Making Way Through Some Fond Memories Of Travel

Fortkochi, Chines netThe best memories my life has always been powered by memories of travel. In fact, it is something that has brought me this long in life where the zest to travel has always been high. It does not really take a lot of time in case we want to set off on a trip with all our hearts. Hence most of the trips I have been on have always been quickly planned. The journeys have been made from various places and this time we were off to someplace nice, located on to the south of India as the place is the less taken route for us. My family has always been travel freaks and hence we have not really had a hard time in setting off to a place less traveled. Also, both I and my sister had completed our studies due to which all we had to do was set off when the parents were free. Accordingly, we set off on a Kerala tour package with family all the way from Delhi where we had been moving with all happy vibes to the Gods own country. It took us a transit flight to reach the destination from where we had been picked up by the responsible tour planners we had set up for our journey.

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On reaching the hotel for the night stay we had been looking out of the balcony for the city of Cochin had been pretty good a view for us. The food was served in the buffet hall of the hotel where we stayed together and had some good food and slept for the next day was the big day where we would begin the traveling. We rose up to the sun and had our breakfast after which began the journey along with the driver who began with greeting us. The itinerary had been handed over to us following which we got to Mattancherry. The streets definitely called for us and following it we walked after getting down from the car. The place indeed had a special aura that gave it a foreign land look. And that was to be appreciated is what my father had been telling as we started the travel. In the meanwhile, we also got to sight amazing jewellery and other handicrafts that had been displayed in the various shops. My mother and sister went to the place and I and dad took some good pictures of the place. We proceeded where we walked through the Jain temple viewing the beauty the place held in itself. we also got to sight the pigeons that were being fed there. The place was beautiful which was captured in the photos where each of us posed in it. On walking further we got to see a lot more of street shops.

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On walking inside, we realized that there was a ferry stop there. On inferring further we were told that the place has ferry service. We decided to have some good time by taking a boating service that was being provided there. It took us around for a quick ride through the sea and then we made our way back where the driver had been waiting for us on the other end. The travel continued where we had been taken to the Fort Cochin beach. The place was located very close to each other that it only took us short drives to reach the destination. The Chinese fishing nets and the beautiful street made it look beautiful. We sat there and had brunch from a sea view restaurant after which we decided to move forward with the trip where the next stop was the St Francis church. The factor that made the church famous was that Vasco Da Gama had been buried in the place during his death after which years later, the remains were taken back to his native.

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That was the final sightseeing destination for us at Kochi where we made our way to the next place. We had been on our way to Munnar Post lunch where we reached by 8 pm. The night stay for our family had been set up where the night went by in the best possible manner, with some good hot food and amazing campfire. The next day began the sightseeing through the place where Munnar had been one of the greenest destinations that I had seen. The first destination that I visited was the Top station where the parents preferred to visit the Cloak tower while I and my sister took a walk down the steps that took us to the beautiful viewpoint. The place was what one could call the epitome of greenness. And that is also why we felt staying longer in the place. After spending some good time there, we climbed back and got some food and drinks for the walk had been quite tiring. The travel continued and this time to the Eravikulam national park. The place is quite famous for the fact that Nilgiri Thars are being protected in the place. We got to spot them inside along with a lot more of other animals like monkeys and deer. Dad was a forest enthusiast due to which he had pretty good a time loitering inside the park. And the final place for our sightseeing in the destination was the Lakkom waterfalls as it is mandatory to stop by one falls in the destination. And we were glad of visiting the place for the cold streams had been soothing us through the place. On the way back we got to see Mattupetty Dam through the window and that took us back to the hotel for the night stay.

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That is about certain journeys where you can never be fulfilled by the beauty that shimmers through such places. On the travel, we had been to places like Munnar and Cochin which had indeed been the best of places we could have visited.  In fact, both the places had been different in so many ways where one had been a city shimmering in light and the other had been what one could refer to as the best naturistic places I had on the Kerala tour package. With a heart filled with the contentment of travel, we began the travel back for we had a lot more to plan for the next travel that we could make in some time, for travelers always find it the best to plan trips than anything else.

Offbeat travel destinations of Kerala a perfect spot for an effortless and cost-effective trip

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Blessed with hill stations, valleys, wildlife destinations, waterfall destinations and a number of such attractions Kerala to the south is one of the fascinating tourist destinations. The place mostly attracts the attention of the travellers to a greater extent with the rich greenery and the number of natural resources that the state holds in. The climatic condition of the state which stays moderate throughout the year is one other thing that grabs the attention of the travellers. Even after being a state with so much of potential in travel and tourism most of the travellers touring to Kerala find it difficult to explore some of the best travel destinations due to the high travel cost in the areas.  This is true to an extent too most of the travel operators in Kerala charges a very high price for tour packages organised to well-known travel destinations of Kerala like the hill stations of Munnar, Idukki, Wayanad and more. The prices would be even higher during the top seasons which would be unacceptable by most of the domestic travellers. This is one main element that affects the growth of tourism in Kerala. But the state, being located closer to the Western Ghats houses a number of fascinating offbeat travel destinations with heart-warming beauty. With a cool climate and rich natural beauty, most of these offbeat travel destinations of Kerala are best options for budget travel trips to the south. Listed below are some of the best offbeat travel destinations in Kerala that tourists could explore under very cheap and affordable travel rates.

Ponmudi

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Located at a distance of about 61 km from the capital city of Trivandrum, Ponmudi is one of the best offbeat travel destinations in Kerala to the Western Ghats. One main attraction of the hills is its location which is very remote and is perfect for a nature escape from the loud polluted city. This is one main reason for the place to be included in the budget and cost-effective packages organised to the south. The place could be explained as one of the best hill stations to the south with rich green mountains, hills and valleys. With a number of small brooks and rivers, colourful mountain flowers and rare collection of birds and butterflies, Ponmudi is one best destination for trekking and a number of other adventures. With a number of fascinating and aromatic tea plantations, waterfalls and hills the place is one best destination for travellers who would love to enjoy a mountain life.

Best attractions near Ponmudi

  •         Golden Valley: A beauteous spot near Ponmudi with the fascinating beauty of golden sand, crystal clear water and rich green valley which is an ideal spot to relax.
  •         Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary: located near the Peppara Dam on the Karamana River the wildlife destination is known to house rich flora and fauna.
  •         Mini Zoo: Located at an easy reach distance from Ponmudi, this zoo is known to house a large number of Barasinghas which is one of the main attractions in the land.

