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Dussehra in Kulasekarapattinam Mutharamman Temple 2016 | Tamilnadu, India
Kulasekarapattinam, a remote village located in Tuticorin district used to operate as a minor port for trading with neighboring Sri lanka is the place where Mutharamman temple resides and it is known for grand dussehra festival in India....
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5. Get the morning train to Colombo which reach around 10 a.m. Check-in your hotel and go out for sightseeing in Colombo. You can finish it within 4 p.m. Get back to your hotel, take a shower and check-out if you have scheduled your flight on the same day. If you want relax at Galle Face Green (sea beach of Colombo city) in evening, eat sea fish at beach food stalls then you can stay overnight in Colombo, take rest and leave next day for you home.Read More
5. Get the morning train to Colombo which reach around 10 a.m. Check-in your hotel and go out for sightseeing in Colombo. You can finish it within 4 p.m. Get back to your hotel, take a shower and check-out if you have scheduled your flight on the same day. If you want relax at Galle Face Green (sea beach of Colombo city) in evening, eat sea fish at beach food stalls then you can stay overnight in Colombo, take rest and leave next day for you home.
It's a decent AC Bus. But, it will not move until all passenger seats are full. So, one has to wait for a while. In my case, the bus left within 30 minutes. I reached Colombo Bus stand around 8.25 AM, from there the Colombo fort is just a 10 minutes walk.
Explore the art scene in the city of ColomboThe charming capital is brimming with city lights. Situated on the shore, Colombo’s beaches are its greatest asset. One of the most happening cities in Sri Lanka, Colombo’s local art scene, nightlife, food culture and sights stand uncontested.
Spend a day out at beachesKosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project lies an hour away from the Colombo city and makes for a perfect escape on the second day. A few kilometres away is Hikkaduwa, the surfing beach where you can indulge in other seaside activities.
Got up early today. The driver arrived on time around eight in the morning. I had my trip planned by the staff at the Regent Hotel. It is an eight-day road journey around the coast and northern area of Sri Lanka covering more than a dozen cities like Kandy, Trichnapali and many others. The road trip to Jaffna started smoothly. My driver, Joseph, spoke good English and was alert all the way. We stopped over at a few ancient Hindu temples on the way. The most remarkable thing I found was how distinctly different these temples and deities were from the ones I had seen in south Indian cities like Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram. The colours were very bright and vibrant. The sculptures of the various Gods, Devis and Divas also varied from the ones I had seen in, say, Kanyakumari and other south Indian cities. The domes of the temples carried the images of Devis and Divas in itself. Blue, pink and gold were the predominate colours used.
Day 1 - ColomboOur journey started with a late night flight from Mumbai. There are many options available in flights, to make the travel as economical as it can go consider travelling from Chennai and if money isn’t the concern then go for direct flights which ply 2 a day from Mumbai.For VISA, it is suggested you apply online @(http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/) as the on arrival VISA facility has been terminated.The VISA (ETA) is issued in 24 hours post you fill in the required details and make a payment of 20 USD.We reached at around 4.30 a.m, and just FYI the airport is in Negombo and buses for Colombo ply every half an hour from in front of the airport starting 5.30 a.m.The bus ride is approximately of 45mins and it would leave you at the Pettah bus depot. We reached Pettah at around 7 and took a Tuk Tuk to our Hostel at Galle Face, Colombo.Word of Advice - ~ You should try and book your stay near Galle Face in Colombo for it’s the most happening part of the city and positions you among the posh and main highlights the city has to offer~ Ensure you take a Tuk Tuk (autorickshaw in common language) that runs by meter and not otherwise We started on our mission of discovering the city only post grabbing some sleep at the hostel. Our first destination was a local mall - ‘Crescat’ for we were famished. The mall is small and boasts of many unseen Sri Lankan local brands, the food court is at the ground floor. Do not forget to feast on some Sri Lankan delicacies which a variety of stores there offer.Our next destination was the famous ‘Gangaramaya Temple’ of Colombo which boasts of a huge Buddha inside and a small floating monastery on the lake. Post grabbing some quick pictures, National Museum of Colombo became our next stop.
