The best places to have best food in Kerala

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A culinary exploration through the districts of Kerala during the Best Kerala packages will let you experience pure bliss, especially if you are a foodie. From exotic seafood and non vegetarian dishes to simple varieties of omelettes and dosas, this God’s Own Country will appease your taste palettes in every way possible. From pickles and snacks to desserts and sweets, Kerala definitely has some exotic varieties of dishes you can eat only in this beautiful land. The ambiance, climate and the landscapes only add more beauty and flavor to those dishes. Here are some interesting dishes you must try out while in Kerala and some amazing places where you can try them too:

 

  1. Kethel’s ChickenKethel’s Chicken

This is a very popular dish everyone will suggest you to try when in Trivandrum. The place is Hotel Rahmaniya at Chalai Market in Trivandrum and rest assured you will fall in love with the cook. This hotel serves you some of the tastiest non vegetarian food cooked in typical Kerala style using the local spices and flavors. Trivandrum can be the most intriguing holiday destination for travelers as it is the capital city and offers all types of destinations tourists usually look forward to visit during holidays. Beaches, backwaters, hill stations, townscapes, villages, pilgrimages and amusements are all available in Trivandrum, making it one of the best destinations for family holidays.

 

  1. Biriyanibiriyani

If you thought Biriyani’s were exclusive to Hyderabad, you are wrong! Try the flavourful non vegetarian biriyanis served at Rahmathulla Hotel at Fort Kochi in Kochi city and you will be surprised to find yourself away from Hyderabad. While the local spices give it a more rich flavor, the techniques come from the Nawabs who got settled here as Tippu Sultan and Persian travelers explored Kerala. Kochi will keep you busy in all ways as it has a rich cosmopolitan culture and you will find some amazing restaurants and fast food joints that serve the most exotic seafood and Biriyanis to the cool Kulfis and ice creams. This is one place in Kerala where you can taste some of the best of all worlds. From the thattukadas and toddy shops, there are popular joints that serve some exotic omelettes and dosas to mutton and pork delicacies.

 

  1. Spanish Omelette & Mexican Salsaspanish-omelette-with-potato 

Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a hot spiced tea along with a fluffy and flavourful omelette while enjoying the beauty of the misty mountains of Munnar! At the Rapsy Restaurant in Munnar you can not only enjoy a Spanish Omelette which is a specialty there but also the Mexican Salsa. It is a small joint where tourists from across the world visit to enjoy these dishes that bring totally different flavors rare to get in a small town like Munnar. Do not miss the beautiful mountains, valleys and tea estates of Munnar during your Kerala tour packages from Delhi.

 

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Thanks to the many generations of Jewish settlements in Kochi, the Menorah hotel in Fort Kochi serves some amazing Jewish food which is rare to get anywhere else across the world. While some of the local flavors are infused to make it more palatable to the locals, the true flavors and techniques are not tweaked at all. This is definitely one place you must visit to explore some different flavors while in Kerala.

 

  1. Kerala Sadhyasadhya

This sumptuous feast spread out on a two-fold plantain leaf will leave you gasping for breath as you try to finish it. Because it is so tasty, you won’t be able to say No to any of the dishes served, and because your tummy has a limit, you will end up gasping for breath trying to finish them all! But I can guarantee that it will be the best dish to enjoy at least once when you are in Kerala. While most of the star restaurants serve them in different ways, you must check out the Onam Sadhya offered by Vinayaka Caterers or TDM Hall in Kochi as they serve the most authentic Sadhyas with all dishes that taste totally traditional. Do not miss out the different flavors of dessert called Payasam, especially the Palada Pradhaman and Parippu Pradhaman.

 

  1. Seafood Varietiesred-hot-chilli-fish-curry_625x350_51421930099

Though you can enjoy exotic seafood everywhere in Kerala, Allepey is a great destination which has some of the best marine resources in Kerala. Fish Molly, Karimeen Pollichathu, Neimeen, Tapioca and Mathi Curry etc are some delicacies you must try in Allepey. Crab, Octopus, and Squid are also prepared in many flavourful ways here. Mullapandhal toddy shop is a great place to enjoy exotic and spicy seafood near Kochi. In Allepey, you can enjoy the best seafood at Cassia, Chakkara or Harbour Restaurants.