Nelliyampathy

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Filled with all the beauty of nature, Nelliyampathy is a fascinating offbeat destination located at a distance of about 60 kilometres from Palakkad. Plantations are one of the main attractions in the land. The place houses some of the best plantations in the land which includes orange cultivation, tea gardens and bio-farming.  Travellers from different parts of the world visit this destination not just to enjoy the beauty of the place and the climate but also due to the low travel cost. Most of the travel operators like Dream Holiday offers the tourist with cheap tour packages to this fascinating hill station in Kerala with an aim to promote tourism in the land. In addition, a number of adventure packages are also offered to the land. Being a place located to the hill station the place offers a number if adventures like trekking, camping, boating and tea plantation visits and more making the place a perfect destination for adventure lovers.

Best attractions near Ponmudi

  •         Nenmara: A fascinating village located at a distance of about 25 kilometres. The village is famous for the Nemmara-Vallangi Vela festival.
  •         Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary: Located at a distance of about 18 kilometres away from Nelliyampathy this rich wildlife sanctuary is blessed with exotic flora and fauna.
  •         Nelliyampathy Hills: Offering the travellers with a fascinating view of coffee, tea, orange and cardamom plantations at these hills is one main attraction of the place which is almost 2 kilometres from the city.
  •         Padagiri: Standing at a height of around 1500 meters above the sea level Padagiri is the tallest peak of Nelliyampathy Hills which is located approximately 3 kilometres away from the city.
  •         Raja’s Cliff: The cliff is one of the best spots where one could enjoy the splendid views of rich flora, fauna and awe-inspiring landscapes. Located at a distance of about 8 kilometres away from Nelliyampathy, the Raja’s Cliff lies at an altitude of almost 5250 feet above sea level. The place offers the travellers with the marvellous view of reservoirs, waterfalls, mountain ranges and forests from this spot.
  •         Palagapandi Estate: The estate holds in a charming colonial Bungalow which is one of the most beautiful spots in Nelliyampathy.
  •         Malampuzha Gardens: A literal paradise for children, the garden located nearly 33 km from Nelliyampathy is a must visit picnic spot. The children’s park, aquarium, mini zoo and toy rain are all the best things that attract the travellers mostly families to the place.

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Most of the offbeat travel destinations in Kerala offer cheap and affordable packages due to its less popularity. With an effort to make these offbeat travel destinations of Kerala known among the international travellers the state government have introduced a number of travel packages and projects to make the travel to these destinations cheap and more facilitated. In addition, a number of accommodation facilities under cheap rates were also introduced and set up to attract the attention of the travellers to the place. One of the main aims of the projects was to grab the attention of the travellers to the offbeat travel destinations of the state and to make the place known to the travellers by offering them with some of the best attractions in the place and best-facilitated stay under cheap and affordable cost. With beautiful wildlife destinations, attractions and fascinating climate the offbeat travel destinations in Kerala are one of the best spots for an effortless and cost-effective trip to the south.

Andaman and Nicobar islands: Truly best honeymoon spot

One of the most visited Islands of the world is the Andaman and Nicobar Islands where the archipelago sets up a beautiful destination for a visit. There are a number of distinctive factors that the travellers choose to visit each of the places but the one that stands out are the beaches located on the Island. And this very same factor attracts the honeymooners to this destination where 36 Islands out of the lot can be visited for a peaceful Honeymoon package to Andaman. Couples flow from various parts of the world but the recent visit by people residing at Ahmedabad has turned the place to be one of most recommended destination for a visit with their loved one. The people residing in the Islands have made sure that the place remains undestroyed through urbanization or through tourism which has ultimately made the place look beautiful through all these years. A couple of reasons to why this destination remains to be the most favourite of the people have been provided as below. The ever famous Radhanagar Beach located at Havelock island is a must visit the place of Andaman Islands where the travellers get to lapse into one of the best beaches in the whole world. The white sandy beach has a magical enigma and the turquoise blue water makes the perfect waves, also making it the perfect destination to get some couples pictures clicked from the destination. There are other Islands like Neil Island and Ross Island as well where the travellers get their fancy pictures clicked with scenery being the best.

Beach activities are unavoidable on being to an Island destination. And the speciality of Andaman Island is the fact that they provide the honeymooners with couple activities like Banana boat rides and jet skiing. The exciting water activities like snorkelling and scuba diving can also be reserved so that the travellers can have a tour through the coral reefs the marine animals that reside under the water. In case the honeymooners are looking for something more than the beaches and the fun underwater activities, they can walk along the history that the place beholds in itself. The first place that has most significance is the famous Cellular Jail which was built in the 1896 era. Most of the travel itineraries often include this destination because of the importance the jail has had in the ancient era. To be more accurate, the Indian freedom fighters who had been put into the prison by the Britishers had resided here for the sake of India’s freedom. Ross Island is where the British Headquarters located which is again a major sightseeing place. An array of Museums are also situated at the Islands like the Samudrika Marine Museum, Anthropological Museum, Forest Museum and Kala Pani Museum. While the Samudrika Museum gives the people information regarding the history of the Island and its people, the Forest museum provides the people with a bunch of information regarding the flora in the Island. The couples who have interests in visiting these destinations can always plan to include them in the itinerary. On coming from far off places like Ahmedabad, the travellers should see to it that they sight everything that makes the land special.

Another factor is that actual residents of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the Sentinelese tribes are those who often never appear in front of the tourists. They reign in their own Islands where the travellers cannot visit as well. The non-interruption of people is one thing that makes the Island a perfect place for the honeymooners where they can enjoy their togetherness with great privacy along the beaches. Some of the beaches have photographers where they instantly click good pictures for the people and also give the people the printouts on the spot. There are an array of things that the people get to sight exclusively at Andaman among which turtles, dugongs and dolphins are few of them. South Sentinel Island is the place that gives the people with the surprise of sighting these. Another speciality of Andaman is that the people get to lump on some pandanus fruit which is a type of fruit that is not available everywhere, hence making it exclusive and a must try when at the destination.

