2 Nights/ 3 Days: Thottappalli - Thottappalli

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at the coastal village of Thottappalli to embark the Houseboat

This lush and serene  village  by the spillway helps the excess waters of the rivers from the Western Ghats to drain into the low lying Kuttanad area partly to the east and the rest to the saline river mouth to the west.

We cruise through this magical water-world interspersed with vast stretches of paddy fields, coconut groves and tiny hamlets as we relax onboard immersing into the serenity of gentle breeze, lush foliage, simple and laid-back culture. We visit a boat building yard, watch coir making, palm leaf weaving and duck farming at Kanjippadam village.   

Overnight stay onboard Houseboat (B, L, D)

Day 2: Cruise to Champakkulam

Our sundeck is ideal for some Yoga and  meditation.  After breakfast we cruise to the interiors of an  ancient coastal village of Champakkulam  where we visit an old church, meet children of a school and watch artisans sculpting biblical heroes. Here we see Snake boats or Champakulam Chundans that were supposed to be Navy boats of Chempakasserry rulers; their structure and design reflect the prowess of ancient Kerala architecture. Traditionally each boat belongs to a village, and the villagers worship that boat like a deity. These are now used for racing during festivals.  Only men are allowed to touch the boat, and to show respect they should be bare feet. Here we interact with the caretaker to know the nitty-gritties of construction of these boats and interesting tales.No automatic alt text available.

We buy some fresh catch from the local fishermen and the chef on-board indulges us in delicacies flavoured with local spices served on banana leaf.

We explore the inner channels and arrive at Thakazhi village where we visit a farm to experience traditional agricultural practices. We move on to explore the narrow canals by country boats and arrive in the quaint village of Karumadi. The village is famous for its black granite partially broken statue of Buddha (9th or 10th century) that was recovered from the Pampa river in the last century.  It is protected as a remnant of Buddhism that prevailed in ancient India.  We interact with a toddy tapper and watch how he climbs coconut trees and taps the sap of coconut flowers which when fermented becomes Toddy, an alcoholic beverage.  

Overnight stay onboard Houseboat (B, L, D)

Day 3:  This morning we enjoy a walk in the village along the Pampa River and observe the village bustling with life and routine.  We enjoy a couple of hours more of cruising along this unique wetland eco-system on RV Vaikundam. After breakfast, we disembark at 9am. Here in Thottappalli we plant a coconut sapling to honour this home of Kera.

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