10+ Activities to indulge in while on Kerala tours

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Kerala is a land of abundance and plentiful, not only in terms of Natural beauty, but also in many other aspects like when coming on a vacation  to Kerala there is a huge variety of places to visit and a ton of things that can be done. Let see a few things that you can do when visiting Kerala.

Watch a mesmerizing performance of Kathakali

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Kathakali the foremost of all arts in Kerala and is a visual treat. Kathakali is an art form in which the highlight of the performance lies in the facial expressions and Mudras (hand movements) of the artists. The dance itself takes years to master. The characters depicted in this are taken from ancient mythologies or Puranas of Hindu culture. Of all the dance forms that are there in India, Kathakali has the most elaborate make up, dress code and head gear. The costumes and dress code follow an accepted code which will help you to identify the character portrayed. Watch these visually enthralling stories of passion, lust and power and enjoy the beauty of Kerala. Kerala tour packages from Ahmedabad can be booked in advance to avail discounts so that you can include many activities along your vacation.

Watch a Kalaripayattu Bout

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This is a form of martial art that has originated from Kerala and is believed to be more than 3000 years old. Shaolin the Chinese art form is believed to have developed from this. Kalaripayattu technique is a combination of steps and postures. These postures are eight in number and named after animals. Styles differ from one tradition to another and according to each master they differ in application and interpretation. Each style has its own power combination, effects and function. Hence the techniques can vary. When in Kerala watch a Kalaripayattu Bout and get mesmerized by the athletic moves of the fighters.

Bamboo rafting in Periyar

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For a change if you want some adventure then going rafting on a bamboo boat in Periyar River is the best thing to do. Located in Periyar wildlife sanctuary you can also take a safari. Rafting will let you explore the beautiful flora and fauna of the sanctuary and will last for 3-4 hours. During the monsoon it will be more adventurous. If you keep close to the bank, then you may just be lucky to spot some tigers, elephant’s and other animals of the wild.

Cheering a Snake boat race

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This is one adrenaline filled activity where you can watch thousands of spectators who come to cheer their favorite team and you can choose a team and join them too. This 130ft long snake boats have 100 rowers each, who row together in a distinct fashion in unison at frantic speeds. Usually done in the months of August and September this is the time when the whole air is filled with enthusiasm and energy. You can also hire a boat to get a close up view of the race, but make sure in the excitement not to fall into the water.

 

Watching the beautiful waterfalls of Athirapilly

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This is a part of the Sholayar region, close to Kochi. These falls are seen in full flow after the monsoon and that is the best time to watch these spectacular falls. Athirapilly jungles are an area of rich biodiversity and you might also be able to spot some exotic wild life too. Kerala tour packages from Hyderabad can be booked for a 6night 7 day stay so that you can experience the best out of your vacation.

 

Staying in Wayanad tree houses

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As adventurous as it sounds staying in a tree house can be very exciting and romantic too. These quaint huts made of Bamboo are pretty awesome and are located nearly 30-40 feet above the ground. Staying in these houses in the deep jungles, you might just be able to hear the wild animals cry at night.

 

Paragliding at Munnar

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If you thought that Munnar is just a tranquil place with only tea gardens and lakes, then you are wrong. There is an adrenaline filled activity available in Munnar where you can paraglide through the majestic hills of Munnar. You will not need any training for this, just that you need to have courage and trust your paragliding pilot. You will feel like a bird flying in the sky.

 

Stay on a house boat

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When visiting Alappuzha you can stay on the magnificent Kettuvalams and watch the scenic beauty of the backwaters there. The backwaters are a home to various exotic species of birds and hence bird watching will be a visually pleasing experience.

 

Watch the beautiful Elephant Pageants

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Kerala is the land which reveres elephants a lot, and hence these majestic creatures are all decked up during temple festivals and they are adorned with colorful ornaments and the temple deities are hoisted on their shoulders. To behold this spectacular sight is very thrilling and entertaining too. Accompanied by the Chendamelam this is one thing that you should not miss when coming to Kerala. Similarly a visit to the Vembanad Lake in Kumarakom is also very beautiful. You can go fishing, boating or a cruise on the lake to have a splendid experience.

 

Visit some historical monuments like the Mattanchery Palace, close to Kochi, this palace dates back to 1557 and was renovated by the Dutch in 1663. There are several beautiful murals and artifacts that depict the history of the royal era in those times. Similarly is the Thripunithura Hill Palace. Kayaking is also another adventurous way to spend your vacation. Row your way through the waters and enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna all around. Another exciting way to spend your vacation is to visit Kerala during the festival of Onam and to take part in all the traditions and ceremonies. It takes place during the month of August and September, and is the harvest festival of Kerala. It is the best time to explore the traditional culture of Kerala. You can also get to eat the traditional Sadya with all the tasty varieties of food. This lip smacking experience will leave you wanting for more.

