Kerala & Maldives Adventure

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  • duration 12 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 10
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Kochi, India
  • Ends Male, Maldives
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Succumb to the languid pace of South India life at beach side resorts
  • Take in the iconic backwaters of Alleppey by kayak
  • Uncover historic Kochi and its colonial architecture
  • Unwind with 5 nights aboard an authentic dhoni as you cruise the Maldives
The Kerala & Maldives Adventure tour starts in Kochi and ends in Male. The Kerala & Maldives Adventure tour is an adventure trip that takes 12 days taking you through Kochi, Felidhu Atoll, Felidu, Male Atoll and 6 other destinations in India and Maldives. This is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Discover Kerala and the Maldives in one sweeping journey. From Kochi to Trivandrum discover the vibrant yet relaxed coast line of South-West India and the translucent waters and white sand of the Maldives. This remarkable journey encompassing two exciting destinations highlights how trade, imperial conquest, religious and cultural interaction have all played their part in these mystic lands where the ancient and contemporary exist side by side. Our journey begins in India's tropical south where Kochi is a jewel in the crown of Kerala with its European heritage and true cosmopolitan temperament. Enjoy meandering by kayak through the spectacular backwaters, where the languid pace and lush tropical scenery is interrupted only by close-up glimpses of traditional village-life. Hope your way down the coast taking in all it has to offer from pictuesque beaches to tranquil wetlands and waterways brimming with life. This journey comes to end in the clear and translucent waters, coral reefs and white sand of the Maldives. What could be better than cruising on a dhoni to experience island hopping far from the crowds, learn about the local way of life and snorkel the spectacular reefs of the Indian Ocean, the perfect way to end this enchanting journey of discovery.
5 - Excellent
Based on 624 reviews
Review for another World Expeditions tour
5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • On Dec 17 2018
“This was a magnificent - but challenging - experience. We were so privileged to be able to walk through the lives of the people who live in the Annapurna region, really humbling to get a glimpse of their lives.”
Review for another World Expeditions tour
4 - Very Good
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 07 2019
“I enjoyed our Everest Trek, so much so that I have already booked to return to Nepal in 2020 for a different trek. On the whole, the organisation was good, Aakash was a great leader and listened to our concerns when we had them and did everything possible to keep us all happy.”
Review for another World Expeditions tour
5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • On May 24 2019
“First, a reality check. Its tough. Its not a stroll in the park, some of the terrain is quite rough, and there are some very steep hills - all at altitude. If youre a seasoned hiker in the Lake District, Snowdonia etc, you should have no problems, although you do need to get fit by training for several months beforehand. If youre new to trekking, then forget jogging or the treadmill, you need to be climbing steps and hills to build up the right leg muscles. And theres the camping (and occasional lodges). The WE tents are relatively large and contain raised camp-beds, but theyre not luxury ensuite hotel rooms youll be bumping into whoever youre sharing with and scuttling to the outside loo at 2am in the cold and dark. Ah yes, the loos running water further up the trail is a distant memory, and the facilities at the campsites and in the lodges are not for the faint-hearted. And you wont be having showers each day. Finally, the food. WE provide their own cooks along the entire trail, and the carb-laden fare does get a bit monotonous its not unusual to have rice, pasta and potatoes on the same plate. Lodges do have their own far more enticing menus (at an extra cost), but hygiene etc is not guaranteed. Take energy bars not only for energy but for variety. But, that all said, if youre looking at a WE trip the chances are that you are an adventure traveller happy to rough it, so I can thoroughly recommend both the Over 55s Everest Base Camp trek and WE. The scenery, especially above the tree-line, is breathtaking (weather permitting), albeit that views of Everest itself are infrequent (try the WE High Road to Lhasa for the best Everest views). And the tailored itinerary for those of us of a certain age works well, with the extra days diversions to Kunde and Khumjung having the bonus of visiting the Sir Edmund Hilary hospital and school as well as being off the occasionally overcrowded beaten track. Ill admit to having good days and bad days, with both the walking and a debilitating stomach bug, but overall the achievement of reaching Base Camp and the places visited along the way (including picturesque monasteries) made it worthwhile. I have nothing but praise for WEs organisation and staff. Huge potential problems raised by our flights there and back being cancelled at short notice were dealt with speedily and without fuss by WE, and everything else went off perfectly. Our local tour leader Samde was quietly efficient, informative, full of encouragement, with a nice sense of humour (and a medicine case full of magic potions), and our trek guide Padam was an engaging character both helped create a relaxed and positive approach to the treks challenges. All in all a memorable and rewarding experience.”
  • Day 1 : Join Kochi (Cochin)
  • Day 2 : Sightseeing in Kochi, then to Marari Beach
  • Day 3 : Kayaking the tranquil backwaters of Alleppey
  • Day 4 : Cycle to Paravur (55km)
  • Day 5 : In Paravur, explore the mangroves by boat
  • Day 6 : Cycle to Varkala (40km), transfer to Trivandrum
  • Day 7 : Fly to Male, transfer to dhoni and cruise to Waagali
  • Day 8 : Cruise to Felidhoo
  • Day 9 : Cruise to Vashugiri
  • Day 10 : Cruise to Felihoo or Keyodu
  • Day 11 : Cruise to Male Atoll
  • Day 12 : In Male, trip concludes
  • Comfortable hotel accommodation on a twin share basis
  • Accommodation on board a Dhoni including Maldives tourist taxes and tour permits
  • 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 10 dinners
  • Airport transfers
  • Private air conditioned vehicle
  • Internal flights Trivandrum to Male
  • Expert bilingual cycling and kayaking guides in Kerala
  • Expert local tour guide, local captain and crew on board dhoni
  • Sightseeing with local guides including entrance fees
  • Good quality cannondale, trek or similar bikes
  • Kayaking equipment
  • Basic snorkelling equipment
  • International airfares and departure taxes
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, phone calls, bottled mineral water, soft drinks, alcohol etc
  • Optional activities and sightseeing during free time
  • Still/video camera fees at monuments
  • E-bike upgrade (subject to availability)
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Kerala & Maldives Adventure tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 22 July 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 22 July 2021, a deposit of 351 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 69 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Kerala & Maldives Adventure tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Kerala & Maldives Adventure tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Smaller group sizes have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19 and to ensure that the tour complies with local authorities’ guidelines.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this trip. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • A multitude of COVID-19 distancing measures have been implemented on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • This tour has obtained a COVID-19 CLEAN accreditation from Quality Tourism Australia.
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