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As we bring you closer to "God's own country" through our experiences of being a superior holiday provider in Kerala and other neighbouring southern states in India

Spectacular Beaches of Kerala

Learn about the best beaches in Kerala, dont miss the famous Meenkunnu Beach, Varkala Beach, Cherai beach and other important beaches in Kerala...

For an adventurous wild life expedition in Kerala

Wildlife enthusiasts are bound to be mesmerized by the numerous wildlife sanctuaries and national parks the state of Kerala is home to.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Go Temple Touring in Kerala

Kerala, best known as the ‘God’s Own Country’, is not just abundant in natural beauty but also is rich in its age-old temples. Widely known for its uniqueness in customs, rituals, structure, offerings and festivals, the temples of Kerala are worth a visit on your next trip down south. Read more on some famous temples in Kerala.

Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple:  Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this temple is located inside the east fort in Thiruvananthapuram. In the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, Sri Padmanabha reclines on the serpent Adi Sesha. The Lord holds a Shiva lingam on his right hand with his two consorts, Sridevi and Bhudevi, by his side. One of the most famous temples of Kerala, this temple is a must visit for any travel enthusiast.
Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Guruvayoor Temple:  Known as the Dwaraka of South India, the Guruvayoor Temple harbours Lord Vishnu in the form of Krishna. An important place of worship for Hindus, the idol in this temple is a known for its form as revealed to Krishna’s parents Vasudeva and Devaki. Visit this temple for the sheer beauty of the great Guruvayoorappa.

Guruvayoor Temple

Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple:  Built in the year AD 790, the Ammbalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple is known for its palpayasam nevaidyam. It is believed that Guruvayoorappan comes to this temple daily to have the payasam nevaidyam. So if you have a weakness for delicious payasams, Ambalapuzha is the place to be.

Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple

The three temples mentioned here are just a prelude to the long list of unique temples that are strewn across the beautiful state of Kerala. If you’re headed south, make sure temple hopping is amongst the top 5 things you would want to do in there.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Kerala in the Monsoons

Kerala has welcomed the monsoon showers and is all set to look its picturesque best! During monsoons nature’s wonders blossom and provide more than a pleasing picture.

Enjoy the monsoons in Kerala with Kerala Holiday Mart
Kerala in the Monsoons
Kerala can be easily counted amongst the most sought after monsoon holiday destinations of India, below we tell you why.  

The vibrant touch: Natural hues are the best hues one will ever see and god’s own country provides this in abundance. Water lilies, in eye catchy colours of white, purple and pink can be seen mushrooming across backwaters or the Chinese creeper, these vibrant flowers create a spectacular view for you to cherish. You will also witness a burst of greenery all around; whether it’s the hill station of Munnar that will give you the refreshing view of hills covered with clouds or Cochin, which serves as a reminder of rains in a city and adds its distinct colours to the backdrop.

Munnar Tour - A must on a Holiday to Kerala
Munnar, enviable at it's best
Waterfalls: If you wish to enjoy the rains, it has to include waterfalls. When the rain gods shower upon Kerala, the waterfalls show their real charm. Crystal clear water flowing from great heights, making thundering sounds and casting a spell in the atmosphere, this can be best experienced at the Athirapally waterfalls. One can actually go exploring and find many such marvels during monsoons in Kerala.

Kerala Waterfalls - Thissur
Waterfalls in Kerala
During the rains, along with the waterfalls and the colourful landscape hot filter coffee and local food will give you great company. Whether you crave for the authentic south Indian meal or want to get drenched in the rain surrounded by tranquility and aura of freshness, Kerala certainly has everything that fits a monsoon vacation.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Kerala, your ideal Monsoon vacation spot

The best time to experience the vividness of nature is monsoon and Kerala can be said to be one of the most alluring places to visit during this time of the year. During this time, the state’s backwaters are surrounded by lush greenery, waterfalls appear inviting and the entire landscape covers itself with a refreshed look. Rains have a distinctive charm in Kerala; below are some of the unique experiences you can explore on your monsoon vacation:

The backwaters: The magical backwaters of Kerala bring to mind green backdrop and floating houseboats, in monsoon this picture becomes even better.  The sound of rains hitting the roof of the houseboat, viewing the rain from the houseboat window, enjoying the raindrops fall on you while you are absorbing the refreshing view around, sipping hot coffee amidst the clouds on your moving houseboat or enjoying a conversation with your loved one; the joy of these simple things will captivate you. To make the most of your Kerala trip, be sure to add Alleppey, the backwaters hub to your list.

Ayurveda goodness: Pampering oneself with rejuvenating spa treatments during a monsoon vacation is complete bliss, something you will feel after an ayurvedic spa indulgence in Kerala. The Ayurveda treatments of Kerala are world renowned for their effectiveness; from bringing down stress levels to tackling health issues, you are certain to find a cure for every problem here. Soak up the aroma of the herbs and let nature’s magic woo your senses. Kovalam is the best place to indulge in herbal spa therapy and laze around by the beach side thereafter.

Explore the wild life sanctuaries: Kerala is home to more than ten wild life sanctuaries, which during monsoons are buzzing with greenery and freshness. Watching elephants in a playful mood enjoying the rains or spotting a deer running around trying to escape the raindrops; these rare sights can be witnessed the best in Kerala. Chenthuruni, Aralam and Wayanad are a few of the sanctuaries that are open during monsoons, be sure to visit one of them and take back picture perfect memories of your wildlife expedition.

Kerala truly looks like abode of the gods during monsoons and has a unique charm. Nature scattered around and the scenic views become even more enticing and inviting at this time. So pack your bags and be ready to get drenched this June.

