Making Way Through Some Fond Memories Of Travel

Fortkochi, Chines netThe best memories my life has always been powered by memories of travel. In fact, it is something that has brought me this long in life where the zest to travel has always been high. It does not really take a lot of time in case we want to set off on a trip with all our hearts. Hence most of the trips I have been on have always been quickly planned. The journeys have been made from various places and this time we were off to someplace nice, located on to the south of India as the place is the less taken route for us. My family has always been travel freaks and hence we have not really had a hard time in setting off to a place less traveled. Also, both I and my sister had completed our studies due to which all we had to do was set off when the parents were free. Accordingly, we set off on a Kerala tour package with family all the way from Delhi where we had been moving with all happy vibes to the Gods own country. It took us a transit flight to reach the destination from where we had been picked up by the responsible tour planners we had set up for our journey.

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On reaching the hotel for the night stay we had been looking out of the balcony for the city of Cochin had been pretty good a view for us. The food was served in the buffet hall of the hotel where we stayed together and had some good food and slept for the next day was the big day where we would begin the traveling. We rose up to the sun and had our breakfast after which began the journey along with the driver who began with greeting us. The itinerary had been handed over to us following which we got to Mattancherry. The streets definitely called for us and following it we walked after getting down from the car. The place indeed had a special aura that gave it a foreign land look. And that was to be appreciated is what my father had been telling as we started the travel. In the meanwhile, we also got to sight amazing jewellery and other handicrafts that had been displayed in the various shops. My mother and sister went to the place and I and dad took some good pictures of the place. We proceeded where we walked through the Jain temple viewing the beauty the place held in itself. we also got to sight the pigeons that were being fed there. The place was beautiful which was captured in the photos where each of us posed in it. On walking further we got to see a lot more of street shops.

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On walking inside, we realized that there was a ferry stop there. On inferring further we were told that the place has ferry service. We decided to have some good time by taking a boating service that was being provided there. It took us around for a quick ride through the sea and then we made our way back where the driver had been waiting for us on the other end. The travel continued where we had been taken to the Fort Cochin beach. The place was located very close to each other that it only took us short drives to reach the destination. The Chinese fishing nets and the beautiful street made it look beautiful. We sat there and had brunch from a sea view restaurant after which we decided to move forward with the trip where the next stop was the St Francis church. The factor that made the church famous was that Vasco Da Gama had been buried in the place during his death after which years later, the remains were taken back to his native.

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That was the final sightseeing destination for us at Kochi where we made our way to the next place. We had been on our way to Munnar Post lunch where we reached by 8 pm. The night stay for our family had been set up where the night went by in the best possible manner, with some good hot food and amazing campfire. The next day began the sightseeing through the place where Munnar had been one of the greenest destinations that I had seen. The first destination that I visited was the Top station where the parents preferred to visit the Cloak tower while I and my sister took a walk down the steps that took us to the beautiful viewpoint. The place was what one could call the epitome of greenness. And that is also why we felt staying longer in the place. After spending some good time there, we climbed back and got some food and drinks for the walk had been quite tiring. The travel continued and this time to the Eravikulam national park. The place is quite famous for the fact that Nilgiri Thars are being protected in the place. We got to spot them inside along with a lot more of other animals like monkeys and deer. Dad was a forest enthusiast due to which he had pretty good a time loitering inside the park. And the final place for our sightseeing in the destination was the Lakkom waterfalls as it is mandatory to stop by one falls in the destination. And we were glad of visiting the place for the cold streams had been soothing us through the place. On the way back we got to see Mattupetty Dam through the window and that took us back to the hotel for the night stay.

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That is about certain journeys where you can never be fulfilled by the beauty that shimmers through such places. On the travel, we had been to places like Munnar and Cochin which had indeed been the best of places we could have visited.  In fact, both the places had been different in so many ways where one had been a city shimmering in light and the other had been what one could refer to as the best naturistic places I had on the Kerala tour package. With a heart filled with the contentment of travel, we began the travel back for we had a lot more to plan for the next travel that we could make in some time, for travelers always find it the best to plan trips than anything else.

The most celebrated bang of getting together with friends.

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Certain get-togethers turn out to be very special when we have stayed apart for so long and finally get to see each other. Such had been our get together that we had planned at Wayanad. 10 of us had finally planned to get together after college had been over and it had been 2 years of being the crazy self. Thankfully none of the girl gang had got married and hence we had been looking forward to having our bachelor girls hangout. The place had been decided such that the people working at Bangalore could also reach comfortably. All of us had weekends attached to our sick leaves for the tour and hence around 4 days had been planned where two days were required for the to and fro travel to the destination and two days for the sightseeing fun we could have. The planning and travel vehicle was booked through Seasonzindia so that we did not have to face last time hassle for a carefree journey. The 23-year-old set off from different places for the journey and all of us reached the resort that had been booked for the stay by 10 pm. The trip to Kerala of ours officially started the minute all of us had reached one room.
The night became ecstatic where we set up a campfire in the 17-degree Celsius climate and got to eat together just like the hostel days were being revoked. And then the next day we rose up and the journey began where we were picked up by the driver and we had been enjoying the weather that kept us cold. The first place of visit for us had been Banasura Sagar Dam. The largest earthen dam was beautiful and happened to have boat services due to which in groups we set off for a quick speedy cruise. The surroundings were very alluring and each breath felt like freshness party in the lungs. After we had got enough of posing in the place, we decided to return where the driver said us we could visit Meenmutty Waterfalls as per the itinerary. The falls was what unleashed the crazy part in us that we had been head over knee happy playing in the water. We spend a lot of time there and it was where a lot of tourists had been as well. When it was high time that we return, the driver called us up for otherwise we would just not leave the place at all.Karlad-Lake-Wayanad
Post lunch we moved forward with the tour and reached the Karlad lake on a long drive. The one exciting thing that had been there was the zip line on which all of us wanted to try the adventure out. the queue was quite long for it but standing in it, we made our own entertainment taking us back to the college days.  That was it for the time being where we had had enough of it and then reached each of our turns to go across the lake in a zip line. The safety jacket was put on and then we had the exciting adventure done and struck off the bucket list.  And that wa sit for the day where we were driven to our place of stay. The stay was another wonderful place where we got to be in a flora hotspot. A lot of trees and plants stood around of which the main had been coffee. It was a wonder that this is how coffee looked before it reaches crushed to us. Mangosteen and avocado trees had also been there from which we tasted the freshest of fruits. In fact, we felt more connected to the forest as well which was on one side where they had put wires of shock as elephants are known to be existing in the place. The people have also been wonderful hosts where they took us around and fed us with guava and litchis, everything fresh.Edakkal_Caves
Our first place to visit for the next day was Edakkal caves. The walk up to the caves was the most exciting of all where we rest on the rocks in the midway and clicked a number of pictures. Walking through the rocks had been exciting where we felt captivated by some sort of rock fort. The view had been beautiful with all the greenery around where the landscape shots turned out to be the best. By the time we reached back, we were super tired. After sipping some drinks from the street vendors, we walked to the car and asked the driver to drop us for an early lunch. And after gobbling some good food from hotel Jubilee our travel continues and we were taken to Jain Temple which was the main reason that we had remained true vegetarians until then. The architecture of the temple was photo worthy. Even though it was small, there was some sort of aura that kept us there for a long time before we headed off to the next place that had been the Muthanga wildlife sanctuary. And it turned out to be the most favourite to us out of all the places we had visited because of the fact that we had been indulged in the walk along the forests where we got to spot elephants, deer and peacocks merrily walking along their home. All of us were hardcore fans of animals and birds and we could not be more happy of seeing animals all happy at their true residence. We also took a  jeep safari through as walking long distance was not happening. Other than few exotic birds, we did not get to see anything more. That was it for the whole journeying as the end of it had been marked.jeep s
The best of get-togethers had hence been initiated where we knew that we had more of them to have in our lives. The hardest of everything had been to return back to the normal boring life. We packed our bags and were dropped at the bus station from where all of us had the buses booked to various destinations. The due amount that had to be paid to the tour planner was handed off to the driver where we also thanked him for bearing with our super excited screaming on the tour. Wayanad had been the perfect spot in Kerala for our tour and the amount of fun we had had was going to keep us going for another few months when we would end up planning the next trip. Since Kerala had been the best host, maybe we might return to some other destination in the state to make a bunch of memories.

