Kerala and Varkala Tour
Kerala and Varkala Tour
Kerala and Varkala Tour

Kerala and Varkala Tour

Cochin, Varkala, and the Kerala backwaters

Tour price

We’ll keep slashing the price as others join this tour.

2 people
$675
per
person
4 people
$651
per
person
6 people
$628
per
person
8 people
$622
per
person
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$675
per
person
The more go, the cheaper it gets! Even after you book!
Tour duration
8 days
Max participants
16
Service level
Comfort +

What's it really like?

Kerala – the Land of Coconuts, is a true pearl of Southern India. Beautifully lush nature, long shorelines of white sandy beaches, paddy fields and serene stretches of backwaters. Kerala also boasts rich cultural heritage with multiple historic monuments and temples. Our tour will take us through the charming seaside town of Cochin, and the backwaters of Alleppey to Varkala, one of the most tranquil resort towns in India. Unlike Goa, Varkala has not yet been discovered by hoards of tourist and, therefore, has a mellower atmosphere and cleaner beaches for you to enjoy.

 

Tour highlights

  • European heritage sites in Cochin
  • Overnight backwaters houseboat ride
  • Pristine beaches for total relaxation
  • Laid back atmosphere of Varkala

 

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Day 1

Arrive in Cochin

Arrive in Cochin, a seaport town spread across islands and promontories in a stunning location between the Arabian Sea and the Backwaters. Check into your hotel. We are happy to organize airport pickups if needed.

 

Accommodation
Hotel
Day 2

Cochin

After breakfast we will have a half-day tour of Cochin visiting the Dutch Palace, which has some of India’s most beautiful murals, the Jewish Synagogue in the heart of Jew Town and the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets. See St. Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Church with its pastel colored interior and carved wooden panels.

In the evening enjoy the Kathakali dance show.

Activities
Cochin sightseeing, Kathakali dance sow
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 3

Alleppey

Arrive in Alleppey and board the houseboat (for the Alleppey to Kumarakom round). While you float, you can enjoy the spectacular view of the untouched, lush and otherwise inaccessible rural Kerala. We will have lunch, dinner and stay overnight on the houseboat.

Activities
Houseboat trip
Accommodation
Houseboat
Day 4

Varkala

After having breakfast on the houseboat, drive to Kollam and check in to the hotel once there. Varkala’s peaceful seaside cliffs adjoin the Arabian Sea, setting the scene for several water spouts and wellness spas. The waters lapping at Papanasam beach are considered to have holy, sin-cleansing properties.

Accommodation
Hotel
Day 5

Varkala

Day of leisure – relax on the beach and explore the area.

Activities
Varkala free time
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 6

Varkala

Enjoy another free day in Varkala.

Activities
Varkala free time
Accommodation
Hotel
Day 7

Cochin

After breakfast transfer back to Cochin for the night.

Accommodation
Hotel
Day 8

Depart from Cochin

Departure from Cochin. Airport transfer available upon your request.

What's included?

  • Accommodation in a double room
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Transportation (excl. airport transfers)
  • English speaking guide
  • All entrance fees

 

Not included

  • Flights to/from destination
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Gratuities to local staff
  • Possible camera fees at all monuments
  • Airport transfers

 

Tour provided by

Orange Trips & Tours
Orange Trips & Tours

Fact sheet

Disclaimer

Please note that information provided in this fact sheet is subject to change. Faralong.com can not take responsibility for third party information and its changes. However, we do aim to update this page as often as possible. Nevertheless, we strongly encourage to check all important travel info such as visa regulations and travel info from the respective channels in your country.

Tour Provided

The name, address and emergency contact numbers of the local tour operator will be released to the clients after the final payment has been done.

We would like to assure you that all of our partners are well-known and respected in their field of work. Faralong.com is a part of the Summit Travel Group, who has been partnering with these service providers for years.

Service and Physical Activity Levels

Faralong.com’s tours are divided into three Service level categories and five Physical Activity categories:

Service Levels

Basic
Accommodation in simple guesthouses or hotels when away from developed travel areas, or trekking off the beaten track.