We were then outside our hotel and were busy negotiating with an Tuk-Tuk guy and I tried my luck talking in Tamil. To my surprise, the auto driver agreed to guide us the city tour with half the cost - just because I am from India and I spoke in Tamil. I was little hesitant with the generous offer and was not comfortable riding a Tuk-Tuk in an unfamiliar city fear of getting ransacked popping in my mind, after all we are all biased with prejudice and took an Uber ride (who took 200 LKR) to the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple patting myself on my back having taken a safer option.
After breakfast, proceed to ColomboEnjoy the drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree-lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens. On arrival, check-in to your hotel.In the afternoon, proceed on a city tour of Colombo. It is a bustling metropolis that considerably generates 50% of nation's economy. Driving along the sweeping streets bordered by the race courses and World War II airstrip, Colombo is a tourist magnet. City's historical locales are transformed into modern day metropolitan area by lavish clothing, food and tea boutiques. Pettah is known for its floating market and the offbeat shopping experience it has on offer. It is worth strolling in the upcoming offshore city of Colombo Port featuring parks, commercial complexes and an F1 track. On your way to Bauddhaloka Mawatha, it is a must to witness the Independence Square Overnight in Colombo. (B)You can stay at-
124 Kms from Kulasekharapatnam
After 45 hours of gruelling train journey, we, four wanderlusts came to the capital city of God's Own Country. Our hotel was clearly visible by it's large glowing billboard from the platform. Hotel Highland could make a headline for it's brilliant Restaurant. Their overall service was also decent. Read More
After 45 hours of gruelling train journey, we, four wanderlusts came to the capital city of God's Own Country. Our hotel was clearly visible by it's large glowing billboard from the platform. Hotel Highland could make a headline for it's brilliant Restaurant. Their overall service was also decent.
Sightseeing- Zoo, Planetarium, Padmanabhaswamy Temple.Shopping City- Sarees, ChipsChecked in a hotel in eveningHotel Name- Jumayira Residency, Trivandrum. ( Rs.4000/- for 2 a.c. rooms.)Day 7 Kovalam
From Varkala, we took a bus to Trivandrum, our next destination. The capital of Kerala, its one the crowded cities in Kerala, situated on the west coast of India, and is bounded by Laccadive Sea to its west and the Western Ghats to its east. Like any other city, Trivandrum also has innumerable restaurants, which didn't fail to excite a foodie like me. Hotel Rehmaniya serves delicious beef, mutton and appam. Sneak into Hotel ZamZam for Malabari-style biriyani, and Hotel South Park for Onasadya, a typical Kerala recipe that will make your taste-buds go crazy!
Next morning we went to the main beech for breakfast and after strolling a bit on the beech we packed our bags for the next destination, Kolvalam. We reached Trivandrum by afternoon and checked in a hotel there. Then we headed to Kovalam which just 15 kms from there. Again quiet a descent beech by Indian standards but it was heavy crowded and we could not find any patch where we could just be alone. So we destined ourselves to enjoy the crowd. The sunset was quiet beautiful the best of all was yet to come.Day 7:- Trivandrum to Kanyakumari
On the D-day , we reached Trivandrum in the evening. The weather gods were happy and it was drizzling that time. We took a taxi from the airport itself and set course to Varkala. It took us almost 2 hrs to reach the place. Our guest house was located 5 minute off the main road. The location was perfect for a peaceful stay.It was a traditionally kerala house with a wide backyard, coconut trees, garden in front and so colorfully painted. I was just in love with the location of guest house and the ambience.The settings of the rooms were equally bright. One room with yellow ambience and other with blue.Equipped with mosquito nets and WiFi. Attached bathroom with hot water facility was also available.Pretty decent rooms. Ayurvedic consultation and treatment is also available.
