Organizing trips are always hectic and planning a trip to explore one of the most known and sought-after travel destinations with family would become even more hectic and hilarious. But then family trips not just gives you a day off the daily routines and robotic life but would also help greatly in building up a better bond and connection between the kids and the other family members which include parents, grandparents and siblings. But in my case being a nuclear family from a place like Delhi it is always a busy schedule and lifestyle that we follow and thus we don’t get enough time to spend with our kids. The condition is almost the same in every family in Delhi. Being the best-populated state, Delhi is a place that runs ahead of times. This is one main reason that we organised a family tour from Delhi to one of the best sought after hideout destination to the south, Kerala. We selected a travel package from one of the best travel operators functioning in the state, Gogeo Holidays. As the travel package that we chose did not include the travel expenses from the hometown to the Kochi international airport, we got a chance to travel on our own. After a long flight, we finally reached the Kochi international airport by around 10 am. After meeting up with the travel operators or travel representatives and the driver cum travel guide we started with the family holiday trip of the day.
As per our itinerary organised we were to enjoy a 3-day 2-night trip with destinations like Kochi and Munnar. After moving out from the Kochi international airport we were taken to the hotel that was pre-booked for us. Located to the center of the city the hotel did give us the closest access to almost all the travel destinations and attractions in the city. Kochi was nothing that different from the capital city Delhi; filled with a number of buildings and busy streets Kochi was a city that resembles Delhi is some or the other manner. The only difference that I could actually spot at Kochi was that the city holds within a number of off-beat travel destinations and hideout spots with fascinating beauty of nature. After checking in at the hotel and then resting at the place for a while by around 3 pm we started with the family holiday trip of the day. Listed below are some of the best travel destinations in Kochi that we loved exploring to a greater extent.
Mangalavanam bird sanctuary
Located to the centre of the city inside the high court premises the Mangalavanam bird sanctuary is one of the most fascinating hideout travel destinations in Kerala which is a perfect spot to enjoy in a family trip to Kerala. This fascinating bird sanctuary is one of the best places in Kochi that shows out the true beauty, nature and the biodiversity that the place holds within. Holding within some of the best species of migratory birds the Mangalavanam bird sanctuary offers the travellers especially the nature lovers and the bird watchers with the best visual treat. Filled with a number of best mangrove plantations the place offers the family tourist with a peaceful and calm atmosphere where they could sit back and relax. Delhi even after being a similar city, Delhi lacks natural beauty and hideout spots where the family travellers could spend some time alone with the kids.
Marine Drive, Kochi
Located to the centre of Kochi, Marine drive is one of the other best family travel destinations in Kerala that grabs the attention of the travelers to a greater extent. Not a travel destination to be precise, the marine drive is actually a walkway but as the place is located closer to the sea, is one of the best destinations from where you could enjoy the best view of the sunset and the sunrise. The place could be counted as a family travel destination in Kochi as most of the travelers visiting the place are families. The place also holds in a number of roadside shops from where the travelers could taste the flavors of the roadside foods in Kerala. Even though Delhi is a city with a number of walkways, the view of the sunrise and the sunset at Kochi is something different. The sky is clearer in Kochi as compared to Delhi due to the fewer amounts of pollutants in the air. This is one main thing that makes the sunset and the sunrise in Kerala much more beautiful and breathtaking.
Santa Cruz Basilica
If planning to explore the beach destination at Fort Kochi, you must pay a visit to the Santa Cruz Basilica. Located at Fort Kochi, this is one of the finest pilgrim centres in India that is explored by travelers from different parts that too throughout the year. Built by the Portuguese this ancient church is now one of the best heritage travel destinations in Kerala. In the year 2014, the church had completed its 5 centuries of existence, thus the church is not just the oldest in the state but is the oldest in the whole country. Located close to the St. Francis Church, the Santa Cruz Basilica at presents functions as the cathedral church of the Diocese of the place. To be more adequate located at the K.B. Jacob Road, the church is a Roman Catholic Cathedral. Being a holy destination and a place of great historical significance, the cathedral exhibits a true artistic splendor. The architectural structure of the place exhibits the pure phase and color of the medieval era. The cathedral holds within a number of best attractions which includes the pastel colored interiors, the whitewashed exteriors, the different paintings and the murals belonging to the Gothic style. The place holds in 7 large canvas paintings, well-stained glass windows and different columns that are decorated beautifully with frescoes. The ceiling of the church holds within a number of beautiful paintings which exhibits the Cruces of Christ. Santa Cruz Basilica holds in an important significance among the Christian population residing in the area. Being one of the well-known pilgrim centres in Kerala with historical importance the place is mostly explored by family travelers and is one of the most prominent travel destinations in most of the tour packages that are being organised.
