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Premium Houseboat Service and How to book it

Premium houseboatA houseboat cruise on the backwaters of Kerala  is one of the most sought after holiday activities in the “God’s Own Country” . The variations are plenty, with respect to the size of the rooms, availability of cooking facility, air conditioning, balcony, and so on. There are two main types of houseboat Services offered in the Alleppey Backwater: The deluxe houseboat service ( Read more: (https://backwaterbreaks.blog/travel/deluxe-houseboat-service/ ) and the premium houseboat service. Each varying according to the kind of services offered, ranging from the availability of the Air conditioning to the kind of flexibility with the food on board. Most houseboats are used interchangeably for both deluxe and premium with the difference in the availability of air conditioning and the food menu. In the recent past, a high upscale look and feel has ben provided to most of the houseboats used for cruising along the backwaters.

The premium houseboat service includes facilities such as front living area and bedrooms with a beautiful wooden or glass ceiling to give it a contemporary feel. The bedrooms of the premium A/c Houseboat often have complete glass windows stretching across most of the wall to offer the guests a complete and uninterrupted view of the backwaters while travelling. The service provides value for money, with an uninterrupted supply of air conditioning and a menu that is subject to change and enhancement according to the preferences of the traveller.

Premium Houseboats provide high quality service matched by high finesse and a contemporary feel.. Each room in the Houseboat has a dressing mirror, luggage compartment, writing table, wardrobe, attached bathrooms and air-conditioning. Kerala houseboats are  of excellent construction and luxurious furnishing with exquisite flooring, hull and canopy. They are in the best of conditions, usually with a sun deck, spacious living and dining area, and each rooms with attached bathrooms. The kitchen is maintained with utmost cleanliness and protected from hazards using adequate safety measures.  Each of the boats comes with a valid license from the tourism board.( Read more about the Houseboat History : https://goo.gl/WAuEME )

Visit https://backwaterbreaks.com/ to book your houseboat cruise today!

 

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Should I book a Kerala Houseboat Online?

Houseboats on the captivating backwaters of Kerala are a major tourist attraction. They not only provide a rustic experience but also a rejuvenating one for travelers who are looking to just lie back and relax. As it is a major attraction, there are several people who offer this service in different backwater locations in Kerala both online and in person.

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There are several points to take into consideration when thinking of packing your bag and making your way to the backwaters of Kerala for a relaxed and rejuvenating experience. The seasonal pricing, climate, festivals, facilities etc are some of the influencing factors in booking a houseboat.

Should I book a houseboat in advance?

This is the first question that would probably cross a traveller’s mind when he/she decides to take on this beautiful experience. Having a variety of options to choose from can look like a great deal but the real trouble begins when you are unsure about the ground realities. Some of the main hurdles are as follows:

  • Seasonal variations in the prices: depending on the demand , the prices also tend to vary. For example, times like New Year, Diwali and so on, the houseboats are in demand and hence the price may go up.
  • Availability of the houseboats: if you are looking to visit the location, view the houseboat, bargain with the owners and book houseboats, then if it is a peak season when the demand is high, you will end up not getting a houseboat at all or something at a very exorbitant price.
  • Middle men: depending upon the availability and  season, if you are really looking to get a houseboat, your desperation maybe taken advantage of by middle men who would sell you services of substandard houseboats at a high price that it actually is.

In such cases, booking at the last moment would probably not be a good idea since you would end up without any houseboat available for your cruise or a huge price. By booking in advance, you get an opportunity to get a reasonable quote.

Should you book online?

The new era of internet has brought about another solution:  book them over the internet by going through several houseboat owner websites and figuring out what works best for you and book them. Some major issues are:

  • How do you know which one would be the best pick: there are a number of houseboat owners who have set up their websites for providing their houseboats for service.
  • Stories doing rounds are those of people not getting the boat they booked when they actually reach the location: In some cases, customers who book houseboats online over individual websites often end up getting a houseboat quite different from what they were promised.
  • The efforts you have to put to search and research, and then book the houseboats: you will have to go through a large number of websites and review sites to get an understanding about the cruise operators
  • Less confidence on online booking and making payments: It is hard to  identify who is more credible in terms of the service or whether they will provide the houseboat that was promised.