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5 Mosques to visit in Kerala

Cheraman Perumal Juma Masjid, Kodungallur

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Cheraman Perumal Juma masjid is the situated at Kodungallor. This was built in AD 629 and is the first mosque in India. It has gone through many renovations but still they have retained some portions. In this mosque, you have an option for ‘Vidyarambam’ for kids. This mosque faces the east and mecca in the west. A Huge bronze lamp like in temples is kept lit here. Devotees of all religions pay for the oil to light the lamp when they visit it during their Kerala Holiday Packages.

 

Malik Ibn Dinar Mosque, Kasargod

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This mosque is located at Thalangara in Kasarkode district. It is a famous pilgrim center in Kasarkode and was built in AD 642 by an Arabian, Malik Ibn Dinar. The Tomb of Malik Ibn Mohammed, a disciple of Malik Ibn Dinar is there. The marbles used for flooring is believed to be brought from Mecca.

 

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Beema is a very famous mosque in Kerala which is visited by tourists on Kerala tour packages from Trivandrum. The story goes that Hazratha Bee Amma Beema Beevi and her son is actually from the family of Prophet Mohammed and they reached from Arabia centuries ago to preach the religion. It is believed that Beema Beevi had some divine power. Urs Shareef festival (Chandanakudam festival) of this Mosque is very popular and it happens in March-April. People from all religions participate in this festival.

 

Erumeli Vavar Mosque

 

Vavar Mosque is famous for its religious harmony. Vavar is known to be the close friend of lord Ayappa. Whoever goes to Sabarimala visits this mosque also. This mosque is situated at Erumeli. ‘Chandanakudam’ is the famous festival in this Mosque. This festival coincides with ‘Makaravilaku’ of Sabarimala.

 

Sheik Fariduddin Mosque, Kanjiramattom

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This is the most famous Mosque in Kanjiramattom in Ernakulam District. This mosque is famous for its ritual called ‘Kodikuthu’. ‘Chandanakudam’ is also very famous in this mosque. You can see elephants and cultural actives in this festival during your Kerala tourism packages  if you visit during the festivities.

Taxi Services You Can Rely Upon

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You plan for a beautiful vacation, where you can relax and enjoy. But once you reach your destination then travelling around and navigating through unfamiliar roads and streets can get really frustrating. The best way to overcome such hassles would include renting the Best Kerala Taxi. The experienced drivers will be able to guide you in reaching your destination and will also help you to reach your location safely and you would not have to worry about parking issues. The professional drivers can pick you up straight from the airport and take you to your hotel. They when you are ready they will take you to the sightseeing spots of your choice.

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Kerala tourism has greatly escalated and to traverse within this tourism network, a reliable transportation system has been developed in which tourists can depend on the experienced and multilingual drivers who have good knowledge of the local areas and will be able to assist the tourists in enjoying their vacation to the fullest. Kerala taxi service is one such service which will provide a 24/7 service to its customers, so that you can rely completely on them. When you plan to book for a tour package in Kerala the first thing that crops up in mind is how you will travel around. All holiday packages are linked with taxi services to provide you with a reliable and safe journey in and around Kerala. It is also very convenient to avail pre-booked taxi services, so that you are provided with the same driver during the entire trip, rather than searching for a new driver in each place or you have to rely on total strangers.

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The taxi drivers are very punctual and trustworthy. They will report to service at whatever time that is convenient to you. And you just need to sit back and relax during the journey. You will not have to worry about starting your journey in the wee hours of the morning, if your particular destination is far away, because the taxi drivers will be ready to assist you here also. The taxis will be well maintained and visually appealing to you and your family, so that you will feel comfortable in using their services.

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Another query by most tourists is whether they will have to pay extra money when they book a cab for the entire vacation. But this is not necessary as the entire tour cost quoted by the tour operators will be inclusive of Fuel, Parking, Toll and Driver allowance for a blocked distance in kilometers, but make sure the amount of kilometers that have been blocked for you at the beginning of the trip. If you plan a couple vacation, like a Honeymoon tour package then it is preferable to opt for an A/C TATA Indica or TATA indigo, but if you plan for a family vacation with 6 or more members then it will be advisable to use a TOYOTA Innova or Chevrolet Tavera. If you want to know the rate from one destination to another then you can use Kerala road distance calculator to find the distance and an approximate Kerala taxi rates for different types of A/C and non A/C vehicles.

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The professional taxi services have tie ups with all the major tour operating companies, so that next time  you book for a holiday package in Kerala then you will able to avail this taxi service along with your tour package. When you want to travel from the northern tip of Kerala starting from Kasargod to the southernmost tip of Thiruvananthapuram you will require an experienced driver, who will know the roads of Kerala and hence booking an Affordable Cochin taxi service will be recommended, as this taxi service has years of experience in this field and they will provide drivers who will meet the needs of the tourists.

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If you want to visit the lush green tea gardens of Munnar, or the deep jungles and undulating terrains of Wayanad  you would require an experienced driver who will make you feel safe and you can relax during the journey. When visiting the coastal areas and when you plan to stay in the house boats on the backwaters, you can avail a taxi service from the airport to your houseboat destination. And then after staying in the house boat for a week or so you can again avail the taxi service to take you back to either the airport or to the railway station, or to any other holiday destination of your choice. Similarly when you plan to go for a trekking expedition in Wayanad or if you plan to stay in a tree house in Wayanad then you can hire the taxi service to your destination, enjoy the picturesque beauty of that place. Spend some time in the lap of nature and when you want to get back you can hire the taxi service to take you back to the airport. On the way the drivers will also suggest various picnic spots where you can take some beautiful snaps or stop for some fresh air.

