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SUGGESTED PROGRAM FOR ECO TOURS:

KERALA BACKWATERS

Highlights : There is a Kerala that lives along these back waters, throbbing with its own unique culture. For you, as a visitor to Kerala it can be an incredibly different experience just floating these waters in a country  craft and absorbing this unusual representation of Kerala life. A relaxed tour taking the members through the backwaters of Kerala in South India. One sees the unique culture of the State, overnights are spent at indigenously made country boats and absorbing the unusual representation of Keralasí life in its tranquility are few of the lifetime experience included in this tour.
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[These Eco Tour Programs are best run with minimum 6 travelers to a group & more]

There is a Kerala that lives along these backwaters, throbbing with its own unique culture. Four you, as a visitor to Kerala it can be an incredibly different experience just floating down these waters in a country craft and absorbing this unusual representation of Kerala life.

You might begin at Alappuzha (Alleppey) which is hailed as the Venice of the East, because of its intricate maze of backwaters, canals and bridges.

A few minutes after you move of the old fashioned dock, you will find yourself surrounded by lush palmgroves and lovely stretches of paddy fields, the swaying coconut palms almost dip into waters and on channels of land that mudge the backwaters are little children playing in the sun. You might see housewives cleaning rice for the days meal or pounding Coconut husk for coirfiber or sweeping the Muttom (front yards), completely oblivious of the regular traffic that ply to and fro across these waters from dawn to dusk.

And there are boats packed with coir, Whizzing along to some commercial centre. There are small boats/canoes too, and Chinese style junks often manned by women dressed in the typical check dhotis and stark white blouses.

If you wish you could break journey and actually taste its raw sweetness. You could even ask your boatman to take you into one of the thatched country shops for a glass of fermented nectar, which is served with places of delicious carp or Karimeeu - a fish that is special gift of these backwaters.

A beautiful backwater spot accessible from alappuzha is Kumarakom.

Breathtaking green, the villager slumbers by the Vembanad Lake. On cruise scenery flashes up vivid contrasts of lush greens and deep blues. As the boat glides along gorgeous blues, the fringed palms ripple in he blues waters and blend into the little wavelets.

The place is so beautiful that Henry Baker an Englishmen built his bungalow here in the last century. Now this elegant English bungalow is Taj Group Hotel. Again from Alappuza, you could go upto Kollam( Quilon ). The route winds up the Pampa river to Chempa Kuklam an Island hamlet them into the Karumadi canal. The statue of Karumadi Kuttam is believed to be of Buddha. The past Trikunnapuzha, across Kayamkulam lake & Ashtamudi lake finally drawing into the ancient port of Kollam. Throughout the scenery continues to be ravishing.

Kerala tourism luxury cruisers MANIAKOM, SAGARA RATNA, ASHTAMUDI, PATHIRAMANAL, all pretty vessels, luxuriously appointed with plush seats, well stocked kitchenettes and modern conferencing facilities.

HOUSE BOAT- PUTHENANGADI CONCEPT & ACCOMMODATION
The old Kettuvallam are the cargo boats that once plied in the backwaters to carry heavy cargo such as Rice, Coconut & Spices and also to provide living accommodation for the boatman, we have now adapted them to offer holiday makers the adapted them to offer holiday makers the ultimate backwaters experience designed exclusively for one couple for privacy and attended by a personal cook and two boatmen.

There is a cozy double bedroom midship with an en suite bathroom and furnished sitting room complete with its own sundecked at the bow. There is also a fully fitted kitchen to prepare meals. Power supplied by solar panels on the roof and the bow and stern by two boatmen using punting poles (an outboard motor is sometimes used on longer cruises).

ITINERARY
Where you decide to go in your Ketuvallum is entirely up to you. There are number of itineraries to choose from, The minim period they can be hired is 24 hours. Plenty of time to go from Puthenagadi (where the boats are located) to Alleppey and back and spend one night in the middle of the lake.

Another popular route is to set off from Puthenangadi in the morning reach Alleppey by lunch and then spend one night moored at Kayamkulam and return the next day.

LIVING IN THE BACKWATERS
Life on the backwaters is quite distinct from the rest of the India, beating its own gentle rhythm. Originally created by the rivers which flow down from the Western Ghats to the coast, the region is characterized by lush coconut groves and paddy fields. It is also known as Kuttanand. For centuries the waterways provided an efficient, peaceful transport system for the local farmers and habitants. Historically houseboats have a cuisine of their own which was evolved out of onboard cooking. In keeping with tradition the chefs only serve traditional houseboat food including freshly caught Karimeen a delicious backwater fish, local vegetables and rice. Drinks can be ordered and brought on board before departure.

CLIMATE / CLOTHING
Max 32 degrees Celsius
Min 26 degrees Celsius

SEASON
April to July warm / monsoon
August to September pleasant

ACCESS
PUTHENANGADI, where the boats are based is located in Cherthala 55 kms from Cochin.

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