One solution to all your problems is the https://backwaterbreaks.com/ website that has roped in the best houseboat service providers in the market. It also consists of the seasonal prices that are directly added by the cruise operators (hence you get local market prices) as well as an option to receive the quote for a houseboat of your liking. Since the authenticity of these houseboats are already verified by the in house team and you will get the same houseboat that you see in the picture, your half the work gets done there itself. Compare your different preference and book the houseboat vacation of your choice. (https://goo.gl/WuJLwG )

So online booking is definitely an option that you can think about the next time you consider a vacation in the beautiful Kerala Houseboats.

Read more about Kerala Houseboats: https://backwaterbreaks.blog/alleppey/kerala-houseboats/

 

 

What is a deluxe houseboat service and how to book it?

Kerala Houseboats

It was in the year 1991 that the Kettuvallam Houseboat (Rice Boat) ( Read More: https://goo.gl/WAuEME ) for comfortable cruise in the backwaters of Kerala was first launched. Most of the latest designs incorporate 3 bedrooms with toilets, a living space and kitchen. There are two main types of houseboat Services offered in the Alleppey Backwater: The deluxe houseboat service and the premium houseboat service. Each varying according to the kind of services offered, ranging from the availability of the Air conditioning to the kind of flexibility with the food on board.There are several variations ranging from lesser rooms to large living space and maybe a deck balcony at the roof level. Normally, the platforms that cantilever from the hull are used as balconies. Innovative changes have been made to accommodate modern fittings. For fixing the toilet seats, shower tray and ceramic floor finish a concrete slab is laid at the floor level. These toilets are made of steel cabinets with a network of steel meshes on which beneficial bacteria are grown with the help of a catalyst named actizyme.

One of the three main types of Houseboat Service frequently used in the backwater tourism is the Deluxe Houseboat Service: To provide this service, a houseboat must include facilities such as front living area and bedrooms with a beautiful wooden ceiling with overlapping logs to give it a contemporary feel. The bedrooms of the deluxe A/c Houseboat often have complete glass windows stretching across most of the wall to offer the guests a complete and uninterrupted view of the backwaters while travelling. It is  less expensive, with the air conditioning operational between the time 9pm to 6 am, and a common menu during the night cruise. During a day cruise on a deluxe houseboat service cruise, the air condition service would not be available since it is usually operational between 9 PM to 6 AM..

An Approximate Sample Menu Onboard Houseboats

Deluxe Non Veg Menu Deluxe Pure Veg Menu
Welcome drink

LUNCH

Rice

Sambar

Mixed Vegetables Thoran (Carrot, Cabbage, Beans)

Mezhukupurathy (Long Beans)

Fish Fry (Pearl Spot / Seer Fish)

Banana Kalan

Pappadam

Salad

Pickle

Tropical seasonal fruit

EVENING

Coffee or Tea, Banana Fritters

DINNER

Chappati

Dal Curry

Chicken Roast

Vendakka Mezhukupurathy

White Rice and Raitha

Salad

BREAKFAST

Tea /Coffee

Bread, Jam, Butter, Omlette.  OR

Iddly, Sambar. (By default) OR

Dosa, Sambar. OR

Poori Masala. OR

Idiyappam and Kadala Curry / Egg Roast. OR

Appam and Vegetable Curry / Egg Roast. OR

Puttu and Kadala Curry

Welcome drinkLUNCH

Rice

Sambar

Mixed Vegetables Thoran (Carrot, Cabbage, Beans)

Mezhukupurathy (Long Beans)

Banana Kalan

Pappadam

Salad

Pickle

Payasam-Vermicelli

Tropical seasonal fruit

EVENING

Coffee or Tea, Banana Fritters

DINNER

Chappati,

Dal Curry

Aloo Gobi

Cabbage White Thoran

Vegetable Salad

White Rice and Raitha

Vendakka Mezhukupurathy

BREAKFAST

Tea /Coffee

Bread, Jam, Butter.  OR

Iddly, Sambar. (By default) OR

Dosa, Sambar. OR

Poori Masala. OR

Idiyappam and Kadala Curry OR

Appam and Vegetable Curry  OR

Puttu and Kadala Curry

The menu usually varies according to customer preferences and the cruise owners often go out of the way to make sure that the travellers’ taste preferences are catered to, to a great extent.

Book your houseboats cruise with www.backwaterbreaks.com

Best Place for New Year’s Eve in Kerala 2018

Kerala – Greet 2018 in the Kerala backwaters

New Year
Alleppey

Absolute greenery, fresh air, pristine nature, and welcoming hosts :what better way  to party away on the New Year’s eve and welcome 2018 .The beach parties are as exciting as ever. You can book a houseboat and enjoy personal time in the backwaters of Alleppey.

