Wayanad: Where Nature Hosts The Guests To The Evergreen Hillock.

Anyone traveling to the beautiful destination of Kerala would be startled at the real richness of nature at the destination. Rivers, hills, and forests lead the way to anyone’s heart and it turns out to be the real destination where exploring has more scope. The destination turns out to be the best place to be at when with friends as well. A personal journey of my friends through the forests and hills makes way to this realization. We had 10 days of holidays after the semester break and were eager to set off on a journey where we would also be able to refresh our minds. We had already been to most of the beautiful places in Bangalore and wanted to set off on a moderate long journey due to which we decided to take it on 300 Kilometres drive from Bangalore to Wayanad. We could draw our journey on few basis where drive, trekking, and budget were the prime factors to the travel. We were students and so budget was the pocket money which we had saved for 5 months and so we were keen on checking the Kerala Tour Package with price range that fell into our budget. We decided to hand some of our planning work to Seasonz India Holidays who were our planners we had found for ourselves.

The final exam had been good but we were eager to leave as soon as possible due to which all of us cracked our exam in an hour and a half and got back to the apartment to load our bags into the jeep that belonged to our friend who resided at Kannur. We could hence cut on to half of our budget as we had the vehicle for travel and decided to pool the money for the petrol. We set full tank petrol before setting off and then drove to the way of our dream travel which began from Bangalore to Wayanad. We had lunch from the city and packed some snacks for our journey where we got to the way through Mysore. the destination seemed to be of more greenery and less of pollution. It was a working day which avoided a lot of traffic on the way and got us to be on a soothing journey through the roads.

It took us an approximate time period of 7 hours where we took three stops in between as we had been driving in turns. There were 5 of us and each of us had varied interests on travel. It was 8 in the night when we reached Wayanad and got to see the welcome board through the beam light. One of my friends said we could spend time outside till 10 in the night as the weather had been quite chilling but slight drizzling got me back to the jeep and called the tour planners for the location to the hotel that had been booked for us. We had insisted that we wanted a cheap room as no fancy room could ever reach the comfort level of a normal room with just beds in it and an attached bathroom. Following the route map, we took our way to the hotel that had been waiting for us. We got food parcelled for the night and in the comfort of our economical room, we ate our dinner. There were 5 of us and only 4 bed space was available in the room due to which we got an extra bed.

The next day came to us in glory as we were off to Chembra peak which was, in short, the way to an epic trekking journey.  Being one of the largest peaks of Western Ghats, we were excited to set off to the top. We had already got the trekking poles and hired a guide for the trekking as there were chances that we could get lost. So following the footsteps of the expert person we walked through the grasslands where we also got to see beauty approaching us in the form of nature. The way had been rocky and it was not easy to climb up. We took several halts in between until we got to see the heart-shaped lake staring which all of us spend some good time. The guide informed us that the real trek up the hills was only beginning. We had been to Nandi hills at Bangalore for trekking but it seemed a lot greener her which showcased wildness.  We took some beautiful pictures of flora and fauna as we climbed where nature seemed to take care of itself. After taking several stops we got to the top where we got to see the real scenery of the destination from the top. Clouds still seemed to move through us even when it had been almost noon. Anyone could be happy with trekking up to the top to end up seeing the orgasmic view of nature shimmering in its real allurement. We spend approximately 2 hours thereafter which we decided to climb down. We tipped the guide along with his wage as he had been more than a guide to us in the whole trekking experience. 

The hike had been tiring but worth. We grabbed enough food and decided to go to the next spot which was the Karalad Lake. Adorned with pure beauty, we got to see zipline services functioning in the region. None of us had got into an adventure like it due to which all of us took turns in doing it  People had also been kayaking through the lake but we were quite late to reach up to do the same at Karalad. The price had also been alarmingly high. We had also been a part of a trip from our college at Bangalore in which we had indulged in kayaking at River Shambhavi. So we did not mind missing it and left to the hotel after a drive along the roads where the Kerala tour package from Bangalore had successfully come to the second night at Wayanad.

The next day we got up and vacated the hotel as by early evening we would be leaving back to Bangalore. Two of them stayed at Kannur and Kozhikode due to which they would be returning through bus service while three of us would drive back to our hometown. The last place where we decided to visit at Wayanad was Lakkidi View Point. Crossing approximately 13 miles we reached to the place where the viewpoint had a lot of people. The inhabitants of Wayanad were pretty much living a blissful life where they could feel freshness while breathing while we had to wear masks at Bangalore to protect our lungs. The scenarios were always different and that is exactly what had attracted us to visit the destination where we could be on an economically viable journey. After spending a good time capturing the pictures of the viewpoint, we took our way to the bus top where we dropped the guys and set back off to our own hometown.

 

Travel Tips For Diabetic Patients Revealed On World’s Diabetes Day

Everyone wants to enjoy travel with much ease and dislike if it has been disrupted by any health issues. We know, some of the health issues really make us depressed for not being able to enjoy any travel and also giving discomfort to others accompanying us. The silent killer of diseases, Diabetes is a major concern for every patient and those who are diabetic follow a strict way of lifestyle and medication but that doesn’t mean they can’t travel anywhere. Although some issues keep tracking them everywhere they go, some preparations and precautions made can hinder the menace while traveling. November 14, 2017, is the world’s diabetes day and experts have given the guidelines for travel to diabetic patients. In India, After Mumbai, Surat has ranked second for having more number of diabetic patients and the doctors claim that diagnosed patients are more in number and there is still more number of people who are not diagnosed yet. The Abnormal blood sugar levels in patients of Surat are very high compared to those in Mumbai. Studies report that it is due to the incorrect lifestyle and genetics of Gujarat. But this cant deters them from taking part in a tour. Surat natives love to travel Kerala and also there is a belief that while traveling one will be free from the tensions and that can lower the blood flow and thus reduce the effects of high sugar levels. For we know that stress and tension are the main villains for a diabetic patient. Several tour packages to Kerala are available from Surat and make them revel in the natural beauty. But, one has to travel on a flight or train to reach Kerala. Follow some travel hacks for diabetics to make the travel really comfortable.

