Thursday, May 16, 2013

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.

Munnar


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.

1 comments:

Thanks for sharing nice experience with us, and you really nice explore about tour and its places and all that, its really beautiful smelly whether in kerala. you can post really really nice images thanks for your valuable sharing, also i suggest one hotel and resort in kollam kerala - hotels in kerala,

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