An Unplanned Marriage and a Planned Honeymoon to Alleppey

I never thought of marriage in my life. I was very passionate and dedicated to my goals. I used to tell my parents I won’t agree for any marriage proposal until I achieve my goals. I belong to a simple orthodox family. The place where I reside is completely a replica of TV soap operas. With a lot of dreams and thoughts, I decided to pursue my graduation in engineering. The 4 years in an engineering college gifted memories that to be cherished in my early 50s and 60s. Like every student, I prepared very hard for job interviews, especially for campus placement. Unfortunately, I was eliminated in the pre-final round of campus placement. For a moment I lost my hope and the firm belief from god. I lost my confidence because most of my friends got good jobs in good companies and only a few remained jobless in my class and unluckily I belong to the latter group. Gradually I regained my hope and started to appear for several campus interviews. Within a couple of months, I enrolled myself in a software training course and as soon as I finished my course I was absorbed into one of the best start-ups companies in my state.

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After a completing 6-months probationary period, my parents started to brainwash me and propelled me to get married as society is blaming them for keeping a young girl in the house. I burst out on them and clearly told only after two years I will get married. My decision was not digestible for them. For time being they remained silent. I again started to concentrate on my work. Day by day my work schedules became stressful and hectic. Sometimes I used to reach home late nights. This increased fear in my parents. They somehow wanted to finish their obligations and wanted to relax. This time through one of my relative our parents got a marriage proposal from a well-reputed family. I tried my hard to convince them. But this time they were very stubborn about their decision. As I had no other alternate I was forced to obey their commands. I really did not want to get married so soon. Therefore I did not dress well. I wore a simple dress and did not apply any kind of make-up on my face. By 10 am they reached our house. The guy was accompanied by his parents and aunt. After the official conversation, I was invited to the living room. For the initial few minutes, I did not look at them. Then I slowly raised my head and greeted them. To my surprise the guy was handsome and he and his family were well-mannered.  We all were impressed by their pleasing attitude. I was wondering how I could reject their proposal. I tried my level best but I did not find any genuine reason for the same. When they left my parents told me that they liked the family and they really wanted me to agree for the same. They also created an emotional drama so that I support their decision. I was really trapped. I cannot oppose my parents. And eventually, I agreed for the marriage. I wanted a time gap of at least 2 months prior to marriage so that I could talk to him and understand him. But the astrologer told us the perfect time for marriage is within a month or else we will have to wait till next year.

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Within a month we got married and I moved to his work station-Bangalore. I used to get bored when he leaves for his office. For a couple of weeks, I used to go shopping and spend time on social media. As my company did not have any branch in Bangalore I was forced to quit the job. Understanding my boredom and frustration my hubby insisted me to attend interviews. I was overwhelmed with joy. By the grace of God, I got selected into one of the best IT companies in Bangalore. A couple of months passed till now we did not plan any honeymoon trip. It was my hubby’s friend who suggested celebrating an exotic honeymoon tour to Kerala. He showed many photographs of the important destination in Kerala. Out of them, we liked the houseboat packages. It was available at the cheapest rates.  Within a couple of weeks, we boarded the flight from Kempegowda International Airport to Cochin International Airport. From there we travelled in a private cab arranged by our tour operator to Alleppey.

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Alleppey is the perfect destination to celebrate vacation with our dear ones. Major portions of the district are occupied with backwaters and paddy fields. The picturesque landscapes, emerald paddy field, tranquil backwaters bordered by palm-fringed coconut trees, gave the clear answer to why the district is called ‘Venice of East’. Within 2 hours we reached the spot. We entered the houseboat and the voyage of romance began. With us they another 2 couples who reached there by purchasing tour packages to Kerala at affordable price. We captured the beautiful pictures of birds, trees oscillating in the cool breeze and so on. We astonished to see small children rowing canoes to schools. It is the part and parcel of metro cities where vegetable vendors reach our doorstep and give us vegetables at cheap rates. Over there in Aleppey the vegetable vendors carried vegetables in canoes and knocked the doors of customers in the evenings. We were lucky enough to view the fascinating moment of sun setting into the sea. By the evening the houseboat authorities had arranged scrumptious delicacies prepared in traditional Kerala style on the roof of the houseboat. Followed to it we were entertained by the classical dance performances of experts. The next morning, after relishing breakfast we moved to the Kumarakom. The place is well-known for migratory birds. We stroll through the forest and slept in a treehouse. The next day we returned to Alleppey and from there to Cochin Airport. We departed Kerala by carrying lots of memories. We are really thankful to Dream Holidays for arranging such a wonderful trip.

Munroe Island as a Perfect Honeymoon Destination of Kerala

How about lying on the lap of your significant other on a peaceful morning and just talking about any random topics on the banks of tranquil backwaters? Sounds cool right? Well, such a calming experience can be gained when you are up to this picturesque Munroe Island, which is only at a 27 km of distance from Kollam main city. So the honeymooners visiting Kerala can think of a whole new location of Munroe Island situated at one of the southern districts rather than opting for the stereotypical spots of Allepey, Munnar or Kumarakom in Kerala.

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Being situated on the brink of Ashtamudi Lake, which is said to be the cleanest backwaters of Kerala, to every angle you turn to you are going to find picture-perfect frames that would resemble any scenic places. One of the most profound factors of such a charm of the islands would be the reflection of the long line of tall coconut palms slanting toward the serene water bodies. They make that perfect blend for creating that lush greenery and increasing that stunning beauty of the location, besides the dense mangrove plantations. Moreover, at some parts, the islands are sidelined by the tributary of the Kallada River. So on your honeymoon trip, when you are spending your precious time together in the backdrop of such an adorable place it will bring you a special kind of joy that you had never felt before.

The relaxing ambience of this quaint village could be experienced on a greater extent when you both are staying back at any of the adjacent resort or simple homestay. To avail the former option you will always be advised to pre-book under any good tour packages. They may provide you with both that precious opportunity to sail through numerous narrow and small canals flowing in between the islands. On its banks, you could find several mangrove plants growing in unusual shapes. Sailing across in these intricate pathways in kayaks can turn out to be a fun activity that can be indulged by couples together. At some places, the mangroves would be denser that would create a tunnel kind of structure, providing shelter to you.  On that voyage, you could closely observe at the simple rural livelihood led by the villagers there.

