Kerala – a strip of triangular land blessed with unmatched natural beauty, unsophisticated and rustic charms of villages, amazingly inspiring destinations, tingles healing and holistic effect on any soul. Exploring the unspoilt naïve villages of Kerala, ideally to be called as God’s Own Country, will definitely pamper you with her perfect charisma that you will get nowhere else. As you sway on the nature’s comfy lap, blanketed under her treasures, you may even get the intuition that the way to heaven creeps here! Planning your next visit to the land of coconut trees, a village safari must be one among the bucket- list. The tour can surely excite you with trails to the deep woods, along the mesmerising river banks, rural life, rustling paddy fields, tranquil backwaters, stimulating greenery – heavenly experience which you can’t explain rather get soaked in the feel. Away from the mundane worries of daily life, villages whisper to us that there are beautiful haven where serenity prevails.
The international tourist destination, the beach town is especially the harbour of the Europeans. Popularly called as the “Paradise of South”, the destination offers visitors with plenty of options like Ayurvedic massages, sun-bath, exotic resorts, surfing, swimming, beach get-togethers, etc. Kovalam village is known for its picturesque beauty adorned with cluster of palm trees, provides tourists a never ending visual treat of greenery. The lively village life is rich by itself where you could spot activities like coir manufacturing, fishing chores, handicraft making, coconut leaf weaving and lot more. You get the feeling of traveling back to the past; life in these villages has not been touched by the dangerous impact of industrialisation. Years ago, the traditional fishing village of Kovalamis now the most renowned tourist destination for its scenic excellence.
One ofthe significant tourist hideouts of Kerala, famous for boat cruise along the bluish-green waters, fringed by waving coconut trees, Alleppey, “Venice of the East” is endowed with myriad of boons. Travel down the muddy winding roads to the villages and you feel the gentle breeze swishes your hair, ears, ignites the merriment which city fails. Surrounded by the backwaters, paddy fields, glimpses of ducks waddling along the river banks, village offers attractions of coir manufacturing-ie, from the coconut husk they make coir rope/ coir yarn. You can see shops selling variety of coir products from designed coir mats to carpets.
Kumbalangi village is an ideal fishing village and a distinguishedhot-spot to have a closer watch on the rural life of villages.The picturesque landscape entices tourists to visit the haunt again and again. The island-village Kumbalangi, sprawls along the outskirts of Kochi. The place is surrounded by peaceful backwaters dotted with Chinese fishing nets along the shores. The grove of mangrove trees separates the village from the waters, which runs as breeding ground for crabs, prawns, oysters-witnessing the rich aquatic life. The coastal village unfolds fascinating highlights of simple and pure lifestyle; copra processing, screw pine weaving, coir yarn processing, making fishing nets, coconut leaf weaving, crab farming, Chinese net operation, groping of fish and many more. The hamlet is house to farmers, labourers, fishermen, coir makers and toddy tappers.
Yet another backwater retreat not to be missed from your list. Forming the backdrop of the enchanting Vembanad Kayal (backwaters), is the cluster of villages, Kumarakom. Stretches over the lake, the destination is famous for fishing, bird watching and romantic backwater journey. A short walk into the villages let you discover the authentic life of the residents. The traditional work women engage in is coconut fond weaving, handicraft making, screw pine weaving, broomstick making, etc. You can also get engaged with the villagers as you get to interact with them.
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This article is authored by Ajith Thomas who is one of the authors of the blog GreatBackwaters, you can find him at Google+