The lovers can also traverse through the major waterfalls located at the Andaman Islands which are the White Surf Waterfalls and the Whisper Wave waterfalls that are located at the Little Andaman Island. The enigma here is that both the falls showcase the beauty of the destination. The adventure-loving couples can also take a trekking expedition through the Diglipur and Havelock Island as well. There are other places like Chidia Tapu and Saddle Peak as well which are both a trekker’s paradise. There are other fascinating destinations that can be visited by the couples like limestone caves and Baratang where the honeymooners can explore the caves. These are indeed the distinctive scenes that the people get to capture the place. Since people come from all parts of the world, the Island serves all types of food to the people. But the exclusive cuisines served here are seafood delicacies that are worth munching on being on a tour from Ahmedabad. Various restaurants and cafes are located at most of the tourist spots as well.  The couples can avail romantic stay at the Islands as well where the sea view resorts and hotels are most sought by the people. A candlelight dinner is also a fondest memory the couples get to take back from the place.

Hence the Andaman and Nicobar Island is one of the best places for the couples to spend a happy time where they can spend few of the most memorable days of their life. When returning, the couples can also purchase souvenirs as a part of their journey to this destination like coral jewellery and handicrafts which are again sold on the streets of the Islands. The above mentioned are few of the best reasons for why the couples travel on an Andaman tour package from Ahmedabad. The best bestows the couples on traversing through a destination like that of Andaman Islands.

The most celebrated bang of getting together with friends.

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Certain get-togethers turn out to be very special when we have stayed apart for so long and finally get to see each other. Such had been our get together that we had planned at Wayanad. 10 of us had finally planned to get together after college had been over and it had been 2 years of being the crazy self. Thankfully none of the girl gang had got married and hence we had been looking forward to having our bachelor girls hangout. The place had been decided such that the people working at Bangalore could also reach comfortably. All of us had weekends attached to our sick leaves for the tour and hence around 4 days had been planned where two days were required for the to and fro travel to the destination and two days for the sightseeing fun we could have. The planning and travel vehicle was booked through Seasonzindia so that we did not have to face last time hassle for a carefree journey. The 23-year-old set off from different places for the journey and all of us reached the resort that had been booked for the stay by 10 pm. The trip to Kerala of ours officially started the minute all of us had reached one room.
The night became ecstatic where we set up a campfire in the 17-degree Celsius climate and got to eat together just like the hostel days were being revoked. And then the next day we rose up and the journey began where we were picked up by the driver and we had been enjoying the weather that kept us cold. The first place of visit for us had been Banasura Sagar Dam. The largest earthen dam was beautiful and happened to have boat services due to which in groups we set off for a quick speedy cruise. The surroundings were very alluring and each breath felt like freshness party in the lungs. After we had got enough of posing in the place, we decided to return where the driver said us we could visit Meenmutty Waterfalls as per the itinerary. The falls was what unleashed the crazy part in us that we had been head over knee happy playing in the water. We spend a lot of time there and it was where a lot of tourists had been as well. When it was high time that we return, the driver called us up for otherwise we would just not leave the place at all.Karlad-Lake-Wayanad
Post lunch we moved forward with the tour and reached the Karlad lake on a long drive. The one exciting thing that had been there was the zip line on which all of us wanted to try the adventure out. the queue was quite long for it but standing in it, we made our own entertainment taking us back to the college days.  That was it for the time being where we had had enough of it and then reached each of our turns to go across the lake in a zip line. The safety jacket was put on and then we had the exciting adventure done and struck off the bucket list.  And that wa sit for the day where we were driven to our place of stay. The stay was another wonderful place where we got to be in a flora hotspot. A lot of trees and plants stood around of which the main had been coffee. It was a wonder that this is how coffee looked before it reaches crushed to us. Mangosteen and avocado trees had also been there from which we tasted the freshest of fruits. In fact, we felt more connected to the forest as well which was on one side where they had put wires of shock as elephants are known to be existing in the place. The people have also been wonderful hosts where they took us around and fed us with guava and litchis, everything fresh.Edakkal_Caves
Our first place to visit for the next day was Edakkal caves. The walk up to the caves was the most exciting of all where we rest on the rocks in the midway and clicked a number of pictures. Walking through the rocks had been exciting where we felt captivated by some sort of rock fort. The view had been beautiful with all the greenery around where the landscape shots turned out to be the best. By the time we reached back, we were super tired. After sipping some drinks from the street vendors, we walked to the car and asked the driver to drop us for an early lunch. And after gobbling some good food from hotel Jubilee our travel continues and we were taken to Jain Temple which was the main reason that we had remained true vegetarians until then. The architecture of the temple was photo worthy. Even though it was small, there was some sort of aura that kept us there for a long time before we headed off to the next place that had been the Muthanga wildlife sanctuary. And it turned out to be the most favourite to us out of all the places we had visited because of the fact that we had been indulged in the walk along the forests where we got to spot elephants, deer and peacocks merrily walking along their home. All of us were hardcore fans of animals and birds and we could not be more happy of seeing animals all happy at their true residence. We also took a  jeep safari through as walking long distance was not happening. Other than few exotic birds, we did not get to see anything more. That was it for the whole journeying as the end of it had been marked.jeep s
The best of get-togethers had hence been initiated where we knew that we had more of them to have in our lives. The hardest of everything had been to return back to the normal boring life. We packed our bags and were dropped at the bus station from where all of us had the buses booked to various destinations. The due amount that had to be paid to the tour planner was handed off to the driver where we also thanked him for bearing with our super excited screaming on the tour. Wayanad had been the perfect spot in Kerala for our tour and the amount of fun we had had was going to keep us going for another few months when we would end up planning the next trip. Since Kerala had been the best host, maybe we might return to some other destination in the state to make a bunch of memories.

Alleppey the Inland Water Paradise with Immense Potential and Attractions

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Located in the southeast part of India to the Malabar Coast, Kerala is said to be one of the most beautiful tourist destinations. Blessed with a unique climate and geographical condition the state houses a number of unique and different water destination which fascinates the travelers visiting the land. The complex backwater destinations of the state are one of the primary water attractions in the land which is explored by the travelers from around the world. A peaceful ride along the palm fringes enjoying the beauty of the rice paddy fields, moonlit waters and the backwater villages are all once in a lifetime experience that the travelers visiting the state could enjoy. With backwater tourism developing greatly in the land, the Kerala tourism department with the travel operators like Lifemadeasy has organized a number of cheap and affordable tour packages to attract the attention of the travelers to these fascinating inland water destinations. One of the main aims of the packages and the projects organized is to develop the state into a well-known backwater destination allowing the travelers to enjoy the beauty of the inland waters under affordable rates. Kerala to the south is one of the only states which houses a number of unique and fascinating complex backwater destinations which makes the state the tourist hub for backwater lovers.