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The entire concept of tourism has only started emerging to this pristine island of Munroe. So you are going to rush into a very few other tourists on your trip. Moreover, there will not be any long lines to create any boredom in you and hamper your honeymoon. In this very little crowd, both you and your significant other can have your own special moments together. Also, the brightly coloured mangroves provide these areas with an added beauty, as you may catch a glimpse of large migratory birds flying across from them, on which they had made their temporary nests. The calming green-hued water bodies are going to soothe and save you from all the tensions you could have suffered from the everyday busy lives.

On your exploration of the place together, you may interact with the cordial and polite village dwellers. They may educate you about the primary fishing methods that they usually do for their living, by moving around in the lake waters on country boats. Apart from that, they also depend on the cultivation of cashew nuts, areca nut and obviously the coconuts. They could be the most common tree that you could get to spot here in Kerala, making them the state tree. But all these geographical features do create an awesome view once the sun sets in. The islands may be sighted far away from the beaches, but when clicked a picture during any late evening of the pristine water bodies, you are going to get a mesmerizing photo of you and your loved one.

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That sail inside a boathouse and cruising all across the backwaters could the next big things that cannot be missed on this very first tour with no other than your beloved. Although they are merely large boats plying in the clean lake waters, you could avail all sorts of world-class facilities, so that you are not facing any troubles by staying in the cruise all day and missing your home. As they are moving to different spots in the cruise, you could get to see the unique views of Munroe Island from the well-equipped houseboats. Above all that, the tickets for this is offered by the Kerala Tourism Department Council at cheapest prices so as to attract more tourists to the destination.

Those Intriguing facts about the Island

Although the name Munroe Island does sound singular, they are actually a group of around 8 small islands or islets. So is the place commonly known as ‘Manttrothuruth’ in the region, as ‘thuruth’ in Malayalam means ‘a group of Islands.’ Furthermore, in the coinage of the name of this place, there had been an influence of a foreigner. It was done after Colonel John Munroe, which was the British Resident of the former princely state of Travancore. In fact, it was under his suggestion that the area of these canals was further expanded. It was to honour him that the island in this part of Kollam district to be called so.

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How to reach there: The Munroe Island can be reached from the Trivandrum International after travelling for almost 2 hours 20 minutes covering 81 km to the next district situated in the northern side. Moreover, the nearest railway station of Manttrothuruth is only 4km away. However, you need to transmit for around 26 km to arrive at the more accessible Kollam Junction Railway station.

The island honeymoon destinations as charming as Munroe Island are quite many in the incredible state of Kerala. You need to explore those serene locations along with your partner at least once in a lifetime. So whenever you are heading to these destinations of Kerala, never forget to seek for the assistance of Dream Holidays, who could suggest you about the places and the exciting activities to be indulged in. Although based in Kochi, the reputed tour company had created numerous honeymoon packages targeting adventurous couples like yours.  Moreover, their travel deals would cover the popular tourist destinations like that of Wayanad, Athirapally, Munnar, Allepey, Ponmudi, Kochi, Thekkady and Varkala In addition to that the unexplored places like that of Poovar, Kakkathruth, Kuttikanam and many more would also be considered if the customer is demanding so.

Embark The Richness Of Trivandrum

Everyone says that marriages are made in heaven. Yes, it truly was! But I want my honeymoon also in heaven. Hence we decided to celebrate our passionate honeymoon in God’s own country. Jeff and I are colleagues working in Chennai for the past 5 years. When he proposed to me my only condition was that ” our honeymoon should be in Kerala” with a cherubic smile he said yes! And there starts our love story. While everyone is busy scheduling our marriage we are secretly planning our honeymoon. On a random search, we found a travel company called Gogeo Holidays that has a nice collection of honeymoon packages to Kerala. From which we selected a honeymoon pacakge which includes the richness of Trivandrum, Kanyakumari, Agasthyakoodam, Neyyar dam and wild sanctuary and the most famous Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Trivandrum at the best price.

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The travel company was charted the entire trip from the ticket booking to the stay and travel in Trivandrum for us to enjoy a hassle-free honeymoon. And finally, the day was here. From the Chennai international airport, we took Air-India Express to Kerala and which is the most convenient and fastest way to reach Kerala. And the voyage takes around 1 hour to reach our dream destination. Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of Kerala and most renowned for the eminent presence of Padmanabhaswamy Temple. With a dashing sunrise, Trivandrum gave us a warm welcome. We started our romantic journey from the divine presence of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple. The temple is an epitome of holiness and sanctitude. Apart from that, the temple became famous for its mystery-hidden chambers of treasures and it’s enigmatic stories. The temple was built in 6 AD under the supervision of the kings of Travancore.

The main reason behind the huge flow of the crowd to this divine place is due to the discovery of huge 6 secret Kallaras or vaults which are named as A, B, C, D, and F. All these vaults are flourished with wealth beyond human imagination. Heaped with bundles of ancient gold coins, diamonds, gemstones, and huge gold necklaces. While wandering through the divine temple and experiencing the royal architecture, I was still thinking about the most precious and impenetrable vault B. The guide told that vault B is locked with Naga Paasam mantras and to show its horrifying side the doors are engraved with serpent imagery and Yakshi symbols. While I was thinking about its deep routes Jeff reminded me that, we are here for our honeymoon not for archeological research. Before leaving the temple, the guide egged us in to eat the temple Sadhya which is a royal delicacy of Trivandrum. And only available during the festival period. Lucky us!

