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Title: Kerala Village Tourism


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Presentation Title
Kerala Village Tourism
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A visit to Gods Own Country would be incomplete
without a visit to its charming villages. The
pulse of Kerala can be felt in its villages,
which reverberates with the hum of daily life.
Kumbalanghi , the island village, is an idyllic
fishing village with emerald green backwaters,
swaying palm trees, fresh seafood. An immersive
experience into the traditional ways of life
await the visitor. One can experience shrimp and
crab farming, rides in country boats, try a hand
at coir yarn making, and weaving of coconut
leaves, watch the charming Chinese nets in action
as they bend on their cantilevers, dipping into
the waters to surface with a fresh catch of fish.
Quaint homestays dot the landscape and one can
experience life at the grass root level.
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One can savour some of the best local cuisine.
Fresh lobsters and seafood cooked in traditional
spices, and hot, delicious gravies are served
with boiled tapioca or steaming rice. Fried fish
marinated in spices or cooked in thick coconut
gravy, beef bits cooked with ginger, garlic and
tempered with a happy handful of curry leaves and
garnished with slivers of coconut or garden fresh
vegetables lightly seasoned with mustard and
grated coconut will leave the visitor with
pleasant memories.
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Village life in Alleppey can be experienced
either from the sun deck of a comfortable
Houseboat or disembark for the short walk, a meal
or the day from the Houseboat or hotel. Scenes
from ordinary life play out before the eyes,
chirpy children on their way to school, quaint
tea shops selling hot frothy tea and Kadi (deep
fried or steamed snacks) with the customary bunch
of ripe yellow bananas hanging in front to entice
the customer. A stop at one of these tea shops
is a must. The sociology of the village can be
experienced firsthand. Old men in chequered
lungis (sarong style cloth worn by men)
congregate to discuss politics, weather or local
gossip over a hot cuppa or what is know world
famous as the metre chai, (tea is aerated
repeatedly between two cups held at least a metre
apart) while the working class sit down for a
quick meal. Delicious snacks are served up, from
deep fried samosas to kozhukotta, steamed rice
dumplings filled with grated coconut infused with
jaggery and a variety of local fare. South India
Tours and packages are laced with these kinds of
Tours of Villages.
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On a leisurely walk through the village, one can
see the velan shimmying up coconut trees with
his lungi precariously tied half mast to bring
down coconuts, an acrobatic feat indeed! Or watch
the local women engaged in coir work, twisting
coconut fibre into ropes for the manufacture of
mats and other products. Yet another stop is the
ubiquitous Toddy Shop, where fresh toddy or
fermented sap of the coconut tree is served with
finger licking, spicy curries. The ambience of
the toddy shop though rudimentary, will provide
the visitor a free and compulsory performance of
local ballads, sung off key by drunken men
feasting on tapioca and spicy fish curry. The
delicacies of the toddy shop menu include fish
curry, duck roast, mussel, lobsters and clam in
kerala spices. A highlight in Kerala Tourism
Packages.
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The villages in the hills near Munnar Thekkady
are set among tea estates spread like a green
carpet over rolling hills as far the as the eye
can see. Villages in the hills are clustered and
each village engages in a specific activity or
industry. In the hills, villagers rear sheep or
goats, handicraft, embroidery, basketry and the
like. The visitor can opt to have a meal with a
local family and partake of the warm hospitality
that is trademark of Indians. The meal would
normally comprise of hot rice, lentils, home
grown vegetables, spicy meat curries, shallow
fried fish and a gooey warm desert or sweetmeat.
Responsible Tourism in India encourages Village
Tourism as it encourages the local economy while
preserving local craft heritage.
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Visitors will be lucky if there is a local temple
festival or church feast going on. the colourful
gaiety of the festival, replete with caparisoned
elephants, colourful processions, ringing of
bells, chanting of verse and religious fervour
can be experienced along with the farmers markets
that spring up to sell their wares to the
devotees. From handmade toys to homemade foods,
kitchen ware to flowers to adorn the snake like
black plaited hair that dangles down the womens
back are available. Village Tourism creates jobs
and sustenance without disturbing the ecology or
sociology of the place. It ensures that the
culturally rich heritage does not make way for
modernity. It preserves in a subtle yet
sustainable way.
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Sherlys Tours and Travels 20/191,Kochupally
road Thoppumpady ,Kochi-682005 Kerala,India Tel
91 484 3229151 Mob91 9447956758 Fax
04842235541
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