Organizing trips are always hectic and planning a trip to explore one of the most known and sought-after travel destinations with family would become even more hectic and hilarious. But then family trips not just gives you a day off the daily routines and robotic life but would also help greatly in building up a better bond and connection between the kids and the other family members which include parents, grandparents and siblings. But in my case being a nuclear family from a place like Delhi it is always a busy schedule and lifestyle that we follow and thus we don’t get enough time to spend with our kids. The condition is almost the same in every family in Delhi. Being the best-populated state, Delhi is a place that runs ahead of times. This is one main reason that we organised a family tour from Delhi to one of the best sought after hideout destination to the south, Kerala. We selected a travel package from one of the best travel operators functioning in the state, Gogeo Holidays. As the travel package that we chose did not include the travel expenses from the hometown to the Kochi international airport, we got a chance to travel on our own. After a long flight, we finally reached the Kochi international airport by around 10 am. After meeting up with the travel operators or travel representatives and the driver cum travel guide we started with the family holiday trip of the day.
As per our itinerary organised we were to enjoy a 3-day 2-night trip with destinations like Kochi and Munnar. After moving out from the Kochi international airport we were taken to the hotel that was pre-booked for us. Located to the center of the city the hotel did give us the closest access to almost all the travel destinations and attractions in the city. Kochi was nothing that different from the capital city Delhi; filled with a number of buildings and busy streets Kochi was a city that resembles Delhi is some or the other manner. The only difference that I could actually spot at Kochi was that the city holds within a number of off-beat travel destinations and hideout spots with fascinating beauty of nature. After checking in at the hotel and then resting at the place for a while by around 3 pm we started with the family holiday trip of the day. Listed below are some of the best travel destinations in Kochi that we loved exploring to a greater extent.
Mangalavanam bird sanctuary
Located to the centre of the city inside the high court premises the Mangalavanam bird sanctuary is one of the most fascinating hideout travel destinations in Kerala which is a perfect spot to enjoy in a family trip to Kerala. This fascinating bird sanctuary is one of the best places in Kochi that shows out the true beauty, nature and the biodiversity that the place holds within. Holding within some of the best species of migratory birds the Mangalavanam bird sanctuary offers the travellers especially the nature lovers and the bird watchers with the best visual treat. Filled with a number of best mangrove plantations the place offers the family tourist with a peaceful and calm atmosphere where they could sit back and relax. Delhi even after being a similar city, Delhi lacks natural beauty and hideout spots where the family travellers could spend some time alone with the kids.
Marine Drive, Kochi
Located to the centre of Kochi, Marine drive is one of the other best family travel destinations in Kerala that grabs the attention of the travelers to a greater extent. Not a travel destination to be precise, the marine drive is actually a walkway but as the place is located closer to the sea, is one of the best destinations from where you could enjoy the best view of the sunset and the sunrise. The place could be counted as a family travel destination in Kochi as most of the travelers visiting the place are families. The place also holds in a number of roadside shops from where the travelers could taste the flavors of the roadside foods in Kerala. Even though Delhi is a city with a number of walkways, the view of the sunrise and the sunset at Kochi is something different. The sky is clearer in Kochi as compared to Delhi due to the fewer amounts of pollutants in the air. This is one main thing that makes the sunset and the sunrise in Kerala much more beautiful and breathtaking.
Santa Cruz Basilica
If planning to explore the beach destination at Fort Kochi, you must pay a visit to the Santa Cruz Basilica. Located at Fort Kochi, this is one of the finest pilgrim centres in India that is explored by travelers from different parts that too throughout the year. Built by the Portuguese this ancient church is now one of the best heritage travel destinations in Kerala. In the year 2014, the church had completed its 5 centuries of existence, thus the church is not just the oldest in the state but is the oldest in the whole country. Located close to the St. Francis Church, the Santa Cruz Basilica at presents functions as the cathedral church of the Diocese of the place. To be more adequate located at the K.B. Jacob Road, the church is a Roman Catholic Cathedral. Being a holy destination and a place of great historical significance, the cathedral exhibits a true artistic splendor. The architectural structure of the place exhibits the pure phase and color of the medieval era. The cathedral holds within a number of best attractions which includes the pastel colored interiors, the whitewashed exteriors, the different paintings and the murals belonging to the Gothic style. The place holds in 7 large canvas paintings, well-stained glass windows and different columns that are decorated beautifully with frescoes. The ceiling of the church holds within a number of beautiful paintings which exhibits the Cruces of Christ. Santa Cruz Basilica holds in an important significance among the Christian population residing in the area. Being one of the well-known pilgrim centres in Kerala with historical importance the place is mostly explored by family travelers and is one of the most prominent travel destinations in most of the tour packages that are being organised.
Even though Delhi is also known to have a number of best architectural structures, most of them are being destroyed by the pollutants in the air or was destroyed long back. But the historic destinations and the wonders that one could explore in Kerala are so full of life even after so much of centuries. By the time we finished exploring the place and we reached back to the hotel it was 8 pm. After having the dinner from the place which was complimentary we decided to sleep as we had to move on to our next travel destination which is Munnar, the next day morning. We were woken up by the alarm by 7.30 am the next day morning. After having the breakfast we checked out of the hotel and met the driver so that we could start our family trip to Munnar. Filled with the true beauty of nature and blessed with a scenic and moderate climate Munnar is a literal heaven for families. The place could be a real hide-out travel destination for the travelers from Delhi because they could enjoy one of the best seasons in the place. Delhi in short and precise words is a place that is well populated and polluted due to which the climatic condition of the place is hot and humid mostly, the travelers from the state could enjoy a really relaxing and rejuvenating time in the travel destinations and the hill stations of Kerala where there is a moderate climate that prevails throughout the year. After a long drive of about 3 to 4 hours, we finally reached Munnar by 12.30 pm. As the drive to the hotel booked was a bit long and as it would take more time we decided to visit some of the best and must-visit travel destinations in the place which are located en-route to the hotel. Our family holiday trip at Munnar was organised for 2-days and on the 2nd day, by evening we wind up the trip. After exploring the fascinating attractions of Munnar we were taken back to Kochi from where we boarded the flight. The experience we had Kerala was the best and I would definitely suggest the place for a family trip to the south
Nature 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recently, I had a visit to Bangalore for an interview. Since I am from the capital city of Kerala, Trivandrum, my journey was awesome and I had some couple of my friends at Bangalore. After the interview, which went smooth, I had a meet up with my friends, sharing some cups of cappuccino. In our conversation, I caught up something that, even though the life in the IT hub of India seems interesting, jolly and enthusiastic, there is a darker side to it. Actually, my friends needed a change and rejuvenation of the mind. What I can suggest is a trip with friends or family, inflicting a feeling of ‘Out of the world’. My friends are actually beach lovers, so I suggested one of the top beach destination in Kerala, lying at my very own homeland, Trivandrum, which is Kovalam. Kovalam is a haven of serenity and the best place to hang out with friends, family or spouse. It is easy to reach from Bangalore as there are flights from Bangalore to Kerala landing at Trivandrum International Airport. A smooth travel can be achieved if tour packages are picked as it would include more places too. I have suggested some of the tour planners like Gogeo holidays where some authentic packages are prevalent to entice the tourists, and they will be giving awesome beach facing resorts for the stay.
Kovalam has the power to rejuvenate ourselves as the vibrant beachside is awesome to watch and spend time. Located about 16 kilometres from the city of Trivandrum, the ambience is free from the regular hassle of the city life. Kovalam is an international beach destination as there you can spot too many foreigners. Let us start the discussion of this vibrant piece of the seashore with its natural beauty and surroundings. Kovalam beaches are divided into three namely, Lighthouse, Eve’s beach and Samudra beach. These three beaches are separated by rocky out cuttings. Tourists can visit any of these beaches and bask in the sun. There is provision for the tourists to bask in the sunlight and chairs are provided for the same. Foreigners usually here opt for swimming, sunbathing and surfing. The reason for its placement in the tourist map of travellers across the world is due to the clean and bizarre surroundings, equipped with developed tourism facilities. To unwind yourselves, Kovalam is the best one. I am sure, it will be a perfect escape for my friends in Bangalore city. The climate is somewhat chill in Bangalore and at Kovalam, needed warmth can be provided to the skin. Some of my friends came with their family to Kovalam. A stay on the beach facing resorts is a dream of many, especially honeymoon couples.
Here, the majesty of the Arabian sea can be experienced and the water is clean and pristine, making the swimming extremely joyful to the tourists. When you come with your family, take a swim in the beach as it is the funniest part of Kovalam beach. Surfing is usually done on the beaches and necessary amenities will be provided. Taking into consideration of the safety of the beaches, guards are kept at each point so as to warn the tourists who enter deep into the sea. Eve’s beach is near to the lighthouse beach and since both are separated by a rocky promontory, the beauty of Kovalam will provide more option for the tourists. One can climb over the rock and watch the sea. The cool wind blowing from the sea is truly a rejuvenator. This spot is enjoyed more by the honeymoon couples and also kids love in climbing up the rock. Visit Kovalam with your family and make your children soak in the beach holidays. Owing to the safety and cleanliness, this beach is perfect for a family vacation and thus choosing Kerala family tour packages to Kovalam is the best idea. When visited during festive seasons, Kovalam will dress up in a festive mood and several fests like Village fair, elephant fair, Nishagandhi dance festival and Food festivals will be hosted. These festivals can entice people of every age and walks of life. These festivals are actually showcasing the cultural richness of Kerala and Swati Thirunal Musical festival is a great example.
There are too many food stalls, multi-cuisine restaurants facing the sea and delicious seafood are served there. If spicy Indian snacks like Panipuri, Bhelpuri, chat masala, chilly filled pineapple and mango pieces with the flavours of juicy items are your tastes, then head for a local stall placed in the beach shores. Coming to the activities that can be done in the Kovalam beaches, water adventures are the prime one. Swimming, surfing are some of the common water adventures and since it is the most sought tourist destination, Ayurveda and health centres are prevailing on the beach shores. Undergo some rejuvenation therapies to calm your mind. I have suggested this to my friends so that the hectic lifestyle of the Bangalore can be dealt with the magic of Ayurveda. Are you a shopping freak? Then the beach facing stalls in Kovalam is all yours. One can buy a handful of handicrafts, clothing, beach wears, hats and antiques with reasonable prices. Lighthouse beach is where a tall lighthouse is placed near to the sea and it has provision to allow visitors to reach up to the top and watch all sides of the Kovalam beach. The rocky promontory between lighthouse beach and eve’s beach is called Edakallu and people love watching the sunset from this rock. Settle in any of the rock formation and watch the biding sun. The changing colour of the sky during twilight is a must to watch.
Nightlife in Kovalam is what everyone should watch. Evenings are meant for blasting in Kovalam and the bars, restaurants are fully awake to serve the same. Live music with delicious eateries are provided by some restaurants and to involve in other social entertainment, several bars are open in the night. With dance, fun and music, enjoy the delicious cuisine under the night sky. The nearby attractions around Kovalam include Karamana stream and the boating there. Reach at Thiruvallam vessel club offering activities like kayaking trips, cruise trips and windsurfing. A trip to Kovalam will family or friends can increase your bonding and is the most suggested place to unwind yourselves. For employees working in a busy metropolitan city in India like Bangalore, can make a travel here. In fact, if I get tensed on some issues, the visit to Kovalam can revive me and give me the strength to counter the issue. Thus, soon give Kovalam an entry to your travel itinerary to Kerala.
Everyone wants to enjoy travel with much ease and dislike if it has been disrupted by any health issues. We know, some of the health issues really make us depressed for not being able to enjoy any travel and also giving discomfort to others accompanying us. The silent killer of diseases, Diabetes is a major concern for every patient and those who are diabetic follow a strict way of lifestyle and medication but that doesn’t mean they can’t travel anywhere. Although some issues keep tracking them everywhere they go, some preparations and precautions made can hinder the menace while traveling. November 14, 2017, is the world’s diabetes day and experts have given the guidelines for travel to diabetic patients. In India, After Mumbai, Surat has ranked second for having more number of diabetic patients and the doctors claim that diagnosed patients are more in number and there is still more number of people who are not diagnosed yet. The Abnormal blood sugar levels in patients of Surat are very high compared to those in Mumbai. Studies report that it is due to the incorrect lifestyle and genetics of Gujarat. But this cant deters them from taking part in a tour. Surat natives love to travel Kerala and also there is a belief that while traveling one will be free from the tensions and that can lower the blood flow and thus reduce the effects of high sugar levels. For we know that stress and tension are the main villains for a diabetic patient. Several tour packages to Kerala are available from Surat and make them revel in the natural beauty. But, one has to travel on a flight or train to reach Kerala. Follow some travel hacks for diabetics to make the travel really comfortable.
Some exhilarating travel can promote wellness to some people. Other than lifestyle and genetics, there are people who due to life burdens, tension and stress develop high sugar levels. For them, even a minute issue can make them go depressed and angry too. Travel is a great medicine as it promises wellness of mind and in turn, reduces blood sugar levels. But then too, some efforts must be taken to care while planning for a tour. Surat natives can bring their parents or relatives having diabetics without any concerns and gift them a wonderful vacation in Kerala. The coming months are the peak season for travel in Kerala and never ignore your parents with diabetics. Family tours are most welcomed. It is not just applicable to family tours but any travels like business purpose, weddings can also be met. Extra care must be taken while you travel for a business purpose. As it is the time you can get stressed and blood pressure to shoot up. These simple tips must be taken into account prior to your travel. Consider it as the gift of doctors to diabetic patients on world diabetes day on 14 November 2017.
For Normal long travels
- Must consult your routine doctor prior to your travel and seek advice on dos and don’ts. Also, if possible, check the current blood sugar level and control your lifestyle.
- While you travel, always carry twice the amount of medications for sugar which you used to take daily and also carry the supplies double the normal numbers. One benefit is that you can give half of the numbers to your companion in travel so that even if you have lost yours, medications will be regular.
- Get the prescriptions for buying insulin, keto-diastin and oral hypoglycemic agents.
- Try to carry the record or lists of all your current medications so that in case you need a medicine and not able to recall its name, then the list can be used to find it and will be helpful for others too.
- In your handbag carry a small first aid box which contains medicins to be used in an emergency other than those will be taken periodically. Such medicines can be simple painkillers like crocin, paracetamol. Anti-diarrhoea capsules and antiseptic solution. Keep some carbohydrates food like dried fruits, dry biscuits, jelly beans. There are chances for some delays in travel and at that point, you can use it.
Patients taking Insulins, Travel checklists
It is reported that the diabetic diagnosed patients in Surat are prescribed with insulin injections after several follow up consultations. There are chances for climatic variations and it is necessary to adhere to the weather in the destination. As in warmer places, the insulin’s may be absorbed and hypoglycemic attack can take place. Regular monitoring of blood level is needed to understand the strength of insulin to be injected. Kerala is having a tropical climate and coming seasons are cooler so chances of this can be overruled. The type and strength of medication can change in countries if you get U-40 in India other countries give U-100 only. Also, for these different strengths, the syringe used must also suit the same strength. Insulin syringes must be kept at a cooler temperature and must not be exposed to sunlight. Never keep it on Dickey or dashboards, Instead carry a storage container to protect it from overheating. If traveling with your family, then ask any member to take care of it and remind you at the time of periodic dosage.
Guidelines to follow if you are traveling on a flight
- If you are advised to take insulin, then don’t keep it in a suitcase as the low temperature can cause the insulin to freeze.
- You are traveling somewhere far and unexpectedly you encounter a severe effect of diabetes, the proper medical whereabouts about your health must be provided at the concerned hospital like what medicine you are taking and are you allergic and all. A letter of description from your regular doctor can help
- Another letter stating you have diabetes and thus it is necessary to carry syringes and needles must be given at the airport.
- For overseas trips, it is advised to adjust your watch with Indian time so that you could know which time you have taken your last dosage. eat according to the time you used to be before and not according to the country time.
- Be prepared for the time zone change issues, chances of flight delays.
The vibrant beaches of Kerala are really tempting but extra care must be given at that location and avoid walking barefoot especially on hot sand beach water. Avoid injuries while walking or swimming. In case you have found a blister, tie it as soon as possible. Patients having diabetes, must adhere to food habits and you are lucky if you are coming with your family and on a family tour, your relatives can take good care of you. Don’t worry that it is impossible to travel with a patient having high sugar. Some of them used to cancel many holidays owing to this reason. Never deter from this and as Surat is the place where many adults suffer from diabetes, travel agents in Kerala have crafted special Kerala tour packages for family. Special care will be given to those families. You can choose the dishes accordingly and necessary adjustments will be made for you. Regarding the food habits, carry carbohydrate-rich food or sandwiches. From Surat, flights are available to reach Kerala and train is not a good idea. In flights, order an ‘ordinary meal’ instead of asking for a ‘diabetic meal’ as airline meal contain low carbohydrate. Another challenge that must be faced is the flight delays and to counter that keep biscuits/jelly beans in your handbag itself.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kerala is a beholding exciting tourist attraction and an alluring tourist spot in South India. Kerala holiday packages for family presents the every travel enthusiasts an opportunity to enjoy a kaleidoscope of travel experiences. And the best way to enjoy the charming wildlife, exotic hill stations and major attractions of this vibrant state is to travel with some trusted tour operators like Gogeo Holidays, who will take you the best of this real paradise on earth. There are various interesting tour packages that cover major destinations like Munnar, Thekkady, and Alleppey in different duration. When you travel to Kerala, you will be visiting temples and religious places, wildlife sanctuaries, or you might want to go and have a quick dip in the rivers, lakes, and beaches, or take some rejuvenating ayurvedic treatments and there are so many things to explore. And there are certain etiquettes to follow, and some things you should know as a foreigner while traveling to this vibrant state, so that you won’t feel out of place. Here are some useful tips for tourists.
Planning to Have a Religious Exploration?
- If you are planning to visit some cultural important and religious places during your Kerala trip keep In mind these things.
- Most temples have some code of conduct.
- Entry to Sanctum sanctorum or holy of holies is banned. This place is inevitable private and only priests are allowed inside.
- In all the temples, using footwear inside is not allowed.
- You cannot wear shirts and pants inside in most temples, men have to wear dhoti and women ethnic wears in most worship places
- Some temples do not permit entry to Non-Hindus
Is photographing Places and People are Ok?
The most enticing thing about taking pictures is that they let us capture the moment and cherish the memories for long. And who won’t feel to stop and take some snaps when they visit a green paradise like Kerala? When you travel with Kerala Tour packages from Bangalore and other major cities in India, you might not know about whether you would seek permission or not while taking photographs. In most of the places except some wildlife sanctuaries or hydel tourist spots taking photographs are absolutely fine.
- Photographing tourist places is ok
- If you want to take snaps of religious institutions do ask permission beforehand.
- Most Kerala it doesn’t mind being photographed, still, it is better to ask first
- If you want to photograph ceremonies and older people, do ask permission
Some Culinary Tips.
Kerala cuisine is something that should not be missed on your Kerala trip. This typical south Indian delicacies will be a treat for your taste buds. Kerala offers some best healthy breakfasts in the entire world. When you go out to explore some culinary delicacies during your amazing Kerala tour packages, keep in mind this useful tips.
- Most standard restaurants offer both domestic as well as international cuisines including continental, Chinese, Indian and typical Kerala delicacies.
- Tipping is normal, 10% is the standard, but it is not necessary either
- When you visit some waterfalls, lakes or canals, it is advisable to not drink water from those.
- Typical Kerala foods are less spicy and contain a lot of coconut flavor.
- When you go out to try local delicacies or street food, do not get fooled, ask for the rates and menu beforehand.
Do’s and Don’ts in the Jungle
Kerala is blessed with a unique geography as well as an amazing wildlife in most prominent hill stations. Most of these wildlife sanctuaries offer a unique picnic spot also.In these places you can witness some amazing flora and fauna, have splendid boating experiences midst of vibrant wildlife and so much more during your trip with family holiday packages kerala. Here are some useful tips for your jungle safaris.
- To visit a wildlife sanctuary you have to take prior permission with concerned authority
- When you travel with some reputed travel agents like Gogeo Holidays, they will arrange for all these necessary permissions for you.
- Follow some jungle codes to not spoil the nature’s beauty and do not disturb the wildlife
- Dress right, wear dresses that cover well for not come in contact with insects or get some allergy
- Blend the colors with nature, and avoid bold colors, the animals might get disturbed
- Stay calm and quiet and enjoy the nature
- Stick to your group and pack light
- Carry sunhats, sunglasses, and sunscreen and cover foot with comfortable shoes with socks.
- Do not try to feed the jungle animals
- Do not mess the natural environment and don’t litter your garbage here and there
- Do not be ignorant, stay alerted and vigilant
- Do not observe the animals too close or try to be friendly with them
- Avoid loud talks and keep in low tones
- It is better to not bring infants to jungle
- Keep the flash mode off while photographing the wild animals
- It is advisable to not use your cell phones inside jungle
Want to swim in Rivers, lakes, and beaches?
Kerala is blessed with pristine seashores, and the sleeping lagoon that sure to take anyone’s breath away. So when you have the urge to get a quick dip in waters, keep in mind these useful tips
- Normally swimming in rivers, lakes are allowed, but it is advisable to ask permission from the authorities beforehand.
- Some beaches do not promote swimming in certain weather conditions or situations, so seek the permission from the guides.
- Acceptable swimwear would be shorts fro men and swimsuits for women.
- Nudity is considered to be offensive in Kerala
- When you swim in the beaches, to avoid a riptide swim parallel to shore
- It is advisable to not drink pool water and hold the nose before jumping into the water
Traveling to Kerala can be a whole thrilling experience and can become an unforgettable experience for anyone is you keep these certain guidelines in your mind. If you are traveling with some idea Tour packages, then there would be proper assistance and guidance of expert professionals to guide your wonderful Kerala Holiday Packages properly. So before getting ready to go and pack your bags keep in minds some travel tips to avoid getting in trouble.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 12641/Thirukkural Express
- 12665/Howrah – Kanyakumari SF Express (Weekly)
- 22621/Rameswaram – Kanyakumari SF Express
- 16861/Pondicherry- Kanyakumari Express (Weekly)
- Chennai Egmore – Kanniya Kumari SF Express|12633/Chennai Egmore – Kanniya Kumari SF Express
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.
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
It was built by Dutch and is one of the oldest Dutch existing Dutch palaces other than the one in Holland.
Lulu Shopping mall
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
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.
Travel has always been one of my greatest pleasures. Being a nature lover that is mixed with the love for photography, the God’s own nation that is blessed with many wonders of nature has always been on my bucket list of destinations to visit. When you think about travel you will never feel like you are ready. There would be a lot of things running through your mind. Like where to go? When? And how? All these makes you want to postpone your trip and the destination remains a dream still to explore. Kerala has always been my such dream destination. But this time I made it possible with amazing Kerala tour packages. And thanks to Go Geo holidays who was a wonderful companion throughout my journey. I felt like I have traveled with a friend from Kerala, a friend indeed knows in and out all about Kerala. How one travels can always make the difference between just an Ok visit to a fully immersive experience. And when I traveled with Kerala tour packages from Bangalore with Go Geo I just didn’t visit those wonderful places in Kerala. It was like I was a part of the land. I felt like all my senses are activated. I have tasted, felt, smelt and heard this nature’s paradise at it’s fullest. And I also had wonderful opportunities to quest my photographic mind. The breathtaking backwaters and coconut forests in Alleppy, the hills carpeted with tea gardens in Munnar, the placid waters of lakes are all a must see spots that a serious traveler must visit. And there was always a chance to explore the places by myself and experience the local culture and the day to day life of people. The journey started from the bustling city of Cochin, which had so many offers in terms of entertainment and shopping. The visit to magnificent Athirappilly Waterfalls was a memorable experience as was the visit to the land of tea gardens-Munnar. Munnar has its Echo point where you will see a lot of people shouting at the top of their voices, to hear what they sound like when reflected from the surrounding mountains! Thekkady was also arguably an exhilarating vacation experience. The Periyar national Park is an amazing sight. The only thing you have to be prepared for is the need to get up at the earliest hour to take the first visit to the jungles. This would be worth it.
The packages have price range starting from 3250. Pick up and drop from Airport, complimentary breakfasts, daily sightseeing with experienced guides and guided adventurous activities all are included in these packages. You will never have a dull moment during your journey. That is guaranteed.