The old traditions that were followed in Kerala have been lost in the busy city life. However, with the help of these villages, one can experience these traditions. The village people consider family to be of foremost importance. In the village life, the males and females have their separate line of work. Males go out to work in backwaters and agricultural lands while females take care of the household’s chores. During the season of harvesting the crops, the females accompany the males in the crop fields. The old people also hold an intrinsic place in rural Kerala. The backwaters surround charming villages, all of which carry traces of Anglo-Indian legacy and the 1800s Missionaries Movement of Central Kerala. Unpretentious from its first step, the villages of backwaters of Kerala are simple, beautiful and an ode to the effortless decades of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Pass by single-room homes adjacent to droopy coconut trees, make purchases from small-time traders rowing rickety canoes, or watch children run carefree through the village centre with a lollipop in their hand. This is the Kerala you witnessed from afar while on the houseboat. Now experience it live. Up close!
Acquaint yourself with the conventional and eco friendly coir industry. In ancient language, Kerala means the land of coconut. Coir is made from the coconut fiber which is extracted from coconut husks. The husk attracted from the coconut tree contains a high percentage of fiber which can be made into strong threads. These threads are used in making mats and other handicrafts. To make the coir, the soak the husk of coconut in the salt water and cover it in the mud after soaking. These husks are extracted after a period of nine months and then send to the threshing compound. The husks which have been retted are pounded as well as crushed by the ladies. These ladies with the help of mallets or the machetes pull the husk to collect the fiber which are further sent for spinning and drying. The coir is then dried and collected by the spinner. The spinner uses a wheel with a gear and spinning axle for creating a yarn thread which is then used in making mats and other types of handicrafts. You can watch the whole process of Coir weaving, a major occupation of the woman folk, which has of late become a prominent industry.. Choir making is one of the most important task for the people of rural Kerala since it is the main source of livelihood. The assortment of coir products woven by hand from the coconut husk fibre - mats, baskets, wall hangings etc are extremely in demand in just about all International markets
Traditional Canoe Fishing in Backwaters
The people of Kerala still practice the traditional fishing methods in backwaters. The fishermen catch the fishes with the help of fish hook. A canoe is thrown in the middle of the water to catch the fishes using the net or the fish hook. Fishing is considered as the main occupation of the people who live near the backwaters on Kerala. These people catch prawns, crabs, freshwater lobsters, clam and the oysters. You must taste the pearl spot fishes to experience the real persona.
The local alcoholic beverage of Kerala is called toddy and is extracted from the coconut palms. You can climb to the top of the tree to extract the non-alcoholic sweet toddy [Madura kallu] which is then brewed to the flamboyant toddy. You must try having it in the authentic Kerala way to enjoy it to the fullest. One can also take it with Pearl Spot barbequed ( Karimeen pollichathu) or the fresh water fish and pickles to make it more enticing. Toddy is the most preferred drink in rural areas of Kerala. You can add this to your activities.
Visit of Temples Kerala
This temple tour takes you on a journey to some of South India’s most revered shrines with focus on Kerala Temples. Besides being ancient, the Keralian style of architecture is a confluence of Dravidian and foreign influences making them unique. Note: Many Kerala temples allow entry only to people of Hindu faith into sanctum sanctorium . The typical Kerala architecture, exquisite wood carvings, sculptures and mural paintings will make for an interesting sight. You can include the tour of the village Nalukettu and Nalu while visiting the rural parts of Kerala. These villages are than 350 years old and hold and intrinsic place for the people of Kerala. The ancient architecture reminds of the traditional Kerala designs that were practiced in the ancient times. the traditional hindu family resides and makes a visit to the Kavu which is also known as the sacred grave. The snake god resides at this place along with his family.
Canoe Boat Cruise
The country boat is the perfect option if you are looking to learn more about the people of rural Kerala. This tour will be of great help in understanding the rural life of the people of Kerala. The people living near the backwaters have their own cultural values and lifestyles. They believe in traditional methods of life. Taking a country boat to these places will surely make your trip more memorable. The Chinese fishnets and the paddy fields present a panoramic view from the country boats. You can also witness the local people making coir products in their houses. The rustic homes and the ever influential coconut palms adds more beauty to these villages. Drifting along these waterways in the country boat will surely make your trip more memorable.
If you opt for cycling tour of Kerala, you get the pure mix of backwaters and sandy beaches. It is the best way to make the most out your village tour since you can see everything up close. Cycling is considered to be one of the most enjoyable activities while touring in Kerala. Explore the backwater areas on a mountain bike. Enjoy the thrill of riding through the narrow tracks over the bunds, bordering rivers/canals and paddy fields. Enjoy crossing single track wooden bridges along the way. This is the best way to experience the villages water locked inside the backwater area connected with narrow wooden bridges. We will provide well maintained imported mountain bikes for the tour. Spot migratory birds that has made temporary home in Kumarakom Bird sanctuary. Witness the calm village life and interact with the friendly locals. An experienced local guide with support team will be with you throughout the trip
We Backwater Routes (P) Ltd are Midscale reputed Backwater Tour operators, locate on the banks of Vembanad Lake at Kumarkom, Kerala. Our concern operates all backwater tours with qualified; dedicated crew who will ensure your holiday with us is safe, secure & exotic. We conduct back water cruises, Day cruises and Houseboat trips at Kumarakom, Vaikom and Alleppey. Backwater Routes strive to showcase the natural beauty of Kerala backwaters in its virgin stage to Travelers and encourage the traveler and explorer in you to discover everything the great backwaters has to offer at Kumarakom, Vaikom and Alleppey of Kerala. The blue Lagoons fulfills every wander lust with rural retreats like experiencing the spectacular countryside with canals, coconut grooves, paddy fields, churches, temples, fishing, connects to the village life, history and the people, memorable moments await in every corner of this magnificent spot below sea level. We are one of the major promoters of Village life experience and canoe cruises in Kerala and we assure you that the service we provide would be at par with global standards. Every single vacationer is exceptional in his/her theme and to quench his/her thirst for scripting each and every moment most contended and romantic in utmost privacy on marvelous great backwaters of Kumarakom, Vaikom & Alleppey we offer tailor made cruising options. Backwater Routes (P) Ltd houseboats are all equipped with worthy life saving equipments and are always up kept in highly hygienic atmosphere. We offer plush accommodation in Deluxe, Premium and Luxury houseboats with all private room.