Kerala, the land where breathtaking adventure sports are explored in cheap

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Adventures are always fun, but mostly adventurous trip cost a fortune due to which most of the adventure lovers think twice before travelling. Kerala to the southernmost end of the state is an exotic tourist destination which offers the travellers with a number of adventure activities. Unlike other states most of the adventure activities offered in the land are affordable and under budget. This makes the state one of the best destination where travellers could explore the by enjoying the adventures of the land under budget rates. Being a state blessed with mountains, waterfalls, wildlife backwaters and more, the state not just offers the travellers with a number of adventure activities but will also gift them with a visual treat of nature and wild. Adventure tourism now gaining importance and popularity among the domestic travellers the tourism department is now promoting the trend with the help of a number of travel operators like Dream Holidays. A number of new, attractive and cheap adventure packages are offered by the Kerala tourism department with an aim to attract the travellers who tour to the state with an aim to enjoy the adventures of the land. Some of the best adventures available in the state which travellers could enjoy under cheap rates are listed below.

 Bamboo rafting through the wild

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A treat for nature lovers and adventure seekers, Bamboo Rafting is one of the best spots that any traveller could enjoy in the gods own country. As the sport uses materials from nature, the ticket cost is very cheap and makes the sports one of the best which the travellers could include in a budget adventure package.  One of the best destinations in Kerala where you could experience the best part of Bamboo Rafting by enjoying the true beauty of nature and its wild is at the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Thekkady. The place is a part of a unique eco-tourism project where the travellers are allowed to enjoy the beauty of nature by strolling in the bamboo raft. If lucky enough you could see some of the wild animals near the river and hear the song of the birds. You can travel through most of the area of the forest by rafting. Mostly river rafting at Thekkady will be arranged from early morning which mostly extends to a maximum of 9hrs. You could enjoy the same at Wayanad too.

Preferable destinations: Periyar Tiger Reserve Thekkady and Wayanad are the only places in Kerala where you could explore Bamboo rafting.

 Natures Treadmill in the paddy fields of Kerala

The word treadmill mostly refers to an electronic machine on which you mostly run so as to burn the fat content in the body. Nature’s treadmill here refers to the traditional treadmill which you could only find in the paddy fields of Kerala. Being a state where farming was the traditional occupation, the farmers of the state used this treadmill to irrigate the paddy fields. Water was pumped in and out of the field with help of these natural treadmills. Even though now farming is not something common in the state now some parts of Alleppey still follow the ancient custom of farming where they use this treadmill to water the field. Even though not a well-known adventure sport, it could be fun and a new experience for foreign travellers.

Preferable destinations: The best place where you could experience Natures Treadmills at the paddy fields of Alleppey, Kumarakom, and Kochi.

 Mountain Climbing through the misty nature

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Kerala being a state blessed with a number of mountain ranges and hill station is one of the best destinations where adventure seekers could enjoy the beauty of nature. Mountain climbing is one of the cheapest and most affordable adventures sports that any traveller could enjoy. The sport is unavoidable when it comes to enjoying an adventure tour in the gods own country. Even though the state houses a number of destinations where travellers could enjoy climbing, the Chembra Peak in Wayanad is one of the most prominent destinations. Mountain climbing would most probably take you one whole day and it is important for you to carry the first aid gear as you will be travelling alone and won’t be accompanied by guide or trainer.

Preferable destinations: The hill stations of Munnar, Wayanad, Thenmala and Thekkady are all the popular destinations in Kerala for mountain climbing.

 Wildlife Safari through the unexplored wild

Kerala is a land which is blessed with nature and wildlife. The wildlife safari is one of the best adventure ones can enjoy in a tourist destination like Kerala under very low rates. The bio-diversity of the state is so very enchanting that it will let you enjoy a different travel experience in nature. A wildlife safari is an adventure sport which is mostly included in adventure package as it is a bit challenging and entertaining. The sport is comparatively dangerous as you will have high chances of getting encountered by the wild animals the need of travel guide and a forest officer is necessary. Kerala is a state with greater availability of wild houses a number of destinations where travellers could enjoy the safari. Most of the wildlife destinations in Kerala are home to a number of dangerous wild animals which includes tiger, lion, wild elephants and more. If lucky enough you can spot some while travelling through the dense forest.

Preferable destinations: Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary are all the best-preferred destination in Kerala apt for wildlife safari.

 Canoeing and kayaking exploring the complex waters

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If you wish to explore and experience the adventures of Kerala from close then the two main sports Canoeing and Kayaking is the best option. The state houses a number of waterfalls and water destination which makes Kerala a prominent destination for travellers who love Canoeing and Kayaking. The tourism department of the state offers the travellers with a wide variety of kayaking opportunities where you can choose from a lot. The incomparable charm of the water destinations, especially which of the complex backwater stretches and the fascinating foliage beyond could be explored by enjoying a kayak tour in the land.

Preferable destinations:  Kochi, Alleppey, Kumarakom, and Varkala are the main destinations where Canoeing and kayaking are offered.

