8 girls from different cities on a bacherellote trip to Kerala - Part 1

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22nd Sep 2017
Photo of 8 girls from different cities on a bacherellote trip to Kerala - Part 1 by priyanka kakade

For many travellers, Kerala is South India's most serenely beautiful state. A slender coastal strip is shaped by its layered landscape: almost 600km of glorious Arabian Sea coast and beaches; a languid network of glistening backwaters; and the spice and tea-covered hills of the Western Ghats. Just setting foot on this swath of soul-quenching, palm-shaded green will slow your subcontinental stride to a blissed-out amble.

Kerala is a world away from the frenzy of elsewhere, as if India had passed through the Looking Glass and become an altogether more laid-back place. And i realized why it is called God's own country once i went there.

It was just 4D 3N trip to this amazingly beautiful place but while writing a blog i realized that it's really impossible to put those blissful days in one blog . So i am writing them in two parts with all details including travel , food and accommodation.

Firstly this was my first all Girls trip which turn out to be blast and memorable. Our trip started with booking flight tickets and then booking package . We had booked 4D 3N customized package which includes hotel bookings (Munnar , Thekkady and Allepy) , site seeing in mini traveller , House boat ride in Allepy which costed 47k for 8 girls .

Even though it was package , it was completely fabulous because we only decided places to visit and hotels to eat food randomly . But you can also opt for Homestays/Hotels and Travelling separately if travelling alone or with less number of people .

When to visit : September to January but flights and Hotels are cheaper in September-October as it is the start of tourism season .

NOTE : All the tourist places get closed by 5 PM in evening in Kerala also get crowded after 10 AM . So better plan accordingly and try to reach early as possible.

Day 1 :

Cochin :

We reached to Cochin airport by 2.30 AM on Friday . By the time our TT comes , we got fresh and had homemade breakfast . We got on TT by 4 AM and we headed for Athirappalli and Vazhachal Waterfalls, Thrissur which is about 53 km from airport .

Photo of 8 girls from different cities on a bacherellote trip to Kerala - Part  1 1/1 by priyanka kakade

The most famous waterfalls of Kerala, Athirappalli and Vazhachal are situated on the Chalakudy River, which originates from the upper reaches of the Western Ghats. The waterfalls are located on the edge of the Sholayar forest ranges are just 5 km apart. This is the only place in the Western Ghats where four endangered Hornbill species are seen.

Day 1
Photo of Hotel Malabar, Jew Street, Pullepady, Ernakulam, Kerala, India by priyanka kakade

Time to have some refreshing tea/coffee so here's small hotel just at the entry road of Cochin Airport named Hotel Malabar . I would recommend to have coffee and not tea if you are in Kerala . I know even though it is one of highest Tea producing state but really serves bad tea to drink.

On the way to Athirapalli Waterfalls

Photo of 8 girls from different cities on a bacherellote trip to Kerala - Part 1 by priyanka kakade

Athirapalli Waterfall , Thrissur :

Morning journeys are always best and that i got to know while travelling in Kerala . We reached to Athirappalli waterfall by 7 AM and entry starts from 8 AM so we had to wait to get in. By the time we had coolest morning walk and discovered some hidden places nearby.

Some hidden place near waterfall

Photo of Athirappilly Water Falls, Pariyaram, Kerala, India by priyanka kakade

Serene view from shelter

Photo of Athirappilly Water Falls, Pariyaram, Kerala, India by priyanka kakade

We were really early to get in and it is really amazing walking path towards waterfalls and surrounded by tall trees and wooden fencing. Its kinda mini trek to reach to the this huge waterfall . Athirappalli waterfall is one the largest waterfall in India which stands tall at 80 feet and nicknamed "The Niagara of India" and also known as "Bahubali waterfall" now.

Photo of 8 girls from different cities on a bacherellote trip to Kerala - Part 1 by priyanka kakade

Athirapalli Waterfalls

Photo of Athirappilly Water Falls, Kerala, India by priyanka kakade

Rainbow at Waterfall

Photo of Athirappilly Water Falls, Kerala, India by priyanka kakade

Vazhachal Waterfall , Thrissur :

Because most of the shooting is done at this place of India's one of the biggest hit movie "Bahubali". Most of the movie scenes and songs in India has been shot here . They have restricted area for entry so we have to enjoy this waterfall from certain distance for safety . After spending some time here we headed to Vazhachal waterfall which is 5 km away from Athirappalli waterfall.