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If you plan to take a pilgrimage trip then booking the taxi service is the best option, because the drivers will help you along the way in visiting each and every temple or church that you want to pray to. The drivers will be knowledgeable about the different pilgrim sites and they will assist you in visiting all those places. The drivers will also help you to shop in the traditional as well as original handicrafts and other stores, so that you may not be cheated by some vendors. If you cannot manage the language then they will even assist you in bargaining with the shop vendors. The drivers will also help you to load and unload you luggage at your destination, so that families with many members can get assistance from the drivers to carry their luggage. So in every way booking a taxi service will help in making your vacation a memorable one.

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5 Churches to Visit in Kerala

Malayattoor Church, Ernakulam

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This church is a very famous pilgrim center in Christian community and is also visited by tourists on Kerala tour Packages. Malayatoor is in the north-eastern part of Ernakulam. The name Malayatoor means merger of mountain [mala], river [attu] and place [ooru]. This church got famous when St Thomas came here to start his monastery work. The story says that St Thomas got a hostile reception from others. So he went to the top of the Malayatoor hills and prayed to the mother and she came and consoled him. He built the church at the same place.

 

St Alphonsa’s Church, Bharananganam

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Alphonsama is the first saint from India. She was a virtuous nun. Her mortal remains are here in Bharananganam. This church is 5km from Pala, in Kottayam. St Alphonsa’s feast held every year in July month is very famous and devotees who visit the state in Kerala Tour packages for family attend the festival.  She was declared a saint on 12th October 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI. The church was built after her canonization.

 

 

Vallarpadam Church

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Vallarpadam church is known as ‘The Church of Our Lady Ransom’ and dedicated to Mother Mary. This church is located at Kochi which is a popular destination for Kerala Tours. This church was made by the Portuguese but later destroyed by the Dutch regime. And again it was built in 1676. This church was declared as a ‘special church’ in 1888 by Pope Leo XIII.

 

Santa Cruz Basilica

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Santa Cruz Basilica is one of the famous Basilicas in India. This is placed at Fort Kochi. You should never miss this during your Kerala Travel in Kochi. It is famous for its structural splendour and style. This was built by Portuguese missionaries in 1500 CE with the consent of Kochi raja. This is a major landmark in Fort Kochi.

 

St Francis Church

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This is the oldest European church in India at Fort Kochi. The church was a mute spectator of colonization. This was built of timber in the 16th century and later changed into stone masonry. Vasco Da Gama was buried here then later they took the remains to Lisbon, Portugal.

An Easy Trip to Paradise – Kerala Tour Packages for family

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If you are looking for a perfect get away or holiday trip, Kerala tour packages provide you with perfect affordable way to spend your money on your vacation or holidays. Being one of the most attractive tourism destinations in south India Kerala, the land of god or gods own country as it widely known welcomes you with its wonderful tropical weather and beauty of nature and greenery. Kerala tour packages would help you to explore the wide variety of landmarks that this amazing place provides. If you are into adventures and new experiences then Kerala tour packages that would help you to explore the wild life in Wayanad is the most apt choice. Another most attractive thing Kerala tour packages provide you with is a new and wonderful experience with backwaters like in Alappy and all. One of the impressive benefits of selecting Kerala tour packages is that the tropical climate the place provides. Another tourist attraction is the beaches and the exotic tourist resorts, most of them provide you with having maximum experience at a minimum cost. The bird sanctuaries in Kerala have gained worldwide recognition. It would take a lot of time for you to explore the wide range of possibilities of travelling this place provide you with, still with proper guidance that Kerala tour packages provides it would be a memorable experience for you. This package let you chose the places you want to visit or stay from a range of options. Also this package helps you with having a wonderful experience with tasting the richness of south Indian food. Having a journey with the typical Kerala cuisine would be wonderful experience for you. The guests are always treated with the at most hospitality and respect, also Kerala Tour Package let you explore places your own and create your own experiences with proper security guidance. The place is generally tourists friendly; the local folks are always supportive and welcoming to tourists.

 

 

My enthusiastic trip to Ilaveezha Poonchira | Gogeo Holidays

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Ilaveezha Poonchira trekking is my favorite and most challenging one, because this is the most awaited trek in my life. The greenish beauty of Ilaveezha Poonchira is a main reason of my numerous sleepless nights. I actually don’t know what its reason is, may be its enchanting beauty or its allure climate or something else. In addition the trip was awesome and charm. This is one of the main spot of people coming in Kerala Tour packages for family.I together with my friends have started our journey to Ilaveezha Poonchira from Kottayam; the stunning location is situated just 55 kilometers away from Kottayam.  After joined to the Moolamattom road at Muttom and takes place a small journey through it. Then we reach a small town called Kudayathoor, there exist a sign board, directed right which tell us that you can reach Ilaveezha Poonchira after a 7 kilometer journey through the forest.