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After an authentic meal, we moved to our next destination, Neyyar dam and wild sanctuary. Since Jeff is a nature enthusiast he was so thrilled to and excited to visit Neyyar dam and wild sanctuary and the famous Agasthyakoodam. Around 32km from Trivandrum where you can see this eminent destination envelop across 12,000 hectares. One of the major tourist spots in Travancore renowned for its rich flora and fauna and adventure activities. We already mentioned to our desires that we want our honeymoon to be a little adventure and thrilling. So in order to fulfill our desires, they have arranged jeep safari and trekking to our package. In which jeep safari was my personal favorite because trekking is like roaming through the jungle, tired and sweaty, that is definitely not my thing. Moving through the gigantic rocks and the shattered road was instantly create an adrenaline rush. Another mesmerizing fact about the Neyyar dam is Agasthyakoodam. It is one of the most recommended tour spots in Trivandrum which has a height of about 1868m which is the second-highest peak in Kerala. Agasthyakoodam is also called Agastya Mala Peak nestled on the southern side of western ghats which is the home for exotic wildlife. After a captivating sunset, we returned to our resort to pack our bags to Kanyakumari.

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Our next start with the roaring waves of Kanyakumari, a coastal town that is 84km away from Trivandrum. The Laccadive Sea, the soothing climate and the picturesque view of the eminent sunrise will rejuvenate you for sure. After having a local breakfast which includes rice cake commonly called “Puttu” in Malayalam along with some piping hot Bengal gram curry or “Kadala curry” and authentic black tea was literally made my day. So after the delicious breakfast, we get ready to witness the richness and hospitality of Kanyakumari. Kanyakumari is an amalgamation of art, culture, and civilization. The destination is also popular for its commerce and trade from the ancient period itself. Vivekananda rock memorial is one of the main tourist places in Kanyakumari which is an exemplary memorial and exciting ferry ride for visitors also gives a thrilling moment for us. Another place in our wish list was the Wax museum which shows the wax mannequins of eminent personalities around the world. The museum has 31 world-famous wax sculptures and the fine detailing to it is so skillful and fascinating. The visiting time is about 8 AM tO 7 PM and costs around 100rs per ticket. Jeff was constantly taking pictures of every sculpture and describing everything like he was the one behind these magnificent works. The travel company beautifully includes all these fascinating places in our honeymoon packages to make our Voyage to Kerala a memorable one. After a long day, we moved to Kanyakumari beach near to Vivekananda rock memorial, which is another top crowed place to explore a dashing sunrise and sunset with your loved ones. While the wind passing through my messy hair and he just cwtches me tightly and we spend our passionate time there with an alluring sunset.

A Surprise Wedding Gift for My Brother and Sister-in-law

Usually, everybody wakes up either by hearing the alarm or by tweeting of birds. But for me, it was something strange I opened my eyes early morning by hearing a quarrel from my newly married brother’s room. As everybody knew it is very awkward to peep into some other’s personal life especially when it is our sibling. Therefore I did not interfere in his personal business. To be very frank I was hearing quarrel for the last night but it was not as serious as it is now. Slowly I got from my bed and got refreshed and moved to the kitchen to start my household duties. After an hour my sister-in-law joined in the kitchen and with her my mom. Usually early morning she used to be very talkative. She used to talk on several issues. But on that, she did not utter a single word. Her face was turned like a pumpkin. My mom wanted to inquire about the matter but she did not do it as she wants to protect her image. Even though she wanted to know the fact she controlled her emotions. In the next 30 minutes, my brother came to the kitchen and demanded a cup of tea. Usually, his wife used to give him, the moment he wakes from his bed. But today as they were not in good terms I had to take the initiative. He was very angry and he shouted at her and told her “you decide the place, I will not” and left the kitchen. She busted into tears. We both females consoled her and called him and inquired about the matter.

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It was nothing like a major problem. For the past few days, they were discussing their honeymoon trip and till now they were not able to finalize any place. “Are you all crazy to quarrel for such silly things?” I asked them. Like every life partner, they both had different choices for each and everything. As my brother is an adventure lover he liked adventure places such as hill stations, scary mountains and so on. His wife did not like adventures but love to spend precious time with plants and animals. I smiled and told them I have a perfect solution for your cumbersome problem. They looked at me. Their expression exactly reflected their curiosity to learn the solution. They were eagerly waiting for me to utter the answer. I did not test their patient anymore and revealed the name of the destination- Alleppey, and Kumarakom. The places were not new to them. Both these places have played a significant role in the formation of new Kerala. They were happy now and started to smile. But he told me, “even though the names of the places are familiar but he does not have any idea about the tourist destinations over there”. “I have a solution for that also”, I told them. “What is that?” my sister-in-law asked. They can purchase the honeymoon tour packages to Kerala from the famous travel operator called Dream Holidays. It is one of the prominent travel planners in Kerala and curates the packages by inculcating airfare too. “Wow! That sounds good”, my brother replied. Also, I added that I and my husband will arrange all the necessary arrangement for your trip, the only thing what you have to do is to pack good dresses for your most awaited honeymoon trip. They were surprised and had no idea how to express their joy and excitement. Within a couple of hours, we availed of the packages. They thanked us for the surprise gift.

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Within a week they boarded a flight to Cochin International Airport in Kerala. As they ascended towards the gate they met their tour representative. He greeted them and guided them to the cab. They told that cab was well–maintained. The interiors and exteriors were fascinating.  After travelling for 3 hours they reached the ‘Venice of East’- popularly known as Alleppey. The soothing climate and calm ambience lured their hearts. After completing the formalities they moved to rooms in the resort and unwind for a while. By the evening they started exploring the district. First, they visited the famous Krishnapuram Palace. The palace is famous for the mural painting of Gajendra Moksham. They clicked many lovely images of the antiques and artefacts seen in the palace. They were fascinated by seeing the spectacular architecture of the royal mansion. After spending a few hours they moved to the coir industry, for which the district is famous and understood how coir products are formed.

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By the evening they entered the most famous traditional cruises of Kerala known as houseboats. These houseboats were once used for business purposes, now being used to enhance the tourism sector. Hundreds of travellers flock to the district to spend memorable moments in the houseboat cruises by availing of tour packages at a reasonable price. The moment they entered the houseboat they felt like they stepped into a five-star hotel. The houseboat carried all the modern amenities. There were lured by seeing the infrastructures and that moment itself they called me and thanked me and my hubby for such a wonderful gift. In the evening three were entertained by the classical dances performances of the dancers and savoured scrumptious Non- vegetarian meals prepared in traditional Kerala style. The next morning they landed to Kumarakom. Kumarakom is famous for bird’s sanctuary with a scenic view. They stepped out from the boat and enjoyed the melodious chirp of lovely birds in the forest. They captured lovely pictures of birds in the sanctuary. That night they spend in the treehouse. After returning from the trip they once told me that spending a night in the treehouse was one of the memorable moments in their life. From Alleppey and Kumarakom they bought some homemade chocolates and also antique for me.