Some exhilarating travel can promote wellness to some people. Other than lifestyle and genetics, there are people who due to life burdens, tension and stress develop high sugar levels. For them, even a minute issue can make them go depressed and angry too. Travel is a great medicine as it promises wellness of mind and in turn, reduces blood sugar levels. But then too, some efforts must be taken to care while planning for a tour. Surat natives can bring their parents or relatives having diabetics without any concerns and gift them a wonderful vacation in Kerala. The coming months are the peak season for travel in Kerala and never ignore your parents with diabetics. Family tours are most welcomed. It is not just applicable to family tours but any travels like business purpose, weddings can also be met. Extra care must be taken while you travel for a business purpose. As it is the time you can get stressed and blood pressure to shoot up. These simple tips must be taken into account prior to your travel. Consider it as the gift of doctors to diabetic patients on world diabetes day on 14 November 2017.

For Normal long travels 

  • Must consult your routine doctor prior to your travel and seek advice on dos and don’ts. Also, if possible, check the current blood sugar level and control your lifestyle.
  • While you travel, always carry twice the amount of medications for sugar which you used to take daily and also carry the supplies double the normal numbers. One benefit is that you can give half of the numbers to your companion in travel so that even if you have lost yours, medications will be regular.
  • Get the prescriptions for buying insulin, keto-diastin and oral hypoglycemic agents.
  • Try to carry the record or lists of all your current medications so that in case you need a medicine and not able to recall its name, then the list can be used to find it and will be helpful for others too.
  • In your handbag carry a small first aid box which contains medicins to be used in an emergency other than those will be taken periodically. Such medicines can be simple painkillers like crocin, paracetamol. Anti-diarrhoea capsules and antiseptic solution. Keep some carbohydrates food like dried fruits, dry biscuits, jelly beans. There are chances for some delays in travel and at that point, you can use it.

Patients taking Insulins, Travel checklists

It is reported that the diabetic diagnosed patients in Surat are prescribed with insulin injections after several follow up consultations. There are chances for climatic variations and it is necessary to adhere to the weather in the destination. As in warmer places, the insulin’s may be absorbed and hypoglycemic attack can take place. Regular monitoring of blood level is needed to understand the strength of insulin to be injected. Kerala is having a tropical climate and coming seasons are cooler so chances of this can be overruled. The type and strength of medication can change in countries if you get U-40 in India other countries give U-100 only. Also, for these different strengths, the syringe used must also suit the same strength. Insulin syringes must be kept at a cooler temperature and must not be exposed to sunlight. Never keep it on Dickey or dashboards, Instead carry a storage container to protect it from overheating. If traveling with your family, then ask any member to take care of it and remind you at the time of periodic dosage.

Guidelines to follow if you are traveling on a flight

 

  • If you are advised to take insulin, then don’t keep it in a suitcase as the low temperature can cause the insulin to freeze.
  • You are traveling somewhere far and unexpectedly you encounter a severe effect of diabetes, the proper medical whereabouts about your health must be provided at the concerned hospital like what medicine you are taking and are you allergic and all. A letter of description from  your regular doctor can help
  • Another letter stating you have diabetes and thus it is necessary to carry syringes and needles must be given at the airport.
  • For overseas trips, it is advised to adjust your watch with Indian time so that you could know which time you have taken your last dosage. eat according to the time you used to be before and not according to the country time.
  • Be prepared for the time zone change issues, chances of flight delays.

The vibrant beaches of Kerala are really tempting but extra care must be given at that location and avoid walking barefoot especially on hot sand beach water. Avoid injuries while walking or swimming. In case you have found a blister, tie it as soon as possible. Patients having diabetes, must adhere to food habits and you are lucky if you are coming with your family and on a family tour, your relatives can take good care of you. Don’t worry that it is impossible to travel with a patient having high sugar. Some of them used to cancel many holidays owing to this reason. Never deter from this and as Surat is the place where many adults suffer from diabetes, travel agents in Kerala have crafted special Kerala tour packages for family. Special care will be given to those families. You can choose the dishes accordingly and necessary adjustments will be made for you. Regarding the food habits, carry carbohydrate-rich food or sandwiches. From Surat, flights are available to reach Kerala and train is not a good idea. In flights, order an ‘ordinary meal’ instead of asking for a ‘diabetic meal’ as airline meal contain low carbohydrate. Another challenge that must be faced is the flight delays and to counter that keep biscuits/jelly beans in your handbag itself.

Honeymoon in Paradise Where Vegetation Build in a Different World

Jaipur
Jaipur

Have you ever been to Jaipur? It is one of the most beautiful lands filled with a number of historical monuments and destinations with unique stories to narrate of the land. It’s after my marriage that I first came to this beautiful place, the only thing that Jaipur lacked was greenery and vegetation which I missed the most. It was our first anniversary on the 3rd of November when we planned a trip to enjoy our second honeymoon. Living in Jaipur which is a dry city for a whole year all I missed was forest, mountains, waterfalls, and greenery. So we planned a trip one such destination with all the natural beauty, Kerala.

cochin international airport
cochin international airport

On the 3rd of November, Allen availed the Best Jaipur to Kerala tour packages which were offered by Holiday mango travel and scheduled to the 5th of November. As our flight was scheduled at 5 am early morning we finished our packing and other preparations by 4th evening. We reached the airport by 3 am where we met with the tour operators in Jaipur who handed us the tickets and helped us in boarding the flight. After travelling for around 5 hours we finally reached the Cochin international airport by 10 am. We were received by the travel operators in Kochi and they helped us greatly with the luggage, the cab and the hotel. According to our second honeymoon plan, we were to explore the destinations in Kochi by staying in the place for 1 night and 2 days.  So our destination was Kochi were we reached, from the Cochin international airport we were taken to the hotel which was ready and waiting for our arrival. We reached the hotel at Kochi by 11 am, after finishing the check-in formalities we entered our room by 11.30. It was already noon and so we decided to have the lunch from the restaurant in the hotel.After refreshing and having the lunch we started with our tour by 12.30pm, as we reached the parking area of the hotel we were given the program chart for the day.

Mangalavanam
Mangalavanam

According to the chart, the destinations we had for the day included Mangalavanam which was our first destination followed by Kodanadu Elephant Training Centre and Marine Drive. The trip for the day would end with the sunset at Marine Drive. We started our trip for the day to our first destination Mangalavanam. Located in the centre of Kochi the eco-tourist sport was around 30 min drives from our hotel. We reached the place by 1.00pm. Mangalavanam could be best explained as an alien place within the city of Kochi as the place holds in an environment and ambience which is entirely different from that surrounding it. Located in the busy city the place is one of the most peaceful destinations in Kochi which houses a wide range of migratory birds which are very sensitive to human voices. One of the main attractions of the place is the thick mangroves which add up to the beauty of the place. Living in Jaipur for so long the place with wide range of animals, mostly birds and the thick mangrove vegetation seems more like an alien planet to me. The place could be considered as one of the best honeymoon destination in Kochi where you could spend some peaceful and romantic moments with the one you love. After enjoying the nature and its beauty we decided to move on with the tour as per the plan.

