Cruising the Tranquil Backwaters

An exclusive Diwali getaway.

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26th Oct, Sat           Kochi

Tentative flight – AI 512, 1410/1710

Airport arrival & transfer to Tissas Inn. Own activities.

Overnight at hotel.

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 27th Oct, Sun          Kochi – Akkarakalam for embarkation

 After breakfast, transfer to the Jetty. A traditional Indian welcome awaits you when you arrive at Akkarakalam jetty on the luxurious House Boats.

The House Boat sets sail and heads to the narrow canals in Kainakkari, Kuppapuram, Lunch is served on board. You will be cruising your way through the picturesque, Kuttithodu, Venattkadu, Munnattumugam.

Overnight parked at Moonnatiinmugham, Dinner on board.

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28th Oct, Mon          Moonnatiinmugham – Nedumudi – Chambakulam – Akkarakalam

After Breakfast, we will set sail through Nedumudi, Chambakulam, known for its annual snake boat races and the oldest Angadi (market), you can see the Snake boats here.

Walk through the paths and lanes of this craft and coir village and also visit the St. Mary Florence Church built in 1870.Cruise through Pullangadi, Kanjipadam village with its rice fields, little houses and constant gaggle of geese and ducks. And there’s the 100-year-old temple of Shree Bhagavathy Kshetram which hosts a 5-day annual cultural Ulsavam (festival). You will be cruising your way through the narrow canals in Pallathuruthi, SNDP Canal, Punnamada. Lunch is served on board. Snapseed 7

The House Boat sets sail and heads to the “Vembanad Lake” Asia’s largest freshwater lake. Watch a whole new world unfold during your cruise as you sail along the tranquil waters. And then through a shimmering exotic maze of interlinked canals and rivers and lakes bordered by vibrant and lush green foliage, palms and paddy fields. After the cruising through Marthandam.

Overnight parked at Akkarakalam, Dinner on board.

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29th Oct, Tue           Akkarakalam – Kochi departure

Tentative flight Vistara UK886 1830/2145

We embark on the Breakfast Sail to Chennamkary, Nedumudi region return to Akkarakalm jetty by 9:00 am, ready to go on with your journey, already nostalgic about your spectacular and unusual experience on the Backwaters of Alleppey.

Check-out & drive to Fort Kochi, stroll around, relax and lunch before transferring to the airport for your onward flight.

HOTELS:

DESTINATION HOTEL
ALLEPPEY Spice Routes – Tamarind, 5-BR luxury houseboat
KOCHI Tissas Inn (Deluxe room)

QUOTE:

Cost on twin sharing / per single 25,000.00 PER PERSON
Single supplement / per single 16,500.00

INCLUSIONS:

  • 2 Nights’ accommodation on houseboat with all meals
  • 1 Night accommodation at hotel on bed & breakfast.
  • All transfers by AC tempo traveler 12-seater.
  • All presently applicable taxes

EXCLUSIONS:

  • ITEMS OF PERSONAL NATURE – such as laundry, table drinks, telephone bills, tips to room boys, drivers, guides, personal clothing including sleeping bags etc.
  • Any Airfare.
  • No guide services
  • Visa fee for India to be arranged and paid for directly by the clients. Check VISA rules carefully from your nearest Indian Embassy/ Mission before applying for Indian VISA.
  • Travel & Health Insurance to be arranged and paid for directly by the clients.
  • Airport taxes and fuel surcharges, which are subject to change without notice. Any meals (other than breakfast), drinks, tips, expenses of personal nature.
  • Anything not mentioned in the “Cost Includes” column.

 

ONLY 10 seats available. Book asap. 

For reservation, email robin@serenejourneys.co (not com)

 

 

The Hidden Sanctuary of Northern Kerala

The Refuge of Peace

To most travellers, a trip to Kerala conjures an image of an idyllic cruise on the backwaters of Alappuzha. Indeed, there are now over 500 houseboats on the backwaters of Alappuzha alone. But there is much more to South India’s most serenely beautiful State than cruising in the increasingly busy backwaters.

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Theyyam dance make-up

In search for serenity, I headed to Northern Kerala and arrived at Neeleshwar Hermitage, a cloistered tropical paradise set in a secluded palm grove beside the Arabian Sea. I was overwhelmed by this boutique sanctuary: it took my breath away and could truly be described as a haven of perfection. Eighteen beautiful cottages, each named after a traditional yogic virtue, come with a garden or pool view and private pool. The beach is just 20 steps away from the retreat where you can enjoy breakfast to the sound of the waves watching the fishermen returning from the sea.

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Isn’t it rare to see a crowdless beach?

After a wonderful 3-night stay at this refuge of peace and tranquillity, we drove to a small jetty a ten minute drive south from Neeleshwar Hermitage situated on the banks of the Tejaswini river. I boarded The Lotus, a two bedroom rice barge offering total comfort in tasteful style and elegance.

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The Lotus Houseboat

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The cruise covers about 25kms of the Valiyaparamba backwater, a large inland lake several miles due east of the Hermitage. As you sail further south, the only sound is the lapping of water or the occasional jumping of huge red snappers. The cruise also takes you on a short walk through the sleepy village to the monkey island. A taxi ride to Shri Mutthappan temple, a highly atmospheric shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva in his form as a local tribal hunter offers the opportunity to witness the evening ritual involving the priest acting as a trance-medium for Shiva and serving as an oracle for worshippers.

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Where the river & sea meets

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A perfect sunset from the deck

To appreciate the joys of this part of ‘God’s Own Country’ aim to spend at least 4 days and enjoy the remote peacefulness where days can easily and slowly turn into weeks.

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Sunset and wine goes quite well together

Nearest Airport: Calicut or Mangalore

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Robindro Saikhom (Robin)
Founder, Serene Journeys

Robin is the owner of Serene Journeys, a bespoke travel specialist for LGBT & communities based in New Delhi and a freelance travel photographer.  Follow him on Instagram @serenejourneys or Facebook @Serene Journeys.