They once again thanked us for formulating such a wonderful itinerary. By reading my brother’s honeymoon story don’t you feel to accompany your life partner to ‘god’s own country’ then what are waiting for? Avail of the package as soon as possible.

An Epic Chronicle About The Hidden Gems In Alleppey

Since I’m a Malayali who born and bought up in Kochi, I was not excited about spending my precious honeymoon in Alleppey. Because of the influence of Hindi web series and films I was also dreamt of having a romantic honeymoon where we go for a long walk through the tempting landscapes covered with snow in Manali. But all my dream just disappears when the groom from Hyderabad express his intense love and passion to explore Kerala, especially Alleppey. By seeing his puppy face, I finally agreed to his opinion and packed my bag to Allepey.

Since he decided the destination, the rest of the decisions was mine. After long planning and plotting, I picked a travel company in Kerala called Gogeo Holidays because they have an amazing collection of honeymoon packages at the best prices. From the air ticket booking to all the leisure activities they have charted the entire trip and hence provide hassle-free honeymoon. Our honeymoon started with refreshing sunrise in the houseboat cruise in Kuttanad. A humble and bizarre town truly waiting for all nature lovers to explore its culture, heritage and the local delicacy of Kuttanad. Joshua, my better half was so excited to see the bunch of ducks in the lagoon near to our houseboat. He was mimicking their sound with them which was funny to watch. Kuttanad is all about its paddy fields, an unending stripe of coconut plantations and duck farming. Due to its rich spices and paddy cultivation, it is renowned as the rice bowl of India. Since he is a photography enthusiast Kuttanad feels like a divine paradise for him.  photography

I called myself an adventure junkie because adventures are like yoga for me, refreshing and exciting. I always wanted my honeymoon to be a little adventurous. And while choosing Aleppey I was not sure about it. But the travel company has managed to customize the package by including my carving for adventure also. From which Kayaking is the one I love the most. Moving through the alluring backwaters of Allepey where the rustic beauty and serenity of the green water and the sight of coconut moving plantations near to the lagoons are so refreshing. Holding your paddle and controlling your kayak like a captain through the narrow canals while the bunch of ducks and some species of small fishes, we called it by the name “Karimeen” in Malayalam. They took all the safety measures by giving life jackets, and give a trail kayaking before we start it by own. While kayaking through the lagoons, there are many fishermen, fishing with the fishing net and the way they pour the net accurately to the canals was fascinating to watch. The activity lasts for about 3 hours and in the beginning, my kayak was not in my control and it started moving in a zigzag way. Gradually everything come on phase and I enjoyed the ultimate pleasure.

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After my victory, we go back to our houseboat. The delicious aroma of local cuisine gave us a warm welcome in the houseboat. Joshua was so surprised and excited to dig into it. The vibrant colors of the dishes were so dashing. From the most loved “Kappa and Thala curry” to the authentic duck roast the dishes were mind-blowing. To make the cuisine more interesting a bottle of “Kallu” or toddy is also added to the entire menu. He was so excited about trying toddy because it was his first time. Usually, I don’t prefer toddy but the one tasted from Allepey was different and gives an immense sensation to my taste buds. After an elegant lunch, we went for sightseeing. Before I saw the Alappuzha Zakariya Market, I didn’t realize that Allepey is a perfect place for shopaholics. From spices to handlooms it is an ideal destination for a spectacular shopping experience. He gifted me with a silver choker and a statement piece earing beautifully embellished with black stones. Maritime products are the other recommended things to buy in Allepey.  If your bargaining skills are good, then you can purchase anything at a very low price.

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Since our romantic honeymoon was in August, we got a chance to witness the popular Nehru Trophy boat race in Alleppey.  With no doubt, the boat race so stunning. Our guide explained well about the legendary history behind this sport in Kerala. June to August is the best time for the photography enthusiasts and fans of this amazing sport to see the practice sessions more closely. The only thing which makes me feel uncomfortable is the rush and crowd. Because it is a seasonal period, we are lucky enough to see another treasure in Kerala, the “Kalaripayattu” which is an Indian martial art. This was one of my favorite parts about our honeymoon because apart from the movies and the famous “Vaddakan Pattukal” ballads, I didn’t see this priceless art form before. Nowadays people are practicing “Kalaripayattu” for keeping the body fit and energetic. Even though he showed his extreme interest to learn “Kalaripayattu”, I didn’t encourage him because it’s our honeymoon and I was not in the mood to spoil it. So if you are someone to love to learn new things and also wish to see the boat race then June to August is the perfect period for you. Also, so many attractive tour packages are available during this time at the best prices.Kalaripayattu_20th-Nov
After all the sightseeing and adventures we went to Allapuzha beach to experience a tranquil and gorgeous sunset with a romantic candlelight dinner. Soothing climate and the spectacular view will rejuvenate your mind for sure. This beach is popular for its 137 years old pier that stretches towards the sea. Being a Malayali I didn’t realize the beauty and prosperity of this precious land until I stepped into this mesmerizing paradise. There is much more to see and experience in Allepey but the trip is for a couple of days, so we returned to our hometown with a bundle of joy and happiness.