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Ilaveezha Poonchira is one of the lesser known tourist destination in Kerala, and it always perform a resemblance of North east states of India. The geographical and atmospherically structures of Ilaveezha Poonchira is exactly similar as that of Nagaland. The place is perfect for a stunning trekking through Kerala Tour packages. The Name Ilaveezha Poonchira possesses the meaning of “a flower pond where leaves do not fall”. And the place doesn’t contain any single tree in its vicinity so there is no scope to fall the leaves there and that’s why the place got this name. Also the place is quite windy and leaves are flying through it. You may wish to have some fun and other adventures in to this place with friends as well as family.

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Ilaveezha Poonchira spread across thousands of acres and surrounded with three allure hills include Mankunnu, Kodayathoormala and Thonippara. I think you already aware of Ilaveezha Poonchira’s mythical connection; it was closely related to great Indian classic Mahabharata. During the pre historic era, Pandavas live their life with incognito and their beautiful wife Draupadi come to take a bath at a lake, and that one is Ilaveezha Poonchira. Some Devas bewitched by her beauty and trying to fulfill their voyeuristic itch. During the time the king of Deva, come to know about what was going on and artificially create a screen or hill of flowers which prevent Draupadi from such a practice. So the lake form itself a dam and which is free from leaves. There exist another sweet myth related to saint Agastya and all these stories are interesting to heard and know.

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During my journey, I really enjoy the wild beauty of Ilaveezha Poonchira lot. The crowd and hot city life is really waste compared with this cool and chilled climate of Ilaveezha Poonchira. The mesmerizing wind caresses the long green grass, and the smile of the grass spread everywhere. To reach the top of the hill only through four wheel vehicle and it may some dangerous. Better to start your journey from morning and trying to finish it before sunset, because the place is home for highly dangerous and poisons insects. I don’t get much more words to explain my entire trekking, because it is really thrilling and more challenging to me. My heavy back bag is irritated me so many times, and I manage to carry it till the last of my journey. So you should keep all the essential things like medicines, dry foods, dry cloths and water up to a limited amount, otherwise you will suffer a lot.

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Throughout my trip, my walking stick helps me so much, because it is an essential thing in the entire trip. Huge and slant valley are highly dangerous and without a stick it’s hard to walk. At last we reach the top of the hill, in that single moment I forgot all such pain and effort which we bear, and I feel that I am staying at the top of the world. My eyes can’t recognize any colors, because everywhere filled with white. Sometime later I realize the wild and luscious color of Ilaveezha Poonchira, and mesmerize the beauty of it. So guys, this is the time and this is the location for a better and challenging Kerala Travel Packages. Make use of it and explore the stunning beauty of Ilaveezha Poonchira.

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You can reach Ilaveezha Poonchira by air then CIAL is the nearest air port, also consult train then both Ernakulum and Kottayam are acceptable. By road is also feasible for travelers and the nearest cities include Kattappana, Pala, Thodupuzha, Kottayam and many others. During November to March is the best time to visit Ilaveezha Poonchira, the winter dews are cover the hills of Ilaveezha Poonchira is amazing to watch and also offers pleasant climate. Some sort of peoples is visiting this ideal destination during monsoon also; it’s incredible and challenging also. Some other stunning destinations near to Ilaveezha Poonchira include Malankara dam, Vagamon, Nadukani, Thumpachi calveri samuchayam and Idukky Hydro electric projects. Also you can enjoy different activities like bird watching, eating out, and hill climbing and sightseeing also.

The myriad options for honeymoon holidays in Kerala|Kerala Tour Packages

Marriage and honeymoon are inevitably connected to each other. After the grand wedding plan, the next overwhelming activity is the honeymoon plan for couples. Most of the couples who want to enjoy a memorable and everlasting enchantment of honeymoon choose Kerala. With exclusive Kerala Tour Packages for couples, they can enjoy the most of the alluring Kerala. Kerala is always a blind choice for couples who are on a holiday. The exotic location, the palm-fringed beaches, the calm and magical backwaters, the enthralling festivals and happy people of Kerala, has always left any tourist mesmerized.

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With the magnanimous Western Ghats on one side and the other with the multitude of Arabian Sea, Kerala has blessed abundantly. The dazzling land of coconuts is always the best place to spend a honeymoon. With exciting Kerala Tourism Honeymoon Packages, couples can choose various options in amazing Kerala. Kerala is famous for the evergreen and luscious forests that are the natural habitat for the amazing flora and fauna. The vibrant wildlife resources of Kerala have always marked its presence in the preservation of forests and wildlife. The major part of Kerala is filled with evergreen forests that give a ravishing look to the state.

