A Honeymoon Trip to Kerala Exploring the Best Treasures of the Land

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A beautiful climate, scenic view, picturesque scenery, and a romantic ambiance is all that a newlywed couple needs when it comes to a honeymoon trip. Apart from organizing a trip, it is mostly the selection of the travel destination that leaves the honeymoon couples in uncertainty. But the things were a bit different in my case; we had a very clear idea of the selection of the travel destinations for our honeymoon trip but were uncertain of the selection of travel operators. When it comes to the selection of a honeymoon destination with a beautiful climate, scenic view, picturesque scenery, and a romantic ambiance, Kerala to the south have always topped the list and thus our travel destination was already fixed. It was after searching for a while that we finally decided out travel operators which were  Dream Holidays who offered us a honeymoon tour package to Kerala in a budget price including all the destinations we like to enjoy and a number of activities that we like to get indulged in while enjoying our honeymoon in Kerala. Our honeymoon trip was organized to be on the 25th of November, as the travel package that we chose did not include the flight tickets from our hometown to the Trivandrum international airport we were all on our own until we reached the capital city. After checking out of the airport, we met the travel operators who then introduced us to the guide who was to accompany us throughout the honeymoon trip. After reaching Trivandrum we first decided to check-in to the hotel then take some rest and then start the honeymoon trip at the place.

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Our honeymoon trip included some of the best travel destinations in the state which starts from the capital city of the state which is Trivandrum. The honeymoon itinerary that was prepared for us started from Trivandrum from where we travel to Alleppey by road the next day, after being at Alleppey for a day we move to our next travel destination which is Kochi where we visit the Athirapilly Waterfalls, after spending a day in Kochi we move to our last travel destination which is Kozhikode from where we take the flight back to our hometown. Explaining our whole honeymoon trip is something very hectic and so given below are the travel destinations that we explored in our honeymoon and some of the best things about the place.

Thiruvananthapuram

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Being the capital city of the state, this place can’t be avoided during a honeymoon trip to Kerala. Mahatma Gandhi called this place as the Evergreen City of India. Kovalam beach and Varkala beach, two of the most wonderful beaches in Kerala are located in Thiruvananthapuram which is a must-visit spot for the honeymoon couples traveling to Trivandrum. The tourist and the travelers tripping to Kovalam will be surprised to see the beautiful alignment of coconut trees here. There are many other beaches in Thiruvananthapuram which makes this place a heaven for travelers. In addition, the city offers the travelers with the cheapest accommodation as well as tour packages. One of the richest temples in the world Shree Padmanabha Swami temple is an additional asset to Trivandrum. Agasthyamala, Ponmudi hills, Poovar are other major sports in Trivandrum.

Alleppey

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Alleppey was our 2nd travel destination on our honeymoon trip in Kerala. The drive from Trivandrum to Alleppey is about 4 hrs which were actually long and a bit hectic. When it comes to the unique travel attractions in Kerala, the backwaters of Alleppey would top the list. The place is one of the must-visit travel destinations in Kerala for all the honeymooners touring to the state. It is mostly nature, the greenery, the complex inland waters, and the backwater industries in the land that attracts and entertains the travelers to a greater extent. The backwater cuisines and the houseboat servicing in the land add to the experiences that any travelers could enjoy in the land. The backwater village life, the backwater tours are all an added charm to the travel attractions in Alleppey.

Kochi

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Located to the heart of Kerala, Kochi is one the busiest port city in Kerala, that holds within a number of hidden destinations with natural beauty and charm which attracts the attention of the honeymoon travelers to a greater extent. Traveling from Alleppey to Kochi will just take time duration of 1.30 hrs. The place holds in a number of best travel attractions which holds in nature, beauty and historic attractions like the Mangalavanam bird sanctuary, the hill palace museum, the mine drive, the Fort Kochi beach and much more. Kochi holds within a number of attractions which could fascinate and attract all the honeymoon couples and the travelers touring. Kochi, being the heart of the state the place even after being one of the best metropolitan cities is one of the best demanding when it comes to the travel destinations in Kerala. The pace is one of the best options for travelers who are in search of a blend of nature and historic beauty.

Athirapilly Waterfalls

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Kerala is gifted with one of the most beautiful waterfalls of the entire country, Athirapilly Waterfalls. Located in the Athirapilly Taluk of Thrissur district, this waterfall is one of the largest in the state. The place holds in such visual beauty that it has to be enjoyed at least once in your lifetime. While tripping through the wildlife destinations in Athirapilly you can spot a great variety of animal species. A visit to the falls would be one of the best parts of the honeymoon trip to Kerala; in addition, you get to explore the Vazhachal waterfalls, during your trip to Athirapilly. Tourism promotion council of Thrissur District have arranged jungle safari trips too. This majestic waterfall has also been the location for various Malayalam movies and is still a favorite spot for the filmmakers.

Beypore

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 Located in the district of Kozhikode, mostly referred to as the ship Building paradise of Kerala by the locals in the area, Beypore has been the honeymooner’s favorite spot. The Arabian transportation vessel or better known as Uru is one of the topmost attractions of this place. For all the nature lovers and birdwatchers, the Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary would be one of another attraction that travelers and honeymooners visiting Kozhikode could explore. Apart from the beauty of nature and the wild, the other attraction that Kozhikode holds within is the cuisine that the place offers. Most of the honeymooners and travelers visiting Beypore mostly fascinated by the Malabar cuisine that the place offers than the beauty and the charm of the travel destinations in the land. Offering the travelers and the tourist with the best of cuisine and travel attractions the place is yet another must-visit spot in most of the tour packages organized to Kerala.

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 Exploring Kerala is one of the best adventures that any traveler touring to the southern part of India can enjoy. Our honeymoon trip in Kerala came to an after exploring some of the best travel destinations in Kozhikode, after which we took our flight from the Kozhikode airport to our hometown. Our honeymoon in Kerala was worthy in all ways as the trip offered us with the best experience letting us explore all the attractions and wonders in the land and also allowed us to indulge in a few adventure activities. Holding the beauty, the charm and the vibrancy of tradition and history Kerala is a true paradise for travelers.

The Ravishing Paths of Kerala that are Less Trodden

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Kerala is not just about Munnar and Alappuzha alone. There are loads of tourist spots in Kerala other than what you usually see in websites and pictures. If you really research into the tourist destinations of Kerala you will be amazed to find out that the state is way more than you actually see. There is an endless list of destinations that have a great potential to be popular all over the world as a tourist destination. It is more fun exploring the unexplored and untrodden paths. Travelling becomes more meaningful when you take a different turn and find undiscovered paths to true bliss. But there are very few travel planners that offer packages to offbeat destinations in Kerala. Well, you don’t have to worry. You can always avail for customized travel packages to Kerala. Travel planners like SeasonzIndia Holidays offer customized tour packages to Kerala at prices that are quite affordable. Anyway, do make it a priority next time to visit ravishing offbeat destinations of this state which has been blessed abundantly by nature. Here is a list of the most loved offbeat destinations in Kerala where you will be able to spend cherishable moments with your loved ones.
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Illikal Kalu: Illikal Kalu is one of the most amazing tourist destinations, not just in Kottayam but the entire state of Kerala. If adventure is what you love, then you should definitely give this place a try. It is literally a gem of Kottayam and the dream of explorers. The peak is set at a height of 3400 ft above sea level and is considered the highest peak in the Western Ghats. A long winding road leads to Illikal Kalu and in order to reach the destination you will have to trek another 3 km. This place is the abode of tranquility. The distant skies suddenly seem closer adorned by a slight cover of mist displaying a tinge of blue and grey as though God himself rubbed the colors vaguely on his canvas, which is the sky. You simply can’t miss a beautiful place such as this. You can reach Illikal by the Pala-Erattupeta- Thekkoya- Adukkom route. Once you reach the stop you will have to hire a private vehicle to reach Illikal Kalu. Illikal Kalu basically consists of three peculiar shaped hills. The hill named Kuda Kalu ( it is named so due to its shape which resembles a huge mushroom) is very famous for the medicinal herb called Neela koduveli which grows on this hill. The Neela Koduveli which is a blue color flower is said to have high medicinal values. Many people have come in search of Neela Koduveli in the past to attain supernatural powers. There have been films made based on the supernatural powers of Neela Koduveli. But whether this saying is true or not is yet to be found out. The second hill also called Koonu Kallu due to the presence of little hunches on its sides also houses a bridge called ‘Narakapalam’ (meaning ‘bridge to hell’ in the native language), near it. In order to reach this particular hill, you will have to cross the Narakapalam. It is always advisable to be extra cautious when trodding through the bridge as it is very slippery and could lead to accidents. Though challenging the experience will be one of a kind that will gift your memories to be cherished dearly for an entire lifetime. Illikal Kalu not only gives you a travelling experience but also a rejuvenated state of mind!
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Chempara Peak: Chempara Peak is situated amidst the Western Ghats and is the highest peak in the district of Wayanad. The Chempara Peak is situated 8 km south of the town of Kalpetta in Wayanad. One can reach the hills only by foot and by no other means. You will have to walk almost 5 km from a tiny town called Meppady till you reach the peak. But in order to trek, you will have to get the permission of the forest authority. On the way to the peak, you will be greeted by some very stunning views. The most attractive feature is a naturally formed heart-shaped lake that is such a splendid sight that will blow your mind. You can also avail for necessary provisions for trekking from the forest office in Meppady. Do not miss visiting Chempara Peak, the experience is going to be a very beautiful one.
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Kumarakom: Did you know that India’s longest lake was in Kerala? Vembanadu Lake is situated in Kerala and spreads towards 3 districts in the state namely; Alappuzha, Ernakulam and Kottayam. Kumarakom is a village located in the Kottayam district and borders the Vembanadu Lake. The village of Kumarakom is blessed abundantly by Nature. This village is full of life and luscious greenery. It houses a variety of flora and fauna. The famous Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, which spreads up to 14 hectares of land, is home to various migratory birds like the Siberian stork and wild duck. One can also get a chance to see birds like the waterfowls, darters, herons and cuckoos. The Vembanadu Lake also houses a rich thriving marine life that consists of fishes like pearl spots, tiger prawns and other varieties of prawns. Kumarakom should not be missed at all, if you do then you are sure to regret it. The happening village is adorned by luscious greenery from the swaying paddy fields, the golden sun reflected on the rippling waves of Vembanadu Lake and the sprawling coconut groves. Kumarakom is one of the favorite honeymoon spots in Kerala. There are many travel planners in Kerala who offer honeymoon packages to Kumarakom alone. So, one can imagine the popularity of Kumarakom among st honeymooners. If you have recently entered wedlock, then Kumarakom would definitely be one of the best places to visit. You will be completely mesmerized by the natural beauty of this little village. You should make sure that you add this wonderful village into your travel itinerary.

A Family Trip Exploring the Raging Metropolitan City and the Queen of Hill Stations

 

kerlatourpackagesNature heals, yes its true nature holds within all the potential to heal a broken person. Here I am not talking about the Ayurvedic elements or the medical phase of nature or the world. The idea is very simple you travel around different places with natural beauty and freshness mostly so that you can escape from the reality or heal yourself from the pressure and the mental traumas that you have been through for the last many years. In my case the travel was not alone; I was travelling with my daughter to her favorite travel destination Kerala. Located to the southernmost end of India, Kerala is one of the most fab travel destinations that are filled with the goodness of nature and wild. The place holds within a number of best attractions and unique elements that makes the place one of the favorites for nature lovers and admirers. It was a year after the death of my husband that I and my daughter planned a Kerala trip. It was not our first visit to the land, we have been to the place a number of times before with my husband, and this trip was to recollect all the good memories we had of the place. Kerala is one of the best family travel destinations have always offered us the best family experience every time we visited the place. We mostly used to avail the tour package to Kerala that was organised by a travel operator names Gogeo holidays functioning in the land. But this time it was just the both of us and thus we decided to travel on our own more over we knew some of the best places to stay and the modes to reach to the place that we were to explore.

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As per our plan, this family trip was organised with an itinerary which included Munnar as one of the main travel destination and Kochi as one of the stop-over destinations. We flagged off the trip on the 13th of November by around 8 am. After a long flight, we finally reached the Kochi international airport by around 12 am which was literally noon. As out a first place to explore was Kochi and as it was a stop-over destination I was completely fine with a landing at the place by noon. After getting the luggage from the airport the first thing that both of us look for was a cab and for our luck, we had a cab waiting in the stand. It was on our way to Kochi that the thought of getting an accommodation crossed my mind. As our last family trip was organised by travel operator we need not bather of the accommodation and such as the complete accommodation part was handled by the travel operators but this time as we were not accompanied by a travel operator it was my responsibility to looking for a decent budget accommodation. The last time I visited Kochi with my family, we stayed in a hotel named broad bean which offered us decent accommodation at a pocket-friendly rate so this time I asked the driver to take us to the same hotel. By around 12.45 pm we reached the hotel, after completing the check-in formality at the hotel we decided to take a small power nap as the both of us were really tired from the travel.

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Later we woke up by around 3.30 pm with the alarm sound that my daughter set in my phone. By around 4 pm after having the tea from the hotel we moved on to explore some of the nearby travel destinations. As the hotel was located in the center of the city most of the travel destinations where close by. The first destination that we explored at Kochi was the Mangalavanam bird sanctuary. Located to the center of the city within the high court premises, the place was one of the best destinations where one could spot nature at its best. The place was mostly filled with mangrove plantations and thus gave an ambiance of a forest. The place was mostly filled with birds which are migratory. And thus it becomes one of the literal paradises for bird watchers. One of the other attractions in the place was the tree house from where you get to enjoy the best view of the forest and the plantations and the lake nearby. The place was one of the best spots where families could spend a refreshing and happening moment. After being at the place for a while we moved on to our next travel spot which was the marine drive. Like Mumbai Kochi too had its own marine drive that offered the travelers with the best view of the sea. One could see the beauty of the sea and the Chinese fishing nets in the area which is a sight worth enjoying. You could notice that it is mostly families that arrive at the place as you get to enjoy one of the best evenings seeing the sunset and tasting the roadside food in the area. Like all the others we too enjoyed a refreshing sunset in the place and then got back to the hotel after having the dinner from a restaurant on the way.

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The next day morning we were woken up by the reminder call that we asked for at the reception. After refreshing, we got down to the hotel to have the breakfast which was complimentary. By around 10 am we checked-out of the hotel and then availed a cab from the hotel which was to take us to our next travel destination which was Munnar the queen of hill stations. Located to the western ghats of Kerala, Munnar is one of the most fascinating travel destinations that have always been one of the favorite travel spots for most of the travelers from around the world. It is a 3 to 4 hrs drive from Kochi to Munnar and we reached the place by around 12.30 pm. Instead of checking-in directly into the hotel, we decided to fit travel around exploring some of the travel destinations in the area and the check-in into the hotel by the end of the day. On our way to Munnar, our first stop was at the Cheeyappara Waterfalls which was en-route to the hills. The beauty of nature and the wild surrounding the hills is something that is admirable. Most of the traveler who was there at the place was families who were enjoying their day with their kids; the sight was worth enjoying altogether. After being in the falls for a while enjoying a bath we moved on with the trip. Our next travel destination was the eco-point in Munnar which was a place that was sandwiched between two hills producing the phenomena of echoing. It is mainly this natural phenomenon that is happening in the area that gave the place its name. With a small lake and valleys surrounding the eco-point was a perfect destination where families could enjoy some quality time together. Apart from the beauty of nature and the climate, the place also offers travelers with a number of adventures like boating, horse riding and more. As my daughter insisted on enjoying boating and horse rides both of us enjoyed the same. After being in the place enjoying some family time we moved on to our next spot which is the Munnar tea plantations. Filled with the gleaming beauty of nature and the tea plantations, most of the peaks in Munnar are filled with tea plantations. The place offers the travelers with the best view and a perfect spot for photographers. The climate and the mist in the area add to the mood. By the time we finished wandering through the plantations taking some pictures, it was already getting dark so we decided to check-in to the hotel. After a drive of another 45 minutes, we reached the hotel where we checked in and had the dinner after refreshing. As it was a trying day we slept real soon.

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The next day morning we woke up by around 9 am. After refreshing and having the dinner we checked-out of the hotel BT 11 am.  As it was our last day at the place we only had very few travel destinations to explore. The first place we went was to the Munnar tea museum which according to me would be a must-visit spot for all family holiday and travel packages organised to the misty hills in Kerala. The Munnar tea museum exhibited different verities of tea which starts from the white medicinal tea to the kid’s favorite chocolate tea. The both of us tasted almost all the verities and my daughter loved the chocolate so on our way back we bought a few chocolate tea bags and green tea bags. From the tea museum, the next destination that we moved on to was the top stations. Travelling for an hour we finally reached the top station from where we started our trek so that we could reach the viewpoint. Even though my daughter found the task very easy, it was really hard for me. Comparatively climbing down to the viewpoint was easier whereas climbing up was a real task. The view of the cloudy mist and the wild below was one of the best scenery that one can enjoy while at Munnar. It took us about an hour to climb back to the top station. The sandalwood forest was our last travel destination on the trip even though we didn’t have much time to explore the place we just had a small visit. By the time we started back to Kochi, it was 6 pm. After a very long ride back we finally reached the Kochi international airport by around 9.30 pm. From where we took the flight back home.

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To be honest, Kerala is one fascinating travel destination for the family. The place not just holds within the beauty of nature but also have a very peaceful and calm climate that helps us relax and enjoy the time with one another. It is mainly the climate and the refreshing air in the best travel destinations in Kerala that helps in making a bond within families. The travel destinations in Kerala are not just about nature and hill stations but the place has much more to add-in to the list of attractions. The traditional centres, the cultural centres, the eco-friendly destinations, the backwaters, the beach destinations are all some of the other elements in the land that attract the attention of the travelers. Most of the tour packages that are being organised to Kerala would include almost all the attractions and travel elements. Offering the travelers with the best of attractions and being a state with the best potential in tourism Kerala is a must visit the spot to the south.  

 

Top 5 Honeymoon Destinations in Kerala!

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

Enjoy some adventure at Munnar

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

 

Go on a Plantation tour at Thekkady

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

Explore Allepey on a Canoe

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

Spend some solitary moments at Marari beach

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

Nurture your love for food at Kochi

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

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.

 

Kanyakumari the ideal place to refresh mind and thoughts

Have you ever made the stunning trip to the world of water; if your answer is yes, then I have another Question that the ideal destination which you selected for your trip is Kanyakumari? If yes….you are so lucky. Or else immediate to conduct another trip to Kanyakumari, because this is the place where you can separate your soul from your body. The gorgeous place always offers the slight sound of temple bell on the behalf of sea waves. And one thing Kanyakumari is a temple city too. Like the everywhere smell of sandals flourished. Don’t know how to explain its mesmerizing feel. Make your fabulous Kerala tour packages to Kanyakumari, and the place is at most perfect for family travelers also. From Gogeo holidays you will get attractive packages as well as impressive offers, without any doubt Gogeo is the best option for you during your Kerala trips.

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Kanyakumari also was known as Kanniyakumari, in earlier times known as “Cape Comorin”, is a settlement in Kanyakumari District. Its exact location is at the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent. The name arrives from the Devi Kanya Kumari Temple in the area. Kanyakumari town is a part of the Cardamom Hills, an addition to the Western Ghats range. The adjacent town is Nagercoil, the administrative control center of Kanyakumari District, 22 km away. Kanyakumari has been a township since Sangam period and an accepted tourist destination too.

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According to history, Ptolemy’s geography portrays commercial relations between western India and Alexandria, the major eastern emporium of the Roman Empire. From early stages, he identified that Kanyakumari along with the Gulf of Mannar as a hub for pearl fishery. Moreover, he identifies Korkai a place to the east of Kanyakumari, as an emporium of pearl business. Another antique Greek book, the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea, hold sailing instructions for merchants from the Red Sea to the Indus and Malabar, and even indicates that the coast from Barygaza had a universal southward direction along to and far beyond Cape Komari.

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Kanyakumari District includes those parts locally called as Nanjil Nadu and Idai Nadu. Names of the villages of the district such as Azhagiapaandipuram, Cholapuram, Bhoothapandy and Kulasekaram reveal that these destinations were governed by several rulers at diverse periods of time. Nanjilnadu was under the control of Pandiyas till the untimely 10th century and then under Cheras. The Kalkulam and Vilavancode taluks were under the control of the Chera Dynasty. When the influence of Chola declined due to a number of Hoysalas and western Chalukyas, the Venad Chieftains took advantage of the condition and gradually established they seize on the considerable region in Nanjilnadu. Veera Kerala Varma, one such chief, styled himself as “Nanjil Kuravan”. The invasion commenced by Veera Kerala Varma was to a large coverage persistent by his successors and completed by AD 1115.

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The region of Kanyakumari is very beautiful. Since the early 1970s, tourism has been commerce in the town. Because of this, it is one of the hardly small towns in South India where one can hear many of the dissimilar languages of India spoken in the street. The support of tourism has enlarged, with increasing importance on attractions outer surface of the town, such as the nearby landscapes, together with historical and religious sites found around the district. Though there are quite a few places of tourist interest in the town and district, Kanyakumari is particularly popular in India for its spectacular and exclusive sunrise and sunset, thanks to its being nearly bounded by waters.

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Nagercoil is situated in the southern tip of the Indian peninsula, an attractive tourist destination in Kanyakumari. Its gorgeous look attracts traveler’s lot, and the geography is awesome. Nagercoil is a temple city and their temple ornaments are highly popular. Plan your Kerala trip packages to Nagarcoil and experience the tradition through Holiday Mango travel.com. Nagarcoil contains its unique taste; you can taste a variety of traditional food recipes during the street of Nagarcoil. The recipes include Theeyal, Play Appam, Vendhaya Kuzhambu, Kinnathappam, Ulunthan Choru and Nanjil fish curry. Trivandrum international airport is near to Nagarcoil, so people can take flight easily from there. Nagercoil junction railway station and Anna bus stand are together reduced the travel burden. You can discover and experience new through Nagercoil, and attractive destinations include Ulakkai aruvi, Nagaraja temple, Vanathirupathi and rajas mall etc.

Attractions in Kanyakumari

  • Thiruvalluvar Statue
  • Vivekananda Rock Memorial
  • Bhagavathy Amman Temple
  • Ayya Vaikundar Nizhal Thangal
  • Kamarajar Mani Mantapa Monument
  • Gandhi Memorial Mandapam
  • Tsunami Memorial Park
  • Padmanabhapuram Palace

Transportation services to Kanyakumari

Road: Bus services

Kanyakumari, Nagercoil, Midalakadu & Marthandam

Rail: Important Railway stations like

CAPE/Kanniyakumari, Nagercoil, Eraniel, Kuzhithurai

Important Trains:

  • 12641/Thirukkural Express
  • 12665/Howrah – Kanyakumari SF Express (Weekly)
  • 22621/Rameswaram – Kanyakumari SF Express
  • 16861/Pondicherry- Kanyakumari Express (Weekly)
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My First Visit To Nature’s Lullaby Known as Kerala

We often don’t realize the value of mental health over reaching more and more heights in our career paths. Mental health is always important to develop as a human being. There should be a balance always –between your works and the things you like to do in order to make yourself happy. Having said all this, I am no exception when it comes to getting lost in my work, or to the pressure of day to day life demands. The bills, student loans we all have things to taken care of. But if we don’t make yourself happy by taking care of yourself, whatever we do, there would be always a missing piece left. Being a techie coming from the electronic city of Bangalore, I always had the tendency to get lost in work, forgetting about everything else. And during one of those times, when I realized yeah! No more work, I need a break time, I decided on going for the vacation I was yearning for. Being born and brought up in this urban city I have always had a thing for greenish and remote places, where we can get lost in the lap of nature, enjoying the silent lullaby of nature. And may be such solace journeys may gift you with experience for a lifetime. After taking the first step of traveling-That is deciding to go somewhere, I didn’t even have to think twice, where I want to spend my holidays this year. It was the God’s own favorite land-Yes, Kerala!. I had never been to that place before. The only thing I knew about the place was, the famous celebration of Onam, I used to celebrate with my mallu friends and all the postcard perfect beauty of its destinations. Especially Munnar, Alleppey and all, that I have heard a lot about. So I decided to remove that tag of visiting my dream land-Kerala from my bucket list. When I discussed my plans with many people in my social circle, all of them suggested many way to execute my plan. I got confused and was spoilt for choice. Then I decided to do what most of us do when it comes to the question –what to do to? Yeah, I googled about the best ways to have a wonderful trip to Kerala, and that is how landed on my Kerala Tour Packages for family offered by Gogeo Holidays, one of the well-established tour operators in Kerala. Traveling to Kerala with Gogeo Holidays was one of the most unforgettable experience. When I first landed in Cochin the gateway to Kerala, I felt like I was back in Bangalore, going to my workplace or getting frustrated about the traffic- I didn’t expect a city in Kerala this much busy and vibrant. But as time passed, I get to know the city was nothing like I judged at first glance. Of course was a kaleidoscope of attractions everywhere. Maybe the soon establishing Metro rail owes to the fast development of the city. Anyways, I had a wonderful time visiting some of the true fascinating places there. And I could see Kochi could be really a foreign place in Kerala compared t o other places. Maybe because it has left over marks of Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese etc scattered all around there.
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It is about 13 km away from the main Ernakulam town and is famous for the Chinese fishing nets, and an exotic beach that attracts travelers all around the year. It has some must seen locations you must pay a visit.
St Francis Church- This ancient Europen Church where Vasco da Gama is said to be buried.
Santa Cruz Basilica – Built by the Portuguese and is till functional

Mattancherry

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It is another fascinating place in Kochi and you can see the Portuguese influence here also. Jew Town, palace Museum, Mattancherry Pazhyannur Royal Temple are some attractions here.

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It was built by Dutch and is one of the oldest Dutch existing Dutch palaces other than the one in Holland.

Lulu Shopping mall

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Can you believe that it is the India’s largest shopping mall? Owned by EMKE group it is a paradise for shopaholics. And it was fascinating to see some school kids visiting here as their picnic spot.

 

Marine Drive
Stressed ou of exploring all day around the city? Then head out to marine Drive- this scenic driveway has become the landmark of Cochin. You can see all the faces and colors of the city here. There are private boat cruises starting from here through Cochin harbor.

Hill Palace Museum

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Built by the royal family of Cochin, it exhibits the royal crown, paintings, sculptures of the royal family.
As I discovered more and more about the wonderland of Kerala, I realized why it is called the God’s own Country. Anyone who has ever visited here will completely agree to this tagline which is not wrong at all. You know Green is the most comfortable color for your eyes and I had never felt such calmness and peacefulness before. And it Kerala can never be explained in mere words. It should be truly experienced by yourselves. You will never have a dull moment on your holidays in Kerala, especially with the brilliant Kerala Tour Packages, which was the perfect tool that made my trip to this nature’s paradise a memorable one. I never had the rush to follow the itineraries. The packages are more like a guideline to have a truly mesmerizing journey. And the most the attractive thing about the trip was, there was always time for utter relaxation with the comfortable stays I had throughout my journey. I have seen, heard, smelt and explore the true beauty of all the places I visited here. I felt like I was in a foreign state, peoples were all friendly and warm everywhere I went, and indeed highly educated, as it is one of the top literate states in India. So don’t wait your time more, and stop making your mind work like a machine. Explore this amazing land of Kerala, and let your mind calm itself and let it not get bored with the same boring working schedule day by day.

10 Things to Pack for a Honeymoon Trip to Kerala – Dream Holidays

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Kerala is also known as God’s Own Country because of its abundant natural beauty and the various exotic places that it contains. Kerala is also an ideal vacationing spot for all age groups of people, from youngsters to old people. Mesmerizing Kerala honeymoon packages are the most sought after vacation packages, because Kerala has a lot of beautiful places for newlyweds to venture. From the verdant tea gardens of Munnar to the lush tropical forests of Wayanad and the serene and picturesque boat houses of the backwaters, honeymoon destinations in Kerala are plentiful. Booking a Kerala Honeymoon from Delhi is the best option for couples as they get to relax in the lap of nature and enjoy their vacation viewing nature at its best.

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Kerala has a lot to offer to travelers especially when it comes to nature lovers. You would be able to enjoy the exotic animals and bird species and also indulge is some wild life photography. Kerala honeymoon packages from Delhi offers the best places to couples who want to spend some romantic moments with each other and create memories for a life time.

Here is a list of 10 essential things that you ought to pack for a honeymoon trip to Kerala:

  1. Make sure you carry your boarding pass, tickets or if you are coming in from abroad, then make sure you have yours and your spouse’s passport. Also some valid documents like license or if Indian then Aadhar Card for identification. Because when you travel around, you need to have some identification proof to show at your travel desk and even at the hotels that you stay.
  2. Keep your credit cards handy and make sure you have cash ready in hand with you before travelling to remote places, as ATMs may not be available.
  3. Keep a mobile connection that will help you in times of low network range, especially in the hilly areas.
  4. Always keep a pair of comfortable shoes to wear, because you may not be able to walk on the hilly terrain with your high heels, so it’s better to wear something comfortable so that you are free to move around with ease.
  5. Make sure you carry some special clothing that will enhance the romantic feel of your honeymoon and make it even more special for you and your spouse.
  6. Don’t forget to carry medication along for nausea, vomiting and headaches as travelling can take a toll on your health. And you may find it difficult to locate a medical shop in remote terrains. Also if you plan to go trekking, make sure you carry ample amounts of water, so that you will not have to depend on other local sources, as it might be dangerous to your health.
  7. Keep a list of all the important people you need to contact in case of an emergency, and also keep in contact with your travel agency is case of any mishaps.
  8. Try not to carry many valuables along, and leave them in the hotel room when you go sightseeing. This may become a hindrance and will create anxiety in you and your spouse. Also carry some toiletry items which might come in handy.
  9. A camera will be very essential as it can help you to capture moments that will be very precious to you and your loved one.
  10. If you are traveling by flight to Kerala that always carry one extra change of clothing in your hand luggage. Along with travel pillow and blanket. This will make your flight journey comfortable.

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You can book your Kerala tour packages from Delhi along with the flight travel from Delhi to Kerala and all you need is to confirm the airport where you want to arrive in Kerala. There are four international terminals and one domestic terminal here. You can customize your tour package as to where would you like to vacation. If you plan to visit the backwaters of Alappuzha then either the Kochi international airport or the Kollam domestic airport will be better options than arriving in Thiruvananthapuram airport. So accordingly you can book you tickets.

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Kerala has a vast number of opportunities to explore nature and bask in its glory. The best time to visit Kerala would be during the month of November to February. But even the monsoon months have a sensational feel to it. Also if you want to undergo some Ayurvedic treatment or spas then the monsoon climate is the best. Just that we have to take a few precautions when travelling during the monsoon is to protect yourself from getting too drenched. Preferably do not eat any street food during that time and also not to travel when the weather is too bad. The cheapest Kerala packages from Delhi will include these kind of Monsoon packages and summer or winter packages, so you can experience the best of Kerala in all types of climates. During monsoon the humidity is very high and hence the pores of our skin will be open and it will be easy to absorb the natural, essential oils and herbal oils that are being used in Ayurveda.

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During summer, when the climate is too hot, hill stations like Munnar and Thekkady will be there to your rescue. These places have a pleasant climate during summer and are one of the best options to tour in these places. Also during winter the climate is Kerala does not dip too much, and it will not be as cold as Delhi and northern India. The house boat on the backwaters would be a good option then. The serene and calm area along the backwaters will provide the best holiday options for honeymooners. The houseboats will help you to relax and enjoy a romantic and special honeymoon. There are many options for beautiful Kerala packages like this and you can choose the best out of the lot. Kerala is like paradise on earth, you can avail the best by investing yourself in this place.

10 places to visit in Kerala during summer

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The temperature in Kerala during summers soars up to 32 degree Celsius, which sets in the month of March till June. The temperature rarely exceeds 36 degrees, and high humidity is the characteristic of Kerala summer, where you can sweat it out in every single place under the sun. But summer is the time where you want to relax and spend some leisure time outdoors, here is a list of 10 places that you can visit during summer and get the best out of Kerala.

Munnar

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This hill station is definitely not a miss during summer, because the temperatures are relatively low compared to the coastal regions and a walk through the tea estates will make you enjoy the lush greenery all around. During summers the temperature reaches up to 22 degrees and is pleasant enough to go for some sightseeing at Eravikulam National Park and boating at Mattupetty Dam. This dam has an evergreen valley and a very pleasant climate.

Athirapally waterfalls

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Splashing around during summer is the best way to stay cool and hence Athirapally Waterfall is the best way to enjoy the heat.  It is the largest in Kerala and also called the Niagara of India. It is 80 ft in length and is a popular tourist destination. The falls have been a perfect location for shooting many films and songs. Try splashing in the water and let off some heat during summer. The forest area around is rich with many species of animals and birds, many of which are endemic to the area.  Apart from the scenic beauty of the falls, this area is also home to various kinds of animals like the Asiatic Elephant, Sambar deer, bison, leopard, and lion-tailed Macaque.

Vazhachal Falls

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It is similar to Athirapilly, these falls are located just 5kms apart on the West flowing Chalakudy river near the Vazhachal forest division at the edge of Sholayar ranges. It’s not possible to play with the waters, but you can get a close up view of them.

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The houseboats of Alappuzha are another good way to deal with the soaring temperatures. You can cool off yourself on the deck of your boat and watch the beautiful nature around while floating on the serene backwaters. The houseboats have many types of tour packages and you can choose a package according to your choice. The Kerala tour packages from Ahmedabad can be booked in advance, so that you can avail a discount and plan your itinerary accordingly. The Kuttanad region is also very famous for houseboat destinations and is the only place where paddy cultivation occurs below sea level. The lush green paddy fields are a feast to our eyes.

Paniyeli Poru

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Paniyeli Poru in Perumbavoor is another place to relax during the hot weathers. This place has many rocks and one can see the Periyar River flowing over these rocks, past the dense rain forests. The flora and fauna of this place is very beautiful and one can spend a lazy afternoon in such a location. One must also be cautious as the water level between the rocks might be really deep and you won’t be able to see right up to the bottom.

Kovalam

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A visit to the Light House Beach in Kovalam is another way to splash around in water and to cool yourself off. The white sandy beach that runs along the Malabar Coast has been named such, due to the 30m high light house which is the most important feature of this beach. This light house is located at the southernmost end of the beach on a cape. The rhythmic tone of the Arabian Sea waves is enough to make you feel enthralled. You can also take part in the various activities like surfing, paragliding, sailing, swimming and a few other adrenaline filled sports. Similar to the light house beach is the Varkala beach in Thiruvananthapuram where the cliffs lie adjacent to the Arabian Sea. The place is an ideal location for water sports and spas.

Wayanad

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Wayanad is another place which is ideal for summer, due to the dense forests which make the area relatively cool. Trekking is one of the best sports to be pursued here. The tree houses of Wayanad are also ideal for honeymooners and the wild life sanctuaries of Wayanad make the best wild life photographs due to its rich flora and fauna. Kerala tour packages from Hyderabad can be customized according to the places that you wish to visit and you can select a tour package either for 3-4 days or up to 7days. The tree house packages can be booked in advance during peak seasons so that you can avail a room by the time you reach Kerala.

Thekkady

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Taking a bath during summer is the best way to cool off, but taking a bath with an elephant is the best way to enjoy your bath too. An elephant bath and shower at Thekkady, is a popular sport. Take a ride around the aromatic spice gardens on the back of an elephant and feel like the tallest creature walking around. Watching these majestic creatures in their natural habitats is the best thing to do during summer.

Kuruva Island

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A trip to Kuruva Island is a must. It is a preserved river delta, holding a group of Islands in the  River. This is a sprawling 950 acre estate and the rich flora and fauna add to the ambience of this place. The island is enclosed by streams and you can go bamboo rafting through these waters.

Periyar Jungle Jeep Safari

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It is another way to cool off during summer. Along this jeep safari you will come along various types of flora and fauna. The organic gardens, with slopes and valleys, tropical woods and meadows, and the cardamom ranch are home to the endangered lion tailed macaque, Nilgiri Tahr and so on.

These are a few places that you can visit during summer but, there is a lot of other fun stuff to be pursued in Kerala.

10+ Activities to indulge in while on Kerala tours

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Kerala is a land of abundance and plentiful, not only in terms of Natural beauty, but also in many other aspects like when coming on a vacation  to Kerala there is a huge variety of places to visit and a ton of things that can be done. Let see a few things that you can do when visiting Kerala.

Watch a mesmerizing performance of Kathakali

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Kathakali the foremost of all arts in Kerala and is a visual treat. Kathakali is an art form in which the highlight of the performance lies in the facial expressions and Mudras (hand movements) of the artists. The dance itself takes years to master. The characters depicted in this are taken from ancient mythologies or Puranas of Hindu culture. Of all the dance forms that are there in India, Kathakali has the most elaborate make up, dress code and head gear. The costumes and dress code follow an accepted code which will help you to identify the character portrayed. Watch these visually enthralling stories of passion, lust and power and enjoy the beauty of Kerala. Kerala tour packages from Ahmedabad can be booked in advance to avail discounts so that you can include many activities along your vacation.

Watch a Kalaripayattu Bout

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This is a form of martial art that has originated from Kerala and is believed to be more than 3000 years old. Shaolin the Chinese art form is believed to have developed from this. Kalaripayattu technique is a combination of steps and postures. These postures are eight in number and named after animals. Styles differ from one tradition to another and according to each master they differ in application and interpretation. Each style has its own power combination, effects and function. Hence the techniques can vary. When in Kerala watch a Kalaripayattu Bout and get mesmerized by the athletic moves of the fighters.

Bamboo rafting in Periyar

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For a change if you want some adventure then going rafting on a bamboo boat in Periyar River is the best thing to do. Located in Periyar wildlife sanctuary you can also take a safari. Rafting will let you explore the beautiful flora and fauna of the sanctuary and will last for 3-4 hours. During the monsoon it will be more adventurous. If you keep close to the bank, then you may just be lucky to spot some tigers, elephant’s and other animals of the wild.

Cheering a Snake boat race

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This is one adrenaline filled activity where you can watch thousands of spectators who come to cheer their favorite team and you can choose a team and join them too. This 130ft long snake boats have 100 rowers each, who row together in a distinct fashion in unison at frantic speeds. Usually done in the months of August and September this is the time when the whole air is filled with enthusiasm and energy. You can also hire a boat to get a close up view of the race, but make sure in the excitement not to fall into the water.

 

Watching the beautiful waterfalls of Athirapilly

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This is a part of the Sholayar region, close to Kochi. These falls are seen in full flow after the monsoon and that is the best time to watch these spectacular falls. Athirapilly jungles are an area of rich biodiversity and you might also be able to spot some exotic wild life too. Kerala tour packages from Hyderabad can be booked for a 6night 7 day stay so that you can experience the best out of your vacation.

 

Staying in Wayanad tree houses

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As adventurous as it sounds staying in a tree house can be very exciting and romantic too. These quaint huts made of Bamboo are pretty awesome and are located nearly 30-40 feet above the ground. Staying in these houses in the deep jungles, you might just be able to hear the wild animals cry at night.

 

Paragliding at Munnar

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If you thought that Munnar is just a tranquil place with only tea gardens and lakes, then you are wrong. There is an adrenaline filled activity available in Munnar where you can paraglide through the majestic hills of Munnar. You will not need any training for this, just that you need to have courage and trust your paragliding pilot. You will feel like a bird flying in the sky.

 

Stay on a house boat

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When visiting Alappuzha you can stay on the magnificent Kettuvalams and watch the scenic beauty of the backwaters there. The backwaters are a home to various exotic species of birds and hence bird watching will be a visually pleasing experience.

 

Watch the beautiful Elephant Pageants

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Kerala is the land which reveres elephants a lot, and hence these majestic creatures are all decked up during temple festivals and they are adorned with colorful ornaments and the temple deities are hoisted on their shoulders. To behold this spectacular sight is very thrilling and entertaining too. Accompanied by the Chendamelam this is one thing that you should not miss when coming to Kerala. Similarly a visit to the Vembanad Lake in Kumarakom is also very beautiful. You can go fishing, boating or a cruise on the lake to have a splendid experience.

 

Visit some historical monuments like the Mattanchery Palace, close to Kochi, this palace dates back to 1557 and was renovated by the Dutch in 1663. There are several beautiful murals and artifacts that depict the history of the royal era in those times. Similarly is the Thripunithura Hill Palace. Kayaking is also another adventurous way to spend your vacation. Row your way through the waters and enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna all around. Another exciting way to spend your vacation is to visit Kerala during the festival of Onam and to take part in all the traditions and ceremonies. It takes place during the month of August and September, and is the harvest festival of Kerala. It is the best time to explore the traditional culture of Kerala. You can also get to eat the traditional Sadya with all the tasty varieties of food. This lip smacking experience will leave you wanting for more.

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