Wednesday, 18 February 2015

The Agricultural Lands and Farms of Kerala are worth Visiting, if seeking Agro Tourism

The Agriculture dominated state in the Southern region of India, Kerala is one of the most sought after tourist destinations. The Agro tourism sector is one such popular amongst many tourists, who make a visit to Kerala, especially to see the farms and agricultural lands of the region.
The farm tourism is a budding concept, though there are many takers of this tourism type; even the state government is making initiatives to captivate the attention of tourists to the agricultural lands and farms of Kerala, to promote agro tourism.

The farmers that are into organic farming get to demonstrate the tourists about compost, green manure and different biological methods for pest control etc.

People visiting the farms can comprehend different methods to manage soil, weeds and learn how one can manufacture several organic fertilizers and pesticides from sources available in the nature.

Be it coconut palms, cardamom, pepper, rubber, ginger, tea, coffee or other yields, the travelers visiting the farms and plantations would get to know everything about farming (and can witness the process if the farmer is at any of the following stages), viz. preparation of land, sowing, polyculture, water, nutrient, health management of the crop, harvesting and the like.

In the paddy fields, one can even join the men and women working there to know about the paddy cultivation process. In case, the visit is during the harvest time, people can also help the farmers in collecting the (mature) rice crop and observe the post harvesting process.

Through farm (agro) tourism, the farmers get to promote and sell their agricultural products to the tourists and generate better income. The travelers visiting the organic farms can rest assured of buying healthy crops (free of chemical fertilizers and insecticides) and go back with fond memories of the agricultural sector of Kerala.

Here, are some of the farm tourism destinations that may be of interest for the travelers, viz. Kottayam, Idukki (Mattupetty, Vagamon, Kumily), Palakkad, Thenmala (Kollam), Pathanamthitta (Konni).

While on a farm tour, the travelers can even mix their itinerary with various other activities in the nearby destinations by trying trekking, mountaineering, boating (in the backwaters), fishing in the fresh lake and so forth. The tour operator BookHouseBoats.Com can manage water itineraries for the travelers during the course. Voyagers can choose from an array of water activities, ranging from houseboat rides, canoeing, kayaking etc.

Thus, make a visit to the farms and blend the day with other activities as well to have a gala time in the God’s Own Country.