Kerala has more to it than the houseboats and the backwaters. The backwaters and the dome shaped houseboats are all located in the southern part of the state. The northern part of the state is not explored by many people and is almost a virgin area for the travel enthusiasts. The northern parts of Kerala are not frequented by many travelers and apart from the fishing boats; you can only see the isolated beaches of white sand and sun. This is the Kerala of the tropical forests and small picturesque villages.
For instance, you can drop in to the small hamlet of Thottada on a visit. On one side of the village is the back water of Kerala with the tall shades of coconut trees, and on the other side is the Arabian Sea with golden sands on the beach. You can also go otter spotting along with terns, darters and the kingfishers.
If you happen to visit Kerala at the time of the Theyyam dance festival, you are about to witness and be a part of a cult festival that has been a tradition for thousands of years. It is a splendid watch to see a colorful mélange of gaudy masks, face paintings, ethnic costumes, and even antique weapons, along with soulful folk music, eye catching theatrical art and ancient rituals will surely make for a splendid watch and a cherished vacation trip for you.
The village of Thottada is covered with vibrant and colorful forests of deciduous trees along with vast vegetations of rubber, coffee, coconut, banana, jackfruit, tea and even paddy fields. The homes in the village are also made from cow dung and bamboo and are worth a second look. If you happen to visit Kerala during the monsoons, you can also get invited to the rain dancing and the rain kabbadi festival that is aptly termed as the Splash Carvival.
From Thottada, you can also visit the private island of Thekkekadu which is a private island on the backwaters of Kerala. It is one of the most picturesque villages of the state and can offer you the serenity and tranquility that you have been looking for all your life. Away from the daily hustle bustle of the city, Thekkekadu is the ideal destination even for a honeymoon with your beloved as you vow to spend the rest of your life with your partner.