Attappadi – An Exquisite Destination for a Splendid Romantic Vacation

As we were nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts we always wanted to celebrate our romantic days in any of the scenic places in India. It was three months ago I got hitched to a software engineer working in a multinational company in Bangalore. Within a month I also travelled to Bangalore. In a couple of weeks, I got a job in a multinational company. Things were going smoothly. We were enjoying our newly married life. Our wedding photographer called us and told that our wedding album is ready. We were eagerly waiting for our wedding album. He told us that he handed over the album in my hubby’s house. I was not able to control my anxieties. We thought of visiting our hometown on the coming weekend. But unfortunately due to some issues in our offices we were not able to make the trip. Hence again for one more week we desperately waited for the week. Finally, without any hazards, we safely reached my hometown. The moment I entered my hubby’s house without getting fresh I suddenly ran to my mother-in-law and inquired for my wedding album. She played many tricks on me such as she tried to convince me that the photographer failed to give the album and so on. But I was not ready to believe in her pranks and finally, she admitted her failure and gave me the album. Soon from where I don’t know my husband came and tried to grab the album, from my hands but I somehow defeated me and ran to my bedroom and closed the door. My husband was knocking at the door. I know that the wedding album must be seen together, therefore, I opened the door and started to view the album together. We really enjoyed our betrothal and wedding pictures. We were looking stunning. The outdoor shooting of us was speechless. After viewing the album suddenly my hubby asked me “when are we going for the honeymoon trip?” I replied, “when we both are free”. For lunch one of my hubby’s cousins joined us. Just like us he also got recently married. We really had friendly moments with him. While discussing several topics he inquired about our honeymoon trip. “We haven’t gone anywhere”  my hubby replied. “What about you?” asked my hubby to his cousin? Two weeks ago they had their most awaited honeymoon trip at Attappadi. ‘Attappadi’ where is this place I asked him. It is a place in Kerala. What is the peculiarity of the place I asked him? It is an amalgamation of hill slopes, plantations, rivers, and bio reserves. It is an abode of enjoyment and excitement he replied. We asked him to tell the specialities of Attappadi. Without any hesitation, he started to explain it.

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Attappadi is a small village in Palakkad district in Kerala. Located at a distance of 38 km from Mannarkkad Attappadi is famous for its eccentric charm and serene nature.  It is one of the most eye-catching destinations in Kerala. As Attappadi is situated on the slopes of Silent Valley it is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers. It is a perfect instance of religious beliefs. Attappadi respects all the religions and celebrates their festivals. Hundreds of travellers avail of tour packages to enjoy their honeymoon days at the cheapest rates from prominent travel operators. The important destinations in Attappadi are as follows.

 Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve

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Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve has accredited the title International Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO. It is a combination of Silent valley, Aralam, Nagarhole, Mukurthi, Bandipur, Muthumalai, Wayaand, and Sathyamangalam wildlife sanctuaries. Nilgiri Biosphere reserve shelters various varieties of fauna and flora. It is an exquisite palace to learn about plants, animals, and trees. Our tour guide helped us to stroll through the park. Inside the park, there is a museum that comprises models of various mammals, amphibians and birds with the description below. The park protects two rare creatures called Nilgiri Tahr and lion-tailed macaque. On purchasing the entry tickets of Rs. 250 we traversed through various streets of the park. Over there we met many travellers hailing from various corners of the country have come there by availing of cheapest Kerala tour packages. We had availed of safari rides in the park to explore its untouched beauty.

Hanging Bridge

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We hold our palms firmly and walked through the hanging bridge. The hanging bridge of Attappadi is 55 m long painted in yellow and red colours. We drove nearly 45 minutes from Attappadi to reach the Hanging Bridge.

Malleswaram Mudi

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Malleswaram Mudi or Malleswaram peak is one of the tallest peaks in the district. “So you might have climbed the peak”, I asked him. With humble, he said “no”. Trekking to the peak is exclusively allowed for tribal people and too on Shiva puja. The peak is dedicated to Lord Shiva. A ‘Shivalinga’ is situated on the top of the people and tribal communities worship it.

Kunthi River

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Kunthi River is considered a sacred river. It consists of medicinal properties. The intriguing factor of Kunthi River is it always remains crystal clear and never turns muddy or becomes brown in colour. After seeking permission from the authorities we practised jeep safaris on the banks of the river.

Perumal Mudi

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Perumal Mudi is well-renowned as ‘Ramar Kovil’. The people come here to offer their prayer to Lord Rama. It is believed that Lord Rama visited this place while his journey to Lanka to free goddess Sita, his wife from the demon Ravana.

There are many more outstanding places are present in Attappadi so do not be late avail of the packages as soon as possible. The perfect time to visit the iconic destination is from January to May and from October to December. Hearing to his conversation we pleased and decided to plan our romantic trip to Attappadi. He also suggested the travel operator from whom he purchased the package. It was the Dream Holidays trip planners. They are the leading tour operators in Kerala. People can purchase the packages either online or offline. For more information, travellers can contact their customer executives.

 

Stitching Romantic Days to Our Married Life at Munnar

For the last few months, I was totally busy with my wedding rituals. I never thought I will get hitched so soon. During my final year, I got placed in one of the most reputed companies in India. Nowadays getting a job soon after graduation is something equivalent to a miracle. I am really grateful to the Lord for his blessings. I was placed in one of the most populated and busiest cities in the country called Mumbai. I did not find much difficulty to adjust with their lifestyle and climate as I was born and lived in Mumbai till my 5th standards followed to my father’s transfer we moved to Kerala. Things were going so smoothly. After a year my parents started searching for a perfect partner for me. They uploaded some of my photographs in the matrimonial sites. They hide these activities from me because I was not interested in getting married at that time. One of the families expressed their interest and was invited to my house on a Saturday. And it was Diwali holidays and I had a week’s leave from the office. I reached by Friday evening. They all behaved normally to me. But I smelled something phishing. I tried my best to inquire about the matter but I failed. The next morning when I woke I heard my mother and grandma instructing my dad to purchase some sweets from the market and 3 packets of milk. I wondered why parents did not tell me about the arrival of guests. After getting refreshed I moved to the kitchen and asked the matter. Without listening to the question, my granny asked me to get ready soon and also told me to wear traditional Indian dress. I wondered what is happening in the house. I lose my temper and shouted like anything. My mother had no other option than to reveal the secret. It was nothing but a guy and his family is coming today to visit me. I was very angry with them. I refused to get ready. By that time my dad returned from the market. He tried his hard to console. And as everyone knows if a child is not agreeing to their parent’s instruction the final step what they will do is ‘emotional blackmailing’ and that is what happened here. This emotional blackmailing is a kind of a poisonous weapon that each child is afraid of. Finally, I was forced to obey their instructions. By 10 am they arrived. My family received them and I was prying through the window from the kitchen but I could only see his Innova car. From their conversation I came to know that guy is working in IBM as a senior software developer in Mumbai! I was impressed with his profile. After a few minutes, my mother came to the kitchen and asked me to accompany her with a tray of tea. I followed her commands. Just like his family, he is also soft-spoken. I liked his personality. Within an hour they departed us. Soon our both families started to investigate our whereabouts. Within two months we got hitched and permanently shifted to Mumbai. Now we were seriously thinking about our pending honeymoon trips. Many places came into our minds but we decided to celebrate our romantic honeymoon days in Munnar. It is one of the famous hill stations in Kerala. We packed all the things for the trip and got ready for the tour.