Adventure trips to an extent are very costly, but Kerala being a land with nature and destinations with beauty and potential, is the only state to the south where you could explore the beauty of nature in cheap rates. Most of the adventures that the state offers include natural elements and materials made from nature which makes the sport coast effective. As an addition, the tourism department also has taken a number of measures to let the adventure lovers visiting the state enjoy a pleasurable tour under budget rates. Being a state that promotes adventure tourism to a greater extent, Kerala is the best state to where you could tour to enjoy the adventures

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Unleash some travelling hacks to plan a budget-friendly trip to Kerala

 

The lowest cost travel is the best way to travel safely. No matter how much you plan, you may find that expenses are shooting up. If you are careful about avoiding certain things, you can reduce your travel costs. Kerala is the most budget-friendly state in India to travel and here, cheap packages for tours are available for the travellers. It is a common misunderstanding that we must spend more to travel safely in Kerala but there are some travel hacks, unlocking which one can have a budget-friendly tour. Your responsibility to save money starts the moment you plan for a tour and always avoid last-minute preparations and bookings. When you are travelling in Kerala, let’s see what costs are needed.

Choose Vegetarian food in your travel

Kerala is famous for traditional food and the benefit of choosing vegetarian food amidst your travel is that it is clean, cheap as well as safe. If you are a first-time flight traveller, then chose vegetarian food as being healthy throughout the journey is necessary and if you are having a vegetarian meal in Kerala then you are less prone to food poison. The tastes may differ from place to place but the expense is less and also prime concern must be given to cleanliness.

 

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Bargain while shopping

The small shop vendors are targeting foreigners and thus charge more than double for a product. If you dig out your talent in bargaining then you can get a product with half of its price. Thus bargaining allows you to shop more items or gifts to take back home for your dear and near ones. Always keep in mind that the shops at various tourist locations are actually targetting foreigners to take more money. The actual price of the product is less than half of its mentioned price.

Check out the hotel at morning itself

We know accommodation is the most expensive part of a tour and but in Kerala, some of the cheapest tour packages allow you to stay with a reasonable price but then too you can minimise the expense by planning a check out from the hotel or resort at morning. By doing so, you don’t have to pay for the rest of the day and in the meantime enjoy the day’s trip and plan like returning back at same day itself. On the way, there are many refreshment building where you can have a change.

 Traveling Off Season 

Traveling in Season will always be very expensive. Offseason is very cost effective. At this time, the accommodation charges will be very low and you can avail any services with much ease. The flight tickets, food and other charges on tourist activities will be minimum then. In Kerala, monsoon seasons are meant to be the offseason and houseboat packages are also very low at this time. Also, it is the best time to undergo ayurvedic treatments.

 Avoid souvenir shop in your travel

These souvenir shops are meant for foreigners and thus they will not charge less for any products. For foreigners, these shops and the products are really worth and they will not compromise money for these products. Thus avoid shopping at such shops as never expect bargaining can work there. Instead, shop at the street and get the discounts. These products are more profitable in local markets. In local markets, always try to shop late. If you shop near the shop during closing in the evening, you can shop at very low rates.

currency-exchange-restaurantKeep the currency with you instead of keeping digital money while travelling

Money can be considered as a currency. The lack of ATMs and using of credit card or debit cards at certain shops or for transport can make you in trouble. We often hear that avoid keeping currency while travelling but if you are travelling Kerala, keep the currency notes with you as in Kerala, certain shops or services will not take cards. But you can install Paytm in case of need.

Traveling together to reduce your expenditure

There is no doubt that the cost is very low when you are travelling in group or together. At accommodations, entry tickets, boating you can save money if you are travelling together. The accommodation can be made at sharing basis even food too. If you are coming from private vehicles, the petrol charges can be shared. The day when you leave, prepare food in your house itself and on the way take a halt and have the homely food. This will reduce the food expense at one time and also is a part of the fun. In fact, in group tours to Kerala, some of the tour packages will charge discounts and the price will be lower. Always consult your travel operator and discuss the discount amount you can get while you are travelling in groups.

Use the local transportation facility to the maximum

It is best to use local transportation facility in smaller cities where you can connect. Such travels will also make it possible for the travellers to get a clear understanding of places and locations. In local transportation, the charges are very low and on the way, you can interact with other locals regarding the places. It will easily teach you places.

Do not Believe in Brochures 

Do not Believe in the Brochures that Travel Agency and Agents provide you with no mention of correct details. The brochures that are presented in an incredible way can be amended on your own with places you know which are so attractive. Prior to booking any package look for the lowest prices always but with more attractions. Travel agents can play the trick by adding locations that are not worthy of watching.

Choose Guest rooms for accommodation

Guest rooms are charged with less price and will be having all amenities and services. To save your wallet, guest houses can help you. Don’t worry if you haven’t got an accommodation at last minute, consult with your local advisor and make them arrange a guest house.

Use flights wisely

If flight travel is your mode of comfortability, then you can book one but look for certain websites which provide ticket with less price. Also, at off-season, the price will be lower. Another idea to reduce the flight charges is that, if your travel is confirmed for a particular day then book the flight tickets about 1 or 3 months before.

 

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Eat temple food amidst your pilgrimage tour 

If you are travelling to pilgrimages, you can save money. Many pilgrim centres provide food for free or low feeds for those who reach there in the afternoon and at night. In such a scenario, the costs can be reduced to a good price. The food will be safe and tasty too.

Above given are some of the tips that can be utilised for figuring out a budget-friendly tour as money is precious and we must spend it wisely. Travelling expenses are really high than our expectation but proper planning and determination can overcome the situation. Kerala is the cheapest place to conduct holidays but still, understanding these travelling hacks can benefit you at any point in your life.

 

Periyar: Where We Fell For The Most Comfortable Natural Habitat Of Animals.