 

  1. Kerala Beef Frybeefcurry

Kerala is famous for non-vegetarian delicacies and Kottayam, which is predominantly a Christian region, is the right place to enjoy some of the best meat dishes. Keralites savour Beef dishes and they enjoy it in different ways – roast, curry, fry and even steak! Beef is best enjoyed with Malabar Porotta which is typically made using plain flour though you can also get the healthier Wheat version these days. Try them out at Hotel Suryas, Meenachil or Naalukettu restaurants in Kottayam.

 

  1. Kozhikode Biriyani

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Even though Thalasserry is considered the best place for Biriyanis, Hotel Paragon in Kozhikode also serves some of the most lip smacking Biriyanis in Kerala. The place is so famous that it is a popular joint for celebrities and politicians visiting Kozhikode. The best part about this restaurant is that you can include it in your Cheapest Kerala tour packages also. Kozhikode is the best place to visit for foodies. The variety of dishes made and served here are so good that you can spend an entire month here and still there will be more dishes for you to try out! Kallummakkaya or Mussels are another specialty you get to eat in the Malabar regions in Kerala. Kozhikode is also famous for the sweet Halwas that come in many colors and flavors.

If you check with the people who have settled in Kerala despite being born and brought up elsewhere in the world, one major reason for that would be the delicious food that they ate while they visited this God’s Own Country the first time. There’s so much about the cuisine of Kerala that you will understand only when you taste it.

Top Villages to visit in Kerala on your Honeymoon

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Looking for some interesting and unusual places for planning your honeymoon in Kerala? How about the Best Kerala honeymoon packages in some amazing villages where you can enjoy the serene atmosphere and experience the best of Kerala’s nature and landscapes? Kerala’s villages depict the true life of being a Malayali. These are places where you can experience the essence of being in God’s Own Country sans the luxuries of star resorts and modern comforts. Rest assured, the villagers will go to any length in making sure their guests are most comfortable in the moderate homestays at the villages. Homely atmosphere with moderate to amazing living conditions and homely food served will make you feel at home even while far away from there. The people are friendly and consider you as a part of their extended family.

Here are some interesting and unusual villages in Kerala where you can experience the most cherished moments during your honeymoon:

Chinnakkanal, Idukki

 

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Chinnakanal is a scenic village in Idukki District. This place is very near to Munnar. In fact, 16 km from Munnar and you will reach this idyllic spot which is nature’s abode. Natural beauty will mesmerize you in Chinnakanal. 20% of Chinakkanal comes under the forest department. You can easily find Elephants, jackals, porcupines, mongoose, and squirrels there. Cardamom and tea are the main plantations in Chinnakanal. Large plantation of tea is the uniqueness of the Village. You can see a waterfall from 800 m above. Chinnakanal waterfall is also known as Powerhouse waterfalls, because of its height as it falls on you with utmost power. It is also believed that this waterfall has some medicinal values. It is the best place for tourists to explore the villages of Kerala. Once you know more about Chinnakanal you will fall in love with the place.

 

Dhoni Hills, Palakkad

 

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Dhoni is situated around 15km away from Palakkad town. This is reserve forest area. This place is famous for the hills, forests and waterfalls of the Western Ghats. It is more popular as trekking place. You need to walk 4km from the bottom of the hills to reach the waterfalls. You need to pay Rs.100/ per person as an entry fee. You can see waterfalls between the rocks when you climb the rock. You can see the beauty of the jungle, but sometimes you may also see leopard and elephants here. Once you reach the top of the hill then you can enjoy the waterfalls and can have a cold bath. Climate is very humid, so need to carry enough water with you. It is the perfect place where honeymoon couples can enjoy a trek and some romance as it is not usually crowded by the tourists. If you visit during the monsoons or just after that, the place will be amazingly green and beautiful.

