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Kerala Festivals

In kerala, life is a celebration. A close look at the kerala calendar will reveal that this is a land where the festivals never end, adding to the magnificance of the festivals of kerala are fleets of caparisoned elephants, mounted by men holding white plumes swaying in the air the - most breathtaking of kerals's visual wonders. While there is no dearth of festivals in the state, the excitement speaks during the season of onam, exemplified in the legendary boat races and the week - long festivities, understandably, all these celebrations take place with a lot of fanfare.

Aranmula Vallamkali
10 km from chengannur. This traditional boat race conducted at sree parthasarathy temple, aranmula in connection with the onam celebrations is more of a water fiesta than a competition.

Champakulam Boat Race
This is one of the most popular boat races of kerala.
Highlights -
» Pceremonial water procession. » Spectacular water floats.
» Decorated boats.
» Vanchipattu (folk song of the oarsmen) The chundanvallom (snake boat, over 100 feet in length, with a Raised prow similar to the hood of a snake) race.

Christmas is celebrated with equal enthusiasm by all communities in kerala.
Highlights -
» Stars decorate houses right from the second week of december.
» Christmas trees, decoration and festive music ring through the state.
» Midnight mass and special rites at all christian churches.
» Social and cultural events. » Fireworks and colourful illuminations.

Another national festival. Deepavali means the festival of lights. There are many legends connected with the festival. Some say that it is a celebration of sree krishna's victory over the demon narakasura; others hold that it is the day sree rama returned from exile.
Highlights -
» All houses are lit with rows and rows of small earthern oil lamps.
» Special devotional rites to lakshmi. The goddess of prosperity.
» Entire day of merrymaking and feasting.
» Distribution of special deepavali sweets.
» Fireworks and crackers.

Indira Gandhi Boat Race
Indira gandhi boat race on the cochin backwaters. The race is organised as part of celebration cochin.
Highlights -
» Over sixteen snake boats participate in this scintillating event. 14 january 2002

Makaravilakku at sree dharamasastha temple, sabarimala. This is one of the few occasions when the temple is open to the public.
Highlights -
» On the evening of makara sankranthi, the makara vilakku/makara jyothi ( the light of kakara) is believed to be seen on the eastern horizon. Thousands of pilgrims gather here to witness the event.
» Special devotional rites
» Devotees are decreed to practise severe austerities and total abstinence for 60 days before climbing the hills to the temple.

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Kerala House Boats

Stay in Kerala House Boats on Backwaters of Kerala
Kerala offers a unique mini - canvas to the traveller; the backwaters, which consist of a complex network of lagoons, lakes & canals. Life on the backwaters is entirely different; water being the key to everything. There are no roads here, only waterways. On the banks one can see lush green rice fields spreading away into the distance and coconut groves with the occasional temple or church.

These canals or waterways, vary in dimension from being wide enough to be dubbed lakes, rich with marine bounty. To being nothing but snaking silvers of freshwater. And are mainly concentrated around the townships of allepey, kumarakom, kottayam, quilon and cochin. .

The backwaters are best experienced while slowly punting down the labyrinth of canals in a traditional thatch-roofed houseboat, known as 'kettuvallam'. An experience you will savour for a long time. .

The houseboats are renovated cargo boats… kettuvallams… and are provided with all modern conveniences and comforts to make your stay a pleasant experience. To complement the traditional way of rowing using large poles, outboard engines are also provided. The boats are designed to facilitate a most eco-friently functioning. .

A wide selection of beautiful routes are available for the cruises and you can choose one that suits your budget and time frame. Each route is comprehensive, serene and enjoyable in itself, extending to you a complete experience of kuttand.. The unique waterland of kerala. .

Features of an Enthralling Houseboat.
» Each houseboat is of excellent construction and luxurious furnishing with exquisite flooring, hull and valavara (canopy). They are in top cruise worthy condition.
» Each houseboat is provided with a sun deck, spacious living / dining area.
» Each houseboat with attached toilets, separate toilets for crew.
» Spacious passage and a neat, classy kitchen.
» Kitchen is properly protected from hazards by fireproofing and fire extinguishers.
» Clean environment with a hygienic storage hold, free from insects And safe fuel storage facilities.
» Clean good quality linen, blankets, towels etc.
» Log books and tourist records are updated regularly and the boat has a valid license. » Log books and tourist records are updated regularly and the boat has a valid license.
» The service of professional cooks are available on the boat.

A fleet of Houseboats contains
1. One bedded accommodation
2. Two bedded accommodation
3. Large boats for families.

Short cruise in & around Allepey & Kollam
A boat ride into the countryside offers a close look at rustic village life- skiff-fishermen launching their cockleshell boats, large flocks of domesticated ducks waddling down to the water from thatched houses on the banks. Women, neck-deep in water, with their waist-length hair heaped in a crown, catching fish with their feet, aimless cattle grazing in lush pastures, white lotuses floating here and there in small, shallow ponds.

Short curise on backwaters are also available on the smaller boat If you don't want to stay overnight or longer in the houseboats. The duration of these cruises are depends on the routing & can be covered In 3 to 6 hrs of time period.

Houseboats for groups can be also arranged for the short cruise.

Short Cruise from Kollam
Alleppey Round
Take you through the legendary punnamada lake. High points of the ruise are the visit to the 400 year old church and the viewing of a kerala race boat… the snake boat.

Overnight cruise from Alleppey
Alleppey to Kumarakom
Cruise through the punnamada lake … the venue of the famous nehru trophy snake boat race. Enter the enchanting waters of the vembanad lake… enjoy the panoramic views and the glimpses of life along the banks. Visit r-block, c-block where paddy is cultivated much below the water level. Stop by the pathiramanal island. Visit chavara bhavan… the old wooden house where the blessed kuriakose elias chavara was born. Night stay at kumaramom. Early morning leave the houseboat.

Alleppey to Kumarakom
A cruise that links two district headquarters. Glide across the punnamada lake… location of the famous boat races, take in the fascinating life along the banks. Pass by r-block, observe how paddy is cultivated by the help of dykes several feet below the sea level. Have a long, enjoyable break from the routine. Night stay on boat at kottayam. Early morning leave the houseboat.

Alleppey to Thottappally
Glide along from alleppey through punnamada lake… admire the old traditional houses on the banks…visit the chavara bhavan… admire duck farming… stop by at triveni … visit the ancient ambalapuzha temple… the church at champakkulam… the 11th century buddha image or karumadikkuttan… have the time of your life… serene, quiet and easy. Night stay on house boat at thottappally. Early morning leave the houseboat.

2 Nights Cruise Alleppey - Alumkadavu
The most fascinating and enjoyable route available. Cruise through the punnamada lake… admire the old chavara bhavan…traditional nalukettu houses… enjoy panoramic view of paddy fields… visit the ancient champakkulam church…view the snake boats…visit the historical temple of ambalappuzha and the ancient buddhist image of karumadikkutan. At kumarakody memorial recall the celebrated malayalam poet kumaran asan who drowned there. Enjoy the view of chinese fishing nets at kayamkulam pozhy. Cruise through alumkadavu lake…visit india's most famous living woman saint matha amrithanandamayi. Drop by at the coir village…observe the processes that go into making coir.

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Cities : - Alappuzha | Kochi

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