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Shikara Ride Punnamada Lake

Punnamada Resort is a famous back water resort in Alleppey near the starting point of Nehru Trophy Boat Race. The resort is at a distance of 4km from the main Alleppey town. The villas in the lush green resort are built in traditional Kerala architecture. The resort has an inventory of Thirty six villas, which are divided into four categories depending on their view and location. A multi cuisine restaurant named ‘Choola restaurant’ is well known in Alleppey. The resort has an Ayurveda centre and authentic therapies and massages are offered to the guests according to the health condition of each individual. Punnamada Resort conducts Yoga sessions for the guests in the morning and evening for the in house guests. One and Two bedroom houseboats in premium and luxury category are available for the backwater tours. The resort has speedboats and canoes for the guest to enjoy the Alleppey back waters. The resort is maintained as eco friendly and the management follows a no tree cut policy to preserve the natural beauty of the resort. Greenery is seen everywhere and the resort also have a farm house and vegetable garden inside the premises. As the resort is situated very close to the Vembanad Lake it is always breezy with fresh air in the lawns and rooms. People can enjoy the scenery of backwaters by sitting in the benches provided in the lawn in front of the restaurant area in the resort. The ‘Thattukada’ (Evening tea stall) at Punnamada Resort offers Kerala traditional snacks to the guests before the sunset cruise.

Punnamada Resort offers shikara ride as ‘Backwater Picnic’ through the serene back waters as per the convenience of the guest. The normal trip is for three hours and the duration can be extended as per the guest choice. The shikara at Punnamada Resort has a seating capacity of 17 people. The trip can be booked with or without lunch as per the choice of the guest. Shikara ride route is through Vembanad Lake and depends on the duration of the ride. It starts from Punnamada Resort and passes through Nehru Trophy finishing point and covers Kuttanad and Inner canals. More distance is covered to the interior of the Vembanad Lake when extra time is selected for the trip. Shikara can travel through the inner canals since it is smaller in size than the houseboats. The economical factor promotes the usage of Shikara when compared to the houseboat. Even though the quality of the journey differs in houseboat and shikara people use shikara to visit the inner canals of Alleppey backwaters. During backwater trips people can see the village life closely. The farming and fishing done by the villagers is always a thing of enthusiasm to the tourists. Local vendors sell fruits and vegetables and fresh catch fish to the tourist which is an additional attraction. People can get down on the lake side for shopping and sightseeing. Some well known churches, temples and archaeological places are on the Lake side. Fishermen’s catching the fish and clams (Kakka in local language) in the middle of the Vembanad Lake is a common sight during the trips. Lots of local and migratory birds are visible and the natural beauty of the Lake stays in mind for long as a beautiful memory. Sometimes people get a chance to view fleet of ducks controlled and moved through the inner canals by farmers. Apart from the back water picnic a complimentary sunset cruise is arranged by Punnamada Resort on the Shikara on a daily basis for all the in house guests for one hour. In Alleppey the backwater cruise should not be missed by any one as it is an everlasting memory to travel through the tranquil backwaters.

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