 

Njarakkal, Ernakulam

 

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Njarakkal is a village in Vypeen Taluk of Ernakulam District. It is a coastal area. There are many ways to enjoy the backwaters of Kerala in Njarakkal. The Matsyafed Aqua fish farm is one of them. This comes under the Kerala Fisheries Department and Tsunami Emergency Assistance Programme. Fishes like Prawns, Karimeen (Pearl spot), Mullets, Tilapia, Crab, Green Shell Mussels are some of the breeds grown here. The farm is spread around 18km. Salty waters and appealing beauty of nature are the main highlights in this fish farm. Fishing, boating and eating are the major activities here. The staff will give help you out with important tips if you are interested in fish farming. In Njarakkal, there is an artificial Island in making. Very soon the White Sand Island with coconut groves and palms will greet the tourists. The Island is spread around 5 cents, inside the 46 acres of Fish farm. Tourists can enjoy eco-tourism in Njarakkal. You can go to Cherai beach through the beach road from Njarakkal. You can enjoy the coastal life of Kerala and can have fun.

 

Bison Valley, Idukki

 

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Bison Valley was one of the major sources of black pepper and cardamom till recently. Now it is a reserved forest area in Idukki with spice and other plantations. Some popular tourist locations such as the Eravikulam National Park and Mankulam are located close to Bison Valley. Trekking, bird watching and nature walks are the major activities you can enjoy in Bison Valley.

 

Sargalaya Arts and Craft Village, Kozhikode

 

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Here is one village set up exclusively for the tourists who visit Kerala on various tourism packages. Kozhikode is home to this amusing village which was conceived and established by the tourism department of Kerala. The main idea was to help the native craftsmen find their customers while introducing them to the tourists from across the world who look forward to buy handmade crafts and traditional Kerala stuff as souvenirs of their holidays here. The tourists can witness the intricacies of creating the marvels pieces of art which makes them appreciate the talent and effort of the craftsmen. This makes sure that the tourists know the worth of whatever they are buying and it has proved to be a successful establishment. The talented craftsmen are also trained by the Sargaalaya authorities to help them earn a decent living while keeping alive the traditional art of the state.

 

Kumbalangi, Ernakulam

 

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Kumbalangi village is located hardly 15 kms from the busy Kochi city. It is the perfect place for the Best honeymoon packages in Kerala as you can enjoy all the modern amenities in the city and also enjoy the tranquilly of the village nearby. Tourists can enjoy the guided tour of the village where they can explore many native occupations such as coir processing, copra processing, crab farming, net making, fishing, and pottery. You can also enjoy boating on the traditional wooden valloms and a sunset cruise with dinner by the backwaters. There are homestay nearby the village where you can experience the true village life of Kerala.

 

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Visiting the villages of Kerala will leave you completely mesmerized with the magic of nature and the love showered by the people. It will be the best and the most cherished holiday experience ever.

Backwater Riding in Kerala

Bucket List for a Kerala Holiday Trip

Are you planning on holidays anytime soon? How about checking out some of the most amazing Kerala Tour Packages with Price in the tranquil backwaters or the misty mountains? How about lazy evenings spend by the seaside resorts enjoying the golden sun by the mornings and the breezy sea in the evenings? How about a romantic dinner by the seaside, moonlit and start-struck? Do these and more at any dream locations on your Kerala holiday destinations! But here’s an exclusive bucketlist to check out while you are visiting Kerala for the first time:

A Ride on Kettuvallom

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Kettuvalloms are wooden boats made of jackwood and coir that does not use any nails. These come in all sizes and different shapes. The larger version of these Kettuvalloms is the popular houseboats of Kerala that takes the tourists on backwater cruise through the major water channels such as Punnamada Kayal, Ashtamudi Kayal, Vembanad Kayal, Kumarakom etc. Kayal in Malayalam means backwater. Smaller canoes or valloms are used to travel through the narrower water channels that connect small villages and islands amidst these backwaters. It will be a one of a kind experience for the tourists to row their way through the canals of Allepey or Kochi watching the beautiful sights on the way and interacting with the locals.

Go Fishing!