Main gate to Vazhachal Waterfall

Photo of Vazhachal Waterfalls, Pariyaram, Kerala, India by priyanka kakade

Vazhachal Waterfalls

Photo of Vazhachal Waterfalls, Pariyaram, Kerala, India by priyanka kakade
Photo of Vazhachal Waterfalls, Pariyaram, Kerala, India by priyanka kakade

Just a short drive from Athirapally, the Vazhachal waterfall is close to dense green forests that are home to many endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna. We don't have an entry to inside the water but that really does not matter as the view is so divine and beautiful . We had great time at both the places and sweet coconut water (one is enough for two people).

Photo of 8 girls from different cities on a bacherellote trip to Kerala - Part 1 by priyanka kakade
Photo of 8 girls from different cities on a bacherellote trip to Kerala - Part 1 by priyanka kakade
Photo of 8 girls from different cities on a bacherellote trip to Kerala - Part 1 by priyanka kakade

We had stay at Munnar that day so we moved on towards Munnar . By the time we were hungry and it was time to grab some food . Our driver uncle recommended us "Hotel Saravana Bhavan" , NH47, Thrissur road - Koratty . They had such mind blowing variety of Dosa's and other south Indian food . We ordered different types of Dosa and i personally love Kerala parotha so i just grabbed it when it arrived.

Menu card with Pink Water

Photo of Hotel Saravana Bhavan, Ernakulam, Kerala, India by priyanka kakade

Yummmmmmmmy Kerala parotha

Photo of Hotel Saravana Bhavan, Ernakulam, Kerala, India by priyanka kakade

Food was delicious and you must visit to calm down your appetite once you are in Kerala or Thrissur . Chai and Coffee was just ok here . One thing i knew before coming to Kerala about Kerala Ayurvedic Water is a hot drinking water, slightly pinkish in colour, used by many people in the state of Kerala which is served in many restaurants and homes just before eating and we got it Saravana bhavan.

It is made with a hard part of the wood of a multipurpose tree that is widely used for various medicinal purposes. Pathimugam is widely used since ancient days and is an excellent herbal medicine. It is made with a hard part of the wood of a multipurpose tree that is widely used for various medicinal purposes. Pathimugam is widely used since ancient days and is an excellent herbal medicine.

Kerala Farm , Kallar , Munnar :

Thrissur to Munnar(Idukki Dist.) total distance is 156 km approximately and around 3 hours continuous journey . We had enough time so we decided visit one of the spice farm in Kallar , Munnar named "Kerala Farm" .

Photo of KERALA FARM, Idukki, Kerala, India by priyanka kakade

View from Kerala Farm

Photo of KERALA FARM, Idukki, Kerala, India by priyanka kakade

Guide telling us about plants and herbs

Photo of KERALA FARM, Idukki, Kerala, India by priyanka kakade

Entry ticket was 100 per person but we managed to bargain with them and got tickets for 60 per person . They basically take you across the farm and introduce and brief uses of them to you of some Indian spices like pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, ginger, turmeric and so on. , ayurvedic medicinal , coffee plantation . They also had some tourist attraction such as lake , tree house, few rare birds and for kids swings on trees .

Black paper tree

Photo of 8 girls from different cities on a bacherellote trip to Kerala - Part 1 by priyanka kakade

Insulin plant

Photo of 8 girls from different cities on a bacherellote trip to Kerala - Part 1 by priyanka kakade

Kerala is one state in India which is popular for use of ayurvedic medicines. Herbs and shrubs are said to possess certain medicinal values but less considered that even a tree which does not bear any edible fruits can also possess some medicinal compounds.

You can buy some Attar (Indian scents ) (I bought one for my brother too , it smells so pleasant) , handmade chocolates and Kerala sarees . Once you get out of it , you can see their own Ayurvedic medicinal shop where you will get medicines for all problems and spices . But the problem is all the medicines comes in large quantity like 0.5 kg/litres and more than that and they are costly . So it becomes hard to decide whether to buy or not.

Photo of 8 girls from different cities on a bacherellote trip to Kerala - Part 1 by priyanka kakade

But Manager and seller assures and guarantees you about the medicines and their effects so you can give it try once as all medicines are really pure and trust on Ayurveda.