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The enchanting location of Wayanad is one among the favourite spots for honeymoon couples in Kerala in Kerala Holiday Packages.  The freshness of the dew filled leaves and the shady giant trees etc. are truly mesmerizing. The lakes and the fetching beauty of the surrounding areas will keep the mind rejuvenated. The holiday packages include a stay in the wooden treehouses amidst the chirpy forests of Wayanad, overlooking the enchanting greenery. A perfect stay for couples who love adventure! Wayanad is a bountiful location with numerous spots that leave you spellbound. The thrilling experience of trekking in the forests and climbing up the hill will give you an adrenalin rush. The mist clad green mountains are an amazing beauty to watch out for in Wayanad. Chembra peak, Kalpetta etc are some of the interesting locations to visit in Wayanad with Kerala tour packages reasonable.

Kerala Backwaters

The beguiling backwaters in Kerala are yet another spot for a memorable honeymoon. Honeymoon couples always prefer to choose a lousy and cosy ride on these intriguing backwaters. The state has numerous channels of backwater canals cutting across the land mass and connecting the cities. The ride in the captivating comfortable houseboats through these canals will let you experience the pulse of the villages in Kerala. With Kerala Packages, one can have a jolly ride on these backwaters. Another major attraction of these boat rides is the ride on the bewitching lake as well as the chance to taste the traditional Kerala cuisine the mouth-watering dishes of Kerala will leave you contented. Several backwaters facing resorts are available in Kerala for ease of booking. The cosy and comfortable houseboats give you the feel and look of being at home. The interiors are well kept and have a traditional touch. Tourists can enjoy the ride through the busy villages and cherish the sunset view from the boat. Most of the cities in Kerala have backwater canals that let you explore the feel of the villages and towns. Kumarakom, backwaters in Cochin etc. are mainly preferred by the couples, due to the larger connectivity.

Honeymoon in Beaches

Beaches and cottages, an ideal way to spend your honeymoon! Marari beach has numerous cottages lined up near the beach where the couples can spend an ideal time. Tourist can enjoy a peaceful stay at the beach in fishermen huts and walk around white sandy beach under the swaying coconut palms that is lined up in an array on the beach side. Marari is an ideal spot to choose from the Kerala Tour. The serene and calm environment of these beach cottages keeps the romance alive. Enjoy the most exotic and ultimate dishes of Kerala during the stay at the beach. There are plentiful beaches in Kerala to enjoy your stay. With the long shore lines that Kerala is blessed with, one can easily choose beaches for their romantic escapade. The rocky strewn beaches of Kovalam the people and vendor packed Calicut beaches, the drive -in beach at Muzhappilangadu etc. are other beaches to spend a romantic honeymoon.

Kozhikode Honeymoon

Calicut is an ideal location to spend a day among the heritage layers of the city, discovering the rich culture and heritage of Kerala. The city has an outlook of modernization as well as the rhythm of the culture and tradition. The place is over packed with Biriyani hubs and sweet shops that serve the traditional Kozhikode Halwa. The religious places like the old temples, mosques, and churches are quite interesting places to visit during the Kerala Tours. The Malabar region of Kerala showcases the ancient architecture and the traditions passed on from generation to generations. The festival of Theyyam is a thought-provoking watch.  The temples depict the ancient traditional style of buildings. Many couples on a honeymoon visit the shrine to seek blessings.

Munnar

Walk amidst the thickly populated tea plantations that go way up high the mountains blanketing them with green colour tea plants. The sprawling tea plantations touched and caressed by the misty clouds are truly an enigmatic watch. The vast stretches of tea gardens in Munnar are always a sheer attraction for tourists visiting in Kerala Travel Packages. Various locations in and around Munnar with a favourable climate has drawn a large group of people to visit the place. Adventure lovers and fun lovers can likely enjoy Munnar. The hill stations are evergreen and the climate is extremely favourable. Trekking in these tea gardens would be an ideal way to spend a day. Other than these, the Eravikulam National Park, The Mattupetty dam, Echo point etc are few attractions in Munnar. Cochin Honeymoon

Cochin is the pulse of Kerala. The commercial city is ever-growing with the advent of modernization the youthfulness of the city has attracted thousands of tourists to visit Kerala every year. The city has maintained the culture and traditional along with the pinch of modernization. Cochin is a complete place to grab a chance to witness the oldest Jewish remains and the various architectural innovations of Dutch, Portuguese and the British. The prince’s street in Fort Cochin has exemplary designs of houses made during the reign of the Dutch in Kerala. Enjoy the Giant fishing nets that encompass a larger portion of the lakes. Cochin is also famous for the numerous amusement parks and shopping malls. Couples can spend an optimal holiday in Cochin without missing the fun of metro cities with Kerala Holiday Packages.

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Kerala is one such place, where modernization has not hampered the cultural diversity of the people. Experiencing Kerala would be like a have-it-all kind of vacation. The abundance of resources will leave tourists visiting Kerala enjoy the best of any holidays. Enjoy a utopian honeymoon in the Gods own country is like a dream come true to many. The cities in Kerala showcase the genuine charm and features of a complete state. The festivals in Kerala are never to be missed while visiting Kerala during holidays. Kerala with its abundant resources is one of the ideal places to spend the honeymoon.

