KOCHI (Kodanad) - KUMARAKOM - CHERAI BEACH
Like to experience the soul of Kerala from its very first hand experience of an ordinary man? Our most attractive Kerala Village Life offers a taste of paradise to you in the „Gods´ own Country.”
Untouched by the mighty hands of industrialization and much of the repulsive transformation of urban sophistication, this itinerary includes the serene backwaters, swaying coconut farms, soothing paddy fields, visit to cottage life, throbbing elephant life garden where they are trained to be friends of human household, etc. that makes the village life of Kerala a memorable experience. Away from the tumult and turmoil of the busy life in metropolitan cities these villages usher us into a world where contentment and peace prevail.
Kerala is famous for its equally enchanting village life as well, besides the presence of other prominent attractions. Blessed with simplicity, the villagers in the God´s own country live their life at a languid pace and cherish each day in life with their hard work, skills and craftsmanship. This Village Life in Kerala tour is meant to enrich a traveller with virgin village lifestyle here. The tour is seasoned with multifarious rural experiences for a heartwarming experience in the virgin backwaters of Kumarakom. The good side of this rural tour is that the tourism initiatives here will benefit the local community dwelling inside the virgin paradise of Kerala.
Day 01- Arrival | Kodanad, Kochi
On your arrival at Kochi airport or railway station, our representative will meet you to pick you up and transfer you to your home stay resort. After check in and short relaxation, take an orientation walk along the village of Kodanad. Visit the nearby elephant training centre and the adjacent botanical garden with farm nursery, situated on the southern banks of Periyar river. Kodanad is one of the largest elephant training centers in Kerala and serves now as one of the premier elephant training centers in Kerala.
Take your time to get refreshed and return to your home stay resort and spend the rest of the day at leisure in resort. Dinner and overnight stay is in Kodanad/Kochi.
Day 02- Kumarakam:
After breakfast, set out for transfer to Kumarakom - a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake. On the way, you may come across some selected villages where ordinary people are engaged with traditional livelihood methods like rice paddies, coir weaving, fishing, local women weaving fringed coconut leaves into roof thatching and creating good thermal insulation for local houses, chance to observe the skill of making brooms using the veins of coconut leaves.etc.
Upon arrival, check-in at your home stay resort in Kumarakom and enjoy your life in the village of Kumarakom. You may choose a canoe, motor boat or a houseboat and devour the beauty of this backwater paradise at its best. Return back to your resort and have your dinner and enjoy the miraculous beauty of silence at this backwater. Overnight stay in Kumarakom.
Day 03- Kumarakam:
After breakfast in your resort, go for a guided village walk with an auto rickshaw and enjoy an authentic ´village experience´ in the natural setting of the village of Kumarakom. You may visit several local families and see the cottage craft and traditional livelihood earning methods. An example may be Mariamma´s house where the entire family is engaged into Screw Pine Craft or Thazapaya; one of the oldest cottage crafts in Kerala; weaving the amazing handicraft mats, purses, carry bags etc, and makes a great souvenir of Kumarakom Village.
Also visit the nearby Plantain orchard. Plantains are a common sight in Kerala and are used diversely in the everyday cuisine. They are available in different colours, sizes and tastes. At this orchard, one gets to see this prime ingredient of Kerala kitchen in its natural bloom. Apart from that, there are numerous curries, desserts, fritters and snacks that use Plantains in abundance.
For lunch, enjoy the Kerala traditional Sadya meal feast served on a thick plantain leaf. Refreshing tender coconut and bananas will be served after relaxation.
Post lunch, a visit to Paddy fields is scheduled. Kumarakom is famous as the rice bowl of south India. This walk showcases the bountiful bird life of the region and the fields here are a part of Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.
Proceed then to see the traditional duck farming in the backwaters. Scheduled next is a visit to the nearby farmyard where the intricate procedures of converting coconut husk into coir fibre can be observed. Then visit Nalini´s house. Here also, one can witness the different stages involved in coir making.
