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KERALA CONVEYANCE

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Kerala Cruise offers prompt and punctual conveyance facilities for tourists. On prior booking, guests will be picked up from Airports, promptly on arrival, and taken to their places of accommodation. Conveyance is also arranged for taking tourists back to the airports/ railway stations on departure. The company operates a fleet of vehicles including a/c cars, SUVs, and Deluxe buses. For large group tourists, the company also offers conducted tours at important locations. The vehicles for conveyance are arranged as per booking categories Premeum/Deluxe/ Super Deluxe.

The personnel employed for assisting tourists are specially trained by the company. They act both as chauffeurs and travel guides.

KERALA FUN AND FESTIVALS

Boat Race

Snake Boat Race (Nehru Trophy Boat Race)

This popular boat race is the most important tourist event of the region and is held on the second Saturday of August every year at the Vembanad Lake. Boats sponsored by various villages compete fiercely in the competition. The highlight of this prestigious event is Chundan Vallam, the 130 feet long snake boat, decorated with colourful silk umbrellas ,with over 100 rowers 4 helmsman and 25 cheer leaders. Thousands of spectators from all over the world watch avidly from the banks.

Onam
onam

The most famous and eagerly awaited event of Kerala is Onam. This is the national festival of Kerala and is celebrated by everyone cutting across religions. Onam is essentially a harvest festival and falls on the Thiruonam day in the month of Chingam [mid August to mid September]. The Onam festival lasts for 10 days. The festivities include Athapookkalam [floral designs] made in the porches of houses, and various sports and games such as Oonjalattom, Thumbithullal, Thiruvathirakali and Kaikottikali etc. Boat races also form part of Onam festival. The most important event is the splendorous Onam Feast with a rich variety of Kerala dishes served on banana leaves.

thrissur pooram
Thrissur Pooram

Thrissur Pooram is the most renowned and the most colorful of the numerous temple festivals of Kerala. Pooram is celebrated in the month of Medom (mid April to mid May), and it consists of processions of richly caparisoned elephants to the Vadakunnatha temple, Thrissur, from many neighboring temples, most importantly from Thiruvampady and Paramekkavu. The rival groups of Paramekkavu and Thiruvambadi vie with each other in the elephant pageantry, displaying the most artistic parasols and colorful umbrellas. The Pooram festival is also well-known for the magnificent display of fireworks. Another unique feature of the festival is the marvelous Panchavadyam orchestra, a combination of five percussion and wind instruments.

Athachamayam
Athachamayam

The Thripunithura Athachamayam is famed for it rich and varied festivities. The festival is celebrated in Thripunithura , a small town at the outskirts of Kochi. This festival marks the beginning of the Onam festival. The festival is a huge procession that showcases the cultural diversity of Kerala. The procession incorporates caparisoned elephants, and various Kerala art forms like Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, Thiruvathirakali, Theyyam, Karakattom, Ammankudam, Attakavadi, Pulikali etc. The typical Kerala musical ensembles such as Chendamelam, Panchvadyam, Pambamelam etc are also performed during the procession.

KERALA CULTURE

kathakali

Kathakali

Kathakali is the most unique and world renowned dance drama of Kerala. Kathakali, one of the oldest dance forms in India, is a spectacular combination of drama, dance, music and ritual. Kathakali is a highly evocative art that casts a compelling artistic spell on the spectator with stylized and picturesque hand - poses and vivid facial expression. Kathakali is noted for its archaic costumes. The large overcoats, the flowing scarves, the bulging skirts, the antique ornaments, the strikingly opulent head dresses with streaming hair flowing down to the waist and covering the back – are spectacular and they leave a lasting impressions on the viewer.