An ideal destination for New Year, Kerala is a real beauty for beach lovers.Main Attractions: New Year party at Holiday Inn, New Year celebration Crowne Plaza, Welcome New Year at Ramada Resort Cochin, New Years eve at Le Meridien, The Raviz New year party, New Year party at Windsor Castle

The Famous Cochin Carnival

New year
cochin carnival

The vibrant city of Cochin showcases one of the state’s largest carnival during the festive month of December. The advent of December is accompanied by the preparations in the entire city of Cochin building up to the final grand events of the 31st. The fest which commences on the day of Christmas continues for a week and is signed off by the silent prayer to the martyrs of the land. The origin of this grand carnival can be traced back to the Portuguese roots, when Portuguese New Year celebrations were held during the colonial days. The carnival includes a plethora of event and rides and adventure sports like Beach Bike Race and swimming races. Apart from that, there are Beach Football, Shuttle Badminton, Beach Volleyball and Ball Badminton Tournaments, organized during the course of the festival. The entry to this carnival is absolutely free for all and the venue for the carnival is at River Road, Fort Kochi.

CAMPING NEW YEAR AT KODAIKANAL – 2018

Camping In The Wild: New Year Party Night -With Adventure
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About The Campsite:- one of the highest Place of south India Campsite almost 2100 feet which is located at the top of the hills at Perumalmalai in Kodaikanal, its a private property of 3 Acre Land in the midst of Eucalyptus trees with the unique view of clouds & Hills where you can find a Nature As your companion.

Earlybird Offer:- INR 3499 for couples / 1749 for Singles

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New Year Weekend Camping at Vagamon

New year
new year at vagamon

Sleep Under the stars, spend the night at scenic Vagamon Mountains and enjoy natures company with music, campfire & buffet dinner. Camp equipped with all the necessary creature comforts (Modern restrooms & Comfortable tents) exoticampadventures@gmail.com

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Sunburn New Year Kochi w/ Rave & Crave

Party away into the new year at Bolgatty Palace, Cochin, Bolgatty Island, KochiNew year

 ‘ROCK THE BLU’ 2018

New year
rock the blue

Attend the Rock the Blu party at Radisson Blu Kochi, S.A. Road Elamkulam Junction Kadavanthara, Kochi, India. Featuring International artist DJ Laune #28 Top Female DJ in the World, Indian Playback singer Suchith Suresan, State Award Winner Flautists Music Director Vishnu Vijay and Playback Singer Madhuvanthi. Also featuring Pistol Heads . Along with Crystal Dance, Aerial Acrobatics, LED Dance, Face Painting Surprise Gifts etc

TRIPPY KERALA

New yearStay in a waterfront homestay; stay in a luxury houseboat; camping in a 300-acre plantation nestled in a forest; coastal Kerala cuisine; beautiful hills and grasslands, rides around backwaters, paddy fields, and tea estates.
‘Trippy Kerala’ is segment 1 of our unique 3 segment itinerary in Dec’17, coursing through the breadth of southern India from Alleppey in the West to Dhanushkodi in the East. This coast to coast epic journey presents south India in its many hues, cultures, landscapes and its diverse, intriguing history.’Trippy Kerala’ spans 4 nights, 4 days, with ~170km riding in Alleppey, Vagamon and Idukki. Event Queries : 09731280808

 

Why Backwaterbreaks.com is the best website to book Kerala houseboats online?

Kerala, God’s Own Country, is famous for a multitude of things. One such thing that pops up into any traveller’s mind when they decide to pursue a vacation in this beautiful land is the cruise on the invigorating backwaters of Kerala. But then one simple search on google, “best place to book Kerala backwater cruise”, throws at you a zillion results; a plethora of Cruise operators who offer different kinds of service,and different kinds of houseboats. This is where backwaterbreaks.com steps in. We make your life simpler by filtering through all of these houseboats and converging the best of the service and boats available onto a single platform for your deliberation.

What do we actually do?