12-4-2014,Kochi -Mass harvesting of fish from farms at Kadamakkudi near Kochi on Saturday. As per practice, people of the village enter the farms and catch all the fish ahead of preparing the farms for Pokkali paddy cultivation. The event called ‘Kettukalakkal’fest marks the end of fish farming and beginning of paddy cultivation and is also a tourist attraction now. Pix – ARUNCHANDRA BOSE

Kerala is abundant in seafood and marine wealth. Tourists on Exciting Kerala Tourism Packages with Price can go fishing on fishing boats into the sea or enjoy it safely in the backwaters or the fish farms located at many places in the coastal Kerala regions. One such place is the Njarakkal fishing farm in the suburbs of Kochi city. The route from Kochi via the Goshree bridges built across the Kochi Kayal to the Vypin Island itself is picturesque. You can see the fishing boats, ships docked at Cochin Shipyard, the beautiful backwaters, the evergreen mangroves and islands on the way. After spending an entire day at the fish farm, you can take the coastal road from Njarakkal to reach Cherai beach which will be an amazing experience to cherish.

A Walk through the Paddy Fields

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Monsoons are the right time to be in Kerala. That’s the time when the entire state becomes the most beautiful drenched in the rains. Everything becomes fresh and green all around! The ponds, rivers and the lakes get filled and the paddy fields are prepared for the season’s cultivation. The refreshing smell of the earth will remain in your memories forever! The best place to explore this earthy experience is at Kuttanad during your Kerala Tour Packages with Price that’s quite affordable. Kuttanad is the rice bowl of Kerala and the place is a beautiful idyllic village where you can enjoy staying rooted to the basics of life. The Upanishads say ‘Aditi Devo Bhava’, meaning, treat your guest like the God! The friendly people will accommodate you as their God as the Keralites believe that guests should be treated as God. You can enjoy the local treadmill, stepping on the irrigation wheel, walk on the slippery and muddy narrow paths between the fields and dip your feet in the mud and just let loose. You will become a child again, playing with mud in the rain!

Indulge in Ayurveda

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If there’s one thing everyone will advise you to do during your Startling Kerala Trip that will be to indulge in the invigorating Ayurvedic massages offered in the spas and clinics. Ayurveda uses nature to heal your mind and body and a good massage with herb and spice infused Ayurvedic oils will leave your body and mind completely refreshed. That’s the ultimate feeling of bliss you can experience only during your holidays in Kerala. Ayurveda offers beauty treatments, general wellness treatments and specific treatments for ailments. You can meet the experienced doctors or ‘Vaidyar’ at the special Ayurveda clinics and experience nature first hand!

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These are some basic elements of Kerala you can explore during your holidays here. Plan in advance with the best tour operator and experience the most blissful holidays in God’s Own Country.

My Experience on Trip to Kerala !!

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Travel has always been one of my greatest pleasures. Being a nature lover that is mixed with the love for photography, the God’s own nation that is blessed with many wonders of nature has always been on my bucket list of destinations to visit. When you think about travel you will never feel like you are ready. There would be a lot of things running through your mind. Like where to go? When? And how? All these makes you want to postpone your trip and the destination remains a dream still to explore. Kerala has always been my such dream destination. But this time I made it possible with amazing Kerala tour packages. And thanks to Go Geo holidays who was a wonderful companion throughout my journey. I felt like I have traveled with a friend from Kerala, a friend indeed knows in and out all about Kerala. How one travels can always make the difference between just an Ok visit to a fully immersive experience. And when I traveled with Kerala tour packages from Bangalore with Go Geo I just didn’t visit those wonderful places in Kerala. It was like I was a part of the land. I felt like all my senses are activated. I have tasted, felt, smelt and heard this nature’s paradise at it’s fullest. And I also had wonderful opportunities to quest my photographic mind. The breathtaking backwaters and coconut forests in Alleppy, the hills carpeted with tea gardens in Munnar, the placid waters of lakes are all a must see spots that a serious traveler must visit.  And there was always a chance to explore the places by myself and experience the local culture and the day to day life of people. The journey started from the bustling city of Cochin, which had so many offers in terms of entertainment and shopping.  The visit to magnificent Athirappilly Waterfalls was a memorable experience as was the visit to the land of tea gardens-Munnar. Munnar has its Echo point where you will see a lot of people shouting at the top of their voices,  to hear what they sound like when reflected from the surrounding mountains! Thekkady was also arguably an exhilarating vacation experience. The Periyar national Park is an amazing sight. The only thing you have to be prepared for is the need to get up at the earliest hour to take the first visit to the jungles. This would be worth it.

