.

Fare Starting INR 150,500 per cabin

Detail Itinerary

Day 1:

Arrive at the coastal village of Thottappalli to embark the River Cruise.

This lush and serene village by the spillway helps to drain the excess waters of the rivers from the Western Ghats into the low lying Kuttanad area partly to the east and the rest to the saline river mouth to the west.

We cruise through this magical water-world interspersed with vast stretches of paddy fields, coconut groves and tiny hamlets as we relax onboard immersing into the serenity of gentle breeze, lush foliage, simple and laid-back culture. We visit a boat building yard, watch coir making, palm leaf weaving and duck farming at Kanjippadam village.

Meal Plan (B, L, D)

Day 2:

Cruise to Champakkulam & Pulinkunnu.

Our sundeck is ideal for some Yoga and meditation. After breakfast we cruise to the interiors of an ancient coastal village of Champakkulam where we visit an old church, meet children of a school and watch artisans sculpting biblical heroes.

Here we see Snake boats or Champakulam Chundans that were supposed to be Navy boats of Chempakasserry rulers; their structure and design reflect the prowess of ancient Kerala architecture. Traditionally each boat belongs to a village, and the villagers worship that boat like a deity. These are now used for racing during festivals. Only men are allowed to touch the boat, and to show respect they should be bare feet. Here we interact with the caretaker to know the nitty-gritties of construction of these boats and interesting tales.

We buy some fresh catch from the local fishermen and the chef on-board indulges us in delicacies flavoured with local spices served on banana leaf.

We visit the dockyard and interact with the Houseboat builders. After dinner on Nova’s boat we return to River Cruise for overnight stay at Pulinkunnu village.

Meal Plan (B, L, D)

Day 3:

Cruise through Kuttanad and arrive in Kavalam.

This day we interact with farmers and learn the traditional methods of cultivation and harvesting over a drink of tender coconut.

The Pampa river flows through the village to merge into the famed Vembanad Lake. Kavalam boasts of a vast ‘water junction’ of five kayals (canals) and this belly of Kerala is filled with duck farms. In summer the rice paddies of Kuttanad turn golden. The village is the proud owner of a Kavalam Chundan, which is a regular participant in the Vallamkali races.

Meal Plan (B, L, D)

Day 4:

Cruise to Kumarakom

Kumarakom is a village on Vembanad Lake where cuckoos and Siberian storks can be spotted.

Here we visit the farmhouse of two empowered women- a mother-in-law and her daughter-in-law, living cordially with mutual respect and affection. The farmhouse is located on an island made by the men of the house by reclaiming land from Backwaters. Here the hostess demonstrates the preparation of traditional Syrian Christian cuisine and we delve in the history of three generations of pioneering spirit engaged in sustainable farming in rhythm with the environment. Later we explore the lagoons of Kumarakom for the habitats of migratory and endemic birds by country boats

We also interact with the local women to know about ‘Kudumbashree’, a remarkably successful program introduced by the State Government to empower women as part of the endeavors to alleviate poverty through socio-economic development and civic-centric governance.

Meal Plan (B, L, D)

Day 5:

Cruise to through the lake Vembanad and arrive in Pallathuruthy village by noon.

We buy some fresh catch from the local fishermen and the chef on-board indulges us in delicacies flavoured with local spices served on banana leaf.

We explore the narrow canals and arrive in the quaint village of Karumadi. The village is famous for its black granite partially broken statue of Buddha (9th or 10th century) that was recovered from the Pampa river in the last century. It is protected as a remnant of Buddhism that prevailed in ancient India. We interact with a toddy tapper and watch how he climbs coconut trees, and taps the sap of coconut flowers which when fermented becomes Toddy, an alcoholic beverage.

Meal Plan (B, L, D)

Day 6:

This morning we enjoy a walk in the village along the Pampa River and observe the village bustling with life and routine. We enjoy a couple of hours more of cruising along this unique wetland eco-system. After breakfast, we disembark at 9am. Here in Thottappalli we plant a coconut sapling to honour this home of Kera.

Meal Plan (B)

Inclusion

  • Entrances

    Entrance Fees

  • Assisted Transfers

    At Kochi

  • Land Transport

    By Air-conditioned Vehicles and Local Ttuk-tuk

  • Naturalist/Destination Manager

    English Speaking

  • Meals

    Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

  • All Tax

    GST 5%

  • Internet

    Available with Wifi Dongle

Exclusion

  • Insurance

    Medical or Travel

  • Airfares

    International or Domestic

  • Assisted Transfers

    At Alleppy

  • Personal Expense

    Laundry, Wines & Spirits, Camera/video Fee at Monuments/National Park, Salon/massages, Airport Departure Tax etc

  • Force Majeure

  • Evacuation Charges

    In case of medical emergencies.

Package Price For RV Sauver Nigam

Superior Cabin

1,07,500
  • Bathroom
  • 180 sqft
  • 2 Cabins
  • Windows on 3 Sides

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  • Cruise Check-In 1400 hours, Check-out time 1200 NOON
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