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.
An excellent base to explore the interior of Kerala with its spacious layout and regulated life, the capital city Trivandrum is built on seven low coastal hills and has an interesting mixing of tree-lined avenues, ancestral homes, massive buildings and a long seacoast washed by the waves of the Arabian Sea. Trivandrum city treasures many erecting of historical importance and reservations. Considered as one of the loveliest cities in Kerala, the capital city is clean and green but more than a tourist place, the city depicts the historic whereabouts in the past. On skinning through Amazing Kerala tourism packages try to plan a visit to the capital city of Kerala.
BOTANICAL AND ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS
One of the oldest zoos in India located in the heart of temple city is flourished with the museum and botanical gardens are oldest of their kind in the country. The visionary behind its construction is Swathi Tirunal Maharaja, the illustrious king and music composer who had ruled Travancore early and he had a good collection of animals like elephants, horses breed in his horse breeding centers. The park also had tigers, panthers, cheetahs, deer and a lioness.
His brother, Marthanda Varma has taken control over the zoo later and with the support of on British general, they incorporated a museum here and the museum was thrown open to the public in September 1857 but as it could in itself attract people much, a zoo and park were established in 1859. The zoo is also bordered by botanical gardens unique for its vibrant landscapes and luxuriant growth of vegetation. Tourists from different places visit the zoo and museum as it provides a respite for them more than offering tourism and recreation. The lofty trees of royal look towered by bamboos and lush green landscapes account for its breathtaking beauty.
More than being a tourist spot, currently the Zoo is serving the purpose of conservation and education implying captive breeding of rare and endangered animals and birds. The ambience of the zoo is just like providing a natural habitat for the animals so that they don’t feel captive. Visit this zoo for getting a feeling of being present at jungle where animals are around. Soon check out Exiting Kerala tour packages with price. The zoo houses varieties of primates like macaques, langurs and lion tailed macaque, Nilgiri Langurs which are endemic to the Western Ghats and are endangered. The animals live in highly socialized groups and are intelligent. There are herbivores who occupy different niche to avoid competition amongst themselves like rhinoceros, hippopotamus, hog deer and prolific sambar. Good collection of endemic and exotic birds are present here along with water birds like storks, pelicans, egrets, herons and cranes housed in a natural habitat. There are added the advantage of an aviary and reptile house, an aquarium nearby on the beach presents a selection of fishes and other marine creatures.
CHITHIRA ART GALLERY
An art gallery named Chithira Art Gallery situated within the museum compound ha collections of the works of Raja Ravi Varma, a pioneer in Indian art. Roerich landscapes work from the Tanjore School of arts, copies of Rajput and Mughal paintings and copies of paintings from Ajanta caves are the notable collections here. Museum also houses miniature painting from China, Japan, Bali and Tibet. The museum was opened to the public by the erstwhile king of Travancore, Sri Chithira Thirunal in 1935 for the enjoyment and developing artistic traits of people. The royal house of Travancore and Kilimanoor Royal family has presented generously a large collection of paintings to the gallery. The king tried to collect rare pieces of arts and literature from different parts of the world to present bin this art gallery.
The fort which played a major role in Anglo-Mysore War is located at here in the outskirts of Trivandrum city. East India Company made this fort and is a good location for signaling ships. This place is 12 kilometre south of Varkala. Once it was the permanent place of British administration. From the lighthouse nearby, wonderful sight can be enjoyed.
In order to safeguard the erstwhile Trivandrum city, Travancore rulers have made this fort which has the famous Sri Padmanabha Swamy Temple at its heart. It has got its name as the entrance was to the east side and there lays a famous palace called as a kuthira Mallika palace. Earlier the city was inside this fort and some of the parts got ruined. As an added attraction there is a Ganesha temple inside the fort.
Set amidst lavishly wooded beautiful gardens, the Napier museum has a striking building with a unique architectural design is a wealth of bronze and stone sculpture also an exhibition of modern handicrafts from the state design centre. The Natural history exposition is a collection of stuffed animals and birds, skeletons and fossil remains. The Napier Museum was based on a very beautiful form of domestic art and started in the year 1857; the museum was the idea of J.A Brown, then director of the Trivandrum Observatory and general William Cullen, the then British resident. The catching attraction in this museum is that of the sword of great and first Martyrs of Indian freedom struggle, Velu Thampi Dhalava, the precious heirloom presented to kind of Kilimanoor palace on his military expedition to Mannadi and later handed over to the president of India. Currently, it is displayed here. Extravagant wood carvings, stone sculptures and coin collections are the key elements of interest in this museum. Exploring this museum with your family including children to inculcate good knowledge to them on ancient artifacts and history, family tour packages to Kerala allows on to visit these places effectively.
