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Houseboat Cruise Overnight Houseboat cruise in Alleppey backwaters of Kerala is considered to be one of the most romantic experiences ever for a tourist. Houseboats come in various categories like Deluxe (AC or Non AC), Premium (AC Bedrooms), Elitaire (AC Bedroom and AC Living / dining area) catering to all guests.
Aranmula Kannadi Aranmula Kannadi (Aranmula mirror) Aranmula Kannadi is a unique mirror-making tradition that survives ( 16th century ) at the village of Aranmula, Kerala, southern India. Here, a cast high-tin bronze mirror of 33% tin with highly polished surface or reflective properties is made which is comparable to, the modern mercury glass-coated mirrors. These unique metal mirrors are the result of Kerala's rich cultural and metallurgical traditions, and have great historical and cultural value and are even considered to bring good luck. Produced by a single extended family in Aranmula, the origins of the Aranmula kannadi are linked with the Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple.
Kerala Dinesh Beedi Co-Operative The Kerala Dinesh Beedi Workers Central Co-op Society, one of the largest Industrial Co-operative Societies in India, is established in 1969 and has 38 years of meritorious service in the co-operative sector.It is based at Kannur with operational units in the three northern districts of Kerala- Kannur, Kasargod and Kozhikode.This is one of the largest and purportedly best manufacturers of Beedis.
Jungle Camping For the adventurous, who would love to spend a night in the deep forest can pack their bags for a night stay in portable small tents. Gavi in Kerala is the perfect spot for camping in the forests. One can pitch a tent in the camping site, which is a rarity in many Indian forests. Streaming hot and delicious dinner will be prepared at the camp and served to the guest. Adventurously go trekking through the forest under trained guide to fully enjoy the natural beauty of Gavi. After lunch go for a relaxing row boat and then proceed for a visit to the cardamom plantation. Sabarimala viewpoint is the next spot in the itinerary, the scenic beauty spot to capture the panoramic view of the Sabarimala hills and the pilgrim spot. Not desirable for ladies and kids. Min. 4 persons.
Snake Boat Race The traditional boat race, called the “Vallamkkali” is a major event that is held every year during the August-September months, especially during the festive season of Onam in Kerala. Aranmula Boat Race, conducted in Allapuzha backwaters is the oldest among them. The major and most popular of all boat races in the world, -The Nehru Trophu Boat Race is held on the second Saturday of August every year.The rhythmic and the synchronized way of rowing the majestic snake boats make it a rare spectacle.
Kalaripayattu Kalaripayattu is one the most famous martial art that has caught the attention of the world. CVN Kalari is a very familiar name to all the Kalari enthusiasts. The training at CVN Kalari by the well experienced Kalari Gurukkal makes it easier and natural for you to get inspired, involved, revel in and master Kalarippayttu.
Sweet Meat Steet SM street is a street located in Kozhikode, Kerala, India. It derives its name from the time it was lined with sweetmeat and halvah stalls. The mouth watring kozhikkodan halwa in various colours and banana chips are the focus of this street. The street is also a shopping hub and business centre today
Kerala Cuisine Cuisine is Kerala is most distinct and combines fruits, vegetables, spices, traditional mixes, seafood and meat. Kerala cuisine is as interesting and extensive for vegetarians as much it is for non-vegetarians. Cuisines here as does most of the ethnic cuisine elsewhere in India uses extensively uses ingredients that are fresh and sourced from local markets.
Kerala Kathakali Centre The Kerala Kathakali Centre is an intimate, wood-lined theatre located at Fort Kochi.Here an introduction to Kathakali is provided, complete with amazing demonstrations of eye movements, plus handy translations of the night’s story. The centre also hosts performances of the martial art of kalarippayat at 4pm to 5pm daily, traditional music at 8pm to 9pm Sunday to Friday and classical dance at 8pm to 9pm on Saturday.
Theyyam An ancient art form, more than eight centuries old, Theyyam is one of the most spectacular of the ritual arts forms of Northern Kerala. Theyyam, believed to have been derived from the word Daivam, meaning god, is based on the belief that immortal spirits enter into mortal bodies to perform a ritual dance of divine revelation. Theyyams are staged in various temples of Malabar, usually in front of the village shrine, with regularity each year. As performances are on an "open stage" they can also be showcased in traditional Malabar households during festive or special occasions.
Paripally Gajamela Parippally Gajamela is part of the annual festival at the Kodimoottil Sree Bhagavathy Temple dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. The word gajamela in Malayalam literally means festival of elephants. Several cultural programmes are also arranged as part of the event on the temple premise. The get-together of the elephants takes place on the last day of the ten-day festival.
Camp at Rhodo Valley Trekking enthusiasts who enjoy sightseeing by walking around and staying outdoors can choose Rhoda Valley in Munnar. The trekking starts from base camp by noon and up to Rhoda Valley camp located at an altitude of 7500ft. Night stay is arranged in tents in Rhoda Valley. Campfire and delicious local cuisine is arranged. Facilities as toilets, electricity is available at Rhodo Valley. The programme also includes a climb to “Meesapulimala’ the second highest peak in South India. Minimum 4 persons.
Thrissur pooram The world-renowned Thrissur pooram, arguably the most famous festival of Kerala, is held on the premises of the Vadakkumnatha temple, which is a classic example of Kerala style of architecture, is made spectacular by the pageant of 30 caparisoned elephants and kudamattom, a competition involving swift rhythmic changing of brightly coloured and sequined parasols. The festival is held towards the end of April every year.
Sabarimala The Lord Ayyappa Temple of Sabarimala, located in a forest in Pathanamthitta, is a hill shrine. The temple is situated on a hilltop at an altitude of 1535 ft. above sea level and is surrounded by mountains and dense forests. Vehicles going to Sabarimala are allowed only up to Pamba which is at a 5 kilometer distance from the temple. From here, visitors have to proceed by foot. The temple is open during the pilgrim season known as mandala kaalam which falls approximately between 14th November to 27th December every year, and makaravilakku which falls in mid January each year. During this time it is estimated that about 45-50 million devotees visit the shrine of Ayyappa.Strict traditional practices, rituals, preparations and dress codes are meant for those intending to visit Sabarimala. In preparation for their visit, pilgrims wear black rudraksha beads around their neck, dress in black or blue mundus/dhotis and abstain from the consumption of non-vegetarian food and alcohol. They also take a vow to celibacy for the 40 days prior to their pilgrimage. Women in the menstruating age group of 10 to 60 are not permitted to visit Sabarimala.
Mannarcad Perunnal Established more than 1000 years ago, the St. Mary's Church at Mannarcad is one of the most important churches of the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Christians.Mannarcad Perunnal also known as 8 times fast festival is the most important feast celebrated in the church. This feast festival is celebtrated starting from 1st of September to 8th of September every year.Thousands visit the church during this time to offer prayer and observe fasting.
Tree House If you wish to experience of staying overnight in a tree house in the midst of a jungle, Kerala has some exclusive jungle resorts which will offer you just that with enough safety. You can practically see the animals in their natural habitat. Built by indigenous tribals with locally available materials, the cottages are designed to utilize natural spring water that flows down from the surroundings hills and to use solar energy for power. The ultimate jungle retreat, ideal for couples and for small families.