The next day I woke up early at 5.00 am to get the view of sunrise at beach. I went along the rock path, which was already occupied by some people. The sight was really beautiful. We can be able to see the sun coming out slowly to spread the brightness.
Finally the day came when my most memorable trip had to end and boy! it was tough to leave such a beautiful state behind. The pizza night, station incident, the backwaters and the fresh aroma of the spice plantations, such were the memories of my trip.A Yahoo! answer to the question “Why is Kerala called God’s own country” turned up this: “Nestled between the pristine waters of the Arabian sea on the west and the lush Western Ghat mountains on the east, its intense network of rivers and lagoons, thick forests, exotic wildlife, tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters and a long shoreline of serene beaches make it a traveler’s paradise.”
Thiruvananthapuram… Day 1I landed in Thiruvananthapuram which is the capital city of Kerala. I had been told that it offers splendid palaces like Padmanabhapuram Palace and Kanakakunnu Palace, beaches like Kovalam, Varkala, Shankumukham and Azhimala, hill stations like Ponmudi and other attractions like Poovar at a stone’s throw. And so here I was with my family…absolutely looking forward to my stay here.Once a calm fishing village clustered around its crescent beaches, Kovalam is known as the Paradise of the South and is just 16 kms away from Trivandrum. We had already made our bookings in a resort situated here in Kovalam. True to its name Kovalam presents an endless sight of tall and graceful coconut trees. We enjoyed the views on our way.We were given a warm welcome in an absolute tranquil, beautiful, calm, pure lobby with soft incense fragrance flowing in the air! It could not have been better! It was an absolutely green place with small traditionally built cottages nestled among the tall and handsome coconut trees. The best part being that it is situated just on the long shoreline with a serene beach, clean and accessible only to the guests. It also is a destination for Ayurvedic health holidays and we were blessed to have an in-resort spa with such blissful facilities.The art-lover in me was completely enchanted with the artistically done restaurant. Bright paintings adorned the walls. Fresh flowers on each table were very welcoming and the best was the soothing Sanskrit mantras that played in the background making the atmosphere totally pristine.Kerala has an exotic cuisine and although we are vegetarians we were completely spoilt for choice by the chef. Kerala is known as the "land of Spices". Even the Kerala cuisine is known for its spicy and hot foods. Traditionally, in Kerala food is served on a banana leaf. Almost every dish prepared in Kerala has coconut and local spices. The unusual cuisine of Kerala brings to the fore the culinary expertise of the people of Kerala.After the gastronomical journey we set out for the lighthouse. The 35 m lighthouse at Kovalam is situated on top of the palm-covered Kurumkal Hill. Visitors can climb the spiraling staircase inside, to the top of the red and white tower and enjoy a spectacular view of the surroundings. The lighthouse offers an amazing view of the moon- shaped beach and the famous Vizhinjam mosque.After a great evening at the beach we were back to our cottage in the resort.At night the waves sang us lullabies and how I loved falling to sleep with that sound. In the morning they wished us good morning with a lot of energy and cheering.An awesome breakfast awaited us to treat our taste buds to some of the finest dishes of Kerala. The hospitality exhibited by the staff touched my heart.
