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Kerala Houseboat Tour Package

Kerala or Keralam is an Indian state located on the Malabar coast of south-west India, bordered by Karnataka on the north and northeast, Tamil Nadu on the east and south, and Arabian sea on the west.  Keralam or Cheralam translates as Land of the Cheras, that is declivity of a hill or mountain slopeor range. The state capital is Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi and Kozhikode are the other major cities.The State is an ideal destination for its backwaters, yoga, ayurvedic treatments,  tropical greenery and ideally called `God’s own country’. Be blessed by God on the Kerala Holiday Package!

Tourist Attractions:

Kerala’s western coastal belt is relatively flat, and is criss-crossed by a network of interconnected brackish canals, lakes, estuaries, and rivers known as the Kerala Backwaters.   The largest body of water in the state is Lake Vembanad, a habitat for marine and freshwater fish species,  dominating the Backwaters, which are an extensive network of interlocking rivers, lakes, and canals,  that center around Alleppey, Kumarakom, Kollam and especially Punnamada, where the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race is held in August. Cruising in house boats,  called kettuvalams and originally used for carrying tons of rice and spices, has now been reworked into huge and slow moving barges used for leisure trips,   captivating enough to dazzle the tourists, moving through these emerald waters! Kumarakom is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, a Bird Sanctuary, where many species of migratory birds visit and if luck favours, the tourists may chance upon a Siberian Crane, a special visitor during the migratory season.

The Kerala Holiday Package is an established tourist destination for both Indians and non-Indians alike.  Tourists mostly get attracted to  the beaches at Kovalam,Cherai and Varkala,Kappad, Muzhappilangad and Bekal,the hill stations of Munnar, Nelliampathi, and Ponmudi,Wayanad, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries such as Periyarand Eravikulam National Park and Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary.   Examples of exquisite artistry of Keralite architecture are also visible,  as in the Padmanabhapuram Palace.  The capital city of Thiruvananthapuram,  Kochi, called as the "Queen of the Arabian Sea", and  Alappuzha called the "Venice of the East", are popular sites.  . Almost a fourth of India's  plant species are found in the state, most of which are endemic to Kerala, and form a major portion of their medicinal plants. Vellerimala with innumerable brooks, waterfalls and lush greenery is a perfect spot for picknickers and trekkers. The Tea Museum in Munnar, Numismatics Museum, Maritime Museum, Art Galleries, Archaelogical Museum, Teak Museum and Indo-Portugese Museums are other splendid destinations.There are several churches and temples, cave temples with rock engravings,including the revered spot of Sabarimala, which are worth a visit!

Shopping:

In Kerala, travellers would come across a variety of articles that reflect its culture, history, art and socio-religious aspects.  The souvenirs come in a wide range of attractive and unique handmade items, the ones in demand being such as  the Aranmula Kannadi (metal mirror), handicraft products made from coconut shells, wood, clay and cane, mural paintings and handloom apparel like the Kasavu saree, a saree with golden brocade. Typical Kerala souvenirs,gifts and momentos like the Uruli (wok), Para (brass miniature of a traditional measuring vessel), Kettuvallom (rice barge), Aranmula Kannadi (metal mirror), Nettipattam (caparison for elephants) and Nettor Petti (traditional jewellery box), may be purchased from the  Culture Shoppe, the official agency to promote Kerala Souvenirs for the Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala. A Collectors` deco gathered on the Kerala Holiday Package!! 

Cuisine:

Cuisine in Kerala has roots in the history, geography and culture of the land.  These can be classified under the two standard headings, vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. While the non-vegetarian dishes are all heavily spiced, the vegetarian repertoire is mildly spiced and feels especially easier on the non-native tongue.  Sadhya, Ada Pradhaman, Avial, Erissery are sumptuous vegetarian fare whereas the non-vegetarian chicken curry, chicken thoran, dry prawns with cabbage, egg koottu, fish mappas, appam and chicken stew are competitive unanimously. The most popular dish is rice and curry, and dishes such as payasam, pulisherry, puttukadala, or puttupayar pappadam, puzhukku, rasam and sambar, are the typical authentic food spread!

Climate:

Kerala experiences a wet climate with plenty of rainfall due to both the south-west and north-east monsoons. Prone to heavy monsoons, it has a wet tropical equatorial climate, though eastern Kerala experiences a drier clime, hence, it has varying temperatures. From mountains to valleys, rivers and plains, the state has endeared itself to tourists, making it one of the ‘must-see’ places in the world.  The land of the Indian classical dance forms of Kathakali and Mohiniattam; the ancient martial art of Kalaripayattu; and, the historic boat race where the boatmen sing of the eternal friendship between Krishna, the great king and Sudama, his poor friend,  will leave you with numerous clinging memories,on the Kerala Holiday Package, making you want to come back for more!!

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