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    Golden Beaches of Alleppey Kerala by aussirose

    by aussirose Updated Apr 20, 2014

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    The beaches of Alleppey on the coast south of Kochi are nice. Coconut palms right on the beach give them a lovely tropical feel.

    It was worth the visit however personally I would recommend staying in Kumarakom like we did rather than staying in Alleppey. We did a day trip from Kumarakom and I am glad that we did so that I could make this comparison.

    Thumpoly Beach was way better than the main beach in Alleppey (see photos 3 & 4) - more scenic and less crowded.

    Link to Travelogue and then Kochi and Kumerakom pages

    Alleppey Thumpoly Beach Kerala India by aussirose Alleppey Beach Kerala India by aussirose Camels on Alleppy Beach Kerala by aussirose Thumpoly Beach Alleppey local life by aussirose Sunset on Alleppey Beach Kerala by aussirose
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    Athirappilly Waterfalls Kerala by aussirose

    by aussirose Updated Apr 16, 2014

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    Our holiday was about to finish. We had a late night flight out of Kochi and as such, had a full day to kill in between booking out from our accommodation at Kumerakom to arriving at Kochi International airport.

    So we hired a taxi and quizzed him about what to do. After discussing what we had seen and where we had been, our driver suggested that we visit Athirappilly Waterfalls. Why not?.... sounds good....so off we went.

    Well the trip was well worth it even though it rained a bit (first rain for Kerala in quite a while). Because of the rain we couldn't do any hiking so we based ourselves at a nice little restaurant in the hills with a view to kill and in between showers we were able to capture some nice photos.

    I would recommend a trip here to Athirappilly Waterfalls.

    Athirappilly Waterfalls Kerala by aussirose Waterfalls in Athirappilly near Kochi by aussirose Athirappilly Waterfalls Kerala by aussirose River near Athirappilly Waterfalls Kerala Athirappilly Waterfalls Kerala by aussirose
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    Munnar - Hills, Tea and Mountain Lakes

    by aussirose Written Apr 12, 2014

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    We had not planned to visit Munnar but we are now glad we did.

    Located in the hills about 4hrs from Kochi and 3 1/2hrs from Kumerakom, we hired an air-con full day taxi from our accommodation in Kumerakom and sat back to enjoy a full day of lovely scenery and fabulous photo opportunities.

    Here is just a snippet of the time we had. Full story on my Kumerakom page. I can see now why Munnar is vt's top tourist destination in Kerala.

    Echo Point Munnar Kerala India by aussirose Munnar mountains & tea plantations by aussirose Munnar Kerala tea plantation by aussirose Echo Point Munnar Kerala India by aussirose Tea stop Munnar Kerala India by aussirose
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    Cultural Performing Arts & Dance of Kerala

    by aussirose Updated Apr 11, 2014

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    You HAVE to do this!! Kerala is well known for its performing arts. This show is unique to south India. I had seen tips of this on vt and when our homestay host in Fort Kochi Saj organised tickets for us I was really excited!

    The show is a mixture of colourful traditional dance called Kathakali, colourful costumes, marshal arts, body movements, facial gestures and hand signs. They do not speak but tell a story by creative dance and amazing facial expressions.

    First of all we saw the make-up application. Make-up is heavily applied, especially around the eye area. Then the show was amazing. One performer (see photo 2 & 5) showed us a stack of facial and eye expressions to depict such things as surprise, anger, fear, love, sadness just by moving the eyes and cheeks. He was totally awesome! Then obviously the dance pantomimes and marshal arts that followed were also fantastic.

    I absolutely and totally recommend that you do this - Link below.

    aussirose meets Kathakali performer in Kochi India Traditional Kerala Kathakali Dance Fort Kochi Fort Kochi Performing Arts Dance by aussirose Drums - Kathakali Performing Arts Fort Kochi India Greenix Village Theature Fort Kochi by aussirose
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    Unique Houseboats of Kerala by aussirose

    by aussirose Updated Apr 11, 2014

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    These boats are unique to Kerala. They are basically made of rope stuck together with cashew resin. Called Kettuvallom or rice boat, they were originally used for the rice trade which is the staple of the Kerelan people along with coconut and tea.

    Now they are converted into awesome overnight accommodation (see the link below) and bring traditional culture right into the future and our day - and hopefully will stay forever as the unique culture of Kerala, India.

    Although we did not stay on one - we chose instead to stay in Kumerakom and do a backwater canal trip - we saw heaps of Kerala Houseboats and have heard that a night or two on one is definitely well worth the experience. Oh well, that is a great excuse to come back I reckon :o)

    Kelluvallam - Houseboats of Kumarakom by aussirose Houseboats Kumarakom, Kerala India by aussirise Kelluvallam - Houseboats in Kerala India Kelluvallam - Houseboats of Kumarakom by aussirose
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    Famous Backwaters of Kerala by aussirose

    by aussirose Updated Apr 11, 2014

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    Kerala is well known for its backwaters - in fact it is commonly called "The Venice of the East". This is what attracted me to Kerala.