Theyyam
theyyam

Theyyam, also known as Thira, is ritual dance form of northern Kerala performed in glorification of the goddess. Themes of the performance are related to the triumph of the goddess Durga over the demon Daruka and other evil characters. Theyyam incorporates dance, mime and music and enshrines the rudiments of ancient tribal cultures which attached great importance to the worship of heroes and the spirits of ancestors. The headgear and other ornamental decorations are spectacular in sheer size and appearance. Theyyams are performed annually from December to April.

pulikali
Pulikali

Pulikali, known also as Kaduvakali, is a brilliantly colourful Folk Art form in Kerala. Pulikali s performed mainly in the district of Thrissur. The theme of the performance revolves around tiger hunting. The grand fiesta of Pulikali is annually performed on the fourth day of Onam. The 'tigers,' painted in bright yellow, red, and black, dance to the rhythm of the drums. In the Pulikali procession, artists perform in groups, and enact scenes of the tiger preying on an animal, and the hunters trying to hunt the cunning tiger.


Thiruvathira or Thiruvathirakali
thiruvathira

Thiruvathira is a popular dance form in Kerala. Traditionally, Thiruvathira dance is performed by groups of maidens during the festival season of Onam and on the Thiruvathira Day that falls in month of Dhanu [mid December to mid January]. This gentle dance accompanied by slow music is performed around the lighted ceremonial lamp, or around a floral decoration. The dancers move in circle, singing a choric song that relates some stories from the Indian epics.

KERALA NATURE

Kodanad Elephant Centre

Kodanad Elephant Centre

Kodanad is a small village 45 km from the city of Kochi and is famous as one of the major eco tourism destinations of Kerala. It is known for the famous 'Elephant Kraal,' maintained as center for elephant rescue and training. The Kraal also trains mahouts. Watching the baby elephants playing mischief is one of the pleasantest sights which few tourists would like to miss. Elephants are trained for safari, and the center is famed for giving elephant rides to tourists. Kerala My Tour provides opportunity for tourists to visit Kodanad, and to enjoy elephant ride along the village walkways.

Ponmudi Hills
ponmudi hills

An idyllic hill resort and health resort with tea plantation, narrow, winding pathways, and cool, green wooded environs. Ponmudi is located 915 meters above the sea level. It is blessed with a verity of beautiful mountain flowers, exotic butterflies, small streams, springs and the deer park nearby. This hill station also has excellent trekking trails.

munnar
Munnar Hill Station

Munnar hill is situated at an altitude of 5000 to 8000 feet above sea level and is situated at the confluence of three mountains streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. This hill station was one of the summer resorts of the British officials in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, Picture book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Among the exotic flora found in the forest and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower bathes the hills in blue every twelve years. Munnar also has the highest peak in the South India, Anamudi, which towers over 2695 meters. Anamudi is an ideal place for trekking.

Thekkady / Periyar wild life Sanctuary
thekkady

The pride of Periyar valley, located at Thekkady, is the oldest and largest Tiger reserve in Kerala. Spread across the foot hills of the Southern Western Ghats, this 777 Sq Km forest land is also home to the Asiatic Elephant. A repository of rare and endangered flora and fauna, the valley is a major water shed for two important reveres- the Periyar and Pampa. The famous Shabarimala Shrine and the Mangala Devi Temple are also situated in the region.
Tourists can stay inside the forest to sleep with wild life. A visit Spice Garden, Trekking, Boating in the Periyar Lake watching the wild life on the shore is an experience that will stay fresh in memory for ever after.

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Alappuzha

With the Arabian Sea in the west, and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers crisscrossing it, Alappuzha is a district of immense natural beauty. Referred to as the 'Venice of the East' by travelers from across the world, this backwater country is also home to diverse bird life. By virtue of its proximity to the sea, the town has always enjoyed a unique place in the maritime history of Kerala.

Today, Alappuzha has become prominant as a backwater tourist center attracting several thousands of foreign as well as domestic tourists each year. Alappuzha is also famous for its Boat race, House boat holidays, Beaches, Marine products and Coir industry. A singular characteristic of this land is the adjoining region called Kuttanad. A land of lush paddy fields, Kuttanad is called the Rice Bowl of Kerala, and is one of the few places in the world where farming is done below the sea level.