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Kodanad Elephant Training Centre

Our next destination was Kodanadu Elephant Training Centre which was located about 1 hr from the city. After the long drive, we reached the place by 3.00pm. Kodanadu Elephant Training Centre is a well-known destination among most over-sea travellers who love nature and the wild. The place is known to house a number of elephants of different age and size which attracts the travellers the most. Special arrangements are made for the visitors to play and spend time with the elephants in the river. We saw a number of baby elephants which raised their trunk as they saw us coming towards them after pampering the babies for a while and clicking their picks we moved on to the river to enjoy a bath in the waters. After playing and spending some beautifully romantic moments in the waters we decided to get to our next destination as the sun was coming down.

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Marine Drive

We reached back to the main city by 4.45 pm and were taken to the Marine Drive which was at a short distance from the city. We reached the Marine Drive by 5 when the sky was reddish and the birds flying back home. Both the sides of the pathways were mostly occupied with small shops with ice creams and other things, we bought ice-creams to wail away the time. The sunset of the place was never like the one we used to see in Jaipur. As the place was mostly filled with monuments and buildings to see a perfect sunset as that we enjoyed in the place was never possible back in Jaipur. The drive was one of the best destinations for couples and honeymooners where they could spend an evening seeing the beauty of the setting sun. After enjoying the sunset we headed back to the hotel by 8 pm and reached the room by 8.30pm. After the long day, we decided to freshen up and have the dinner. We reached the dining after refreshing by 9.30 and after dinner slept off as we had a long day ahead.

Fortkochi, Chines net
Fortkochi, Chines net

The next day we woke up by 8 and after refreshing and having the complimentary breakfast we checked out of the hotel by 11 am. As we entered the cab we were given the tour plan for the day. According to the plan for the day we were to visit fort Kochi and then back to the Kochi international airport by evening as our return flight was scheduled for 10 pm. from Kochi, we reached Fort Kochi enjoying a boat ride by 12 pm. The Chinese fishing nets were the main thing that welcomed us to Fort Kochi. Even though we have heard of the beauty of the fishing nets in Kochi a number of times, being in Jaipur, we never had a chance to experience the feel in person. Finally, it was during our second honeymoon that we get an opportunity to witness the beautiful sight.  Fort Kochi is a destination with a number attractions and history that is attached to the place.

Inside St. Francis' Church
St Francis Church

After reaching fort Kochi the first destination that we visited was The St. Francis Church. The church which was built in the year 1503 is a well-known destination for the beautiful architecture the place holds and is believed to be one of the oldest European built church in the country. The architectures of the place are one of the main attractions of the church. After spending a while in the place we decided to visit The Indo-Portuguese Museum, which is located within the premises of the bishop’s house. One of the main attractions of the place is its exhibits which belong to different churches. The museum houses the true heritage of Indo-Portuguese culture and tradition. Some of the most valuable treasures which are exhibited in the place include collections of the Civil Life, Treasure, Altar, Procession and Cathedral.

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Fort Immanuel

After enjoying and exploring the rich heritage of the museum we decided to visit the Fort Immanuel. The fort was built in the 1500’s by the Portuguese soon after their invasion of the land. The place narrates the rich historic story of the Portuguese invasion and the Dutch invasion. The fort was destroyed by the Dutch when they first arrived in Kerala. Now it is just the remains of the fort that one can see in the place. Some relics are preserved in the basement of the Indo-Portuguese museum. By the time we explored these destinations the watch showed the time 6 pm. by 6.30 we reached the boat jetty and back to the Kochi city by 7 pm. After an hour ride we reached back to the Cochin international airport by 8.00pm and back to our home after another 5-hour flight by 3 am the next day.
The days we spend in Kochi as our second honeymoon was the best days of my life. Busy with job ad tight schedules even Allen didn’t have enough time spent with the family or me this was the best opportunity for me to enjoy some alone time with the one I love.

Kerala is undoubtedly the best destination for couples and honeymooners. The greenery and the beauty of the destinations are the best places where couples could spend some privet moments with each other in the lap of nature. The package we choose was the best for our second honeymoon, couples or honeymooners who wish to explore the beauty of the best exotic destinations in Kerala could avail the Best honeymoon packages which they think is the best for them. Couples can even choose the destinations they wish to visit in the land. With innumerable hill stations and mountain ranges, Kerala is one of the only destinations in India where couples could enjoy their days in the misty hills rich in greenery.

Top 5 Honeymoon Destinations in Kerala!

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Kerala is definitely the most attractive place south India, perfect for honeymoon holidays. The intrinsic beauty of Munnar, the enchanting forests of Thekkadi and Wayanad, the pristine beaches of Kovalam and Mararikkulam, the lush backwaters of Allepey and Kollam, and the gregarious and entertaining Kochi are all equally perfect for the Best Kerala Honeymoon Packages. Choosing to visit 5 of these locations will give the honeymoon tourists, the best of Kerala’s nature and landscapes. There’s a lot you can explore and do here than you would ever have thought of. Mere travel will not help you understand the essence of Kerala and let you enjoy the place to the maximum. It is a mix of exploration combined with adventure, relaxation, entertainment, and the cuisine that gives the tourists the perfect holiday experiences of their life. The most astounding fact about Kerala is that you get the best of all these and more during your holidays here. There’s this perfect blend of nature, tradition, and modernity available in all popular tourist destinations of the state. Being a 100% literate state, education and technology reach out to far corners of the state as does the social and political awareness. Hospitality is a part of Kerala’s culture and that’s why even homes are willing to take in a few guests, even strangers, as they give away a part of their home for homestays, sharing their travel experience and food with the tourists. Here I am listing 5 such destinations of Kerala, and how you can make your honeymoon here the most special days of your life. They are so popular that you will find information about these locations in many sites. But I bet no one would have told you these:

Enjoy some adventure at Munnar

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Munnar is definitely a beautiful place that arouses the romance in honeymoon couples. But it is as much loved by the adventure enthusiasts too. There are some amazing destinations where you can get dissolved in nature and be a part of it without a hint of technology. Visiting places such as Top station, Thommankuthu, Mattuppetty, and the tea gardens can be the most relaxing holiday plans for your Kerala Honeymoon Packages. But if you need some adrenaline rush, hire a bicycle and hit the road to explore the hills and valleys of Munnar. You can cycle through the winding roads on the tea estates early in the morning with your partner, to enjoy the most enchanting sunrise sceneries of your life. Similarly, do come here to try some trekking, camping, and forest safari to keep your adrenalin pumping. In fact, adventure tourism is the most trending aspect of holidays in the hill stations of Munnar and Idukki. So explore these too while you are in Munnar.