    Whilst most people visit the well known places in India, I wanted to experience something different and unique. This attraction certainly fit the bill - and I can totally recommend the backwater experience of Kerala.

    You can book a backwater cruise from your hotel which is what we did in Kumerakom or you can stay on a houseboat however keep in mind that the houseboats cannot go in the smaller canals like we did. Read more about our backwater experience on my Kumerakom page.

    aussirose VT Flag - Backwaters Kerala India Backwaters Kumerakom Kerala India by aussirose Lovely backwaters Kerala India by aussirose Kerala India backwaters scenery by aussirose Kumerakom backwaters India by aussirose
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    Fort Kochi Chinese Fishing Nets

    by aussirose Written Apr 11, 2014

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    This would have to be the coolest unique attraction in Kerala - the Chinese Fishing Nets along the water front of Fort Kochi.

    Obviously an old Chinese tradition, these fishing nets are used daily by the fishermen who in turn sell their fresh catch along the water front. Just pick your fish and they will cook it for you on the spot.

    The nets are made of bamboo and are lowered in and out of the water by hand held ropes.

    The last couple of photos are of a local fisherman using a hand held net. I am lucky to get this shot as I did not use photo burst mode but took the one shot.

    More interesting stuff about these fishing nets is on my Kochi page. This was only a leisurely 5 minute walk from our homestay.

    Fort Kochi Kerala India Fishing Nets by aussirose Chinese Fishing Nets Fort Kochi by aussirose Fishing boat passing Chinese Nets Fort Kochi India Kochi local fisherman at Chinese Fishing Nets Fort Kochi India by aussirose local fisherman
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    Lighthouse Beach

    by Madasabull Written Dec 3, 2013

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    This was the place where the Beatles chilled out in their day. And it is just beautiful. Get a hotel right near the beach, bars and restaurants, and you will be thrilled.

    The sand is lovely, the water is clear and clean, you can watch the fishermen bringing fish in from dragging nets from the beach. And for a few quid you can hire a sun lounger on the beach that the beach boys bring over to you and set up, and even put a sun shade over it if you want.

    Really, this was the nicest beach we found in Kerala, and we loved it and will be back.

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    Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary

    by Madasabull Written Dec 3, 2013

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    We took a trip up here to see wild elephant and maybe even a wild tiger. We saw plenty of elephants from a tour boat, but no tigers. We really werent expecting to see a tiger of course.

    It was miles from Lighthouse Beach, I mean, so far we had to stay over in a B&B, after climbing miles of crazy dangerous mountain roads to get there.

    It was lovely up there, but the one thing that really stood out for us, was a hotel restaurant in the village, that I cant remember the name of sorry, that served the most amazing food we had ever eaten on our travels. It was just something else, and the price of the food was next to nothing.

    Im going crazy trying to remember the little village we stayed the night where the restaurant is. As soon as I find out I will make sure you know.

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    Rice Boat for a couple of nights is a must!

    by Madasabull Written Dec 3, 2013

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    Seriously, if you are going to do one thing away from the beach, this has to be it. It was amazing. We booked it with a travel agent near the beach, and we were picked up from our Hotel, driven to the Rice Boat, and off we went for 2 nights.

    There was a cook, a cleaner/cook, and the driver of the boat, and just my partner and I. We chugged around the canals and backwaters continually, other than at night, when we were parked up so we could sleep.

    The food was amazing considering the kitchen was about 4ft square. We had fried fish, and curries, and all kinds of sweet things. We stopped at a shop next to the canal (touristy thing where the crew maybe make a couple of bucks) to pick up some freshwater prawns about a foot long. We bought these from the shop. They probably taste pretty bland on their own, but the cook made magic with them, and the food was great.

    As we traveled around the backwaters, we saw people washing clothes, fishing and living. We saw loads of wild life, and at night the lights from our boat attracted some weird critters through the open windows, but it wasnt a problem. There were even 2 rats in the roof fighting for an hour, but again, it didnt seem to bother us, it was all part of it and amazing. Do it.

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    Cliff beach

    by wrldtravler Written Oct 22, 2013

    Away from the bustle of kovalam and north of trivandrum, nestled by towering red cliffs is the gorgeous beach of Varkala. Every keralite will credit the lushness of the foliage to the local red earth and they are on full display on the 30 foot cliffs of varkala.
    A positive fallout of the steep cliffs is that the beach is void of shacks and stalls. A quick walk up the cliffside puts you on cliff road, the main thoroughfare with all the restaurants and bars.

    Cliff Road & Varkala Beach Fresh Marlin for dinner Varkala Beach Beach-tastic Shrimpalicious
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  • Kalari cneters and Backwaters in Kerala

    by keralaexpert Written Oct 14, 2012

    Hi,

    There are many kalari centres in Kerala and you will find best in North Kerala (Calicut and Kannur region).

    Some of the best Kalari centres are
    a) CVN Kalari, Calicut ( They have two centres - Nadakkavau and Edakkad).
    b) MGS Kalari, Kannur.
    c) Gurukulam Kalari, Tellicherry.