Travel stories are incomplete without some great people that you meet along the way. I decided to couchsurf for the first 2 days of my trip. Jayakrishnan ("JK" as his loved ones call him) accepted my request and I landed at his house in Trivandrum. Rahul was already there. He was the other guy who was couchsurfing at JK's. Rahul has been into wildlife conservation since the age of 16. He took it up formally and now works with the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) and it's truly astonishing what he has accomplished at the age of 22. He has dedicated his entire focus on otters and their conservation in India. Once he spent 3 months in solitude in a tent on an island in the Ganges (Gangetic floodpain) to study the behaviour of otters and educating the villagers about their conservation.JK and his cousins, who I must add are absolutely fantastic hosts, took us out to, Sri Mulam Club, one of the oldest clubs in Trivandrum, where we met Balan Madhavan. He is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) and an acclaimed wildlife photographer. He spoke at length to us and spoke his heart out; about elephants, about conservation, about photography, about humanitarian causes and about life. We discussed about the loss of habitat and nomadic routes of the elephants. He said, "If today an elephant wants to kill human beings, he has every right to do so for all the cruel things we have ever done." We sat in silence for a while, had our drinks and parted after exchanging phone numbers.Kerala is unlike any state I had visited. It is crazy green and there's abundant water everywhere. It has mountains, it has beaches, it has lakes, it has backwaters, it has thick forests, it is very clean, offers lip-smacking food; truly God's Own Country. The people are calmer and mindful of the fact that public spaces are truly public. I visited the Trivandrum and the Cochin railway stations and there wasn't any clamour or shouting. People were disciplined and the stations were very clean. some things else; jackfruits, coconuts, fish and beef are ample.Trivandrum, as a city, seemed very royally humble; green overlay, clean roads, vintage buildings in white, windowless buses and a knack for rains. It's neither crowded like the metros, nor are the roads crammed with cars. Public transportation is great and the buses are not overcrowded. In fact, I travelled extensively in KSRTC buses and never faced any issue of delay or discomfort. Moreover, there are a considerable number of food-joints that offer you brilliant food 24X7.
Eravikulam National Park
232 Kms from Kulasekharapatnam
Best time to visit - April,May,June,September,October,November
This national park is the breathtaking home of a plethora of precious flora and fauna, and lies along the Western Ghats. Considered the magnum opus of Kerala, the park provides magnificent panoramic views of tea plantations and rolling hills blanketed in mist. The grasslands protect the endangered Nilgiri Tahr and harbour several other species of animals, birds and butterflies, including a new species of frog that was discovered recently. Eravikulam park becomes a sought after destination when the hill slopes get veiled by a carpet of blue, a miraculous phenomena caused by the flowering of Neelakurinji, which blooms only once in 12 years. Anamudi, translating to elephant's forehead and located within the park, is the highest peak of South India and its might and height of 8,842 ft can be enjoyed from a distance at Rajamala, from where the endangered Nilgiri Tahr can also be observed. The park provides a number of safaris for convenient and safe tourism around the park. The Kurinji Trail, which follows through misty tracks of protected animals and flowery grasslands, is a must for trekking lovers. Another famous but charming spot is the Lakkom Waterfalls, which provide an enchanting view along with an eco-shop cafeteria to eat at. Close to these falls is a log house, which offers comfortable accommodation with complimentary food and the much desired solitude and peace amidst the lap of nature. Read More
215 Kms from Kulasekharapatnam
Best time to visit - April,May,June,August,September
Translating to 'the gift of the forest' in the native language of Tamil Nadu and originally home to the Palaiyar tribal people, this modern city has been a retreat long since the 19th century. Located in the hills of the Dindigul district, this city was established by British bureaucrats and American Christian missionaries. Kodaikanal offers an experience of stunning culture and natural beauty. Some famous attractions include Kodaikanal Lake, where one can always take a peaceful boat ride, Berijam Lake and Pillar Rocks. Take a walk in the pine forest or explore the Kukkal Caves and the Devil's Kitchen, a cave with a series of hidden ravines. Bear Shola falls, Glen Falls, Silver Cascade and Fairy falls make for a magical setting for nature lovers to observe and unwind. Religious dwellings such as the La Saleth Church, Lutheran Church and Subhramanya Temple are admired famously for their intricate architecture. For the inquisitive minds, Shembaganur Museum of Natural History, which is home to 500 species of taxidermy animals, birds and insects and the Kodaikanal Solar Observatory are great places to visit. Coakers walk, Silent Valley View Point, Perumal Peak and 80 Mile round make for interesting walks and treks, offering breathtaking views of the plains below. Natyanjali Festival, celebrated over 4 days, is a spectacular sight to behold with dazzling dance performances and top notch acts from across the country, which one can enjoy in the months of February or March. You can get a bite to eat at Cloud Street, Cafe Cariappa, Altaf's Cafe and Tava restaurants.Read More
From Munnar our next destination was Kodaikanal (A beautiful place situated near lake)... we hired a taxi and start our journey in early morning because we don't want to miss the scenery... we also took a sip of tea on roadside dhabas....We check in the hotel and went to the lack side... most famous place in kodaikanal... there you can take a cycle and roam around the lack and feel the natural beauty and fresh air... or you can also go for Boating that was fun because of the weather... Kodaikanal weather is so pleasant most of the time...There are also so many places to see and lost in the beauty of that places....#Pillar Rock#Suicide Point#Bear Shola Falls#Dolphin Nose#Devil's Kitchen#Pine Tree ForestThere are so many point which you will cover in your trip...Here you can buy home made choclate which is very famous and also try israeli food
A guide was hired by us to give us a tour of this beaut of a hill station. The guide tagged along with us in our cab to show us the major tourist spots.