 

Go on a Plantation tour at Thekkady

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Thekkady’s tiger reserves and jungles are quite popular among the honeymoon tourists. But the most interesting holiday experiences can be sought at the most beautiful plantations in Thekkadi. Otherwise, a visit to Thekkady will have hardly a day’s plan of boating at the Periyar Reserve and a jungle safari at the Tiger Reserve where you will some animals only if you are lucky. Instead, visiting a tea estate, coffee plantation or a vegetable farm will offer you a great holiday experience in Thekkady. Many tour operators offer amazing plantation tours now with a stay in secluded and romantic plantation resorts where you can enjoy some privacy amidst the stunning landscapes created by nature. You can even spend a couple of days exploring these plantations to the core.

Explore Allepey on a Canoe

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Allepey’s houseboats are quite famous among the tourists. What you must try out is to explore the smaller water channels of Allepey on small wooden canoes during your Best Kerala Honeymoon Packages. You will be stunned at the lush landscapes and villages that flourish around the waterways of Allepey. These people still use the canoes to travel around, trade and to transport goods from on village to another and are quite efficient in that. You can forget about traffic jams, dust, and heat while traveling through Allepey’s waterways. It is an experience which involves a little bit of adventure also as balancing yourself on the canoe is not an easy job! The best part of these tours would be that you can enjoy the hospitality of the friendly locals and taste some yummy homely food with fish and non-vegetarian dishes they offer. These are things you will definitely miss in the most luxurious houseboat cruises!

Spend some solitary moments at Marari beach

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Mararikkulam is about 100 kms from Kochi and near Allepey. Ranked as one of the top 5 beaches in the world, Marari beach is a must-visit which many couples miss out. So you mark this place in your honeymoon travel chart to enjoy the most tranquil beach in Kerala. The place not at all crowded and is very clean. You can opt to stay in one of the traditional resorts nearby that offer traditional Kerala food. These resorts are mostly built in typical Kerala architecture using a lot of wood and terracotta tiles for roofing. Do not miss the Ayurvedic clinics here that offer rejuvenating massages and wellness treatments that will leave you completely refreshed.

Nurture your love for food at Kochi

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People visit Kochi to have a lot of fun. There are a lot of modern entertainment options available in Kochi and it is the best place to shop for anything and everything under the sun! But I will tell you another reason to visit Kochi on your Kerala Honeymoon Tour Packages and that’s the variety of cuisine available here. Kochi has a lot of people who come from different parts of Kerala and they have brought with them their exclusive cuisines and flavors which you can relish in the specialty restaurants in the city. The city has some of the best restaurants in Kerala even though they cannot compete with the flavors of the Malabar region.

HOW CAN THE CONCEPT OF RESPONSIBLE TOURISM PROTECT THE KERALA BACKWATERS?

Backwater Riding in Kerala

We are familiar with the concept of ‘Swatch Bharata’ or otherwise, clean India. Indians is a prodigious land and it is the duty of every citizen to keep it cleans not for enhancing its beauty but also to preserve the legacy of many great personalities who fought to get our land back. In India, the famous and popular state, which had elongated its fame cutting the boundaries of many countries, Kerala the real Gods own country is the epitome of culture and tradition. To maintain up the purity of this God-given land, a great effort must be followed every day. We know the condition of cleanliness in Kerala but neglecting all these, more inflow of tourists are experienced every year.

Tourists in Kerala

Tourism in Kerala alone is reaping more part of the revenue. The reason is that people coming from faraway places do respect the existence of the state and they value the traditions followed here. Even many traits are being exported to foreign countries for practicing. At the same time, we are here making our state untidy by erupting pollution and violating the rules more than that not even doing our duties daily. It is our responsibility to clean our state for welcoming guests same as we do in our own houses. With this concept, the responsible tourism has taken its form.  The sole pride of Kerala tourism, Kerala backwaters is what which more needs care as, to witness its eminence lakhs of tourists are arriving yearly. They are really fond of booking any Kerala backwater packages to experience the charm of being inside a houseboat. At this point, it is our duty to maintain the cleanliness at these spots. This doesn’t mean that we must go to the destination and clean the garbage but at least, we can help ourselves to not make it untidy while we travel on these houseboats or during sightseeing.

 

We often see in the advertisements that the Kerala backwaters are addressed as the fascinating Water world in the earth. What actually happens is that the public markets are masking the plastic rust and bio-waste in the area. Is that sound really pride for us? Definitely not, and we must conceive the fact that Kerala is our land. As the first step of responsible tourism initiative, the effort was to make the Vembanad Lake purged of garbage. Vembanad Lake is the artery through which the backwater tour progresses. Houseboats are the major medium of water transport on which tourists enjoy the panorama of the adorable water world. Since the geography of some destinations is such that the water levels of a backwater, as well as the village, are same, we can enjoy sitting inside the houseboat itself and to get a view of rural lives. These houseboats are fitted with all luxuries and comfort, perfect for a stay. Thus the increased demand for Kerala Houseboat package is experienced day by day. Since more inflow of tourists is experienced at these locations, Government has focused the introduction of responsible tourism at these places. By doing so it is mobilizing the support of each and every individual linked with the tourism. There was interaction will all stakeholders and sought their support. 

 Kerala Houseboat package

In an effort to create more employment for many locals involved in tourism directly or indirectly, now the concept of responsible tourism has expanded its mandate to cover the preservation of ecology and environment too. Since the concept stresses on the organic involvement at the local level, the objective can be achieved well. The coordination committee interacted with houseboat, motorboat and Shikara boat owners to lessen their pollution in water while conducting the tourism. They replied that it is not just them who are involved in degradation of the backwaters but other factors too. Also, their future lies with the health of these adorable wetlands. Thus by the joint effort, a committee named Vembanad Kayal Samyukta Samraksha Samithi was formed headed by a houseboat owner. This venture is focusing on the cleaning of the Vembanad Lake for which 5 lakhs rupees has been allocated.  Even many resort owners are contributing towards it. Also, besides this effort for a cleaning drive, this group has appointed local units to manufacture paper and cloth bags in an effort to replace plastic bags.

 vembanadu lake

The Ashtamudi Lake, which is the gateway of backwater tourism, is also included in the list. We know that most of the tourists prefer houseboat rides and the income from these luxuriously cruising resorts many benefit some but concerning others, especially the rural households living on the banks of the waters. Actually, the poorly regulated houseboat tourism is the main reason that is indirectly affecting the ecosystem, fish species, and water qualities as well. Certain initiatives from the responsible tourism coordination can regulate this and there will be active participation of small local communities like Kudumbhasree, Karshika Samithi and all. Even the tour planners providing exotic Kerala backwater tour packages can help by active checking on the tourists arriving and regulating their activities without making them uncomfortable. Some norms must be followed once you are on a tour especially on preserving the ecosystem there. Kumarakom has successful, completion of responsible tourism concept and it ensured women empowerment, employment opportunities, and exhibition of local handicrafts and active rural tourism. It is with this pace, we all must progress and ensure a clean Kerala backwaters. 

