I knew it was time for me to put the hectic nine to five schedule on standby when I started dreaming about bacterial cell walls and bacteriophages. Sounds hilarious but being a microbiologist, 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.
Experience at Cochin: Hotel Keys
I reached the land of chronicles, Cochin at 12:10 a.m. via Indigo airlines. I checked into Hotel Keys after an hour and found the hotel calm and quiet. 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. I felt surprisingly energized after the sensational therapy and was ready to commence my week long adventure. I started my travel with Fort Kochi indulging into the beauty of the place.
Places to visit: Fort Kochi, Cherai Beach, Mattancherry Palace, Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, St. Francis CSI Church, Indo-Portuguese Museum, and Ernakulum Shiva Temple
Food to eat: Appam, Kaalan, and Meen Curry.
Beautiful night at Munnar: Clouds Valley Hotel
After a long day at Kochi, I hired a taxi for Munnar going ahead with my traveling list reaching Clouds Valley at 11 p.m. I loved the hotel’s soothing and welcoming aura and enjoyed the silence while watching the valleys from the hotel. I dozed off to sleep after some time and woke up at 6 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.
Things to do: Explore some of the amazing travel destinations of Munnar like Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi, Hydro Park, Fun Forest, Tea Museum, Attakud waterfalls, Spices Park and Wonder Valley.
What’s in lunch?: The Sadya lunch with several curries and payasam appeased my stomach and soul.
A Sophisticated stay at Thekkady: Hotel Vista
The next destination on my bucket list was to visit the incredible Periyar National Park, so I booked a cab and reached Hotel Vista, Thekkady and called it a night right away after checking into my room. The next morning I traveled straight to the kerala’s best hotel’s restaurant and the Pazham Pori served to me won my heart. The hotel service and staffs 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.
The Alleppey: Bedroom houseboat relaxation
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. I had a sumptuous meal of Kerala biryani and sweet payasam. Come evening, I got out of my pyjamas and headed to the Alappuzha beach and Mullakkal Temple to educate myself with the traditional monuments of the past century.
Kovalam: Uday Samudra experience
Kovalam was my next location on Kerala adventure, and I signed into Uday Samudra Beach Hotel at 1 a.m. after my astounding journey from Alleppey to Kovalam via road. The visited the Lighthouse beach, and some breath-taking palm backed beaches like the Samudra beach, the Hawa and Samudra beach park enjoying the serenity and exquisiteness of the beaches. I spent an hour at the Sagarika Marine Research Aquarium, and Hatchery and 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 also visited the fantastic pilgrimage site, Kerala on my sixth day and guided my soul with the pure spirituality of the place. I sojourned to Bagavathi Amman Temple, Vivekananda Rock Memorial, and Padmanabhapuram Palace, Vattakottai Fort, Mathur Aqueduct and other beautiful sites.
Conclude at Trivandrum: Hotel Keys
I ended my journey by traveling to the capital of Kerala, Trivandrum and stayed at Hotel Keys and had an amazing spa experience again at the beautiful hotel. I went to Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Napier Museum, Attukal temple, Kowidar Palace and Shankumugham beach.
I boarded my flight from Trivandrum International Airport with my heart content, having enthralling memories. Kerala truly rejuvenates the body and soul.
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