It actually felt good to have people around. This is where the usual touristy stuff happens- families, couples, photographers home made chocolates, souvenirs and stuff. We spent some time walking around, bought some plums and rambutans before half-heartedly deciding to return home.(Tip 7: Try to stay for a couple of days. We did have a good time in one day. But the Princess of Hills and her younger sister are worth way more than that.)
6. Kodaikanal (Dindigul)Its name in the Tamil language means "The Gift of the Forest". Kodaikanal is referred to as the "Princess of Hill stations" and has a long history as a retreat and popular tourist destination. Much of the local economy is based on the hospitality industry serving tourism.
The distance between Ooty and Kodaikanal is 255 km and taking a taxi is the best way to ply on this route which costs Rs.5,000 approx.
Why go? Kodaikanal and the nearby village of Vattakanal lie at the very end of the historical hippie trail in India. The dense forest gives you a chance to come a step closer to nature. Kodaikanal is a perfect retreat to find the calm away from the city and to also explore a completely new side of South India.Things to do: Cycle around the Kodaikanal Lake, walk to the suicide point and witness the famous Pillar Rocks of Kodai. Take a detour to Vattakanal, an offbeat hippy village where you can spend the night at one of the numerous village homestays.Budget tip for Kodaikanal: Stay at a budget homestay in Kodaikanal or Vattakanal and make sure you write a review about the places you visited on TripAdvisor, one of JetPrivilege's programme partners, and earn up to 1,525 JPMiles.
Kodaikanal might have started getting a great influx of tourists in the last decade, but it was always supposed to be a quiet settlement around the large Kodai lake. And this is what makes it so gorgeous even during the times it's filled with people. Made infamous by the notorious "magic shroom" peddling, Kodaikanal is otherwise full of endless treks and interesting natural locations, making it one of the best places to visit in India.Cheapest month: August.Weather: Pleasant. Minimum temperature – 20 degrees celsius. Maximum temperature – 32 degrees celsius.Average expenditure per head per day: Rs. 1,000.Insider tip to save further: D0n't just ask anyone on the road for shrooms. Ask your hotel manager directly for the cheapest sources.Book best hotels.Read more about Kodaikanal.
One of the most gorgeous hill stations down south has somehow gotten its name synonymous to psychedelic mushrooms (more commonly called "shrooms"). They are locally grown around Kodaikanal, and that's what the youth comes to this place for.Reasons for notoriety: Shrooms.What it should be really known for: The beautiful manmade Kodaikanal lake, the sublime Silver Cascade Falls, and the state-of-the-art Kodaikanal Solar Observatory. It should be seen as a family hill station.Book the best hotels.Read more about Kodaikanal.
If a psychedelic trip away from reality is your kind of vacation, Kodaikanal is the place to visit. The popular tourist destination in Tamil Nadu is becoming increasingly famous for its 'magic mushrooms.' Want to get a taste of this euphoria? Now you know where to go!
