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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.

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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 houseboats”, 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 Kerala 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 Kerala 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 modkerala houseboatsify 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

kerala houseboats

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 of the Kerala Houseboats, 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

kerala houseboatsBackwaterBreaks 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 Kerala Houseboats 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.

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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 trip 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?houseboat trip

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 beenhouseboat trip 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?

houseboat tripKerala 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 houseboat tripfoods 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?

houseboat tripThe 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.

 

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Climate Variations in Kerala

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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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10 Authentic, Must Try Kerala Dishes

Kerala, ‘The land of spices’, has no paucity when it comes to delectable varieties of authentic  Kerala 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

kerala dishesAppam is one of the famous Kerala dishes 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)

kerala dishesThis 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

kerala dishesThis 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

kerala dishesLayered 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

kerala dishesA 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

kerala dishesOne of the most well known Kerala dishes, the fish stew is a dish 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)
One of the most common tea time snack in the variety of Kerala dishes available, 
Pazham pori
or Ethakka appam or juicy banana fritters feature as a kerala dishestraditional 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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Top 10 Ayurveda Centers in Kerala

Kerala’s ideal climate and unparalleled herbal wealth makes it perfect for the Ayurveda Treatment. Monsoon is determined to be the best season for Ayurvedic rejuvenating therapies. During Monsoon, the atmosphere is cool and dust free. Body is said to absorb the herbal oils and medications better during this season since body pores open up at this time.

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1.Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort

ayurvedaThe Carnoustie Ayurveda and wellness Resort is nestled among the palm groves alongside the stunning backwaters of Kerala. The resort  not only prides itself on its scintillating location but also its calm and peaceful aura and the facilities.  It has a lavishly appointed spa, outfitted with traditional architectural touches and lovely fountains where guests have access to experts in yoga, Ayurveda, and naturopathy, and treatments that seek to assist with everything from purification and detox to anti-stress and relaxation techniques.

  1. Kairali Ayurvedic Healing Village Health Resort

ayurvedaThe Kairali Ayurvedic center is not only well known for its impeccable treatment and facilities but also its characteristic blend with nature.  The resort is set amongst 50 acres of lush land in the Palakkad district of Kerala. The highlight of the resort are the streams running alongside each cottage. According to the treatment rules, only vegetarian food is served, and no alcohol. Guests are encouraged to participate in early morning meditation and yoga . The resort has its own organic garden, and swimming pool.

  1. Kalari Kovilakom

ayurvedaKalari Kovilam is a palace belonging to the ancient Vengunad Kingdom in Kerala that has been converted into a palace for Ayurveda by CGH Group. It takes its treatments quiet seriously with strict diet rules  excluding meat, leather footwear, or alcohol. There’s no TV, or any entertainment for that matter. Hymns are chanted in the evenings. Every therapy is personal and customized, often combined with yoga and other methods to provide deep healing from within and without. Even the food is served according to individual requirements. The aim, according to the resort, is to give guests a chance to start their lives over again and be reborn.

  1. Somatheeram Ayurvedic Health Resort

ayurvedaSomatheeram Ayurvedic Health Resort which offers a wide range of Yoga, Ayurveda and Meditation is located in Kovalam. The resort offers complete mind and body revitalization. The resort also offers soothing and peaceful cultural trysts in the Guests can enjoy cultural performances in the tranquil evenings. Its close location to the beach proves it even more attractive.

  1. Beach and Lake Ayurvedic Resort

ayurvedaThe serene and exclusive Beach and Lake Ayurvedic Resort is hidden away on an island between the Arabian Sea and the Karamana river near Trivandrum is a scenic splendor with backwaters on one side and the beach on the other. The rooms have a majestic view and the resort is bursting forth with the beauty of Yoga, Kalaripayattu martial arts, and Ayurveda

  1. Shin Shiva Ayurvedic Resort

ayurvedaShin Shiva is a budget resort with a cosy yet professional service. The resort was birthed by a doctor with the lineage of 400 years in Ayurvedic treatment. Located atop a cliff at Chowara, overlooking the ocean and close to Kovalam beach, the resort offers a spectacular view worth seeing.  It’s around 30 minutes drive from Trivandrum airport. A wide variety of packages are offered.