Ken Before You Leave…Get the Answers to These Questions on Kerala Backwaters

How many of you backpack to a destination with a proper idea and research? Or do you completely believe the itinerary and brochures? Even though you have been guided by a travel agent, you have to take the pain to do a little bit research about the destination you are heading to. The north Indians and foreigners coming to South India especially Kerala used to talk with their friends or relatives who have prior visited Kerala and gains enough knowledge about various places. One such marvel in their eyes is Kerala backwaters and being the crown jewel of Kerala tourism, the Kerala houseboat cruise in backwaters is something the travellers will not miss. Prior to booking houseboats, get answers to some basic questions on Kerala backwaters and houseboats journey. It is special to conduct honeymoon on a houseboat and while picking the packages for the same, ultimate care must be given. The most renowned backwater trip arrangers, Lifemadeasy will give answers to some of the basic questions on Kerala houseboats and backwaters, which are frequently asked by the customers. To make your trip in Kerala memorable, meticulous planning and preparations are necessary.

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How can one say that houseboat cruise is really worth in Kerala tourism?

Of the Arabian Sea bordering Kerala, there are many lakes and rivers flowing parallel to the coast. These waterways are actually interconnected network of canal, lakes and rivers. Amidst these, there are some major cities or towns like Alleppey, Kumarakom, Kollam and Trivandrum. Vembanad Lake is the largest one and at each destination, it has got several names. The reason why travellers pick a backwater package is that the ecosystems of these backwaters are really unique and nature is at its best here with many paddy fields surrounding the borders of backwaters. Honeymoon tours are best conducted on houseboats as couples can spend romantic moments amidst the brackish lagoon with all comfortabilities and luxuries they seek for. Just by sitting comfortably in a houseboat, couples can enjoy the scenic beauty and also gets a chance to taste the traditional Kerala food. Hence, one can say that Kerala backwater tours are really unique.

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How many days can the guests hire the houseboat?

As per the package, the guest can pick a day trip or overnight stay. The number of overnight stays can be discussed with the travel operator and the package price will depend on that. The day cruise will take place at morning and will come to an end by evening. For night stays, the houseboat will be anchored at any location. Food will be provided on board itself. Depending upon the number of days and nights required for houseboat cruise, the rate of the package also differs.

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What are the category and type of houseboats?

The houseboats in Kerala come in various standards and types.

Standard houseboats have basic boat facilities but most of them are without air conditions.

Premium or Deluxe houseboats are fully air-conditioned with standard facilities and at night too, the AC can be used. But, care must be taken to note that the premium houseboats are fully covered with glass. Talk on this to your travel operator.

Luxury or super luxury houseboats are on the lists to experience ultimate royalty.

The type of houseboats comes with the presence of the number of rooms, sun deck and upper decks. One can choose the houseboats with your desired number of tours. Groups tours are economical in houseboats.

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What are the houseboat cruise routes?

At the time of picking your backwater tour package, the routes of houseboat cruises in Kerala will be mentioned with the Alleppey- Kollam route being the longest one taking 8 hours. All the cruises will start from Alleppey or Kumarakom and can travel to any desired places. Kuttanad, Munroe islands, Kumarakom, Kayamkulam, Ashtamudi Lake, Alumkadavu, Trivandrum backwaters are some of the common destinations. To be specific, the routes are mentioned below and these same routes can be chosen with desirable days.

Alleppey to Alleppey (Kuttanad), Kumarakom, Thottappally, Alumkadavu and Kochi

Kumarakom to Alumkadavu, Thottappally

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What about the crew on a houseboat and the food?

Every houseboat will be having two oarsmen and one professional cook. The cook prepares the traditional Kerala style food on board. To relish the marvel of the traditional cooking of Kerala food, one must surely take a houseboat ride. The dishes are mostly rice, with varieties of curries, fish curries, fish fry, chicken items etc. Evening, Kerala snacks will be served with a hot cup of tea or coffee. The tapioca and fish curry are one of the tastiest dishes on Kerala food menu. The crewmembers will take care of any issues to the houseboats.

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What if the houseboats are not available for the day cruise?

If houseboats are not available for the ride, then one must pick the Shikkara rides as an alternative. The Shikkara rides serve the same picturesque beauty as in the houseboat and are also more economical but privacy will be assured if you are coming with the group. If family get-togethers or celebrations are your prime need, then houseboat must be chosen. Always book in advance for the cruise.

Are the houseboat cruises safe?

This is the most asked question by most of the tourists. To have the safest travel on board, always pick from the packages of most renowned tour operators. Since the tourism is safeguarded by the Government of Kerala by all means, one can safely travel but always be cautious. Honeymoon couples can be fully assured with the privacy and freedom in the houseboat.