Thereafter experience the toddy making process from the coconut tree. In this process, a toddy tapper climbs the coconut tree with a tapping kit to extract the sweet juice. This is a cumbersome procedure that requires acumen and expertise. These tappers are licensed people who are allowed to climb the long palm trees. Others are not allowed to climb the tree.
Scheduled next is a visit to the lakeside where the conventional fishing methods featuring nets, rods and lines can be observed.
Post evening session, hop in the country boat to Thankappan´s house. Here, the simplicity is the delight. Visiting a thatched hut on the canal banks overlooking paddy fields is a rare and a delightful experience. The last stopover for the day is at Pallichira. Here, the iconic country boat model awaits the traveller as a souvenir. Return to the resort for overnight stay.
If interested, go also for fishing, visit to coir factory, traditional Kettuvalloms (rice barges) etc set amidst coconut groves and panoramic view of the backwaters.
After this enriching visit, return to the resort in Kumarakom for a languid evening and overnight in this backwater destination.
Day 04 – Kumarakom | Houseboat:
Day is free to relax. Optional visit to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. A 14 acres bird sanctuary- a haven for a host of migratory birds like Siberian stork and many others including Egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck etc is the hall mark of Kumarkom. You can either go walking inside the sanctuary or take a canoe trip round the islands. In early morning, you have the best chances of spotting the birds.
By noon, check in to the houseboat for an enchanting backwater cruise on the canals and rivers of the backwaters. Enjoy our complimentary lunch with typical Kerala dish on the houseboat and go on for the cruise through the narrow water ways while you can watch the fishermen picking up and catching the Chinese fishing nets. It is also the best chance to watch the normal life of Kumarakom from its very first hand. Relax and spend a serene unwinding night in this oasis of silence! Overnight stay is the houseboat.
Day 05 – Cherai Beach:
After breakfast, check out from the houseboat and drive to Cherai Beach. On the way, you may also visit Kochi if you are interested in its historic past. Your sightseeing may include visit to Chinese Fishing Nets, Fort Kochi, Hill Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace or “Dutch Palace”, St. Francis Church, Tomb of Vasco da Gama etc.
Reach Cherai beach at the earliest, check in at your home stay beach resort and enjoy your tranquil beachside life in this great location of the resort between Arabian Sea and backwaters and get simply relaxed and rejuvenated at the various ayurveda massages offered in the home stay resort. Dinner and overnight stay is in your home stay resort in Cherai.
Day 06 – Cherai Beach | Departue:
Relax on the beach, rejuvenate yourself and get revitalized at this finest location. Check out at noon and get ready for your departure. Get transferred to Cochin airport or railway station for your flight or train back home. Take with you the lifelong sweet memories from your this short break in the “God´s own Country”. Hope you had an unforgettable time with Taj and Malabar.
* Alternatively, contact us directly for your personalised special packages with more or less days or places.
|Your Tour Includes:|
|Accommodation in premium tree houses, 4/5 star hotels or homestays as per itinerary on twin /double sharing basis.|
Backwater cruise on A/C Deluxe Houseboat as per itinerary.
1 night accommodation on A/C Deluxe Houseboat on twin /double sharing basis.
|Complimentary daily buffet breakfast in hotels and in Houseboat.|
|All arrival, departure, sightseeing as per itinerary by air conditioned vehicle.|
|Complimentary Kerala dish buffet lunch and candlelight buffet dinner on houseboat.|
|English speaking driver.|
|Tuktuk drive in Alleppey.
|All taxes, tolls, parking, driver bata and fuel charge.|
|Children below 5 years are free.|
|An individualised tour consultant with 24 x 7 availability.|
|Any meals and services other than those specified.|
Expenses of personal nature such as tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc.
|International/Domestic airfare and visa.|
|Entrance fees and guides.|
Arranged on Request:
|Lunch/Dinner in your hotel.|
Entrance fees during sightseeing.
|Guides (English/your language).|
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