Pandaw River Expeditions has announced a new seven-day itinerary, the "Backwaters of Kerala," for late 2015 and early 2016.
The new program will explore the Kerala, an area of southern India with over 40 waterways, churches, temples and wildlife that includes kingfishers, otters and turtles.
The package includes:
- A three-night land programme with guests staying at the 5* Heritage Vivanta by Taj Malabar Hotel, Cochin.
- Visits to Fort Cochin, believed to be the oldest settlement in India, St. Francis church and the Dutch Palace, which features mythological murals and traditional Keralite flooring.
- A three-night cruise aboard MV Vaikundam, from Thottapally through Kanjipada, before sailing on to Champakkulam village.
- Excursions that include a scenic walk through picturesque villages, a canoe ride, fishing and an opportunity to explore the local Cochin spice market with a chef to learn about the spices of Kerala.
There are four sailings scheduled for December 2, 2015; January 12, 2016; February 23, 2016; and March 22, 2016. Rates start from $1,530, based on double occupancy.
The package also includes three breakfasts and one dinner, excursions as described, entrance fees, port dues, government tax, porterage, guide services (English language), three-night cruise on the MV Vaikundam on a full board basis, jugged coffee, selection of teas and mineral water, as well as transfers between Cochin and MV Vaikundam before and after the cruise and a local representative and cruise director.
The cruise price excludes international flights, laundry, all visa costs, drinks, fuel surcharges, espressos and cappuccinos at the bar, and tips.