Kumarakom
kumarakom

The village of kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake and this small water world is part of the Kuttanad region. The Bird sanctuary here, which is spread across 14 acres, is a favorite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologists' paradise. Egrets, Darters, Herons, Teal, Water flower, Cuckoo, Wild Duck and migratory birds like the Siberian Storks that come in flocks are a fascination for visitors. The best way to watch the birds of the Kumarakom sanctuary is a boat trip around the island. It is an unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forest, emerald green paddy fields, and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting water ways and canals.

kovalam
Kovalam Beach

Kovalam beach is an internationally renounced beach in Kerala, with three adjacent crescent beaches. Kovalam has been a favorite haunt of tourists, especially Europeans. Since 1930 a massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters, ideal for sea bathing. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse. Sun bathing, swimming, herbal body toning massage, special cultural programs, catamaran cruising etc. the favorites of tourists.




FORTS, TEMPLES AND CHURCHES


Duch Churches [ Santa Cruz Basilica Church Kochi ]
Santa Cruz Basilica

The historic Roman Catholic Church (Dutch church) near the St. Francis Church was built by the Portuguese. It was elevated to a cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558. The church was demolished by the British in 1795, when they captured Cochin. In 1887 a new building was constructed on the same site and it was proclaimed a Basilica in 1984 by Pope John Paul II. The Church has a rich collection of beautiful paintings.

Jewish Synagogue
Jewish Synagogue & Jew Town ( Kochi )

It was built in 1568, and is the oldest synagogue in India. The synagogue was partially destroyed during the Portuguese raid in 1662, and was rebuilt by the Dutch. The great scrolls of the Old Testament, the copper plates depicting the grants of privilege made by the Kochi rulers, Hebrew in Scripture on Stone slab and other ancient artifacts are some of the evidences of the Jewish history stored over here. The township around the synagogue is known for spice trade and curio shops dealing in antiques as well as rare glass beads.

Krishnapuram Palace
Krishnapuram Palace

This palace was built during the reign of Maharaja Marthanda Varma. It is a miniature model of the Padmanabhapuram palace, near Thiruvanandapuram. The spectacular 16 block building sprawls over an area of 1.87 areas which is now an archaeological museum. The restored two story palace houses paintings, antique furniture and sculpture. Burial urns, bronze artifacts, swords ancient vessels, weights, cannon balls, model of umbrellas and even a Sanskrit Bible are some of the exhibits here.

Padmanabhapuram Palace

Padmanabhapuram Palace [ Wooden Palace Kanyakumari ]

The seat of the erstwhile rulers of Travancore, this splendid palace is situated at Thakkala, on the way to Kanyakumari. This is a well preserved Wooden Palace, a glorious testimony to the traditional Kerala School of architecture. The extraordinary murals, exquisite floral carvings and the black glossy granite floor have withstood the test of time.


Guruvayur Temple
Guruvayur Temple

Guruvayur temple is one of the most famous temples in Kerala. Krishna is the presiding deity of the temple. It is a temple where the Vedic traditions are followed strictly without any compromise. Guruvayur temple is the cradle of art and culture. Krishnanattom, a famous dance form of Kerala, from which Koodiyattom and Kathakali evolved later, had its origins in this temple. One of the most popular offerings in the temple is Thulabharam, in which the devotee offers an object of his choice (from flowers and fruits to coins of gold) in equal measure of his own body weight. The temple permits entry only to Hindus, and dress code is strictly enforced in the temple.

Suchindram Temple
Suchindram Temple

Suchindram Temple is located in Tamil Nadu, adjacent to the Kerala border. The presiding deity is Siva, but the Hindy Trinity - Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva - are also worshiped here. The temple is a major pilgrim center, and attracts thousands of devotees and tourists. The temple was constructed around 17th century and is renowned for its architecture. There is no restriction to entry in the temple.



Thripunithura Palace
Thripunithura Palace

The Thripunithura Hill Palace and Museum is largest archeological museum in Kerala. The Hill palace was built in 1865 by the king of the erstwhile kingdom of Cochin. The museum displays 14 categories of exhibits including Kerala murals, paintings, sculptures, manuscripts etc. The museum is open for public on all days except Mondays.


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