Backwaterbreaks.com draws together the best of the houseboats, owned by different cruise operators, in the Kerala Backwaters onto the online platform. This makes available to you the prices, the services, the facilities and so on available on each of these boats for your careful scrutiny and comparison. The different certified cruise owners list their houseboats on the website with the pictures and relevant details pertaining to the listed houseboat such as the facilities, availability, seasonal rates, and so on. These details are cross verified by the backwaterbreaks.com team to ensure the authenticity of the cruise owners.Once you find the cruise option that fits your criteria, we let you book it online using your debit/credit card through our secure payment system.

What is the booking process?

The process is simple and requires you to open backwaterbreaks.com, enter the date you wish to commence your travel and the number of fellow travellers. Our efficient search engine brings you the required details at the click of your finger. If the dates don’t work for you or the number of people travelling went wrong; you can always mod7479508ify your search on the results page. Once you have finalized your criteria, the click on the “Request Booking” sends your request with the specific criteria to the corresponding houseboat operator to check for availability.

Once the availability is confirmed by the cruise operators, you may choose to pay and book it or reject it and look for other options.

Why should you book with us?

There are a zillion cruise operators who offer houseboat services. They often offer it as a part of packages via tie ups with tour operators or directly lease out right at the deck or by providing information online. The prices usually varies according to season and festivities. Backwaterbreaks.com makes your life simpler in a lot of ways.

Authentic houseboat owners

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One of the common problems faced by travellers worldwide is the disparity between the details provided by the individual cruise operators and the actual services provided especially in regard to the photographs of the houseboats and the actual houseboats they receive when they go on a cruise.

Not only does Backwaterbreaks.com perform a strict verification process to confirm the validity of a cruise operator, but Backwaterbreaks.com also ensures that “what you see is what you get”.As per Backwaterbreaks.com policy, it is mandatory that  the owner provides the exact boat he/she confirmed on the website.

Houseboats at local market price

At BackwaterBreaks.com, the owners who register with us are required to add the original running(seasonal) market prices of each houseboat they own. Hence the prices are the original ones without any inflation or hidden costs. The hefty cuts that may be cut otherwise with the involvement of middlemen is completely eliminated.

Highly secured payment gateway

bbBackwaterBreaks payment is backed up by one of the most renowned payment gateway in the world, Stripe (https://stripe.com). With Stripe, we accept payments in more than 130 currencies. You can make a booking in your local currency  and we will do the hard job of converting it to INR and transfer it to the houseboat owners.

Book in the comfort of your home

BackwaterBreaks offer a hassle-free and honest booking experience. Book your next Kerala vacation in the comfort of your home. You can book it through your laptop, tablet or mobile, whichever the device your booking experience will be seamless.

What should I expect on a Kerala houseboat trip at Alleppey?

The first visualization that would pop up into the mind at the mention of a houseboat or a cruise would probably be the sparkle off a modern cruise boat but add Kerala in front of the “houseboat” or “cruise” and you have a novelty promising a spiritual and rejuvenating journey. India is a land of chaos and mystery, so it is only natural to wonder what is actually going to happen in one of the famous ” backwater houseboat cruises” of Kerala.

So what exactly is a houseboat?IMG_9180

Originating from the need for transporting men and materials on the Kerala backwaters, the houseboat has its origins in the “Kettuvallams”, made from local and eco friendly; bamboo poles, coconut fibre, ropes, bamboo mats, carpets etc. The onset of modern transportation  soon turned these into remodelled luxurious houseboats that are now one of the chief attractions of the tourists.

What makes it special?

While there may be five star resorts and other luxurious accommodations for experiencing a tranquil vacation, the houseboats offer a rustic experience, bringing the travellers in touch with the grandeur of nature.

What kind of amenities do I expect on it?

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Most of the latest designs incorporate bedrooms with toilets, a living space and kitchen. There are several variations ranging from lesser rooms to large living space and maybe a deck balcony at the roof level. Normally, the platforms that cantilever from the hull are used as balconies. Innovative changes have beenFour bed -6 made to accommodate modern fittings. The amenities vary depending upon the kind of package that you have chosen. Some of the facilities include dressing mirror, luggage compartment, writing table, wardrobe, attached bathrooms,television, music system, and air-conditioning.

How long do the cruises last?

There are two types of cruises: day cruises and overnight cruises. Usually the overnight cruise is suggested by most people. Check-in time for day cruise is approximately 11 am while checkout time is 5:00 pm. For overnight trip check-in is usually around 12 pm while checkout is next day 9:00 am (the timings vary with cruise operators). According to Govt regulations, Houseboats are usually not allowed to move from 5:30 pm to morning to allow fishermen to work, hence they are usually docked, near the banks, for the night.

