8 Of The Best Tours In Kerala, India - Updated 2023

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Mesmerizing, stunning, magnificent - the list goes on. When it comes to defining Kerala, words fall short. The magical aura of “God’s Own Country” is strong enough to make you fall in love with its natural beauty. Its unparalleled landscape and the perfect blend of the best of the natural world makes this charming land a favorite tourist destination. With its perfect climate, rolling hills, emerald backwater, exotic wildlife, Ayurvedic therapies, long pristine seashores, traditions and, of course, don’t forget the food, all of these factors offer a unique experience, in Kerala.

Let’s start planning your trip by perusing these best tours on offer, in Kerala:

1. Small group cultural tour of Kerala's backwaters in Kochi

View from the boat
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On this full-day tour, you will pass through lush farmland, the winding backwaters of India’s Kerala region and laid back villages. You will get a glimpse of everyday life, as you travel through a traditional village. Start your beautiful journey in the morning, when you meet your guide in Kochi, and travel with 12 others 2.5 hours to reach the home of a local family. You will enjoy traditional chai tea and a delicious home cooked meal, here.

After lunch, you can walk through the village and explore the area’s rice paddies to learn about the different local fruits and vegetables. You will return to Kochi in the evening.

Small Group Cultural Tour Of Kerala Backwaters In Kochi


2. From Kochi: Two-day Alappuzha backwaters houseboat cruise (from USD 187.5)

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On this two day tour, you will get the chance to admire the beautiful scenery of rice paddies and coconut palms, as you cruise through Alappuzha. Alappuzha is also known as the “Venice of the East” and it is an important destination for tourism, in India. On this two day tour, you will first start in Alappuzha, where you’ll board the houseboat. Once you board, the cruise will slowly pass through backwaters and village areas of Alappuzha.

On the second day, around 9 pm, you will be transferred back to Cochin airport, to return back to your hotel. I must say, that from start to finish, this will be a wonderful experience.

From Kochi: 1 Night Alappuzha Backwaters Houseboat Cruise

Duration: 2.0 day

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3. Kochi bike tour And backwaters cruise

Kochi Bike Tour and Backwaters Cruise
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Breeze through rural Kochi on this adventure bicycle tour, led by an experienced guide. On this full-day Kochi tour by bike and beautiful boat, you will cycle through many rural villages and ride a local boat around the gorgeous Kerala backwaters. You will meet your guide in central Kochi, where you’ll pick up your bicycle and helmet and get ready to start your tour. Learn more about local history, as you ride through the city.

Next, you will head into the Kerala backwaters, to reach Ezhupunna village, where you will meet a local family and go canoeing on a Shikara (wooden boat) for a two-hour cruise. Your adventurous, full-day tour will end in Fort Kochi, where your guide returns you to the starting point.

Kochi Bike Tour And Backwaters Cruise


4. Cochin: Seven hour backwater boat And canoe cruise (from USD 33.0)

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Start your seven-hour tour from Fort Cochin with a cruise on the fabled Keralan backwaters on a traditional houseboat. On this tour, you will first pass through many lush backwaters of Kerala on a smaller canoe. From a village located outside Cochin city, you will catch a traditional Keralan houseboat, with an open cover. The boat has a maximum capacity of 20 people, which will give you an intimate experience while enjoying a landscape view. With this beautiful tour, you will get the chance to meet some friendly villagers.

Cochin: Half-Day Backwater Village Eco Boat Cruise W/ Lunch

Duration: 5.0 hour

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5. Four-hour Fort Cochin sightseeing tour (from USD 80.0)

A Corridor Of Sea - Chinese fishing nets - Kochi, Kerala
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On this four-hour sightseeing tour, you will see the sites of beautiful Cochin, located on India’s Arabian coast. Discover the oldest European church in Cochin and explore the Basilica of Santa Cruz. This sightseeing tour will allow you to visit the most important attractions of Cochin which includes the Dutch Palace, Fort Kochi, the Jewish Synagogue, and St. Francis Church.

The tour is well organized and you will get a guide who will explain you the importance of each place. I recommend this tour if you want to explore old and new Cochin.

4-Hour Fort Cochin Sightseeing Tour

Duration: 4.0 hour

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6. Fort Cochin entrance & Kathakali dance performance (from USD 105.0)

Fort Cochin cathedral
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Experience beautiful Cochin, considered the jewel in the crown of Kerala and explore its European heritage on a long walk, through its streets. You will experience a tour of the center of Old Cochin, which is now the city’s heritage zone. During this four-hour tour, you will walk through many places, like St. Francis Church, the Santa Cruz Basilica, and past many heritage houses.

At the end of the tour, the guide will drop you at the Kathakali Center, where you will enjoy a performance of traditional Kathakali dance. It will definitely be the most wonderful walking tour you can enjoy, anywhere.

Fort Cochin & Kathakali Dance Performance

Duration: 4.0 hour

7. Two-hour Cochin sunset harbor cruise (from USD 95.0)

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If you want to experience the sunset from a boat cruise, then you should book this 1.5-hour tour. It will give spectacular views of Marine Drive, the Chinese fishing nets and Bolgatty Island. The cruise passes by some of the islands around Kochi and glides through the main harbor. On this tour, you will also have the chance to admire the beauty of the sunset from the boat, at the mouth of the backwaters, where it meets the Arabian Sea.

The best thing is you will get an English-speaking guide, who will explain the beauty of each point. It is sure to be an exceptionally beautiful experience.

2-Hour Cochin Sunset Harbor Cruise

Duration: 2.0 hour

8. Six-day private tour: Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and backwater houseboat cruise in Kerala (from USD 535.0)

Kerala is a beautiful mix of colonial past and the serenity of nature. This private tour is a trip just for your party and guide/driver. The tour starts in Kochi, where you will see Chinese fishing nets, the Santa Cruz Basilica and the Jewish Synagogue. The next destinations include Kochi, Munnar, Thekaddy and a trip on a houseboat from Thekaddy to Kumarakom and from Kumarakom to Kochi.

This tour will take you on an adventure you will never forget. I highly recommend booking this tour if you want to travel to the best places in Kerala.

6-Day Private Tour: Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and Backwater Houseboat Cruise in Kerala

Duration: 6 days

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Enjoy your tour in grenery place

Kerala is a wonderful place and a perfect tourist destination. If you are a nature lover, then this place, with its natural beauty, will give you peace. In each tour, you will get a personal guide and on some of the tours, you will also get picked up and dropped off. I highly recommend booking one of the above-listed tours, if you truly want to explore Kerala.

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