KUTTANAD is in Alappuzha District of Kerala, near to Alappuzha (VENICE OF THE EAST), by its natural abundance in canals, rivers, paddy fields, backwaters etc, geological and geographical similarities. Kuttanad is lying more than one meter below sea level. Agriculture is the main source of lively hood for the people there The water filled paddy fields are used for cultivating paddy, by pumping out the water, after protecting the boundaries with clay/sand bunds. Kuttanad Tourism Village (P) Ltd, in association with the Kuttanad Agro Tourism Marketing Co-Operative Society Ltd., has made arrangements for the Tourists/Guests to enjoy the unexplored natural beauty of inner Kuttanad, by traveling in covered country boats through rivers, canals and back water.
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SPECIALLY DESIGNED COUNTRY BOATS WITH ROOF PARTIALLY COVERED USING BAMBOO PIECES, PLY AND PALM LEAVES, HAVING COMFORTABLE CHAIRS TO SIT AND RELAX, AND MANUALLY CONTROLLED ( KNOWN AS VALAVARA VALLOM) or SPECIAL BOATS with covered roof and better seating arrangements , will be provided for their CRUISE THROUGH BACK WATERS, RIVERS AND EVEN THROUGH NARROW AND SHALLOW CANALS where House Boats or large Mechanised Boats will not go. Moving slowly, eating KAPPA (TAPPIOKKA) AND KUTTANADAN FISH CURRY/FRY and drinking the TENDER COCONUT WATER OR NEERA they will hear the guide explaining the historical, geographical and cultural heritage of Kuttanadu . We will also arrange their VISITS TO VARIOUS IMPORTANT CULTURAL CENTRES, TEMPLES, CHURCHES, MOSQUES etc and also to the well known LAND MARKS OF KUTTANADU. THIS IS REALLY AN INNER KUTTANADAN TREAT FOR THE TOURISTS!
The Tourists can stay in KALAPPURAS, amidst THE GREEN PADDY FIELDS and also with the FARMERS in their homes amidst the COCONUT FARMS and participate in ALL FARM ACTIVITIES from SOWING TO HARVESTING; along with the FARMERS, dine and move around the Agricultural Farms, freely and peace fully, and enjoy the unexplored KUTTANAD’S FACINATING REAL BEAUTY.
A visit to the THARAVADU ( Homes ) of globally renowned KATHAKALI ARTISTS like CHAMPAKKULAM PACHU PILLAI, MANKOMPU SIVASANKARAN, and also the JNANAPEETOM AWARD WINNER, WORLD FAMOUS NOVELIST THAKAZHY SIVASANKARA PILLAI and the surroundings from where he picked up the ever living, lovable characters like KARATHAMMA and PAREEKKUTTY for his famous novel “ CHEMMEEN ” will be an added attraction to this “RAJAKEEYA YATRA” (Royal Journey).
MONSOON WILL BE VERY ACTIVE IN KUTTANAD, during JUNE, JULY, AUGUST and also in OCTOBER and NOVEMBER. The RHYTHEM and MUSIC of heavy rain and wind, fully flowing Rivers and Canals, are nature’s gift to be enjoyed. We will have SPECIAL PACKAGES FOR MONSOON TOURISM IN KUTTANAD at OFF SEASON RATES.
The Monsoon period in Kuttanad is the PERIOD OF BOAT RACES, like MOOLAM VALLOM KALI at CHAMPAKULAM, NEHRU TROPHY BOAT RACE at PUNNAMADAKKAYAL, UTHRITTATHI VLLOMKALI at ARANMULA, PAIPPAD JALA MAHOLSAVAM at NEERETTUPURAM, MAKOM VALLOM KALI at MANKOMPU. Various types of Boats, from the largest CHUNDAN VALLOMS (SNAKE BOATS) to the smallest country Boats participate in these BOAT RACES which are also worth observing and enjoying. If Tourists desire, they can also be accommodated or taken along the race course in boats specially arranged.