Kerala remains favorite to all the travelers who have been to the place at least once in their lifetime. It is, in short, a destination where nature speaks for itself. It makes a hub where the travelers get to explore the wilderness in sheer excitement. This excitement was something that packed up my family every year at that point in time where I and my sibling have holidays and my parents have off from work. Most of the holidays we traveled to Kerala as my moms ancestral house was located at Alleppey right by the backwaters. So we never had to be on a backwater journey as such but every alternate year we visited Kerala, we always made sure that we visited one place of significance. Palakkad, Thrissur, Kozhikode had all been covered through the Kerala tour package from Bangalore. This time we had planned something new where we would get to enjoy more of the richness of nature by being at one single place which was Thekkady.

It had got colder at Bangalore and was one of the best weather I loved to be there but there was no other time all of us were free to escape to Kerala due to which we got into the train to Alleppey from where we got to set off to our locality as we always took my moms parents along with us whenever we travelled around in Kerala. And then we hired a vehicle in which we drove 140 kilometers where we reached Thekkady. We had booked 2 rooms in the resort where we were looking forward to having another best holiday at Kerala. It was astonishing that there were a number of places worth paying a visit located in this Gods own country. The resort was worth the money we had to spend on it as we had taken luxury rooms. As of my dads and moms opinion, they always insisted that we spend holidays in luxury as the rest of the days all of us are working hard. So if it is for two days, make the most out of it. We had reached at 6 pm in the evening that there was nothing much for us to do in the evening. The resort was more of a hangout place where we spend time by the pool that had hammocks and pool lounge chairs. The night went by where we had the best family time. We ordered food in the night that 6 of us could consume as no money goes wasted on food that is unconsumed. We all got early to bed as the next day, early in the morning we would set off to Periyar National Park. More than the fact that it was a wildlife sanctuary, it is also a tiger reserve which made the place more interesting to me.

I had taken everything required which included binoculars, shoes, repellent creams as I had a notion in my mind that it would literally be a walk through the wild. The entry time to the place was from 6 am to 5 pm which was probably why we had been standing at the doorsteps by 5:50 am with our entry passes in our hands. The passes were just 25 rupees and did not seem to be costly at all except for the foreigners. After having some quick bites and coffee, we got inside.  My maternal grandparents had been all healthy and they seemed as enthusiastic as me to be on the nature walk. We hired a guide who we thought would be more helpful in taking us through the several activities that take place inside. Jungle scout, Tiger Trail, Nature walk, Border trekking and a lot more of exploration was possible inside the sanctuary. The most exciting to me was bamboo rafting where we would be set on a three-hour journey through the wildest place ever.  A large number birds that would count up to 230 reside inside the sanctuary. I had already begun sighting some while the sounds of the other animals had been reaching to all us. And all of us a sudden, I was reminded of Bannerghatta in Bangalore where we had once gone. In fact, this was the second national park I had been visiting.

The nature walk took us through the trees and plants that had been there. Both my mom and grandmom were quite into planting that they got immersed in the walk completely. I had already been on nature walks with school squad when I had been at Bangalore but none of it seemed close to what I had been experiencing here. By 11 am, we set off on the bamboo for rafting. We took two rafts and decided to move in the same direction. The literal hope I had in my mind was to see elephants in the banks. We went through trees that surrounded us on one side and on the other side we could to see grasslands. We went long where the rafters spoke to us about the sanctuary. The freshness of both the Periyar Lake and the surroundings were quite reviving to all of us. Also, we had safety guards where all of were in life jackets. When we reached a point we decided to return back. I saw jackals and jungle cats that had been on the shores. The fun fact was how all the animals lived their lives in the natural habitat of forests. We have to pay a lot of money to see them in cages at the zoo which I always found to be the most disgraceful way of making money. Here we could see them stride happily and that was what made all of us happy. On the way back, we also got to see a herd of elephants that had been sipping water from the lake. I had seen elephants before a lot of time where those that had been crossing roads at Bandipur when we had been on our way from Banglore, had been the most exciting but this sight took its place.

We got back and walked through along with the guide where he showed us the paws of the tiger. It had been an imprint on the mud and a way through which they got back setting on their prey. The guide said that this was the main reason that the sanctuary closed by 5 pm as the tigers and other animals would get out on hunting as the darkness falls and so safety measures are always to be taken.  The natural habitat was indeed so much more fun than I had thought it would turn out to be. It was 5 pm and we were out on time.The single-day exploration had come to an end but our Kerala trip was still on. There was some more scope for us where we could be sitting alongside the Vembanad lake and tossing in some spicy Seafood alongside the fresh toddy where we did not have to spend a single penny on it. And we would be taking catamaran rides to go across as well where we would still feel touristy on a 3 rupee service until we get back to Bangalore. This other part of life is hence something that is worth treasuring for a life where we can live with a stipulated amount of money but we choose to be different. The village life is worth an experience when on a Kerala tour package with the price. It is, in short, a journey of realization of what we have on the other side of the coin.

TAKE A REPOSE AND UNWIND YOURSELVES, A VAST SEA SHORE IS WAITING FOR YOU!

