Kerala God’s own country a must visit

Kerala also known as God’s own country has its historic importance as when lord Vishnu threw his axe and created a place for his devotees to live peacefully. For me it is God’s own country because of its undefinable beauty and serenity. Kerala has nearly 600 kms of shore line with incredible beaches, backwaters, forests, wildlife, enchanting palm trees and greenery.

Apart from beauty there are others things like tea, coffee and spice plantations, rich culture, traditional massages, medicinal herbs and great food it simply lacks nothing.

Things to do in Kerala

Munnar a beautiful hill station amidst tea gardens

Best way to start is take a flight to Cochin and hire a cab which picks you from airport and head for Munnar. The way to Munnar is extremely beautiful, you can enjoy the view with music.

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Will advice you to take a stay in a resort which is located near tea gardens to feel the perfect tranquility of this place. A two day stay at Munnar is good to completely explore the place for details about what you can do in Munnar, you can check the post Munnar the silent beauty.

Alleppey backwaters in a houseboat

After seeing Munnar you can drive down to Alleppey, which is known for its backwaters and popular attraction the houseboat stays. One day house boat stay is enough as its just staying in the boat and enjoying the sea.

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Lunch would be on the boat and they provide only Kerela meals during the day time, if you are fussy about food make sure you mention your food preferences before hand.

They park the boat at the parking around 5 pm, you can walk around and enjoy the view and sunset.

Boat crew can make arrangements for a candle light dinner on the boat but the menu is quite fixed while booking please check the food options you want.

Few tips about the houseboat stay:

  • Book the boat from a  good company, checking all the facilities they provide to have a good service
  • Usually you can use air conditioner only in night, so choose a good season to visit
  • Do not leave the door of your room open as near the parking you might face issues of mosquitoes otherwise
  • Use water carefully as they have a limited supply for it
  • You will get the instructions when you reach at the place would advise to check in advance while booking
  • Keep some light snacks just in case food is not of your choice

Thekkady a place to enjoy wildlife and Kerala Massages

Drive down to Thekkady from Alleppey, you can enjoy Elephant Safari or book a night safari to have the enriching the wildlife experience. Thekkady is also a great center for traditional Kerela massages book your appointment in morning to enjoy the relaxation at your convenience.

Poovar and Kovalam beach Kerala

Poovar and Kovalam are the two best beaches of Kerala and the trip is incomplete without visiting those. You should atleast spend two days there to do explore the place nicely. Where to stay and what do to here you can find it in my post about Kerala’s most attractive beaches Poovar and Kovalam.

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We started with a hill station, followed by the houseboat stay at backwaters, followed by the forest experience and ended with chilling on the beach. Kerala was a perfect destination to have a taste of everything and we had a wonderful time.

 

 

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Kerala’s most attractive beaches Poovar and Kovalam

Poovar or Kovalam both are beautiful, where to stay? This is a very common question which arises, when you are planning a trip to Kerala. Well, the answer is very simple, if you are looking for a relaxing stay, away from the crowd close to nature Poovar is your choice and if you wish to enjoy the liveliness of the beach surrounded by tourists, shopping, markets, restaurants Kovalam is the right option. What did I do? I took the stay at Poovar and did a one day trip to Kovalam and enjoyed both.

Poovar Beach Kerala

This was the best experience in my entire Kerala trip, Poovar beach is also known as the island of coconuts as it is surrounded by these lush green trees adding to the tranquility of this place. You can have a short tour by clicking on the video link below to see the gorgeous place.

Choosing a good  place to stay at Poovar is the most important thing to have an enriching experience. We chose Isola de Cocco resort for our stay at Poovar and it came out to be a great decision.

Isola de Cocco resort

The resort is spread out in 30 acres of land and is incredibly gorgeous. Starting from the entrance to the backyard its surrounded by nature. Looks like they own a mini forest and a river bank of there own. The backwaters adds a star to scenic location of this resort. You can choose your preferred option to stay from a suite room to a tree house or a pool villa they have it all. Food and service are equally great. Let’s have a quick sneak peek in the resort.

The splendid entrance…

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Needless to say Isola de Cocco is great a choice but what you can do here apart from relaxing. There are few good activities you can do at this place.

Activities

Mangrove forest tour

Sightseeing the mangrove forest was really an amazing experience. Click on the video below to have a slight feel of how it was.

We also saw some birds during our tour, I wish I had those high resolution cameras at that point to capture the pictures even better.

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How long you want the tour depends on how much you wish to pay to the boat guy, ask and negotiate the time and money on the first day when you arrive at the resort so you can check out the place at your convenience.

Watching sunset at the beach

Nothing can be compared to watch a sunset on a beach where there is so much tranquility.

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Arabian sea is quite rough, the waves are massive and the sound is gigantic. Water is milky white and the sand is soft. I can’t dare to swim was happy watching.

Kathakali show arranged by Isola de Cocco

The resort guys organised a Kathakali show for us in the evening, reach early to occupy the front seats. The show was performed under a tree surrounded by a stone stage adding to the feel of it.

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Kathakali is a dance form all about expressions and performers dressed up in colourful costumes. It was a magnificent show and kudos to all the performers. Its a must watch if you love art and culture.

Kovalam Beach Kerela

Kovalam is situated around 17 kms from Poovar beach, its very lively and beautiful as well. It took us close to 45 mins by car to reach there, we tried different kinds of food and enjoyed the view.

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The beach is quite crowded as its not visible in pictures but it is, the location is touristy surrounded by live fish counters and shopping streets.

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There is a lighthouse as well near the beach which is open for tourists to visit, the place is scenic and has a tinge of Kerala’s culture.

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We spent less time at Kovalam compared to Poovar but its definitely worth a visit. If you are a foodie and wish to try the south Indian cuisine this place is a paradise for you. There are lot of open cafes where you can sit and enjoy the sunset.

I loved both the beaches and time spent here is worth cherishing. Kerela trip is incomplete without these two places.

Munnar the silent beauty!

Beauty all around with all shades of green, freshness in the air touching your soul. Peaceful yet musical is this hill station in Kerela called Munnar, which means three rivers. It is called so because of the confluence of three rivers Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala.

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Things to do in Munnar for two days

Blossom Park

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Blossom Park as the name suggests has beautiful flowers and is huge in area. This is a very well maintained park where people come and relax, enjoy the nature.

Rose Garden and floriculture center

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Rose Garden has beautiful flowers and variety of flora, it is an amazing place for people who like flowers.

Echo point

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Like all hill stations Munnar also has a echo point, you shout and the voice comes back. It is also a famous photo spot.

Mattupetti dam

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This dam is a famous tourist attraction due to its splendid location and Shola forest nearby where you can visit to explore the wildlife.

Try the south Indian Cuisine

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Kerela has variety of delicious foods to offer do try the Kerela food and other South Indian dishes on your visit.

Tea Gardens

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Carpeted by this green blanket of tea gardens Munnar looks so mesmerizing. Tea gardens are an integral part of Munnar you can find them across this place adding to the tranquility of this place.

Tea Museum

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This place is a must go if you are really a tea lover, the museum shows you how the tea is processed after it comes from the gardens. The process of making tea is quite interesting to know, before you start your tour of visiting the machines and the steps the guide will tell you interesting facts about drinking tea. This place was fun, they give you free tea to try as well.

Munnar is popular for its picturesque location, tea gardens and rich wildlife. Weather is cool and nice never crosses 30 degree Celsius generally. A perfect place to chill, away from the busy city life. It is a very renowned spot for honeymooners as they can spend quality time with each other.