Even though Delhi is also known to have a number of best architectural structures, most of them are being destroyed by the pollutants in the air or was destroyed long back. But the historic destinations and the wonders that one could explore in Kerala are so full of life even after so much of centuries. By the time we finished exploring the place and we reached back to the hotel it was 8 pm. After having the dinner from the place which was complimentary we decided to sleep as we had to move on to our next travel destination which is Munnar, the next day morning. We were woken up by the alarm by 7.30 am the next day morning. After having the breakfast we checked out of the hotel and met the driver so that we could start our family trip to Munnar. Filled with the true beauty of nature and blessed with a scenic and moderate climate Munnar is a literal heaven for families. The place could be a real hide-out travel destination for the travelers from Delhi because they could enjoy one of the best seasons in the place. Delhi in short and precise words is a place that is well populated and polluted due to which the climatic condition of the place is hot and humid mostly, the travelers from the state could enjoy a really relaxing and rejuvenating time in the travel destinations and the hill stations of Kerala where there is a moderate climate that prevails throughout the year. After a long drive of about 3 to 4 hours, we finally reached Munnar by 12.30 pm. As the drive to the hotel booked was a bit long and as it would take more time we decided to visit some of the best and must-visit travel destinations in the place which are located en-route to the hotel. Our family holiday trip at Munnar was organised for 2-days and on the 2nd day, by evening we wind up the trip. After exploring the fascinating attractions of Munnar we were taken back to Kochi from where we boarded the flight. The experience we had Kerala was the best and I would definitely suggest the place for a family trip to the south
Kerala is a land known for its natural beauty worldwide. Nature has blessed the land with a rich decoration of a number of beautiful golden beaches, blue and green mountain ranges, historical monuments, lagoons, wildlife sanctuaries, backwaters, temples, churches and mosques. Kerala is a land known as the land of boat races, Kathakali, Elephant shows, martial arts and more. These are the major elements that promote tourism in the land making Kerala, a well-known tourist destination. The Kerala tourism department has played an important role in the development of the tourism sector of the state by establishing tourism as a major development factor in the state. With the rapid development of tourism in Kerala, the state tourism department has a number of different trends in tourism Ayurvedic tourism is one among them. Ayurvedic or medical tourism in Kerala is going through a significant stage of development where the Kerala government with the help of Ayurvedic treatment centres which includes Aura Spa, Arya Vaidya Sala and much more are taking different steps to develop Ayurvedic tourism in the land. Thousands of travelers mainly foreigners trip to Kerala with the local idea of rejuvenation that is incarnated in the Ayurveda system of treatment. One of the major factors that are resulting in the decreasing rates of Ayurvedic tourism in the state is the expensive Kerala Ayurvedic packages which are not affordable for travelers. Taking this difficulty in consideration the Kerala tourism department is now proposing new treatment rates which the travelers would find affordable and within the budget.
For most travelers holidays are the stress-busters. Although the Ayurvedic treatment would last for a minimum of a month there are a number of short-term courses which are particularly meant for tourist who are in a hurry. There are a number of foreign travelers who support Ayurveda and take up short Ayurvedic courses during the holiday that will later help them run Ayurvedic parlous abroad. The minimum time of the stay in the land during the source would vary from one week to fourteen days. Structuring the treatment demands according to the trend in the market the government of Kerala with tourism department and the Ayurvedic treatment centres in Kerala have put in some budget packages which includes treatments like body purification course, rejuvenation, slimming programme, stress management, beauty care, Dhara, yoga and massage combination. With the increase in the demand for Ayurvedic treatments in Kerala, there a number of hotels and resorts offering Ayurvedic treatment with a primary intention to attract tourist. Some of the top five Ayurvedic resorts in Kerala where tourist mostly foreigner could enjoy rejuvenation and reformations with the best packages which are offered under the Ayurvedic tourism are:
Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort: This Ayurvedic resort located on a hillock which is a few km south of the Kovalam beach is said to be the world’s first Ayurvedic resort. Established in 1985, this resort has now emerged as one of the best destinations which help in putting up a tradition of Ayurvedic holidays and medical tours among the travelers. The tranquility of the resort located by the sea, freshness of traditional Ayurvedic treatments and a healthy routine would help people unwind in the place. The scenic beauty of this Ayurvedic resort in Kerala with its treatment facilities made the place one of the best and most visited destinations in most Ayurvedic tour packages. Acute health condition like paralysis, varying blood pressure, arthritis, cholesterol and breathing problems like asthma are first analysed by a team of experts and doctors who then aid the patient with a number of healing exercises and diets.
