Kerala Craft, Culture, Churches, Temples, Festivals and Heritage
Craft, Culture and Heritage forms essense of a Kerala experience especially for an Inbound and experiential traveler.
Fort Cochin Stay - Fort Cochin at about 15 kms from Mainland (Ernakulam) and 40-45 kms from Cochin Airport is a designated heritage area where know for its small charming heritage hotels around the Island (some overlooking the Arabian sea). Guests here love to walk around, enjoy bicycle ride, visit heritage monuments, enjoy a quiet dinner at one of the many small and charming restaurants and visit Greenix cultural centre for a round of Kerala culture and craft.
For those who prefer something exclusive, CGH run Chittoor Palace is a "private palace" where only one guest get to rent it out (upto 4 persons) for a most exclusive heritage experience by the backwaters.
Craft, Culture, and Festivals - Across Kerala, there are festivals and cultural events happening on specific days every year involving elephants, boat races, temple rituals and various art / dance forms. Some guests like to be just a witness to it, which often is nothing short of a spectacle. Area around Thrissur is generally considered home of craft & cultural and where a lot of festivals happen. Some of the stays around Thrichur look to compliment the cultural experience.
Kerala Kalamandalam Arts Academy near Churthuruthy is what guests like to visit alongwith Pottery making and Handloom making units.
Alleppey backwaters are home to several boat races during monsoon which are an amazing spectacle to witness. While on a backwater cruise or otherwise, coir making units are very interesting.
One could plan the trip looking at the Kerala Festival Calendar to customise itineraries to include one of the festivals.
Theyyam is one of the rituals in North Kerala that is extremely popular and anyone staying at one of the homestays in Kannur would be able to witness Theyyam being performed nearby. Guests like to get oriented with different village activities around the area. Kalarippayattu (the martial art of Kerala) can be arranged on request.
Tenples and Churches – Kottayam District is generally considered a hub for many renowned Shiva temples and some very architecturally renowned Churches. A Drive from Kanjirapally to Thodupuzha is most spectacular where one can see rich planters homes and many impressive Churches.