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We availed of flight services to Cochin International Airport. From there we travelled for nearly 2 hours to Munnar. We captured the lovely and mesmerizing images of traditional stores, luxurious malls, plantations and many more. In other words, one could say that Kerala is an amalgamation of ancient and present amenities. After a little bit hectic journey we reached the resort. As we had already booked the rooms we did not have to waste much time at the reception for completing the formalities. After resting for a while, by the evening we started our sightseeing. Munnar is located on the banks of three famous rivers called Matupetti, Nallathanni, and Periavaru. Munnar is categorized into two sections namely Old Munnar and Munnar. We traversed through the plantations of tea. We clicked on many lovely romantic pictures of us. Over there we met many newly married couples coming from various parts of the country who availed honeymoon packages to Kerala at the cheapest rates.  While strolling through the green meadows we bought our hearts to our mouth. Also, we visited the famous tea museum and tried to learn the ancient days of Munnar. Followed to it we returned to our rooms, after refreshing we were surprised to see a candlelight dinner arranged exclusively for us! We really enjoyed it.

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The next day we began our sightseeing by relishing traditional cuisines like ‘Appam and Stew’. We reached the famous place of Munnar known as Echo Point. The Echo Point is positioned at an elevation of 600 ft. from the sea and situated at a distance of 15 km. The three mountains named Kundala, Nallathanni, and Mudrapuzha gives an elegance look to the place. Echo Point has many unique attractions and one among them is it allows us to enjoy our sound resonating again and again. We really enjoyed that activity. The next eye-catching feature of the place is spotting the various species of birds while boating. Followed to it we captured the rare images of Strobilanthes flowers, more commonly known as ‘Neelakurinji’ in the native language. These lavender colored flowers bloom once in 12 years. We winded our day by purchasing ripe pineapples and mangoes.

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On the following days, we visited the famous Eravikulam National Park. It is home to rare species of fauna and flora. After spending nearly two hours we moved to enjoy the beauty of cascading waterfalls at Attukkad. Followed to it we enjoyed the setting of the sun at Pothamedu Viewpoint. Standing at the top of the viewpoint we captured the rare image of Idukki Arch Dam. After 3 days in Munnar, we departed to our home town. Thank you Gogeo Holidays for making our trip so memorable.

Celebrating Honeymoon in Mananthavady – The Iconic Place in the History of Kerala

Is there anyone who does not like to unveil the elegance of emerald nature? How would it be if one starts his or her day with innocent chirps of adorable birds? Isn’t it would be pleasing? Many times I have thought who assigned them the duty of wakening up all the animals, trees and humans. Do they get the wages for doing so? Or is it a kind of thanksgiving to the almighty for giving one more day on the planet. Whenever I see the thickly populated trees in the forests I always think who waters them and who look after them. It is not possible for a few people to look after the trees regularly. Still, it survives on the earth for a half a century. The wild animals in the forest never have experienced starvation for more than a couple of days. Somehow they will get their food. There are many more examples in nature that teaches some bitter and important lessons of life that no textbooks could teach. The wonders and various activities of nature will teach how to lead a life peacefully with limited resources.

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Most of the people in the world believe that spending a day in the lap of Mother Nature could gift wondrous experiences that no magnificent cities could present. That may be the main reason why people after their wedding decide to enjoy their honeymoon by exploring the beauty of nature. When considering our country India there are many places that truly display the immense scenic beauty of lush green surroundings. And the most luring place in the nation is the most popular Kerala. Year by year thousands of travellers visits the stupendous state to uncover the amazing beauty. Compared to the past now many travel operators have come forward with exciting packages to discover the captivating charm. More than the technological advancements it is the amusing charm. Couples travel to the state to enjoy the fabulous destinations in Kerala. They consider the state as an exquisite place to renew their marriage vows and to understand each other’s feelings in the soothing climate.

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There are many reasons for tourists to select Kerala for their short and long vacation trips. The cerulean seas, tranquil rivers, undisturbed backwaters, traditional houseboats, and excellent collection of various types of fauna and flora make Kerala a typical destination for travellers to rejuvenate. Not like the past, the travel cost to the state has now become cheap and best. Kerala comprises of 14 districts and each district has its own peculiarities. To enjoy the real charm of nature one should definitely avail of tour packages to the most famous district called Wayanad. It is the land of spice plantations. The bare mountains and bowl-shaped valleys are blanketed with emerald leaves of spices. Also one could find tribal settlements in abundance in the district. Wayanad is a haven for nature enthusiasts. The mesmerizing historical streets and caves, bio-reserves, and luxurious resorts make the district unique from others. Mananthavady is a well-known municipality taluk of the district.  By narrowing down the following paragraphs one could clearly understand the inner beauty of Mananthavady.

Mananthavady is one of the largest taluks in Wayanad district. The taluk resides on the banks of the river ‘Pusha’ or more commonly known as ‘Mananthavady River’. Nook and corner of the district have something reveals some pages of the history. In the past, the district was not accessible as it is now. The district was ruled by tribal communities called ‘Adivasi’. The town was formed in the 19th century. Ambukuthy is a place in Mananthavady, where a deer was pierced with an arrow and hence the taluk, got the name ‘Mananthavady’ (‘mane eytha vadi’). One could read the heroism of a famous freedom fighter called Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja or known as ‘Kerala’s lion or Kerala’s Simham’. The important places that could be visited while touring the taluk are as follows.

