Do you know which is the first location in India to practice responsible tourism?
The sleepy backwater village near vembanad lake got the distinction to be the first tourist spot for responsible tourism.
What is Responsible Tourism?
The homeowners, artisans and locals engaged in traditional occupations like farming and fishing come together and opened their doors to tourists. The project helps tourist to enjoy more natural richness of the village and culture.
Luxury resorts in Kumarakom and tourist destinations promotion council of Kumarakom joined hands with this novel initiative in 2007 and after 12 years the projects seems to be a huge success.
Benefits Of Responsible Tourism
More than a packaged tour, the responsible tourism offers you some cool benefits like freedom and leisure to be with the local people and their activities.
Best resort in Kumarakom says that, the notable benefits a tourist enjoy through the responsible tourism are
- Walk through paddyfields
- Watch and know farm cultivation
- To be part of Sowing, harvesting and other process
- Cast your net or fish rod to catch river fish
- Accompany with the fisherman and learn fishing techniques
- Learn Kerala style cooking of the fish from expert chefs
- Spend time with women weaving basket or carpets from palm fronds
- Observing toddy tapping process
- Watch lot of migratory birds
- Lunch on banana leaf with fish curry prepared from fresh fish caught by fishermen.
Wellness resorts in Kumarakom organizes cultural exchange programmes for the foreign guests who arrive to taste the beauty of Kumarakom.
Apart from these common luxuries, some of the Kumarakom heritage resorts arrange traditional artistic programmes like Kathakali and Kalaripayattu for their guests who are enthusiastic in Kerala’s art and music.