On Foot in Kerala

On Foot in Kerala

11 Days
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On Foot in Kerala

11 Days Starting in Kochi and ending in Kochi, Kerala, India

Visiting:

Kochi

,

Cochin

,

Periyar

,

Kerala

,

Munnar

,

Backwaters

,

Cochin (Kochi)

Tour operator:

Explore!

Physical rating:

Medium, Moderate

Special diets catered:

Vegans, Vegetarians

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

WIK

Group size:

4 - 16

Age range:

Adult

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

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$1391 (USD)

Operator discount: $170

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Tour Overview

A walking holiday taking in the diversity of tropical Kerala in India's far south. Trek among the forests and grasslands of the mountainous Western Ghats, walk in search of wildlife in the Periyar National Park and meet the locals rambling through tranquil Backwaters' villages. Exploring on foot is the best way to discover the culture and landscapes of God's Own Country. Meesapulimala Peak - Enjoy the views from one of South India's highest peaks (2635m) Backwaters cruise - Observe daily life in the tranquil Backwaters and spend the night aboard a converted rice barge Kochi - Explore colonial architecture and city sights on a walking tour

Highlights

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    Backwaters cruise - Observe daily life in the tranquil Backwaters and spend the night aboard a converted rice barge

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    Kochi - Explore colonial architecture and city sights on a walking tour

Places You'll See

Backwaters sunset

Kathakali dancer

Colonial Kochi

Tea plantations of the Western Ghats

Houseboat on the backwaters

On Foot in Kerala

Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Join trip Kochi

Location:

  Kochi


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Meals Included:

  No Meals


Our Kerala adventure starts today in the harbour city of Kochi, a gathering place for merchants and traders since antiquity. Built on several islands and criss-crossed with waterways, the city has a very cosmopolitan feel today and attracts artists and artisans from around the region.

Your Leader plans to meet everyone in the hotel reception at 6 pm for a welcome meeting after which, for those that wish, there is the chance to go out for dinner as a group. There are no other activities planned today. Should you miss the welcome meeting, your Leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up.

If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into Cochin International Airport (COK), which is 40km, approximately one-and-a-half hour's drive from the airport.

Should you have time today, our hotel is located right in the centre of Fort Kochi not far from the famous Chinese Fishing nets. It's easy to explore this interesting area on foot.

icon Day 2: Morning tour of historic Kochi; drive to Munnar

Accommodation:

  Hotel


This morning we take in a walking tour of India's oldest European settlement - Fort Kochi. Beginning with the arrival of Jewish and Arab spice traders in the first century AD,Kochi's prosperity and importance increased with the arrival of the Portuguese, who were later followed by the Dutch and the English.This eclectic heritage has invested the city with a fascinating mix of styles and influences. We take in the architectural charms of the Church of St Francis and some of the other notable colonial buildings - the site of the city's 16th century Jewish synagogue (closed on Fridays), the oldest in the Commonwealth and the exterior of the Mattancherry Palace, originally built by the Portuguese as a gift for the Raja of Cochin in 1555, but later extensively renovated by the Dutch. In the afternoon we then drive inland to Munnar and the stunning vistas of the Western Ghats. The 140 kilometre drive takes us into the heart of tea country, where fresh mountain air and tropical forests share the landscapes with spice plantations and tea estates.

Our walking tour today is graded easy and we expect it to take approximately two hours.

icon Day 3: Hike to Seven Malai Hills through tea, coffee and spice plantations

Accommodation:

  Hotel


Our first day's hiking in the Ghats begins from the small village of Nagarmudi (1500 m), just a short drive from old Munnar. Beginning with a gradual climb, we ascend through the tea plantations up into the Seven Malai Hills, passing crops of coffee and cardamom as we make our way to the summit (1700 m). The walk today will take us around four to five hours, but the views more than compensate for the hard climb, as we are presented with some spectacular panoramas across the Chittrapuram Dam and out towards the Anamudi Peak, Munnar and the local villages. Descending to our vehicle, we then drive back to Munnar for our second night.

