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About Plunge Adventures
The serene backwaters, swaying coconut palms and lush paddy fields makes the village life of Kumarakom a memorable experience. Discover water locked villages and their unique culture. Spot migratory birds and witness calm village life. We provide Guided Kayaking Nature Tour, Stand Up Paddle Board Tour/Training and Bicycle tour around Kumarakom. Experienced Local Guides will be there to assist you. We can arrange tours only on prior notice. So please contact us over phone or email for booking the tour. Instagram: plungeadventures
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SavyTraveller wrote a review Jan 2021
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A must visit if you are looking for something else than houseboat. The guide goes with you on the trip and also let you know about the wildlife you see there.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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diyabeijing wrote a review Feb 2020
Beijing, China36 contributions31 helpful votes
Plunge adventures all start from Johnny Moose Farms, about 30 minutes from Kumarakom by Auto (tuk tuk). Rish advised me to do a cycle trip instead of kayaking due to the high water levels and I was happy I ventured out of my comfort zone. I am reasonably fit but clueless about mountain bikes. Rish was very patient in explaining everything to me and I learned about how to ride in various terrains. The bikes were very good for the country roads. My butt less so. Still the beautiful scenery and great conversations were worth it. Rish took me first to a nearby temple which is one of the oldest in the area. I had visited many hindu temples on my journey but never quite knew what was what so it was very enlightening to have someone explain things. This temple’s main deity is Shiva and there is water being constantly poured over him (to cool off his temper!) but worshippers must not step over the water channel that flows from it to the outside of the temple. So no one makes a full circle around the inner shrine. Who would have known! I’m so glad I did not offend people. Then we made our way to the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary through the villages and paddy fields. The rice was in various stages of harvest, and there were flocks of birds flying all around. I marvelled how abundant birds were. White herons against a green field is such a beautiful image. We chatted about everything on the journey, from the way the farms were divided by the Kerala communist government to how they are farmed in cooperatives. We probably got to the Bird Sanctuary by 9am. And before 11am was the time when one can see the maximum number of birds. I had thought one had to go at 6:30am when it opens but we encountered quite a large variety so I don’t think it’s necessary to go so early. The second watch tower was the best location as we managed to see quite a few big birds such as the painted stork nesting in the far way trees. Rish’s super binoculars were very handy for examining them from far away. These were gorgeous giants with a huge wing span and pink tail. I’d never expected to see such a large bird here. Smaller birds are harder to spot but Rish knows their chirps so well that he is able to find them easily and point them out to me. I could never have seen so many different varieties had I gone alone. No wonder the bird sanctuary reviews are full of people who said they didn’t see any birds! On the way back we went a different route and saw farmers harvesting rice, transporting it down the canals on canoes. Rish left me at a Toddy restaurant which is in the middle of the paddy fields. I tasted the most delicious food of my trip so far. The duck curry was out of this world. Tapioca mash was a welcome change from the usual appams and chapatis. I also had a local black pearl fish which is from the local Vembanad lake grilled in a banana leaf and seasoned with tomatoes and cashew nuts. This was the most authentic experience I’ve had on my trip. I think it’s so important to get off the beaten track and talk in depth with local people. It’s far more rewarding than doing what everyone else does like a herd of sheep. Rish’s passion for nature and his hometown is very inspiring and I feel I’ve made a local friend.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Brijesh G wrote a review Jan 2020
Hyderabad, India11 contributions7 helpful votes
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We were 5 ( Wife, kid, myself and in in-laws) and I was a little skeptical about doing this.But after meeting our guide Riche, who did explain about the safety measures and do and don'ts,We went for it and we are so glad we did this together. This is a perfect example for Eco-Tourism / responsible tourism. This is a Must do for any one who is planning to experience the backwaters. Next time its going to be Stand-up Paddling :D Thanks a lot Riche!!! Respect _/\_
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Date of experience: December 2019
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shrucos wrote a review Dec 2019
Mumbai, India105 contributions25 helpful votes
We are a family of four(two children aged 6&9)and we booked the 4 pm kayak tour after reading the amazing reviews and were not disappointed. We did the 8km loop and went through beautiful canals surrounded by nature and small villages. Rish our guide was very informative and we spoke about the different bird species in the area, plants, culture, food, history and a lot more. Truly a memorable trip!!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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sgsydney wrote a review Dec 2019
Sydney, Australia159 contributions65 helpful votes
A lovely way to see the backwaters, navigating the channels in a kayak. Joshin was a great guide, pointing out many things of interest. Highly enjoyable way to spend a morning, and it was good to do it when the day was still cool and not unbearably hot.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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