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An escape from the capital city of India to Kerala

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” 
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Kerala is a biodiversity hub where the people get to see a lot of tourist sites. As one travels through the ways here, he indulges into the mother nature and escapes into the wildernesses of the place. A lot of places hence house both flora and fauna which makes the whole ecosystem of the location. As one view the Gods own country from an airplane, all that he gets to see is either water or greenery of the land. In order to witness this one should surely come on a Kerala tour package with price that is affordable in which people can see the best destinations of the place. I decided to take the opportunity of visiting Kerala along with my friends from our office.  As the public holidays arrived, we decided to set on this trip from Delhi, to the other end of India.
We flew to the Kozhikode International airport as one among our team belonged to this district. It didn’t take us long to reach the place where he lived. We were treated quite well with biryanis and a lot of snacks and fruits. The journey had been quite tiring due to which I had almost everything that had been kept in front of me. At the end, my friend also served us Kozhikode Halwa which was indeed a delight to my stomach. In fact, the delicious food of Kerala welcomed us and we felt quite good in being welcomed that way.  We had already decided that we would be going to few places at Kozhikode, the next day in order to explore this Malabar region.
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   The first place where we set to explore was the Thusharagiri waterfalls. In order to reach the falls, we had to trek up the hills. And we would never complain as anyone would feel like hiking here due to the plantations that surround the place. There were three hills located here which were the Erattumukku, Mazhavil Chattom, and Thumbithullum Para. As I walked, I could hear the sounds of insects and the humming of birds. I also got to see some birds which I had never spotted anywhere before. People had been growing pepper and other spices there. We reached the falls which had been cascading in grace. The view was amazing and it seemed to be flowing from nowhere. As we had come from Delhi we had not been to so many waterfalls. Even though there are few of them located in Rajasthan and Shimla we had to travel a long way to reach it. On being on this Kerala tour package from Delhi we had been on an escape trip. The major escape was from the pollution there due to which just being in these eco-spots were of joy to us. After sitting there and resting for some time, we clicked some pictures of the place.
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           On trekking for half a day, people could reach the adjoining district which is Wayanad. But as our car had been waiting for us, we did not take that adventure and returned back to go to the next place on our list which was the Kakkayam dam. The aura of this place was more than just heart-warming. We went to the dam and took a short boat ride in it. Even though it was evening time we could feel the chilled air here on cruising through the dam. The trees still had the dewdrops falling beneath. Animals like goats and bisons had been grazing on the grass there. The whole view of the hills standing in between the grasslands was indeed amazing. After exploring the place, we left to the next place in between which we decided to have some food. The meals served here is quite special as they have both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. The seafood served here is outstanding as the spices on it makes it taste good. We went to the Vellari Mala which belonged to both Kozhikode and Wayanad. This is indeed an awesome place to trek up the hills. We walked through for some time as the weather had been good even though it was noon time. The huge trees that had been there made the view more beautiful.  Finally, we went to the famous Kozhikode beach which seemed crowded even on a weekday.
   Quite a lot of snacks were being served there out of which we had tasted some as we were hunger stricken. In some time we went back as the next day we had decided to go to Wayanad. It took us approximately 3 hours to reach this beautiful land. The drive along the route itself seemed adventurous. On the sides of the road, I had seen deer that had been grazing. Wildlife sanctuaries and parks are located in this place After hogging some breakfast we decided to go to the Wayanad wildlife sanctuary. After taking the necessary instructions from the forest department we set inside with a guide who accompanied us. Endangered as well as exotic species resided in this hub of nature. We walked in without making noise as it would shoo away the animals around the place. We got to see some wild cats which we had never seen anywhere before. The animal seemed to be carefree of our presence. We also got the sight of some exotic birds which kept fluttering around. After spending almost 3 hours inside we got out and went to the Chembra peak for trekking. Wayanad seemed to be an amazing place to visit on a honeymoon.
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There were quite a lot of places for the couples to visit here which we had avoided as we were more into trekking We had already suggested our couple friends from Delhi to visit this place for a memorable time. On coming on a Kerala honeymoon package from Delhi they could have privacy as well as peace compared to other crowded places. Also, there were not enough couple hangout places at the capital city. As we climbed up, we got to see a heart-shaped lake. Out of the places I had trekked in Kerala, this place seemed harder but totally worth as the sight ones to see from the top is priceless. It took us a long time to get back down. And had drained all the energy from us too. Hence we decided to stay over at a resort in Wayanad. The next day we went to the Kuruva Island. It was a small delta which had orchids all around it. Nature was purely at bliss as butterflies had been fluttering around which was a great sight. We had to get back to Kozhikode in order to fly back as our holidays were already over. So right after having some fun at Kuruva, we set back home.
      The specialty of Kerala indeed is not just the tourist destinations, but also the cuisines that are served to the people which call back any tourist to visit the place again. The accommodation sites here are also very welcoming where we get maximum comfort which helps in getting rid of travel sickness. Also, there are a number of destinations to visit and explore here which offers nature at its best. A trip through this land is hence the best option to take when planning to go on vacation with DreamHolidays.

