The lush green expanse of Alappuzha is indeed a one-of-it-kind place for natural beauty. Criss-crossed by an intricate network of lakes, inland canals, lagoons, and freshwater bodies, it has that rare and enticing charm which is unseen in other places even if they are situated amidst backwaters. It is no wonder that it earned a sobriquet The Venice of the East. Definitely, it is a land blessed with natural beauty and diversity. Here luxurious houseboats converted from traditional rice boats, and small catamarans ferry through the inland waterways with men and material. A trip in the houseboat along those endless backwater stretches is something you cannot afford to miss. Its peaceful and serene atmosphere is a rare treat to your eyes and mind. At Lakesong you can enjoy such cruises, which will take you to Vembanad Lake through a tranquil stretch of emerald waters with lush green paddy fields below sea level.
These converted boats are no less than a star hotel in luxurious amenities. They boast finely appointed rooms with luxurious interiors, kitchen, verandah and many windows for optimum ventilation so that you can take pleasure in the cool breeze and enjoy the panoramic milieu. Spend a night in our houseboat that cruises through the Vembanad Lake and experience a unique and wonderful trip with delectable Kerala specialties prepared for you on board by our chef.
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Sail through the interior villages in a non-mechanized open canoe through Meenachil River and get a chance to experience the traditional tropical Kerala hamlets, Serpent-Temples, traditionally built ancient houses, indigenous birds, and interactive session with the Kathakali artists. Besides that, you can visit four famous temples dedicated to Lord Shiva at Vaikom, Kaduthuruthy, Ettumanoor, and Thirunakkara on one stretch. A guided tour with traditional Kerala costume, and special rituals conducted for the guest as a part of the package are other appealing options.
Take a stroll through the serene Kerala hamlets and experience the tropical morning filled with the fragrance of medicinal flowers. Imbibe the beauty of the banana plantations, coconut plantations, paddy fields, cattle, and birds. To cover more expanses you may also hire a bicycle.
Experience rowing a country boat through the picture-perfect canals of Kumarakom and the Vembanad Lake and cherish those moments forever. .
We arrange tours to the exotic hill stations of Kerala where you can enjoy the Tea and Spice plantations.
Rubber is a major cultivation in the middle region of Kerala where you will find many rubber estates of the well-known names of the corporate world. We organize a visit to a rubber estate and the factory where you can see the latex extraction, processing, and other procedures of rubber making.
Explore the facet of Kerala that very few in the world have seen. Take a leisurely walk to the paddy fields. It is one of the major crops. Bunds are constructed around the lake and water is pumped out to make it suitable for farming. This is the same method followed in Holland. Besides paddy, the other major cultivations are coconut, cocoa, and banana. Swaying coconut palms are a common sight throughout Kerala. They give a distinctively green touch to Kumarakom. Tender coconut water is nutritious and great for health. It has numerous applications and uses in our traditional system of medicine, which no other drink can boast. So during your visit have one or two tender coconuts.
Be ready for an escorted evening trip to the traditional cultural sites, which includes visit to the Shiva Temple of Ettumanoor. It is famous for its mural paintings and elaborate carvings, and the martial art center Kalarippayattu, where the exponents will give a demonstration of this ancient martial art form. Last but not the least there will be a visit to an ancient house built in the old traditional way Naalukettu.
A visit to the bird sanctuary, set within the lush acres of wooded land nearby, acquaints you to the variety of indigenous and migratory birds that flock in thousands, some from the Himalayas, some even from as far as Siberia. As you move through the sanctuary, get a sight of the native kingfishers ablaze in psychedelic colors.
Walk under rookeries of egrets and night herons or lone golden-backed woodpeckers and even delight in the acrobatics of the paradise flycatchers. The other main attractions are indigenous birds like the waterfowl, cuckoo, owl, egret, heron, and the water duck. If you happen to visit the sanctuary during the migratory season, then you can feast your eyes with the rare glimpses of the migratory birds.
Allappuzha is the hub of Kerala’s coir industry. The factories in this region still practice the traditional method of extracting coir fiber from coconut husks. There are several factories manufacturing coir products such as, mats, matting and handicrafts. Pay a visit to some of these factories and it will turn out to be a wonderful experience.
A visit to Kerala and if you miss the traditional dance forms like Kathakali, Ottamthullal, Sathakanthullal and Chakayarkoothu, then you have not seen the essence of Kerala culture. Catch the performers dance these folk dances all night long in a village Temple setting and go enthralled.