What kind of cuisine does the Houseboats follow?

onaKerala houseboats in particular are famous for its reputation for good sea food. Of course, sea food anywhere is expensive but because of the proximity of the state to the seas and oceans, sea food tends to be cheaper in Kerala. But depending on your budget and liking, food served in Kerala houseboats can vary. However, most often the houseboat foods includes fish and vegetarian food because that is what is most often demanded by the customers. Breakfast in houseboats in Kerala mostly comprise of the quintessential south Indian imagesfoods such as idly, dosa, sambar, with hot tea or coffee. During lunch most of the times, the menu will include foods such as different kinds of fish fry and they are also accompanied with different kinds of chutneys, papad and different kinds of sweets. During most evenings in the house boats, the passengers are given tea and other snacks which may or may not be south Indian. They could be from different parts of the country depending upon the kind of Kerala house boat package you have chosen.

 Do I get alcoholic drinks on the Houseboat?

The stringent licensing requirements by the Kerala State Government has its effects on the houseboats and consequently the boats do not have a bar or stock alcohol. Some cruise operators maybe okay with you carrying your own alcohol , or buying (at request) you beer from the local shops.

Which is the best time to go for a Houseboat Cruise?

The pleasant and equable climate of Kerala makes it a favorable place to visit throughout the entire year. Winter and summer (October to March) are the peak tourist seasons. A cruise in the houseboats on the backwaters of Kerala, or experiencing the beauty of sunset over the Arabian sea from Kovalam beach during summer and boating in the Thekkady lake, or trekking the highlands of Kerala during winter,all are sure to be experiences worthy of being cherished throughout life. But for those, who really want to enjoy the day under the cloudy sky, and feel the bracing scent of the wet soil, revitalizing the body, mind and soul, monsoons are meant for you.

Climate Variations in Kerala

climate
Kerala, a state in India that lies close to the equator is bestowed with a pleasing and agreeable climate through the entire the year. Kerala owes this blessing with its nearness to the sea as well as the fort like Western Ghats on the east. Having a diverse geographical feature, the climate of Kerala is also diverse with mainly 4 seasons : Winter, Summer, South-West Monsoon and North-East Monsoon.

Following are the main Seasons affecting the Climate

Winter Season

The receding north west monsoons in Kerala marks the onset of winter ranging from the month of November till the middle of February. Although the temperatures between seasons do not vary much in Kerala, this period often experiences a slightly lower temperature when compared to the others. The highlands of Kerala, where the climate is cool throughout the year, winter temperatures often fall below 10°C. Winter season in Kerala witnesses the lowest amount of rainfall.

Summer Season

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As the days fly by in the month of February, it is accompanied by an increasing temperature with low rainfall and slightly humid weather. Summers in Kerala are cool and pleasant, thanks to the Western Ghats which prevent the dry northern winds from entering the state and the Arabian sea for the cool breeze that blows towards the land providing it with a moderate temperature. Erratic rains accompanied by lightning and thunder is another feature of the season. Starting from March, summer season continues till the end of May or the beginning of June and is concluded with the outset of monsoons.

South West Monsoon in Kerala : Southwest monsoon is the main rainy season in Kerala. This season ( Edavappathi – as the rains starts by the middle of the Malayalam month Edavam ) begins by the end of May or early June with the outset of the southwest monsoon winds. The next few months are periods of torrential rain. Lying on the windward side of the Western Ghats and being the first state to be hit by the monsoon winds, Kerala receives copious rainfall. Almost 85% of the rains received in Kerala is contributed by the monsoons. The slopes of the Western Ghats are among the places in India which receives the highest amount of rain. Most of the rivers of Kerala are fed by the monsoons. The southwest monsoon in Kerala lasts till the end of Septemberclimate

North East Monsoon in Kerala: Also known as the Retreating Monsoon or the Reverse monsoons, northeast monsoon hits Kerala during the return of the southwest monsoon winds. These rains (Thulavarsham – as it rains during the Malayalam month of Thulam) are in the months of October and November and sometimes lasts till December. Heavy afternoon rains accompanied by thunder and lightening is the main characteristic of the season. Days are warm and humid but there is not much variation in temperature.

Climatic condition of the Earth has been changing over the past few year. This global change in weather have their effect on Kerala as well. The information provided here is based on the details available over the past 50 years.