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With the salty sea water mixing with the fresh waters of the lake, the backwaters of Kerala houses unique a water structure which facilitates the growth of a number of different marine life like the frog, prawns, crabs, water hoers and more. The soil in the land is rich with some unique minerals; the land facilitates the growth of rare herbs with medicinal qualities making the inland water destination of the state the best spot for Ayurveda. The Alleppey district in Kerala is one of the best destinations when it comes to the complex inland water destinations in the state. Mostly visited by the foreign travelers this enticing destination is known to be the getaway to the inland waters of Kerala. Alleppey being a destination with a number of herbs with medicinal properties growing, the place houses a number Ayurvedic centers. Most of the backwater Ayurvedic centers are located in Alleppey which offers the overseas travelers with a number of herbal therapies. The foreigners visiting Alleppey mostly choose to enjoy a relaxing herbal massage which would relax their mind and body. There are even travelers who tour to Alleppey just to enjoy the magical touch of Ayurveda.

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There are a number of different factors which attracts the travelers from around the world to Alleppey. The backwater industries in the place are one such element that attracts the travelers. The coir industry and the handicraft industry are the 2 main backwater industries functioning in the land. The coir industries in the land are mostly located close to the coconut industries for the easier availability of raw material for the coir production. Being one of the greatest producers of coir in the state, the coir industry in Alleppey attracts the attention of travelers to a greater extent. The handicraft industry is yet another well known inland water industry in Alleppey which fascinates the travelers visiting the place with its rare collection of artworks. As a part of developing responsible tourism in the backwater destination, the travelers visiting the industries are taught some of the basic elements in coir makings and handicraft arts. One o the other attraction of the backwater industries in Alleppey is that most of the workers in the place are women and the industries are the only means of income for the female in the land.

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Apart from the backwater industries and Ayurvedic centers in Alleppey, there are a number of factors like the houseboat tours and the backwater festivals which grab the attention of the travellers. Alleppey is one such backwater destination in Kerala which houses a number of houseboats with modern interiors and facilities which would fascinate the travellers. Oversea travellers touring to Alleppey mostly includes the houseboat tours and houseboat stays to make their trip more happening and memorable. The houseboat packages offered in Alleppey mostly includes an entertainment activity like a traditional Kerala dance and the Kerala cuisine. The traditional Kerala cuisine offered in Alleppey is one of the best parts of an Alleppey tour for a food lover. Filled with the flavors and the spices of the land the food in the place is a literal threat to the taste buds. Mostly the cuisine offered in the houseboats includes the rice and a number of curries which includes the pickle and pappad with payasam as a sweet dish. Travelers visiting Alleppey during the festival season could enjoy the seasonal festival of the land which is the boat race better known as the Nehru trophy boat race within the locals. Most of the travelers from foreign destinations tour to Alleppey during this festive season to enjoy the seasonal splendor in the waters. Nehru trophy race is one of the best festivals celebrated during the harvesting season in Kerala. A number of different types of boat race with each other during the festival setting up a feeling of harmony and celebration in the land.

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Most of the backwater destination in like Alleppey is known for its magnificent beauty of nature. Filled with a number of rich green paddy fields and coconut plantations the backwater destinations are the best sports where travellers could enjoy some time away from the loud rush of the city on the lap of nature. The backwater villages in Alleppey would be one of the best choices for travellers who wish to explore the traditional lifestyle of the people in the backwater destinations. Apart from being known as one of the best backwater travel destinations, Alleppey has also been known as the honeymooner’s paradise due to the romantic ambiance the place set in for couples. The beauty of the moonlit sky and the waters, the paddy fields and the backwater villages bathed in midnight blue all add to the beauty of a romantic stay in the waters. The backwaters of Kerala are one of the best destinations for honeymooners, couples and nature lovers who wish to spend a day in paradise.

 

Kerala, the land where breathtaking adventure sports are explored in cheap

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Adventures are always fun, but mostly adventurous trip cost a fortune due to which most of the adventure lovers think twice before travelling. Kerala to the southernmost end of the state is an exotic tourist destination which offers the travellers with a number of adventure activities. Unlike other states most of the adventure activities offered in the land are affordable and under budget. This makes the state one of the best destination where travellers could explore the by enjoying the adventures of the land under budget rates. Being a state blessed with mountains, waterfalls, wildlife backwaters and more, the state not just offers the travellers with a number of adventure activities but will also gift them with a visual treat of nature and wild. Adventure tourism now gaining importance and popularity among the domestic travellers the tourism department is now promoting the trend with the help of a number of travel operators like Dream Holidays. A number of new, attractive and cheap adventure packages are offered by the Kerala tourism department with an aim to attract the travellers who tour to the state with an aim to enjoy the adventures of the land. Some of the best adventures available in the state which travellers could enjoy under cheap rates are listed below.

 Bamboo rafting through the wild

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A treat for nature lovers and adventure seekers, Bamboo Rafting is one of the best spots that any traveller could enjoy in the gods own country. As the sport uses materials from nature, the ticket cost is very cheap and makes the sports one of the best which the travellers could include in a budget adventure package.  One of the best destinations in Kerala where you could experience the best part of Bamboo Rafting by enjoying the true beauty of nature and its wild is at the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Thekkady. The place is a part of a unique eco-tourism project where the travellers are allowed to enjoy the beauty of nature by strolling in the bamboo raft. If lucky enough you could see some of the wild animals near the river and hear the song of the birds. You can travel through most of the area of the forest by rafting. Mostly river rafting at Thekkady will be arranged from early morning which mostly extends to a maximum of 9hrs. You could enjoy the same at Wayanad too.

Preferable destinations: Periyar Tiger Reserve Thekkady and Wayanad are the only places in Kerala where you could explore Bamboo rafting.

 Natures Treadmill in the paddy fields of Kerala

The word treadmill mostly refers to an electronic machine on which you mostly run so as to burn the fat content in the body. Nature’s treadmill here refers to the traditional treadmill which you could only find in the paddy fields of Kerala. Being a state where farming was the traditional occupation, the farmers of the state used this treadmill to irrigate the paddy fields. Water was pumped in and out of the field with help of these natural treadmills. Even though now farming is not something common in the state now some parts of Alleppey still follow the ancient custom of farming where they use this treadmill to water the field. Even though not a well-known adventure sport, it could be fun and a new experience for foreign travellers.

