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.

Top 5 Honeymoon Destinations in Kerala!


Kerala is definitely the most attractive place south India, perfect for honeymoon holidays. The intrinsic beauty of Munnar, the enchanting forests of Thekkadi and Wayanad, the pristine beaches of Kovalam and Mararikkulam, the lush backwaters of Allepey and Kollam, and the gregarious and entertaining Kochi are all equally perfect for the Best Kerala Honeymoon Packages. Choosing to visit 5 of these locations will give the honeymoon tourists, the best of Kerala’s nature and landscapes. There’s a lot you can explore and do here than you would ever have thought of. Mere travel will not help you understand the essence of Kerala and let you enjoy the place to the maximum. It is a mix of exploration combined with adventure, relaxation, entertainment, and the cuisine that gives the tourists the perfect holiday experiences of their life. The most astounding fact about Kerala is that you get the best of all these and more during your holidays here. There’s this perfect blend of nature, tradition, and modernity available in all popular tourist destinations of the state. Being a 100% literate state, education and technology reach out to far corners of the state as does the social and political awareness. Hospitality is a part of Kerala’s culture and that’s why even homes are willing to take in a few guests, even strangers, as they give away a part of their home for homestays, sharing their travel experience and food with the tourists. Here I am listing 5 such destinations of Kerala, and how you can make your honeymoon here the most special days of your life. They are so popular that you will find information about these locations in many sites. But I bet no one would have told you these:

Enjoy some adventure at Munnar


Munnar is definitely a beautiful place that arouses the romance in honeymoon couples. But it is as much loved by the adventure enthusiasts too. There are some amazing destinations where you can get dissolved in nature and be a part of it without a hint of technology. Visiting places such as Top station, Thommankuthu, Mattuppetty, and the tea gardens can be the most relaxing holiday plans for your Kerala Honeymoon Packages. But if you need some adrenaline rush, hire a bicycle and hit the road to explore the hills and valleys of Munnar. You can cycle through the winding roads on the tea estates early in the morning with your partner, to enjoy the most enchanting sunrise sceneries of your life. Similarly, do come here to try some trekking, camping, and forest safari to keep your adrenalin pumping. In fact, adventure tourism is the most trending aspect of holidays in the hill stations of Munnar and Idukki. So explore these too while you are in Munnar.


Go on a Plantation tour at Thekkady


Thekkady’s tiger reserves and jungles are quite popular among the honeymoon tourists. But the most interesting holiday experiences can be sought at the most beautiful plantations in Thekkadi. Otherwise, a visit to Thekkady will have hardly a day’s plan of boating at the Periyar Reserve and a jungle safari at the Tiger Reserve where you will some animals only if you are lucky. Instead, visiting a tea estate, coffee plantation or a vegetable farm will offer you a great holiday experience in Thekkady. Many tour operators offer amazing plantation tours now with a stay in secluded and romantic plantation resorts where you can enjoy some privacy amidst the stunning landscapes created by nature. You can even spend a couple of days exploring these plantations to the core.

Explore Allepey on a Canoe


Allepey’s houseboats are quite famous among the tourists. What you must try out is to explore the smaller water channels of Allepey on small wooden canoes during your Best Kerala Honeymoon Packages. You will be stunned at the lush landscapes and villages that flourish around the waterways of Allepey. These people still use the canoes to travel around, trade and to transport goods from on village to another and are quite efficient in that. You can forget about traffic jams, dust, and heat while traveling through Allepey’s waterways. It is an experience which involves a little bit of adventure also as balancing yourself on the canoe is not an easy job! The best part of these tours would be that you can enjoy the hospitality of the friendly locals and taste some yummy homely food with fish and non-vegetarian dishes they offer. These are things you will definitely miss in the most luxurious houseboat cruises!

Spend some solitary moments at Marari beach


Mararikkulam is about 100 kms from Kochi and near Allepey. Ranked as one of the top 5 beaches in the world, Marari beach is a must-visit which many couples miss out. So you mark this place in your honeymoon travel chart to enjoy the most tranquil beach in Kerala. The place not at all crowded and is very clean. You can opt to stay in one of the traditional resorts nearby that offer traditional Kerala food. These resorts are mostly built in typical Kerala architecture using a lot of wood and terracotta tiles for roofing. Do not miss the Ayurvedic clinics here that offer rejuvenating massages and wellness treatments that will leave you completely refreshed.

Nurture your love for food at Kochi


People visit Kochi to have a lot of fun. There are a lot of modern entertainment options available in Kochi and it is the best place to shop for anything and everything under the sun! But I will tell you another reason to visit Kochi on your Kerala Honeymoon Tour Packages and that’s the variety of cuisine available here. Kochi has a lot of people who come from different parts of Kerala and they have brought with them their exclusive cuisines and flavors which you can relish in the specialty restaurants in the city. The city has some of the best restaurants in Kerala even though they cannot compete with the flavors of the Malabar region.