Recently, I had a visit to Bangalore for an interview. Since I am from the capital city of Kerala, Trivandrum, my journey was awesome and I had some couple of my friends at Bangalore. After the interview, which went smooth, I had a meet up with my friends, sharing some cups of cappuccino. In our conversation, I caught up something that, even though the life in the IT hub of India seems interesting, jolly and enthusiastic, there is a darker side to it. Actually, my friends needed a change and rejuvenation of the mind. What I can suggest is a trip with friends or family, inflicting a feeling of ‘Out of the world’. My friends are actually beach lovers, so I suggested one of the top beach destination in Kerala, lying at my very own homeland, Trivandrum, which is Kovalam. Kovalam is a haven of serenity and the best place to hang out with friends, family or spouse. It is easy to reach from Bangalore as there are flights from Bangalore to Kerala landing at Trivandrum International Airport. A smooth travel can be achieved if tour packages are picked as it would include more places too. I have suggested some of the tour planners like Gogeo holidays where some authentic packages are prevalent to entice the tourists, and they will be giving awesome beach facing resorts for the stay.

 

Kovalam has the power to rejuvenate ourselves as the vibrant beachside is awesome to watch and spend time. Located about 16 kilometres from the city of Trivandrum, the ambience is free from the regular hassle of the city life. Kovalam is an international beach destination as there you can spot too many foreigners. Let us start the discussion of this vibrant piece of the seashore with its natural beauty and surroundings. Kovalam beaches are divided into three namely, Lighthouse, Eve’s beach and Samudra beach. These three beaches are separated by rocky out cuttings. Tourists can visit any of these beaches and bask in the sun. There is provision for the tourists to bask in the sunlight and chairs are provided for the same. Foreigners usually here opt for swimming, sunbathing and surfing. The reason for its placement in the tourist map of travellers across the world is due to the clean and bizarre surroundings, equipped with developed tourism facilities. To unwind yourselves, Kovalam is the best one. I am sure, it will be a perfect escape for my friends in Bangalore city. The climate is somewhat chill in Bangalore and at Kovalam, needed warmth can be provided to the skin. Some of my friends came with their family to Kovalam. A stay on the beach facing resorts is a dream of many, especially honeymoon couples.

Here, the majesty of the Arabian sea can be experienced and the water is clean and pristine, making the swimming extremely joyful to the tourists. When you come with your family, take a swim in the beach as it is the funniest part of Kovalam beach. Surfing is usually done on the beaches and necessary amenities will be provided. Taking into consideration of the safety of the beaches, guards are kept at each point so as to warn the tourists who enter deep into the sea. Eve’s beach is near to the lighthouse beach and since both are separated by a rocky promontory, the beauty of Kovalam will provide more option for the tourists. One can climb over the rock and watch the sea. The cool wind blowing from the sea is truly a rejuvenator. This spot is enjoyed more by the honeymoon couples and also kids love in climbing up the rock. Visit Kovalam with your family and make your children soak in the beach holidays. Owing to the safety and cleanliness, this beach is perfect for a family vacation and thus choosing Kerala family tour packages to Kovalam is the best idea. When visited during festive seasons, Kovalam will dress up in a festive mood and several fests like Village fair, elephant fair, Nishagandhi dance festival and Food festivals will be hosted. These festivals can entice people of every age and walks of life. These festivals are actually showcasing the cultural richness of Kerala and Swati Thirunal Musical festival is a great example.

There are too many food stalls, multi-cuisine restaurants facing the sea and delicious seafood are served there. If spicy Indian snacks like Panipuri, Bhelpuri, chat masala, chilly filled pineapple and mango pieces with the flavours of juicy items are your tastes, then head for a local stall placed in the beach shores. Coming to the activities that can be done in the Kovalam beaches, water adventures are the prime one. Swimming, surfing are some of the common water adventures and since it is the most sought tourist destination, Ayurveda and health centres are prevailing on the beach shores. Undergo some rejuvenation therapies to calm your mind. I have suggested this to my friends so that the hectic lifestyle of the Bangalore can be dealt with the magic of Ayurveda. Are you a shopping freak? Then the beach facing stalls in Kovalam is all yours. One can buy a handful of handicrafts, clothing, beach wears, hats and antiques with reasonable prices. Lighthouse beach is where a tall lighthouse is placed near to the sea and it has provision to allow visitors to reach up to the top and watch all sides of the Kovalam beach. The rocky promontory between lighthouse beach and eve’s beach is called Edakallu and people love watching the sunset from this rock. Settle in any of the rock formation and watch the biding sun. The changing colour of the sky during twilight is a must to watch.

Nightlife in Kovalam is what everyone should watch. Evenings are meant for blasting in Kovalam and the bars, restaurants are fully awake to serve the same. Live music with delicious eateries are provided by some restaurants and to involve in other social entertainment, several bars are open in the night. With dance, fun and music, enjoy the delicious cuisine under the night sky. The nearby attractions around Kovalam include Karamana stream and the boating there. Reach at Thiruvallam vessel club offering activities like kayaking trips, cruise trips and windsurfing. A trip to Kovalam will family or friends can increase your bonding and is the most suggested place to unwind yourselves. For employees working in a busy metropolitan city in India like Bangalore, can make a travel here. In fact, if I get tensed on some issues, the visit to Kovalam can revive me and give me the strength to counter the issue. Thus, soon give Kovalam an entry to your travel itinerary to Kerala.