 

Andaman Islands

STROLL DOWN THE LANES OF ANDAMANS IN SEARCH OF HISTORY: ANDAMAN HERITAGE WALK

It has always been inquisitiveness for everyone to know and understand the past, long before your birth. The quest for the current settlement and upliftment of many places is obtrusive best after reaping the outcomes of the hunt for records. Sometimes the remnants of past can be the sustainment of the prevailing, to accumulate information of prodigious places and monuments, flip back to the past. Why do people travel? Is that only for a leisure or recreation? Well, for some. But a handful of people long to take a journey in order to gather the significance of a place and its unknown facts, meanwhile they will be unleashing themselves. The thrill lies when we discover a new place and showcasing it to the world. The World treasures hidden secrets, revealing some can benefit the future. Wanderlusts can try out some trip to get informed about the history of a place. One such best expedition will be the Andaman heritage walk covering prominent heritage buildings like Cellular Jail, Police Gurudwara, Police Masjid, clock tower and police temple. Andaman Great escapes, a renowned travel organizer to Andaman will set up  Andaman Nicobar Tour Packages, optionally honeymoon. This 3 hours guided walking program can fulfill your quest for gaining knowledge on historic places; this stroll attracts some of the history fanatics. Beyond the white sandy beaches and long stretch islands, Andaman is steeped in history and there were some events that have left their mark of both good and harsh times. The island witnessed great acts of bravery and sacrifice along with courage, atrocity. To get the glimpse of these happenings takes the heritage walk of Andaman’s, covering following places.

 LISTEN TO THE CRIES OF CELLULAR JAIL

  Just approach your ears to the walls of this famous larger jail, louder cries, and weeping of people can be heard. Political prisoners and freedom fighter were the inhabitants of ‘Kalapani’, the local name was given to the prison meaning dark water, true to its name, dark activities and punishments were once carried out here. Britishers nestled the islands and imprisoned those who were fighting for freedom and justice, thus stories of heartbreaking sacrifice, astounding courage and unbelievable atrocities where a routine news from the walls. Enter the jail premises to find the seven winged prison with a large central tower in middle to watch the inmates. Most of them were lived in isolation and included great famous heroes like Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi, Yogendra Shukla, Movli Abdul Rahim Sadiqpuri, Diwan Singh Kalepani, Batukeshwar Dutt, and Maulvi Liaquat Ali, Maulana Ahmadullah, Babarao. They suffered harsh beating and force feeding. In 1942, emperor of Japan invaded Andaman’s and took control of the jail, after which Britishers were the prisoners.

GANTA GHAR OR CLOCK TOWER OF PORT BLAIR

As a commendable step by Port Blair to promote international tourism, the Municipal council of Port Blair has erected a clock tower. Don’t mistake that the clock tower shows wrong time, there are four watches on each wall to display different time of different time zones. Travelers from states of India visit Andaman and especially, more convenient for those coming from Karnataka as flight charges are extremely economical, thus picking Andaman Tourism Packages Price will ensure you the freedom to watch historic places also. Opting for a historic walk, sight the clock tower located in the heart of capital city of Andaman’s amidst busy Aberdeen Bazaar, popularly known as Ghanta Ghar, a reminder of British era. The local people believe that the clock shows wrong time.

THE POLICE GURUDWARA

This is a Sikh shrine; Gurudwara located in Port Blair and established by Dr. Diwan Singh in 1937, a well-known independence martyr built with wood on a foundation of iron pillars. The islands have Sikh inhabitants, thus this Gurdwara existed to be as the oldest one. During its construction, the shrine gained the assistance and support of people from other castes too and was referred as ‘New Gurudwara’. Currently, it is run by the unique committee including total members of 25 from all faiths viz. 10 Hindus, 12 Sikhs, 1 Christian and 2 Muslims. Gurudwara stands as the token of respect for the truth and righteousness of valiant freedom fighter, Diwan sigh. No such shrine has gathered these much religious harmonies.

POLICE TEMPLE

On the course of heritage walk, come across the Police temple which is the most important tourist attraction. On some occasion, Satsang was arranged, which is the sacred gathering of devotees leading to local cultural diversity. Take a while to watch the structure of the temple.

POLICE MASJID

Religious attractions in the historic walk, ages old. Muslims can take prayers.

MUSEUMS

Not included in the list of the Andaman heritage walk, but to collect some rare information on the historical eminence, a visit is must which can be executed on your request. Travel operators will be at your service and responsible for successful Andaman Honeymoon, pick itinerary to visit forest museum also. Wooden artifact and gone past of Chatham saw mill are exhibited. Even some of them can be taken to your home also for a better furnishing. For watching marine biodiversity, enter Samudrika Naval museum, but for understanding the lives of indigenous tribes on the island, an Anthropological museum is set located in Port Blair.

MORE REMNANTS IN ROSS ISLANDS

Just 15 minutes ride from Port Blair, was once the capital city and housed British administration during the existence of Great Andaman’s. An earth quake has devastated the land completely leaving behind ruin of Church and house of Chief Commissioner. Now, over these, you can find growing vines and serial roots. The British bakery once the largest one is left in dilapidated condition here along with swimming pools, troop barracks.

The listed historic places in itinerary will obviously enthrall you, but there are some more that are untouched, dare to go there and dig the past. Bruiser’s presence in the island has reaped many atrocities and now these are cleansed by advanced tourism promotion s of the union territory. India can take pride in possessing such a tolerant place and having much historical significance. We invite people from Bangalore with Amazing Andaman Honeymoon Packages from Bangalore.

Pilgrims in Kerala – A Perfect Destination to Witness History

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It is not necessary that one should only travel with your family to visit places of natural beauty and nature driven destinations. I with my whole family went for a religious tour on the 3rd of August. Born Christian; our religious tour including churches like the Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church, Vimalagiri Church, the Arthunkal Church and the St. George Forane Church. It was a one day tour with some of the elderly members of the family. Kerala is my home land with tourist destinations which could be included in all Popular Kerala holiday packages for family irrespective of the occasion or purpose of the tour. After the breakfast we started our trip on the 3rd of August at around 10 am, to accommodate a number of around 15 members we arranged for a traveller. According to our plans, our first destination was Santa Cruz Basilica; we reached the church after a one hour drive at 11.15.

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Santa Cruz Basilica is a well-known church all over India; the church placed in fortress Kochi is one of ought to visit vicinity in Kerala. The church is extremely famous for its architectural shape which is a mixture of each Kerala and Portuguese artwork. The church changed into built in 1500 after the advent of the Portuguese missionary to the land with the permission of the then Raja of Kochi. The church now serves as the primary landmark of the area. The church underwent most important renovations to attain the shape and elegance it now contains. After spending 45 min in the church praying and enjoying the architectural beauty of the church we headed to our next destination the St. George Forane Church.

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We reached this golden church at 12.30, the church located in Edapally is said to be one of the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Kerala. The church was constructed in 594 AD with several renovations done. The golden church has a perfect interior in the European style with the prayer area made in gold and steps in silver. The art works of Jesus and disciples are made in bronze. All these features make the church a unique one. After enjoying the beauty and carvings of the church we headed to visit the Vimalagiri Church in Kottayam with our Kerala family tour packages.