Pazahassi Raja’s Tomb

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The famous freedom warrior of Kerala called Pazahssi Raja’s tomb is situated in Mananthavady taluk. The tomb is located on the banks of River Kabani. The museum comprises of main galleries called the numismatic gallery, Tribal Gallery, Heritage gallery, and Pazahassi gallery. Also, it has an excellent collection of weapons, utensils, and statues.

Boys Town

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Boys town, when you hear this name suddenly a picture of boys hostel will come into your mind. But actually the place has no connection with the boys. The place is a mind-blowing sanctuary. The park is situated at a distance of 13 km from Boys town. It is a perfect place to witness the gorgeous beauty of tea and spice plantations. The gene park at Boys town was built as a part of the Indo-Danish project. The place is worth to see.

Post office Road

Post office road will take to the land of temples and mosques.

Valliyoorkkavu Bhagavathi Temple

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Valliyoorkkavu Bahagavathy temple is one of the ancient temples in Kerala with goddess Durga as the presiding deity. It is believed that the idol of the goddess was self-built. Every year in the month of March a 14-day festival will be held. The temple is considered as the biggest festival in Wayanad.

Pakshipathalam

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Pakshipathalam is a paradise for bird lovers. It provides shelters to rare species of birds like the gold fronted chloropsis, Asian fairy bluebird, giant Malabar squirrels, gaurs, the paradise flycatcher, and the emerald dove. Pakshipatahalm is located at a distance of 36 km from Mananthavady. Travellers will have to seek prior permission from the forest department to visit the sanctuary. In the past, the eagle King called Garuda rested on a rock and hence the rock got the name ‘Garudakunnu’.

Kuruwadweep

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Kurwadweep is one of the famous islands in Kerala. The island is uninhabited. Migratory birds and animals are ruling these 950 acres of land. Visitors will have to get prior permission from the forest department for visiting the island. The island is famous for bamboo rafting, swimming, and also trekking.

Trekking and bird spotting are the major activities practised by travellers and locals. Travellers usually visit the iconic destination by availing of packages from the travel operator called Dream Holidays. If you have any concerns regarding the package you can directly contact the customer support team.

Top 7 Things to Do while Honeymooning in Kovalam of Kerala with Your Significant Other

The beach travel destination of Kovalam is basically an internationally acclaimed, as they are equally visited by the domestic travelers and the foreigners. However, lately, they had altered to a beautiful honeymoon location that could offer you with the most romantic experiences. If you are with your significant other in such tranquil space away from the bustles of everyday lives, that would be closest to your hearts. For some fun activities, you may also engage in any romantic things to be done along with your partner. The following are the most romantic things to do while you are honeymooning in the beautiful location of Kovalam in Kerala.

Click your best honeymoon picture in the lighthouse beach

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This particular beach of the southernmost district of Kerala is already quite popular for being the most beautiful beach of its kind that is with a lighthouse. In your honeymoon trip, you may take her to this beach at any time of the day and click that epic picture of your beginning of togetherness with this charming lighthouse in the background. In the very same frame, you see the golden sandy beach being pampered by the azure blue waves and on the other side, the large structure is erected at the side of a small hill covered with lush greenery.

Try out some couple kayaking and jet skiing

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Kayaking is a popular water sports activity in Kovalam. While you honeymooning in the lively travel destinations, you may attend some classes from the experts after paying the cheapest amount as fees. Once you had mastered some skills in the calming water activity, you may board the kayaks venture out to the vast expanse of sea with your life partner and have your most memorable views of the ocean. On the other hand, you may try your inborn skills for the simpler yet more exciting jet skiing on the beaches of Kerala. These services can be easily acquired if they are included in your honeymoon packages.          

Get some couple massage together

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Any tourists if they are traveling to Kerala, they would anyways find some time to get treated by the Ayurveda mode of treatment. Moreover, traditional spas at this part of the state are also much known for their efficiency and great customer service. Now that you have planned to visit Kovalam for your honeymoon, you may drop in at any of the reputed spas and demand for a couple of spas. The after-effects of Ayurveda massage would be very relaxing for both of you, as it could get rid of the fatigue that had evolved out of your hectic wedding schedules. Apart from that, you will be having so much fun and an altogether different experience.

Watch the sunset together at Edakallu

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Yet another version of the beaches can be witnessed when the sun is about to set. This particular beach near Kovalam could offer you the most mesmerizing view of the sky with varied shades ranging from dark crimson to the golden hues. Further, by the time, the deep blue ocean waters also do alter their colors to dark oranges. Being with your better half at such an atmosphere could be the most romantic thing to do while you are honeymooning at this beautiful beachside. You would seem everything around you syncing in your romantic mood. Even the waves of the beach will also look calmer at Edakallu when you walking across the beach with your beloved.

Dine at a beachside restaurant

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young couple enjoying a romantic dinner by candlelight, outdoor

Beachside eateries are quite a many in the present day tourist-friendly Kerala, so are the countless number of restaurants in Kovalam. Opt for a candlelight dinner at any of those restaurants to attain that romantic time together with your loving partner. Relishing tasty recipes at the beachside with your favorite person could be a special experience and create a beautiful memory in both of you. As your honeymoon destination is a coastal region, you could savor the seafood dishes at an incredible price. Moreover, such a facility will already be made available to you in most of the honeymoon packages             

Stroll through the beaches of Kovalam

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Every couple would love to spend their leisure time together on the beaches. The golden seashores of Kovalam would allow you to have those special moments along with your sweetest spouse on your most memorable honeymoon days. You may just stroll on these beaches by holding your hands to each other. You have got the choice of selecting any beaches of your choice from either the Hawa beach, Samudra beach or the Lighthouse Beach. However, the best beach that is most preferred by the couples is Samudra beach.    

Indulge in some adventurous water sports

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Although this is sound a bit awkward for the honeymooners, it can still be experienced by the adventure-loving couples. Moreover, the beaches of Kovalam are only of its kind that offers water activities such as parasailing, waterskiing, snorkeling, windsurfing and scuba diving. There will be expert divers to accompany you in this nerve chilling venture. So you don’t have to get worried on any means while you are indulging them in here in Kovalam. In addition, in this situation, you may analyze the endurance level of your partner if required.