 

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An escape from the capital city of India to Kerala

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” 
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Kerala is a biodiversity hub where the people get to see a lot of tourist sites. As one travels through the ways here, he indulges into the mother nature and escapes into the wildernesses of the place. A lot of places hence house both flora and fauna which makes the whole ecosystem of the location. As one view the Gods own country from an airplane, all that he gets to see is either water or greenery of the land. In order to witness this one should surely come on a Kerala tour package with price that is affordable in which people can see the best destinations of the place. I decided to take the opportunity of visiting Kerala along with my friends from our office.  As the public holidays arrived, we decided to set on this trip from Delhi, to the other end of India.
We flew to the Kozhikode International airport as one among our team belonged to this district. It didn’t take us long to reach the place where he lived. We were treated quite well with biryanis and a lot of snacks and fruits. The journey had been quite tiring due to which I had almost everything that had been kept in front of me. At the end, my friend also served us Kozhikode Halwa which was indeed a delight to my stomach. In fact, the delicious food of Kerala welcomed us and we felt quite good in being welcomed that way.  We had already decided that we would be going to few places at Kozhikode, the next day in order to explore this Malabar region.
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   The first place where we set to explore was the Thusharagiri waterfalls. In order to reach the falls, we had to trek up the hills. And we would never complain as anyone would feel like hiking here due to the plantations that surround the place. There were three hills located here which were the Erattumukku, Mazhavil Chattom, and Thumbithullum Para. As I walked, I could hear the sounds of insects and the humming of birds. I also got to see some birds which I had never spotted anywhere before. People had been growing pepper and other spices there. We reached the falls which had been cascading in grace. The view was amazing and it seemed to be flowing from nowhere. As we had come from Delhi we had not been to so many waterfalls. Even though there are few of them located in Rajasthan and Shimla we had to travel a long way to reach it. On being on this Kerala tour package from Delhi we had been on an escape trip. The major escape was from the pollution there due to which just being in these eco-spots were of joy to us. After sitting there and resting for some time, we clicked some pictures of the place.
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           On trekking for half a day, people could reach the adjoining district which is Wayanad. But as our car had been waiting for us, we did not take that adventure and returned back to go to the next place on our list which was the Kakkayam dam. The aura of this place was more than just heart-warming. We went to the dam and took a short boat ride in it. Even though it was evening time we could feel the chilled air here on cruising through the dam. The trees still had the dewdrops falling beneath. Animals like goats and bisons had been grazing on the grass there. The whole view of the hills standing in between the grasslands was indeed amazing. After exploring the place, we left to the next place in between which we decided to have some food. The meals served here is quite special as they have both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. The seafood served here is outstanding as the spices on it makes it taste good. We went to the Vellari Mala which belonged to both Kozhikode and Wayanad. This is indeed an awesome place to trek up the hills. We walked through for some time as the weather had been good even though it was noon time. The huge trees that had been there made the view more beautiful.  Finally, we went to the famous Kozhikode beach which seemed crowded even on a weekday.
   Quite a lot of snacks were being served there out of which we had tasted some as we were hunger stricken. In some time we went back as the next day we had decided to go to Wayanad. It took us approximately 3 hours to reach this beautiful land. The drive along the route itself seemed adventurous. On the sides of the road, I had seen deer that had been grazing. Wildlife sanctuaries and parks are located in this place After hogging some breakfast we decided to go to the Wayanad wildlife sanctuary. After taking the necessary instructions from the forest department we set inside with a guide who accompanied us. Endangered as well as exotic species resided in this hub of nature. We walked in without making noise as it would shoo away the animals around the place. We got to see some wild cats which we had never seen anywhere before. The animal seemed to be carefree of our presence. We also got the sight of some exotic birds which kept fluttering around. After spending almost 3 hours inside we got out and went to the Chembra peak for trekking. Wayanad seemed to be an amazing place to visit on a honeymoon.
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There were quite a lot of places for the couples to visit here which we had avoided as we were more into trekking We had already suggested our couple friends from Delhi to visit this place for a memorable time. On coming on a Kerala honeymoon package from Delhi they could have privacy as well as peace compared to other crowded places. Also, there were not enough couple hangout places at the capital city. As we climbed up, we got to see a heart-shaped lake. Out of the places I had trekked in Kerala, this place seemed harder but totally worth as the sight ones to see from the top is priceless. It took us a long time to get back down. And had drained all the energy from us too. Hence we decided to stay over at a resort in Wayanad. The next day we went to the Kuruva Island. It was a small delta which had orchids all around it. Nature was purely at bliss as butterflies had been fluttering around which was a great sight. We had to get back to Kozhikode in order to fly back as our holidays were already over. So right after having some fun at Kuruva, we set back home.
      The specialty of Kerala indeed is not just the tourist destinations, but also the cuisines that are served to the people which call back any tourist to visit the place again. The accommodation sites here are also very welcoming where we get maximum comfort which helps in getting rid of travel sickness. Also, there are a number of destinations to visit and explore here which offers nature at its best. A trip through this land is hence the best option to take when planning to go on vacation with DreamHolidays.

 

Why should you head out to Kollam on this Monsoon?

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Kerala, a minuscule state in the neighborhood of the Indian Ocean, is charming, hypnotic and is blessed with heavenly beauty. The lakes, lagoons, and rivers all set up an unearthly ambiance that stupefies the tourists and honeymooners. The land offers diverse options for every kind of travelers, and the best way to enjoy those is with some fabulous Kerala Tourism Packages, in and around all cities of Kerala. A Trip to Kerala often comprises of a Houseboat ride on the serene backwaters, a visit to Munnar, Visiting some Wildlife sanctuaries, experiencing the beaches, Getting an Ayurveda massages and so on. Are you already bored of hearing all those common and popular destinations?

