Offbeat travel destinations of Kerala a perfect spot for an effortless and cost-effective trip

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Blessed with hill stations, valleys, wildlife destinations, waterfall destinations and a number of such attractions Kerala to the south is one of the fascinating tourist destinations. The place mostly attracts the attention of the travellers to a greater extent with the rich greenery and the number of natural resources that the state holds in. The climatic condition of the state which stays moderate throughout the year is one other thing that grabs the attention of the travellers. Even after being a state with so much of potential in travel and tourism most of the travellers touring to Kerala find it difficult to explore some of the best travel destinations due to the high travel cost in the areas.  This is true to an extent too most of the travel operators in Kerala charges a very high price for tour packages organised to well-known travel destinations of Kerala like the hill stations of Munnar, Idukki, Wayanad and more. The prices would be even higher during the top seasons which would be unacceptable by most of the domestic travellers. This is one main element that affects the growth of tourism in Kerala. But the state, being located closer to the Western Ghats houses a number of fascinating offbeat travel destinations with heart-warming beauty. With a cool climate and rich natural beauty, most of these offbeat travel destinations of Kerala are best options for budget travel trips to the south. Listed below are some of the best offbeat travel destinations in Kerala that tourists could explore under very cheap and affordable travel rates.

Ponmudi

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Located at a distance of about 61 km from the capital city of Trivandrum, Ponmudi is one of the best offbeat travel destinations in Kerala to the Western Ghats. One main attraction of the hills is its location which is very remote and is perfect for a nature escape from the loud polluted city. This is one main reason for the place to be included in the budget and cost-effective packages organised to the south. The place could be explained as one of the best hill stations to the south with rich green mountains, hills and valleys. With a number of small brooks and rivers, colourful mountain flowers and rare collection of birds and butterflies, Ponmudi is one best destination for trekking and a number of other adventures. With a number of fascinating and aromatic tea plantations, waterfalls and hills the place is one best destination for travellers who would love to enjoy a mountain life.

Best attractions near Ponmudi

  •         Golden Valley: A beauteous spot near Ponmudi with the fascinating beauty of golden sand, crystal clear water and rich green valley which is an ideal spot to relax.
  •         Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary: located near the Peppara Dam on the Karamana River the wildlife destination is known to house rich flora and fauna.
  •         Mini Zoo: Located at an easy reach distance from Ponmudi, this zoo is known to house a large number of Barasinghas which is one of the main attractions in the land.

Nelliyampathy

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Filled with all the beauty of nature, Nelliyampathy is a fascinating offbeat destination located at a distance of about 60 kilometres from Palakkad. Plantations are one of the main attractions in the land. The place houses some of the best plantations in the land which includes orange cultivation, tea gardens and bio-farming.  Travellers from different parts of the world visit this destination not just to enjoy the beauty of the place and the climate but also due to the low travel cost. Most of the travel operators like Dream Holiday offers the tourist with cheap tour packages to this fascinating hill station in Kerala with an aim to promote tourism in the land. In addition, a number of adventure packages are also offered to the land. Being a place located to the hill station the place offers a number if adventures like trekking, camping, boating and tea plantation visits and more making the place a perfect destination for adventure lovers.

Best attractions near Ponmudi

  •         Nenmara: A fascinating village located at a distance of about 25 kilometres. The village is famous for the Nemmara-Vallangi Vela festival.
  •         Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary: Located at a distance of about 18 kilometres away from Nelliyampathy this rich wildlife sanctuary is blessed with exotic flora and fauna.
  •         Nelliyampathy Hills: Offering the travellers with a fascinating view of coffee, tea, orange and cardamom plantations at these hills is one main attraction of the place which is almost 2 kilometres from the city.
  •         Padagiri: Standing at a height of around 1500 meters above the sea level Padagiri is the tallest peak of Nelliyampathy Hills which is located approximately 3 kilometres away from the city.
  •         Raja’s Cliff: The cliff is one of the best spots where one could enjoy the splendid views of rich flora, fauna and awe-inspiring landscapes. Located at a distance of about 8 kilometres away from Nelliyampathy, the Raja’s Cliff lies at an altitude of almost 5250 feet above sea level. The place offers the travellers with the marvellous view of reservoirs, waterfalls, mountain ranges and forests from this spot.
  •         Palagapandi Estate: The estate holds in a charming colonial Bungalow which is one of the most beautiful spots in Nelliyampathy.
  •         Malampuzha Gardens: A literal paradise for children, the garden located nearly 33 km from Nelliyampathy is a must visit picnic spot. The children’s park, aquarium, mini zoo and toy rain are all the best things that attract the travellers mostly families to the place.