Kathakali is the classical dance-drama of Kerala, which originated during the 17th century. It is rooted in Hindu mythology and has a unique combination of literature, music, painting, acting, and dance. We conduct regular visits to the Kathakali centers where you can watch live performance and the in-house treasures associated with this graceful dance.
Above all, you can have a peek into the backstage rituals in preparation for the show.
It is another form of Kathakali, representing the various life stages of Lord Krishna. It form still flourishes in the famous Guruvayoor Temple and other temples dedicated to Lord Krishna. The traditional Krishnattam dance is enacted as a series of eight plays indicating the eight main stages of Lord Krishna's life.
It is a very expressive form of dance belonging to Kerala. It is made of two words, Mohini, and attam. Mohini refers to a beautiful woman and attam means dance. Therefore, this traditional dance form means the dance of an enchantress. But surprisingly it is a dance form played by men dressed up as women. In Kerala, classical Mohiniatam dance form evolved centuries back under the influence of the great king of Travancore, Swati Thirunal. This king was a great patron of fine arts and encouraged artists from all over India to perform in his court.
This martial art form originated in Kerala and is considered as the mother of all Oriental martial arts. Legend has it that Sage Parasurama; the master of all martial art forms devised this 3000-year-old art form. He is also credited to be the re-claimer of Kerala from the Arabian Sea. Kung- fu, popularized by the monks of the Shoaling Temple traces its ancestry to Bodhi Dharma, an Indian Buddhist monk and Kalaripayattu master. Watch the masters in action and marvel at this traditional and original source of martial arts.
Kerala is a land of artistic people and art is in their blood. The variety of arts and crafts in Kerala is very vibrant and emphasizes a lot on the use of lively colors. You will find elaborate designs and minute details on the art and craft. In fact, handicrafts in Kerala are so popular and there is a whole festival dedicated just to handicrafts.
The cuisine of Kerala is as diverse as the state itself. Food is served on plantain leaves and is eaten with the right hand according to the Kerala traditional. The best thing about Kerala cuisine is that it has an amazing variety. You will find a huge assortment of items and each with a unique taste of its own. The people of Kerala use many types of spices in their cooking and it varies from place to place. The staple food is rice and along with it, you will get a wide variety of gravy, non-gravy curries, fried and deep fried spicy vegetables. Curd also forms an important part of the cuisine. A very poular dish is Appam. This is a rice pancake with a fluffy center and is eaten with vegetable or mutton stew. Pouring coconut milk softens the center of Appam. Another popular dish is Rasam, which is a thin concoction of tangy spices, chilies, and tamarind water with other spices like pepper and turmeric. It is savoured by mixing with rice or can be simply drunk. It is almost like soup and is often taken as appetizer. You will find generous use of coconuts and curry leaves in the dishes. Both are inseparable from the kitchen of a Kerala household. Another famous dish is the Puttu that is prepared from rice flour steamed in long hollow bamboo sticks. It is delicious with steamed bananas or spicy stew of grams or peas. Desserts form an integral part of Kerala cuisine. Payasam is a popular dessert, which is an absolute must if you are visiting Kerala. Another type of payasam that is known as Adapradhaman is made of rice and milk. It is a must-item during any auspicious function and family get-togethers.
Most people come to Kerala with the desire of experiencing the authentic ayurveda and the rejuvenating massages. Through India, Kerala is famous for its Ayurveda centers and the treatments they offer. The science of Ayurveda is an age-old discipline of medicine, which gaining popularity due to its highly effective qualities. The word Ayurveda is derived from two words, Ayur, which means life, and Veda, meaning knowledge. Therefore, it means the science or knowledge of life. The science of Ayurveda aims at complete treatment of the body in the most natural way possible. It is an indispensable part of medicine today and many people are resorting to Ayurveda to regain vigor and vitality and lead a stress-free life. In Kerala, Ayurvedic treatment for oneself is a great way to unwind and relax in the lap of nature. The treatment varies from person to person and the duration varies from treatment to treatment. Usually, the minimum duration is around 7 days and it can go up to 21 days or more. The cost also varies depending on different treatments and duration. So get ready to surrender yourself to the relaxing world of Ayurveda and experience true bliss, peace and tranquil at Lakesong Ayurkshethra the Temple of Life.