I am telling you while travelling to Munnar , i witnessed heavenly gorgeous range of mountains full of tea plantation and trees , wide blue skies turning orangey-red during sunset , streets full of shops and people wearing smiles on their faces , deep stunning valleys .

On the way to Munnar

Photo of 8 girls from different cities on a bacherellote trip to Kerala - Part 1 by priyanka kakade

Sunset from Munnar

Photo of Munnar hill station, Munnar - Top Station Highway, Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala, India by priyanka kakade

This view made my day and we reached to our hotel in Munnar by 7 pm. It was tiny and Bhulbhulaiyya kind of hotel "Nest Resorts" which had very poor facilities to be honest . We were very disappointed initially but we had no option as we had to stay there only for a night.

Stay at Day 1

Photo of Nest Resort, Munnar, Kerala, India by priyanka kakade

We doubted the quality off food from same hotel so we decided to have it from somewhere else. So we went to the another hotel "Tea Castle" , just next to Nest resort . Though food was mouth watering here , service was very poor and slow.

Day 2 :

Munnar Tea Plantation :

Next morning we woke up with serene hilly view in front of our rooms and made our morning grateful. We had breakfast at Nest resorts only and come to know that they serve luscious food in spite of having poor rooms. Idly and Dosa here yummy . We got ready for our next destination , Munnar Tea plantations .

Morning view from hotel

Photo of 8 girls from different cities on a bacherellote trip to Kerala - Part 1 by priyanka kakade

Someone had said me once , "Destination is not important but Journey is !" and it is very true in case of Munnar . The low mountain scenery is magnificent – you’re often up above the clouds watching veils of mist clinging to the mountaintops. Munnar town itself is a scruffy, traffic-clogged administration centre, not unlike a North Indian hill station, but wander just a few kilometres out of town and you’ll be engulfed in a sea of a thousand shades of green.

Day 2

Teaa plantation on the way

Photo of Munnar, Kerala, India by priyanka kakade
Photo of Munnar, Kerala, India by priyanka kakade

Travelling across huge exquisite and delightful mountains makes you blissful and gives you hopes for better things . You realize how colourful and wonderful life is ! I was totally in love with this place .

You can stop anywhere and go inside Tea plantations , smell the breeze , feel the mountains and click the unlimited photos here . Once known as the High Range of Travancore, today Munnar is the commercial centre of some of the world’s highest tea-growing estates. The majority of the plantations are operated by corporate giant Tata, with some in the hands of local cooperative Kannan Devan Hills Plantation Company (KDHP).

Cause sky has no limits...

Photo of Munnar Tea Garden, Kochi - Madurai - Dhanushkodi Road, Devikulam, Kerala, India by priyanka kakade
Photo of Munnar Tea Garden, Kochi - Madurai - Dhanushkodi Road, Devikulam, Kerala, India by priyanka kakade
Photo of Munnar Tea Garden, Kochi - Madurai - Dhanushkodi Road, Devikulam, Kerala, India by priyanka kakade
Photo of Munnar-Kumily Highway, Thekkady, Kumily, Kerala, India by priyanka kakade

On the way you will find some lakes which adds scenic beauty to Munnnar . Our driver uncle used to suggest us best things to get from that particular place and guide us . Stop wherever you see small stalls on the way , do try some tomatoes , very sweet pineapples, carrots , guava’s because they very tasty and are good for health.

Mattupetty Dam lake :

Then we headed to Mattupetty dam lake , located 13 km from Munnar is situated at a height of 1700 m, and is a delight for nature lovers. Besides the lush green tea plantations, and the rolling grasslands, the Shola forests in and around Mattupetty are ideal for trekking and are habitat to a variety of birds.

Enchanting view of Mattupetty lake

Photo of Mattupetty Dam, Mattupetty, Kerala, India by priyanka kakade

Mattupetty dam view point

Photo of Mattupetty Dam, Mattupetty, Kerala, India by priyanka kakade

One of the main attractions in Mattupetty is the beautiful lake, and the Mattupetty Dam, which are ideal picnic spots. The District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), Idukki provides boating facilities in the Mattupetty Dam. Speed launch, slow speedboat and motorboats are available on hire.

We went inside and amazed by the enticing beauty of nature and different shades of water . You will find range of small shops next to lake which is as crowded as lake . Shops full of wooden artefacts, hand made chocolates , home made wine and other stuffs and all are at very cheap price and you can bargain here little bit to get fare deal.

