In the past, before the vehicle explosion on Kerala roads, most of the goods were transported through boats and people sailed on boats for their day to day activities. The lake is also an important resource area for local livelihoods dependent on fishing and allied industries and support a highly productive agricultural system not only around Kumarakom, but the entire backwater areas of Kerala. Backwaters generally known as `the rice bowl of Kerala’ spread over 1100 sq.KMs which is a reclaimed portion of the lake. It also supports rich fishing resources and acts as a sink and transformer for the agricultural and municipal wastes discharged into it. The lake supports unique cultural traditions, water centered social institutions and lifestyle.Based on the rich biodiversity and socio economic importance Vembanad Lake was declared as a Ramsar Site, a wetland of international importance in November 2001.
Eco Trails Kerala, the tour operating company based at Kumarakom, offers Houseboat cruises along the scenic backwater villages at Vembanad lake. The houseboats operated by company has eco-friendly features with comfortable sleeping cabinets, attached with shower, toilet etc. The entire Houseboat structure is made with wood & natural coconut fiber. These Houseboats are made by local craftsman by using conventional & traditional methods. The crew members (navigator, cook, service persons) in the Houseboat are trained local people who provide very naturalistic services to tourists. And the company uses home grown vegetables, fruits, fresh fish from the lake etc. to serve the tourists on cruise.
For details, visit the official web site http://www.ecotourskerala.com.
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