Beaches and Backwaters
From India's largest port city to the colourful attractions of Kochi, Kerala's tranquil backwaters and Mararikulam's pristine beaches, this waterside adventure takes in some of India's most relaxing and beautiful destinations.
Dive headfirst into the hustle and bustle of Mumbai, with its fascinating blend of Indian and colonial architecture. Move on to the colourful city of Kochi, where Dutch, Portuguese and Chinese influences all combine.
Board a houseboat for a tranquil cruise on the picturesque backwaters of Kerala, where rural life remains unchanged for centuries. End your journey with rest and relaxation among the sandy beaches and swaying palm trees of Mararikulam.
What To Expect
11 days / 10 nights
Experience backwaters of Kerala
Opportunity to witness different forms of dances of south India.
Experience Fort Cochin with their deep sense of history.
Leisurely meander through the lake in a house boat.
DAY 1 - 2: Mumbai
On arrival at Mumbai International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed by a member of the &Beyond India team, who will chauffeur you to your hotel.
A hive of activity, Mumbai fascinates with its grand colonial architecture, bustling bazaars, trendy boutiques and exclusive restaurants, all offset with a special sense of history. Stately Victorian British buildings rub shoulders with rich Indian tradition. Elephanta Island, with its ancient caves and temples, lies in the middle of the city harbour.
Spend two nights at the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower. Your stay is on a bed and breakfast basis.
On the second day, you will enjoy a guided tour of Mumbai.
DAY 3 - 4: Kochi
After breakfast, you will be met and chauffeured to Mumbai Domestic Airport, where you will board a flight to Kochi. On arrival, you will be met and chauffeured to your hotel.
A colourful blend of influences, Kochi formed the centre of the Indian spice trade for centuries, taking on the food, architecture and traditions of the many nations that visited its shores. From giant Chinese fishing nets to Dutch palaces and Portuguese churches, an ancient synagogue and the white sails of Arab dhows, Kochi offers a fascinating jumble of cultures.
Relax for two nights in a standard sea facing room at The Brunton Boatyard.
DAY 5: Kumarakom
This morning, after breakfast, you will be met and chauffeured to Kumarakom (approx 4 hrs drive).
Set on a charming emerald peninsula jutting into the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is the gateway into the heart of the scenic lake, with its traditional country crafts, boats and canoes. The waters of the lake disperse into a labyrinth of lagoons, brooks, canals and waterways known as the backwaters.
Spend the night at the Kumarakom Lake Resort.
DAY 6: Houseboat Adventure
This morning you will board the traditional houseboat Kettuvallam and cruise the Kerala backwaters.
Timelessly tranquil, the backwaters are a maze of rivers, lakes and canals that meander between a patchwork of green rice paddies, coconut groves and rustic villages. The relaxed backwater lifestyle is best experienced from the deck of a slowly drifting houseboat.
Relax for the night on board the ensuite, air-conditioned Kettuvallam houseboat. Your stay is on full board basis.
DAY 7 - 9: Mararikulam
After breakfast, you will disembark at Alleppey, from where you will be driven to Mararikulam.
Originally a local fishing village, Mararikulam offers endless miles of sandy beaches offset by swaying palms, virgin territory where you can experience local charm and traditional hospitality at it's best.
Spend three nights at Marari Beach Resort.
DAY 10: Mumbai
After a leisurely breakfast, you will be met and chauffeured to Kochi Airport (approximately 2 hours), where you will catch a flight to Mumbai. On arrival at Mumbai, a member of the &Beyond team will be waiting to drive you to your hotel.
Enjoy a day room at The Oberoi Mumbai to freshen up and prepare for your journey home.
DAY 11: Departure
In the early hours of the morning you will be chauffeured to Mumbai International Airport for your flight back home.
- WildlifeThis itinerary is a cultutally focussed one , however one will be able to see Monkeys, Birdlife and domestic elephants in Kerela.
- Travelling with ChildrenSuitable for Children, as many of the activities can be adapeted for them.
- Don't Leave withoutHave a meal at Bombay's famouse sea food Restaurant Trishna. Visit Good Earth - a well know home store that was started in Bombay and now spread across the country. Explore the narrow lanes in Fort Cochin, browsing through some of their antique stores. Enjoy the catch of the Day at Marari Beach.
Where to Stay
Learn more about the luxurious &Beyond properties available for your trip.
Pench National Park
With its open rooftop machans and large wooden decks that overlook the shady nullah, guests to Baghvan Jungle Lodge are constantly immersed in the sights and sounds of the Indian jungle.
Kanha National Park
Overlooking the lush forests and grassy meadows of Kanha National Park, at Banjaar Tola Tented Camp you are one with the environment.
Bandhavgarh National Park
Guests in search of an authentic jungle experience won't be disappointed at Mahua Kothi Jungle Lodge, where just 12 kutiyas scattered around an original homestead disappear into the bamboo fronds.
Panna National Park
The dramatic slate roofs of Pashan Garh Wilderness Lodge rise out of private jungle in the Panna National Park. Inspired by the dry-packed stone architecture of the region, Pashan Garh is stony and rough hewn, with white marble and leather furniture to soften its stark lines.
Rates & Terms
- All road transport, sightseeing and overland trips in air-conditioned Toyota Innova vehicles
- Entrance fees for a single visit at places of interest and monuments as per the itinerary
- The services of a local, English-speaking guide as per the itinerary
- Personalised greeting and assistance services
- Mineral water during overland trips and local sightseeing trips
- Services of &Beyond India
- Taxes at prevailing rates, subject to change as per hotel, airline or government policy
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