|Tharavad beckons you ...
at this 100 year old mansion along the backwater canal close
to the Alappuzha beach. Alappuzha is the Venice of Asia in
Kerala. Tharavad, the typical Kerala style home built by the
renowned practitioner of Ayurveda, Shoolpani Vaidyar is a
cozy destination to experience the vibrant natural beauty
of Kerala and be one with nature. This multi-bedroom homestead
provides a traditional Alappuzha experience. The Vasthu based
construction renders an atmosphere of serenity and bliss.
The terracotta tiled roof with polished teakwood planks covering
every room and the traditionally laid flooring mixed with
proportion of burnt coconut kernel and egg-white is a natural
room cooling marvel of yesteryears. Furniture made of teak
and rosewood adds to the gloss of the native setting and are
of antique value. The living room boasts of a collection of
antiques in brass ad wood. The wooden doors are no barriers
to experience an exotic home-stay holiday, spiced up with
typical Kerala hospitality. Succulent, mouth watering home-made
food awaits you. The only deviation from this traditional
living experience are amenities like modern bathrooms, communication
facilities and a multi-channeled television.
Backwaters & Arabian Sea ...
small town on the cost of the Arabian Sea, Alappuzha has been
a much sought tourist destination for its meandering canals
flowing through the town and the mesmerizing expanse of backwaters.
The wharf on the beach is a testimony to the fact that Alappuzha
was a trading port for ages. Kuttanad, the rice bowl of South
Kerala is famed for its "below the sea level faming".
The Venice os Asia is renowned for its coir industry. Rice
and fish is the staple diet. For a total Alappuzha experience
traverse the canals on small vallams (Boats) or anchor
the middle of the backwater lakes on a Kettuvallam (rice
boat converted to cozy house boats) - spend the night
under the star lit sky, listening to the splash of water
on to the boat. If you are a fishing enthusiast, cast
the net-wait for your big catch - sufficient for a spicy
dinner of rice and fish. Awake in the early morning listening
to the seagulls and the splash of small fishing boats
making their way for the dailycatch. Do not miss the mind
capturingbeauty of the sunrise on the horizon.
|Long before the coming of the rail and the
road, waterways were the best mode of transport. Kuttanadan
rice was transported to nearby markets of Kottayam, Kollam and
Cochin by long rice boats which just had a small hut for the
boatman called Kettuvallams. Some if these Kettuvallams have
now been converted into luxury single and double bedroom houseboats
for cruises and overnight stay in the backwaters.