The massages and treatment offered at the resort serve for more than a short-term purpose some sessions would extend till days while some don’t. Some of the major treatment offered in the land is Pizhichil which is a special message which uses a variety of lukewarm herbal oils which is very effective in treating diseases like paralysis and nervous disorders. Every Pizhichil sessions would last for a minimum of 60 to 90 minutes which would continue for a span of 7 to 21 days. Patients with diabetes and obesity can also choose for the best Abhyangam combination which is a type of massage that would last for another 45 min a day. ‘Nasyam’, ‘Kizhi’ and ‘Snehapanam’ are some of the many treatments offered at the resort which has been proven to be capable of curing a number of skin diseases like leukaemia and sports injuries. Yoga class boat trips are also offered in the place which is added in the Ayurveda packages offered at Somatheeram.
Aura Ayurvedic treatment center and spa: Aura Ayurvedic spa and resort is one of the best and well established Ayurveda center located to the hill stations of Munnar. The place provides the visitors with a refreshing and holistic atmosphere which helps them maintain a positive aura. Located in the misty hills of Munnar the place is one of the Ayurvedic resort in Kerala and a prominent destination in Ayurvedic tourism. some of the major treatments offered to the travelers visiting the Ayurvedic center includes Ayurvedic therapies like Abhyangam with Shirodhara, Abhyangam with Kizhi, Sarvanga choorna mridangam with Abhyangam, Sarvanga Abhyangam with swedham, Siroabhygyam with Mukha Abhyangam, Pada Abhyangam with Siro Abhyangam, Pitta Abhyangam or Back massage, Ardha Abhyangam, Relaxation massage, Pizhichil, Kalari thirumu or Kalari massage, Shirodhara, Mukha Lepam or Herbal Facial, Nasyam, Deep Tissue massage, Pichu, Foot Reflexology and Kizhi. A vacation here in the hills of Munnar will provide you with the best experience of rejuvenation of body mind and soul and regeneration. The place is the best for the travelers to relax. The resort also offers the travelers visiting the place with a number of other facilities which includes multi-cuisine restaurants, swimming pool with kid’s pool, yoga and meditation classes, cooking classes, trekking, nature walk, moon terrace for barbeque, banquet & conference facility, large natural pond with pedal boating, campfire, fishing, bird watching, plantation tour, indoor and outdoor games.
Kairali Ayurvedic Health Village: The enchanting the immense beauty of the Western Ghats and the lush green flora explains the mesmerizing town of Palakkad located in Kerala which houses one of the best Ayurvedic treatment centres, The Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort. This Ayurvedic healing village offers the visitors with the best treatment and herbal massages at the Ayurvedic resorts and Ayurveda hospitals which are located in Kerala. A highly trained and committed team of therapists and doctors promises the visitors with the best and high-quality treatments. A number of beauty care packages are prepared to treat a number of very common diseases like respiratory problems, skin diseases stress and eye ailments. Some of the main attractions of the place include yoga, yoga training sessions and a number of different and attractive Training & Workshop. This Ayurvedic health village offers a number of treatment packages which attracts the tourist mostly over-sea tourist the most. Some of the best treatments offered by the health village includes Treatment for Sinusitis & Migraine, Holistic Treatment for Rejuvenation & Detoxification, Treatment for Hypertension, Weight Loss Programme, Preventive & Regenerative Treatment, Treatment to Remove Stress & Strain, Treatment for Nervous Disability, Treatment for Arthritis & Spondylitis, Treatment for Bronchial Diseases, Treatment for Rheumatism, Beauty Care & Eye Care, Treatment for Slip Disc and more.
