A chauffeur driven car will pick you up from your hotel in Kochi / Fort Kochi and take you to Poothotta / Vaikom. During this tour you get to cruise covering rivers and narrows Canals. Enjoy the rustic Kerala nature. See the village activities like Fishing, Toddy Tapping and coir making and know more about the lifestyle of villagers. Post the sightseeing you are dropped back to the hotel.
Are you looking for a One Day tour from Kochi? Try the Village Life Experience Tour Package at Kakkathuruthu and Vaikom Backwater Villages. One Day Village Backwater Tour from Cochin / Kochi organized by Karmic 7 United, through the villages in and around the backwaters of Kochi.
Come away with us to explore a life charmed. You’ll never truly experience a place, unless you plunge head long into its everyday life.
Kakkathuruthu, a tiny island in Kerala’s backwaters, has been listed in National Geographic’ s ‘Around the World in 24 Hours,’ a photographic tour of travel-worthy spots in the world.
The emerald-fringed ‘Island of Crows’ in Alappuzha finds a place among select stunning destinations across the world that hold appeal to the adventurous traveller. Situated not far from the ancient port city of Kochi, the island can be accessed from the main land only through traditional boats. The quiet island, surrounded by Vembanad Lake, offers a haven for birdwatchers.
|Duration||10 Hours Tour|
|Start Time||Departure at 08:30 AM back by 6 PM|
|Price||₹ 6000.00 for 2 Person (Minimum). Extra Person ₹ 1000.00|
Leave from Cochin / Kochi at 8.30 AM towards Poothotta & Vaikom Backwaters
A day tour that will give you the chance to visit one of the most beautiful backwater in India. This tour allows you to see rural Kerala and the famous backwaters of three districts, Kochi ( Ernakulam ), Alappuzha & Kottayam. In this wonderful land lush green paddy fields, coconut plantation, tapioca, banana and mango are cultivated four to six feet below the sea level. Life here cannot be though without a canoe or boats. It is the land of fishermen and women. It distinguishes itself with prawns, mussels, pearl spot fish and other fishes.
- Depart from Kochi 08.30 AM
- Board Houseboat and cruise on the beautiful backwaters
- Lunch with local fish
- Evening Tea / Coffee with Snacks
- 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM – Drive back to Cochin
- Pick-up and drop off at Cochin / Kochi / Fort Kochi
- Private Car For Disposal (Transfers by air-conditioned vehicle)
- English-speaking driver cum guide with cell phone
- 5 hours backwater cruise
- 1 Bottle Mineral Water Per Person
- Lunch on board
- All taxes
- We can also pick up/drop from/to other nearby locations at extra cost.
- Tips & Personal Expenses
- Available Over Night Stay ( Optional )
A visitor can experience a variety of village activities in Poothotta & Viakom. Some of the activities going around here are :
Backwaters of Kerala are unparalleled in terms of the atmospheric ambience they possess, the richness of exotic flora and fauna, as well as the vividness of the natural views generously sprinkled. While sailing on the backwater is engrossing in itself, you can engage yourself in other pursuits to consummate your tour.
Coir Industry visit
The profusion of coconut palms all along the backwaters make coir based small scale industries the most lucrative and sensible livelihood proposition for locals. A visit to the coir workshop will leave you awestruck as the consummate skill and craftsmanship of artisans defy the efficiency of even the most sophisticated machines. A number of merchandise is prepared from coir and these products can be shopped to serve as souvenirs of your memorable trip. Fibre from husk is spun into strong threads used for making mats and handcrafts. The sight of coir creation by female workers through wheel gear driven spinner is unique.
The coconut is cut into two pieces and sun dried to extract coconut oil. The entire process will take three days before extracting coconut oil. Separating the copra (dried coconut) from the coconut shell is a very skilful act.
Kerala’s country liquor is known as toddy. This intoxicating and refreshing drink is extracted from coconut palms. To tap toddy, you can scramble up the coconut palm with full body harness on and extract the brilliant ‘madhura kallu’ directly from coconuts. Drink the liquor with a sumptuous feast of baked fresh water fish and spicy pickles to have the first hand experience of Kerala’s gastronomic delights. Rural Kerala’s visit remains incomplete without toddy tapping.
Fishing is taken to the next level in Kerala owing to the abundance of fertile breeding grounds and conditions for fishes, prawns, lobsters, crabs, clams and oysters in fresh waters. Just take the fishing rod and dangle the bait and a good catch await you. The Karimeen Fry and fish curry, both marine preparations, will leave you salivating over them with spices added in right quantity for lip-smacking taste.
Clam Meat Processing
Clams are shellfish found in the brackish waters. Many of the inhabitants of Kallanchery Island find clam meat processing for their livelihood. Usually the entire Family members are taking part in this job. Men collect the clam fish from back water. Ladies steam the clamshell to seperate the meat from the shell. Both men and women go to the market to sell the meat. Shells are used for making white cement, Cement based paints and fertilizers.
Watching Chinese Net
Chinese nets were introduced by Chinese during 15th century . Here, Chinese nets are operated usually during the night. Electrical lighting is used to attract the fishes and prawns. Usually two persons are operating one net. Cost of constructing a new net may vary from Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 90,000.
As many of the villagers find their livelihood from fishing, knitting the net is also identified as a profession. Many of the villagers are engaged in making the net and their repairing.
Weaving Coconut Leaves
Coconut leaves are weaved by Ladies. Weaved coconut leaves are used for thatching the roof and for fencing . For this, green coconut leaves are first seasoned in brackish water which will increase the life of the weaved leaves.
Country boats are made up of wood like Wild jack tree, Teak etc. Wood is first split into planks of thickness ¾ to 2 inches. These planks are then joined with coir yarn with a coir fibre filling. Oil extracted from sardine fish or Neem or cashew nut shell etc are used to make a protective coating. Big boats are used for transporting goods and travel. Small boats are used for fishing. During boating, visitors can have a close watch of different fishing methods.
Casting of Nets
This is a traditional method of fishing. Here, the conical shaped nets fitted with lead weight at the bottom are spread into the water with one yarn in the hand. The weight fitted at the bottom will keep the fishes inside the net.
Groping of Fish
This is a skilful method of fishing done by ladies using fingers. Here, a group of ladies move in a line and grope fishes from the backwaters.
Tending to ducks
The crystal clear waters are decked by resident as well as migratory water birds particularly ducks. Tending to ducks is a favourite pastime particularly on the lakes replete with romanticism. The water ways and canals filled with water lilies are abundantly habituated by ducks.
If you wish for something more personal, and experiential, we could arrange for you to join a farmer in his fields, the fisherman on the lake, the toddy tapper up the tree or the womenfolk in their local festivals.