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Most of the offbeat travel destinations in Kerala offer cheap and affordable packages due to its less popularity. With an effort to make these offbeat travel destinations of Kerala known among the international travellers the state government have introduced a number of travel packages and projects to make the travel to these destinations cheap and more facilitated. In addition, a number of accommodation facilities under cheap rates were also introduced and set up to attract the attention of the travellers to the place. One of the main aims of the projects was to grab the attention of the travellers to the offbeat travel destinations of the state and to make the place known to the travellers by offering them with some of the best attractions in the place and best-facilitated stay under cheap and affordable cost. With beautiful wildlife destinations, attractions and fascinating climate the offbeat travel destinations in Kerala are one of the best spots for an effortless and cost-effective trip to the south.

Honeymoon in Paradise Where Vegetation Build in a Different World

Jaipur
Jaipur

Have you ever been to Jaipur? It is one of the most beautiful lands filled with a number of historical monuments and destinations with unique stories to narrate of the land. It’s after my marriage that I first came to this beautiful place, the only thing that Jaipur lacked was greenery and vegetation which I missed the most. It was our first anniversary on the 3rd of November when we planned a trip to enjoy our second honeymoon. Living in Jaipur which is a dry city for a whole year all I missed was forest, mountains, waterfalls, and greenery. So we planned a trip one such destination with all the natural beauty, Kerala.

cochin international airport
cochin international airport

On the 3rd of November, Allen availed the Best Jaipur to Kerala tour packages which were offered by Holiday mango travel and scheduled to the 5th of November. As our flight was scheduled at 5 am early morning we finished our packing and other preparations by 4th evening. We reached the airport by 3 am where we met with the tour operators in Jaipur who handed us the tickets and helped us in boarding the flight. After travelling for around 5 hours we finally reached the Cochin international airport by 10 am. We were received by the travel operators in Kochi and they helped us greatly with the luggage, the cab and the hotel. According to our second honeymoon plan, we were to explore the destinations in Kochi by staying in the place for 1 night and 2 days.  So our destination was Kochi were we reached, from the Cochin international airport we were taken to the hotel which was ready and waiting for our arrival. We reached the hotel at Kochi by 11 am, after finishing the check-in formalities we entered our room by 11.30. It was already noon and so we decided to have the lunch from the restaurant in the hotel.After refreshing and having the lunch we started with our tour by 12.30pm, as we reached the parking area of the hotel we were given the program chart for the day.

Mangalavanam
Mangalavanam

According to the chart, the destinations we had for the day included Mangalavanam which was our first destination followed by Kodanadu Elephant Training Centre and Marine Drive. The trip for the day would end with the sunset at Marine Drive. We started our trip for the day to our first destination Mangalavanam. Located in the centre of Kochi the eco-tourist sport was around 30 min drives from our hotel. We reached the place by 1.00pm. Mangalavanam could be best explained as an alien place within the city of Kochi as the place holds in an environment and ambience which is entirely different from that surrounding it. Located in the busy city the place is one of the most peaceful destinations in Kochi which houses a wide range of migratory birds which are very sensitive to human voices. One of the main attractions of the place is the thick mangroves which add up to the beauty of the place. Living in Jaipur for so long the place with wide range of animals, mostly birds and the thick mangrove vegetation seems more like an alien planet to me. The place could be considered as one of the best honeymoon destination in Kochi where you could spend some peaceful and romantic moments with the one you love. After enjoying the nature and its beauty we decided to move on with the tour as per the plan.