One of the main factors that influenced the development of Ayurvedic tourism in Kerala is the rich history of the land which points towards this ancient treatment method which is used in healing a number of major diseases in the past. Ayurveda is a stream of medication which aims at treating the cause of the disease and thereby re-establishes the balance of the body and the system with a number of remedies, herbal massages, Yoga, Meditation and approaches to a holistic lifestyle. According to Ayurveda, a human body is composed of 3 main elements namely the physical, astral, causal which means the body, mind and soul. keeping in reference of Ayurveda it is believed that during 500-600 B.C, a number sages like Agastya, Kashaya, Charaka, Sushrutha and others had reference to diseases, health practices and medicines from Vedas to Samhitas. It is believed that from the Samhitas the knowledge of Ayurveda has been passed down from generations to generations for a preventative and curative approaches to health. It is to get a flavor and magic of this hereditary treatment that a number of tourists visit the land. The Kerala tourism department combined with the health department of the state put on a number of projects and efforts to develop this trend of Ayurvedic tourism in the land. Ayurveda is not just a method of healing with a number of herbal medicines but is an entire philosophy of life and the health department of Kerala is allowing the travelers from around the world to experience this philosophy of life.
A holiday is where you relax and forget all about your otherwise stressful life. So, it is very much necessary to have a holiday without any hassles and proper comfortable accommodation also plays a major role in setting up a hassle-free vacation. Kerala, ‘God’s own country’ has been emerging as one of the best tourist destinations of the country. The list of tourist spots in Kerala never seems to end. The lush green hill ranges of Munnar, the pristine backwaters of Alleppey, the sprawling spice plantations and forests of Wayanad, the towering malls and historic buildings of Kochi have all conquered the minds of travellers. With the number of tourists increasing every year, the hotels and resorts in Kerala especially Kochi has also been showing a stupendous increase. Kochi is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the state. The port city is all about glitz, glamour, nature and history. An entire package that would interest any sort of traveler. Kochi is, therefore, a mandatory tourist spot that ought to be added in every travel itinerary. Selecting the best from a significant number of hotels is not an easy task. While looking for a resort or hotel, you need to keep certain points in mind and make sure that all those conditions are fulfilled. You’ve got to see if the hotel is situated in a safe and convenient location, whether the staffs are friendly and willing to help, the availability of staffs at the hour of need, if it has all the desired facilities that will make your holiday tension-free and fun. We’ve handpicked a list of the best hotels in Cochin for you to choose from.
Brunton Boatyard is one of those hotels in Kochi that defines class and magnificence. This 5-star luxury hotel is one of the most popular that are very much sought-after by the tourists. The hotel by itself displays architectural excellence. Brunton Boatyard houses around 22 well-furnished and spacious rooms that offer an amazing view of the sea. This is one of the most striking features of the hotel. The rooms give us a whiff of the colonial heritage that the hotel portrays. The terracotta flooring, the antique bed of four postures and the high arched ceiling make it much more evident. The ambiance of the hotel needs a special mention. Those who wish for a quiet peaceful time with their loved ones will definitely love it here. The rooms also provide you with all the desired facilities like internet connection, TV sets with cable connection, telephone, mini snack bars, comfortable sofa sets and cosy beds, spacious private bathrooms with Jacuzzi and continuous running water (both hot and cold). The hotel also has a 24-hour front desk that will attend to all your requirements and necessities. The restaurant of Brunton Boatyard serves a range of delicious dishes from both Indian and International cuisine. The restaurant is famous for the scrumptious range of authentic food that it serves.
The Casino stands out as one of the most beautiful 4-star hotels of Kochi due to its wonderful architecture. The Casino comes under the very famous CGH Group. The architecture of the hotel is a perfect combination of the modern and traditional style. If you are looking for elegance blended with comfort, then this is the right place for you! Though the hotel has a modern tinge to it, it also gives us the feel and experience of knowing Kerala’s culture and traditions. The Casino has different sorts of accommodations for the guests. The rooms offered are the executive suite, superior room, executive room and superior pool view room. The rooms offer all the desired facilities like mini bar, internet, television with cable connection, telephone, spacious bathrooms with free toiletries etc. The hotel has a 24-hour front desk that is always available. The hotel also runs an Ayurvedic Centre name Thulasi where the guests are entitled to authentic Ayurvedic treatments and massages by practitioners. If you are a gym enthusiast, then you can even work out at the hotel’s Gym. You can also buy souvenirs for your loved ones from the shop at the hotel which has all sorts of traditional things to be gifted as a souvenir.