Best Times to Visit Kerala

climateThe pleasant and equable climate of Kerala makes it a favorable place to visit throughout the entire year. Winter and summer (November to May) are the peak tourist seasons. A cruise in the houseboats on the backwaters of Kerala, or experiencing the beauty of sunset over the Arabian sea from Kovalam beach during summer and boating in the Thekkady lake, or trekking the highlands of Kerala during winter,all are sure to be experiences worthy of being cherished throughout life. But for those, who really want to enjoy the day under the cloudy sky, and feel the bracing scent of the wet soil, revitalizing the body, mind and soul, monsoons are meant for you.

Monsoon tourism in Kerala is gaining more popularity year after year. Monsoon tourism allows tourists to explore the intrinsic beauty of Kerala with a feel of adventure. Government of Kerala and Kerala tourism department is promoting Monsoon Tourism in Kerala.

 

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Different things to do on your visit to Kerala:  https://backwaterbreaks.blog/uncategorized/things-to-do-on-your-trip-to-kerala/

Climate in Kerala

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Kerala, a state in India that lies close to the equator is bestowed with a pleasing and agreeable through the entire the year. Kerala owes this blessing with its nearness to the sea as well as the fort like Western Ghats on the east. Having a diverse geographical feature, the climate of Kerala is also diverse with mainly 4 seasons : Winter, Summer, South-West Monsoon and North-East Monsoon.

Winter Season

The receding north west monsoons in Kerala marks the onset of winter ranging from the month of November till the middle of February. Although the temperatures between seasons do not vary much in Kerala, this period often experiences a slightly lower temperature when compared to the others. The highlands of Kerala, where the climate is cool throughout the year, winter temperatures often fall below 10°C. Winter season in Kerala witnesses the lowest amount of rainfall.

Summer Season

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As the days fly by in the month of February, it is accompanied by an increasing temperature with low rainfall and slightly humid weather. Summers in Kerala are cool and pleasant, thanks to the Western Ghats which prevent the dry northern winds from entering the state and the Arabian sea for the cool breeze that blows towards the land providing it with a moderate temperature. Erratic rains accompanied by lightning and thunder is another feature of the season. Starting from March, summer season continues till the end of May or the beginning of June and is concluded with the outset of monsoons.

South West Monsoon in Kerala : Southwest monsoon is the main rainy season in Kerala. This season ( Edavappathi – as the rains starts by the middle of the Malayalam month Edavam ) begins by the end of May or early June with the outset of the southwest monsoon winds. The next few months are periods of torrential rain. Lying on the windward side of the Western Ghats and being the first state to be hit by the monsoon winds, Kerala receives copious rainfall. Almost 85% of the rains received in Kerala is contributed by the monsoons. The slopes of the Western Ghats are among the places in India which receives the highest amount of rain. Most of the rivers of Kerala are fed by the monsoons. The southwest monsoon in Kerala lasts till the end of September1010332_571740662876315_1456309974_n

North East Monsoon in Kerala: Also known as the Retreating Monsoon or the Reverse monsoons, northeast monsoon hits Kerala during the return of the southwest monsoon winds. These rains (Thulavarsham – as it rains during the Malayalam month of Thulam) are in the months of October and November and sometimes lasts till December. Heavy afternoon rains accompanied by thunder and lightening is the main characteristic of the season. Days are warm and humid but there is not much variation in temperature.

Climatic condition of the Earth has been changing over the past few year. This global change in weather have their effect on Kerala as well. The information provided here is based on the details available over the past 50 years.

Best Times to Visit Kerala

The pleasant and equable climate of Kerala makes it a favorable place to visit throughout the entire year. Winter and summer (November to May) are the peak tourist seasons. A cruise in the houseboats on the backwaters of Kerala, or experiencing the beauty of sunset over the Arabian sea from Kovalam beach during summer and boating in the Thekkady lake, or trekking the highlands of Kerala during winter,all are sure to be experiences worthy of being cherished throughout life. But for those, who really want to enjoy the day under the cloudy sky, and feel the bracing scent of the wet soil, revitalizing the body, mind and soul, monsoons are meant for you.

Monsoon tourism in Kerala is gaining more popularity year after year. Monsoon tourism allows tourists to explore the intrinsic beauty of Kerala with a feel of adventure. Government of Kerala and Kerala tourism department is promoting Monsoon Tourism in Kerala.