The packages have price range starting from 3250. Pick up and drop from Airport, complimentary breakfasts, daily sightseeing with experienced guides and guided adventurous activities all are included in these packages. You will never have a dull moment during your journey. That is guaranteed.

10 places to visit in Kerala during summer

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The temperature in Kerala during summers soars up to 32 degree Celsius, which sets in the month of March till June. The temperature rarely exceeds 36 degrees, and high humidity is the characteristic of Kerala summer, where you can sweat it out in every single place under the sun. But summer is the time where you want to relax and spend some leisure time outdoors, here is a list of 10 places that you can visit during summer and get the best out of Kerala.

Munnar

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This hill station is definitely not a miss during summer, because the temperatures are relatively low compared to the coastal regions and a walk through the tea estates will make you enjoy the lush greenery all around. During summers the temperature reaches up to 22 degrees and is pleasant enough to go for some sightseeing at Eravikulam National Park and boating at Mattupetty Dam. This dam has an evergreen valley and a very pleasant climate.

Athirapally waterfalls

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Splashing around during summer is the best way to stay cool and hence Athirapally Waterfall is the best way to enjoy the heat.  It is the largest in Kerala and also called the Niagara of India. It is 80 ft in length and is a popular tourist destination. The falls have been a perfect location for shooting many films and songs. Try splashing in the water and let off some heat during summer. The forest area around is rich with many species of animals and birds, many of which are endemic to the area.  Apart from the scenic beauty of the falls, this area is also home to various kinds of animals like the Asiatic Elephant, Sambar deer, bison, leopard, and lion-tailed Macaque.

Vazhachal Falls

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It is similar to Athirapilly, these falls are located just 5kms apart on the West flowing Chalakudy river near the Vazhachal forest division at the edge of Sholayar ranges. It’s not possible to play with the waters, but you can get a close up view of them.

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The houseboats of Alappuzha are another good way to deal with the soaring temperatures. You can cool off yourself on the deck of your boat and watch the beautiful nature around while floating on the serene backwaters. The houseboats have many types of tour packages and you can choose a package according to your choice. The Kerala tour packages from Ahmedabad can be booked in advance, so that you can avail a discount and plan your itinerary accordingly. The Kuttanad region is also very famous for houseboat destinations and is the only place where paddy cultivation occurs below sea level. The lush green paddy fields are a feast to our eyes.

Paniyeli Poru

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Paniyeli Poru in Perumbavoor is another place to relax during the hot weathers. This place has many rocks and one can see the Periyar River flowing over these rocks, past the dense rain forests. The flora and fauna of this place is very beautiful and one can spend a lazy afternoon in such a location. One must also be cautious as the water level between the rocks might be really deep and you won’t be able to see right up to the bottom.

Kovalam

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A visit to the Light House Beach in Kovalam is another way to splash around in water and to cool yourself off. The white sandy beach that runs along the Malabar Coast has been named such, due to the 30m high light house which is the most important feature of this beach. This light house is located at the southernmost end of the beach on a cape. The rhythmic tone of the Arabian Sea waves is enough to make you feel enthralled. You can also take part in the various activities like surfing, paragliding, sailing, swimming and a few other adrenaline filled sports. Similar to the light house beach is the Varkala beach in Thiruvananthapuram where the cliffs lie adjacent to the Arabian Sea. The place is an ideal location for water sports and spas.