Preferable destinations: The best place where you could experience Natures Treadmills at the paddy fields of Alleppey, Kumarakom, and Kochi.

 Mountain Climbing through the misty nature

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Kerala being a state blessed with a number of mountain ranges and hill station is one of the best destinations where adventure seekers could enjoy the beauty of nature. Mountain climbing is one of the cheapest and most affordable adventures sports that any traveller could enjoy. The sport is unavoidable when it comes to enjoying an adventure tour in the gods own country. Even though the state houses a number of destinations where travellers could enjoy climbing, the Chembra Peak in Wayanad is one of the most prominent destinations. Mountain climbing would most probably take you one whole day and it is important for you to carry the first aid gear as you will be travelling alone and won’t be accompanied by guide or trainer.

Preferable destinations: The hill stations of Munnar, Wayanad, Thenmala and Thekkady are all the popular destinations in Kerala for mountain climbing.

 Wildlife Safari through the unexplored wild

Kerala is a land which is blessed with nature and wildlife. The wildlife safari is one of the best adventure ones can enjoy in a tourist destination like Kerala under very low rates. The bio-diversity of the state is so very enchanting that it will let you enjoy a different travel experience in nature. A wildlife safari is an adventure sport which is mostly included in adventure package as it is a bit challenging and entertaining. The sport is comparatively dangerous as you will have high chances of getting encountered by the wild animals the need of travel guide and a forest officer is necessary. Kerala is a state with greater availability of wild houses a number of destinations where travellers could enjoy the safari. Most of the wildlife destinations in Kerala are home to a number of dangerous wild animals which includes tiger, lion, wild elephants and more. If lucky enough you can spot some while travelling through the dense forest.

Preferable destinations: Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary are all the best-preferred destination in Kerala apt for wildlife safari.

 Canoeing and kayaking exploring the complex waters

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If you wish to explore and experience the adventures of Kerala from close then the two main sports Canoeing and Kayaking is the best option. The state houses a number of waterfalls and water destination which makes Kerala a prominent destination for travellers who love Canoeing and Kayaking. The tourism department of the state offers the travellers with a wide variety of kayaking opportunities where you can choose from a lot. The incomparable charm of the water destinations, especially which of the complex backwater stretches and the fascinating foliage beyond could be explored by enjoying a kayak tour in the land.

Preferable destinations:  Kochi, Alleppey, Kumarakom, and Varkala are the main destinations where Canoeing and kayaking are offered.

Adventure trips to an extent are very costly, but Kerala being a land with nature and destinations with beauty and potential, is the only state to the south where you could explore the beauty of nature in cheap rates. Most of the adventures that the state offers include natural elements and materials made from nature which makes the sport coast effective. As an addition, the tourism department also has taken a number of measures to let the adventure lovers visiting the state enjoy a pleasurable tour under budget rates. Being a state that promotes adventure tourism to a greater extent, Kerala is the best state to where you could tour to enjoy the adventures

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Ayurvedic History in Kerala and the Traditional Branches Used

One of the very important parts of the Atharva Veda, the practice of Ayurveda originated in India about 5000 years ago. This treatment method is a holistic system of healing which is being divided into 8 different categories called the Ashtavaidyan. These 8 categories of Ayurveda could be defined as the limbs of the system which is loosely connected to the 8 branches of the western medical system that is the allopathic treatment method. The practice of Ashtavaidyan or better called the Ayurveda started between the 13th and 17th century when the treatment method gained importance within the royal families. Kerala to the southernmost part of India was the only state that followed the practice of Ayurveda in the olden times. There were 18 families in the state who practices the 8 branches of Ayurvedic treatment methods. Each family which practised this treatment method have developed its own Ayurvedic treatment centres and developed unique steps and procedures in the treatment pattern which passed down to generations. The state holds a rich history of Ayurvedic treatment in the land.

There are a number of stories and believes rumouring within the practitioners in Kerala. One of the story or believe states that, when the Brahmins were brought to Kerala by Lord Parasurama, he assigned them with the 8 branches of Ayurveda. Each family were assigned with one of the branches and were known as the Ashtavaidyan with the word meaning Eight Physicians. Apart from this, there are a number of other stories rumouring in the state. Being a state that holds behind a rich history of Ayurveda, Kerala is now one of the well known Ayurvedic hubs to the south. The state houses, a number of Ayurveda Resort that follows the ancient practice of Ayurveda which mainly includes the 8 branches.  The eight main branches of Ayurveda known as the Ashtavaidyan are listed below.

Vajeekarana Chikilsa: Aphrodisiacs

Vajeekarana is a treatment method offered in some of the best-facilitated treatment centres of the state like Aura Ayurveda & Spa. The branch in allopathic refers to the gynaecology department and mainly deals with virility and offspring. A number of different herbal medicines and oils are used in this treatment method which is said to be very effective. The packages offering the Vajeekarana Chikilsa mostly includes aphrodisiac food materials, yoga and exercises apart from medication treatments. The treatment includes various methods of shodan through vaman, virechan and Sweden. After shodan therapy, the patient is administered with different herbals and herbo-minerals. The need or the capability to produce healthy offspring is a very important aspect of life. Infertility is a serious problem and Vajeekarana Chikilsa is a branch in Ayurveda which deals with such cases and ailment.

Salya chikitsa: Surgeries and operations

This is a branch of Ayurveda which deals with the injuries that occur due to foreign objects like bullets or other such materials. In modern science, the treatment refers to surgeries where modern equipment is used. In Ayurveda, it is mostly the accident cases that are treated with this stream. The treatment centres in Kerala offering the Salya chikilsa includes treatments for accidents, surgeries or operations for stone urine, haemorrhoids, fistulas, cataracts and even for the holes in the abdomen. Salya chikilsa is better referred as the father of “plastic surgery”.

Graharoga chikilsa: Healing of psychological problems

This is a branch of Ayurvedic treatment which is available in almost every treatment centres in Kerala. Being a branch which deals with the mind and the mental health of the individual the medication used in the treatment mostly includes yoga, meditation and such where the mind of an individual is made calm. Different medications like Shirodhara and more are done to treat such ailments. Most of the packages offered in Graharoga chikilsa focus on treating ailments like depression, physics disorders, sleeplessness, tension, stress and more. Most of the treatment methods used under the Graharoga chikilsa are said to be very effective.