Vimalagiri Church in Kottayam

We reached Kottayam after a travel of around 3 hours. Every time we travel in the traveller we arranged, religious songs were played which eventually killed the vibe in me and made me sleepy, so literally, I was the only person who slept well throughout the journey. On the way to the church, we halted to have our lunch and then continued our journey reaching our destination at 4. The main attraction of the church was the Gothic style architecture with a 172 feet tall tower. These features made the place a best spiritual destination in most famous Kerala Tour Packages from Bangalore. The church is recorded to have the tallest church tower in Kerala.

Arthunkal Church in Alleppey

Our next plan was to visit the Arthunkal Church in Alleppey. The church built with an elegant architectural style is a feast for the eyes of the pilgrims. I have been to this church before during the yearly feast which is held in the mid-January.the feast was attended by thousands of devotees and tourist from different parts of the world visit the place to enjoy the feast with cultural rituals of the church. Our next destination to visit was the St. Francis Church.

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The St. Francis Church is located in Kochi and we decided to visit the church on our way back to home. the St. Francis Church positioned in Kochi is one of the oldest Europeans churches in India that bears the unseen witness of the colonisation of the Europeans in India the church built in the sixteenth century was made with timber that’s now renovated and constructed with stone masonry. The first Portuguese to tour in India the Vasco Da Gama was earlier buried in this church and later turned into transferred to Lisbon in Portugal. We reached the church at 6 and enjoyed the elegant touch of the European style. The church had a great interior with a mix of cultures. After the visits to different Christian pilgrims, we stopped to have some tea. The main difficulty I faced was an unorganised pattern of visits during the trip. It is always the best to let the organisers like the Gogeo holidays plan the travelling in a well-organised manner. After all the tiring travelling and visit to the pilgrims, we reached our homes at around 7 pm.

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Kerala is land with an availability of innumerable herbal treasures in the form of the wooded area, waterfalls, natural heritages and locations of ancient relevance. Other than best Kerala Tour Packages for Family with tourist destinations of natural elements, the land is a well known religious centre. The land had a populace in which majority of them are Christians. The ancient Kerala has a number of conventional and ancient church buildings which are now the primary vacationer appeal for travellers from a different a part of the world. The domination of Christianity inside the kingdom with numerous church buildings, the vicinity will become a widely recognized Christian pilgrim centre. To understand the ancient aspects of the land a visit to these historical churches is a must. These are some of the renowned Christian pilgrim centres in Kerala that one should include in their Kerala trips to know more about the history and ancient architecture of the land. Tour organisers like Gogeo holidays offer the best experiences in the land of pilgrim centres in the most affordable rates with all the places of your interest. People from all over the world visit the places without any religious discrimination. Natives from all cast and religion visit these pilgrim centres to seek blessings. The Arthunkal Church in Alleppey is also a destination included in some Kerala honeymoon packages due to its location which is near the Alleppey backwaters. A visit to this church during your honeymoon trip will fill the trip with great blessings that would strengthen the bonds between the couples.

 

The mystic land with an abundance of marvels

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For nature and adventure lovers, Andaman is the land to visit; the place is a cluster of islands and a juncture of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. Unlike other destination, most of the islands in Andaman are unexplored and uninhabited. The land is a cluster of around 570 islands in which around a number of 20 are inhabited by humans. There is mostly covered with beaches and forest with a wide variety of plants animals’ birds and butterflies. The place comes with the union territory of India with the only active volcano in India. Tourists from all around the world visit this place with the help of different Amazing Andaman tour packages organised by tour operators like Andaman Tour Travel who helps you greatly in organising and planning your destination and stays in this place of wonders.

 Some of the not so known facts of Andaman Islands include the following:

The origin of its name

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According to the myth, the name Andaman was thought to be derived from the Hindu god Hanuman, who was known to the Malays as Handuman. The word Handuman was later evolved to be called as Andaman.  The name Nicobar is said to be a subversion of the term ‘Nakkavaram’ which literally means ‘the land of the Naked’ as given in the great inscription of Tanjore of AD 1050. The term Nakkavaram was later modified over time to be known as the Nicobar. And such was the formation of the name the Andaman and Nicobar islands.
 Tribal life

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It was believed that the tribes of the Andaman Islands were posterity of African slaves who were once shipwrecked, but most of the anthropologists after researchers have come to a conclusion that the tribes are not Negros but Negritos. The tribes living in the Andaman Islands are clearly isolated and do not mingle with people. They are in less than a number of 500 and do not interact with outsiders. The North Sentinel Island is habituation to one of the most isolated tribal population in the world. It is said that during the times of tsunami when the rescue team reached the tribal village for evacuation they aimed arrows at the chopper to scare the chopper away. These are a group of people who are very much isolated from the modern world and changes.

Japanese occupation

Japanese occupation

During the time of 2nd world war, the British force retreated from the land witnessing the raging force of the Japanese army allowing the Japanese occupation of the Andaman Nicobar islands.
According to the historical recordings, Andaman was the only place which was under Japanese occupation during the times of World War II. These islands were a part of Japanese occupation for more than 3 years while some parts of India came under Japanese occupation staying there for a maximum of 6 months. The Japanese brutally ruled the land with massive fortification of the lands with building airfields, construction of radar for security and defence and a chain of fore shore pill boxes.

The language of Andaman Islands
The language spoken in the land of Andaman is mostly Tamil, Bengali, Malayalam and English, the availability of Anamneses as a language is very less among the peoples. This variety makes the land unique from other states.

Kaalapani the dark side of Andaman

Kaalapani the dark side of Andaman

With all the beauty and abundance of natural resources, the land has a dark side of it. The Andaman Islands have the cruellest prison of all times the cellular jail better known as the Kaalapani, a name very promising to the imprisonment in the jail. The construction of this cellular jail took long 10 years to reach its final stage. The construction started in 1896 and finished in 1906. Today the jail is been converted into a tourist destination open for all. The light and sound show at night organised for tourists will bring a small portion of the history of the place.

The happy land of butterflies

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Andaman is a land of beaches, island abundant with different water life forms, and the land is mostly covered with forest. The natural beauty of the land attracts a large no tourist as well as butterflies. A large number of butterflies migrate to this wonderful land to enjoy the beauty of the place. Tourists from around the world come to this land to witness this site, with the help of Best Andaman tour packages from places like Kolkata and more. There will be an availability of butterflies of different species and colours that attract tourist greatly.

