LUXURY HONEYMOON DESTINATIONS IN KERALA

WAYANAD

wayanaWayanad, the green paradise is nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats, forming the border world of the greener part of Kerala. Clean and pristine, enchanting and hypnotizing, this land is filled with history and culture. Catch awe inspiring mountain views in this land of plantations where tea, coffee, rubber, pepper and cardamom gently coexist with the rich diversity of tranquil sub tropical forests and myriad waterfalls. Home to mysterious mountain caves, hidden treasures, tree houses, jungle trails and exotic wild life. This little known district of Kerala is the perfect setting for a romantic honeymoon.

ATHIRAPPALLY

ATHIRAPPALLY

The soothing sounds take you to the nature’s most relaxing, rejuvenating place, the Athirapally Waterfalls, in Trichur District, Kerala. The two picturesque and majestic waterfalls, Athirapally and Vazhachal are located just five km apart, on the edge of the Sholayar forest ranges. Athirappally is an 80ft high waterfall which literally takes your breath away. Starting from the high ranges, and crashing through gorges, this waterfall is one of the best places in India to re-capture a real sense of the classical idea of the “Picturesque” …not just calm and sweet, but something wild, natural and..romantic.

POOVAR

POOVAR

Poovar is one among the natural wonders where the Lake, River and Sea meet the land. A rare find in Kerala, the southern state of India Enveloped in serene Kerala backwaters, flanked by the Arabian Sea on the East and the majestic towering Ghats to the West, opening out to the ocean and a dream golden beach, Poovar is a tropical paradise. Swaying coconut palms, endless golden sands, the ultramarine of the ocean, emerald backwaters, crimson sunsets, lush green vegetation and floating cottages create a magical ambience around you. Poovar is the ideal remote getaway location for a quiet and romantic holiday in spectacular natural surroundings.

KUMARAKOM

kumarakomKumarakom, situated 13 Kms away from Kottayam, is a sleepy little village on Vembanad Lake in Kerala. It is relaxed, refined and romantic. Glide along on intricate web of lagoons, lakes and rivers on a private boat, or settle in at a cozy Resort for some well-deserved R & R. Spend your time enjoying the exotic landscapes , listening to the chirping of birds or delighting your taste buds with the local cuisine with fresh, rich flavours and a variety of spices. An Eden on earth just for the newly weds.

HOUSEBOAT AT ALLEPPEY

HOUSEBOAT

A floating honeymoon on the backwaters of Alleppey is perhaps the most enchanting experience in the world. Step aboard and the native oars men will take you to an amazing world of tranquility with a blend of nature in its entire traditional splendor pampering all your senses and rejuvenating your body. You will set sail in a traditional Kettuvallom (HouseBoat), equipped with the State of the art luxuries and safety measures. Experience the simple joys of life amidst the delicate embrace of mist, enhanced by pleasant harmony of singing birds, Green stretches of paddy fields with long rows of swaying coconut palm trees, as time seems to stand still while you drift along. The lush green vegetation and the backwaters of Kerala together create a spectacular visual imagery for you to draw inspiration from nature itself.

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Snake boat races of Kerala, India

Snake boats are traditional boats of Kerala and are so called because of the huge sterns of these boats that looks like a hood of a cobra raised in anger . The local populace call these boats “Chundan Vallam”, which literally means beaked boat, for it has a pointed prow which stands four feet above the water and gives the impression of a beak. Designed by an architect named Devanarayana, the snake boats were originally conceived as war boats. Though the wars were resolved later, people wanted to keep up the spirit of this wondrous multipurpose boat. Hence started the spectacular sport of snake boat race.

In the centre of the snake boat, which was earlier the place of the canon , stand two people who beat the odithatta (fire platforms) with poles and sing the vanchippattu (songs of the boatmen) to maintain the rowing rhythm. While the strongest oarsmen sit at the front to set the pace, the back is managed by six hefty helmsmen who stand and help steer the boat. The person at the highest point of the boat is the chief oarsman. A single snake boat is over 100 feet long and can occupy 100 oarsmen and thus a snake boat race is the largest team sport in the world. Being the largest team sporting events in the world, snake boat races are often considered to be the ultimate test of endurance, speed , skill and coordination.

Champakulam Moolam Boat Race

In Kerala, the season of boat races starts with the renowned Champakkulam Moolam Vallam Kali (vallam kali means boat race). Champakulam Moolam Boat Race is one of the ancient and most popular boat races in Kerala. The race is organized on the river Pampa at Champakkulam, a serene village in Alappuzha district, on the moolam asterism in the Malayalam month of mithunam (roughly June/July).