Top places to visit in Andaman & Nicobar Honeymoon

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Andaman and Nicobar islands are a great place to visit because of the beauty of nature. For couples, Andaman tour packages from Bangalore are the best option for a romantic honeymoon trip. Being some of the romantic places in this world, these islands are blessed with greenery and blue beaches. Marine life is just amazing here. If you visit these islands with proper planning, you can enjoy and celebrate some cherished moments there. These islands are pretty cheap for the tourists if you compare them with any island destination abroad. Indians do not need a visa to visit these islands as the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are Indian Union Territory. There are around 300 plus islands in the Andaman Archipelago. But only a few islands are opened to the tourists. These places are famous for its white sandy beaches, mangroves and rainforests.

 

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Campbell Bay

This place is located at Great Nicobar Island. You can fly from Port Blair to this Campbell Bay by seaplane, but sea route is more economical. The place is very green and perfect for natural ecotourism. The Campbell Bay National Park is a popular destination for tourists. The lush and tropical evergreen forest orchids and the tree ferns offer a refreshing retreat to the tourists. There are many animals like Crab-eating macaque, Megapode, Giant robber crab, and Nicobar pigeon. This place is very important for wildlife photographers. This great Nicobar Island has tribes called ‘shompen’ which is one of the oldest tribes in the world.

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Neil Island

This island located 40-km south to main Andaman Island. This island is the hottest island in Andaman tour packages from Hyderabad. The tropical forest in the island is rich in biodiversity. This place has sparkling white sandy beaches too. You need to travel in boat from Port Blair to this island to enjoy sea life, water sports like scuba diving and snorkelling. This will be a one of a kind experience in life. Neil Island is also known for ecotourism and it is the vegetable bowl of Andaman. This island is also famous for fishing and angling.

 

Little Andaman Island

Little Andaman island is a very beautiful island in the Andamans. This island is famous for trekking. You can enjoy elephant safari and boating too here. There are 2 waterfalls called White Surf waterfalls and Whisper Wave waterfalls. This place is ideal for a sunbath. You can enjoy soaking up in the sun alone or with your partner at the serene and beautiful Butler Bay or Harminder Bay.

 

Cellular Jail

This jail is situated at Port Blair and is a popular destination on Andaman tour packages from Mumbai. This has a very close connection with Indian freedom movement. This jail was built in 1896 by the British. They used to take freedom fighters to this jail for solitary confinement. This jail was built in such way that each prison can only see the backside of other prison and there is a big watch tower from where everything can be monitored. Most of the freedom fighters died there itself because of the atrocities they had to face here. The jail is now a national memorial. It took almost 10 years to build this. Now Cellular jail has become hospital with 100 beds and doctors are taking care local public of Andaman.

 

Gandhi Park

Gandhi Park is actually a collaboration of nature and artificial formation. It has a collection of historical monuments. It has a very good gardens, restaurant and lake that are well-maintained. Gandhi Park has children’s park, amusement park and water sports such as scuba diving and snorkelling. Gandhi Park also has a Deer Park and a Bird Park. You can see a variety of deer like Barking deer, Spotted deer, Hog deer and Sambhar. The Bird Park has a lot of variety of birds like long-tailed and red-breasted Parakeets, grey-fronted and imperial green Pigeons and vernal hanging Parrot and so on. Tourists on Andaman tour packages from Ahmadabad can also visit the Japanese temple and bunker, both made by Japanese during the World War II.

 

 

Corbyn’s Cove

Corbyn’s Cove is a peaceful and unspoiled sandy beach. This beach is 8-km away from the Port Blair city. It creates a beautiful backdrop with green coconut palms and the lovely blue sea. The main attraction in this beach is water sporting such as scuba diving, surfing and boating. This beach is very good for sunbath too. You have so many restaurants, resorts and gust houses nearby this beach. It is very popular among the tourists on Andaman honeymoon packages.

 

Chatham Saw Mill

Since it is the coastal area, it has a lot of coconut trees and palm trees. The Chatham saw mill showcases the usage of wood at its best. Since the islands are rich in forest wealth, they use wood for commercial purposes and for home construction. The saw mill is situated in Chatham Island which is connected by a bridge to Port Blair. They make handicrafts and furniture from timber that’s abundant in the forests. The tribals and the locals make and sell beautiful handicrafts and furniture that they sell to the tourists or merchants from the mainland.

 

Cinque Islands

Cinque Islands are beautiful, colourful and calm. These Islands have bright and colourful corals and marine life. This Island is divided into south and north Cinque. This Island is connected by a sand bar. You can see the coral gardens and enjoy the privacy there. The island is a popular tourist location but uninhabited, which makes it a popular destination on honeymoon trips. The water is very clear and visibility level is almost 80 feet. No one is allowed to stay there overnight.

 

Andaman and Nicobar Islands have become one of the most important places in Asia’s tourist spot and it is one of the best-maintained tourist destinations in India.  You should never miss a chance to visit these islands and have good time. It is better to plan in advance and hire an authorised guide to make the most of your Andaman and Nicobar Islands’ trip. This part of world is very economical and thrilling for all those travel explorers. So take a back pack and move towards these Islands and experience blissful holidays.

