The Evolved Traveler’s 8-day journey, “Kerala: India’s Garden of Eden” is an in-depth exploration of one of southern India’s most scenic and fascinating areas. This region is particularly famous for its extensive system of backwaters, canals, and lakes that sustain a rich cultural heritage.

Destination Overview

In the port city of Kochi (formerly Cochin), witness the use of Chinese fishing nets—a unique system of shore-operated lift nets—before setting off to visit the Jewish quarter with its synagogue, spice markets, and antique bazaars. Experience the dramatic presentation of stories from the ancient Hindu epics during a Kathakali dance performance. The historical and cultural ties to the Dutch are evident when visiting David Hall, located in a Dutch bungalow dating from the late 17th-century, it is both a contemporary art gallery and cultural center.

A highlight of your stay in Kochi is sure to be a visit to the home of Nimmy and Paul for an interactive lesson in cooking Indian curries. Learn all about the local herbs and spices and then enjoy your culinary creations with your local hosts. The journey continues to Kumarakom where you cruise the celebrated backwaters by a traditional thatch-roofed houseboat. Your adventure in Kerala ends in Kovalam where some time at leisure allows for independent activities or relaxation in this quaint coastal town known for its pristine beaches.

Trip Highlights

Explore the quaint coastal town of Kochi

Experience a dramatic presentation of the Kathakali dance

Learn about Dutch history in the region with a visit to David Hall

Enjoy an interactive lesson cooking Indian curries

Cruise the Kerala backwaters by traditional houseboat

Dates & Rates

Price from

$8,750 USD per person based on double occupancy

Departure time

Any day – this tour is fully customizable


8 days

Group size

Private groups of 2 to 12 people

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