Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Kerala Backwater Tours from IRCTC

7 hour backwater cruise through villages of Kerala

Daily Tour - Starts from Main Boat jetty, Ernakulam 8:30 hours and comes back at 17:30 hours (on a house boat and country boat with ethnic Kerala lunch. Pickup from hotel arranged)

Tour organised by
- Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd

Programe - 30 minutes journey by coach/car to a nearby village. Four hours backwater cruise on a houseboat through wide canals and lagoons and 3 hours village cruise on country boat through the little canals of various villages,

Itinerary - See Traditional coir making, A rare chance to see medicinal plants. 30 minutes walk around the villages under the cool shady coconut palms. Hear and watch kingfishers and coromorants

Food - Ethnic kerala meals

About the village - the village lies 20 kms south-east of Cochin. Since there are no industries in the area, the village is free from sound/air pollution. The main occupation of teh villagers is rope making from the coconut fibre, straw mat weaving using pinepapple leaves, collecting sand from teh river bed, fishing and farming.

About the boats - The house boat converted from Kettuvalllam is made with the hardwood "Anjili" and is about 70 feet long and 13 feet wide. It has a spacious double room with a modern toilet and an open pavilion.

Price - Rs 550 per person which includes 7 hours backwater cruise, lunch and transportation.Free hotel pickup is also priovided

For reservatin contact
Regional Office
#40/1984, Salih Arcade
Convent Road,
Kochi 682035
Tel: 91 484 2382991

Thiruvanthapyuram - 9447191846
Kottayam - 9495237383
Kochi - 9446579474
Aleppey - 9446513972
Mangalore - 9964318278
Coimbatore - 9952338653
Kozhikide - 9446539292

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