 

Be there and Do these on your Kerala honeymoon

Kerala can be the most romantic place to visit in India. You will be totally amazed at the romantic hills and valleys and the sunset points in Kerala that make it the best destination for romantic escapades. That’s why Kerala tour packages from Surat are very much in vogue all through the year. There’s so much to see and enjoy in Kerala that you may get confused as to plan the places to visit and what you must not miss while there. Here’s a guide to where to tour in Kerala and what not to miss there!

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Munnar

Everywhere you turn around will look very beautiful in Munnar. The plantations and estates that sprawl across hills and valleys look picturesque. The pleasantly cool climate and the intermittent rains make the ambiance more romantic. The misty mountains are the perfect escapade from the concrete jungles that are always busy and crowded. The waterfalls that produce electricity and rainbows any time of the day are too good to be resisted even on a rainy day. The crystalline dew drops that form on the tender tea leaves capture a miniature rainbow inside it. While the city area bustles with the tourists during the peak seasons, the remotely located tea estates and other plantations offer a serene atmosphere and killer views of nature during your best Kerala honeymoon packages. These are the calmer places where you can fuse with nature and fall in love with each other.

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What to do:

Plantation Tours

Walk / cycle through the tea estate

Enjoy the sunset from on top of a hill

Visit the viewpoints

Visit the dams and waterfalls

Enjoy Boating

Visit the tea museum.

 

Allepey

Allepey is a beautiful town but totally different from Munnar. The town is connected closely with networks of water channels and backwaters. One side of Allepey is the pristine beach and the other side has a wide network of water channels that offer a unique experience to the tourists. Houseboat tourism and handicrafts shopping are the most interesting activities enjoyed by the tourists visiting Allepey. While monsoons are the best time to visit Kerala, it can get a little dangerous too in the houseboats as there’s heavy undercurrents during this season. The best way to enjoy Allepey is to hire a traditional houseboat and spend a day and night on it, floating through the backwaters by the day.

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What to do:

Houseboat cruise

Enjoy a live performance of Kathakali or Mohiniyattom on the houseboat

Beach visit

Visit the museum

Buy handicraft especially made of coir, jute and coconut shells

 

Poovaar

Poovaar is also famous for the backwater cruises during the best honeymoon packages in Kerala. But what makes it more beautiful is the confluence of the river and the sea which is visible from the Poovar Island resorts. It is a perfect place to unwind as you are far away from the city’s noise and crowd even though you are only a few kilometres away! Poovar is an integral part of Trivandrum city and there are many resorts here that offer premium holiday tour experience to the tourists.

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What to do:

Trivandrum city tour

Trivandrum heritage tour

Visit the Veli tourism village

Visit the beaches

Kovalam is another hour’s drive from here

Ponmudi is also close to Trivandrum

 

Thekkady

Thekkady is Kerala’s answer to wilderness. The place is famous for the enchanting forests and the tiger reserve. Thekkady’s Periyar Tiger Reserve attracts quite a few tourists to these enchanting forests all through the year. The only matter that concerns most of the tourists is that there are leeches and mosquitoes in abundance here and they may feast on your blood!

 

What to do:

Boating at Periyar Reserve

Explore the tiger trails on trekking

Explore the spice plantations and estates

Jungle safari on elephant or jeep

Shop fresh spices

 

Kozhikode

Kozhikode used to be known as the Zamorin’s land. It is an important part of India’s history as the famous explorer Vasco da Gama landed on the Kappad beach which opened up a new sea route to India from the Western countries and Europe. Kozhikode too is a great place for the best Kerala honeymoon tour packages with some of the most beautiful beaches, a calm and quiet hill station, some ravishing waterfalls and the most invigorating cuisine. Even though all through Kerala, the seafood and the flavours of fresh spices in coconut make every dish exotic, when you reach Kozhikode, these flavours seem to explode in abundance. The typical Muslim cuisine that combines the spices and the richness of coconuts and cashews create magic. It is a busy city where you can enjoy the best of Kerala without missing any luxury or conveniences.

 

What to do:

Eat a lot! Buy, eat and stock Chips, Halwa and a variety of snacks, sweets and savouries

Visit the pristine beaches

Enjoy a backwater cruise

Visit the malls

Explore the possibilities of witnessing live Ghazal

Indulge in Ayurveda massages and treatments

 

Kochi

The Queen of Arabian Sea is indeed very flamboyant. She entertains the guests with such curiosity that everyone who comes here falls in love with her. Be it the beautiful beaches of Fort Kochi and Cherai or the romantic sunset at the Marine Drive, Kochi will mesmerize everyone alike. Visit the forts and churches of the bygone era and the ultra modern malls and amusement parks within a few kilometres’ range only in Kochi. The outskirts are equally enthralling as soon they also will become as important as the city. Enjoy the backwaters, nature, handicrafts, fishing and the metropolitan ambiance of Kochi that remains a close contestant to become the next metro city.

 

What to do:

Visit the malls

Visit the heritage spots

Enjoy the sunset at the Marine Drive

Enjoy the cuisine

Visit the amusement park

Explore more options for shopping

 

These are some amazing places where you can explore much more than nature and luxury. These are complete holiday destinations that can make your holidays the most exotic and cherished ones.

