To say it right now, you can feel Kerela right at the airport. God knows what it is. It’s the dress or the culture or the music. But you can feel it in the air. It’s the place of greenery, beauty and colours. We took our graduation trip to Kerela in February in a group of 5 people. Here’s a small tribute to the place that brings the "traveller" in you.
There are a few things I realised while touring Kerala.
1) Road trip is the best idea. The state is so well lined with greenery and landscape that its totally worth it.
2) People say that it's difficult to find North Indian food. WRONG. With such an influx of tourists, one can now find all kinds of food available and it's quite affordable.
3) Locals are very cooperative. Whatever might be the issue be it finding the right food or hotel, please ask the locals. They are always ready to guide the tourists.
4) Carry some cash. A lot of places do not do online transactions.
5) Carry extra empty bags, you will need them when you shop. Things can be found in places they are manufactured and you will buy a lot. Its high quality and affordable. TRUST ME!!
6) Carry some jackets cause the weather can vary a lot more importantly in the hills.
HOW WE BOOKED OUR TRIP
we booked the entire 5 day package online. If you go and search online you will find there are multiple travel agencies that will arrange this for you. The more the number of people, the cheaper it will cost you. They will arrange the hotels(including breakfasts) , car for travel with driver and they will plan the entire trip and share it with you. For us the cost was 45000 for 5 people for entire trip.
And it begins...
The driver was there to receive us early morning. The airport of Cochin is around 3 km from the main city. Once you enter the city it's the greenery and beauty that will enchant you. The Ayurvedic stores come into the sight, you see craft-works and South Indian hotels pop up along side of the road.
We looked about the city. We went around to local markets, roamed about the city gorging to Kerala food and visited the Kochi port. And then it was time to leave for Munnar. By road it takes about 4 hours to reach Munnar from Cochin.