Kerala – Spice Garden of India…!!
What comes in your mind when you hear the word Kerala? It has to be lush green coconut palms, backwaters and houseboats, exotic beaches, south Indian delicacies, enchanting hill stations, and amazing natural scenarios. Kerala is a land of beauty and paradise on earth.
The title ‘God’s Own Country’ isn’t an overstatement at all..!!
The trip to Kerala is close to my heart and a memorable one as it was my first ever trip after marriage with my Pati dev and my in-laws. It took great efforts to convince them for this trip, but finally succeeded..!! 😎
We chose a short trip of 5 nights and 6 days, but it felt so relaxing walking on the sandy beaches, looking at the greenery all around, hogging on the free breakfast menu, exploring the city in a chauffeur-driven car, Ahh..! It was a break worth taking from those mundane activities and the long wedding preparations. Honestly, I relied totally on Make My Trip for arranging this tour and they simply did an amazing job at the hotel selections, itinerary and places to cover with the budget given to them.
Places we covered
Cochin: Personally, a less favorite, can also skip it from the itinerary if you wish. The nearby attractions are the Chinese fishing nets in the Fort Cochin Area, Dutch Palace, and the Jewish Synagogue.
Stayed at Hotel Keys Cochin for a night.
Barely did i see any fishing nets during our visit, but here’s a photo of the Chinese fishing net I managed to get it from the internet. Only for you guys..!!
Munnar: Amongst all the places covered in Kerala, Munnar is my top favorite. Munnar is famous for its tea. There are many tea plantations and factories in Munnar that are open to visitors. We visited The Lockhart Tea museum at Devikulum. The tour escort explained the entire tea making process from picking to packaging. Another attractive sightseeing locations are The Eravikulam National Park, Matupetty Dam.
Thekkady: One will find a lot of spice plantations here. If you plan to buy some good spices, you should consider this place. I personally bought some dried red chillies, they were sizzling hot..!! Next, we headed to My personal favorite, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. The highlight was a 2hr boat cruise going through the Sanctuary. You are bound to spot some Elephants, Deer, Rare birds. So keep your cams ready to click..!! There are various stay options available inside the Wildlife Sanctuary if you intend to make your holiday worth remembering.
Alleppey: We were really excited about this place… The reason for our happiness were houseboats and backwaters. We preferred to stay at hotels than in houseboats for simple reason insects and mosquitoes. If you wish to make your stay worthwhile and a lifetime experience you can opt to stay in the houseboats. We opted to cruise at the longest lake in India called Vembanad and it was a much better decision than cruising in the backwaters. We enjoyed our time. In the evenings, enjoy the sunset at Alleppey beach, strolls on the sandy beaches.
Why should you visit Kerala and What so Unique?
The Culture, The People, and The Food!
Kerala is a marvellous place by all means.
If you love to learn about Culture, Heritage and hundreds of years of history, God’s Own Country has them all.
Traditions are always a part of the people here. The people are warm-hearted and travelers always feel home.
The food is something that’s inseparable.
The variety is too huge! And accompanied by the regional essences of spice and coconut, you are in for a treat if you love food!
Kalaripayattu : Kalaripayattu also known simply as Kalari, is an Indian martial art and fighting style that originated in modern-day Kerala. It is believed to be the oldest surviving martial art in India. It is strong, super fast and energetic.
Here’s a happy family photo rejoicing and creating wonderful memories together. 💓💓
So, whats stopping you to explore this enchanting beauty? Book your tickets, pack your bags and experience this very own Gods country.