  1. Sarovaram Ayurvedic Health Center

ayurvedaLooking for a budget ayurveda resort, then this is one of the resort worth trying. The resort is located along the backwaters of Kerala providing a serene picturesque view. The resort is spread over three acres of garden, right on the water’s edge near Kollam. Family owned, it’s run by third generation Ayurvedic doctors. While there you can enjoy activities such as a houseboat ride along the backwaters, evening dance performance, or visit nearby villages.

  1. Ideal Ayurvedic Resort

ayurvedaAnother affordable option for Ayurvedic treatment in Kerala, the Ideal Ayurvedic Resort is located in Kovalam. It’s situated on the edge of a small village within a canopy of coconut palms, five minutes’ walk from Chowara Beach. Although not as luxurious as other Ayurvedic resorts, treatment is still of a high standard and is administered by doctors. Yoga and meditation complement the wide range of packages available.

  1. Ayurveda Yoga Villa

ayurvedaLocated in the lush Wayanad district of Kerala, where nature abounds, the Ayurveda Yoga Villa offers a unique blend of Ayurveda treatment, yoga practice, and training in Kalari martial arts. The comprehensive Seven Days to Inner Peace package is worth trying. Shorter three day packages for those who want a rejuvenating escape are available. Treatments can also be tailored to your needs. Guests tend to find the atmosphere really special at this place. There’s a herbal garden and shop on the premises.

 

5 Interesting Things to do in Kerala

Kerala, one of the well known tourist destinations in the world has time and again stayed true to its title of “God’s Own Country” with its plush green sceneries and rejuvenating aura. There is no dearth of exhilarating experiences when it comes to tourism in this green splendor of a state tucked away in the south western corner of India.

In addition to some of the widespread tourist pursuits of the place, Kerala has a seen a rise in some unique but less common things of tourism interest which are given below.

Stay in Tree Houses

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Tree Houses have recently reared its head among the popular pass times in Kerala. Although a little lesser known, it is an extremely fun way to spend time enjoying the grandeur of Kerala from the lavishly constructed tree houses atop the grand trees of Kerala.

The tree houses will not fail to surprises you with its airy expanse, not to mention the amenities at hand. So you can lounge in luxury even as you indulge the child in you. The tree houses are an exceptional example of the fusion of nature with modern architecture.

Relish the company of the Majestic elephants of Kerala, Kodanad

KodanadA rural riverside village located in the Ernakulam district of Kerala, Kodanad is not only famous for its picturesque location alongside the Periyar river but also because of the famous elephant training centre. Elephants are an integral part of Indian mythology and culture. In God’s Own Country, elephants are often referred to as the sons of the ‘Sahya’ (the Western Ghats).

Kodanad  is one of the largest elephant training centres in Kerala. Earlier elephants captured from the Malayatoor forests (the forests in the East and North of Kodanad) were trained here. Since the introduction of a ban on elephant capture Kodanad has been reduced to a training centre. The famous Malayatoor Church is near Kodanad. Various activities are open to wide eyed tourists here such as elephant safari, elephant bathing etc.

Revivify your Soul on a Houseboat Journey on the Backwaters of Alleppey

IMG_9331Sit back and take in the scenic beauty of the grandiose backwaters of Kerala flanked by plush flora on the traditional Houseboats tailored to the house the necessities and luxuries of the modern world.

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Neelakurinji Blooming on the Hillside

If you have a weakness for beauty in the form of blooming flowers, then Eravikulam neelakurinjiNational Park is a must visit. Watching the blooming of the “ Neelakurinji” (Strobilanthes kunthiana) which happens once in 12 years is a fascinating experience in itself. Another treat that you get on your trek up to the peak of the hill is the Nigiri Thar, an endangered mountain goat. The park remains closed in February and March.

