Travel Destination II: Kerala, India

Exhaustion from vicious circle of Monday to Friday is inevitable. I could foresee one such exhaustion and planned a trip to God’s own country.

Although September is considered to risky time to visit the place as there is still chance of monsoon, we got a package at a cheaper price and opportunity to avoid tourist rush seen October onward.

Day 1 : Munnar

After landing in Cochin in the evening, we moved to our hotel in Munnar by taxi. It got cooler as we inched closer to the place, stopping for Cheeyappara waterfalls and Valara waterfalls on the way.

After much twists and turns amidst breathtaking (actually giving some breath after you lived in polluted city) greenery, we reached our hotel named Swiss County.

Although I doubt whether any hotel fail to provide a view of beauty of Munnar, our hotel had a perfect balcony to sit and enjoy the drifting cloud, refreshing greenery and soothing silence.

Breathtaking view of Munnar

After a sumptuous breakfast, we left for exploring the city.

First of all, we went to Eravikulam National Park to avoid long queues. It is famous for seeing  Nilgiri Tahr (known as the mountain goat of South India) but it was more about having a uphill stroll among the nature  and waterfalls.  Luckily, we did manage to catch a glimpse of the mountain goat as well.

Thereafter, we went to see tea garden and tea museum. After spending an hour or so, we moved to local market. There is good variety of tea leaves and home made chocolate to be bought in Munnar.

Moving back to our hotel, we spent rest of the day in admiring Munnar’s beauty and having exotic meals.

Day 2 : Thekkady

Next morning, we left for Thekkady. We ventured to visit its wildlife sanctuary Periyar. which has a large variety of wildlife including sambar, gaur, wild boar.

There is option of Cruise Safari and Jeep Safari. We opted for Jeep Safari which took us into the mountain terrains. We could spot a herd of wild elephants, colored languar and a number of spices traversing through the wild.

In evening, we explored markets of Thekkady to hunt for spices as it is famous for that. We could find all spices in fresh and pure form : cardamom,  clover, cinnamon, black pepper.

Day 3: Alappuzha/Alleppey

On next morning, we drove to the beautiful backwaters of Alleppey. The boat ride among tall coconut trees, crystal clear sky and opaque water was a memorable experience.

I just sat, stretched my legs and contemplated how beautiful life can be!

Backwaters at Alleppey

Day 4 : Cochin

On arrival at Cochin, we enjoyed the local sightseeing. We went to Kerala folklore and theatre museum, which had an interesting collection of historical items of the state. Other key highlights of the city are Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue  and St. Francis church. It also has a good marketplace to pick up souvenirs.

Thereafter, we moved to Cochin airport for our flight, hoping for another  Kerala trip after another exhaustion at work.

“Check it off” shortcuts:

  • Covered destinations:
    • Munnar (national park, tea gardens)
    • Thekkady (wildilfe sanctuary)
    • Alleppey (backwaters)
    • Cochin (shopping center, museum)
  • Depending upon length of stay, Kerala also has some other nearby beautiful destinations:
    • Kumarakom (bird sanctuary, backwaters)
    • Kovalam (beaches)
    • Kanyakumari (meeting point of three seas with historic places )
    • Trivandrum (temples)

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