Broad Bean Hotel, Cochin
If you are looking for a classy hotel to stay at a budgeted cost, then the Broad Bean Hotel is the ideal place for you. The hotel is one of the most popular budget hotels in Cochin. Situated in a very convenient location as Vytilla, the hotel is quite easy to travel to and from the tourist destinations in Kochi as Vytilla is close to almost all the spots in Kochi. As for the accommodations, the hotel offers 5 sorts of rooms which are Executive Club Room, Deluxe Room, Deluxe Suite Room and Presidential Suite. The rooms are categorized based on the demands of the amenities required by the guests. The guests can choose their rooms accordingly. The rooms are also priced based on its category. The rooms offer all sorts of desired amenities and facilities like LED television with national, international and regional channels, free wifi, mini snack bars, comfortable sofa sets, cosy bed, dining space, bottled water, direct dial phone to the hotel reception and much more. The guests can also avail for rooms that have an exceptional view of the Cochin city life. The hotel also has an in-house laundry, health club, multi-cuisine restaurants, coffee shops, banquet hall and conference hall. The hotel is ideal for all sorts of travelers, from those who are looking for a luxurious stay to the ones looking for rooms at affordable prices.
Hotel Aiswarya is one of the best hotels in Kochi. The 3-star hotel in Kochi offers the best value for your money. The hotel has 54 spacious rooms with all the desired facilities. The rooms are available in 3 different categories like Executive Deluxe AC, Executive Deluxe Non AC and Suite. It is suitable for both budgeted and luxury stay as it has both air-conditioned and non-air conditioned rooms. The rooms are well furnished with all the desired facilities like telephone, refrigerator, luggage rack, television with cable/satellite channels. It also has very spacious private bathrooms with a shower, bathtubs, jacuzzis and free toiletries. The hotel has a wonderful multi-cuisine restaurant called Benaras, which serves the scrumptious meals from various cuisines like North Indian, Chinese and Keralite food. The restaurant is famous for serving authentic Keralite meals representing every part of Kerala not just Kochi alone. The hotel is also very much preferred for conducting seminars, conferences, meetings and presentations as it has a large conference hall with unique seating styles with a capacity to hold around 55 people and more. It also offers a reliable car parking facility, the provisions to rent cars and servicing rooms.
The International Hotel
The International Hotel is situated in the midst of many reputed shopping centres and business places in Kochi. The location of this hotel makes it convenient for both the travelers who have come for business purposes and for those who’ve come to enjoy their time in Kochi. The International Hotel has an array of 40 rooms categorized into different sorts like the executive room, deluxe room, suites and standard room. There are both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned rooms. Most of the rooms have the desired facilities like a TV with cable connections, internet connection, telephone, mini snack bar, a spacious bathroom with free toiletries and continuous supply of both hot and cold water. Cod’Or is the multi-cuisine restaurant of this prestigious hotel which offers delicious dishes from Chinese, Continental and Indian Cuisines. The restaurant is run by some amazing chefs who have got years of experience in the field. If you are a person who is into the spa and massages, the hotel gives you such a facility too. The International Hotel also has a spa and massage center too, which makes it even more preferable. The themed resto-lounge of the hotel named Lave is the ideal place to relax and have a wonderful time with your friends. If you would like to hold functions, meetings or presentations, then you can conduct it in The Roof Top Enclave which has a seating capacity to hold around 400 people. There are two extra conference halls where you can conduct business meetings.