Wayanad

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Wayanad is another place which is ideal for summer, due to the dense forests which make the area relatively cool. Trekking is one of the best sports to be pursued here. The tree houses of Wayanad are also ideal for honeymooners and the wild life sanctuaries of Wayanad make the best wild life photographs due to its rich flora and fauna. Kerala tour packages from Hyderabad can be customized according to the places that you wish to visit and you can select a tour package either for 3-4 days or up to 7days. The tree house packages can be booked in advance during peak seasons so that you can avail a room by the time you reach Kerala.

Thekkady

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Taking a bath during summer is the best way to cool off, but taking a bath with an elephant is the best way to enjoy your bath too. An elephant bath and shower at Thekkady, is a popular sport. Take a ride around the aromatic spice gardens on the back of an elephant and feel like the tallest creature walking around. Watching these majestic creatures in their natural habitats is the best thing to do during summer.

Kuruva Island

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A trip to Kuruva Island is a must. It is a preserved river delta, holding a group of Islands in the  River. This is a sprawling 950 acre estate and the rich flora and fauna add to the ambience of this place. The island is enclosed by streams and you can go bamboo rafting through these waters.

Periyar Jungle Jeep Safari

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It is another way to cool off during summer. Along this jeep safari you will come along various types of flora and fauna. The organic gardens, with slopes and valleys, tropical woods and meadows, and the cardamom ranch are home to the endangered lion tailed macaque, Nilgiri Tahr and so on.

These are a few places that you can visit during summer but, there is a lot of other fun stuff to be pursued in Kerala.

Travel days in Trivandrum with Dream Holidays Kerala

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Trivandrum, one of the leading tourist location in Kerala state and it is the capital city of Kerala. The land is one of the modern places in Kerala and blessed with much more attractive destinations. Travelers can easily reach Trivandrum because it possesses almost all kind of modern transportations. Travelers can catch by air, road or train services, and all leading Indian cities offers transport facilities like Delhi, Chennai, Banglore, Mumbai and Hyderabad. So enjoy a pleasant Kerala honeymoon packages from Delhi and free to enjoy the trip.

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Trivandrum is just an amazing land and blessed with tourist attractions include Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, Padmanabhapuram palace, Pazhavangadi temple, Attukal Bhagavathy temple, Poovar island, Thiruvananthapuram zoo, Kovalam beach, Vizhinjam light house, Napier museum, Shanghumugham beach, boat tours, Puthenmalika palace, Magic planet, Sri Chitra art gallery, Chowara beach, Priyadarshini planetarium, Agastya mala, Veli tourist village, Azhimala Shiva temple, Kanakakunnu palace, Elephant rehabilitation center, Karikkakom chamundi temple, Vikram sarabhai space center, Neyyar wild life sanctuary, Methan mani, Anchuthengu fort, Thirparappu waterfalls, Ponmudi and east fort.

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Together with all these attractions, Trivandrum is perfect for honeymoon trips. White sand beaches and historical architectural ancient buildings are all really fascinating every travelers. Kovalam, Shanghumugham, light house, Valiyathura, St. Andrews, Veli and Vizhinjam are the top attractive destinations in Trivandrum. These white sand beaches are really attractive to watch, and much more beach sports are held on the shores of these beaches. And a couple of luxury resorts are also located and is awesome for honeymoon trips. Trivandrum zoo and museum are the unforgettable places. The animals, birds and other amusing visuals in that zoo make me wonder. The museum contains temple chariots, historic artifacts, ivory carvings, ancient ornaments and bronze idols. The zoo is a unique construction in the Trivandrum city with gothic roof and minarets. The Sri Chitra art gallery is present there and it consist the works of Raja Ravi Varma, the celebrated Indian painter and artist. One of the thrilling destination for a Kerala honeymoon packages from Delhi.

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The travelers can also taste various Kerala traditional foods and other edible dishes from there, and is delicious also. Kerala traditional sadya is really tasty, and spicy sea foods are ready to serve. And never forget to taste local beverage toddy; it’s a cheaply available drink from there. Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple is another fascinating construction, the temple together with Padmatheertha Lake are all amazing creation. The architecture of the temple is a combination of Kerala and Dravidian styles and the main deity is Sri Mahavishnu. The temple and its surroundings are conveys a spiritual atmosphere, and the attractive Methan Mani is really fascinated to watch.

