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Best Time to Visit Thekkady

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The best tour packages to Kerala are incomplete without a visit to Thekkady. Although the place is worth a visit anytime of the year, there are a few months considered peak season and are ideally worth a visit, while some months are considered slack season thanks to the weather.

October to February is the winter season and considered the best time to visit. Temperature averages at around 15-20 degree Celsius and an ideal time if you have booked a Kerala honeymoon tour package. This is also the height of the Sabarimala season where thousands of pilgrims visit the Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala through Kumily.

Summer season starts from March to May. Thekkady remains pleasant in the summers with average temperatures at around 26 degree Celsius. Although days may seem too warm, evenings are definitely pleasant. Summers is also the best season for animal watching as herds of wild animals including elephants, lions and leopards come to the Periyar Lake to drink water. This season is also an ideal time to witness a few local festivals like the Mangaladevi festival that takes place on Chitra Pournami day or the full moon day in the Chitra month of the Dravidian calendar.

Monsoons aren’t always pleasant in Thekkady. It experiences heavy rainfall and the place can get sludgy before you know. It is also the season for leeches and other insects that make hiking an impossible activity. But if you are a nature enthusiast and looking for discounted accommodation; consider visiting the place between June and September.

Ente Keralam: Exploring Thekkady

Ente Keralam: Exploring Thekkady

Kerala is indeed Mother Nature’s blessed child. Nowhere in India would you find such abundance of natural wealth and beauty. And Thekkady is undoubtedly the crown jewel with its beautiful and serene natural wonders. Here’s some information about Thekkady and some places to visit when in Thekkady.

Chellarkoil: This is a village situated about 15 kms from Kumily on the outskirts of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. If Kumily is well-known for spice plantations, Chellarkoil is known for its cascading waterfalls that slope down the coconut groves of Tamil Nadu. Treetop huts in Chellarkoil are reminiscent of the eco-friendly approach towards tourism. The place is also known for its wellness and Ayurveda treatment centers. Though there’s a lot to be explored, the hills around the village are a favorite among trekkers.

Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls: This is a small yet breathtakingly waterfall that casts a spell over visitors and tempts them for a short break. A mudded path from Kumarakom leads you near to the waterfalls. And a 2 km nature walk beside the scenic greenery lead to the gushing waterfalls from about 100 ft. is indeed refreshing. You will be easily guided by the signboards put up by the tourism authority. The best time to visit is soon after monsoon, from September. Rubber plantations form the backdrop with birds chirping their way to glory over the plantations and are a feast to your ears.

Kadathanadan Kalari Centre: An organization for the century old martial arts, Kalari, this is located at Kumily. With renewed interest in Kalari within and outside Kerala, the centre was opened to promote the art form and offer a center to learn and practice Kalari. Also known as Kalarippayattu, Kalari is a self defense art that demands extreme agility, physical flexibility and swift body movements. A viewing gallery at the centre provides visual treat to the visitors. The centre also helps visitors with more awareness on different self defense techniques.

Exploring Cochin

Exploring Cochin

Cochin or Cochi is a charming place that blends centuries old influences of the Portuguese, Dutch the Chinese and the English. This place is also popularly called, the Gateway of Kerala. Cochin is also an important tourist hub that connects other well known destinations like  Munnar, Thekkady, and Allepey. Read on for information about special places you must visit in Kochi.

*      Kumbalangi Village: Kumbalangi was chosen by the Government of Kerala to launch their Intergrated Tourism Village. Originally, an island, this place is now a model fishing village with thousands of tourists visiting every year. Some of the village’s prominent features include facilities bait fishing, traditional art and dance performances etc. The place also hosts, Kalagraman or Artist Village where handicrafts and fishing items are put on display. Mangroves separate the land from the waters and allow a breeding environment for prawns, crabs and fishes. Chefs at the village ensure that you get the best cuisine that includes coconut milk rice, fish and prawn dishes and the unique Chiiratta Puttu. And at the end of the meal, you can choose to wash everything down with moist and nutritious tender coconut water.

*     Museum of Kerala History: The Museum of Kerala History depicts the glorious past of Kerala showcases examples of the bravery, art and literature of Kerala. The Museum is located at Edapally- a place that’s about 10 km from Ernakulam. The star attraction at the entrance is the statue of Sage Parasurama. He is believed to have created Kerala by claiming land from the seas. The museum is full of statues, sculptures and paintings that describe the history of Kerala, right from the past, to the present.  A must-not-miss tip in the museum is to view the exhibits of Raja Ravi Varma, Jamini Roy and M F Hussain.