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Does the houseboat ply during monsoon; if so are discounts available for the same?

Monsoon seasons are the time of offseason tour in Kerala and the people looking forward to an economic travel would love to travel in monsoon as accommodation, and tickets can be availed with less price. Houseboat will ply during monsoons but the rates are really low during these times. One can speak with the tour operator and avail the discounts.

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What are the best options for backwater tour?

In backwater tour, the options are many other than a day in the houseboat. The village tourism and bird watching are some of the interesting activities. Canal tours allow you to go deep into the village and backwater world and the coir retting process, fishing etc can be seen so close. Canal tours will bring you to lotus ponds, churches, temples on the shores. Adventure tours in backwaters can be best experienced by kayaking. At certain places, there are options for kayaking. Thus, honeymoon couples can have a thrilling backwater vacation by kayaking. If interested, canoeing is also the best idea. In Kumarakom, a bird sanctuary is located and avid bird watchers can focus their eye on rare bird species and migratory birds visiting the backwaters. Cycling through the villages in Kuttanad can make you breathe the fresh air surrounding and also present with the morning beauty of green paddy fields.

Dwelling deep into the backwater tours one will come to know that the thrill is a lot more than as expected from the itinerary. As a travel operator, Lifemadeasy will be giving full assistance and support on conducting backwater tours in Kerala.

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.

Spiritual tourism in Kerala – a journey of body, mind and soul

A rejuvenated body and soul is something that every traveller loves to possess if within the reach. Kerala is a land that has always attracted a number of tourists, mostly families who have a great interest in what the tour operators like Gogeo holidays love to call ‘spiritual tourism’. spiritual tourism could be called a sector of tourism which includes destinations that contains all that a tourist come to experience in Kerala, like an escape from their busy, conservative life and an inner peace. With passing time and the increasing popularity of spiritual tourism, a number of companies emerged allowing the families enjoy the spiritualism of Kerala by offering different Kerala tour packages for family. Reports from the past years suggest that a number of families have visited Kerala availing different spiritual trust packages and now exhibits a trend where there is a gradual increase in the ratio at which families visit the state. There are a number of tour promoters who take initiative in arranging and organising occasional packages and fantabulous spiritual tours including destinations like holy places and health tourist destinations like meditation and yoga centres. Some of the beast spiritual tourism destinations in Kerala which are mostly visited by families from almost all religions of the country are given below.

Sabarimala Temple:

The temple is one of the most important pilgrim destinations in Kerala which is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. This temple located in the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala is a hill shrine which is set at an altitude of about 914 meters above the sea level on the fascinating mountain ranges of the Western Ghats. The place is one of the best destinations where travellers could experience the true feel of rejuvenation and peacefulness to mind. The pilgrims visiting the place should go for a 4km trekking from the Pamba so as to reach the shrine. Even though the temple allows believers from all cast and creed inside the premises, entry for women from the age of 10 to 50 is controlled in this holy place. The temple opens only from the month of November to Mid-January during Mandalakalam and will remain closed the rest of the year. A number of believers from around the world visit the temple during the Mandalakalam so as to offer the prayers and to watch the Makaravilakku and Mandalapooja. Pilgrims visiting the temple could even hire a taxi to the temple. One of the major advantages of the pilgrims visiting this temple is that it is easy for them to find transportation until Pamba.

Nearest Airport: Thiruvananthapuram Airport and Kochi International Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam, Thiruvallam & Chengannur

St. Mary’s Forane Church:

Kerala is not just a land which is known for the presence of historically constructed temples, but also a land which is known for the presence of sacred tourist destinations for Christian. The state boasts of having a number of ancient churches with ancient style of architecture. These churches to the south of the country are must-visit destinations for travellers who are interested in enjoying a spiritual holiday in Kerala. The St. Mary’s Forane Church located at Kuravilangad is one such must-visit destination for Christian pilgrims visiting Kerala to enjoy a spiritual tour. The church is mostly visited by family due to its location which is close to the very famous backwater destination Alleppey. The church built in 355 AD, houses a fascinating statue of Blessed Virgin Mary which is carved from granite enshrines within the church. One of the main attractions of the church is the presence of an old bell with ancient unknown inscriptions. Families visiting the church offer coconut oil in the lamps which are set at a block made of granite to the front of the church. The model of a ship made of wood also acts as the primary attraction of the church

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam

Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple:

The Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple, which is located at Alleppey, is one of the very famous Hindu pilgrim destinations in Kerala which is known for the delicious Palpayasam, which is served as offering among the believers visiting the temple. The famous and delicious Palpayasam is a sweet milk porridge which is made of rice, sugar and milk, the payasam could be said as a dream sweet of every Hindu devotee visiting the temple. This temple dedicated to Lord Krishna is located in the heart of the city called Ambalappuzha in the district of Alappuzha. This temple which is located about 14km from Alleppey houses Lord Krishna as Parthasarathy and mostly known as Unnikannan. One of the main attractions of the temple is the presence of an idol of Sree Krishna holding a conch to the left hand and a whip to the right hand carved in a black granite stone. An annual festival is held at this temple every year at the month of March and April which would last for a minimum of 10 days. A number of families visit the temple during this festival to enjoy the festive flavour and to seek blessings from the lord.

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Alappuzha

The Beemapalli Mosque:

Kerala is not just a land which is known for the presence of elegant churches and temples but a land which is known for the presence of the beautiful mosque. The Beemapalli Mosque which is located on the outskirts of the capital city, Thiruvananthapuram is one of the most popular pilgrim centres for Muslims in Kerala. The Mosque located about 12 kilometres from the capital city Trivandrum is known among the Muslims for its annual Urus. This famous mosque is dedicated to a woman called Beema Umma who was believed to possess magical powers. It is believed among the locals that the women arrived from Mecca and was one among the members of Prophet Mohammed’s family. Devotees visiting this mosque offer silk, oil and flowers to the women. One of the main attractions of the mosque is the Chandanakudam Festival which is celebrated for a minimum of 10 days which the devotees celebrate with colours and joy. A number of devotees visit the place with offerings irrespective of the cast and creeds so as to offer prayer.

Nearest Airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala being a rapidly developing spiritual tourist destination which is most visited and explored by families is now a land known as the best destination for pilgrims from all creeds and cast. Promoting the trend of families to visit these spiritual tourist destinations as a number of new Kerala family holiday packages are organised to these spiritual destinations of Kerala. One of the main aims of the Kerala tourism department in organising budget spiritual tour packages is with the primary aim to promote spiritual tourism in the land. Kerala being land with an abundance of temples, churches and mosque is one of the best destinations to the south of India for spiritual tourism.