 

10 Authentic, Must Try Kerala Dishes

Kerala, ‘The land of spices’, has no paucity when it comes to delectable varieties of authentic dishes. With copious amounts of spices and seasonings topped by the touch of coconut flavor, each dish vies for the attention of a traveller’s taste buds.  

Here are 10 of the must try dishes of the authentic Kerala Cuisine:

Appam with stew

9131600_origAppam is a Keralan staple made from fermented rice flour and coconut milk. It’s similar to a thin pancake with crispy edges. These crepe-like bowls are made from fermented rice flour, coconut milk, coconut water and a little sugar. Ishtu or stew is a derivative of the European stew and consists of coconut milk, cinnamon, cloves and shallots, eaten with appams. The stew may also feature mango pieces, vegetables, chicken or lamb. The addition of aromatic whole spices, ginger and fresh coconut milk enhance the natural flavor of the vegetables. The crucial ingredient is fresh coconut milk, which lends a sweet flavor.

Karimeen pollichathu (fish)

food0This is one of Kerala’s traditional delicacies. Karimeen or pearl spot fish is a speckled fish commonly found in the backwaters of this state. This is traditionally a Syrian Christian delicacy but has become part of Kerala’s rich cuisine. Pearl spot fish is marinated in a mixture of lemon juice, red chillies, and other ingredients, wrapped and baked in plantain leaves, giving it a unique flavour.

Puttu and kadala curry

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This is a breakfast staple eaten all over the state. Puttu is a cylindrical steamed rice cake cooked in a mould with grated coconut. It’s usually served with kadala curry, a dish of black chickpeas made with shallots, spices and coconut milk, that can also be served with ripe bananas and grated coconut.

Erissery or pumpkin and lentil curry

331_topThis is a popular curry in Kerala, made from either raw plantains or sliced yams. It also usually includes slightly sweet pumpkin that has been boiled in water with salt, chillies or pepper, dried lentils, grated coconut, turmeric powder, cumin seeds and garlic, served on a bed of rice. It appears on most menus at religious festivals like Onam.

Palada payasam (dessert)

A sweet rice kheer prepared with palada is a delicacy made in almost all Kerala households during the festival of Onam and many other special occasions. There are many variations of it, however, the traditional recipe uses only basic ingredients like rice ada, milk, sugar and ghee. Rice ada is easily available in Indian Kerala grocery stores.

Malabar Parotta with Kerala beef curry

parottaLayered flat bread that originated in the Malabar region called Parotta is made by kneading maida (plain flour), egg (in some recipes), oil or ghee and water. The dough is beaten and later shaped into a spiral with thin layers. The ball is rolled flat and roasted into a Parotta with ghee. This is then eaten with beef curry – pieces of beef simmered in a curry made with tomatoes, onions, garlic and spices like bay leaves, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, black peppercorns and star anise.

Kerala prawn curry (chemmeen curry)

This is a signature dish of the state – a prawn curry from the Malabar region made with a blend of fenugreek, black mustard and fennel seeds, coconut milk and green chilli. It also includes a special ingredient called kudampuli (also known as brindleberry) to give it a sour taste, plus it uses marinated prawns, drumsticks and raw mango to give it a spicy, tangy flavour.

Thalassery biriyani

imagesA rice biriyani is the most common dish of the Muslim community. Thalassery sea port was a centre for the export of spices where European, Arab and Malabar cultures came together and influenced the cuisine. Thalassery biriyani uses a unique, fragrant, small-grained, thin rice variety named kaima. The biriyani masala and cooked rice are arranged in layers inside the dish. Meat is cooked with the masala on a low heat and layered with rice before the lid of the container is sealed with dough. Hot coal or charcoal is then placed above the lid.

Fish moilee

FishA famous Keralan fish stew made with coconut milk, which is a typical Syrian Christian delicacy. The curry is usually prepared in a traditional manchatti (earthen vessel) and stews lightly fried fish in coconut milk, and spices like turmeric, pepper, cinnamon and cloves along with fresh green chillies to give it a tangy taste. The fish (usually kingfish or seer fish) is marinated with oil, turmeric, red chili powder, lemon juice and salt for 30 minutes before being used in the curry.

Banana fritters (dessert)

Pazham pori
or Ethakka appam are juicy banana fritters feature as a DSC_0734-Largetraditional tea time snack. They’re available throughout Kerala and are simply ripe bananas coated with plain flour and deep-fried in oil.

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