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If you are seeking something new and unique travel experience on your Kerala tour this time, then head out to Kollam with Dream Holidays, who offer ultimate tailor-made packages to make your journeys unique and full of fun and excitement.  Kollam- the northern district in Kerala has served as the trading capital in old times.  This place is blessed with diverse attractions for tourists- forests, lakes, sea, hills and islands, which makes it a perfect spot for monsoon travel.  Kerala is the only state in India, where monsoon happen twice, and it adds a special charm to this wonderful place, and Kollam is no exception. Kollam or Quilon is the land of cashew and amazing backwaters. It has a strong history of commerce and trading and is a perfect gateway to the magnificent backwaters offered by Ashtamudi Lake.  This district offers you everything, from getting lost in to the mystery of nature, enjoying the magnificent backwaters, getting into the heart of rural life in Kerala and so much more.

Kollam- Tourist Itineries Information

  • Zone- North
  • Language: Malayalam
  • Area-2,579 sq.km
  • Nearest Rail Station: Kollam
  • Nearest Airport: Thiruvananthapuram

What Kollam holds for the Travelers?

Thenmala- India’s first Eco-Tourism Project

Kollam Railway

  • Where- 72 km from Trivandrum, Thenmala Village, Kollam(62 km)
  • Nearest Railway Station: Thenmala
  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum

Did you know Thenmala; the first planned Eco-tourism project in India? Well, this place has been heaven for planters for a long time.  As the name indicates it is indeed- the Honey hill, offering sweet wonders of nature.  This small village, that is located in the foothills of Western Ghats, is popular for its unique panorama, Eco-diversity, and well-maintenance by the government and the people here.  You can have organized tour with Kerala holiday packages enjoying the special attractions to see and places to stay in midst of nature.  The tea, rubber and other spice plantations, wildlife sanctuary, equal opportunities for fun, adventure and leisure and getting know the Eco-friendly measures of tourism all make it a unique destination for the travelers.

Eco Tourism Center– The Ecotourism center here has three zones

  • Culture Zone– The major attraction is the musical dancing fountain. You can also try typical Kerala dishes from the restaurants here.
  • Leisure Zone– The swaying bridge here is the main attraction. But be aware of some unexpected companions here- the monkeys! There is also a Sculpture garden, which has the theme- Man & nature.
  • Adventure Zone– This is the place for adrenaline junkies. There are options for trekking, elevated walkways, rock climbing and river crossing.

Other Nearby Kerala Attractions

  • Shendurnery Wildlife sanctuary– This protected are of the Western Ghats is a tropical semi-evergreen heaven which is home to some highly endangered species.
  • Palaruvi Waterfalls– Literally means a stream of milk, is the 32nd highest fall in India. The journey to reach this location offers you a wonderful trekking experience.
  • Asia’s First Butterfly safari park– Some of our sweet dreams are filled, with beautiful butterflies, flying all around midst of nature’s magnificence, well you can witness that here. It is Asia’s first Butterfly safari park where you can learn a lot about the life cycle of these species.
  • Deer Rehabilitation Centre– It is home to spotted deer, sambar deer, and is built within Kallada riverside forest. There is a tree house and a children’s park nearby.
  • Kannara Bridge – It was the first railway line in Travancore state and is more than a century old, which was built during British reign.

 

Thangasseri- A Trip Back in Time

Thangaserry Fort

  • Location: 7 Km from Kollam
  • Nearest Airport: Trivandrum(70 km)
  • Nearest Rail Station: Kollam(4 km)
  • By Road: Kollam bus station.

It is one of the proud heritage lands in the state that offers splendid cultural and historical attractions. Located 5 km away from Kollam, this beach used to be busy center during 18th century.  You can see old marks of Portuguese and all in the architecture of the churches and forts here which makes the land an interesting spot for the archeologists.

Major attractions

  • Thangasseri Arch – The entrance to the sleepy village, built by British in 1939.
  • The Lighthouse- Built in 1902 and is of 144 feets height.
  • San Thomas Fort- Built by Portuguese in early 1500
  • Infant Jesus Church- Built way back in 1614 by Dutch
  • Bishop House

 

Munroe Island- For Tranquil Backwater Cruises

Kollam Basckwaters

  • Where- 27 km from Kollam
  • Nearest Rail Station- Munore or Mundrothuruthu(3 km), Kollam(27 km)
  • Nearest Airport- Trivandrum(84 km)

Located around 27 km from Kollam, it is the hidden gem of Kerala backwater tourism.  The island is named after Munore, a British resident in back then.  This clean, unexplored, is an ideal spot for experience a complete laid-back backwater cruise. You can witness the simple and typical village life in the shore, the place has its pristine beauty and the people here are mostly working in coir industry and fishing. There is a ferry service to this island which is mostly crowded.  A backwater cruise here would take you through the sights of mangroves, Chinese fishing nets etc.

Kumbhavurutty Waterfalls

Kumbhavurutty Waterfalls

Located near Tamil Nadu border, it is a wonderful place to visit during Monsoon. The trek trail to reach the falls is a thrilling experience that offers wonderful, view of the scenery.So, there are lots to see at this amazing place, especially during Monsoon, when its charm adds an ethereal beauty to this place.