Standard
Accommodation in local 3-4* hotels suitable for the destination. All hotel categories are set by the local standards. Please note that in some countries the hotel standards do not coincide with those on an international level.

Comfort
Accommodation in international chain hotels, upmarket lodges or local 4-5* hotels. All hotel categories are set by the local standards. Please note that in some countries the hotel standards do not coincide with those on an international level.

Physical Activity

1 (Easy) - These tours are suitable for everyone and include a decent amount of walking.

2 (Medium) - These tours are suitable for everyone and include day hikes on various terrain, which are normally not mandatory.

3 (Hard) - These tours are suitable for people with an average fitness level and include day hikes and treks to various places, which are a mandatory part of the program.

4 (Very hard) -These tours are suitable for people with an intermediate level of fitness and include challenging treks on various terrain.

5 (Extreme) - These tours are suitable for people who are looking for some serious challenges. Have a good look at the program and do some research before committing to one of these tours.

All necessary information regarding a specific tour is displayed on the tour page.

What's included

All tours on Faralong.com include accommodation, local transport (excluding airport transfers if not stated otherwise), meals as specified, English speaking guide and all entrance fees.

If there are any changes to the inclusions, then they are all noted on the tour page.

What's not included

None of the tours on Faralong.com include international flights to/from the destination, travel insurance (mandatory), visas if necessary, gratuities to local staff, personal expenses, optional activities or airport transfers (if not stated otherwise).

If there are any changes to the list of services not included in the tour, then they are all noted on the tour page.

Single Travellers

If you are traveling alone and would like to have your own room, then please add a Single Supplement from the Extra Services when booking or if not available, send us an email at travel@faralong.com.

Otherwise, you will be accommodated in the same room with another traveler of the same sex.

Tour Cost and Group Size

The final cost of the tour is determined 45 days before departure when the group is automatically closed. Until that point, in case of vacancies, it is possible to join the group and, therefore, lower the cost for everyone.

The maximum group size is always noted in the pricing scheme on the tour page. Please note that all of our tours are guaranteed from two travelers.

Our pricing scheme applies to private groups as well and no extra charge is applicable. The maximum group size, however, stays the same as stated in the pricing scheme.

Confirmations

All confirmations, joining instructions and tour operator contacts are made available after the final payment has been received by Faralong.com.

If a confirmation is needed for visa application purposes before the final payment has been made then, please let us know by email at travel@faralong.com.

Itinerary

The itinerary of a tour can be found on the particular tour page.

Please note that all itineraries are subject to change in case of unforeseen circumstances. The security and well-being of our clients always comes first to us and all of our esteemed partners.

Tour Leader

All tours on Faralong.com include the services of an English-speaking tour leader/guide/driver.

At this point in time, we are unfortunately unable to provide these tours in other languages.

Travel Documents

Please make sure that all of your travel documents are up to date and valid before departure.

Note that in some cases, a passport has to be valid up to 6 months after departing the destination. Be sure to check visa and other travel regulations from your local government offices well in advance.

Health

Please make sure that you check the vaccination requirements or your destination well in advance. Some countries might have mandatory vaccination rules and it is solely up to you to abide to them.

In case of high altitude trekking, please consult your doctor before making a booking. It is important to us and in regards to everyone’s safety that every group member is fit to take on the challenge.

In some cases, Faralong.com is allowed to require a doctor’s note from the client that states their ability to take part in a tour with high physical activity level.

Weather

It is advisable to check the weather forecast of your destination a few days prior to departure.

Problems

Our and our local partners’ goal is to make everything go without any problems. However, sometimes the odds may not be in our favor and something may happen.

In case of problems on the road, please notify your tour guide first. It is important to give the local provider a chance to make things right.

If the problems can not be solved, please let us know by email at travel@faralong.com. Be sure to give us an overview of the problem, your contact details and your booking reference.

In case of emergencies, it is mandatory to call the emergency number of our local tour provider. This number will be given to you with the confirmations and joining instructions, after making the final payment.