Your memories of the time you had spent together with your significant other are to last forever. And if such experiences are acquired from any beautiful location like that of Kovalam, it would be special and close to your heart. For all such hassle-free and memorable honeymoon trip, you may contact Gogeo Holidays. The reputed tour company based in Kochi had curated the most romantic honeymoon packages on which you may spend some quality time with your beloved at any beautiful travel locations. They can be availed at the most affordable rates. Furthermore, if the newlyweds are wishing to engage in any adventure activities, that too can be fulfilled when demanded.

Unveiling the Hidden Gem of Kottayam- Mango Meadows with My Better Half

I don’t know how to start writing. I rethink it is the 5th time I am trying to pen down my romantic days in limited words. Don’t think that I wrote one or two words in my last 4 attempts and then deleted it. More than a paragraph I wrote and then I thought the words are inappropriate or the introduction is not good without rethinking I just pressed the backspace key. After refreshing for a while I reattempted the task. I hope this time it may work. It is a normal custom that newly married couples plan an exotic honeymoon trip soon after their wedding. But for us, we planned our honeymoon after a year! Isn’t it strange? Whenever we share our honeymoon stories with our friends they used to wonder and ask what were you guys doing till then. And I hope after reading this you may also have asked the same question in your mind. To quench your anxiety I will explain the reason.

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The main obstacle for our honeymoon was our ‘job’. We both were working in a reputed multinational company. Soon after marriage like an ordinary couple, we weaved many destinations for our romantic trip but fate betrayed us. Suddenly my husband was assigned to do a project in the United States of America. With a broken heart, we accepted our destiny. The project was only for 6 months. After 184 days my hubby returned and we again started planning our pending romantic trip. But again destiny started testing our patience this time I got an assignment in the United Arab Emirates for half a year. For securing my job I was forced to accept the order. It was very hard for us to live without each other. I moved to the UAE. I started to countdown each day. Finally, I returned back. Each time when we successfully pass the tests given by destiny, destiny itself will reward us with precious gifts in return and it was true in our case.

As I am friendly in nature I never felt any kind of difficulty interacting with people whom I have never met before. When I was in the United Arab Emirates one of my colleagues who hailed from Kerala, a state in south India (NB: The majority of the population of the UAE is Malayalee), was very friendly to me. We shared all our personal stories. One day accidentally I got a chance to view her honeymoon pictures. To be very frank the pictures were really awesome. For a moment I thought the place will be somewhere outside India. I inquired her about her honeymoon destination. She with little shy told me that it was none other than Kerala. According to me, Kerala was a state comprised of only tranquil backwaters and breathtaking hill stations. It was hard for me to believe they celebrated their first love in a park. They mainly concentrated the Mango Meadows of Kottayam district of Kerala for sowing their first seeds of romance. I also asked her does she had any relatives or friends over there. They don’t have anyone in Kerala it was through the travel agency called Dream Holidays that helped them to make their honeymoon trip fabulous. They availed of their tour packages online. On returning to Delhi I discussed the same to my husband. He was very happy and agreed to purchase the packages.

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The best time to visit the Mango Meadows is from September to March. By mid of January, we purchased the package. On reaching Cochin International Airport from Delhi Airport our tour representative greeted us with a garland made of lotus and also they applied a paste made out of sandalwood on our forehead. For a moment we thought after a year of marriage we again became bride and groom. From the airport, it took more than an hour to reach Kottayam district. On reaching Mango Meadows our tour representative guided us to lake resort. As we were very hungry we had lunch first and then we moved to our room. Words are insufficient to describe the relishing taste of food. Till then I had only seen varieties of cuisines in luxurious hotels but it was for the first time I am seeing this in the resort. By the evening we started our excursion. We first selected the shikari boating. We had already booked for the same while purchasing the packages, therefore, we didn’t have to waste our time getting the passes. Boating through the mangrove forests gave us a scintillating experience which we never had experienced before. Apart from boating, there were many couples who were engaged in various activities like shooting, cycling, badminton and archery and so on.

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There are many interesting things to enjoy and see. Our tour guide told us that the Biodiversity Park sprawls in an area of 30 acres with more than 4,800 varieties of flowering plants, 780 types of trees, and 174 species of fruits. The man-made park was constructed under the leadership of Mr. M Kurian. He is a true nature lover and took 14 years to build this park. In the park, we could not only see honeymoon couples but also many families and youngsters who come there to explore the serenity of the park. Most of the family bring their kids to the park for a picnic. It is the only place in Kerala where parents and children could enjoy their time in their own way.  As the parks consist of amusement parks for children and secluded areas for adults both can discover the gem hidden in nature in their way. As we wanted to spend a night in treehouse we asked our tour guide to make slight changes in the packages. And he agreed for it. Words are insufficient to express the feeling of spending a night in the midst of forests. we began our next day by hearing the meticulous chirp from birds.

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We also rowed in ‘Kotta vanchi’ (basket boat). We were afraid of whether it will break. But it was strong as a pillar. We also did fishing and fed food to the fishes while we were in the lake resort. It is the belief of Hindus that feeding fishes are like feeding to Lord Vishnu. We then moved to ‘Sarppa Kavu’. It is a place where serpents rest. It regarded as a sacred place by Hindus. People from various places come here to worship the serpents. It is believed that serpents have the magical power to cure wounds and illnesses of all kinds. There are many more places in the park. The park is actually divided into various sections such as Bird sanctuary. Over here we captured the beautiful images of varieties of birds in our camera the authorities have allocated special benches to sit and mesmerize the beauty of birds. Animal husbandry and Plant nursery is another place that helps to study more about nature. Nakashtraval is the place where people can find trees related to their Malayalam Zodiac sign. Bible Statute is another eye-catching place. The Bible is placed on a long wooden structure with its centre page opened.

After spending two days in Mango Meadows we moved to other places to explore the beauty of Kottayam. Places like Bay Island Drift Museum, St. Mary’s Orthodox Church (it is built-in Hindu architectural style), Poonjar Palace, and many more. After 4 days we departed to Delhi by carrying sweet memories and sweet gifts for our relatives and friends.