Kerala Kayaking adventure tour (03days/02nights)

The wide range of backwaters and beaches in Kerala offers stunning experience for the kayaking fans. A life time experience filled with enthusiasm, pleasure, adventure and knowledge of Kerala life style and culture. Kayaking is the best way to explore the backwaters of Kerala, impacting minimally on the environment. The expedition presents an opportunity to meet up with the villagers, understanding their culture and enjoying their hospitality – all essential ingredients for a responsible traveler
Day 01:  After breakfast we will start kayaking from Neriamangalam, on the foothills of the Western Ghats where the river Periyar finally meanders onto the plains. The dense tropical jungles on one side and the myriad spice plantations on the other bank greet you as you buckle up to go down the river. You will also see the first ever rubber estate in India set up over a hundred years ago by a Mr. Murphy who built a huge mansion (now in ruins) amidst what was once dense impenetrable lowland forests. You will also come across a ‘Kavu’ sacred grove - a holy forest preserved in its pristine state around an ancient temple. Besides the myriad birds along your way (over 275 species), you may also come across wildlife, notably elephants on the banks of the river! We will pull out at a lagoon near a riverside resort for a sumptuous lunch. We will continue after lunch till we reach the world famous bird sanctuary at Thattekkad. Our stay will be at the Hornbill Camp, birder’s camp – set within the forests - the right place to relax for the night.
Day 02:  We start kayaking to Thottapally our next stop. We will have a picnic lunch and visit the Karumadi Kuttan temple on the way. If booked in advance we could arrange for a massage or to witness a ‘Kalaripayattu’ performance in the evening before dinner. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03:  We leave for Alleppey after breakfast. We will kayak through the narrow canals of Pulinkunnu to island of Kavalam. An excellent opportunity to see village life at close quarters - local people engaged in fishing, duck rearing, shell and mud collection for the farms. You may also see the traditional toddy tappers at work on coconut palms. Toddy 'shops' (bars), traditional meeting places for men after a grueling day at work dot the landscape. We will stop for lunch at a beautiful coconut grove on a ‘bund’ on the lakeshore. We will continue our kayaking till we cruise into the beautiful heritage home on the banks of the river Manimala to enjoy a delicious

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Day 01:  After breakfast we will start Kayaking from Alleppey through the palm fringed water ways and countryside into the interiors. You would cross a few small wooden canoes on the way, laden with home appliances, vegetables, fish or even livestock being transported from one place to the other. After a picnic lunch en-route at a beautiful location, we will paddle on to a home stay at Akkarakalam. Overnight.
Day 02:  We leave Akkarakalam after breakfast and head for Emerald Isle. We will kayak through the narrow canals of Pulinkunnu to the island of Kavalam – an erstwhile headquarters of affluent agrarian families, an excellent opportunity to see village life at close quarters. We will stop for lunch at a beautiful coconut grove on a 'bund' on the lakeshore and continue our kayaking till we cruise into a beautiful home stay to enjoy a delicious Kuttanadan dinner and a well-deserved rest. In the evening we will take a walk to the nearby market and enjoy the serenity of the village life. Overnight

One of the highlights of the trip is staying with families in their homes. Besides genuine Keralan cuisine, the experience is also enriched by close interaction with the local family and the villagers, thus giving a genuine feel of the people and the country.

Day 03:  Depart after breakfast. End of tour.