Kodanad
Kodanad Elephant Training Centre

Our next destination was Kodanadu Elephant Training Centre which was located about 1 hr from the city. After the long drive, we reached the place by 3.00pm. Kodanadu Elephant Training Centre is a well-known destination among most over-sea travellers who love nature and the wild. The place is known to house a number of elephants of different age and size which attracts the travellers the most. Special arrangements are made for the visitors to play and spend time with the elephants in the river. We saw a number of baby elephants which raised their trunk as they saw us coming towards them after pampering the babies for a while and clicking their picks we moved on to the river to enjoy a bath in the waters. After playing and spending some beautifully romantic moments in the waters we decided to get to our next destination as the sun was coming down.

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Marine Drive

We reached back to the main city by 4.45 pm and were taken to the Marine Drive which was at a short distance from the city. We reached the Marine Drive by 5 when the sky was reddish and the birds flying back home. Both the sides of the pathways were mostly occupied with small shops with ice creams and other things, we bought ice-creams to wail away the time. The sunset of the place was never like the one we used to see in Jaipur. As the place was mostly filled with monuments and buildings to see a perfect sunset as that we enjoyed in the place was never possible back in Jaipur. The drive was one of the best destinations for couples and honeymooners where they could spend an evening seeing the beauty of the setting sun. After enjoying the sunset we headed back to the hotel by 8 pm and reached the room by 8.30pm. After the long day, we decided to freshen up and have the dinner. We reached the dining after refreshing by 9.30 and after dinner slept off as we had a long day ahead.

Fortkochi, Chines net
Fortkochi, Chines net

The next day we woke up by 8 and after refreshing and having the complimentary breakfast we checked out of the hotel by 11 am. As we entered the cab we were given the tour plan for the day. According to the plan for the day we were to visit fort Kochi and then back to the Kochi international airport by evening as our return flight was scheduled for 10 pm. from Kochi, we reached Fort Kochi enjoying a boat ride by 12 pm. The Chinese fishing nets were the main thing that welcomed us to Fort Kochi. Even though we have heard of the beauty of the fishing nets in Kochi a number of times, being in Jaipur, we never had a chance to experience the feel in person. Finally, it was during our second honeymoon that we get an opportunity to witness the beautiful sight.  Fort Kochi is a destination with a number attractions and history that is attached to the place.

Inside St. Francis' Church
St Francis Church

After reaching fort Kochi the first destination that we visited was The St. Francis Church. The church which was built in the year 1503 is a well-known destination for the beautiful architecture the place holds and is believed to be one of the oldest European built church in the country. The architectures of the place are one of the main attractions of the church. After spending a while in the place we decided to visit The Indo-Portuguese Museum, which is located within the premises of the bishop’s house. One of the main attractions of the place is its exhibits which belong to different churches. The museum houses the true heritage of Indo-Portuguese culture and tradition. Some of the most valuable treasures which are exhibited in the place include collections of the Civil Life, Treasure, Altar, Procession and Cathedral.

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Fort Immanuel

After enjoying and exploring the rich heritage of the museum we decided to visit the Fort Immanuel. The fort was built in the 1500’s by the Portuguese soon after their invasion of the land. The place narrates the rich historic story of the Portuguese invasion and the Dutch invasion. The fort was destroyed by the Dutch when they first arrived in Kerala. Now it is just the remains of the fort that one can see in the place. Some relics are preserved in the basement of the Indo-Portuguese museum. By the time we explored these destinations the watch showed the time 6 pm. by 6.30 we reached the boat jetty and back to the Kochi city by 7 pm. After an hour ride we reached back to the Cochin international airport by 8.00pm and back to our home after another 5-hour flight by 3 am the next day.
The days we spend in Kochi as our second honeymoon was the best days of my life. Busy with job ad tight schedules even Allen didn’t have enough time spent with the family or me this was the best opportunity for me to enjoy some alone time with the one I love.

Kerala is undoubtedly the best destination for couples and honeymooners. The greenery and the beauty of the destinations are the best places where couples could spend some privet moments with each other in the lap of nature. The package we choose was the best for our second honeymoon, couples or honeymooners who wish to explore the beauty of the best exotic destinations in Kerala could avail the Best honeymoon packages which they think is the best for them. Couples can even choose the destinations they wish to visit in the land. With innumerable hill stations and mountain ranges, Kerala is one of the only destinations in India where couples could enjoy their days in the misty hills rich in greenery.