Our 11 kilometre walk today is moderately-graded and we expect it to take approximately four to five hours.

icon Day 4: Trek to Silent Valley through tea estates and shola forest

Accommodation:

  Camping


It's an hours jeep ride via the forest office this morning to the start of our three day point to point hike. The walk proceeds through a landscape blanketed with tea plantations, sholas of eucalyptus and plantations of plane. The beautiful views and array of tea estates laid out before us give a real flavour of the area. Stopping to enjoy a picnic lunch in shade of a tea garden, we then continue climbing towards our camp at Silent Valley, situated in a meadow close to a small stream.

Ascending to a height of 2000 m, today's walk will cover around 12 kilometres, taking us between four and five hours to reach the camp.

icon Day 5: Trek to Meesapulimala Peak (2635 m)

Accommodation:

  Camping


Leaving camp after breakfast this morning, we begin the ascent of Meesapulimala Peak, the second highest in South India. The trail towards the summit takes us from rough grassland and up onto the ridge line, where we continue climbing through patches of open grassland towards the peak. The journey to the top will take us around three to four hours and from its lofty heights, the views look down across Kerala and Tamil Nadu (if the summit isn't shrouded in mist). You might even pass the odd herd of Nilgiri Thar (a type of wild goat) on the way. After a chance to rest and enjoy the scenery, we then descend towards Rhodo Valley (2300 m), stopping off for a picnic lunch en route. As the camping area at Rhodo Valley is currently closed, we return by jeep for a second night at our Silent Valley camp.

Our walk today is moderately-graded and we expect it to take approximately six to seven hours to cover eight kilometres.

icon Day 6: Hike to Top Station through villages and plantations

Accommodation:

  Camping


Today provides us with our longest day's walking, as we meander our way through a stunning backdrop of verdant plantations and vivid red rhododendron forests. This part of the Western Ghats is home to a staggering array of life, with wild boar and Atlas moths sharing the stage with a dazzling mix of local flora. As we climb, the views out across the local countryside take in villages and lakes, before we begin a gradual winding descent towards Ellapetty village where we enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by vegetable gardens planted by the local tea workers. From here it's a 30 minutes transfer by jeep to our final camp at Top Station/Oorkad (1900 m).

Our walk today is moderately-graded and we expect it to take approximately seven hours to cover 16 kilometres.

icon Day 7: Drive to Thekkady, gateway to Periyar National Park

Accommodation:

  Hotel


Breaking camp for the last time today we drive back towards Munnar and on to Thekkady, gateway to the Periyar National Park. Taking up much of the morning, the 160 kilometre drive weaves across the Western Ghats before reaching Thekkady later this morning. This part of India has long been renowned for its abundant spices. Indeed, it was to the spice rich shores of the Malabar Coast that Christopher Columbus was heading when he bumped into America by mistake. After lunch we take a short walk around a spice garden, enjoying an aromatic wander through crops of black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and clove. There should also be time to explore the local bazaar before dinner.

icon Day 8: Trekking in Periyar National Park

Accommodation:

  Hotel


This morning we enjoy a walk in observation of the flora and fauna in the Periyar National Park. Set around the picturesque shores of Lake Periyar and one of the largest parks in South India, it is home to an incredible diversity of wildlife including elephant, tiger (although we don't expect to see one!), sambar, wild pigs, bison, monkeys and langurs. It also boasts some 112 species of butterflies and 246 species of birds including cormorants, darters, ospreys, kingfishers, hornbills and kites. The walk will take between two to three hours, after which there may be an opportunity this afternoon to enjoy an optional boat trip on the lake. Please be aware, tickets for the cruise are only available locally and are on a first come, first served basis.