A Houseboat Experience in Alleppey

A Houseboat Experience in Alleppey

A visit to Alleppey is never complete without a houseboat experience. Alappuzha was an important trading destination for the erstwhile Travancore kingdom with good being ferried across the rivers in Kettuvallams. These vallams or boats were made of wood and durable enough to carry goods weighing several tons.

Today, these boats serve a very different purpose. They serve as floating hotels to guests who come to admire the beautiful backwaters of Alappuzha. You can either choose from single, double, or triple air-conditioned bedrooms. Tour operators offer a complete home stay experience with a living room, an open air dining room, and a ready to use kitchen. Whilst electricity isn’t a problem, some houseboats make use of the traditional vilakku or lamp to brighten the place.

An average houseboat is about 100 feet long with a maximum width (middle) of 18 feet. The crew includes the captain, life guard, and a chef serving scrumptious Nadan (traditional) cuisine that includes the ‘kuttanad’ special boiled rice, aviyal, and karimeen pozhlichadhu (pearl sport fish friend within a plantain leaf with a medley of spices. Vegetarians don’t have to be disappointed; there are plenty of options for them as well.

You can also choose to opt for a short journey without a night stay.  A typical houseboat tour takes you through the many villages and hamlets where workers are busy making coir products. You can also witness locals going about with their daily life along the lagoon or watch the beautiful paddy fields and temples that cross your path. Guests can choose to board from different points. The main boarding points include Allepey, Kumarakom, Thottappally and Alumkadave. The boat is usually docked at a quiet place during nights to allow you to enjoy the beautiful moon reflecting in the calm waters.

Houseboats are a never-miss charm for both national and international tourists. You can opt for an economic package or decide to go for the full blown experience. This is certainly a once in a lifetime experience that’s not only unique, but also combines the best of both worlds- contemporary and old.

Coir Making and Paddy Cultivation in Alleppey

 

Coir Making and Paddy Cultivation in Alleppey

Situated between the Western Ghats on the East and the Arabian Sea on the West, Kerala is one of the most beautiful states in India. Alleppey is locally known by its traditional name Allappuzha. The name of this town is synonymous with beautiful backwaters, houseboats and the boat race. The backwaters are crisscrossed by a system of interconnected canals. While tourism remains a major draw, coir making and paddy cultivation are also an important source of income for locals.

Coir Making: One of the most common tropical trees is the coconut tree. The present name Kerala owes its Kerlam” in Malayalam which is derived from two Malayalam words Kera and Alam. Kera in Malayalam means coconut and Alam means land. Coconut is an integral part from Kerala’s culture and its cuisine. Although coir making is a centuries old art, it received prominence in the 19th century after the Alleppey was developed as a trading centre. Alleppey’s coir makers are known for their craftsmanship and intricate weaving methods. Whilst on a houseboat tour, guests can witness firsthand the different processes involved in making coir. Different and unique coir products manufactured here include coir mattresses, coir mats, etc. In fact, Alleppey is a major exporter of coir and coir products.

Paddy: Besides coir, paddy cultivation is a major industry here. Kuttanad in Alleppey is famously called The Rice Bowl of India. The place is resplendent with acres of unending paddy fields. What makes cultivation unique here is that the place is actually below sea level. While modern agricultural methods are practiced, farmers here also practice an ancient practice that has been carried out since the Sangam Ages.

Vembanad Lake, Alleppey Beach and Other Must Visit Attractions in Alleppey

Vembanad Lake, Alleppey Beach and Other Must Visit Attractions in Alleppey

Alleppey is popularly known as Venice of the East thanks to the pristine backwaters that surround the town. The backwaters are formed by more than 900 km of waterways. Besides the houseboat experience, there are plenty of other attractions for you to explore. Read on to know more:

Alleppey Beach: The waters of the Arabian Sea are a serene getaway place and one of the best beaches to relax on a quiet evening. They have strong currents during the monsoons. Several freshwater rivers crisscross and waters of the various lakes merge with the beach. The dock at this beach is around 140 years old. The beach is known for its beautiful, vast expanse of sands and turquoise blue water. An impressive lighthouse at the beach offers a bird’s eye view of the sea. The Vijaya Park along the shore is a great place to visit with family and kids.

Vembanad Lake: Vembanad Lake is the longest and the largest lakes in India. It stretch for about 110 km and spans 3 districts. A small island, Pathiramanal, in the lake hosts hundreds of rare birds migrating from across the world. Impressed by the traditional sporting scene witnessed during one of this visits, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru instituted Nehru Boat Race Trophy conducted on this lake.

Karumadikuttan: The black granite statue of Lord Buddha known as Karumadikuttan is located in a small village, Karumadi, near Ambalapuzha. The statue is broken into half and is under the protection of Archeological Survey of India. The statue dates back to 10th century and is found in the sitting position on the banks of Punnamada Lake in the backwaters.