If you want to truly understand life on the backwaters of Kerala, we’ve got just the ticket for you. From the early morning to the afternoon, you’ll cruise the calm waterways on your own private shikara boat led by one of our story-telling guides.
Along the way, you’ll delve into a Kerala banana leaf breakfast, watch toddy tappers climbing the palms, catch a glimpse of clam pickers and traditional fishermen casting their nets, fuel up at one of the colourful toddy shops (famed for their spicy curries) and canoe past backwater villages.
They don’t call Kerala “God’s Own Country” for nothing. This lush rural setting is a world away from India’s bustling metropolises. Mile upon mile of chained lagoons, including the mighty Vembanad Lake, are dotted with tiny islands and fringed with swaying palms. Oh, there’s the sunrise too. Like you’ve never seen it before.
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The beauty of this experiential tour lies with the locals. The series of experiences wrapped up into one tour is led and helps support local guides and families.
During the tour, you’ll learn how toddy is tapped and extracted, engage with local fishmen to learn about their lives and discover why lip-smacking Keralan cuisine is often considered some of the best in India – the spicy backwater fish curry and clam fry accompanied by sweet and sour toddy is to die for.
Joshy knows the Kerala backwaters like the back of his hand. A local through and through, he’s the perfect person to help co-ordinate your adventure. He’ll always be accompanied by a local licensed guide to help you make the most of your trip.
This small-group tour is on request. To join, use the calendar to select your date and book the tour with your card. Confirming the tour takes up to 48 hours. If we cannot confirm the tour, we will refund it in full. For special requests, or dietary requirements, please contact us.
The meeting point for your Kerala toddy tapping adventure is the Alappuzha Boat Jetty. We'll send you more details along with the address on your booking confirmation.