Active volcano

Active volcano in andaman

Andaman is the only place that comes under Indian Constitution with an active volcano. The active volcano in barren islands is a wonder to itself. True to its name a barren island is a place which is not inhabited by humans. The only inhabitation in the island is of goats and bats. The place is completely covered with thick forest. Andaman is also a land with mud volcano which is a wonder.  The land has 2mud volcanoes in which one is located in Diglipur and the other located in Baratang. The tourist from all over the world visits Andaman to witness this natural wonder in person.

Fishing is banned

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Andaman is the only land where fishes die of ageing. Commercial fishing is banned in this island. The sea of Andaman is said to have a variety of around 197 spacious of coral out of which a number of 100 is newly identified by the scientist. The presence of this coral variety gives a new phase and new beauty to under water experience of the divers and tourists. The waters of Andaman hold a variety of fishes with different colours and model. The transparent fish is a rare variety of fish available in the seas of the Andaman Islands.
 Dugong – the state-animal

Dugong - the state-animal

The dugong is a water animal considered as the state animal of Andaman and Nicobar islands. It is a rare species animal which under the verge of extinction. The dugongs are said to be very shy to mate which is the main cause of its extinction.  Andaman is the only place where special facilities for mating are made available for this sea animal to help it increase the population of its kind.

Above given are some of the wonders of the Andaman islands which the tourists and travellers may find interesting. Andaman Island is one of the most beautiful islands that come under the Indian Territory with a number beach islands and entertainments. The tourist could easily make all the fun loving activities available by choosing an Enchanting Andaman tour packages from Chennai with all the activities you wish to enjoy. The Andaman would give you a varied experience of the land of the beaches.

Alleppey Village Tourism, An Added Attraction to Your Backwater Tour

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The Venice of the East, Alleppey is mostly visited for taking a backwater tour on a houseboat. Due to time constraints and other package related instructions, most of them won’t opt for other backwater tourism specialities. For foreigners who watch Kerala as a real magnificence, must need to dig deeper into the village worlds and their life. The real facet of rural Kerala can be understood once you dare to go inside the villages. The greenish marvel is the prime attraction of a village scenery and most of which are offered by paddy fields. Since most of the backwater tours are conducted from Alleppey as the starting point if your itinerary allows you then take a break for village tours. The tours are best enjoyed on a canoe and will take you to inner skirts f villages. Huge networks of canals, rivers, lagoons, lakes and other waterways make the backwater tourism of Alleppey splendid. Village tour basically takes to various cultivations like mango, banana, Tropicana, coconut grooves and lush green paddy fields. Here a boat or canoe is a must to the local villagers. Tribal villages are not seen here but most of the villagers are fishermen and they depend on fishing their livelihood. The backwaters provide various varieties of fishes to them like mussels, pearl spot fish, prawns and crabs etc. Early morning is the best time for taking part in a village tour in Alleppey as you can admire women working at paddy fields and toddy tapers at their work. All the sights of fishing nets, group of ducks swimming in the rivers are really exotic to watch. For the village, tours visit any travel operators page and search of attractive Kerala backwater tour packages price list and top things to do. If your tour days are flexible, they can arrange for a village tour. While cruising through the houseboats, take some time to stop at the banks and interact with coir workers and enquire their daily activities. There are chances for you to listen to any interesting incidents happened in the village. Kerala’s major village attractions are

KUTTANAD

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Alleppey’s village beauty and state’s rice bowl offer a splendid greenish scenic beauty throughout. Vast spread paddy fields are an exciting view to behold. Surrounded by a vast stretch of water covering  land leading to 75 square kilometres of area, Kuttanad is known for its rice cultivation and exploring the agrarian community is the best things to do here. There are houseboat routes to this village.The village folks engage in their work and here an old cultivation technology chakram, a wooden wheel to bail out water from the fields can be seen. The farmers in Kuttanad is the backbone of rice cultivation and they had developed the ancient heritage technology where cultivation in 4-10 feet below sea level over one and half a centuries ago. The cultivation methods are factors of excitement as you can see women folks heading to paddy fields with their sickle, or sowing seeds and removing weeds. Natural beauty is witnessed here as with the onset of sunrise, the sunlight touching the paddies and long away bordered coconut palms fringes amidst slowly flowing rivulets.You can explore the amazing view of Kuttanad during your trip with enchanting Kerala Backwater tour packages.

KARUMADI

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Located near Ambalapuzha, a town in Alleppy, the village is famous for an ancient sculpture of Lord Buddha black in colour, commonly called Karumadikuttan. People believe it as an old Buddhist pilgrim centre which existed prominently in 9 Th and 10 Th century. This idol has many traditions connected to it. Attracting travellers and archaeologists to Karumadi every year. The state archaeological department takes care of this statue and people believe that the idol is credited with many healing powers. The idol has the view of a black coloured granite structure in a sitting position but the interesting part is that the left hand of the idol is missing. Check the online tour sites and pick  Honeymoon packages in Kerala houseboat and ask for village tours. Try to include this village too in your itinerary.

PATHIRAMANAL

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Pathiramanal is a small backwater village in Alleppey and is actually a tiny island, a haven for lots of migrating birds from different parts of the world. A myth is associated with this island that states that once a Brahmin cleaved the water and the land came out from below where he used to meditate. This land is called as  Pathiramanal meaning the sand of midnight and the only way to reach here is by a boat.The mode to reach the island can be opted by us depending on the duration of travel, as if you chose speed boat you can reach the destination by 30 minutes and if you pick a motor boat, then you need to travel for 1 and a half hour. Check for Kerala backwater packages and opt for a floating restaurant in Pathiramanal. Since the island is less crowded, your serene holiday will be successful. The floating restaurants offer delicious Kerala cuisines and which will be served on board. Since the village has the potential for bird watching and backwater tourism, The Kerala government on realising this in prior has taken over the property in  1970’s. presently the village is on its way to start a bio-park which was actually a dream conceived by local authorities. Other upcoming projects to be implemented here are a fish breeding facility, museum, and an aquarium.

PUNNAPRA

Punnapra is a popular village situated in Alleppey which once traced a bad phase following a fight between communists and police force of Travancore in 1946. Currently, the village is somewhat developed and houses an engineering college. History fanatics can have a look at this place.

 

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The major highlight of being in village tours is that you can avail the chance to take part in kayaking. Some of the inner villages can be encountered while your kayaking and it will be a varied experience for those who have not tried it at once. The sight of village boys bathing on the banks of rivers and toddy shops can be watched. A houseboat voyage along with a village tour can complete your backwater tourism days to the fullest.