219 Kms from Kulasekharapatnam
Best time to visit - February,March,April,May,August,September,October,December
This is the kind of place that will look good on any camera, no matter which angle you take your picture from. Emerald green hills, with mist looming over them like wandering ghosts, Munnar makes for a vacation that will be etched in your memory for years. Munnar happens to be South India's largest tea growing region, hence a walk through its aromatic tea gardens cannot be missed. For more insight into the tea industry, the Tea Museum can make for an interesting visit. Sadly the meddling of the plantation industry with the flora and fauna, causes many species to lose their habitats and become endangered, some being the Nilgiri Thar, the Nilgiri wood-pigeon, the Grizzled Giant Squirrel, the gaur, the sambar, and the Neelakurinji flower, which blossoms only once in 12 years. Consequently, Munnar is home to many national parks, such as the renowned Eravikulam National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kurinjimala Sanctuary, Amaravati Reserve Forest, Anamudi Shola National Park and the Pampadum Shola National Park, a visit to which is highly educational and peaceful. More quiet and scenic spots include Devikulam Lake and Attukal waterfalls. Munnar also caters to restless spirits, who can enjoy adventure sports such as paragliding, rock climbing, rappelling and even cycling. Some famous places to eat are Rapsy restaurant, Saravana Bhavan and Eastend, all known for their delicious non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes. Munnar is easiest to access by road through state run or private buses, compared to flights since the nearest airport is in another city, Cochin. The nearest train station is in Aluva, although cabs and buses are easily available from both the places to reach Munnar.Read More
After chennai Darshan we went to the Munnar place of "Tea gardens" ... full of greenery with peace... less crowded so the beauty of that place was not ruined....There so many more thing to do apart from seeing tea gardens...
The most sought after tourist destination in South India, Munnar is carpeted in emerald-green tea plantations. If you're planning your next vacation to Munnar, it's imperative that you get the best of its stunning surroundings.
We visited the Eravikulam National Park famous for the endangered Nilgiri Thar. The park offers a views of rolling tea gardens misty hills. We drove past a series of waterfalls while on our way to Mattupetty Lake which is a pretty picnic spot, boating facilities are also available for the enthusiastic. We ended our day with a short stop at the local market where you can buy some freshly packed tea and spices.
Munnar's tea gardens observed from the top and the bottom gives you two entirely different experiences which are both incredible in their own ways.
पत्तियों और शाखाओं से गिरने वाली पानी की बूंदो के साथ धुंधला प्रेरित रोलिंग चाय उद्यान और मसाला वृक्षारोपण, अगस्त में मुन्नार एक प्रकृति प्रेमी स्वर्ग से कम नहीं है। उच्च पहाड़ आधा धुंध में आते हैं, जबकि बारिश हर चीज को पुनर्जन्म सा दे देती है। अगर आपको पहाड़ो के बीच में कुछ शांत समय की तलाश है तो दक्षिण में मुन्नार एक आदर्श जगह है। अगस्त में ये एक पर्यटक मौसम नहीं होने के नाते, आप बिना किसी भीड़ के और सीजन की कीमतों के इन सभी का आनंद ले सकते हैं!कैसे पहुंचे - मुन्नार के सबसे निकट रेलवे स्टेशन अलुवा में है जो वहाँ से 110 किलोमीटर दूर है | सबसे पास एयरपोर्ट है कोचीन में, जो वहाँ से 110 किलोमीटर दूर है | और आप अगर दक्षिण से आ रहे हैं तो अपनी कार से भी आ सकते हैं, सड़कें अच्छी हैं |कहाँ रहें - होटल एको टोन्स में आप हर सुख सुविधा केवल 3,900 रुपये में पा सकते हैं | आप चाहें तो ये आप अभी ही ये होटल बुक कर सकते हैं बिना पैसे दिए, यहां क्लिक करें |5. ओरछा
A Mangalorean cottage in Munnar for a quiet getawayPicture a cottage sitting on the lush green Nilgiris, festooned with pink bougainvillaea bushes and red wildflowers. Well, it exists and is waiting for you in the small hill station of Pothamedu, in Munnar. Surrounded with paved paths that are bordered by prismatic flowerbeds, the cottage emanates a romantic atmosphere. The rooms have been styled according to a spring theme, keeping in mind the terrace gardens, tropical groves and dense foliage enveloping the place. All the bedrooms are well-furnished, with redwood décor and an attached balcony. The cottage also has a dining area on the terrace.Perfect for: Couples or honeymooners seeking a romantic hideaway in the midst of Munnar's rolling hillsSpace: The cottage is comfortable for upto three guestsWhere: In Pothamedu, a hill station in Munnar, KeralaHow to reach: Most convenient method of transport is by bus. The nearest bus stop is in Munnar, at a distance of 3.6km. The nearest railway station is Ernakulam Junction South at a distance of 128km. The Cochin International Airport is at a distance of 110km from the property.
