Last, but certainly not least, it’s on to Kumarakom. Explore the tranquil backwaters of Vembanad Lake in style with a private cruise on a traditional rice boat (traditionally used to transport rice and other produce to local markets), with lunch served aboard. These waters are a habitat for a variety of marine and freshwater fish.
Also included is a motorised canoe cruise, which departs from your hotel’s jetty early in the morning, when the weather is cooler and more pleasant. During this cruise, you will get to visit a local village and have the chance to witness centuries-old traditional crafts such as fishing, cockle shell collection and toddy tapping (palm wine making).
In between your backwater adventures, relax at the lovely Coconut Lagoon
, which has an Ayurveda spa and a butterfly garden, while there’s also a renowned bird sanctuary nearby which covers over 14 acres and is a haven for migratory birds, offering another paradise for birdwatchers, or you can go on a leisurely village walk. The hotel has a cultural programme in the evenings, so you can be entertained in memorable local style.
If you can drag yourself away, you will return to Cochin for your flight home.