“I am the life saver, ‘Water’. I am abundant in Kerala, the God’s Own Country!
But people tend to misuse and pollute me even though they are very literate and learnt people. Littering and literacy have no connection I have to presume!” – If Water ever got a chance to speak up in Kerala, this would be the reaction! Kerala is rich in water sources and marine resources. It is one of the main lifelines of the state and even for Ultimate Kerala Tour packages. For ages, water used to be the major travel route to travel through the length and breadth of Kerala. That was the time roads were not yet developed here. With the infrastructural development and technological advancements, Kerala has almost stopped utilizing its waterways for trade and transportation. But tourism has made use of many of these waterways that amuse the travellers from water-scarce locations like Chennai who come on Kerala tour packages. During the summer season, the state is flocked by tourists from all over India for family holidays. Though Kerala is a tropical state and you cannot expect anything other than a hot and humid climate here, these tourists find solace in the beaches and backwaters here during summer. It is a great way to beat the heat is what the frequent tourists exclaim! Of course, during the summer season, the hill stations of Kerala are crowded with local and outstation tourists. Those from Chennai and the neighbouring cities even come on weekend Munnar tour packages to beat the heat in summer. All said and done, water still remains the major source of life and livelihood for the people in Kerala. If only we are able to use it wisely, we will have this source sustained over generations to come.
A tour of Kerala’s serene and beautiful beaches in summer
Kerala’s long coastal line has gifted the state a long stretch of beautiful yet unique beaches along the shores of the Arabian Sea. These beaches are a rich source of marine species which we use for our daily food as well as export to other countries across the world. These beaches are a rich source of the economy by way of tourism too. Our tourism development authority has realized the worth of the beaches in the state that keep the industry shining even during the leanest time and has introduced beach tourism development programs that help improve the beaches here. Refreshment stalls and restrooms are installed and tourism information centre and security guards appointed in the main beaches in the state which attract maximum tourists. These changes have made a huge difference to the less popular beaches which are now being frequented by tourists on their Optimum tour packages in Kerala.
Some of the interesting and amusing beaches in Kerala are the Kovalam Hawa Beach, Trivandrum Sankhumugham Beach, Varkkala Papanasam Beach, Allepey Beach, Marari Beach, Vizhinjam Beach, Bekkal Beach, Kappad Beach, Beypore Beach, Chavakkad Beach, Azhikode Beach, Cherai Beach, Fort Kochi beach, Kappil Beach, Meenkunnu Beach, Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, Nattika Beach, Neendakara beach, Poovar Beach, Thaikkadappuram beach etc. Some of these are very popular destinations in popular tour packages for Kerala. While some of these beaches like Kovalam and Cherai are popular for their sunset views, some others like Marai and Bekkal have a beautiful landscape nearby. Some other beaches here have unusual peculiarities like the Papanasam beach in Varkkala which has some hot springs of water coming out of the cliffs nearby the beach. The Muzhappilangad beach is the only drive-in beach in Kerala. While the Mid to South Kerala beaches are very popular among travellers on Kerala tourism packages, the beaches in the Malabar region are not so popular. As a matter of fact, the beaches in Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasargode are extremely beautiful, much more than their Southern counterparts and some even have rare specialities. In fact, the list of good beaches in Kerala is boundless as there’s a long stretch of around 700 kilometres to cover.
Sailing through the lakes and backwaters of Kerala
You won’t believe when I say some tourists visit Kerala every year from far-fetched places just to enjoy a few days of houseboat cruise in Kerala. They find these backwaters soothing and exciting at the same time, keeping their minds far from the tensions of their jobs. No wonder the houseboat cruises are so much in demand among the honeymoon couples on invigorating tour packages in Kerala. With the increasing demand for better waterways for tourism, the state government has plans to revive some of the ancient waterways which were discontinued due to human intervention. The first step has already been taken in Chendamangalam where the Muziris heritage tours are being conducted now along with houseboat cruise. Though the waterways here were never too wide, they were used earlier for transporting goods and rice from Allepey. With some renovation, these water channels are open now to take the tourists on a heritage tour across Chendamangalam, North Paravoor and the nearby islands where some beautiful resorts are functioning. This will gain popularity slowly within a couple of tourist seasons. The more popular waterways are in Kochi, Kollam, Kannur, Poovar, Kumarakom and Allepey. While Kannur is the only Northern district on this list, the southern counterparts are very popular destinations for honeymoon packages in Kerala.
Cruising through the Venice of the East
Allepey has always been a traveller’s delight from the earlier days itself. Much before tourism was considered a way of life for the locals, people used to visit the resorts of Allepey and enjoy a ride on the majestic houseboats. In those times, the houseboats had very little facilities onboard. With an increasing demand, the locals recognized the opportunities they offered and revamped their traditional houseboats to accommodate the tourists with modern facilities like air conditioners and televisions. This has boosted the already increasing demand for houseboat cruise among the Indian and foreign tourists. Many tourists are now planning their Allepey or Kumarakom houseboat cruise along with their Excellent Munnar tour packages. What makes Allepey more desirable is that the smaller water channels are still in use for travel, trade and transportation of goods by the locals. So you can also enjoy a ride on a smaller boat or even a traditional snake-boat through these channels to get a closer look at everyday life of the blessed people here. Water will remain a way of their life as long as they live in such beautiful and blessed locales. Another speciality of the houseboat cruise is that you can either go for a 2 to 3-hour day cruise or opt for an overnight stay in the houseboats to enjoy the true essence of Kerala.
As much as the honeymoon couples enjoy the houseboat cruises in Allepey, a family can also equally enjoy Exciting tour packages in Kerala waterways. You can enjoy the lavish spread of traditional Kerala lunch and seafood served onboard during your cruise. You can also enjoy a live performance of Kathakali or Mohiniyattom along with the green pastures of Kerala. In fact, many organizations are arranging their team meetings and family get-togethers to make sure they are not disturbed by any external elements during their time together. That is another reason why houseboat cruises are desirable for private tour packages for a family in Kerala so that they can spend some quality time together far away from the pollution and commotion of the city. The paddy fields, coconut groves and villages on both sides of the backwaters and lakes offer a soothing experience to the tourists.
The gorgeous waterfalls that have made their Hollywood entry
Yes, one of the stunning waterfalls in Kerala which is a popular part of honeymoon and Kerala tour packages for family in reasonable prices has already made its appearance in an Oscar-winning Hollywood movie. I am talking about the Athirappilly waterfalls which appeared in the celebrated movie Life of Pi. This place is so gorgeous that many Bollywood movies and song are shot here exclusively for the natural surroundings it offers. Along the forests and mountains of Kerala, there are many unexploited and unadulterated waterfalls that attract many locals during the summer holidays. You can also visit some of the three-stepped to seven-stepped waterfalls in Kerala that are completely natural to cool your body and mind. Some of these are used to generate electricity in the Hydro-Electric projects. That is another way Mother Nature has blessed the small state with water.
“Water sustains us before we are born,
Water sustains us during our lives,
For those who believe strongly in the rituals,
Water sustains their souls even after they die!”