- Family friendly
- Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
- Free snacks included
- Lunch included
- Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
- Pick-up and drop off at Cochin / Kochi / Fort Kochi
- Free port pickup and drop-off included
- Free Kochi hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Private Car For Disposal (Transfers by air-conditioned vehicle)
- English-speaking driver cum guide with cell phone
- 4 hours backwater cruise
- 1 Bottle Mineral Water Per Person
- Lunch on board
- We can also pick up/drop from/to other nearby locations at extra cost.
- Tips & Personal Expenses
- Available Over Night Stay ( Optional )
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Infants (ages 1-4) are free with two paying adults
- A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
- A maximum of 10 people per booking
- At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
- Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
- Dress code is smart casual
- Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
- The lobby of your hotel in Kochi or Cruise Terminal of Kochi Port.
- Rates are indicative and subject to change.
- Confirmation will be received within 5 hours of booking, subject to availability.
- Any expenses that may be incurred over and above the mentioned inclusions will need to be borne by the guests.
- If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
- If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
- If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Backwaters of Kerala are unparalleled in terms of the atmospheric ambience they possess, the richness of exotic flora and fauna, as well as the vividness of the natural views generously sprinkled. While sailing on the backwater is engrossing in itself, you can engage yourself in other pursuits to consummate your tour.
The profusion of coconut palms all along the backwaters make coir based small scale industries the most lucrative and sensible livelihood proposition for locals. A visit to the coir workshop will leave you awestruck as the consummate skill and craftsmanship of artisans defy the efficiency of even the most sophisticated machines. A number of merchandise is prepared from coir and these products can be shopped to serve as souvenirs of your memorable trip. Fibre from husk is spun into strong threads used for making mats and handcrafts. The sight of coir creation by female workers through wheel gear driven spinner is unique.
The coconut is cut into two pieces and sun dried to extract coconut oil. The entire process will take three days before extracting coconut oil. Separating the copra (dried coconut) from the coconut shell is a very skilful act.
Kerala’s country liquor is known as toddy. This intoxicating and refreshing drink is extracted from coconut palms. To tap toddy, you can scramble up the coconut palm with full body harness on and extract the brilliant ‘madhura kallu’ directly from coconuts. Drink the liquor with a sumptuous feast of baked fresh water fish and spicy pickles to have the first hand experience of Kerala’s gastronomic delights. Rural Kerala’s visit remains incomplete without toddy tapping.
Fishing is taken to the next level in Kerala owing to the abundance of fertile breeding grounds and conditions for fishes, prawns, lobsters, crabs, clams and oysters in fresh waters. Just take the fishing rod and dangle the bait and a good catch await you. The Karimeen Fry and fish curry, both marine preparations, will leave you salivating over them with spices added in right quantity for lip-smacking taste.
Clam Meat Processing
Clams are shellfish found in the brackish waters. Many of the inhabitants of Kallanchery Island find clam meat processing for their livelihood. Usually the entire Family members are taking part in this job. Men collect the clam fish from back water. Ladies steam the clamshell to seperate the meat from the shell. Both men and women go to the market to sell the meat. Shells are used for making white cement, Cement based paints and fertilizers.
Watching Chinese Net
Chinese nets were introduced by Chinese during 15th century . Here, Chinese nets are operated usually during the night. Electrical lighting is used to attract the fishes and prawns. Usually two persons are operating one net. Cost of constructing a new net may vary from Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 90,000.
Weaving Coconut Leaves
Coconut leaves are weaved by Ladies. Weaved coconut leaves are used for thatching the roof and for fencing . For this, green coconut leaves are first seasoned in brackish water which will increase the life of the weaved leaves.
Country boats are made up of wood like Wild jack tree, Teak etc. Wood is first split into planks of thickness ¾ to 2 inches. These planks are then joined with coir yarn with a coir fibre filling. Oil extracted from sardine fish or Neem or cashew nut shell etc are used to make a protective coating. Big boats are used for transporting goods and travel. Small boats are used for fishing. During boating, visitors can have a close watch of different fishing methods.
Casting of Nets
This is a traditional method of fishing. Here, the conical shaped nets fitted with lead weight at the bottom are spread into the water with one yarn in the hand. The weight fitted at the bottom will keep the fishes inside the net.
Groping of Fish
This is a skilful method of fishing done by ladies using fingers. Here, a group of ladies move in a line and grope fishes from the backwaters.
Tending to ducks
The crystal clear waters are decked by resident as well as migratory water birds particularly ducks. Tending to ducks is a favourite pastime particularly on the lakes replete with romanticism. The water ways and canals filled with water lilies are abundantly habituated by ducks.
If you wish for something more personal, and experiential, we could arrange for you to join a farmer in his fields, the fisherman on the lake, the toddy tapper up the tree or the womenfolk in their local festivals.