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God’s Own Country

At the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent is a region so verdant and unspoilt, it can only be God’s own. Kerala is truly a blessed land, a glorious tropical paradise. The leaf-shaped patch on the map is bounded by the magnificent Western Ghats mountain range on its higher side, and slopes to the sunny Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean along its other length. Connecting the two edges are salty lagoons (kayal) – Kerala’s geographic jewels – that stud the Malabar coastline. Don’t miss a night on a kettuvallom, the olden rice-barges (turned houseboats) of its shimmering backwaters in Alappuzha. Here, on the beautiful Vembanad Lake, meander through networked canals – reminiscent of Venetian waterways – as you drift past scenic fishing villages. Come July-September, Kerala’s traditional snake boats (chundan vallam) flag off from Alappuzha’s Punnamada Lake. The long, dark, graceful boats line up in caparisoned glory to compete for the prestigious Nehru Trophy in a thrilling race. Witness ceremonial water processions with spectacular floats as the very air reverberates with the vanchipattu (song of the oarsmen) and the iconic snake boat is king for the day.

Parambikulam Tiger Reserve
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Parambikulam Tiger Reserve

The beautiful Parambikulam Tiger Reserve (formerly Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary) lies in the Palakkad District, between the Annamalai and Nelliampathy hills of the Western Ghats.
The Reserve is contiguous with and a part of the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary (across the state border, in Tamil Nadu) and must be entered from Pollachi in Tamil Nadu.
The 643.66 sq. km of green cover is one of the best protected ecological parks in India and a biodiversity hotspot, forming the prime habitat of some highly endangered species. A trek in the lush, dense forest is likely to yield sightings of the elephant, deer, Nilgiri langur, sloth bear, wild boar, macaque, flying squirrel, and several bird and butterfly species...and if you’re lucky, the glorious big cats – tigers and leopards.
Be sure to meet the ‘Gentle Giant’ of Parambikulam – the Kannimara Teak is one of the oldest (believed to be 450 years old), tallest, and largest living teak trees in the world.
Karimala Gopuram (1,438 m), reigns tall in the south. Easy to climb, Vengoli Malai (1120 m) in the east is a favourite with visitors. Pandaravarai (1290 m) stands lofty in the north, while Puliyarapadam (1010 m) looks up to the other three from the west. Trekking trails afford sweeping views of Kerala’s incredible beauty...sometimes also of the highly endangered Nilgiri tahr.
Three dams - Parambikulam, Thunakkadavu, and Peruvaripallam – lie within the sanctuary, on the River Parambiar. Hire rowboats at Thunakkadavu and Parambikulam; spot mugger crocodiles in the water or sunning themselves on the banks!
The Reserve organises wonderful eco-tourism experiences such as night-stays, trekking, camps, and nature-education trails, carefully guided by experienced forest guides.
Want to experience the Parambikulam Tiger Reserve ? Contact us
Backwaters of Alappuzha
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Backwaters of Alappuzha

Called the rice bowl of Kerala, the Kuttanad region grows paddy on water-filled fields reclaimed from the sea. It is here in gorgeous Kuttanad, that Alappuzha – with its endless stretches of paddy fields, streams and canals, bridges, a silver beach, serene lagoons, and emerald coconut palms – beckons. Alappuzha’s location between the Arabian Sea and a vast network of rivers flowing into it, accounts for its unique blend of fresh and saltwater eco-systems.
Alappuzha’s greatest allure, however, is the stunning backwaters. The town has at least six navigable canals that are its lifeline; they connect it to an intricate mesh of backwater trails, earning Alappuzha the sobriquet ‘the Venice of the East’. Here, visitors rediscover the joys of life lived at a beautifully languid pace. On the canals, boatmen row past gracefully even as traffic hurtles above them on bustling modern bridges.
A luxurious backwaters cruise aboard a kettuvallom is the finest way to experience Alappuzha’s beautiful fishing villages in comfort. Olden barges used to ferry rice and spices, the kettuvalloms today are modified houseboats, equipped with every facility.
The centuries-old unique style of the boatmen’s song is still celebrated; the special traditional cuisine is still yours to enjoy – with a chef on board to pamper you with the full range of Kerala cookery. Fresh seafood straight off the nets! Meanwhile, alluvial banks on either side burst with lush stands of mango, papaya, jackfruit, coconut palm, and tapioca…
And should you desire a more romantic trip, you can cruise down the Vembanad Lake all the way to Kochi.
Alappuzha’s Punnamada Kayal (Lake) is the starting point for the famed Nehru Trophy Boat Race.
Want to include more interactions with locals during your trip to India? Contact us
Kovalam Beach
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Kovalam Beach

The three crescent sandscapes of Kovalam – a tranquil fishing village in the old days – that form its internationally renowned beach trio, are just a half hour’s drive out of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala’s state capital. Separated by rocky headlands, the beaches are the prime attractions here.
The most famous – and hence sought after – is the southernmost Lighthouse Beach. The beautiful old lighthouse that gives the Beach its name is the Vizhinjam Lighthouse. It stands on a rocky promontory, its striking beams at regular intervals in the night lending the bay an atmospheric quality.
Go adventuring on a catamaran or surfboard, swim in the calm waters of the Arabian Sea, and return to shore for a delicious seafood snack; or simply sleep in the sun as it toasts you golden, then return to your resort for a 27-course traditional Kerala sadhya for lunch, followed, perhaps, by aromatic filter coffee to finish off a splendid feast. Then back to the sands to build your appetite for a Malabar biryani dinner!
Should you like some time to yourself, try a rejuvenating massage of oils and herbs at one of the Ayurveda centres; else immerse yourself in a performance of Kerala’s spectacular cultural traditions – dance, drama, music or a martial art.
Meanwhile, charming Thiruvananthapuram is just 16 km away. Content donning a laidback mantle, the clean capital city shows off gorgeous tree-lined avenues and crimson sunsets. The Napier Museum, Sri Chitra Art Gallery, Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Meteorological Centre, and elegant palace complexes are sights not to be missed.
Looking for an itinerary to travel to Kovalam with us? Contact us
Parambikulam Tiger Reserve
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Parambikulam Tiger Reserve