Kayachikitsa: Internal and external treatments for the body

The word kaya mainly refers to fire which is basically the digestive fire. The treatment based on this is called the Kayachikitsa. The treatment includes in the Kayachikitsa mainly focus on treatment related to the malfunctioning of the Agni in a human body. Kayachikitsa is mainly very effective for basic ailments like the Jwara (fever), Pandu (anaemia), and ATIS (diarrhoea) and so on. Every basic ailment and its treatment come under this branch of Ayurveda.

Balaroga Chikilsa: Diseases related to infants

Balaroga Chikilsa is a very simple yet complicated branch of treatment in Ayurveda. The branch focus on ailments related to the infants. As the medication method and medicine dosage differ greatly in the case if infant treatments, this branch is being studied and developed separately. There are a number of treatment centres in Kerala focusing on Balaroga Chikilsa and offers the best treatment. The main medication used in these treatment centres includes breast milk to which the medicinal herbs are added. Being a very delicate stream of treatment Balaroga Chikilsa is done with utmost care and seriousness.

Urdhvanga Roga Chikilsa: Treatments related to the Ear, Nose and Throat region

This is a branch which deals with ailments related to head and neck. This treatment is also known as the “Shalakaya Tantric” as the ailment is mostly treated with an instrument known as Shalako”. The state houses a number of treatment centres which offer packages for the treatment of Ear, Nose, Throat diseases and illnesses related to eye and head where Urdhvanga Roga Chikilsa is the main form of medication used.

Roga Chikilsa Danshtra: Toxicology

The branch mainly deals with the treatment of poison. Kerala being a land rich in Ayurvedic history houses a number of Vaidyars offering Visha chikitsa. The poison being injected into the human body is treated with herbal medicines which absorbs the impurities, mostly the toxic element in the body. The treatment mostly offered in the branch mainly includes snake bites, scorpion stings, etc. The practitioners in the treatment centres first analyse the symptoms and then offer medication depending on the behaviour of the poison.

Jara Chikilsa: Methods to rejuvenate the spate dhatus

Beauty and youth is something that every individual tries to maintain. It is mainly this habitual behaviour in the individuals that promoted the growth of Ayurvedic treatment centres which facilitates Jara Chikilsa in the land. The branch mainly deals with diseases related to ageing and a number of other skin diseases. It is mostly for the rejuvenation of body tissues that the branch is preferred. The branch is also known to provide longevity and youth.

Most of the Ayurvedic practitioners in Kerala now are following the most ancient methods of treatment that was followed by the Vaidyars in the 13th and 17th century. Now the state houses a number of Ayurvedic treatment centres in almost every destination. The Kerala government and the health department of the state are also supporting the rise of Ayurvedic centres in the land by offering different packages and promoting the growth of treatment centres as it is one of the oldest treatment methods in the land which attracts a whole lot of travellers to the state.

The eight branches of Ayurvedic treatment are one thing that is gaining popularity and importance in the state with the development of the treatment method.

It is the eight branches of Ayurvedic treatment that hold it together. Like any other modern treatment methods, Ayurveda also believes and focus on treating different body parts. Most of the Ayurveda packages offered in Kerala mainly focus on any of the 8 branches of Ayurveda so as to provide the patient with complete cure of the ailment. Ayurvedic treatments being dominating in Kerala most of the treatment packages and treatment centres in the state would have practitioners focusing on different branches. The health department even offers specialised packages focusing on different branches and Ayurvedic centres with the same feature. In most treatment centres when a patient approaches they are first diagnosed, by a detailed examination by checking the symptoms of the diseases. After the diagnosis is made the patient will be treated under any of the above given 8 branches of Ayurveda.

 

Digital Revolution In Travel Is Here, Technology Embracing Travelers

The world is upgrading daily with the introduction of technologies and standing under its shade, we are utilizing it to the maximum. The real benefit of technology is reflected in traveling. We can’t start our day without having a look at the notification in our smartphones. Possessing the blessing of technology is the only relief of every vagabond to conduct a travel safely. We seek the assistance of internet starting from gaining the information about a place, looking for accommodation, booking flight or train tickets and so on. South India’s most sought travel destination is Kerala and even from foreign countries, the travelers are encountered. For making the traveling easy and promising a thrilling Kerala tour, availability of internet and other technologies is essential in Kerala. Being a developing state, Wi-Fi or wireless fidelity is something every tourist destination has for sure. But, in Kerala, some of the attractions located in hill station lack the network coverage but the technology is so sophisticated that we can figure out the answers for the traveling quest amidst the travel itself. As per the CEO world magazine survey as a part of Digital Indian cities 2016, Bangalore was topped in the first position of having advanced technology and how not? Bangalore is the information technology hub of India. Thus the natives are so sophisticated in planning travels and have a high tech approach. From Bangalore, a lot of tour packages have been sold especially to Kerala. Their style of research is mind-blowing and let us check how we can utilize technology to the fullest to conduct an amazing travel.

How many of you have done a detailed research prior to the tour? Almost everyone who knows the value of money as well as who is keen on making an invigorating tour of his lifetime. The research must begin by choosing the destination till checking out from the hotel. Safety is an important trait one must care about. How it will feel if you have ended up with a wrong decision of choosing a destination or a tour plan that has resulted in the complete ruining of your trip and wastage of money. Nowadays, sitting within the four walls of a room with a smartphone, from start to end one can craft a journey.

The role of social media in travel is having a soaring popularity as people believe the reviews as it seems genuine. Twitter and Facebook are the prominent figures amidst youth. Cant, you see many invitations for a journey as well as trekking posted? This is a new way of attracting people to the culture of travel. Many travel companies are utilizing the platform of social media to advertise their contents, packages as well as strengthening their web presence. These companies can lure a lot of avid backpackers. Once the Meesapulimala trekking in Munnar, Kerala was an emotion for many. The trekking partners were collected through these posts. Those who have returned after a riveting trip post the images of the location, which is enough for one to enact the same.

 

The travel organizers have their well-designed websites with the availability of various tour packages that are free to be chosen by the customers. Depending upon the number of days, the price of packages, a flashlight on itinerary can be availed. These sites will also specify tours from major cities of the country and being near, Bangalore is given priority. To reach up to the customers, having a strong web presence is necessary and for boosting the same, the companies adopt the technique of Search Engine Optimisation.