a) Starting from the special boat jetty of KUTTANAD TOURISM VILLAGE (P) LTD., near to the Kutanad Tourist Information Centre by the side of ALLEPPEY-CHANGANACHERRY STATE HIGHWAY at Theckekara-Moncompu, touching MUNNATTUM MUGHOM (Meeting spot of three rivers), NEDUMUDY, CHAMPAKULAM, THAKAZHY via, POOKKAITHAYARU, rest at an old home, refreshments and back.Kottaram Devi Temple, Champakulam Church, Champakkulam Chundan, Thakazhy Sastha Temple, Tharavads of Champakulam Pachu Pillai ( Famous Katahkali Artist) Thakazhy Sivasankara Pillai (Famous Novelist) and many other attractive spots and events on the way.b) Starting from the special boat jetty of KUTTANAD TOURISM VILLAGE (P) LTD., near to the Kutanad Tourist Information Centre by the side of ALLEPPEY-CHANGANACHERRY STATE HIGHWAY at Theckekara-Moncompu, through Onnankara Valavu, Pulincunnoo, Punnakkunnathusserry, Kannady, Kavalam, Mathi Kayal, Arupanku Kayal, etc to Kumarakom and back via R Block, Chennankary, Chathurthiakary by Pamba River.Pulincunnoo Church, Moncompu Devi Temple, Statue of Sri Chithira ThirunalMaharaja, Kavalam Chundan, Kayalpuram Church, Vast backwaters, Coconut lagoons etc are attractions en route.
Kuttanad Restaurant at Punnakkunnathusserry will supply choice, tasty food on way.
b) 3. Starting from the special boat jetty of KUTTANAD TOURISM VILLAGE (P) LTD., near to the Kutanad Tourist Information Centre by the side of ALLEPPEY-CHANGANACHERRY STATE HIGHWAY at Theckekara-Moncompu, Through the Canal under Onnankara Bridge, touching Kandankary, Pullangady, Edathua, Kidangara, etc and back.Kandankary Temple, Edathua Church, Chakkulathukavu Devi Temle, Vast Paddy Fields, Canals and Rivers are attractions.These are all one day Programmes. Food, either from the homes of local people, or uplifted from the Kuttanad Drive in Resaurant. Programmes can be combined by staying in Homes arranged at Kuttanad Tourism Village.
Cost of each programme per person Rs.4000/, For couple Rs.7000/ (inlusive of standard food) If stay involved Rs.1500/ per day extra
Guests are allowed to fix their route themselves, observing the natural beauty of surroundings.ROUTES FOR WALKING UNDER THE COCONUT TREES THROUGH BUNDS ON THE CANAL SIDES AND PADDY FIELDSa) Starting from the Kuttanad Tourism Village Office, through bunds touching Theckekara Church, Amichkary Temple, Champakulam Church, Nedumudy Kottaram Devi Temple, and back Approx distance – 8 kms. Food on way from homes of friends, or from restaurantb) Starting from the Kuttanad Tourism Village Office, to Onnankara Bridge, towards south, through bunds to Theckekara, Changankary, Pullangady, Kandankary, Vezhapra, Ramankary and back Famous temples, Churches, Canals, Ponds, Ancient Homes etc are attractions
Approx distance – 8 kms
Food on way from homes of friends, or from restaurant.
c) Starting from the Kuttanad Tourism Village Office to Punnakkunnathusserry, Pulincunnoo. Moncompu, Chathurthiakary and back.
Pulincunno Church, Moncompu Devi Temple, Statue, Ettu Kettu of Kulangara Illom, Nalukettus of Brahmin Mados in Moncompu, Schools, Libraries, Paddy fields Canals etc are attractions.
Approx distance – 8 kms.Food on way from homes of friends, or from Kuttanad Restaurant at Punnakunnathussery/Pulincunnoo.
These are also one day Programmes. Can be combined by staying in Homes arranged at Kuttanad Tourism Village.
Cost per person Rs.1500/, For couple Rs.2500/ (inclusive of standard food)
If stay involved Rs.1000/ per day extra
Guests are allowed to fix their route themselves, observing the natural beauty of surroundings.
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