Our walk today is graded easy, mostly flat and at a leisurely pace as we take in the flora and fauna of the park. We expect it to take approximately two to three hours.

icon Day 9: Drive to Alleppey on the coast; Backwaters houseboat cruise

Accommodation:

  Boat


Driving to the coastal town of Alleppey this morning we head for the myriad canals and channels that make up the Kerala Backwaters, boarding a traditional houseboat for an overnight cruise through the region. A time-honoured form of transport, these wonderfully characterful boats are made of anjili wood and bamboo and come with en-suite twin bedrooms and an on-board chef, providing the perfect way to enjoy the scenic and cultural beauty of this remarkable setting. Along theses narrow channels, the industrious villagers survive on narrow spits of land, keeping cows, pigs, chickens and even cultivating vegetable gardens. Nothing goes to waste: the shells from the fresh water mussels are burnt to make building lime and coir is used for just about everything. This evening we'll moor up along the banks of Vembanad Lake.

icon Day 10: Backwaters village walk; drive to Kochi

Accommodation:

  Hotel


After a relaxing breakfast on board, we then drive on to the village of West Chennamkary in the heart of the Backwaters for a short walk around some of the local villages, soaking up the atmosphere of a region that provided Arundhati Roy with the inspiration for her book, 'The God of Small Things'. We'll enjoy a traditional Keralan lunch with a local family before driving back to Kochi later in the afternoon.

Our walk today is graded easy and we expect it to take up to two-and-a-half hours at a very leisurely pace.

icon Day 11: Trip ends in Kochi

The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Kochi.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Kochi at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you need to depart from Cochin International Airport (COK), which is around 40 kilometres, one-and-a-half hour's drive from the hotel.

What's Included

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    Accommodation

    1 nights simple boat 3 nights simple camping 6 nights comfortable hotel

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

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    All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

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    Fully Guided

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    Meals – Half Board

    Breakfast: 10 Lunch: 5 Dinner: 4

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What is the maximum group size?

16

Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

Yes

Do I need to bring a sleeping bag?

Yes, you need to bring your own 3-season sleeping bag

What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

Moderate

Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

Yes, we would be delighted to book extra nights before the start or at the end of your trip, please let us know your requirements at the time of booking.

    Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

    Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    All customers that travel on a Explore group trip will be provided with a complimentary transfer, provided they arrive and depart into the designated airport or train station on the trip start and end dates. This is a great way to start your travels, offering you that little extra peace of mind and comfort in the knowledge that there will be someone at the airport or station waiting to take you t

    What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    1 nights simple boat 3 nights simple camping 6 nights comfortable hotel

    I'm going on a walking/cycling trip-do I need to train?

    It will depend on the grade and how fit you already are. Check the trip page for details of the walking or cycling grade and how far you’ll be walking/cycling each day. For moderate or challenging trips in particular we’d recommend doing some walks or cycles before you leave to build up your fitness and prepare you for the distances being covered.

    Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    We have a wide range of ages nationalities on our small group trips and they come from all walks of life.

    Should I get travel insurance?

    Yes–it is a condition of booking that you are fully insured when travelling with us

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    At Explore, we're the experts in adventure travel. Our small group adventure holidays have been running since 1981. Today, Explore is one of the most trusted travel companies in the UK with over 500 trips to more than 120 countries.

    Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Yes, but there are no concessions for doing so, and we must have a record in your booking advising as such before the trip departs.

    Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Being a responsible company is a large statement, something that has to be entwined within the very fibre of a company. Discover the charities and partnerships we support as part of this at https://www.explore.co.uk/about/sustainability/charities-and-partners

    What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    We want to be as clear as and as honest as possible about what happens if you decide to that you no longer wish to travel on your trip. Our booking conditions have details of the costs you’ll incur when you cancel-these charges depend on how long it is before your planned departure.

    What is the accommodation like?

    We choose comfortable accommodation in the best locations possible. We opt for small, local and family-run accommodation where we can, as opposed to large chain hotels. We typically use hotels that are the equivalent of European 3-star, and you’ll usually have an en suite room. Occasionally, where we want to get off the beaten trail we may stay in more basic accommodation.

    What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Sustainability is embedded within the fibre of Explore, it emanates from the inside out. But as we enter a new decade it is clearer than ever that our world needs help, and Explore has created a sustainability strategy based on the 2015 UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

    What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Our flexible booking and safety policies mean you're protected before and during your travels with us. Receive a full refund if your trip is cancelled, transfer your trip free of charge up to 10 days before departure minus any irrocoverable costs.

