Kumarakom is a small village located on the banks of Vembanadu lake which is a world famous tourist destination in Kerala. To read more about Kumarakom, visit our exclusive Kumarakom page
About this Tour:
This tour is designed in such a way that you should feel as one of a local. Visiting local homes, meeting with local people, mingling with them, participating with their day to day activities etc are the main attraction of this tour. The main activities you can experience during this tour is below:
Coir making – coconut fiber coir rope is still used in Kerala for different purposes, instead of plastic rope.
Coconut palm weaving. Leafs of Coconut palm are woven and is being used for roofing of Kerala homes.
Toddy tapping and tasting of toddy ( a local drink derived from the coconut trees),
Screw pine weaving (mat weaved from screw pine is still used in local household for sleeping or day leisure).
Net cast fishing by locals – these are their local activities.
Village walk – Village walk is part of this tour as you need to connect one place to another place where another experience is arranged. This gives you an idea of a local village, household, paddy field etc.
This is the only tour which gives you an experience of a local village life, which is available only in few places. Some of the other details of the tour is given below.
0625hrs – 0630hrs – Assemble at Kumarakom Tourism facilitation centre at Kavanatinkara, the guide will meet and help boarding motorized shikkara boat.
0630hrs – 0640hrs – Proceed to Ms Ajitha home. Arrival and greet by Ms Ajitha to her home.
0640hrs – 0720hrs – Ms Ajitha will show you “coir making”, “coconut chutney (a famous Kerala dish) making” and she will also help you to wear a “traditional Kerala dress” for a photo shoot.
0720hrs – 0740hrs – Coconut Tree climbing. How to climb a 150mtrs long coconut tree by locals. You can also physically experience this if you are interested.
0745hrs – Come back to shikkara and start moving to Manchira village. A 20minuts canal cruise through the villages.
0815hrs – Arrival at Manchira village. Ms Sathi, Ms Rossamma and Ms Ajitha, all are locals, will meet, greet and accompany you to their home.
0820hrs – 0840hrs – These three local ladies show you “coconut leaf weaving” and “screw ping weaving”. You can also join them to weave, once they show how to do this.
0840hrs – 0855hrs – Walk through the village for 15minutes to experience local village and household.
0855hrs to 0915hrs – Visit a toddy tapping and taste a glass of toddy.
0915hrs – Come back and board shikkara.
0930hrs – Arrival back at Kavanatinkara. Tour ends.
How the Tour is Arranged:
Each and every activities mentioned in the above programme are happening in Kumarakom. Since these activities are time bound or it happening in different times a day, we conduct these activities with the help of locals in a particular time to show to the tourists who are interested in village life experience tour. Summarily, its being conducted for tourists in a particular time. Tourist will get a shikkara with a local operator and a guide who explains in English.
What is the Tariff?
Rs 2500 per person including all taxes. This tariff is valid upto 10 adults. In case of group consists of more than 10 adults, the price may reduce by 10-15% depend on the date.
What all are included in the tour?
Private open motor operated country boat maneuvering by a driver.
A welcome drink.
Testing of toddy.
4 to 5 local people.
What time does it start and end?
The trip start at 0630hrs and ends at 0900hrs. During winter from Nov to Feb, the time may change from 0700hrs to 0930hrs.
Do you recommend any specific clothing?
Normal dress is enough and no winter clothing is required. Since half of the tour is by boat, we recommend trousers for gents and ladies. You can wear shoes, but since it may get wet during walking, it is always recommended to avoid the shoes and wear simple footwear.
From where this trip start or where we need to meet?
The trips start from Kavanatinkara Jetty in Kumarakom. You can report in front of tourism facilitation centre where our guide will meet you.
It is famous among travelers due to traditional virgin village unexploited like other tourist destinations. You can experience beautiful lake, narrow canals, paddy fields, coconut trees, mangrove forests local traditional homes and local activities which are rarely available in any other tourist destinations in south Kerala.