 

Booking flights, hotels, a bus has been becoming very easy and with just a click away, you have selected your room of desire. The travel mobile applications like MakeMyTrip, Cleartrip, Goibibo, Trivago offer luxurious rooms at any hotels or resorts with discounted price. With these applications, one can see the images of rooms, read the inclusions and availability of common amenities. If you are satisfied then booking can be made. Even the flight tickets are easy to be booked through these applications.

To know about a place, one can go through the blogs, travelogues or even a community,  forum and get the reviews. Most of the people rely on TripAdvisor to get the best reviews about a place, hotels or resorts. People believe that these reviews are genuine. In fact, they are quoting the real experience of being there that may not be accessed through any blogs. Google, the knowledge guru can lend a helping hand to the same.

 

If you are afraid of traveling in a location devoid of network coverage, then use of guidebooks in Pdf format or as a hard copy can make you locate places, nearby cafeterias, restrooms, petrol bunks, toilets, accommodation, or even for accessing route maps. You can download a portion of the guidebooks divided into chapters. Certain little mobile application can be accessed without internet and will be having all necessary information about a place.

 

Thus we can see magic being done in the field of travel by technology and Bangalore is the state utilizing it to the maximum. In Kerala, the presence of Wi-fi hotspot is increasing and it can provide you constant access to information. The telecom operators are now in a competition to increase speed, connectivity, and reachability. In a summary, we can say that digital revolution had already hugged travel and in future, it will spread like a wildfire.

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Unleash some travelling hacks to plan a budget-friendly trip to Kerala

 

The lowest cost travel is the best way to travel safely. No matter how much you plan, you may find that expenses are shooting up. If you are careful about avoiding certain things, you can reduce your travel costs. Kerala is the most budget-friendly state in India to travel and here, cheap packages for tours are available for the travellers. It is a common misunderstanding that we must spend more to travel safely in Kerala but there are some travel hacks, unlocking which one can have a budget-friendly tour. Your responsibility to save money starts the moment you plan for a tour and always avoid last-minute preparations and bookings. When you are travelling in Kerala, let’s see what costs are needed.

Choose Vegetarian food in your travel

Kerala is famous for traditional food and the benefit of choosing vegetarian food amidst your travel is that it is clean, cheap as well as safe. If you are a first-time flight traveller, then chose vegetarian food as being healthy throughout the journey is necessary and if you are having a vegetarian meal in Kerala then you are less prone to food poison. The tastes may differ from place to place but the expense is less and also prime concern must be given to cleanliness.

 

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Bargain while shopping

The small shop vendors are targeting foreigners and thus charge more than double for a product. If you dig out your talent in bargaining then you can get a product with half of its price. Thus bargaining allows you to shop more items or gifts to take back home for your dear and near ones. Always keep in mind that the shops at various tourist locations are actually targetting foreigners to take more money. The actual price of the product is less than half of its mentioned price.

Check out the hotel at morning itself

We know accommodation is the most expensive part of a tour and but in Kerala, some of the cheapest tour packages allow you to stay with a reasonable price but then too you can minimise the expense by planning a check out from the hotel or resort at morning. By doing so, you don’t have to pay for the rest of the day and in the meantime enjoy the day’s trip and plan like returning back at same day itself. On the way, there are many refreshment building where you can have a change.

 Traveling Off Season 

Traveling in Season will always be very expensive. Offseason is very cost effective. At this time, the accommodation charges will be very low and you can avail any services with much ease. The flight tickets, food and other charges on tourist activities will be minimum then. In Kerala, monsoon seasons are meant to be the offseason and houseboat packages are also very low at this time. Also, it is the best time to undergo ayurvedic treatments.

 Avoid souvenir shop in your travel

These souvenir shops are meant for foreigners and thus they will not charge less for any products. For foreigners, these shops and the products are really worth and they will not compromise money for these products. Thus avoid shopping at such shops as never expect bargaining can work there. Instead, shop at the street and get the discounts. These products are more profitable in local markets. In local markets, always try to shop late. If you shop near the shop during closing in the evening, you can shop at very low rates.

currency-exchange-restaurantKeep the currency with you instead of keeping digital money while travelling

Money can be considered as a currency. The lack of ATMs and using of credit card or debit cards at certain shops or for transport can make you in trouble. We often hear that avoid keeping currency while travelling but if you are travelling Kerala, keep the currency notes with you as in Kerala, certain shops or services will not take cards. But you can install Paytm in case of need.

Traveling together to reduce your expenditure

There is no doubt that the cost is very low when you are travelling in group or together. At accommodations, entry tickets, boating you can save money if you are travelling together. The accommodation can be made at sharing basis even food too. If you are coming from private vehicles, the petrol charges can be shared. The day when you leave, prepare food in your house itself and on the way take a halt and have the homely food. This will reduce the food expense at one time and also is a part of the fun. In fact, in group tours to Kerala, some of the tour packages will charge discounts and the price will be lower. Always consult your travel operator and discuss the discount amount you can get while you are travelling in groups.

Use the local transportation facility to the maximum

It is best to use local transportation facility in smaller cities where you can connect. Such travels will also make it possible for the travellers to get a clear understanding of places and locations. In local transportation, the charges are very low and on the way, you can interact with other locals regarding the places. It will easily teach you places.

Do not Believe in Brochures 

Do not Believe in the Brochures that Travel Agency and Agents provide you with no mention of correct details. The brochures that are presented in an incredible way can be amended on your own with places you know which are so attractive. Prior to booking any package look for the lowest prices always but with more attractions. Travel agents can play the trick by adding locations that are not worthy of watching.

Choose Guest rooms for accommodation

Guest rooms are charged with less price and will be having all amenities and services. To save your wallet, guest houses can help you. Don’t worry if you haven’t got an accommodation at last minute, consult with your local advisor and make them arrange a guest house.

Use flights wisely

If flight travel is your mode of comfortability, then you can book one but look for certain websites which provide ticket with less price. Also, at off-season, the price will be lower. Another idea to reduce the flight charges is that, if your travel is confirmed for a particular day then book the flight tickets about 1 or 3 months before.

 

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Eat temple food amidst your pilgrimage tour 

If you are travelling to pilgrimages, you can save money. Many pilgrim centres provide food for free or low feeds for those who reach there in the afternoon and at night. In such a scenario, the costs can be reduced to a good price. The food will be safe and tasty too.

