Culture and Cruises on the Backwaters

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

Brief

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.

Highlights

  • 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
Get in touch

Locations

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

Duration

14 Nights

Best time to visit

October - March

Ideal for

Couples, Solo

Malayattoor

Quiet by the River - CGH Earth

Cochin

Brunton Boatyard - CGH Earth

Kumarakom

Philipkutty's Farm

Cheruthuruthi

The River Retreat Heritage Ayurvedic Resort

Wayanad

Pepper Trail

Kannur

Seashell Haris Beach Home

Nileshwaram

The Lotus Houseboat

Nileshwaram

Neeleshwar Hermitage

  More Itineraries

View all itineraries
View all itineraries

Sign up for our

newsletters

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Absolute India
Indian Destinations
Indian Excellence
Indian Experiences
Contact Us