Shops full of things and people new Mattupetty dam

Photo of 8 girls from different cities on a bacherellote trip to Kerala - Part 1 by priyanka kakade
Photo of 8 girls from different cities on a bacherellote trip to Kerala - Part 1 by priyanka kakade

Kundala Lake :

Another lake we went to was Kundala . Kundala is a picturesque place, about 20 km from Munnar on the way to Top Station. It is at a height of 1700 meters above sea level. It is located at a distance of 20 kilometers from Munnar. In Kundala, cherry blossoms appear twice in a year. The famous Neela Kurunji flowers which bloom once in twelve years, bloom in the hills and valleys around Kundala lake.

Ikka Nagar :

After having good time at these two dams/Lakes , we went for lunch in Ikka nagar ,Munnar city . We had heard about this hotel , "Hotel Guru Bhavan" so entered inside. First we ordered Kerala thali which had plain rice and different sabjis. Then tried Roti sabji and Tomato rice . Food was not at all did justice to comments which heard previously . But hunger make you eat anything so if you are planning to have food here then i would suggest to try some another restaurant .

Photo of Gurubhavan Hotel, Munnar Colony Road, Silent Valley, Munnar, Kerala, India by priyanka kakade

Mouth watering food at Guru Bhavan

Photo of Gurubhavan Hotel, Munnar Colony Road, Silent Valley, Munnar, Kerala, India by priyanka kakade

We had stay at Thekkady on that day plus we had to attend Kerala's cultural program there which has specific show timings in evening and as we knew last show is between 7 - 8 pm so without wasting our time we started our journey towards Thekkady.

Munnar to Thekkady total distance is 91 km which takes nearly 4 hours and has dense forests on the narrow road and is one of most scenic route. We had evening tea at some small hotel on the way which made our evening better as it was surrounded by tall and dense trees and very deserted .

Beautiful Mountains with open sky

Photo of 8 girls from different cities on a bacherellote trip to Kerala - Part 1 by priyanka kakade

On the way to Thekkady

Photo of 8 girls from different cities on a bacherellote trip to Kerala - Part 1 by priyanka kakade

Somewhere on the way to Thekkady

Photo of 8 girls from different cities on a bacherellote trip to Kerala - Part 1 by priyanka kakade

Kadathanadan Kalari & Navarasa Kalari Centre ,Thekkady :

We reached to Thekkady exactly by 7 and directly went to Cultural centre , "Kadathanadan Kalari & Navarasa Kalari Centre" . Kadathanadan Kalari Centre & Navarasa Kathakali in Thekkady is one of the places in Kerala where you can watch Kathakali. Hour-long demonstrations of the exciting Keralan martial art of kalarippayat are staged here every evening. Tickets are available from the box office throughout the day and is it 200 per person. Even though the theatre only has bare essentials, the show is breathtaking.

Kathakali performance at Navarasa Cultural Centre

Photo of Navarasa Kathakali, Kumily Thekkady Road, Thekkady, Kumily, Kerala, India by priyanka kakade

Story narration and performance , Kathakali

Photo of Navarasa Kathakali, Kumily Thekkady Road, Thekkady, Kumily, Kerala, India by priyanka kakade

The narration is thrilling and they use English language to narrate the story so it becomes easy to understand for us. The best part is the end where you are invited to go down into the arena to be able to hold the weapons and shields and get some great pictures as cameras are allowed.

Kathakali is the classical dance of Kerala and is translated as “story play” in Malayalam. It is used to tell stories from the Indian epics and interestingly, this dance style is a blend of different fine arts like literature, music, painting, acting and dance. It is not simply a dance-drama but an act of devotion featuring the universal struggle between good and evil.

We missed the Martial arts show but never mind , Kathakali performance so amazing . If you have little bit of interest in tradition or culture , then this is treat for your eyes and soul .

finally photograph with artists

Photo of 8 girls from different cities on a bacherellote trip to Kerala - Part 1 by priyanka kakade

After the show we checked in the hotel. If you are looking for hotel to stay in Thekkady then "Hotel Sandra Palace" is the best option . Rooms are great with all facilities including Wi-Fi , room service and staff is really helping and cooperative.

Food from here is really mouth watering and worth for your each penny . We had dinner at our hotel and went for post dinner walk . City gets closed between 8-9 pm almost but luckily we could grab some local ice-creams at some shop there .

To be continue (Day 3 and 4).....

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