End the Onam with a Blast in Water; Enjoy the Great Aranmula Boat Race, Weaving Traditions

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We Keralite have heard about the famous water regatta, Aranmula boat race, a part of our tradition. Do you know that an ancient life experience of a Brahmin late came to be evolved as the most respected and enjoyed culture of Kerala? We have witnessed its eminence in close; still, there are some including me who are not aware of its significance. This great festive like event is held on the last day of the harvest festival of Kerala, Onam that is Uthrittathy according to the Malayalam calendar. Since this day comes under the period when all the other boat races are scheduled, you can expect a number of visitors during this time. It is also a golden opportunity for those who have missed Nehru trophy boat race in Alleppey. More than the natives of Kerala, the people from other states or countries are more thrilled in watching these events. This time taking this fact into consideration, many travel organizers are arranging a trip in this Onam from other parts of the country as well. Let them enjoy and understand our tradition’s magnificence, as they always do. Native’s f Pune is more attracted to enjoy the water fiesta as they long to watch these kinds of game that arouse the spirit of people. Thus along with other trips in Kerala, the last day of Onam is purely dedicated to watching Aranmula boat race. It is not just the race, but there are some more attractions for this. Pune natives can enthrall on having the best Kerala meal this time and can ask for any vegetable curry they want. This is a special part of the day, where a sumptuous feast is organized for masses arranging a variety of Kerala traditional dishes. Thus, various trip packages like Enchanting Kerala tour packages from Pune including great kind of attractions to watch on this special day are arranged by various trip arrangers. Along with which the curious people from Pune can witness the temple, Sree Parthasarathy temple for which actually the event is well connected. Also, they can take away with them the most precious and auspicious special type of mirror, the famous Aranmula mirror. The interesting fact is that the material used for it is not glass but something else. Let’s find out what it is, before, which understanding the mythology of the temple is necessary.
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Sree Parthasarathy Temple

The Aranmula boat race has a strong connection with this temple. Actually, it is organized to offer tribute to the deity, Lord Krishna and the day when it is conducted is the annual celebration of the idol when it was installed. The presiding deity is Lord Krishna in the form of Parthasarathy, the role played by Lord Krishna as the Chariot of Arjuna, the Pandava prince in the great Mahabharata war. The temple is surrounded by various myths and the sight of the temple itself is awesome and majestic. This holy temple is located on the banks of river Pampa at Aranmula Village, about 128 kilometers from Trivandrum. The temple is said to have 1700 years old. An epic is related to the evolution of the temple is as such that after gaining victory in Mahabharata war, the Pandavas continued to live and at last made Parikshit, the grandson of Arjun the king and they left for pilgrimage. On the course of their pilgrimage, each of them has installed an idol of Lord Krishna in various places. Of which, Arjun has installed the idol at a place called Nilakkal Narayanapuram which was later taken to the present place. The idol was brought here with great welcome on a boat made of  6 bamboo sticks which later evolved into the name of the village as ‘Aranmula’ meaning the 6 bamboo sticks. This day is celebrated annually but how a boat race was envisaged is a story. There are four main entrances to this temple of which one points to the Pamba River. One noticing aspect is that the door of the sanctum sanctorum will never be fully closed. It is always partially closed so as to denote the permission given by Lord Krishna to his devotee, Arjun to visit him at any time. One needs to climb many steps if they are entering from east and North of the temple. Thus getting a chance to visit the temple premises and rituals is considered sacred. Natives of Pune can enjoy the ancient art form, Arjuna Nirtham on their tour free of cost.
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Valla Sadhya or Mass Feast

This is a unique mass feast arranged by the temple authorities as an offering to the Lord and devotees can attend the feast. It is a huge celebration of the temple, conducted on the auspicious birthday of the Lord, Ashtamirohini. Have you been to Kerala during this time? Since it is a festive time, the state will glitter in joy. Although being an off-season for tourism, you can watch many tourists arriving Kerala for the exclusive watch of these festivals like boat races especially along with Athachmayam and other rituals. To attract them, more package itineraries are included this time focusing on certain tourists like people from Bangalore and Pune.  The natives of Bangalore are more inclined to the technical world but are highly religious and jovial. What they seek most is the food in Kerala; this time they can get it with more pleasure as Vallasadya is here, where devotees are fed with Kerala meal having 45 dishes. Along with a sacred delicious meal in the temple premises, it is a chance for them to enjoy the boat race. Hence, various Kerala tour packages from Bangalore with low rate are including the visit to Aranmula village during Onam season. Around one lakh people will be attending the feast and you can ask for any dish, which will be served to you. Actually, this feast is arranged specially for the participants of the boat race or the crews of Palliyodans (snake boats). The legends say that during the ancient period the rice and other agricultural products were transported by driven boats on Pampa River to the King’s palace. Once a boat carrying these products got struck on the bank of the temple. Nobody could make it move even the soldiers of the king. The king asked his astrologer upon whom it was cleared that a Brahmin family is starving during Onam and is not able to cook anything due to poverty. They have prayed to the Lord and it is the magic of the god himself who made the boat to get stuck. The king decided to give a part of the products to the family even then the boat did not move. Then on further inspection, they came to know that there are more families there who are starving. The whole product in the boat was distributed to all families. Thus after this incident, the mass feast was arranged to the devotees during Onam, never letting anyone to stay empty stomach during Onam.  The oarsmen will come in a boat to the temple and the feast is for them.
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Aranmula Boat Race

After the incident of the Brahmin family, king dedicated to conducting boat as a token of respect to the deity. For the participants of the race, it is not just the matter of competition but they are actually celebrating the anniversary of the installation of the idol in this temple. Various snake boats or more commonly the Palliyodams where decorated and is head by a chief to control the oarsmen. After the morning, rituals in the temple and seeking blessings from God each team will set for the race. A great kind of spirit is aroused in everyone when they row the boat. Even the spectators will entertain the oarsmen by singing Vanchipattu. Thousands throng the banks of the river Pamba to watch the race exclusively. Thus during seasons, by checking the Best Kerala tour packages price, it is evident that these are not just thrilling the natives but is equally influencing the travel concepts of people from different places of the world.
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Aranmula Kannadi or Mirror

One famous aspect of the village is its unique mirror named Aranmula Kannadi. Unlike other mirrors, it is made using a unique combination of an alloy of copper and tin. There are families around the temple who are expert in making these mirrors. They have been doing this work for centuries and with much perfection. According to them, any flaws in making the mirror are considered undesirable and will bring bad omen. It has no glass surface and it is really worth. Devotees used to take these homes and believe that keeping this in the home can bring prosperity. A tedious work is behind its construction.
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Your trip to this holy village will be a worthy and soon check the availability to trip Kerala during this time, enjoy the big feast and behold the energetic boat race in the river Pamba.