Above given are some of the tips that can be utilised for figuring out a budget-friendly tour as money is precious and we must spend it wisely. Travelling expenses are really high than our expectation but proper planning and determination can overcome the situation. Kerala is the cheapest place to conduct holidays but still, understanding these travelling hacks can benefit you at any point in your life.

 

Ken Before You Leave…Get the Answers to These Questions on Kerala Backwaters

How many of you backpack to a destination with a proper idea and research? Or do you completely believe the itinerary and brochures? Even though you have been guided by a travel agent, you have to take the pain to do a little bit research about the destination you are heading to. The north Indians and foreigners coming to South India especially Kerala used to talk with their friends or relatives who have prior visited Kerala and gains enough knowledge about various places. One such marvel in their eyes is Kerala backwaters and being the crown jewel of Kerala tourism, the Kerala houseboat cruise in backwaters is something the travellers will not miss. Prior to booking houseboats, get answers to some basic questions on Kerala backwaters and houseboats journey. It is special to conduct honeymoon on a houseboat and while picking the packages for the same, ultimate care must be given. The most renowned backwater trip arrangers, Lifemadeasy will give answers to some of the basic questions on Kerala houseboats and backwaters, which are frequently asked by the customers. To make your trip in Kerala memorable, meticulous planning and preparations are necessary.

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How can one say that houseboat cruise is really worth in Kerala tourism?

Of the Arabian Sea bordering Kerala, there are many lakes and rivers flowing parallel to the coast. These waterways are actually interconnected network of canal, lakes and rivers. Amidst these, there are some major cities or towns like Alleppey, Kumarakom, Kollam and Trivandrum. Vembanad Lake is the largest one and at each destination, it has got several names. The reason why travellers pick a backwater package is that the ecosystems of these backwaters are really unique and nature is at its best here with many paddy fields surrounding the borders of backwaters. Honeymoon tours are best conducted on houseboats as couples can spend romantic moments amidst the brackish lagoon with all comfortabilities and luxuries they seek for. Just by sitting comfortably in a houseboat, couples can enjoy the scenic beauty and also gets a chance to taste the traditional Kerala food. Hence, one can say that Kerala backwater tours are really unique.

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How many days can the guests hire the houseboat?

As per the package, the guest can pick a day trip or overnight stay. The number of overnight stays can be discussed with the travel operator and the package price will depend on that. The day cruise will take place at morning and will come to an end by evening. For night stays, the houseboat will be anchored at any location. Food will be provided on board itself. Depending upon the number of days and nights required for houseboat cruise, the rate of the package also differs.

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What are the category and type of houseboats?

The houseboats in Kerala come in various standards and types.

Standard houseboats have basic boat facilities but most of them are without air conditions.

Premium or Deluxe houseboats are fully air-conditioned with standard facilities and at night too, the AC can be used. But, care must be taken to note that the premium houseboats are fully covered with glass. Talk on this to your travel operator.

Luxury or super luxury houseboats are on the lists to experience ultimate royalty.

The type of houseboats comes with the presence of the number of rooms, sun deck and upper decks. One can choose the houseboats with your desired number of tours. Groups tours are economical in houseboats.

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What are the houseboat cruise routes?

At the time of picking your backwater tour package, the routes of houseboat cruises in Kerala will be mentioned with the Alleppey- Kollam route being the longest one taking 8 hours. All the cruises will start from Alleppey or Kumarakom and can travel to any desired places. Kuttanad, Munroe islands, Kumarakom, Kayamkulam, Ashtamudi Lake, Alumkadavu, Trivandrum backwaters are some of the common destinations. To be specific, the routes are mentioned below and these same routes can be chosen with desirable days.

Alleppey to Alleppey (Kuttanad), Kumarakom, Thottappally, Alumkadavu and Kochi

Kumarakom to Alumkadavu, Thottappally

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What about the crew on a houseboat and the food?

Every houseboat will be having two oarsmen and one professional cook. The cook prepares the traditional Kerala style food on board. To relish the marvel of the traditional cooking of Kerala food, one must surely take a houseboat ride. The dishes are mostly rice, with varieties of curries, fish curries, fish fry, chicken items etc. Evening, Kerala snacks will be served with a hot cup of tea or coffee. The tapioca and fish curry are one of the tastiest dishes on Kerala food menu. The crewmembers will take care of any issues to the houseboats.

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What if the houseboats are not available for the day cruise?

If houseboats are not available for the ride, then one must pick the Shikkara rides as an alternative. The Shikkara rides serve the same picturesque beauty as in the houseboat and are also more economical but privacy will be assured if you are coming with the group. If family get-togethers or celebrations are your prime need, then houseboat must be chosen. Always book in advance for the cruise.

Are the houseboat cruises safe?

This is the most asked question by most of the tourists. To have the safest travel on board, always pick from the packages of most renowned tour operators. Since the tourism is safeguarded by the Government of Kerala by all means, one can safely travel but always be cautious. Honeymoon couples can be fully assured with the privacy and freedom in the houseboat.

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Does the houseboat ply during monsoon; if so are discounts available for the same?

Monsoon seasons are the time of offseason tour in Kerala and the people looking forward to an economic travel would love to travel in monsoon as accommodation, and tickets can be availed with less price. Houseboat will ply during monsoons but the rates are really low during these times. One can speak with the tour operator and avail the discounts.

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What are the best options for backwater tour?

In backwater tour, the options are many other than a day in the houseboat. The village tourism and bird watching are some of the interesting activities. Canal tours allow you to go deep into the village and backwater world and the coir retting process, fishing etc can be seen so close. Canal tours will bring you to lotus ponds, churches, temples on the shores. Adventure tours in backwaters can be best experienced by kayaking. At certain places, there are options for kayaking. Thus, honeymoon couples can have a thrilling backwater vacation by kayaking. If interested, canoeing is also the best idea. In Kumarakom, a bird sanctuary is located and avid bird watchers can focus their eye on rare bird species and migratory birds visiting the backwaters. Cycling through the villages in Kuttanad can make you breathe the fresh air surrounding and also present with the morning beauty of green paddy fields.

Dwelling deep into the backwater tours one will come to know that the thrill is a lot more than as expected from the itinerary. As a travel operator, Lifemadeasy will be giving full assistance and support on conducting backwater tours in Kerala.