 

Watch Theyyam in Northern Kerala

IMG_2145Theyyam is a form of worship where man dons the guise of God and propitiates the Gods through possessed dancing; Theyyam is also known by the name Kaliyaattom. The performance of Theyyam is supposed to make life prosperous and remove all hazards. Theyyam has its etymological origin from Daivam,  i.e., god in vernacular. Theyyam is performed in mainly in the North Malabar districts of Kannur and Kasargod in Kerala State, India.  If you are a big lover of art forms, then this is one that should not be missed.

Top 8 Places to Eat in Alleppey, Kerala

Thaff

Alleppey restaurantsThaff Restaurant, located on the Punnamada road is renowned for serving authentic Kerala cuisine and has four different branches within the district itself. This particular outlet is located near the Ganapathy temple in Mullakkal Road. Karimeen Pollichathu, Chicken Kothi Varuthathu, Prawns Roast, Chicken Biriyani are the main dishes worth trying here.

Cassia

cassia-Restaurant-@-Lakdi-Ka-Pool1Cassia is a premium restaurant located right in the heart of Alappuzha city . The hotel includes an artistically designed fine dining hall, a clean and hygienic kitchen. The varieties of food served in the restaurant makes this hotel a favourite hang-out spot for lovers of yummy food. The menu includes wide varieties of delicious sea food, Italian cuisines, North Indian dishes and many more to turn you a giant, when it’s eating time. The hotel is located close to the network of waterways.

Mushroom

MushroomAn open-air restaurant, Mushroom is a great favourite with locals as well as tourists. A comprehensive menu that includes its much famous mushroom soup, tandoori specialties, ginger chicken, chilli mushrooms, chicken kali mirch and more, well complemented by cups of masala chai. Its proximity to the beach makes it more of a favourite for late night hunger pangs and a beer or two.

Toddy Shops

If you are looking to have authentically prepared Kerala food especially sea food like prawns and fish along with the famous alcoholic beverage made from the sap of palm trees then the toddy shops are a must visit offering some of the scrumptious dishes prepared in the real Kerala way. If you are picky and choosy about ambience and finesse then this definitely is not the place for you.

Dreamers cafe and Restaurant

47691953With a beach side location, roof top terrace styled in the unique Kerala way, this restaurant provides exquisite Kerala food. Dreamers also offers  a laid back homely ambiance with friendly warm staff.

 

 

Kerala Houseboats

food0The Houseboats of Alleppey not only provide a scenic tour of the scintillating backwaters of Alleppey but also provide some of the authentic mouth watering dishes of Kerala. One of the highlights of the cuisine available on the houseboats is the freshly caught fish cooked to perfection.

 

Halais Restaurant

g3Situated in the heart of Alleppey Town near South Police Station, Halai’s Family Restaurant established in the year 2000 has become a favourite for the fine dishes it offers. Specialized in Chicken Biryani and a variety of Chicken dishes. The date pickle is another worth trying. They provide awesome food and good value for money.

 

Kream korner Art Cafe

kream-kornerThis cafe not only offers elaborate food menu but displays beautiful art exhibitions as well. One of the high lights of the place is the locally brewed toddy along with delicacies like fish cutlets, masala peas, beef fry, Malabar parotas, mochoo noodles. The restaurant also offers you a great cup of filter coffee.

 

 

Backpacking Tips, Kerala, India

backpackingGone are the days when tourism only meant posh rides and opulent hotels. The recent years have seen a redefinition of vacation  from that of just a physical breather to self discovery and spiritual rejuvenation. Instead of  viewing remotely, travellers, through backpacking, now prefer to walk amidst the people and edifices to explore and discover different ways of life and appreciate the beauty in those branded  trivial.

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Backpacking Basic Tips

– The trip could be less tasking if you keep the luggage minimal and use essential locking and security measures to keep your mind at ease from common theft.

– Its best to pack or buy light cotton dresses since the place is very humid.  It would be advisable to carry an umbrella for protection from sudden rainfalls as well as the bright sun. Throwing in a cap as well could prove useful

– Leather footwear is a big no when it comes to travelling during the rainy season. A comfortable paid of sandals or slip-ons would help you take it easy on the feet.

– Extension cord with surge protector- Wiring can be often faulty in the local places accompanied by occasional voltage fluctuations. Extension cord with surge protection would do a world of good for your expensive electronic devices.

