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I’m going to Kerala with goMowgli & want you to come too!

I have been holding in this exciting news for a couple months now and am so happy to finally share that I’m going on another tour with goMowgli and they are offering a discount for my readers to come along with! This time, it’s Kerala!

If you remember, which how could you not since I posted so much about it, I went on tour with them for 25 days last year in rural Karnataka. It was incredible & I wrote this completely honest review: The Nitty Gritty Review of Touring Karnataka with goMowgli. I also shared a big insight of the trip with this video: A Month in Karnataka.

In the past year, bookings for goMowgli came rolling in and they expanded outside Karnataka into Kerala and Goa. Many of their bookings came from readers on this site which made me so happy since I am such a big fan of their tours. With the expansion, it only made sense for me to come check out their new tour in Kerala for 10 days.

UPDATE: As of 2018, goMowgli is currently no longer in service. For tours of India, I recommend G Adventure. Please see my list of the best G Adventures tours here.

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kerala backpacker toursviews in Kovalam

Come along with me on the best of the Kerala Backpacker tours!

I’d love for you guys to come along and make the 10 days even more incredible and goMowgli would to, so have offered you guys a huge discount if you come the same days I do. I’ve met a few readers who have passed through in Goa, and a few last year who booked the Karnataka tour with me (remember Chandell and Siobhan who’s trip around India I shared with you? and Haili who joined up in Coorg?) We had so much fun! If you’re planning on being in India this fall, this is a great opportunity to see Kerala in a very cool way.

But I suppose you need all the details, so let’s get on to what we’re going to see and what the trip includes… and of course how much it’ll cost ya!

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Tour: Kerala Parotta Pass

Dates: September 20-27

Cost: Normally 15,000 rupees, but on sale for you with the 8 days costing 9,500 rupees ($148 USD). It’s $18 USD a day to take this tour. Keep in mind this is the tour cost (transport, tour guides, some entry fees) but you will pay for you own lodging and food. They say to expect 1,000 – 1,500 rs per day on this (15-23 bucks per day). That makes the final cost for 8 days seeing the best of Karnataka $308 USD if you spend 20 per day on food and lodging. When I budget backpack India solo, I average $200 for 7 days (see budget article here), so this is a great deal… $100 bucks more and you have a group of friends, tour guides, and don’t have to worry about a thing while seeing the best of the God’s Own Country. If you’re going to be in India during this time, you can’t really beat this. To Book at the discount rate you need to use this code when checking out: HIPPIEWITHGOMOWGLI2015

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kerala backpacker toursKovalam sunset, from the Leela hotel

Tour Destination Details: The folks at goMowgli introduce this better than I could, so here’s their words:

“The Kerala Parotta is the ubiquitous flat and flaky bread found everywhere in Kerala. Just like its namesake, the Kerala Parotta Hop on Hop off Pass goes everywhere in Kerala. From the historic cities of Kochi and Trivandrum to the tea plantations of Munnar, the forests of Thekaddy, the houseboats of Alleppey and the backpacker hubs that are Varkala and Kovalam. This is a Kerala tour fully loaded with everything that Kerala has to offer.”

Take a look at the full details to understand EVERYTHING about where your options to sleep are, exactly how much little things cost and what’s included each day… and a detailed schedule hour by hour of the tour.

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backpacking India 2 monthsBackwaters of Alleppey, photos from Chandell

Highlights of the tour (in my opinion): Having been to Kerala before, but for work with Ben, I haven’t actually seen any of the tourist things except for a bit in Kochi. I’m totally stoked to see the side of Kerala tourists see & also the secrets that goMowgli always know about.

Here are some of the things I’m most excited about.

  • South Indian food on banana leafs, in general because it’s the bomb & getting a bit healthy again doesn’t hurt, since the food is much better for you in the South.
  • Cooking class in Kochi
  • Cycling through the famous tea fields on Munnar
  • Seeing a traditional martial arts performance
  • Houseboat rides in Alleppey for 5 hours with a chef cooking homestyle food
  • Bamboo rafting on the backwaters
  • Surfing in Kovalam… I have body surfed there before and the waves are no joke
  • The cliffs of Varkala, a place I have wanted to visit since I came to India
  • A hike at scenic Thekkay

backpacking kerala tours gomowgliMunnar tea fields

Again, the tour is Sept 20-27 and you must book using this discount code HIPPIEWITHGOMOWGLI2015 in order to get the discount. In the case of any problems booking, don’t hesitate to ask the people at goMowgli for a little bit of help. If you have questions about the tour, please reach out to them. You can email at contact@gomowgli.in or call them at +91-9008730975. They are some of the friendliest people I know, and will surely help you with any inquiries.

Hope to see you on the tour! If you want to ask me anything, feel free to email.



About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Hippie in Heels, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Hippie in Heels has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. Elen Turner August 11, 2015 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    This is an amazing deal! I hope people jump on this. I would, if I could be there at the time :)

    • Rachel Jones August 13, 2015 at 3:09 pm - Reply

      I hope they do too! If they’re in India already, it’s a no brainer ;)

  2. Sarah August 11, 2015 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    Wow. This trip actually looks amazing. The price tag is great too – you always see scary tour prices when away!

    You are probably gonna be the sole reason I book a flight to India….

  3. venus john August 11, 2015 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    wow..have a blast..hope the locals don’t bother you too much.. I think parotha is a mispronounciation of the the word paratha,which is a type of bread originally from north india..

  4. Victoria@ The British Berliner August 12, 2015 at 3:19 am - Reply

    Such a great opportunity Rachel. I’m just so sorry that I can’t come with you.
    Only European trips this year as I did my Asian stuff in 2014 LOL! I’m nevertheless going to share it on Twitter & Google+
    ‘Looks like a really cool trip though. :)

    • Rachel Jones August 13, 2015 at 3:07 pm - Reply

      Thanks for sharing, bummer you won’t be on this side of the world!

  5. Colleen Brynn August 12, 2015 at 5:32 am - Reply

    WOW! If I weren’t in school at this time, I’d be so in!

  6. Justine August 12, 2015 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    That’s awesome news! I wish I could go too!!

  7. Shane August 15, 2015 at 8:57 am - Reply

    Ah I wish I had more notice to give to work and I would SO join you! xo

  8. Kate G August 19, 2015 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Hi! I was reading your blog a couple of weeks ago and found your article on GoMowgli and starting talking to them about these dates and exploring this area – and they were super excited to share this promo tour – I’m 99% confirmed… just finalising my dates, and route to get to Cochin (could maybe do with some advice…) but can’t wait to join!

    • Rachel Jones August 19, 2015 at 6:38 pm - Reply

      YAY!! that is such great news :) :) email me if you need anything

  9. Tim UrbanDuniya August 19, 2015 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    ooooh this sounds fantastic!! I hope you have a great time – can’t wait to see the pictures :) Enjoy!! :D

  10. Rohit September 8, 2015 at 1:32 am - Reply

    Sounds like a good plan to see a beautifull place like Kerala…I am interested however need some more info to join you Rachel…please email me at my email which is godisgreat99@outlook.com….please reply as I have to book it and make all the arrangements to depart for this tour with a bunch of friends like you….regards rohit..

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