 

Tour to the exotic land of natural harmony – Kerala

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If you ever have dreamed of spending your vacation in the lap of the scenic beauty of nature and natural elements then Kerala to the south of India is the land you should visit. I too was a person who was deeply in love with nature and all natural elements including the historical elements that have made each place unique and important in its own ways. On 8th of July at around 8.00 am I started my journey to the gods own country, Kerala. According to plan, the destination I was to visit was Munnar the queen of hill stations, and Ernakulam the heart of Kerala. To say in specific it was not much a tiring journey from Mumbai to Kerala via flight. I reached Ernakulam international airport at 12.00pm and got a cab to check into a well-facilitated budget hotel. To find a Luxurious Hotels in Kochi, with the facilities you need at a budget price is the most difficult task. After searching for a while I finally checked into Broad Bean hotel in Ernakulam near the south railway station, it was the perfect place for me to stay in budget price and the best stay from where I can get the complete access of the city. After checking in and refreshing I had my lunch cum breakfast from the hotel. The time was just 1.00 pm so I decided to start my tour of the city from Mangalavanam literally the green lung of Kochi. Just 30 min drive from the hotel Mangalavanam is located near the Ernakulam high court. The forest is literally filled with a number of migratory birds they get highly disturbed in the presence of humans. Mangalavanam is the only green lung in the city of Kochi that offers a home to a large variety of migratory birds and mangroves. The main thing I noticed after reaching Mangalavanam is that the place is the heart of the busy city that keeps the environments and populations under control. After experiencing the diversity and a sudden difference of the environment and ecosystem inside and outside the reservoir, I headed to my next destination, Chitram Art Gallery. A few minutes’ drive from Mangalavanam the Chitram Art Gallery is located opposite Air India, M. G. Road, and Ernakulam. yearly exhibition and paintings are organized here at the time of August a large number of tourist visit the place during this time to witness the history being brought to life again through different paintings.

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The place is well known as the 1st model village to house a number of international tourists during this time of the year. My next destination according to the plan I set was to visit the M. N. F. Gallery of Paintings & Sculptures located at Edappally. I reached the place at around 5; the gallery had the original painting of recognized Indian painters in both contemporary form and of the past. The place also holds large sculptures in marble, bronze, and granite. After witnessing the rich history of Kerala I headed to the marine drive where I can spend the rest of the evening staring at the sea and the boats that arrive at the jetty. Marine drive is placed near to the Ernakulam jetty where peoples, couples, and family can spend some time in peace having the spicy Masala food kept in the stalls to the side of the walk.  Some of the main food ones could avail from the stalls is mango and pineapple mixed with spices in a way that brings water to your mouth. I sat there having the spicy food and enjoying the sun set and pleasant ambience for around an hour. At around 8 I headed to the hotel and decided to have my dinner from any of the Dhaba in Kerala from where I can have the traditional Kerala foods and the spice filled food. On my way back I got into a small road side shop and had a deliciously rich dinner of Kappa and chicken curry which was special in the shop. After having the dinner I decided to get some beauty sleep and headed to the hotel. I reached the hotel by 10.00pm, after refreshing I went straight to the bed and slept peacefully.

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Next day morning I was to head to Munnar hill stations by 9 am so I woke up the next day morning by 8 and got ready to get the train from the station nearby. After a 3-hour journey I reached Munnar hill station at 12.00 pm and checked into a Admirable Resort in Munnar.  After a quick freshen up I decided on to start exploring the land known as the queen of hill stations. The place was once the summer destination of the British officials, carpeted tea plantations, charming towns, convoluted alleys and holiday facilities make this a popular tourist destination. Munnar also has the Anamudi which is the highest peak in South India, which is an ideal spot for trekking. My first destination as set by myself was Eravikulam National Park. I reached the park at 1.00 pm; the park is the main attraction with the famous Nilgiri Tahr. The place is also home to many species of butterflies animals and plants and a perfect destination for trekking.  The park also offers a perfect view of the tea plantations and the landscapes. After a pleasant walk through the park, I set off to my next destination. Chinnakanal & Anayirangal is a place near the Munnar town, the waterfalls at the Chinnakanal is often known as the power house waterfalls, the place provides the best view of the Western Ghats. The Anayirangal is said to be the place where the elephants come to drink the water, the place offers the exotic view of the tea plantations of the land. After spending my evening in the place I decided to move on with my trip to visit the Tea Museum. Munnar is a place with its own legacy when it comes to the tea plantations. The tea museum holds artefacts, photographs, and machinery; where each has a story to tell about the origins and the development of tea plantations in the place. The tea museum is located at the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea in Munnar which is worth a visit. The watch showed 5.00 pm by the time I finished my visit to the tea plantation. My next destination was Top Station and Mattupetti after which I was planning to put an end to the trip. It was my last day in Kerala. A top station is a place 1700 m above the sea level; the place offers the visitors a scenic view of the Munnar town with its plantation and rich vegetation.  It is one of the main spots where you could find the blue flowers carpeted over the hills. After the top station, I set off to visit Mattupetty a place located 13 km from the Munnar town. It is another prime attraction for the visitors with its dam and beautiful lake. The place also offers boat rides which allow you to enjoy the scenic beauty of the landscapes. The magic clock ticked 7 by the time I finished my tour around the city and headed to the hotel.

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I packed my bag and got ready to check out of the hotel early morning, after having dinner I slept early so as to wake up early. next day early morning I had my bus from Munnar at 6.00 am and I reached Ernakulam at 9.00 am and boarded my flight at 11.00 am from the international airport and reached back to my place at  3.00 pm. Kerala is the perfect destination where any traveller can visit and enjoy the trip to the best. Stunning Resorts in Kerala offers you with the best food and hospitality of all the lands. A traveller could get everything they needed in the land in abundance.

 

Port Blair Travel Information Guide – A Heady Mixture of Nature and History

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Andaman and Nicobar islands- probably the most beautiful island on the earth, nestled in the heart of the Bay of Bengal, and a fascinating spot for the travel enthusiasts.  This archipelago truly offers a tranquil and out of the world holiday experience for any kind of travelers. The virgin beaches here are simply paradise for the honeymoon couples who head out here. The numerous small islands here offer endless sightseeing spots and countless adventure sports to indulge in.