Mistletoe Munnar is a boutique, premium home stay having five well furnished rooms with private balcony; overlooking the magnificent Kanan Devan Hills of Munnar; having a traditional clay oven cafe, a common living with library and a dining area.With a quiet neighborhood and no commercial buildings and activities near by, the night life gets into sleepy mode along with birds and to be awakened by them early.One can reach Mistletoe by car, bus and motor bikes. The highway is few meters away and all the public transport buses stop by right in front of the gate. One can stroll or follow the spice plantation trails around for evening or morning walks on their own and it is completely safe.
A thousand shades of green await you at the tea estates of Munnar. As the clouds subside, the charm of the landscaped gardens overpowers the senses. The cool wind is never too chilly and it's always pleasant to walk in the tea estates of the region. Spend a day at the 160-year-old Lockhart Tea Factory and understand the journey of the leaves from the gardens to a hot cup of tea. Walk over from the city to old Munnar for some cafe hopping to enjoy the best of continental fare with locally-brewed tea and coffee that are just right for winter.Suggested accommodation: Greenspaces B&B; rooms start at Rs 3,600You might also like: Munnar, a piece of heaven on earth by Traveller In Me.
224 Kms from Kulasekharapatnam
Best time to visit - January,February,August,October,November,December
This seventh largest city of Kerala is popular for its houseboat cruises along the Kerala backwaters. Alappuzha is bedecked with lagoons, beaches and canals and offers lots of water sports such as kayaking, canoeing, sailing and water skiing, to unwind during your vacation. The backwaters also happen to be the venue for the annually celebrated (January and August) Nehru Cup Snake Boat Race, where long serpentine boats being rowed with rhythmic furor by able-bodied Malayali men, is a spectacular site to behold. Some other famous attractions include Alleppey Beach, Andhakaranazhi Beach, Vemband Lake, Mannarasala Temple and the Alappuzha Light House, which offers a stunning panoramic view of the city and the coastline, especially during sunsets. One can also take a speed boat to Pathiramanal Island, a quiet and picturesque island on the backwaters where one can witness hundreds of rare migratory birds from around the world. South India is culturally rich and its abundance can be enjoyed through its music, dance and spirituality. Many resorts organise cultural shows in the evening where one can enjoy the traditional dance of Kerala and one of the oldest theatre forms of the world, Kathakali. Places such as Thaff Delicacy, Dreamers Cafe and Restaurant, Mushroom Restaurant and Kream Korner Art Cafe are famous for delicious local, vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Alappuzha can be reached by air, the nearest airport being Cochin International Airport, which is 83 km from the city, while buses and trains are also available.Read More
4. Allepey, a town with picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches and lagoons; described as the “Venice of the East” by Lord Curzon himself has a lot to offer to the discerning traveler but I was interested in the backwaters , hence I dug deeper peering in to the large scale google maps to decide which part of the backwater channels would be most captivating .
Alleppey, like Kumarakom is famous for its backwaters. Also, one should also opt for 1 night stay in the houseboat. The experience is surreal and most of the houseboats provide great hospitality. It is an experience which one should definitely not miss.
