Kerala Private Toddy Tapping Backwater Cruise

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    Maximum size
    8 guests
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    Start Time
    06h30 - 13h00
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    Breakfast + lunch
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    159 USD

About your tour

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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Why this tour is awesome

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.

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Your guide

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.

Joshy - The Local Malayali
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Your private shikara boat for the duration of the tour

Your private shikara boat for the duration of the tour

Watch traditional net fishing along the backwaters of Kerala

Watch traditional net fishing along the backwaters of Kerala

Locally caught clams being sifted

Locally caught clams being sifted

Enjoy a traditional banana-leaf Kerala lunch

Enjoy a traditional banana-leaf Kerala lunch

Learn about the process of toddy tapping

Learn about the process of toddy tapping

Paddle gently along the calm backwaters by canoe

Paddle gently along the calm backwaters by canoe

Locally caught pearlspot fish

Locally caught pearlspot fish

Pearl spot fish curry being prepared

Pearl spot fish curry being prepared

Includes

  • Price Starts from US $158 per person
  • Language English
  • Private Up to 8 guests
  • Tastings Breakfast, lunch + toddy tastings
  • Drinks Bottled water and local drinks
  • Duration 06h30 - 13h00
  • Guide Local licensed guide
  • Transport Private shikara boat
  • Cancellation Cancel outside 72 hours for 100% refund
  • Family friendly Children welcome
  • Instant confirmation Booking on request
  • Pick up / drop off Not included

Dietary information

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian options available
  • Vegan Vegan options available
  • Pescatarian Fish options available
  • Lactose free Suitable for lactose intolerant
  • Gluten free Suitable for gluten intolerant
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Discover what God's Own Country is all about

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How to book

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.

What to expect

This tour is for anyone looking to truly discover what life is like along the backwaters of Kerala and get to grips with the local culture and cuisine. It's a 6.5-hour tour starting early enough to see the sunrise and supports locals guides and families. 

Meeting point

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. 

Cancellation Policy

The tour is fully refundable outside of 72 hours of departure. Within 72 hours of departure the tour is non refundable.

Why you should book with us

  • 99% 5 star reviews across our tours
  • Secure payments through provider Stripe
  • No hidden charges - all food tastings included in the price
  • Authentic food experience, escape the tourist traps