    Do I need to be very fit to book with you?

    All our trips require some level of active participation. This could be on a cultural trip, trek, safari, expedition or voyage. It is in the interests of all members of the group that everyone should be capable of fully participating in the activities of their chosen trip.

    What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Final documents will include a comprehensive trip itinerary, climate and country information, budgeting and packing advice visa and passport information and details on optional activities available.

    Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Yes on most of our trips. Most trips are based on customers sharing twin-bedded rooms. If you book a group trip as an individual, you will share a room with someone of the same sex. However, on many trips we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement to pre-book a single room, known as our single room option. On some trips a single room will be provided every night, on others it will be provided o

    Do we have to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel

    It’s now a condition of booking a trip with us that customers should have one of the following before they travel - — Be vaccinated against COVID, having received the full recommended course, and allowing enough time for immunity to take effect. Full vaccination includes any booster required to keep the vaccine valid. — Have taken a negative test (rapid antigen or PCR) within 72hrs of departure.

    Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Explore will only offer hotels that have specific COVID-19 protocols in place and comply with local government guidelines. We will ensure these measures include; enhanced room cleaning, ventilation, social distancing, regular cleaning and disinfection of high frequency touch points in public areas, food safety, staff re-training and minimising contact within the properties.

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I think the sign of aod holiday is that you'd like to stay for longer, and that's definitely how i felt about this holiday. I don't think i could fault any ....more

I think the sign of aod holiday is that you'd like to stay for longer, and that's definitely how i felt about this holiday.

I don't think i could fault any part of it.

Tinu and the support team were all brilliant, and made what was a fabulous holiday even better than it otherwise would have been.

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Heather

16-Apr-2018

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Enjoyed enormously, and overall a well planned trip, Thank you

Enjoyed enormously, and overall a well planned trip, Thank you


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12-Dec-2018

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I would praise Qatar Airways for their excellent service. Transferring through Doha was exceptionally smooth

I would praise Qatar Airways for their excellent service.

Transferring through Doha was exceptionally smooth


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Bryan

03-Jun-2019

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A fantastic Trip

A fantastic Trip


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John

05-Jun-2019

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Just to emphasise that our tour leader was veryod.

Just to emphasise that our tour leader was veryod.


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Michael

12-Nov-2018

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I would like to see sriraj your leader of the year!

I would like to see sriraj your leader of the year!


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Gillian

25-Feb-2020

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I could write so much about this trip. In short it was an amazing mix of different things led by a true Master - thanks for everything from the tiny ....more

I could write so much about this trip.

In short it was an amazing mix of different things led by a true Master - thanks for everything from the tiny to the awesomees to Shevin KR less....


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Stephen

26-Nov-2019

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It was a wonderful experience. Our guide was really helpful and very friendly. The other people on the trip were fantastic and we had great fun. All the experiences were ....more

It was a wonderful experience.

Our guide was really helpful and very friendly.

The other people on the trip were fantastic and we had great fun.

All the experiences were equally enjoyable and organised in a way that made the best of them, for example the boat on the backwaters was a really relaxing end to the trip.

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Christine

22-Apr-2018

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It was a reallyod, interesting holiday with lovely walks.

It was a reallyod, interesting holiday with lovely walks.


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Jennifer

01-Apr-2018

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I had a very enjoyable time with a great bunch of people.

I had a very enjoyable time with a great bunch of people.


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Julie

12-May-2018

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Nov 24, 2023

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tourhub discount: $179

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On Foot in Kerala

11 Days Starting in Kochi and ending in Kochi, Kerala, India

Visiting:

Kochi

,

Cochin

,

Periyar

,

Kerala

,

Munnar

,

Backwaters

,

Cochin (Kochi)

Tour operator:

Explore!

Physical rating:

Medium, Moderate

Special diets catered:

Vegans, Vegetarians

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

WIK

Group size:

4 - 16

Age range:

Adult

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

Private Available:

Request A Private Tour

From:

$1650

$1391 (USD)

Operator discount: $170

tourhub discount: $89


  • 100% Guaranteed Refunds
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  • Balance due 60 days before departure
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