SREE CHITHIRA ENCLAVE
Located in the museum compound in Trivandrum, Sree Chithira enclave is actually a personal museum which has started functioning in 1993 in the memory of Sree Chithira Tirunal Bala Rama Varma who was the last Maharaja of Travancore depicts the history of the royal family of Travancore and its contributions to the growth of Kerala. the chariots used by king and queen along with medals, stamps, coins, swords and other belongings of the royal family is exhibited here. The socio-cultural history, geography and evolution of Travancore state is clearly narrated here. The real stories of past are interestingly narrated through a series of narrative mural paintings.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MUSEUM
A must be visited place for children and students is located near Mascot hotel, offers an insight into the impressive growth achieved by India in scientific and technological fields. A planetarium is working inside the museum which is the first hybrid planetarium in India with tilted dome for presenting astronomical classes with a live show. This is the biggest projection screen in South India having provision for projecting night sky of any location on earth at any point of time using an optomechanical projector.
With these mentions, it is evident that more than a tourist spot of beaches and hills, Trivandrum is actually the history hub of Kerala preserved efficiently inculcating new technologies.
Kerala is home to some most alluring hill stations, there are some warm things about those spots that stir up a nostalgic feeling. Most of the tourists who visit here all around the year with some Enthralling Kerala trip packages, that are offered by major tour operators like Holiday Mango Travel, prefer to visit these hill spots than any other. There are many towns that reside among the enthralling hill station of Kerala, most of them are alluring to the tourist mainly because of the pretty cool climate there all around the year. Some of these hill stations were serving as the summer capitals in those colonial era, and you can still witness the influence of European and British architectural style in the buildings here. Having endless sightseeing options, these places are becoming honeymooners paradise over the past years. Munnar is one such places. This idyllic, picturesque spot was once the summer resort for the British and it still retains some of its old charms. All of these quaint towns have developed character sets which make them stand out from the rest of the places in Kerala. Here are some quintessential things that you can only find in such hill stations.
The best chai and corn to snack on
One of the most common scenes you would find in such hill stations are the chai wallas and snack stalls almost in every nook and corner of the place. You can stop anywhere to have some hot momos enjoying the stunning views nearby and also a cozy cup of hot coffee in the cafe joints here. Since most of the hill stations in Kerala like Munnar has some of the best tea and coffee plantations, you can have the best hot drinks in the world in such places.
Water is the way of life here
Another most attractive feature of these hill stations are the plentiful water resources. In most of the hill towns, you can find the buzzing tourist activities are taking around these water bodies, streams, lakes, waterfalls etc. The places like Munnar and Wayanad in Kerala have some of the most attractive waterfalls in the entire state, which you can easily add on your itinerary with Best Kerala tour packages.
Europeane cottage houses
Another interesting thing about visiting such alluring hill stations of Kerala is the unique architecture of the households and other buildings here. The big and small houses with tapering roofs that are mad to prevent the formulation of waters from sliding past and thus providing water proofing all around the year.
The old age convents and elite schools
Most of the top international schools, as well as the elite boarding schools and convents, are found in the hill towns and valleys. Most of these were established during the British time in Kerala.
You might run into animals
You will have encounters with all sorts of animals. Both domestic and wild animals when you are on the road or even the place of your stay. They freely stroll in their hills.
Riding the ponies is one of the most common found activities to do in the hill stations, even if you don’t have any experience riding a horse, you can get to ride plenty of ponies here. The housekeepers will help you ride safely and will accompany till you are back on foot.
Exotic flora and fauna
The wild shrubs that are bloomed into some beautiful flowers is a pleasing treat to the eyes. Most of the were here are grow to most beautiful blossoms in the picturesque backdrop and nature thus gets greener. Even when you ride past through the roads you will get mesmerized with the glimpses of those green pastures and forests.
Waking up to nature
Hill stations are some of the best places to have a cozy stay on your vacation. What better than to wake up to those misty mornings and enjoy the mystery sunset view?The most fill everywhere and even simply walking among the pathways enjoying the cool weather will make your day.
Games hubs everywhere
Most of the hill stations are well equipped with modern amenities and entertainment options since they are emerging as most sought after tourist spots also.
Most of the secret routes and hill station hubs were founded by the rulers in British era and you can still witness the traces of region of colonial raj in the way people are living here.
Chocolates and the baked splendors
You can get some fresh chocolates and mouth watering baked delicacies all around the place, there are many such tools that would capture a foodie’s, heart.
The zigzag roads
The drive to reach here itself would be the wonderful treat to the eyes. The zigzag road and the hairpin bend all adds to the adventure factor of the trip.
Rain can be unpredictable
Do not forget to pack your umbrellas, since the rain and sun scenes are quite unpredictable in these areas.
Best squash, jams, and juices
The hill stations hold some of the best organic and dairy farms. A Much unique variety of fruits and vegetables are cultivated here which make it possible to savor some best juices, jam, and squashes during your Kerala trip.
The places are always tidy and clean
Being one of the busiest tourist places, the locals and the authorities make it to the point to keep these places unfailingly clean and tidy, at least cleaner compared to other major tourist hubs in here.
The hill stations of Kerala can be the paradise for any kind of travelers which are the greenish part of the majestic Western Ghats. These serene and mystical spots can be the ideal pick for your Kerala trip packages. Ven though the concept of hill stations was first made by the British, there are plenty of factors adding some nostalgic feeling to these mystery spots. There are plenty of options for sightseeing, entertainment, viewpoints and many adventure activities to indulge in these places to make your holidays more special and memorable.