By Kuncheria Thomas

A Refreshing Holiday to Kerala

When it comes to choosing a summer vacation spot, we are certain to pick a hill station. This vacation season we decide to explore the state of Kerala. My gang of friends had to plan a 5-day Kerala trip and visit places that would be soothing enough for the senses and visually appealing too.

With 5 days to make the most of the holidays, we four friends decided to cover four destinations: Cochin – Munnar – Thekkady- Alleppey. We had decide to travel by train, thus our arrival city was Cochin. From there we planned to head to Munnar, relax there for two days, then move to Thekkady and conclude our trip with a relaxing houseboat experience in Alleppey.

The journey:

Our mission to make summers pleasant began when we arrived at the Ernakulam station. Our train arrived at 1.30 pm in the afternoon, giving us time to travel to Munnar before the sunset. Our car journey from Cochin to Munnar was around four hours long but the greenery around kept us charmed throughout along with the local street food that we kept feasting all the way. As we were nearing Munnar, the temperature started to fall and the surroundings felt pleasant. The Grand Plaza hotel, welcomed us with an amazing view of the hills. We wanted to just enjoy the view of the hills from our room’s window but then there was something enticing we were about to witness. Leaving our bags unpacked, we rushed to the Blossom Park. The sight of hundreds of colourful flowers around along with a lake, made the view seem like we were in a dreamland. The boat ride was the best part of the day, I must say.

Day 2 arrived and we were ready to explore the natural wonders of Munnar. The Mattupetty dam was our first destination and what a splendid view it was! The clean and clear lake, the dam and the green cover that was spread till our eyes could see. After this pleasant sight it was time to visit our next destination, the Rajmalalai wildlife sanctuary. All we wanted to do in the lush green jungle was spot the Nilgiri Thar which we weren’t lucky enough to spot. However on our expedition, we did manage to see squirrels, the Nilgiri langoor and elephants. We retired for the day with a lavish open-air dinner at our hotel, recollecting our experiences.


On the third day of our trip, we had planned an entire day in the Periyar wildlife sanctuary. We bid adieu to our hotel and were looking forward to the next adventure. We were lucky enough to spot a tiger from a far distance, this surely was the best experience I and my group of friends could ever have together. We zoomed our camera lenses to capture the moment and till date the experience is fresh in our memories. Elephant ride was the next best thing we experienced, the elephants walking at their own pace and their group members following them all in a line and well behaved, a sight can make anyone fall in love with them. As the sun began to set, we were made to head to our tree-top room! Spending the night atop a tree in a dense jungle which is home to numerous animals, seemed like thrilling adventure and it was so in every sense.

Holiday Resorts in Kerala

After the jungle adventure we reserved our fourth day in Kerala for a backwater splendor. The region of Alleppey played perfect host to us. Since we wanted to escape the heat during the day time, we skipped the long distance destination and visited a coir factory instead. The livelihood of a huge population of this region depends upon the cottage industry of coir making. We were amazed to see the skill and speed at which the workers were working.

After the factory visit we arrived at the houseboat where we had the whole evening and night to spend. The best memory of the backwaters was watching the sunset and the colour of the sky change thereafter. Later an open-air dinner followed, where we could hear the water sounds and feel the tranquil around. Saying hello to a new day on a houseboat was something I wish I could to every single day of my life. With the beautiful beginning of our fifth day in Kerala, it was also time to say goodbye to god’s own country and travel back home. With packed bags and loads of memories and fun times, we headed back to the Ernakulam station. The time we spent in Kerala, from May 3 – May7, 2013 gave us the required dose of adventure, natural bliss and relief from the scorching summer. If you want to explore south in summers, I suggest you visit Kerala.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Be charmed by natural bliss at Kodaikanal

Alluring and forever inviting, probably two of the many words one can use to describe Kodaikanal, the soothing hill station of Tamil Nadu. The proximity to nature you feel here is impossible to be felt anywhere else, and the ways in which you can explore Kodikanal’s beauty are fascinating in themselves. We have listed below some of the must-do activities and itineraries of this hill station.

 Cycling around the Kodai Lake: Kodai lake is a manmade lake built during the British era and presently provides most splendid natural views to its visitors. The lush greenery this lake is surrounded by and the Palani hills that are its main water source can be best experienced and viewed while cycling or horse riding. If you love adventure and wish to include it in your trips then you will love this place. The thrill of cycling along the lake, watching the locals, halting by a beautiful sight and capturing it in your camera will surely add to your cherished memories.

 Dolphin’s Nose: The Dolphin’s Nose will attract you with its beauty and tranquility. This is a famous tourist spot comprising of rocks which from a distance look like a Dolphin’s nose. You can sit on these rocks which are surrounded by hills and greenery around and be amazed at their sight. Come here alone to experience solace or with your loved ones, every moment spent here will be heavenly.

 Kodaikanal solar observatory: Kodaikanal is home to the world’s oldest solar observatory. Established in the eighteenth century, this observatory has been working hard to de-code the power of solar energy and its uses. The place is open to visitors and can give you insights into many facts about solar power that you are unaware about. If you love reading you can spend a few hours in the observatory’s library which is stocked up with some engaging books on Astronomy, solar energy etc.

 Go shopping: Kodikanal is famous for Eucalyptus oil extracted from the locally grown trees. The oil is so pure the local sellers will do an authenticity test for you without you even asking for it. You cannot miss falling in love with the homemade chocolates and taking them back home. Many things will catch your attention in the local markets including spices and earthenware, making it tough for you to decide what to bring back. Whatever reason brings you to Kodaikanal, eventually you will fall for this quiet and peaceful hill station. Do plan to stay here for a few days or at least a weekend to thoroughly experience the essence of this place.

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