Kerala: Goodness of Nature
My Alluring trip to Kerala!
I knew it was time for me to put the hectic nine to five schedule standby when I had started dreaming about Consumer Equilibrium and Monetary Policy. Sounds hilarious but being an Economics Teacher, I have been eating, drinking and sleeping with them since a year. So, I Googled about the places and chose the land of God, Kerala as my destination. I have always wanted to visit the pristine beaches and explore the marvel of Kerala, so I hurriedly booked my tickets and headed to the Indira Gandhi National Airport along with one of my colleague. We decided it to be a 9 Days and 8 Nights trip.
Day 1: Experience at Cochin and Athirampilly Falls
I reached the land of chronicles, Cochin at 9:30 a.m. via Indigo airlines. I checked into Hotel Keys after an hour and found the hotel calm and quiet. The location was a little far from the airport but I enjoyed the clean roads on the way. After resting for only half an hour, I headed towards Athirampally Falls, of which I heard a lot after the release of the famous movie; Bahubali: The beginning. The Waterfalls were truly magnificent. Rain added to the intriguing experience of the falls. It took us a couple of hours to and fro the journey. I felt surprisingly energized after the sensational therapy and was ready to commence my week-long adventure.
I started Cochin travel with Fort Kochi indulging into the beauty of the place and treated myself with Appam, Kaplan, and Meen Curry.
Other Places to Visit: Cherai Beach, Mattancherry Palace, Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, St. Francis CSI Church, Indo-Portuguese Museum, and Ernakulam Shiva Temple.
I have heard lots of the fantastic spa of the hotel, so I decided to give it a try, and after signing into my room, I headed directly to one of their spas. The three hours that I spent there was worth every penny and with every tired muscle in my body jazzed up.
Roaring Athirampilly Falls( See Video)
Day 2 and 3: Beautiful night at Munnar
After a long day at Kochi, the next day we got up a little late.after having complimentary breakfast we called our driver and headed for Munnar going ahead with my traveling list reaching Hotel Clouds Valley at 1 p.m. I loved the hotel’s soothing and welcoming aura and enjoyed the silence while watching the valleys from the hotel. Having filled ourselves with lunch, we explored Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi, Hydro Park.
The day was packed and hectic. I dozed off to sleep after having dinner and woke up at 8 a.m. I was surprised to watch the glistening valleys with the sun rays. I got ready and delighted my taste buds with the free breakfast bonanza at Clouds Valley.
On the second day at Munnar, I dived into some of the amazing travel destinations of Munnar like Fun Forest, Tea Museum, Attakud waterfalls, Spices Park and Wonder Valley. The Sadya lunch with several curries and payasam appeased my stomach and soul. The third morning, I packed my bags again and headed for Thekkady.
Day 4 and 5: A Sophisticated stay at Thekkady
The next destination on my bucket list was to visit the incredible Periyar National Park, so I took my already booked car and reached Hotel Vista, Thekkady. I reached there around 12 noon.
My plan for the day was to plunge into the art and culture of Kerala. I saw the famous martial art form, kalaripayattu, which has its origin in Kerala. And Kathakkali, the amazing dance form. Indeed, both were awesome, but what froze me up was the Jeep ride into the terrains accessible vis muddy, humpy, stony, ruthless roads, that I took later on.
My vocabulary limits me to explain the rowdy excursion. At times I felt I was almost hanging into nature. Also, I went to the adventure farm where the elephant ride and elephant bath rejuvenated me.
The next morning I traveled straight to the hotel’s restaurant and the Pazham Pori served to me won my heart. The hotel service and staff were very enthusiastic and cooperative taking utmost care of my luxurious stay.
I spent rest of my day filming the spectacular Periyar and challenged my capabilities with Border Hiking and Bamboo Rafting in the wildlife reserve. I had an amazing experience traversing the beautiful park and also spotted a deer, two tigers, and herd of elephants.
Day 6: The Alleppey
Continuing with my lovely holiday, I arrived at Alleppey and rested the whole day in my boat bedroom enjoying the lush green artistry of the beautiful land. At the bank of the lake, people live a normal life. Boat-way is a normal means of transport for them to carry on their daily activities.
I had a sumptuous meal of Kerala biryani and sweet payasam. It was an overnight stay. I had never in my life thought of slumbering in the boat surrounded by water, all night.
The never-ending slow motion of the boat rose me early, I got out of my pajamas and headed to the Alappuzha beach and Mullakkal Temple to educate myself with the traditional monuments of the past century.
Day 7: Kovalam
Kovalam was my next location on Kerala adventure, and I signed into Uday Samudra Beach Hotel at 1 p.m. I visited the Lighthouse beach, and some breath-taking palm-backed beaches like the Samudra beach, the Hawa and Samudra beach park. I enjoyed the serenity and exquisiteness of the beaches. I spent an hour at the Sagarika Marine Research Aquarium, the diverse variety of the fishes, turtles, crabs, and lobsters present there was enthralling. The place also boasts a collection of starfishes and corals making it a prominent tourist spot.
I treated myself with an Ayurvedic Kerala body massage at a wellness center. Though there were various options, I chose Shirodhara. The same treatment at Delhi would have cost me more with certainly less quality. The evening went beside the vast ocean. The tides seemed to roar exuberantly, to manifest their vast existence and power. The next day was magnetic.
I also visited the alluring pilgrimage site, Kerala on my seventh day and guided my soul with the pure spirituality of the place. I sojourned to Bagavathi Amman Temple, and Padmanabhapuram Palace, Vattakottai Fort, Mathur Aqueduct and other beautiful sites.
Day 8: Kanyakumari and Trivandrum
I waited to reach Trivandrum and then head for Kanyakumari, which is considered to be the last point or location of India as per its map. Kanyakumari is primarily known for Triveni Sangam.
According to Wikipedia, ‘Kanyakumari formerly known as Cape Comorin, is a town in Kanyakumari District in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The name comes from the Devi Kanya Kumari Temple in the region. It is the southernmost tip of peninsular India, where the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal, and the Indian Ocean meet.Kanyakumari town is the southern tip of the Cardamom Hills, an extension of the Western Ghats range. The nearest town is Nagercoil, the administrative headquarters of Kanyakumari District, 22 km (14 mi) away. Kanyakumari has been a town since Sangam period and is a popular tourist destination.’ [en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanyakumari].
It was enticing to see, different colors merging into one. I could enjoy the view while eating food in a hotel’s restaurant on the seventh floor.
I also happened to visit Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Thiruvalluvar statue, Gandhi Memorial Mandapam which were all nearby. In the evening, I traveled back to Trivandrum and could not get over the fascinating feeling.
I ended my journey by traveling to the capital of Kerala, Trivandrum and stayed at Hotel Keys and had an amazing spa experience at the beautiful hotel.
Day 9: Last Day of Journey
The next day, I checked out of the hotel early morning and headed for sight seeing. I went to Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Napier Museum, Attukal temple, Kowidar Palace and Shankumugham beach the next day.
I boarded my flight from Trivandrum International Airport, in the evening, with my heart content and having mesmerizing memories. Kerala truly rejuvenates the body and soul.