Culture and Cruises on the Backwaters

Nileshwaram, Kannur, Wayanad, Cheruthuruthy, Malayattoor, Kumarakom, Cochin


Backwater cruises and bird watching trails, ancient folk rituals and craft village visits – our two-week Kerala tour brings it all together. Interact with craftsmen and witness village life, sample local cuisine and soak in the age-old culture of Kerala. You’ll spend days in the woods surrounded by birdsong and sail down the Periyar on a canoe to witness magnificent sunsets. Each day in Kerala brings a new, unforgettable adventure.

At Nileshwaram, you’ll stay by the beach and explore the wild mangrove forests by water. A languid houseboat cruise on the backwaters is a quintessential Kerala experience. From your private boat, you’ll have views of lush forests and tea plantations. Head into the hills of Wayanad for relaxing days spent amidst spice farms and tea estates. If you’re lucky, you might even spot wild elephants! Experience Kerala’s vibrant folk culture and rich craft traditions on village visits. Interact with craftspeople and shop straight from the source, or try your hand at a pottery workshop. You’ll explore farms and forests, hills and beaches, and sample some delicious Kerala cuisine along the way.


  • Watch legends come to life at a vibrant Theyyam dance performance
  • Kayak through the serene Kavvayi mangrove channels
  • Go on a magical houseboat cruise on the backwaters
  • Enjoy a traditional seafood lunch on the Malabar coast
  • Experience folk arts at a traditional Kerala cultural centre
  • Stay at a secluded riverside lodge in the Malayattoor forest
  •  Sample a delicious Syrian-Christian meal at a farmstay
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Nileshwaram, Kannur, Wayanad, Cheruthuruthy, Malayattoor, Kumarakom, Cochin


14 Nights

Best time to visit

October - March

Ideal for

Couples, Solo


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