10 Things to Pack for a Honeymoon Trip to Kerala – Dream Holidays

Chembra Peak

Kerala is also known as God’s Own Country because of its abundant natural beauty and the various exotic places that it contains. Kerala is also an ideal vacationing spot for all age groups of people, from youngsters to old people. Mesmerizing Kerala honeymoon packages are the most sought after vacation packages, because Kerala has a lot of beautiful places for newlyweds to venture. From the verdant tea gardens of Munnar to the lush tropical forests of Wayanad and the serene and picturesque boat houses of the backwaters, honeymoon destinations in Kerala are plentiful. Booking a Kerala Honeymoon from Delhi is the best option for couples as they get to relax in the lap of nature and enjoy their vacation viewing nature at its best.

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Kerala has a lot to offer to travelers especially when it comes to nature lovers. You would be able to enjoy the exotic animals and bird species and also indulge is some wild life photography. Kerala honeymoon packages from Delhi offers the best places to couples who want to spend some romantic moments with each other and create memories for a life time.

Here is a list of 10 essential things that you ought to pack for a honeymoon trip to Kerala:

  1. Make sure you carry your boarding pass, tickets or if you are coming in from abroad, then make sure you have yours and your spouse’s passport. Also some valid documents like license or if Indian then Aadhar Card for identification. Because when you travel around, you need to have some identification proof to show at your travel desk and even at the hotels that you stay.
  2. Keep your credit cards handy and make sure you have cash ready in hand with you before travelling to remote places, as ATMs may not be available.
  3. Keep a mobile connection that will help you in times of low network range, especially in the hilly areas.
  4. Always keep a pair of comfortable shoes to wear, because you may not be able to walk on the hilly terrain with your high heels, so it’s better to wear something comfortable so that you are free to move around with ease.
  5. Make sure you carry some special clothing that will enhance the romantic feel of your honeymoon and make it even more special for you and your spouse.
  6. Don’t forget to carry medication along for nausea, vomiting and headaches as travelling can take a toll on your health. And you may find it difficult to locate a medical shop in remote terrains. Also if you plan to go trekking, make sure you carry ample amounts of water, so that you will not have to depend on other local sources, as it might be dangerous to your health.
  7. Keep a list of all the important people you need to contact in case of an emergency, and also keep in contact with your travel agency is case of any mishaps.
  8. Try not to carry many valuables along, and leave them in the hotel room when you go sightseeing. This may become a hindrance and will create anxiety in you and your spouse. Also carry some toiletry items which might come in handy.
  9. A camera will be very essential as it can help you to capture moments that will be very precious to you and your loved one.
  10. If you are traveling by flight to Kerala that always carry one extra change of clothing in your hand luggage. Along with travel pillow and blanket. This will make your flight journey comfortable.

Allepy backwaters

You can book your Kerala tour packages from Delhi along with the flight travel from Delhi to Kerala and all you need is to confirm the airport where you want to arrive in Kerala. There are four international terminals and one domestic terminal here. You can customize your tour package as to where would you like to vacation. If you plan to visit the backwaters of Alappuzha then either the Kochi international airport or the Kollam domestic airport will be better options than arriving in Thiruvananthapuram airport. So accordingly you can book you tickets.

Allepy backwaters

Kerala has a vast number of opportunities to explore nature and bask in its glory. The best time to visit Kerala would be during the month of November to February. But even the monsoon months have a sensational feel to it. Also if you want to undergo some Ayurvedic treatment or spas then the monsoon climate is the best. Just that we have to take a few precautions when travelling during the monsoon is to protect yourself from getting too drenched. Preferably do not eat any street food during that time and also not to travel when the weather is too bad. The cheapest Kerala packages from Delhi will include these kind of Monsoon packages and summer or winter packages, so you can experience the best of Kerala in all types of climates. During monsoon the humidity is very high and hence the pores of our skin will be open and it will be easy to absorb the natural, essential oils and herbal oils that are being used in Ayurveda.

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During summer, when the climate is too hot, hill stations like Munnar and Thekkady will be there to your rescue. These places have a pleasant climate during summer and are one of the best options to tour in these places. Also during winter the climate is Kerala does not dip too much, and it will not be as cold as Delhi and northern India. The house boat on the backwaters would be a good option then. The serene and calm area along the backwaters will provide the best holiday options for honeymooners. The houseboats will help you to relax and enjoy a romantic and special honeymoon. There are many options for beautiful Kerala packages like this and you can choose the best out of the lot. Kerala is like paradise on earth, you can avail the best by investing yourself in this place.

Adventure Tourism in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Adventure in the Andaman Islands

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The Andaman Islands have always been the fantasy of honeymoon couples because of the beautiful beaches and the serene destinations here. But if you want to seek adventure during your Andaman Tour Packages, you will be surprised to know that there are quite some in store for you at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands too. Water sports are the mainly enjoyed adventures in the Andamans. But there are quite some adventures you can enjoy on islands too. There are quite a few options to enjoy the tranquil beaches and the beautiful monuments and museums. There are amusement parks and national parks for the tourists to explore nature and wildlife. There are also options for plantation tours and shopping in the Andaman Islands.

 

Here are some amazing options of adventure you can enjoy during your Andaman holidays:

 

Trekking

Three friends trekking a woodland path --- Image by © Diego Cervo/moodboard/Corbis

Trekking is an adventure all tourists can love while on their Andaman Tour. Since the Islands have thick mangroves and rainforests spread out everywhere, trekking through them is a beautiful and thrilling adventure to experience during your island holidays. Madhuban in Port Blair, Mayabunder, Baratang Island etc. are some popular trekking spots in the Andaman group of Islands.