    Since you know better than me ( regarding Martial arts), you can contact these centers and choose the best one.

    Regarding Backwaters:
    Backwaters are common in Alleppey and Kumarakom ( Both are around 65 kms from Kochi). You can either experience a backwater stay in a resort or homestay OR an overnight stay in a houseboat with day cruise. 12Noon is the check in time for houseboat. Next day 9AM is the checkout time. Houseboats will be anchored from 6PM to 7AM. All meals will be provided in that. You can demand for special fish items. Compared to hotel stay, houseboats are costly and the cost varies from INR 7500 to 10,000 depending on boat quality for a single bedroom houseboat (2 persons). Contact best players in the industry for avoiding frauds. Some of the good players are a) Malabar Tarvels b) islandgetaways.in c) Casino group d) Muthoot e) rainbow cruises f) Kumarakom lake resort. For anymore clarifications, write to me.

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    kumarakom

    by 6aruna Written Sep 25, 2012

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    Backwater area near Kottayam . Highlighted as a bird sanctuary but both times i have been there i have been unlucky- only crows . The place is teeming with resorts. Visit during monsoon , rain drenched Kerala with lush greenery and overcast sky is a sight to behold (strictly for those who love the rain)

    backwaters monsoon and overcast sky
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    Temples Of Kerala 3 - Malayalapuzha Devi Temple

    by ushar Written Sep 12, 2012

    Well known Malayalapuzha Devi Temple is situated, East of Pathanamthitta 6 kms via Kumbazha (just outside the Pathanamthitta town) .
    The Goddess here is in the fierce form of the Goddess known as Bhadrakali. She is called Malayalapuzha Amma. The temple attracts devotees from all major religions of Kerala. It is a Hindu Temple, but each week one in four devotees seeking blessings at the Malayalapuzha Devi Temple is a Christian or a Muslim. A hundred thousand devotees worship at the temple weekly, with Tuesday and Friday the most popular days for darshan (viewing) of Goddess Bhadrakali, a form of the Goddess Parvati. She is popularly known as "Malayalapuzha Amma" (Mother of Malayalapuzha) for Malayalapuzha village and hill of the same name. The power of the Mother is such that those who reach her lap once, whoever they be, are not able to live without visiting the temple at least once in a month.
    41 days Kalam Ezhuthum Pattum from Vrichigam 1 and Eleven days festival from Thiruvathira of Kumbhom is held here. The only one Temple in Kerala where the " Satha Kodi Archana" has performed and lakhs of devotees participated. The popular belief is that the Goddess is noted for getting the unmarried girls married, protecting the devotee from enemies, helping businesses flourish, getting employment and in general extending prosperity to all the devotees.

    Malayalapuzha Devi Temple - Entrance from the east Malayalapuzha Devi Temple - Entrance from east 2 Malayalapuzha Devi Temple -Swarna Kodimaram Malayalapuzha Devi Temple - closeup - eastentrance Malayalapuzha Devi Temple -offerings to devi
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    Temples of Kerala 2 - Chengannur Mahadevar Temple

    by ushar Updated Sep 12, 2012

    Chengannur, a beautiful town in 'God's own country', Kerala. Chenganoor, situates at the extreme east part of Alappuzha district. 117kms north of state capital Thiruvananthapuram on the Main Central Road (MC Road). Nammalwar of the 1st millennium CE, describes Chenkunrur or Chenganoor as a town where the smoke, emanating from the Vedic ritual yagna, fills the sky and as a place surrounded by rich lush vegetation (of bananas and coconuts).

    This town is one of the fastest developing town in kerala. It was a busy business town in the historical period. Many great historical events took place in this small beautiful place which is watered by sacred river "Pampa". It is a border to Pathanamthitta district. You can reach at this place by Road, Rail, and Water Transport systems.

    Chengannur Mahadevar Temple

    Chengannur Mahadevar Temple is one of the oldest and famous temple in Kerala. It has a circular Sanctum. Lord Shiva and Parvathi Devi are the main investitures of this temple. Differing from other temples, there are two main Shrines in this temple. Lord Shiva facing East and Devi facing West. The main shrine is a conical copper plated one. Devi’s main Idol is made with an alloy of five metals (PANCHALOHAM). The Shivalingam, is covered with a gold plate bearing an image of Ardhanareeswara - or the Shiva-Shakti manifestation of Shiva.
    The temple was constructed centuries back in accordance with an architectural design evolved by the famous Perunthachan. The mukhamandapam in front of the temple and other mandapams in this temple are full of exquisite woodwork.
    Compared to other temples, this temple has a peculiarity of its own, quiet distinct from other temples. The interesting belief and festival of this Temple is TRIPUTHARATTU which is considered as a symbol of fertility. This festival is connected with a menstruation ceremony, which is observed periodically in the temple. That is why this temple is also considered as Shakthi Peedam.

    Chengannur Mahadevar Temple - Full view from front Chengannur Mahadevar Temple - The entrance Chengannur Mahadevar Temple- An angle view Chengannur Mahadevar Temple - Chengannur Mahadevar Temple - outside shop
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