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Life in a village: a brief pictorial journey through Kumbalangi, an island village in Kerala

The village of Kumbalangi is a marvelously rustic specimen of Kerala, the Indian state which is often hailed as ‘God’s own country’.  Wed-locked to Vembanad lake, Kumbalangi is a lovely, serene island which has been developed under the Integrated Tourism Village project of the Kerala Government as a model tourism village.
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Rustic path: In Kumbalangi, one can see how tourism flourishes without disturbing the natural beauty and ecological balance of a place.

Neighbored by… : Kumbalangi is surrounded by Vembanad Lake. More than a hundred Chinese fishing nets form a ring around the village, indicating both the occupation of the people here and the rich aquatic life in the area.

‘Beauty check-up’: Coconut trees look in the ‘river mirror’. A signature scene at Kumbalangi.

‘Natural Netizens‘: At Kumbalangi, you can closely watch or be a part in different forms of fishing using Chinese nets and ordinary nets, explore the marvelous waterways in country boats tasting mouth-watering local cuisine,  and walk through the ripening paddy fields…

A ‘good catch’: This tiny island is  also hailed as a model fishing village. Quite naturally, ‘the Kumbalangi cuisine’ is a rich combination of sea food. Presence of dense mangroves ensures enough breeding ground for prawns, crabs, oysters and small fishes.

Organic farming: Kumbalangi is also recognized for the organic form of agriculture “the patented pokkali farming”. In this form farming is generally done in the water logged areas. The farmers do rotate cultivations between rice and fish or prawns, based on the salinity of the water.

Postscript: Kumbalangi is 15 km away from Kochi and can be reached by road or by boat.Reflecting The stunning green village with its charm and cheer, this rustic experience will  revitalize your mind. If you want to explore Kumbalangi, inform us. elatrip.com has arranged an ideal package which will help you experience the beauty of Kumbalangi at its full form.

Kovalam, Poovar – Pair of beach beauties

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Kerala the tiny south Indian state is blessed with abundant seashores. Of which the southernmost district Thiruvananthapuram is notable for its own share of beach beauties – particularly Kovalam and its neighbor Poovar.

A tiny fishing hamlet that rose to the ranks of an international beach destination, Kovalam is widely known not only in Kerala but also in the world tourism scenario. Rightly so because of its stunning geographic layout.

This is not just a plain barren seashore but a charming combination of three half-moon shaped beaches each separated by natural rock formations. On the southern end, the portion is known as ‘Lighthouse Beach’ as this shore is towered over by a colonial-style lighthouse. The middle portion is called ‘Howah Beach’ as it was once famous as the first topless-beach in the country (though that feature is now strictly confined to privately-owned shores). The northern portion is known by various names such as Leela Beach / Samudra Beach or Main Beach.

With groves of coconut trees shadowing one side and the gentle seawaters on the other, Kovalam’s seashores offer idyllic beach comforts. Unlike most of the seashores here, due to peculiar rock formations, the sea waters remain gentle & shallow – untroubled by high tides – literally forming a swimmer’s paradise.

With its shores catering to the needs of almost all types of travelers, many of the reputed Ayurveda (India’s ageless & time proven method of healing) treatment centers & saloons made Kovalam their second home, much to the attraction of International tourists.

Located about 30 minutes drive from Kovalam is Poovar, another beach beauty. Though laid-back in terms of fame, Poovar closely matches with its neighbor in natural charm.

Moreover this is one of the very rare locations where one can witness the confluence of Backwaters, River and Sea. It’s said that in olden times the river here was covered with a bed of flowers which regularly fell from both sides… a sight of sublime nature prompting the then-King Marthanda Varma (of Travancore) name this place as ‘Poov Aar’ (poov = flowers & aar = river, in local – ‘the river of flowers’) !

Flowing close-by the Beach, Poovar Backwaters are not that vast compared to Vembanadu and Ashtamudi (major backwaters in Kerala). But calm waters interlaced with mangroves and coconut trees make the backwater cruise here something to cherish.

Kovalam and Poovar together with their natural landscapes and beach-backwater-double-delights make get-away holidays truly memorable.

(Kovalam & Poovar – A pair of heavenly seashores in what’s dubbed as ‘the God’s own Country’…)