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Ambalavayal in Wayanad is a synonym for rural beauty that needs to be experienced firsthand. An idyllic village getaway, Ambalavayal is a developing Responsible Tourism (RT) destination where the RT Mission offers the best experiential tour packages where you can learn the traditional farming techniques, taste the exotic flavours of tribal cuisine, try your hand at pottery and bamboo crafts with the skilled artisans, learn archery from the masters of the tribal communities, visit the ruins of the ancient Jain temples or just take a walk through the quaint hamlet where nature is at its finest.
Kumarakom, the idyllic village in the Kottayam district, is where Responsible Tourism practices began in Kerala. The laidback charm of Kumarakom, imbued in its sceneries, is ideal for those who seek to unwind amidst quietude. The experiential tour packages offered by Kerala RT Mission at Kumarakom give travellers a unique opportunity to interact with the local community. One can indulge in the art of coir making, shell mining, fishing, toddy tapping, screw pine weaving, the craft of coconut palm leaf weaving, or simply a walk through the paddy fields.
The wild beauty of Thekkady nestled on the banks of the Periyar River is nothing short of magical. The wilderness that bounds Thekkady is a treasure trove of unique explorations. The village life experiential packages offered here take you to the lives of those who share a closer bond with nature. Take a walk through the spice and tea plantations that trace its landscape, get to know about the traditional medicines, the art of bee-keeping, or take a nature walk through the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary that offers the finest trekking trails.
The rustic village of Vaikom, situated along the Vembanad Lake, has recently been selected as an ideal tourist destination under PEPPER, an innovative project by the Kerala RT Mission. The active participation of the local people in tourism activities helps travellers experience the true essence of village life at Vaikom in a big way. One can indulge in lime shells extruding or pottery making, try out the Chinese fishing nets, take part in the traditional Kalamezhuthu rituals and temple festivals or take a cruise along the serene backwaters.
Ponnani in Kerala's Malappuram district has a vibe unique to God's Own Country, thanks to its ancient religious shrines, serene beaches, calm and compose hamlets, etc. A confluence of culture, food, music and art, Ponnani reminds you to slow down and take a closer look at the unassuming beauty of village life. An array of experiences, including pottery making, coir making, traditional fishing methods and Kalaripayattu, await travellers here. It is also known for its unique culinary tradition and the wide assortment of delicacies that no food lover should ever miss.
Kunhimangalam, situated in the Kannur district, is known for its crafts, especially of bronze and bell metal. The unique bronze lamps, sculptures, and artefacts created in this village are made without any machines or moulds and are exclusive works of art. Come and explore this heritage village, which has many tales to tell about this tradition of expertise handed over generations. Kunhimangalam is also home to many religious shrines. The unique story of craftsmanship is something every travel enthusiast should experience firsthand.
Kumbalangi, a quaint village in Ernakulam District, is a breath of fresh air with its tranquil and laid back setting. A part of the Integrated Tourism Village Project, Kumbalangi is noted for its rich aquatic life and mangrove forests. The sights of Chinese fishing nets, bait-fishing and the unhurried pace of rural life is sure to be of interest to any traveller. Spend the nights at Kumbalangi and witness the magical glow on the waters called a Sea sparkle, a rare phenomenon. Palluruthy, Mattancherry Palace, Jewish Synagogues, Santa Cruz Basilica Church are nearby.