Filled with hill stations, plantations, fascinatingly soothing climate and attractions, Kerala is one of the best and most sought after travel destination in India. The place mostly welcomes a number of travelers with its natural beauty and unique variations of attractions and traditions that are being preserved for the last 500 years. Apart from the travel attractions, one thing that promotes tourism in the land is the modes of accommodation that is made available. Kerala is stated with a number of travel destination ranging from the majestic hill station to the village destination or the fascinatingly wonderful waterfall destinations to the unique and complex backwater destinations and thus houses a number of hotels and resorts with the best facilities and luxury that are located to different best attractions of the state like Broad Bean at Kochi and Munnar. Hotel accommodations at Kerala are the one thing that most tourists find attractive. Travel destinations like Kochi house a number of different modes of accommodation starting from luxury hotels to best-facilitated resorts, homestays, villas and more. Mostly referred to as the queen of Arabian sea and the heart of Kerala Kochi is one of the most explored and demanding travel destination in Kerala which entertains and fascinates the travelers visiting the state with a number of unique attractions. Even after being a populated city Kochi houses within a number of hideouts and nature destinations which is yet to be explored. Most of the travelers touring to explore Kochi lovers to enjoy the luxury of the city and thus chooses accommodation with luxury as in the luxury hotels of Cochin. Listed below are some of the best luxury hotels in the city that would offer the travelers with the best-facilitated accommodation.
Ramada Resort, Kumbalam
Covering a massive sprawling area of 8 acres the Ramadan Luxury resort is one fascinating place of accommodation that is located amidst a completely fascinating ambiance with a picturesque surrounding. Travelers who wish to take accommodation at the place will have to a take a very short ride from Kochi to reach this hassle-free resort. Located within the city limits yet away from the busy pollution and noise of the place this resort is a real Aden for nature lovers. The place is listed as one of the best luxury hotels in Kochi that offers the travelers with best luxury accommodation and a magical rejuvenation. The Ramada hotel is one of the most popular choices for luxury travelers touring to explore the charm of the city.
What’s special: The Ramada hotel houses within a number of unique attractions that entices the travelers the most like the floating pool villas, river swimming pool, spa, pool bar and more. These are some of the best specialty of the resort.
Tariff: INR 12,000 per night
Aquatic Resort, Puthankary
Located near Kochi covering an area of 30 acres, these floated or floating hotels and resorts are one main luxury attraction in the city. Bounded with soothing lush green plantations of mangroves and coconuts the Aquatic resort is one best hideout in a city like Kochi. The place offers the travelers with a very unique experience of accommodation in the land which would be both exciting and entertaining. The place with its marvel of expression, technical superiority, artistry, and creativity would ensure that the travelers enjoy the best time in the resort.
What’s special: Floating Infinity Pool and submerged rooms are one of the main specialties and the best attraction of the resort.
Tariff: INR 8,500 onwards, per night
The Poovath Heritage, Fort Kochi
Located very close to the Fort Kochi beach, the private heritage is a Dutch palace that is being restored from the golden era. This fascinating resort, being located to the cultural destinations in the state has a lot to narrate to the history lovers visiting the place. The place offers the travelers with one of the best informal settings at the veranda of the resort which would be a new and refreshing experience for the travelers visiting the place. As the location of the Poovath hotel is close to a number of the best historic destination of Kochi, a stay at the hotel would take you a bit closer to the history of the place.
What’s special: Fishing tour, Broadway walk, sunset cruise at the backwaters of Kochi, riding on rental bikes, cycling and the Elephant Kraal visit would offer the travelers with the best experience in Kochi.
Tariff: INR 8,200 onwards, per night
SAJ Earth Resort, Nedumbassery
Located very close to the Kochi international airport’s the SAJ Earth hotel is one other luxury hotel that would offer the travelers the best accommodation while at Kochi. Located in the beautiful countryside the SAJ Earth offers the travelers with an opportunity to rejuvenate and reconnect with nature. The location of the place makes it one of the perfect getaway destinations for travelers with magnificent hills and sun-kissed shorelines. The rooms of this fascinating hotel are perfectly set around pools offering the travelers with wavefront view a bit away from the grittiness of the sand.
What’s special: The place offers the travelers with Horse riding in the paddy fields which would be one of the best experience travelers could have in the place. Table tennis and pool are other options of entertainment that are offered at SAJ Earth.
Tariff: INR 6,000 onwards, per night
To start your tour at Kerala, Kochi would be one of the most perfect destinations with a number of best attractions and hideouts. Being a land of luxury the Kochi holds in a number of best hotels that offers the tourist with great luxury and the best comfortable accommodation. Most of the best modes of accommodation in the city like the hotels of the place house the most modern interiors with modern and unique amenities that offer the travelers with an ax experience. Kochi is not a place that is all about luxury and porch hotels the place also houses a number of budget modes of accommodation that offers the travelers with a pocket-friendly stay with best facilities. Kochi but one of the best travel destinations in Kerala that covers the accommodation need of the travelers in all possible ways.
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
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
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
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
The world is upgrading daily with the introduction of technologies and standing under its shade, we are utilizing it to the maximum. The real benefit of technology is reflected in traveling. We can’t start our day without having a look at the notification in our smartphones. Possessing the blessing of technology is the only relief of every vagabond to conduct a travel safely. We seek the assistance of internet starting from gaining the information about a place, looking for accommodation, booking flight or train tickets and so on. South India’s most sought travel destination is Kerala and even from foreign countries, the travelers are encountered. For making the traveling easy and promising a thrilling Kerala tour, availability of internet and other technologies is essential in Kerala. Being a developing state, Wi-Fi or wireless fidelity is something every tourist destination has for sure. But, in Kerala, some of the attractions located in hill station lack the network coverage but the technology is so sophisticated that we can figure out the answers for the traveling quest amidst the travel itself. As per the CEO world magazine survey as a part of Digital Indian cities 2016, Bangalore was topped in the first position of having advanced technology and how not? Bangalore is the information technology hub of India. Thus the natives are so sophisticated in planning travels and have a high tech approach. From Bangalore, a lot of tour packages have been sold especially to Kerala. Their style of research is mind-blowing and let us check how we can utilize technology to the fullest to conduct an amazing travel.
How many of you have done a detailed research prior to the tour? Almost everyone who knows the value of money as well as who is keen on making an invigorating tour of his lifetime. The research must begin by choosing the destination till checking out from the hotel. Safety is an important trait one must care about. How it will feel if you have ended up with a wrong decision of choosing a destination or a tour plan that has resulted in the complete ruining of your trip and wastage of money. Nowadays, sitting within the four walls of a room with a smartphone, from start to end one can craft a journey.
The role of social media in travel is having a soaring popularity as people believe the reviews as it seems genuine. Twitter and Facebook are the prominent figures amidst youth. Cant, you see many invitations for a journey as well as trekking posted? This is a new way of attracting people to the culture of travel. Many travel companies are utilizing the platform of social media to advertise their contents, packages as well as strengthening their web presence. These companies can lure a lot of avid backpackers. Once the Meesapulimala trekking in Munnar, Kerala was an emotion for many. The trekking partners were collected through these posts. Those who have returned after a riveting trip post the images of the location, which is enough for one to enact the same.
The travel organizers have their well-designed websites with the availability of various tour packages that are free to be chosen by the customers. Depending upon the number of days, the price of packages, a flashlight on itinerary can be availed. These sites will also specify tours from major cities of the country and being near, Bangalore is given priority. To reach up to the customers, having a strong web presence is necessary and for boosting the same, the companies adopt the technique of Search Engine Optimisation.
Booking flights, hotels, a bus has been becoming very easy and with just a click away, you have selected your room of desire. The travel mobile applications like MakeMyTrip, Cleartrip, Goibibo, Trivago offer luxurious rooms at any hotels or resorts with discounted price. With these applications, one can see the images of rooms, read the inclusions and availability of common amenities. If you are satisfied then booking can be made. Even the flight tickets are easy to be booked through these applications.
To know about a place, one can go through the blogs, travelogues or even a community, forum and get the reviews. Most of the people rely on TripAdvisor to get the best reviews about a place, hotels or resorts. People believe that these reviews are genuine. In fact, they are quoting the real experience of being there that may not be accessed through any blogs. Google, the knowledge guru can lend a helping hand to the same.
If you are afraid of traveling in a location devoid of network coverage, then use of guidebooks in Pdf format or as a hard copy can make you locate places, nearby cafeterias, restrooms, petrol bunks, toilets, accommodation, or even for accessing route maps. You can download a portion of the guidebooks divided into chapters. Certain little mobile application can be accessed without internet and will be having all necessary information about a place.
Thus we can see magic being done in the field of travel by technology and Bangalore is the state utilizing it to the maximum. In Kerala, the presence of Wi-fi hotspot is increasing and it can provide you constant access to information. The telecom operators are now in a competition to increase speed, connectivity, and reachability. In a summary, we can say that digital revolution had already hugged travel and in future, it will spread like a wildfire.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.