The legend has that the Raja of Chempakasseri, Pooradam Thirunal Devanarayanan, built a temple at Ambalappuzha as suggested by the royal astrologers. It was discovered that the idol which was being placed at the temple was unfit. Therefore, a new idol was brought to this place from Karikulam Temple in Kurichi. As this idol was brought to the temple on a boat, the king declared that watersports will be organized on this particular date every year, to commemorate this event.

On the day of the race, people, both locals and travellers from far off places, flock the river bank to enjoy the race. As the sun comes straight on top of all gathered, boats in various categories like the chundan (snake boat), veppu, iruttu kuthi, churulan and others from nearby regions assemble at the starting point of the race. Among these boats, the snake boats with its fascinating design catch the attention of all.

Aranmula Uthrattadi Vallamkali

Aranmula Uthrattadi Vallamkali or the Aranmula Boat Race is the oldest known boat race event which takes place in Kerala. The boat race takes place during the festival of Onam, which occurs during the Malayalam month Chingam (August – September). The boat race is dedicated to Lord Krishna and Arjuna. The traditional snake boats which are especially used here for racing are called ‘Palliyodams’ by the natives. Each boat is decorated with a golden lace. Along with these decorations every boat has a flag and two or three ornamental umbrellas. The boat race held annually on the Uthrittathi asterism (as per the local Malayalam calendar) during the Onam festival is one the cultural hallmarks of this land. Teeming with rich tradition and rituals immersed in splendor, the Aranmula Uthrittathi boat race is considered more of a ritual than a race.

Legend has it that a devout Brahmin vowed to offer all the requirements for the Thiruvona sadya (the grand traditional feast on the day of Thiruvonam) at the Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple. Once, the boat known as Thiruvona Thoni carrying these offerings was attacked by enemies. In order to protect the Thiruvona Thoni people from neighbouring areas sent their snake boats. Later on, this practice evolved into an offering to Lord Parthasarathy in the form of a snake boat race, held on the Uthrittathi day, which eventually became popular as the Aranmula Boat Race.

Payippad Jalotsavam

Payippad Jalotsavam is Held annually in the month of September on the Payippad River, this boat race is noted for the largest participation of snake boats after the Nehru Trophy boat race. The boat race is organized in a span of three days on the lake Payippad, which is located 35km from the district of Alappuzha. As per the legend , people of the Haripad village decided to build a Sree Ayyappan temple in accordance with a vision that they should install the idol of Subrahmanya, which they would find in the Kayamkulam River under a whirlpool. Finding the idol, the people brought back Subrahmanya vigraha in a boat, escorted by the devotees in other boats ceremoniously. In remembrance of this event a three day water festival is conducted each year.

Nehru Trophy Boat Race

The annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race takes place on the backwaters of Punnamada in Alappuzha of Kerala in the month of August. The race is a rowing competition, which takes place between numerous teams who participate in this event to contend for the Nehru Trophy. The history behind the event is that, a snake boat race was conducted when Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru visited this place. He was so impressed by the enthusiasm of the rowers that he awarded the Nehru Trophy to the winners. Since then the Nehru Trophy bears a silver model of a snake boat and is awarded to the winning team of the boat race.

People from far & near swarm the banks of these lakes/rivers to enjoy these annual water regattas. Apart from the races of chundan valloms (snake boats) and of smaller country crafts, the events have in store many fascinating moments like the ceremonial water processions, spectacular floats and decorated boats.

Kerala, “Gods own Country is located with the Arabian Sea to the west and the Western Ghats towering to the east . Networked by 44 rivers,Kerala, enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia. An equable climate. A long shoreline with serene beaches. Tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters. Lush hill stations and exotic wildlife. Waterfalls. Sprawling plantations and paddy fields. Ayurvedic health holidays. Enchanting art forms. Magical festivals. Historic and cultural monuments. An exotic cuisine… All of which offer you a unique experience. And what’s more, each of these charming destinations is only a two hour drive from the other – a singular advantage no other destination offers.

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Kerala Tourism to introduce Water Taxis

In a major step to open expansive backwater base of Kerala for water-based tourism, Kerala Tourism will introduce Water Taxis and Hop-on-Hop-Off boat services from September this year.  Kerala Tourism, through its dedicated agency, Kerala Tourism Infrastructure Limited, has already completed the procurement process of three boats each for Water Taxis and Hop-on-Hop-off services.  According to a spokesperson of KTIL, the branding of these boats are on and will start commercial operations from next month.