– Kerala is a comparatively safer place in consideration to the rest of India but in view of the cultural conservatism of the people, it’s better to wear modest clothes. The crowd here is not used to bikini and swim wear, so even though it would be little odd covering up completely in the heat and taking a dip in the waves, it is less attention-grabbing.

– Torch or tea lights are another indispensable item that you need to have on you as a precaution against the power cuts and for use in areas without street lights.

-Make sure you carry wet wipes,  antiseptic hand wash, tissues and so on.

-Unfortunately most places have mosquitoes and carrying a mosquito repellent is a necessity to protect you from these blood suckers and the subsequent diseases.

Transportation for Backpacking

Kerala is one of the most accessible state in India with a massive network of roadways, railways and waterways. There are a wide range of options to choose from the most expensive to the reasonable to the cheapest ways of travelling.

By Train

Kerala has an extensive network of railways connecting its different districts as well as connecting it with the rest of India. The tickets can be cheap or expensive depending on the compartment you wish to travel in. During the day time, you can choose to travel in the general compartment which may or may not be crammed up depending upon the source and destination stations and the time chosen to travel. Overnight travel in the general compartment can be pretty uncomfortable and slightly unsafe. The reservations for the overnight travel has to be obtained either at the reservation counters or you can always book online on the https://www.irctc.co.in/eticketing/loginHome.jsf website. Such reservation have to be done in advance.  The Indian railways has the AC compartments as well . Some of them provide the options of AC chair compartments for day travel.

Railway enquiry: Ernakulam Junction: +91 484 131; Ernakulam Town: +91 484 2390920/2395198; Cochin Harbour Terminus: +91 484 2666050
( find train information at : http://www.indianrail.gov.in/  )

By Roadbackpacking

Kerala prides itself on the vast network of roadways i.e. national/state highways and local roads links it to rest of the country. Private and public transport services are available to/from all major cities of South India from here.  There is a plethora of private ac buses to choose from apart from the wide range of options available to choose from the government buses as well (http://www.ksrtc.in/).

Auto rickshaws are an interesting and convenient option when it comes to short distance travel by road. The availability of a network of taxis also simplifies travelling by road in the present scenario.

KSRTC enquiry: +91 484 2352033/2372033 – for state and inter-state public buses. 

BY Sea/Backwaters

Kerala has regular boat service to places like Kottayam, Kumarakom and Alleppey which are available through the scenic backwaters of Kerala. Not only do these shorten the journey but offer you a scenic feast for the eyes

Accommodation

Kerala is overrun with hotels and accommodations of varying kind especially with the huge influx of travellers worldwide. The prices vary in tandem with the facilities and it would be best to check out the ratings of a place on websites like trip advisor to be on the safer side

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2013/oct/02/kerala-top-10-budget-beach-hotels-guesthouses

https://www.tripadvisor.in/HotelsList-Kerala-Budget-Hotels-zfp6256.html

Food

Kerala is truly the “God’s own country” for food lovers with its overabundant variety of delicacies.backpacking

From breakfast to lunch to dinners, people in Kerala love their food and there is a vast assortment of dishes to chose from for each meal when you go backpacking through the streets of Kerala.

It is good to take a pick from one of the local shacks where the food can taste absolutely heavenly but at the same time it’s always better to be on the safer side when it comes to the tummy. If you have a got a touch stomach then you would absolutely love what the local places have to offer.

http://blog.backwaterbreaks.com/2014/10/15/5-must-try-authentic-kerala-breakfast-dishes/

Backpacking Safety

  • The cities of Kerala are comparatively progressive and travelling late evenings in places like Kochi is pretty safe.
  • The Police in Kerala are one of the best in the country and are seen patrolling the streets around the clock
  • People interpret body language, attire and behaviour a little differently in India and its best to get a good idea about the culture of the place before you being travelling.
  • Being water borne areas, mosquitoes are common, hence mosquito-repellents must be used.
  • Make sure you are carrying security locks for your luggage just to be on the safer side.

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What are the things you can do in Kerala? https://backwaterbreaks.blog/kerala-tourism/things-to-do-on-your-trip-to-kerala/

 

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