The shopper’s haven that is Delhi

 

 

 

 

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The day was nearing to an end and I was thoroughly exhausted. Heading home, all I needed was a precious nap before I started on the much awaited Delhi tour packages I have been planning for so long. This time my idea was to go on a Delhi tour with a shopper’s eye. My only focus was the shopping malls and centers of Delhi. Much celebrated shopping destinations were charted out by my tour manager. As most of the shopping sites were closed on Sundays, I opted for a weekday’s tour. The journey started on a Wednesday crisp and clear in the month of October. The weather was chilly even though winter was nowhere around. I had my best buddy’s address with me so that I would not have to look for any lodging facilities and even though I had to bug her, she finally gave in. Cooking was up to me, of course. (lol!!)

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I started out the evening of my arrival which was on Wednesday and headed straight for Old Delhi market place. Shopping is serious stuff in Delhi. We wonder at the mighty rush of people all round the shopping places. When you go for a Delhi tour packages from Kerala you can know the difference of shopping in Delhi and in Mumbai. My first stop was at the Chandni Chowk which is famous for its souvenirs and curios. Dariba Kalan known for its silver, pearl, gold jewellery and attar and Gulab singh Johri Mal are the best attar marketers. Attar is a kind of natural perfume used directly on the skin. Khari Baoli known for its spices is a spice lovers’ paradise. Moving onto the cloth bazaar one gets everything and anything in fabric from the Katra Neel. Then there is the Moti bazaar famous for its pearls and shawls just as the name suggests.

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Done with the shopping at Chandni Chowk, I moved onto Nai Sarak and Chor Bazaar. Here is where you can stop by when you are on a Delhi tour packages from Chennai or anywhere else if you are a bookworm. The Nai Sarak has retail and wholesale stores of school books and other books on both sides. The Chor bazaar offers anything and everything at low prices but the lifetime of the goods cannot be guaranteed. Then there is Chatta Chowk Bazaar that sells artificial and semi precious jewellery, embroidered handbags, wall hangings and other artefacts with dubious authenticity. So buy at your own risk. The Daryaganj book market sells every book. You name it, they have it. This is the major bookselling market in Delhi. Totally drained out, I headed my lodging for a late night Maggi dinner. That was the successful shopping day at Old Delhi. I wrote down a quick account book for my days shopping and checked my wallet to see the remaining bucks if I did have some. I settled down with a John Grisham thriller to slip off into the night of dreams.

Mornings are clear and sunny as I woke up to the call of the cuckoo. I settled with a cup of coffee and got a quick shower and headed off for the next day’s shopping spree. Luckily half of my savings was with me as I had done a good bargaining this time at Old Delhi. So that means I get the luxury of a few more bucks for the second day. Anyone on a Delhi tour package from Bangalore or any other shopping city of India will surely doubt what is so special about shopping in Delhi. Besides touring the monuments of Delhi, shopping needs selective quality time kept aside. So next I went for the high definition market place called Connaught place locally known as CP. Now for that little bit about the history of this place. This horse shoe shaped market place with its sprawling vastness was the biggest of its kind in India. The shape was thought to be lucky for shoppers and the sellers alike. That’s a little bit of the superstition of the beginning of the market even though the place has been very lucky as of now. You can catch hold of all the modern day brands like Adidas, Allen Solly, Bentley, Bon Ton, and the like. The market has two circles of shops, the inner circle and the outer circle. Besides branded stuff, you get the handpicked diamonds and hand crafted jewellery and tailored suits and sherwanis. A must visit for the brides and grooms to be. Catching hold of a few pieces of jewellery and suits from the branded stores I headed for lunch at the street walk cafes nearby.

 

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After a quick bite I headed for the Janpath. No, not the famous 10 Janpath, it is a street marked with cloth makers of all kind. It also has curios of all kind. Again a place that puts your bargaining skills to test, this place is known for its fake products too. So you need to have an eye for the original ones, if you need to get the right stuff as you tour with New Delhi holiday packages and get to know Delhi better. All the refugees from the partition and the invasion of Tibet by China settled here and are now a part of the market area. The Tibetan market close by has all curios and Tibetan artefacts sold here. You can also find some artificial jewellery and silver jewellery along with thangkhas and brassware. I collected a few brasswares for my new home and some silk fabric to get it stitched later on.  Time flies away and I headed home after the second and final day of my shopping.

 

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Thank God I had my return tickets with me or else I would have been stranded in this place, as I had nearly emptied my pockets doing the shopping. I watched the sunset from the balcony of my temporary home and the night I spent with my buddy watching a film she had in her laptop. I lazed around the streets as the night was falling rather sheepishly and reluctantly. Feeling the air of Delhi in my lungs I choked with tears as I bid goodbye to two days of pure bliss. My Delhi holiday packages was extremely stale and I raved to get back home and show off my goods to my colleagues and friends back home. For the last time I bid farewell to my best buddy and the Delhi city as I hopped on my flight back home.