Port Blair- the capital city of Andaman offers a wide range of tourist attractions and awe striking historical monuments. The land offers something for any kind of travelers, be it nature, history, and culture. Being the starting point of many of the Andaman trips, this boasts of plenty gorgeous places to discover. When you travel to Andaman with some Exciting Andaman tour packages offered by Andaman Great Escapes, this would be your Key pit stop, which will never go to disappoint the traveler in you.  You can simply revel in the turquoise water, have some adventure activities, or get to know the real culture and history of this place. Here are some of the best picks for your day at Port Blair.

Best time to visit- Between October and March, The land is blessed with a tropical climate all around the year, but the sightseeing and other tourist activities are not highly recommended during the monsoon season which happens between June and September. There would be many deals and offered during this offseason also.

How to reach–  You can reach the capital city of Port Blair from all the major cities of India including Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai etc.

Best stay option in Port Blair–  There are many top class resorts and hotels available in this capital city of Andaman. Some of the best picks are Seashell, Sinclairs Bayview, J hotel, fortune resort bay island, hotel Sentinel etc.

Places For History Lovers

Port Blair is home to some of the best historical places in the archipelago. Here are some of the must visit.

Cellular Jail

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This prison turned museum is one of the most important historical places in the entire archipelago, popularly renowned as Kaalapani. This place now remains as the testimonial of the freedom struggle of our freedom fighters during the colonial era.  This has become a national memorial that gives insight into the depth of the Indian freedom struggle and is one of the most important places to visit in the city of Port Blair.  As the name indicates, the architecture of this place is different to the normal solitary cells, where once our political leaders were used to get exiled and executed.

  • Entry Timings- Between 9 am and 12 pm, between 1 pm and 4 30 pm (not opened on Mondays and public holidays)
  • Entry fee- INR 10 per adults and INR 100 for taking video.
  • Main attractions- The light and sound show in the evening. During this show, you would get to known the tales of the place in perspective of a peepal tree that stood to witness all the atrocities done by the British rulers. The voice used for the Peepal tree is the legendary actor Om Puri.
  • Light and sound show time- Show in Hindi( Two Shows each day at 18:00 and 19:15), on Monday, Wednesday and Friday the second show is in English

Japanese Bunkers

This is yet another historical sight in Andaman that stood as a reminiscent of the World War second.   These were attested to a time When the islands were attempted by a siege. These can be also seen other places like Corbyn’s Cove beach and Ross Island.

Chatham Sawmill

Here you can witness the rustic beauty of the glorious pre-independence day and is a prominent place to visit apart from the usual picturesque sightseeing spots and beach destinations.  This place was built during the colonial time in 1883 and still a popular wood processor in Asia. For anyone who wishes to visit a unique place rather than the typical tourist places, this would be a good option.  You can easily club this place with your Incredible Andaman tour packages from Ahmadabad for a delightful day at the capital city.

  • Attractions- Here you can see the Japanese bomb crater which dates back to world war second, you can also shop for unique woodworks as souvenirs to take back home.
  • Entry Timings- Between 9 am and 16:00 on weekdays and Between 9:00 and 14:30 on Saturdays
  • Entry fee- INR 10 per head

Best spots for a Beach Holiday

Corbyn’s Cove Beach

For a delightful sun basking and swimming experience, head out to Corbyn’s Cove beach, which is located at a distance of 7 kilometers on the South part of the town and can be reached easily in 30 minutes. This would be a perfect spot to include in tour Port Bliar sightseeing spots, where you can spend some relaxing time among the tranquil backdrop.

Chidiya Tapu

For all bird lovers out there, this would be the perfect spot to add in your itinerary Exotic Andaman tour packages from Delhi. The place is noted for its magnificent sunset view and also offers incredible views of the coastline. You can witness more than 40 varied species of birds in here.  You can also have a picnic out at the Munda Pahar Beach near this place. Spend some leisure time on the beach enjoying the view or collect some unique shells and attractive blue corals on the beach.  You can also go for a trek up to reach Munda Pahar, which would be a pleasant retreat.

  • How to reach – The place is located at a distance of 25 kilometers from Port Blair and can be easily reached by the road in private vehicles.

Best Museums

Samudrika Marine Museum

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This is one among the famous museums in Port Blair and is the best spot for the archaeological and marine life enthusiasts.  This is a must see spot in Andaman that can be easily clubbed with your Andaman tour packages. The place is well maintained and also offer many informative pieces of information about the marine life, people here, the history of islands, archeology and so on. The place is well maintained by the Navy and exhibits a lot of crabs, fish species, sculptures and corals, the skeleton of a blue whale on entrance etc.

  • Entry Timings- Between 9:00 and 13:00 and between 14:00 and 17:00 (Tuesday to Sunday)
  • Entry fee- INR 50 per head

Anthropological Museum

This would be the perfect spot for having a look back to the world of native tribes of this archipelago. The fascinating world of the Jarawas, Nicobarese, onges, shops, Sentinelese are displayed here. This would be an informative walk through the historical and cultural artifacts of Andaman islands.  The exhibits of the murals and sculptures here offer an insight into the lifestyle of the indigenous tribes of the islands.  For every art enthusiast, this is a must seen spot in Port Bliar.  Photography is not allowed inside the place.

  • Entry timing- Between 9:00 and 1:30 and between 13:30 and 16:30 (Tuesday to Sunday)
  • Entry fee- INR 20 per head

Fisheries Museum

Here you can witness a fascinating exhibit oof the endemic marine life of the archipelago and in the Pacific region.  You can view more than 350 species of marine life in here, that are found only in this union territory. You can also indulge in many watersports at the Rajiv Gandhi water sports complex nearby this place.  You can’t click pictures inside the place.

  • Entry Timings- Between 9:00 and 16:45(Tuesday to Sunday). Not opened on second Saturdays

Zoological Survey of India Museum

This would be the absolute delight for nature lovers and stand out from the rest of the museums here. It offers a lot of zoological stuff and information for the nature enthusiasts and showcases many marine specimens, bird species, and mammals.

  • Entry Timings- Between 9:00 and 17:00 (Tuesday to Sunday )

Where to shop in Port Blair

Sagarika Emporium

This can be the best spot for a souvenir shopping experience in Andaman that is located at the heart of the city of Port Blair and should be definitely on your Best honeymoon packages for Andaman.  You can collect some of the best gifts for your friends and families from here. There are varied collections of beautiful art pieces, Bangles from coconut shells, Lampshades, murals, decorative stuff, available here reasonable rates.

