Like any new parents, I and my wife are also struggling to cope up with a new set of responsibilities. The tiring days and sleepless nights are certainly enough to decide not to go for any additional challenge. But, that is why it is a challenge, right! Though all the data points indicated to decide us not to go, we decided to travel this time, that too by train.
We were not sure if we would be able to go anywhere other than the nearest beach, but that should not stop me from planning!
Following was our itinerary for 3 days - 2 nights Kovalam beach visit
Start on Friday afternoon from Bangalore to Kochuveli by trainReach Kochuveli by 10 am on SaturdayTake auto or cab from the railway station to hotel, Beatles InnSwimming at Lighthouse beachEat as much as seafood possibleRelaxVisit Hawah beach and Vizhinjam lighthouseVisit the following places, only if possibleStart back on Monday afternoon from Kochuveli to Bangalore by train
I have been to other parts of Kerala earlier, so kept this trip very focused to the beach, and if you are going with an infant, that is what is at most you can do. If this is not the case with you, there are also some other places nearby you can choose to visit,
We were travailing through train after a long time, and for our daughter, it was the first time. Tough the train was much cleaner than we expected, it reached 1.5 hr late at the destination.
Auto - Contracted an auto to reach the hotel, which was around 20 km away for 350 rupees, after negotiation. But we were not to reach the hotel so easily. The auto broke down in the middle of nowhere.
Cab - After getting frustrated for 10-15 min, while the auto driver was trying all his tricks to start the auto back, I had to start searching for a cab. Uber was not available, and was charging out-of-station, but was lucky to get an Ola quickly, which took us to the hotel, ultimately.
As per the Google map, we were at the hotel entrance. I was able to see the hotel entrance door also, but where is the hotel! I asked my wife to wait in the cab and went inside the door to search for the hotel.
The narrow path after the old wooden door took me to the stairs, those were going down, and then, wow, what a view! The stairs took a right turn and reached a white building, the hotel, built on the rocky slope. The hotel ends at a sharp cliff, a small rocky beach starts there, and the sea was smashing itself at those rocks!