Kerala offers almost everything you desire. In fact, no other place in India or even the world offers as many varieties as Kerala offers to its guests. This beautiful little paradise offers almost all the major attractions you are looking for. Be it enchantingly beautiful beaches, serene backwaters, mist clad hills resorts, scintillating waterfalls, tea and spice plantations, amazing wildlife or trekking trails.
In the month of May 2009, I got the golden chance to Visit Kerala. We spent four days in Kerala as our honeymoon trip covering a beautiful hill station: Munnar, Venice of the East: Alleppy and the Kovalam beach. We started our trip with a GoAir flight from Delhi to Kochi via Mumbai and reached Kochi by 5:00 pm in the evening. We had plans for Kochi as well, but due to the two-hour delay in flight, we decided to go straight to the hotel and take rest for the day as we had to leave early next morning for Munnar
Next morning we left for Munnar as per our plan. After having breakfast in the same hotel we left Kochi and started our ascent on the zig-zag mountain roads towards Munnar. From Kochi, it took us about four to five hours to reach Munnar. Munnar is the breathtakingly beautiful – a haven of peace and tranquility – the ideal tourist destination in God’s own country.
As we kept going on we came across various types of tea plantations spread across the entire valley. You could feel the temperature slowly going down and sweet coolness in the weather. As we went on I could see the green valleys full of tea plantations and tea pluckers working in small groups in the tea gardens. The climate was such that within a minutes the bright sunshine would soon disappear into dark cloudy weather. The clouds were so near as if I could have touched it with my own hands. It is such an experience that cannot be expressed well in words; you need to see to believe it.
In Munnar, we got a chance to see a tea museum where we saw the actual process of preparing tea from raw tea leaves. That was the good experience. After that, we move ahead towards Mattupetty Dam 13 km away from Munnar and there we got the chance to spent some time near the beautiful lake and look around some beautiful local shops.
After exploring Munnar we made our way south to the small town of Alleppey (Alappuzha), the place in Kerala to organize overnight houseboat cruises. We were lucky – it was off-season and we were able to secure a very nice boat for a fairly reasonable price, they tend to double and even triple during high-season, and that was included in our Tour package. The boat featured two sitting areas in the front of the boat complete with a dining table and comfy chairs, a fairly spacious bedroom with AC and attached bathroom, and a kitchen area in the back where our two-man crew prepared very tasty local dishes for us during our cruise. My husband was very happy to see the food they served and we really enjoyed the food and hospitality.
In the evening our houseboat stops near a village. I had to see the village so I and my husband stepped out of the boat and went to that village. It was a small village and locals form that village told us that and most of the village population earns their income by running houseboats. That was the best part of our Kerala visit.
After the wonderful experience of Kerala’s backwaters, we had to left for Kovalam and Trivandrum. We stayed in Pappukutty Beach Kiss Resort in Kovalam. This hotel was in front of wonderful Kovalam beach. Our room was on the ground floor and we can watch the whole Kovalam beach from the hotel. The lighthouse is seen from the hotel.
It was a damn good beach. You definitely will enjoy the beach atmosphere near the light house.
According to our planned trip, next place in our list was Trivandrum city. We started at 9:00 am morning and went to Zoo and museum and then some other known places. Finally, we returned back to Hotel and explored some nearby shops. We enjoyed each and every moment on this beach.
I must say – Kerala is surely a paradise to be visited at least once in your lifetime.