 

Island Camping

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There are many islands in the Andaman Archipelago that are uninhabited. Most of these islands have thick forests and beautiful virgin beaches. You can hire a boat and visit one of the remote uninhabited islands and camp there overnight during your Andaman Nicobar tour packages. Just make sure you check with the authorities for camping permission since some of the jungles are protected and are inaccessible to the tourists.

 

Mountaineering

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Mount Harriet at Port Blair and Saddle Peak at Dilgipur are 2 inviting reasons for mountaineering. Mount Harriet provides a panoramic view of Port Blair, some of the neighbouring islands and the vast Bay of Bengal. It is enjoyed by most of the tourists on Andaman Trip Packages as a part of the Madhuban trekking. Reaching the Saddle Peak in Diglipur is a little tedious. The mountain is full of trees and huge roots and the path is very steep. If you are travelling during the rainy season it might get very slippery too. But once you manage to reach the peak, you will enjoy the gorgeous view below. It will be worth every effort taken to reach the Saddle Peak.

 

Visiting a Live Volcano

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India has only one live volcanic centre and that’s at the Barren Island. The island has many live and dead volcanoes and is uninhabited except for some goats, rodents and bats that manage to withstand the extreme conditions prevailing in the island. There’s hardly any greenery here because of the hot lava and smoke coming out from the few live volcanoes. You can visit Barren Island on your Andaman Nicobar Tour by boat or by seaplane. The view from the plane will be bewitching, you can see the black island amidst the sparkling turquoise sea that surrounds it. Tourists are not allowed to disembark in the island. They can visit it from a distance. The sea around the island is ideal for scuba diving and many people hire a boat from the Havelock Island and anchor it nearby to enjoy the sport.

 

Exploring the Limestone Caves

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Limestone caves are nature’s exhibit of colours. At Diglipur, the visit to limestone cave includes a boat cruise through the creek covered with mangroves and a small trek through the jungle after which you will reach the caves. At Baratang Island too, you can visit the limestone caves that are located near the beach. It is a popular part of Andaman and Nicobar Tourism in these places.

 

Sea Cruise

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To reach most of the islands around Port Blair, you have to travel through shallow sea by boat or Dingi. But the most thrilling part of Andaman Tourism Packages will be to travel a little deeper into the sea on fishing boats. Make sure you take permissions from the authorities or else, you will be in big trouble! Exploring a sea cruise will be an incredible adventure to experience during your Andaman holidays.

 

Snorkelling

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Snorkelling is definitely one of the most enjoyed water sports in the Andaman Islands. Most of the beaches have the options for snorkelling. If you want to explore the most colourful corals and marine life during your Andaman Tour Packages from Kolkata, Jolly Buoy and Red Skin are the perfect places to enjoy Snorkelling. The best part about snorkelling is that if you have no idea about swimming, it becomes all the more thrilling! You can hire the gears from the beach and explore the vivid underwater marine life in the shallow sea with the help of snorkelling guides.

 

Scuba Diving

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Scuba diving requires you to go through a small training which you can do during your Chennai to Andaman Tour Packages. There are many training centres where they help you out with the very basics and you can also hire the gears and the services of the diving instructor. Because the islands are not very populated and are eco-friendly, the sea remains unpolluted and the coral reefs in it flourish in all shapes and colours. The crystal clear sea makes scuba diving quite enjoyable even for the novice tourists.

 

Sea Walk

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Seawalk is definitely one such experience you cannot miss while on your Andaman packages from Kolkata. It is as exciting as or even more exciting than a jungle trek. Can you ever imagine yourself walking on the seabed, deep inside the sea? Experience it for real during your Andaman tours! If you think that the seabed is very dull and dark, see for yourself how colourful and exciting it actually is! This is an adventure to be experienced and not explained. So pack your bags to Andaman Islands and experience the inner secrets of the sea.

 

Boat Rides

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Most of the beaches in the Andaman Islands offer beach rides of various types. The Banana Boats are the most exciting of all. The bright yellow coloured banana-shaped boats are enjoyed by every tourist who enjoys a boat ride. It is a part and pack of Andaman Nicobar tour packages from Chennai. Then there are the paddle boats, motor boats, regular passenger boats, glass-bottom boats and speed boats to ride in the sea. The local Dinghies can be quite exciting as they are made of wood and are quite old! You will miss the hi-tech equipment in the boat, but can learn a lot of interesting stories about island from the locals travelling along. It will give you a totally different perspective of the islands and the islanders. Then there’s the creek cruise which is as exciting as it is calming. You will get lost in the beauty of nature all around you while boating through the creeks. Enjoy a creek cruise at Baratang Island.

 

Surfing

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Surfing is a popular beach activity during the Andaman Honeymoon Packages from Kolkata. Even though many beaches here have provisions for surfing, the best place to enjoy this sport is the Little Andaman Island. The Butler Bay beach and the Kumari Point are popular surfing points here. In case you have no clue and still want to enjoy the sport, you can get help from the surfing school here from where you can learn the art and techniques of surfing and also rent the gears required. It will be a splendid way to enjoy the holidays far away from the crowds.

 

Jet Skiing

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Jet Skiing is another thrilling water activity you can enjoy on your Honeymoon Packages from Chennai to Andaman and same as Kolkata. Check out the options at Andamans Water Sports Complex at Port Blair for Jet Skiing.