The beautiful Parambikulam Tiger Reserve (formerly Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary) lies in the Palakkad District, between the Annamalai and Nelliampathy hills of the Western Ghats.
The Reserve is contiguous with and a part of the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary (across the state border, in Tamil Nadu) and must be entered from Pollachi in Tamil Nadu.
The 643.66 sq. km of green cover is one of the best protected ecological parks in India and a biodiversity hotspot, forming the prime habitat of some highly endangered species. A trek in the lush, dense forest is likely to yield sightings of the elephant, deer, Nilgiri langur, sloth bear, wild boar, macaque, flying squirrel, and several bird and butterfly species...and if you’re lucky, the glorious big cats – tigers and leopards.
Be sure to meet the ‘Gentle Giant’ of Parambikulam – the Kannimara Teak is one of the oldest (believed to be 450 years old), tallest, and largest living teak trees in the world.
Karimala Gopuram (1,438 m), reigns tall in the south. Easy to climb, Vengoli Malai (1120 m) in the east is a favourite with visitors. Pandaravarai (1290 m) stands lofty in the north, while Puliyarapadam (1010 m) looks up to the other three from the west. Trekking trails afford sweeping views of Kerala’s incredible beauty...sometimes also of the highly endangered Nilgiri tahr.
Three dams - Parambikulam, Thunakkadavu, and Peruvaripallam – lie within the sanctuary, on the River Parambiar. Hire rowboats at Thunakkadavu and Parambikulam; spot mugger crocodiles in the water or sunning themselves on the banks!
The Reserve organises wonderful eco-tourism experiences such as night-stays, trekking, camps, and nature-education trails, carefully guided by experienced forest guides.
Want to experience the Parambikulam Tiger Reserve ? Contact us
Backwaters of Alappuzha
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Backwaters of Alappuzha

Called the rice bowl of Kerala, the Kuttanad region grows paddy on water-filled fields reclaimed from the sea. It is here in gorgeous Kuttanad, that Alappuzha – with its endless stretches of paddy fields, streams and canals, bridges, a silver beach, serene lagoons, and emerald coconut palms – beckons. Alappuzha’s location between the Arabian Sea and a vast network of rivers flowing into it, accounts for its unique blend of fresh and saltwater eco-systems.
Alappuzha’s greatest allure, however, is the stunning backwaters. The town has at least six navigable canals that are its lifeline; they connect it to an intricate mesh of backwater trails, earning Alappuzha the sobriquet ‘the Venice of the East’. Here, visitors rediscover the joys of life lived at a beautifully languid pace. On the canals, boatmen row past gracefully even as traffic hurtles above them on bustling modern bridges.
A luxurious backwaters cruise aboard a kettuvallom is the finest way to experience Alappuzha’s beautiful fishing villages in comfort. Olden barges used to ferry rice and spices, the kettuvalloms today are modified houseboats, equipped with every facility.
The centuries-old unique style of the boatmen’s song is still celebrated; the special traditional cuisine is still yours to enjoy – with a chef on board to pamper you with the full range of Kerala cookery. Fresh seafood straight off the nets! Meanwhile, alluvial banks on either side burst with lush stands of mango, papaya, jackfruit, coconut palm, and tapioca…
And should you desire a more romantic trip, you can cruise down the Vembanad Lake all the way to Kochi.
Alappuzha’s Punnamada Kayal (Lake) is the starting point for the famed Nehru Trophy Boat Race.
Want to include more interactions with locals during your trip to India? Contact us
Kovalam Beach
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Kovalam Beach

The three crescent sandscapes of Kovalam – a tranquil fishing village in the old days – that form its internationally renowned beach trio, are just a half hour’s drive out of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala’s state capital. Separated by rocky headlands, the beaches are the prime attractions here.
The most famous – and hence sought after – is the southernmost Lighthouse Beach. The beautiful old lighthouse that gives the Beach its name is the Vizhinjam Lighthouse. It stands on a rocky promontory, its striking beams at regular intervals in the night lending the bay an atmospheric quality.
Go adventuring on a catamaran or surfboard, swim in the calm waters of the Arabian Sea, and return to shore for a delicious seafood snack; or simply sleep in the sun as it toasts you golden, then return to your resort for a 27-course traditional Kerala sadhya for lunch, followed, perhaps, by aromatic filter coffee to finish off a splendid feast. Then back to the sands to build your appetite for a Malabar biryani dinner!
Should you like some time to yourself, try a rejuvenating massage of oils and herbs at one of the Ayurveda centres; else immerse yourself in a performance of Kerala’s spectacular cultural traditions – dance, drama, music or a martial art.
Meanwhile, charming Thiruvananthapuram is just 16 km away. Content donning a laidback mantle, the clean capital city shows off gorgeous tree-lined avenues and crimson sunsets. The Napier Museum, Sri Chitra Art Gallery, Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Meteorological Centre, and elegant palace complexes are sights not to be missed.
Looking for an itinerary to travel to Kovalam with us? Contact us

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