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Kerala Canoeing Boats - Alleppey Canoe Rides
Canoeing in Kerala is an ideal way to relax and unwind. Kerala is the land of beautiful lagoons and meandering rivers and the best way to explore the mesmerizing scenery is by taking up the canoeing sport in Kerala. In Kerala, canoeing is a viable option to explore the backwaters closely. You can rent canoes at nominal charges and go sailing on the placid backwaters of Kerala.
In earlier times, canoeing used to be a popular mode of transportation in Kerala. Today, it is finding immense popularity as an adventure sport. A canoe can accommodate 2 people and is built in a way that it tapers at both ends. This ensures smoother sailing on rough waters and makes sure the canoe cuts through water without much difficulty. The canoes can be used in any kind of water, whether placid or rough.
The thrill that you will experience when cool water splashes on your face is unmatched. Canoeing in Kerala is a pleasure an absolute if you have plenty of time at your disposal. So get set to pack your bags and check out the backwaters of Kerala while canoeing through the meanders that give an enchanting look to this paradise.
Kerala canoeing Boats with rates
Either a man used with all canoe boats can hire boats from us.
They can cruise through the villages of backwaters in Kuttanad area.
We used to provide all the canoe boats or shikkara (Mechanised)with an experienced village community person.
We can explore the scenic beauty of alleppey backwaters kerala,and take you for the Village walk,Temples,Churches beside backwaters.
The Kerala backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast (known as the Malabar Coast) ofKerala state in southern India. The network includes five large lakes linked by canals, both manmade and natural, fed by 38 rivers, and extending virtually half the length of Kerala state. The backwaters were formed by the action of waves and shore currents creating low barrier islands across the mouths of the many rivers flowing down from the Western Ghats range.
The Kerala Backwaters are a network of interconnected canals, rivers, lakes and inlets, a labyrinthine system formed by more than 900 km of waterways, and sometimes compared to the American Bayou. In the midst of this landscape there are a number of towns and cities, which serve as the starting and end points of backwater cruises. National Waterway No. 3 from Kollam to Kottapuram, covers a distance of 205 km and runs almost parallel to the coast line of southern Kerala facilitating both cargo movement and backwater tourism.
The backwaters have a unique ecosystem - freshwater from the rivers meets the seawater from the Arabian Sea. In certain areas, such as the Vembanad Kayal, where a barrage has been built near Kumarakom, salt water from the sea is prevented from entering the deep inside, keeping the fresh water intact. Such fresh water is extensively used for irrigation purposes.
Many unique species of aquatic life including crabs, frogs and mudskippers, water birds such as terns, kingfishers, darters and cormorants, and animals such as otters and turtles live in and alongside the backwaters. Palm trees, pandanus shrubs, various leafy plants and bushes grow alongside the backwaters, providing a green hue to the surrounding landscape.
Vembanad Kayal is the largest of the lakes, covering an area of 200 km², and bordered by Alappuzha (Alleppey), Kottayam, and Ernakulamdistricts. The port of Kochi (Cochin) is located at the lake's outlet to the Arabian Sea. Alleppey, "Venice of the East", has a large network of canals that meander through the town. Vembanad is India's longest lake Vallam Kali (or Vallamkali) (Malayalam: വള്ളംകളി) literally means boat race in Malayalam. It is the traditional boat (paddled war canoe) race in Kerala (a state in south India).
It is mainly conducted during the season of the harvest festival Onam in Autumn. Vallam Kali include races of many kinds of traditional boats (paddled longboat) of Kerala. The race of Chundan Vallam (snake boat) is the major event. Hence Vallam Kali is also known in English as Snake Boat Race and now in recent years has become a major tourist attraction. Other types of boats which do participate in various events in the race are Churulan Vallam, Iruttukuthy Vallam, Odi Vallam, Veppu Vallam (Vaipu Vallam), Vadakkanody Vallam, Kochu Vallam. The Nehru Trophy vallamkali winner for the 2011 is Devas. Jesus Boat Club.
Kerala Punting Houseboats - Alleppey Eco-Friendly Boats
Mechanized & Eco friendly Boats
Such a houseboat is about 60 to 70 feet (about 18 to 21 meters) long and about 15 feet (about 5 m) wide at the middle. The hull is made of wooden planks that are held together by ropes of coconut fiber; the usual wood is 'Anjili'. The roof is made of bamboo poles and palm leaves. The exterior of the boat is painted with protective coats of cashew nut oil.
Eco- Friendly houseboats: These boats will never loose its traditional features. With a lattern light,punting guys(To take you for the backwater visit with solar/battery facility.These boats never seems to be a royal amenities like Air-Condition.It looks to be a simple Houseboats.
Eco- Friendly houseboats are also can be provided as the traveler's interest.