“We will be introducing three Hop on Hop off and three water Taxis in Kochi, to start with. Hop on Hop off Boats are 25 seater premium A/c Boats, which  will be plying at regular interval and any one who takes a day’s ticket can use it any number of times during that day. Where as water taxis are 6 seater A/c Boats which can be hired like cell cabs and will be chargeable for the distances or on the basis of hours used,” the official said.  In Kochi, the Hop on Hop off will cover initially  Marine Drive, Bolgatty, Vypeen, Fort Kochi, Mattancherry and Willington Island. The water taxis can be hired for journey to waterfront tourism spots in Kochi or adjoining destinations like Kumarakom, he said.The services will be operated by Kerala Tourism.

Kerala Tourism is also hopeful about commencing the commercial operations of the much-talked about Sea Plane services from next month. “The commercial operations of Seaplanes will start hopefully by mid September 2014,”  the official informed.  Although Kerala was the first state to explore the opportunities for sea plane services to improve last mile connectivity for tourists, the project had to be called off as a result of protests  by fishermen community against the service last year.  Then the government had set up a committee to conduct an impact study and submitted the report to the government.

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Wellness Tourism Destination: Kerala, India

Kerala – Gods own country : Wedged between the Arabian Sea on the West and the Western Ghats on the East , the narrow strip of land is known as Kerala. The beauty of the famous beaches of Kovalam and Varkala, the majesty of the hills of Munnar and Vagamon, the   backwaters of Kumarakom & Alleppey (also called Venice of the East) and the enchanting woods and forests of the Periyar will have you bowled over. That such a small terrain can hold diverse geographical features and cultures is a wonder in itself.

The wonder does not end with the geographical diversity of the land. Kerala is the only State in India which practices the system of Ayurveda – the science of life and longevity- with absolute dedication. Thus almost all the contemporary procedures and practices of Ayurveda have evolved in and around Kerala.

Ayurveda – harmony of body, mind and soul : developed in India some 5000 years ago. Ayurveda is the oldest healthcare system in the world and it combines medicine and philosophy. Ayurveda has stood for the physical, mental and spiritual growth of humanity around the world. Today, it’s a unique, branch of medicine, a completely natural system : Total Wellness.

Kerala, the Land of Ayurveda : Ayurveda Vaidyas (traditional practitioners of Ayurveda) were almost the only access for people seeking healing from every kind of disease in Kerala. Ayurveda in Kerala is a mainstream medicinal system and is practiced with absolute dedication even today. Keralas climate, natural abundance of forests and the cool monsoon season are best suited for Ayurveda’s Wellness therapies. In Kerala a temperature of 24-28 degrees is maintained during a period of continuous rain. This prevalence of moisture in the air and on the surface of the skin makes it the ideal place for natural medicines to work at their best. The land is also blessed with innumerous medicinal plants and provides the continuity and consistency of Ayurveda medicines. The same herbs with the same potency are available year after year across every season.

Ayurveda rejuvenation thereapy : Tones up the skin and rejuvenates and strengthens all the tissues so as to achieve ideal health and longevity. Increases ‘Ojas’ (primary vitality) and improves ‘Sattva’ (mental clarity) and thereby increases the resistance of the body. This therapy consists of

Abhyangam : A unique massage, which rejuvenates and balances the energies.

Snehadhara : Rightly named the Stream of Love, this involves pouring warm medicated oil in a rhythmic way and gently massaging it on the whole body.

Shirodhara : It involves pouring medicated oil (dhara) on the crucial points on forehead as prescribed by the Vedas. It provides cooling refreshment to your head recommended for stress, anxiety and sleeplessness.

Njavara Kizhi :Njavara(Special type of rice with high medical value) is cooked with herbal decoction and milk. It is made up in to boluses and tied up in cotton bags A massage with medicated oil and then with these boluses helps the body to foment, rejuvenates and tones up weak muscles.

Panchakarma Treatment :Panchakarma is Ayurveda’s primary purification and detoxification treatment. Panchakarma means “five therapies”. These 5 therapeutic treatments help remove deep rooted stress and illness-causing toxins from the body .

Most Wellness centres in Kerala provide a holistic approach to human well being. Where Ayurveda takes care of the physical side, Meditation & Yoga takes care of the Mental side.

Yoga are Mental and physical exercises meant to isolate ego from the body and mind – designed to hone your concentration, improve health and help attain peace of mind through eight stages of training

1. Yama – Disciplined behaviour

2. Niyama- Self purification

3. Asana – Bodily postures such as the lotus position

4. Pranayam – Control of breathing

5. Pratyahara – Control of the senses

6. Dharana – Fixing of the mind on a chosen object

7. Dhyana – Meditation

8. Samadhi – a state of being where you experience absolute tranquility and well being.

This combination of Ayurveda and Yoga provides the most potent Wellness mix being practiced all over the World.

No doubt Kerala is a destination of a lifetime

For your Wellness trip to Kerala Road2Travel will be an able guide.