No matter what your travel plans are for winter, you would always be happy to swap it for a blissful stay on a houseboat in Alleppey. The backwater tours in Alleppey are the best way to explore the coastal life of this town. Winter time is also the time of celebration in Alleppey and the festival of Mullackal Chiraq is celebrated with full fervour. Hop off the boat and get a taste of the natural wonders around Alleppey during a visit to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and the Punnamada Lake. Evening are meant to be spent at the beachside and the beaches of Alleppey and Marari are just the right spots to watch the sea swell.Suggested accommodation: Soma House Boat; rooms start at Rs 7,500You might also like: A New Me and a New Year in God's Own Country by Ankita Jaiswal
We woke up early morning & headed toward Sri Krishna Temple - Its peaceful and very old . Mens needs to take out the shirts while entering in the temple , Take Prasad from out side of the temple . They will cut slips once you enter in the temple for females its different as well as males . Post returning the resort we had breakfast and headed towards the famous backwater to experience the luxury of Houseboat -legendary backwaters of Kerala & some mind boggling sceneries. House boat is a private boat with fully furnished spacious & bath attached bed rooms, hygiene kitchen, dining area and private front deck to capture thebeauty of the back waters. Overnight in the house boat . The Boat Starts in noon with welcome drinks and lunch , Cruises till 5:30pm . Rest overnight and enjoy the dinner at houseboat only . Morning it starts at 7:30 enjoy the Breakfast at the houseboat deck and witness the beauty .
After breakfast Check out your resort and drive to Alleppey ; also known as Venice of the east by its special geographical features as the place is famous for its vast back water stretches and paddy fields. We choose to stay in the Resort for the First day and this was the best decision . We were confused weather to stay in the houseboat or in the Resort hence we spent two days in Alleppey . On reaching Alleppey we started for Karishna Puram Palace - which is a great Monument of History & St. Sebastian's Church in Arthunkal church which is 200 years old . & Some time on Marari Beach - Its clean , less crowd except some shops .As soon as we finished the church we headed toward the resort to see the sun set - Alleppey Beach Garden its a private property where you can spent some quality time and its on the shore . The background music of the waves will always be there to entertain you .
Day 8: Enjoy the Backwaters in AlleppeyHere comes our dream place, the Houseboat in Alleppey. We started from Thekkady early morning around 10 am after having our breakfast and reached Alleppey by 2 pm. We opted for Krishna Houseboats which was semi-luxurious. As we entered into the boat, there was a single word that came out, a big WOW !!! A boat in form of a hotel/restaurant whatever you call it. We kept our bags and started exploring the boat. It started and the guide offered us a welcome drink.Backwater, nearby villages, local people - these were the things we captured in our memory. Guide himself cooked some delicious food for us (both veg & non-veg). In the evening, we had some Pakora's with ginger tea and finally we stopped by some village to explore it further. We got down and spoke to some local people about their life. What an amazing experience we had. We will recommend that everyone should visit Alleppey atleast once in their lifetime.
If somebody thinks about planning a trip to Kerala, houseboat stay in the middle of backwaters of Vembanad Lake either in Alleppey or Kumarakom should be the nucleus of it. We enjoyed every bit of the houseboat package. In the evening we also strolled through the beautiful Alapphuzha beach.
We started our day early as it was our last day here in Kerala, Alleppey being a coastal town is very humid and hot. After two days in Munnar , it took us some time to adjust to the weather. Our first stop was Mararikulam beach. Most of the people dont know of this clean and cozy beach in the Marari village which is 15 km away from Alleppey on the Kochi highway. Believe me this is one of the best beaches on Western coast and very clean as there are very few visitors. Go for a dip in the morning and sip on fresh coconut water for a relaxed morning. Watching my mom and dad play in the water like kids was surprising !! This is what travel is all about, discovering the curious, playful kids in us. We reached our boat house by lunch time, after a quite heavy lunch with fresh sea food and a beautiful sunset with just water all around us. Wondering how beautiful mother earth can be, we ended our trip !!