Best Spots for sightseeing near Port Blair

Sippighat Agricultural farm

This fine farm that can be entitled as a mistress of spice varieties if located on the way to wandoor near Port Blair.  The place is spread over an area of more than 80 acres and is a cultivation spot for the spices. You can have delightful nature walks and witness beautiful demonstrations of farming that will fascinate you.

Mount Harriet

This is marked as the highest peak in the South Andaman and is located at a distance of 15 km from the city of Port Blair.  You can have amazing views of Ross and Havelock Islands from this peak and also there are an option to go for trekking till Madhuban through dense forests, that covers around 16 kilometers.  The backside of the Indian 20 rupee note contains a view from Mount Harriet.

Jolly Buoy and Red Skin Islands

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This would be the perfect options to include in the Andaman tour packages for all the adventure lovers out there.  The place can be easily reached from the Mahatma Gandhi National Park and boast of exquisite marine life. The Jolly Buoy Island is one among the best spot to indulge in Scuba diving in Andaman. You can also witness fascinating views of abundant corals in here by taking part in Snorkeling, glass bottom boat ride, scuba diving etc.  The best time to visit here is between December and May. The place is a no plastic area.

Wandoor and Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park

Here you can have the fascinating experience of the glass bottom boat ride, that will let you view the exquisite marine life. The place is best known for its idyllic charm and serene ambiance. Wandoor is the gateway to the Mahatma Gandhi National park which is aimed at protecting the marine life of the archipelago.  You can enjoy some of the best water sports in Andaman in here including snorkeling, scuba diving etc.  The glass bottom rides are available from Jolly buoy up to red skin islands.There are Amazing Andaman tour packages from Hyderabad, Bangalore, and all other major parts of the country are available, which will let you have a complete hassle free travel by taking care of all your travel amenities. There are also shipping services available to reach here from Chennai, Kolkata etc.

For Island Hopping Near Port Blair

For island hopping near the capital city, the best picks would be a North Bay Island, Ross Island, and Viper Island, which are all located few miles within the capital city and can be easily clubbed together and cover in one day.  The orcs Island can be described as the absolute ghost town in the archipelago. This place boasts of the ancient glory and you can still the reminiscent artifacts like a graveyard, ruined church and many other buildings in European style. The place was then served as the headquarters for the British and now offer as a prominent tourist attraction in Andaman.

For all the water babies out there, the North Bay island would you perfect hideout place, You can explore many unique corals and relive in the panoramic natural settings here. The most practiced activities here include scuba diving and snorkeling.

Viper Island holds some historical importance, as during British era the women prisoners were kept here. This is yet another must see a spot near Port Blair.

Andaman holds a lot of other sightseeing spots, secluded getaways, thrilling activities for all kind of visitors.  People from all over the world come here to experience different things. Some search for adventure when some to get insight about the unique marine life and tribal communities. Whatever your interest are this paradise of an island would never cease to entice you with its treasures.

Some Serene Places to Visit Near Wayanad on a Refreshing Kerala Trip

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Comparing to the Northern part of India, South India is really vibrant and charming and there are many enchanting hideout places that are blessed by the vastness of the Western Ghats. Wayanad is one such places in Kerala, where you can find some of the greenest parts and most vibrant holiday spots, which can be easily clubbed with Stunning Kerala tour packages with price, that are offered by many recognized tour operators like Seasonz India Holidays, to provide the travel enthusiasts a completely hassle free travel.  There are many hidden gems of green paradises near Wayanad that you may even have not heard of yet.  Madikeri, Nilgiris, Kannur, Bandipur, Kozhikode are some of those places that encompass the spectacular views of nature and can be a real paradise for nature enthusiasts. All these destinations are easily reachable from Wayanad within a 150 km range, which will take the only maximum up to 4 hours to cover. Here are some of the best picks. These would be the perfect spots for an unplanned trip, which are tucked in the Western Ghats.

Thusharagiri Waterfalls- Calicut

How to reach

By road- 49 km from Wayanad

Duration of trip- 1.5 hr

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This mystic waterfall in Kozhikode where you can listen to the whistling of the woods holds some of the most scenic environs in the Western Ghats. The Chalippuzha river is what separate into this gushing currents and as the name indicates, the nearby Thusahragiri mist covered mountains, is another fascinating spot to witness.

The trek up to reach here can be exciting for you. As you enter the forest region you would see the Mazhavil Chatham falls, Erattumukku falls and the Thanni Muthassi, lie within a 500 m range. All these surrounding places are rich in bio-diversity where you can witness exotic flora and fauna. These are one among the lesser known falls near Wayanad, which can easily combine with the itinerary with Kerala tour packages.

You can trek up into the woods to reach the falls, and the nearest town is Kidenchery which is located at a distance of 11 km.

Nearby attractions- Kozhikode Backwaters, Lokanarkavu Temple, Kappad beach, Kadalundi bird sanctuary, Beypore beach, Thamarassery churam.

Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary- Kodagu

Distance- 50 km from Wayanad

Duration of trip-1.5 hr

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This would be your perfect one-day trip spot near Wayanad.  During your Kerala trip, plan a one-day picnic to the scenic Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary in Kodagu, which is yet another lesser known exotic place to visit near Wayanad.  This would be an idyllic spot to explore with friends or for a picnic day with your family. The sanctuary offers rich biodiversity and many verdant peaks that offer amazing views. The place is located at a height of 1607 m above the sea level and the park is one of the highest points in the sanctuary.  The place is also perfect for trekking.

Brahmagiri is more like a border between Karnataka and Kerala and the trek to reach here can start from Thirunelli, but you need permission from the forest officer before beginning the trek.

Best time to visit- Between December and February

Nearby attractions- Iruppu falls, Thirunelli temple, Pakshipathalam

Vavul Mala and Vellarimala- Kozhikode

Distance- 61 km from Wayanad

Duration- 2 hr

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To sweep into the wilderness add these place with your Kerala tour packages from Bangalore and other cities. This place is also known as one of the toughest treks in the entire South India and yet another hidden spot near Wayanad.  You would feel the sounds and smell of nature and the crisp mountain air piercing your senses as you trek along the mountains.

You can start the trek from the Muthappanpuzha village nearby which is situated at a distance of 4 km away from Kozhikode. This place can be easily reached via Thamarassery churam.  The route will also let you savor amazing views of deep forests and landscapes. This would be an ideal pick for camping with a group and an adventure trek.