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.
Farm tourism is the latest concept in the Kerala tourism industry. It gives the tourists an opportunity to experience the real enchanting and authentic contact with the rural life in Gods own country, the taste of the local genuine food and gets familiar with various farming tasks during their visit to Kerala. You can now explore this opportunity which has become an integral part of ecotourism in Kerala with some Ultimate Kerala tour packages from Surat. The main advantage of farm tourism is that it preserves our environment and cause no damage to nature. If you are traveling with some trusted tour operators like Holiday Mango Travel, you will avail this opportunity of experiencing this Eco-friendly tourism and Kerala agricultural pattern to the fullest.
Advantages of farm Tourism
- It is least damaging to nature
- It is beneficial to both the host and the tourists
- It preserve the environment in its pristine form
It is also beneficial to the local people around the area
Farm Tourism Activities
Today’s farmers also offer various services and entertainment activities to the tourists who visit their famrs including:
- Staying on the farm
- Educational visits
- Wine tours
- Outdoor sports
- Participating in rural life style and local community
- Enjoying natural environment
- Rural heritage
- Enjoying genuine local food
- Gift shops
- Learning about the processing and production
- Cultural activities
- Multi cuisine restaurants
- Tree house
- Underground houses
- Boating, hunting, fishing, trekking etc.
Kerala is an agricultural society, our main earning was from cultivation. Even now there are many people who preserve this tradition. So there are plenty of opportunities to Experience farm tourism in Kerala during your trip with Kerala tour packages. Nothing has to be created for developing farm tourism here. Nature has already blessed this state with plenty of natural bounties and more than one-third of the geographical area has tea, cardamom, ginger, coffee, rubber etc. plantations.
Major Destination in Idukki for Farm Tourism
Idukki can be the best spot to explore some spice plantations and also the farm tourism in Kerala. The weather condition of this hill station is suitable for cultivating many species of fruits and crops like tea, coffee, cardamom which cannot be found in other parts of Kerala that much. Idukki holds the second highest position in the production of agricultural products. The most attractive thing about farms are everything is natural there. You can get fresh vegetables and other products which will be a pleasant experience for you. Here are some of the best places to enjoy farm tourism in Idukki which you can explore during your visit to Kerala.
Escape farm- Kanthaloor
Kanthaloor is a village it is lying in the eastern aspect of the Western Ghats near to Marayur, Kerala And it is well-known for its wide sort of plants which isn’t always seen in the other regions of Kerala, which incorporates forms of tropical plants. situated at a height of 5000 feet above sea stage, it provides the cool climate for the natural farming of fruits like
- Egg fruit
- passion fruit
it is also regarded for terrace farming. Hillsides are carved out into a series of huge steps, enough to domesticate crop.Escape Farm, a country domestic built in heritage fashion amid the backwoods awaits you. This farm on a 10-acre land is owned by John Thomas, an ardent lover of nature. some of the extra than 40 species of bushes inside the premises encompass nice
At Escape Farm, there are many leisure options. trekking could be an unavoidable a part of your life at the farm. you may also plant saplings supplied to you at the farm. The rich bio numerous place gives you sufficient possibilities for chicken looking. you could visit the nearby hills protected shola forests or the Chinnar sanctuary and get an in no way earlier than experience in looking a number of the rare indigenous excessive-altitude birds.there are many tribal villages around break out Farm: Kanthalloor, Marayoor, Kizhantoor, Karayoor, to call a few. choose a jeep pressure or a stroll to those villages and enjoy their tradition, customs, religion and culinary ways. you could enjoy a ride thru the meandering jungle paths enjoying the good sized type of indigenous flora and fauna as get away Farm shares its boundary with the Anamudi Shola Park.
Harvest Fresh Farm- Thekkady
The Harvest sparkling Farm is located in the lap of the Cumbum Valley at the lower Camp, around 12km from Thekkady. A short 15Kms power down the windward aspect of Kumily, Thekkady, Kerala, the farm is strategically placed at lower Camp, in communion with pristine nature yet near small towns and the famous Periyar Tiger Reserve farm has very precisely executed the popularity of a licensed organic farm and it continuously works to live up to the accomplishment. the whole lot approximately the farm is purely natural. The farm boasts of orchards laden with fruits like papaya, mango, and grapes.The farm live right here might be a clean revel in for you.
Harvest Farms offers farm stays with a vision to convey people towards natural living. The enthralling splendor of the farm will go away you merry and at peace with yourself.Suites within the farm are easy however cozy, lightly however fantastically furnished to hold the organic aura of the farm.The farm has a watchtower which promises the maximum breathtaking view of the Cumbum valley. Trek to the give up of the farm to the tower offer unforgettable experience.
- Tour through herbal garden
- Climbing up the watch tower
- Trek to farthest end
- 360-degree view of mountains
- Private meal midst of pomegranate trees
- Cycle around valley
- Feeding ducks
- Visiting cow farm
Thoppan’s Orchard Farm Stay- Idukki
It is located in the Kanthalloor village of Idukki district and known for its tropical fruits and vegetable cultivation, there are three storied accommodation and well-furnished room available for over night stay.