Napier Museum

Napier museum is an important art and natural museum in Kerala. It was established in 1855, and the name remembers the madras governor Lord Napier during the British era. The construction was thoroughly based on indo-Saracen style and it boasts a natural air condition system. The museum contains rare collections of archeological and historic artifact, temple chariots, traditional ornaments and bronze idols. Sri Chitra art gallery is another attraction which contains precious collections of Raja Ravi Varma and Nicholas Roerich. And the museum contains good collections of Mughal and Thanjavur arts.

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Trivandrum is also center of culture and ethnicity. Its history is same as that of political Kerala. The city behaves as a bystander of various social as well as political issues. In ancient time Trivandrum is the capital city of kingdom of Travancore ruled by the Travancore royal family. The beautiful constructions of Kanakakunnu, Kowdiar and Padmanabhapuram palaces are the perfect relics of their well known. The rich and vibrant history of Trivandrum is a mesmerizing one for every traveler through a Kerala honeymoon packages from Delhi.

All you need to know about Andaman Tours

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Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a group of Islands in the Indian Ocean between the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. They lie closer to Myanmar, Thailand and North of Indonesia’s Sumatra Island. There are roughly 572 Islands of which only 38 are inhabited. Andaman has 86% of its land area covered with forests which is home to various exotic species of birds and animals. Andaman is popular for its pristine beaches which are yet to be explored by tourists. Andaman tour packages from Bangalore will include stay in these picturesque islands of the Andaman and to relax on the beaches with turquoise blue waters that splash at your feet.

 

cellular-jail--kalapaniPort Blair is the capital of Andaman and the entry point to these islands. Port Blair being an Island city of India, is connected to all the major cities in India through air as well as water and to other cities within Andaman through road ways. The ‘Intermediate Port’ of Port Blair serves as a major port, which not only supports shipping but also helps people to get connected to other parts of the nation. Nearly 80 ships are sailed in Port Blair by shipping services. The services include Ferry services, Foreshore services, Inter Island services and Island to Indian mainland services. Andaman tour packages from Hyderabad will include travel by either air or water to Andaman. Packages to the Andaman’s can be through water as there are two or three ship services in a month by Shipping Corporation of India. These ships sail from major ports cities of Kolkata, Vishakhapatnam and Chennai. The estimated duration of travel by water from Vishakhapatnam to Port Blair is 56 hours. If you plan your vacation with only a few days at hand then there are also daily flights from Kolkata and Chennai to reach Veer Sarvarkar Airport of Port Blair. Some flights also operate From Hyderabad via Chennai.

 

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Port Blair has some very interesting places to be visited by tourists. The first and foremost most popular place is Cellular Jail, known as Kaala Pani during the British rule. The museum at the entrance of the jail depicts the life of the prisoners during the British rule and a light and sound show in the evenings depicts the history behind the jail and the story of famous freedom fighters. Andaman tour packages from Mumbai will include a seven day package in which the first two days can be spent touring Port Blair and the remaining days can be spent visiting the nearby islands. Another beautiful place at Port Blair includes Corbyn’s Cove which is a beach with coconuts and palms and beautiful waters. But this place is not recommended for swimming as the water current is a bit strong.

 

The Samudrika Marine Museum run by the Indian Navy is a very important part of Port Blair. It is divided into five sections and has a diverse range of exhibits which covers a wide range of information about the Islands ecosystem, tribal communities, flora and fauna, and corals of the island. Andaman tour packages from Ahmedabad can be pre-booked to avail discounts and you can books air tickets via either Chennai or Bangalore to the Veer Sarvarkar Airport of Port Blair. This museum is means to create awareness among people about the rich resources in Andaman and how it is our duty to preserve them in a natural form. Andaman honeymoon packages will include stay in some of the exotic Islands of Andaman which offers couples memorable moments together on their honeymoon. Taking part in some of the water based activities on these islands is one of the best ways to enjoy your vacation.

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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