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.
Blessed with hill stations, valleys, wildlife destinations, waterfall destinations and a number of such attractions Kerala to the south is one of the fascinating tourist destinations. The place mostly attracts the attention of the travellers to a greater extent with the rich greenery and the number of natural resources that the state holds in. The climatic condition of the state which stays moderate throughout the year is one other thing that grabs the attention of the travellers. Even after being a state with so much of potential in travel and tourism most of the travellers touring to Kerala find it difficult to explore some of the best travel destinations due to the high travel cost in the areas. This is true to an extent too most of the travel operators in Kerala charges a very high price for tour packages organised to well-known travel destinations of Kerala like the hill stations of Munnar, Idukki, Wayanad and more. The prices would be even higher during the top seasons which would be unacceptable by most of the domestic travellers. This is one main element that affects the growth of tourism in Kerala. But the state, being located closer to the Western Ghats houses a number of fascinating offbeat travel destinations with heart-warming beauty. With a cool climate and rich natural beauty, most of these offbeat travel destinations of Kerala are best options for budget travel trips to the south. Listed below are some of the best offbeat travel destinations in Kerala that tourists could explore under very cheap and affordable travel rates.
Located at a distance of about 61 km from the capital city of Trivandrum, Ponmudi is one of the best offbeat travel destinations in Kerala to the Western Ghats. One main attraction of the hills is its location which is very remote and is perfect for a nature escape from the loud polluted city. This is one main reason for the place to be included in the budget and cost-effective packages organised to the south. The place could be explained as one of the best hill stations to the south with rich green mountains, hills and valleys. With a number of small brooks and rivers, colourful mountain flowers and rare collection of birds and butterflies, Ponmudi is one best destination for trekking and a number of other adventures. With a number of fascinating and aromatic tea plantations, waterfalls and hills the place is one best destination for travellers who would love to enjoy a mountain life.
Best attractions near Ponmudi
- Golden Valley: A beauteous spot near Ponmudi with the fascinating beauty of golden sand, crystal clear water and rich green valley which is an ideal spot to relax.
- Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary: located near the Peppara Dam on the Karamana River the wildlife destination is known to house rich flora and fauna.
- Mini Zoo: Located at an easy reach distance from Ponmudi, this zoo is known to house a large number of Barasinghas which is one of the main attractions in the land.
Filled with all the beauty of nature, Nelliyampathy is a fascinating offbeat destination located at a distance of about 60 kilometres from Palakkad. Plantations are one of the main attractions in the land. The place houses some of the best plantations in the land which includes orange cultivation, tea gardens and bio-farming. Travellers from different parts of the world visit this destination not just to enjoy the beauty of the place and the climate but also due to the low travel cost. Most of the travel operators like Dream Holiday offers the tourist with cheap tour packages to this fascinating hill station in Kerala with an aim to promote tourism in the land. In addition, a number of adventure packages are also offered to the land. Being a place located to the hill station the place offers a number if adventures like trekking, camping, boating and tea plantation visits and more making the place a perfect destination for adventure lovers.
Best attractions near Ponmudi
- Nenmara: A fascinating village located at a distance of about 25 kilometres. The village is famous for the Nemmara-Vallangi Vela festival.
- Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary: Located at a distance of about 18 kilometres away from Nelliyampathy this rich wildlife sanctuary is blessed with exotic flora and fauna.
- Nelliyampathy Hills: Offering the travellers with a fascinating view of coffee, tea, orange and cardamom plantations at these hills is one main attraction of the place which is almost 2 kilometres from the city.
- Padagiri: Standing at a height of around 1500 meters above the sea level Padagiri is the tallest peak of Nelliyampathy Hills which is located approximately 3 kilometres away from the city.
- Raja’s Cliff: The cliff is one of the best spots where one could enjoy the splendid views of rich flora, fauna and awe-inspiring landscapes. Located at a distance of about 8 kilometres away from Nelliyampathy, the Raja’s Cliff lies at an altitude of almost 5250 feet above sea level. The place offers the travellers with the marvellous view of reservoirs, waterfalls, mountain ranges and forests from this spot.
- Palagapandi Estate: The estate holds in a charming colonial Bungalow which is one of the most beautiful spots in Nelliyampathy.
- Malampuzha Gardens: A literal paradise for children, the garden located nearly 33 km from Nelliyampathy is a must visit picnic spot. The children’s park, aquarium, mini zoo and toy rain are all the best things that attract the travellers mostly families to the place.
Most of the offbeat travel destinations in Kerala offer cheap and affordable packages due to its less popularity. With an effort to make these offbeat travel destinations of Kerala known among the international travellers the state government have introduced a number of travel packages and projects to make the travel to these destinations cheap and more facilitated. In addition, a number of accommodation facilities under cheap rates were also introduced and set up to attract the attention of the travellers to the place. One of the main aims of the projects was to grab the attention of the travellers to the offbeat travel destinations of the state and to make the place known to the travellers by offering them with some of the best attractions in the place and best-facilitated stay under cheap and affordable cost. With beautiful wildlife destinations, attractions and fascinating climate the offbeat travel destinations in Kerala are one of the best spots for an effortless and cost-effective trip to the south.
The world is upgrading daily with the introduction of technologies and standing under its shade, we are utilizing it to the maximum. The real benefit of technology is reflected in traveling. We can’t start our day without having a look at the notification in our smartphones. Possessing the blessing of technology is the only relief of every vagabond to conduct a travel safely. We seek the assistance of internet starting from gaining the information about a place, looking for accommodation, booking flight or train tickets and so on. South India’s most sought travel destination is Kerala and even from foreign countries, the travelers are encountered. For making the traveling easy and promising a thrilling Kerala tour, availability of internet and other technologies is essential in Kerala. Being a developing state, Wi-Fi or wireless fidelity is something every tourist destination has for sure. But, in Kerala, some of the attractions located in hill station lack the network coverage but the technology is so sophisticated that we can figure out the answers for the traveling quest amidst the travel itself. As per the CEO world magazine survey as a part of Digital Indian cities 2016, Bangalore was topped in the first position of having advanced technology and how not? Bangalore is the information technology hub of India. Thus the natives are so sophisticated in planning travels and have a high tech approach. From Bangalore, a lot of tour packages have been sold especially to Kerala. Their style of research is mind-blowing and let us check how we can utilize technology to the fullest to conduct an amazing travel.
How many of you have done a detailed research prior to the tour? Almost everyone who knows the value of money as well as who is keen on making an invigorating tour of his lifetime. The research must begin by choosing the destination till checking out from the hotel. Safety is an important trait one must care about. How it will feel if you have ended up with a wrong decision of choosing a destination or a tour plan that has resulted in the complete ruining of your trip and wastage of money. Nowadays, sitting within the four walls of a room with a smartphone, from start to end one can craft a journey.
The role of social media in travel is having a soaring popularity as people believe the reviews as it seems genuine. Twitter and Facebook are the prominent figures amidst youth. Cant, you see many invitations for a journey as well as trekking posted? This is a new way of attracting people to the culture of travel. Many travel companies are utilizing the platform of social media to advertise their contents, packages as well as strengthening their web presence. These companies can lure a lot of avid backpackers. Once the Meesapulimala trekking in Munnar, Kerala was an emotion for many. The trekking partners were collected through these posts. Those who have returned after a riveting trip post the images of the location, which is enough for one to enact the same.
The travel organizers have their well-designed websites with the availability of various tour packages that are free to be chosen by the customers. Depending upon the number of days, the price of packages, a flashlight on itinerary can be availed. These sites will also specify tours from major cities of the country and being near, Bangalore is given priority. To reach up to the customers, having a strong web presence is necessary and for boosting the same, the companies adopt the technique of Search Engine Optimisation.
Booking flights, hotels, a bus has been becoming very easy and with just a click away, you have selected your room of desire. The travel mobile applications like MakeMyTrip, Cleartrip, Goibibo, Trivago offer luxurious rooms at any hotels or resorts with discounted price. With these applications, one can see the images of rooms, read the inclusions and availability of common amenities. If you are satisfied then booking can be made. Even the flight tickets are easy to be booked through these applications.
To know about a place, one can go through the blogs, travelogues or even a community, forum and get the reviews. Most of the people rely on TripAdvisor to get the best reviews about a place, hotels or resorts. People believe that these reviews are genuine. In fact, they are quoting the real experience of being there that may not be accessed through any blogs. Google, the knowledge guru can lend a helping hand to the same.
If you are afraid of traveling in a location devoid of network coverage, then use of guidebooks in Pdf format or as a hard copy can make you locate places, nearby cafeterias, restrooms, petrol bunks, toilets, accommodation, or even for accessing route maps. You can download a portion of the guidebooks divided into chapters. Certain little mobile application can be accessed without internet and will be having all necessary information about a place.
Thus we can see magic being done in the field of travel by technology and Bangalore is the state utilizing it to the maximum. In Kerala, the presence of Wi-fi hotspot is increasing and it can provide you constant access to information. The telecom operators are now in a competition to increase speed, connectivity, and reachability. In a summary, we can say that digital revolution had already hugged travel and in future, it will spread like a wildfire.
Kerala remains favorite to all the travelers who have been to the place at least once in their lifetime. It is, in short, a destination where nature speaks for itself. It makes a hub where the travelers get to explore the wilderness in sheer excitement. This excitement was something that packed up my family every year at that point in time where I and my sibling have holidays and my parents have off from work. Most of the holidays we traveled to Kerala as my moms ancestral house was located at Alleppey right by the backwaters. So we never had to be on a backwater journey as such but every alternate year we visited Kerala, we always made sure that we visited one place of significance. Palakkad, Thrissur, Kozhikode had all been covered through the Kerala tour package from Bangalore. This time we had planned something new where we would get to enjoy more of the richness of nature by being at one single place which was Thekkady.
It had got colder at Bangalore and was one of the best weather I loved to be there but there was no other time all of us were free to escape to Kerala due to which we got into the train to Alleppey from where we got to set off to our locality as we always took my moms parents along with us whenever we travelled around in Kerala. And then we hired a vehicle in which we drove 140 kilometers where we reached Thekkady. We had booked 2 rooms in the resort where we were looking forward to having another best holiday at Kerala. It was astonishing that there were a number of places worth paying a visit located in this Gods own country. The resort was worth the money we had to spend on it as we had taken luxury rooms. As of my dads and moms opinion, they always insisted that we spend holidays in luxury as the rest of the days all of us are working hard. So if it is for two days, make the most out of it. We had reached at 6 pm in the evening that there was nothing much for us to do in the evening. The resort was more of a hangout place where we spend time by the pool that had hammocks and pool lounge chairs. The night went by where we had the best family time. We ordered food in the night that 6 of us could consume as no money goes wasted on food that is unconsumed. We all got early to bed as the next day, early in the morning we would set off to Periyar National Park. More than the fact that it was a wildlife sanctuary, it is also a tiger reserve which made the place more interesting to me.
I had taken everything required which included binoculars, shoes, repellent creams as I had a notion in my mind that it would literally be a walk through the wild. The entry time to the place was from 6 am to 5 pm which was probably why we had been standing at the doorsteps by 5:50 am with our entry passes in our hands. The passes were just 25 rupees and did not seem to be costly at all except for the foreigners. After having some quick bites and coffee, we got inside. My maternal grandparents had been all healthy and they seemed as enthusiastic as me to be on the nature walk. We hired a guide who we thought would be more helpful in taking us through the several activities that take place inside. Jungle scout, Tiger Trail, Nature walk, Border trekking and a lot more of exploration was possible inside the sanctuary. The most exciting to me was bamboo rafting where we would be set on a three-hour journey through the wildest place ever. A large number birds that would count up to 230 reside inside the sanctuary. I had already begun sighting some while the sounds of the other animals had been reaching to all us. And all of us a sudden, I was reminded of Bannerghatta in Bangalore where we had once gone. In fact, this was the second national park I had been visiting.
The nature walk took us through the trees and plants that had been there. Both my mom and grandmom were quite into planting that they got immersed in the walk completely. I had already been on nature walks with school squad when I had been at Bangalore but none of it seemed close to what I had been experiencing here. By 11 am, we set off on the bamboo for rafting. We took two rafts and decided to move in the same direction. The literal hope I had in my mind was to see elephants in the banks. We went through trees that surrounded us on one side and on the other side we could to see grasslands. We went long where the rafters spoke to us about the sanctuary. The freshness of both the Periyar Lake and the surroundings were quite reviving to all of us. Also, we had safety guards where all of were in life jackets. When we reached a point we decided to return back. I saw jackals and jungle cats that had been on the shores. The fun fact was how all the animals lived their lives in the natural habitat of forests. We have to pay a lot of money to see them in cages at the zoo which I always found to be the most disgraceful way of making money. Here we could see them stride happily and that was what made all of us happy. On the way back, we also got to see a herd of elephants that had been sipping water from the lake. I had seen elephants before a lot of time where those that had been crossing roads at Bandipur when we had been on our way from Banglore, had been the most exciting but this sight took its place.
We got back and walked through along with the guide where he showed us the paws of the tiger. It had been an imprint on the mud and a way through which they got back setting on their prey. The guide said that this was the main reason that the sanctuary closed by 5 pm as the tigers and other animals would get out on hunting as the darkness falls and so safety measures are always to be taken. The natural habitat was indeed so much more fun than I had thought it would turn out to be. It was 5 pm and we were out on time.The single-day exploration had come to an end but our Kerala trip was still on. There was some more scope for us where we could be sitting alongside the Vembanad lake and tossing in some spicy Seafood alongside the fresh toddy where we did not have to spend a single penny on it. And we would be taking catamaran rides to go across as well where we would still feel touristy on a 3 rupee service until we get back to Bangalore. This other part of life is hence something that is worth treasuring for a life where we can live with a stipulated amount of money but we choose to be different. The village life is worth an experience when on a Kerala tour package with the price. It is, in short, a journey of realization of what we have on the other side of the coin.
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.
Anyone traveling to the beautiful destination of Kerala would be startled at the real richness of nature at the destination. Rivers, hills, and forests lead the way to anyone’s heart and it turns out to be the real destination where exploring has more scope. The destination turns out to be the best place to be at when with friends as well. A personal journey of my friends through the forests and hills makes way to this realization. We had 10 days of holidays after the semester break and were eager to set off on a journey where we would also be able to refresh our minds. We had already been to most of the beautiful places in Bangalore and wanted to set off on a moderate long journey due to which we decided to take it on 300 Kilometres drive from Bangalore to Wayanad. We could draw our journey on few basis where drive, trekking, and budget were the prime factors to the travel. We were students and so budget was the pocket money which we had saved for 5 months and so we were keen on checking the Kerala Tour Package with price range that fell into our budget. We decided to hand some of our planning work to Seasonz India Holidays who were our planners we had found for ourselves.
The final exam had been good but we were eager to leave as soon as possible due to which all of us cracked our exam in an hour and a half and got back to the apartment to load our bags into the jeep that belonged to our friend who resided at Kannur. We could hence cut on to half of our budget as we had the vehicle for travel and decided to pool the money for the petrol. We set full tank petrol before setting off and then drove to the way of our dream travel which began from Bangalore to Wayanad. We had lunch from the city and packed some snacks for our journey where we got to the way through Mysore. the destination seemed to be of more greenery and less of pollution. It was a working day which avoided a lot of traffic on the way and got us to be on a soothing journey through the roads.
It took us an approximate time period of 7 hours where we took three stops in between as we had been driving in turns. There were 5 of us and each of us had varied interests on travel. It was 8 in the night when we reached Wayanad and got to see the welcome board through the beam light. One of my friends said we could spend time outside till 10 in the night as the weather had been quite chilling but slight drizzling got me back to the jeep and called the tour planners for the location to the hotel that had been booked for us. We had insisted that we wanted a cheap room as no fancy room could ever reach the comfort level of a normal room with just beds in it and an attached bathroom. Following the route map, we took our way to the hotel that had been waiting for us. We got food parcelled for the night and in the comfort of our economical room, we ate our dinner. There were 5 of us and only 4 bed space was available in the room due to which we got an extra bed.
The next day came to us in glory as we were off to Chembra peak which was, in short, the way to an epic trekking journey. Being one of the largest peaks of Western Ghats, we were excited to set off to the top. We had already got the trekking poles and hired a guide for the trekking as there were chances that we could get lost. So following the footsteps of the expert person we walked through the grasslands where we also got to see beauty approaching us in the form of nature. The way had been rocky and it was not easy to climb up. We took several halts in between until we got to see the heart-shaped lake staring which all of us spend some good time. The guide informed us that the real trek up the hills was only beginning. We had been to Nandi hills at Bangalore for trekking but it seemed a lot greener her which showcased wildness. We took some beautiful pictures of flora and fauna as we climbed where nature seemed to take care of itself. After taking several stops we got to the top where we got to see the real scenery of the destination from the top. Clouds still seemed to move through us even when it had been almost noon. Anyone could be happy with trekking up to the top to end up seeing the orgasmic view of nature shimmering in its real allurement. We spend approximately 2 hours thereafter which we decided to climb down. We tipped the guide along with his wage as he had been more than a guide to us in the whole trekking experience.
The hike had been tiring but worth. We grabbed enough food and decided to go to the next spot which was the Karalad Lake. Adorned with pure beauty, we got to see zipline services functioning in the region. None of us had got into an adventure like it due to which all of us took turns in doing it People had also been kayaking through the lake but we were quite late to reach up to do the same at Karalad. The price had also been alarmingly high. We had also been a part of a trip from our college at Bangalore in which we had indulged in kayaking at River Shambhavi. So we did not mind missing it and left to the hotel after a drive along the roads where the Kerala tour package from Bangalore had successfully come to the second night at Wayanad.
The next day we got up and vacated the hotel as by early evening we would be leaving back to Bangalore. Two of them stayed at Kannur and Kozhikode due to which they would be returning through bus service while three of us would drive back to our hometown. The last place where we decided to visit at Wayanad was Lakkidi View Point. Crossing approximately 13 miles we reached to the place where the viewpoint had a lot of people. The inhabitants of Wayanad were pretty much living a blissful life where they could feel freshness while breathing while we had to wear masks at Bangalore to protect our lungs. The scenarios were always different and that is exactly what had attracted us to visit the destination where we could be on an economically viable journey. After spending a good time capturing the pictures of the viewpoint, we took our way to the bus top where we dropped the guys and set back off to our own hometown.
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.