Head off the beaten track in Kerala and discover one of Indian’s hidden gems. Such is its natural beauty that it was selected by National Geographic Traveler as one of ten ‘Paradises Found’. Kerala is a place of diverse geography, overwhelming greenery and stunning scenery. In particular, the Kerala backwaters are known for being one of the biggest jewels in the crown of Kerala. Spend your day with a local guide and set off on a journey out of Kochi and into stunning Kerala. The two-and-a-half-hour journey to Kerala is a photographer’s dream. On arrival, you’ll be warmly welcomed into the home of a local family. With a traditional cup of chai tea and a local lunch in preparation, you’ll have the opportunity to converse with the local family and learn more about their lives. After lunch, we’ll continue with a walk through the village and then visit some rice paddies. You’ll hear how the backwaters are such an integral part of life in Kerala, and learn more about local fruits and vegetables as well as the culture and customs. We’ll head back to Kochi, where you’ll get to relax and refresh with a traditional Ayurvedic massage, a great way to end this wonderful local tour. The backwaters of Kerala are renowned for their beauty, and are an integral part of life in the region. Explore the rice paddies, learn about local fruits and plants, and enjoy lunch in the home of a local family. Finish the day with a relaxing and refreshing Ayurvedic massage. This Kerala tour will immerse you in local culture and customs in a unique, local way. Meeting point: outside Kashi Art Café on Burger Street, Fort Kochi 682001 at 8am. Drop off point Hotels, time:4.00pm. Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the trip. Duration: Eight hours. Other information: We strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees.