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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Wayanad: Where Nature Hosts The Guests To The Evergreen Hillock.

Anyone traveling to the beautiful destination of Kerala would be startled at the real richness of nature at the destination. Rivers, hills, and forests lead the way to anyone’s heart and it turns out to be the real destination where exploring has more scope. The destination turns out to be the best place to be at when with friends as well. A personal journey of my friends through the forests and hills makes way to this realization. We had 10 days of holidays after the semester break and were eager to set off on a journey where we would also be able to refresh our minds. We had already been to most of the beautiful places in Bangalore and wanted to set off on a moderate long journey due to which we decided to take it on 300 Kilometres drive from Bangalore to Wayanad. We could draw our journey on few basis where drive, trekking, and budget were the prime factors to the travel. We were students and so budget was the pocket money which we had saved for 5 months and so we were keen on checking the Kerala Tour Package with price range that fell into our budget. We decided to hand some of our planning work to Seasonz India Holidays who were our planners we had found for ourselves.

The final exam had been good but we were eager to leave as soon as possible due to which all of us cracked our exam in an hour and a half and got back to the apartment to load our bags into the jeep that belonged to our friend who resided at Kannur. We could hence cut on to half of our budget as we had the vehicle for travel and decided to pool the money for the petrol. We set full tank petrol before setting off and then drove to the way of our dream travel which began from Bangalore to Wayanad. We had lunch from the city and packed some snacks for our journey where we got to the way through Mysore. the destination seemed to be of more greenery and less of pollution. It was a working day which avoided a lot of traffic on the way and got us to be on a soothing journey through the roads.

It took us an approximate time period of 7 hours where we took three stops in between as we had been driving in turns. There were 5 of us and each of us had varied interests on travel. It was 8 in the night when we reached Wayanad and got to see the welcome board through the beam light. One of my friends said we could spend time outside till 10 in the night as the weather had been quite chilling but slight drizzling got me back to the jeep and called the tour planners for the location to the hotel that had been booked for us. We had insisted that we wanted a cheap room as no fancy room could ever reach the comfort level of a normal room with just beds in it and an attached bathroom. Following the route map, we took our way to the hotel that had been waiting for us. We got food parcelled for the night and in the comfort of our economical room, we ate our dinner. There were 5 of us and only 4 bed space was available in the room due to which we got an extra bed.

The next day came to us in glory as we were off to Chembra peak which was, in short, the way to an epic trekking journey.  Being one of the largest peaks of Western Ghats, we were excited to set off to the top. We had already got the trekking poles and hired a guide for the trekking as there were chances that we could get lost. So following the footsteps of the expert person we walked through the grasslands where we also got to see beauty approaching us in the form of nature. The way had been rocky and it was not easy to climb up. We took several halts in between until we got to see the heart-shaped lake staring which all of us spend some good time. The guide informed us that the real trek up the hills was only beginning. We had been to Nandi hills at Bangalore for trekking but it seemed a lot greener her which showcased wildness.  We took some beautiful pictures of flora and fauna as we climbed where nature seemed to take care of itself. After taking several stops we got to the top where we got to see the real scenery of the destination from the top. Clouds still seemed to move through us even when it had been almost noon. Anyone could be happy with trekking up to the top to end up seeing the orgasmic view of nature shimmering in its real allurement. We spend approximately 2 hours thereafter which we decided to climb down. We tipped the guide along with his wage as he had been more than a guide to us in the whole trekking experience. 

The hike had been tiring but worth. We grabbed enough food and decided to go to the next spot which was the Karalad Lake. Adorned with pure beauty, we got to see zipline services functioning in the region. None of us had got into an adventure like it due to which all of us took turns in doing it  People had also been kayaking through the lake but we were quite late to reach up to do the same at Karalad. The price had also been alarmingly high. We had also been a part of a trip from our college at Bangalore in which we had indulged in kayaking at River Shambhavi. So we did not mind missing it and left to the hotel after a drive along the roads where the Kerala tour package from Bangalore had successfully come to the second night at Wayanad.

The next day we got up and vacated the hotel as by early evening we would be leaving back to Bangalore. Two of them stayed at Kannur and Kozhikode due to which they would be returning through bus service while three of us would drive back to our hometown. The last place where we decided to visit at Wayanad was Lakkidi View Point. Crossing approximately 13 miles we reached to the place where the viewpoint had a lot of people. The inhabitants of Wayanad were pretty much living a blissful life where they could feel freshness while breathing while we had to wear masks at Bangalore to protect our lungs. The scenarios were always different and that is exactly what had attracted us to visit the destination where we could be on an economically viable journey. After spending a good time capturing the pictures of the viewpoint, we took our way to the bus top where we dropped the guys and set back off to our own hometown.

 

The Indelible Stay at the Munnar Hill Station

Kerala is a paradise located on earth where the people get to the escapade in the wildest of nature. And when fed with all the best facilities for travel, the journey becomes the best of all time. I belonged to Raipur and had no absolute plan of traveling to Kerala until our family friends had taken a trip to Munnar, ‘The Kashmir of south India’. We decided to explore this beautiful destination and set off on a family tour to Kerala from Chattisgarh. As we reached the Cochin International Airport, we got into the cab that had been sent to us by the Stunning Resorts in Kerala we had booked beforehand. It was evening and the sun was setting. As we drove through,  we passed through agricultural lands and evergreen grasslands and finally reached our destination after a three-hour drive.

It was night and our resort Broad Bean had been illuminated with decorative lights. The climate had been cold and soothing and we wanted to spend some time outside in the foggy night when the manager came and told us that they had a moon terrace and our dinner would be served there in a short while. So we went to our executive rooms and freshened up before going for the dinner. As we reached the moon terrace, we got the aroma of chicken and vegetables being barbequed and got to see all the people residing inside the resort there. A table had been exclusively booked for us where our food was served. Music had been playing we had been hogging all the delicious food.Candlelight dinner was being provided to the couples sitting on the other side of the terrace and the place seemed much more romantic with all the red balloons and candles that had been there.

We got down to the service counter after dinner in order to get some extra blankets and they informed us that we just had to inform them through the room service call. I also inferred regarding the confirmation of cab for our travel through Munnar for the next day and comfortably went to bed. The next day we got ready to travel while our breakfast reached us in room service. After taking everything necessary, we left to the first destination of our travel, Top Station. We reached the top after walking or rather trekking a short distance and reached the top from where we got to see the real beauty of Western Ghats. We felt like the clouds had been moving through us and could feel the mist on our feet. Mornings could not have been any better than at this destination. We walked through the place and enjoyed the sights of greenness everywhere. In some time we left for the next destination which was the Echo point which was also located nearby. The specialty of the destination was in the name itself. The echo that returns from this place is quite a fascination. And crazy people can have much more fun here screaming and howling into the air. We spend more time here before the sun started to spread its scorching heat in the place. We rode back to the resort for our lunch as our next destination of the visit was located on the same way. As we reached the Best Resort in Munnar, we got to see people who had been busy in outdoor games playing badminton and basketball. We asked them to serve us room service so that we could rest for some time as the trekking had got us quite tired.

After 2 hours, we walked down and got to see people who had come for spa services which are also being provided by the resort. We began our drive to Attukal Waterfalls. The destination was located in some 9 kilometers and we reached the eco-spot in a short drive. The place was lit in nature and was such a mesmerizing sight one could capture. We walked through a wooden bridge which added to the beauty of the place. Nature had never given me this level of satisfaction ever before. And the best part of Munnar was that the place just shimmered in nature and no infrastructure had overtaken the beauty of this land. We walked further more and could not take he our eyes off the falls. The adventurers were having a great time trekking here while we had been enjoying the view from the distance. The place captivated us for more than two hours as most of us did not really want to return back. But since it is not advised to travel during the night time at Munnar, we rode back to our resort.and decided to have a swim in the pool. Kids had already been playing in the kids’ pool while we took over the main pool.

When we reached back, the housekeeping had cleaned our room and we slide into our extra comfortable beds for some time. We walked to the small pond that had been there and spends some time pedaling the boat there. Even though there were enough Kerala hotels nearby, we were happy that we had chosen this place to stay as the facilities provided were quite good. And as far as Munnar is concerned, along with enjoying sightseeing and trekking, one should also take time to enjoy the climate of the place which we had been pursuing in this resort. We also called the service counter and booked a body spa for the next day. We could hear various sounds from the surroundings which probably belonged to birds. We walked through the resort and got to see a babysitting room for the baby residents. But none of them had been inside. We went to the restaurant and ordered tow coffee takeaways and walked sipping it to the room. Carrom board and coins had been kept on the table and we decided to play together for some time. We walked to the moon terrace which had already become my favorite place in the resort. We were served with varieties of seafood this time and it was a dinner delight for us.

The next day we packed some hot crispy vada for breakfast and started on our journey to Photo point. This destination was quite famous for taking pictures and hence we had charged our DSLR camera. We reached the place and surprisingly, photographers had been there helping the people take pictures. We clicked some with our camera and asked the photographer to get some group pictures of hours after which we left to the next destination which was tea gardens. when we reached the location. all we could see was tea plantations spread out to acres. The view was more than mesmerizing and we were eager to pluck some leaves by ourselves which the locals allowed us to do. We also got some fresh tea powder from the center there and got down to a garden where we were provided with hot packed food from our resort. We sat and had it in the garden and it was definitely a great experience.Our two exciting days were over and we were to return back to the airport in order to catch our night flight. More than the destinations, we were sure that we would be missing the Thrilling Budget Resort in Munnar as they had hosted us in the best possible way. We thanked the manager and cleared all our dues before leaving. The best thing that happened when we were returning was that we were packed with some snacks for our travel along with fresh juices and that was when we realized that the trip was one of the best with the best memories.

Backwater Riding in Kerala

Bucket List for a Kerala Holiday Trip

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

A Ride on Kettuvallom

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

Go Fishing!

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

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

A Walk through the Paddy Fields

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

Indulge in Ayurveda

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

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