Nearby attractions- Damodaran Kolli, Olichuchattam Falls

Aralam wildlife sanctuary- Kannur

Distance- 63 km from Wayanad

Duration- 2 hrs

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This scenic place located in Kannur is best to witness the unspoiled scenic beauty and lush green grasslands.  This Western slope of Ghats spreads across and area of 55 square kilometers and yet another best hideout spot to visit near Wayanad and can be a perfect pick for your ultimate bucket list. The sanctuary is home to some exquisite flora and fauna and also some semi-evergreen forests. You can spot, sambar, gaur, elephants, barking deer, spotted deer, Malabar giant squirrel and so many distinctive species in these premises. The sanctuary’s highest peak is the Katti Betta which is situated at a height of 1145 m.

The nearest town from here is Iritty which is located at a distance of 5 km and can easily access by private vehicles or bus.

Entry Timings- Between 8 am and 8 pm

Entry fee- INR 15 per adult

Extra payments- For vehicle INR 75, for camera INR 25. For guide INR 300

Bandipur national park

Distance – 83 km from Wayanad

Duration of trip- 2 hrs

To spend a day amidst of the best of Nilgiris, head out to Bandipur.

Ideal time to visit- Between October and May

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Bandipur Park is one of the fine places to visit close to Wayanad. The park location is known for the presence of large cats and elephants inside the huge wooded region cover that runs over a place of 874 so. Km. placed along the Mysore – Ooty highway within the Western Ghats, the sanctuary is an incredible weekend break out amid the enforcing presence of mountains and wealthy greenery.

Collectively with the Mudumalai herbal International Sanctuary, Wayanad herbal global Sanctuary, and Nagarhole Countrywide Park, it creates the most important biosphere reserve in India also known as the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Skip around the multitude of teak and sandalwood wooden look ahead to you in the midst of breathtaking natural beauty. And it’s truly a couple of hour’s power from Wayanad. Don’t tell me you haven’t started out making plans a ride to Bandipur for the upcoming weekend already!

Things that makes the hill stations of Kerala so alluring

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Kerala is home to some most alluring hill stations, there are some warm things about those spots that stir up a nostalgic feeling. Most of the tourists who visit here all around the year with some Enthralling Kerala trip packages, that are offered by major tour operators like Holiday Mango Travel, prefer to visit these hill spots than any other.  There are many towns that reside among the enthralling hill station of Kerala, most of them are alluring to the tourist mainly because of the pretty cool climate there all around the year. Some of these hill stations were serving as the summer capitals in those colonial era, and you can still witness the influence of European and British architectural style in the buildings here. Having endless sightseeing options, these places are becoming honeymooners paradise over the past years.  Munnar is one such places.  This idyllic, picturesque spot was once the summer resort for the British and it still retains some of its old charms. All of these quaint towns have developed character sets which make them stand out from the rest of the places in Kerala. Here are some quintessential things that you can only find in such hill stations.

The best chai and corn to snack on

The best chai and corn to snack on

One of the most common scenes you would find in such hill stations are the chai wallas and snack stalls almost in every nook and corner of the place. You can stop anywhere to have some hot momos enjoying the stunning views nearby and also a cozy cup of hot coffee in the cafe joints here. Since most of the hill stations in Kerala like Munnar has some of the best tea and coffee plantations, you can have the best hot drinks in the world in such places.

Water is the way of life here

Water is the way of life here

Another most attractive feature of these hill stations are the plentiful water resources. In most of the hill towns, you can find the buzzing tourist activities are taking around these water bodies, streams, lakes, waterfalls etc. The places like Munnar and Wayanad in Kerala have some of the most attractive waterfalls in the entire state, which you can easily add on your itinerary with Best Kerala tour packages.

Europeane cottage houses

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Another interesting thing about visiting such alluring hill stations of Kerala is the unique architecture of the households and other buildings here. The big and small houses with tapering roofs that are mad to prevent the formulation of waters from sliding past and thus providing water proofing all around the year.

The old age convents and elite schools

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Most of the top international schools, as well as the elite boarding schools and convents, are found in the hill towns and valleys. Most of these were established during the British time in Kerala.

You might run into animals

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You will have encounters with all sorts of animals. Both domestic and wild animals when you are on the road or even the place of your stay. They freely stroll in their hills.

Horse rising

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Riding the ponies is one of the most common found activities to do in the hill stations, even if you don’t have any experience riding a horse, you can get to ride plenty of ponies here. The housekeepers will help you ride safely and will accompany till you are back on foot.

Exotic flora and fauna

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The wild shrubs that are bloomed into some beautiful flowers is a pleasing treat to the eyes. Most of the were here are grow to most beautiful blossoms in the picturesque backdrop and nature thus gets greener. Even when you ride past through the roads you will get mesmerized with the glimpses of those green pastures and forests.

Waking up to nature

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Hill stations are some of the best places to have a cozy stay on your vacation. What better than to wake up to those misty mornings and enjoy the mystery sunset view?The most fill everywhere and even simply walking among the pathways enjoying the cool weather will make your day.

Games hubs everywhere

Most of the hill stations are well equipped with modern amenities and entertainment options since they are emerging as most sought after tourist spots also.

Colonial touch

Most of the secret routes and hill station hubs were founded by the rulers in British era and you can still witness the traces of region of colonial raj in the way people are living here.

Chocolates and the baked splendors

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You can get some fresh chocolates and mouth watering baked delicacies all around the place, there are many such tools that would capture a foodie’s, heart.

The zigzag roads

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The drive to reach here itself would be the wonderful treat to the eyes. The zigzag road and the hairpin bend all adds to the adventure factor of the trip.

Rain can be unpredictable

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Do not forget to pack your umbrellas, since the rain and sun scenes are quite unpredictable in these areas.

Best squash, jams, and juices

The hill stations hold some of the best organic and dairy farms. A Much unique variety of fruits and vegetables are cultivated here which make it possible to savor some best juices, jam, and squashes during your Kerala trip.

The places are always tidy and clean

Being one of the busiest tourist places, the locals and the authorities make it to the point to keep these places unfailingly clean and tidy, at least cleaner compared to other major tourist hubs in here.

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The hill stations of Kerala can be the paradise for any kind of travelers which are the greenish part of the majestic Western Ghats.  These serene and mystical spots can be the ideal pick for your Kerala trip packages. Ven though the concept of hill stations was first made by the British, there are plenty of factors adding some nostalgic feeling to these mystery spots. There are plenty of options for sightseeing, entertainment, viewpoints and many adventure activities to indulge in these places to make your holidays more special and memorable.