Kerala diaries

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Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan
Day 1
Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan

My baby enjoying the jetty ride.

Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan

On day one we reached Cochin international airport at Nedumbassery . The Aluva station is more closer to it than Ernakulam junction .I have booked my ticket from Aluva junction to nergcoil junction to visit Kanyakumari next day . Let me give you a brief detail about myself and my journey detail so that you could feel more connected with my story. I have done my engineering from Cochin University and have spent a good four years in Kerala.I was having a fairer idea about geography of kerala and have chalked out all the plan by myself.

The idea was to cover entire Kerala in 2 circuits ie. Kanyakumari - Trivandrum-kovalam- poovar in first half. And Cochin - Munnar - Thekkady - Alleppey - Athirapally in second half.

We reached airport 3 o'clock in afternoon and the train to Nagercoil (Guruvayur-chennai express) was at 10.39 so we were having ample time with us . We booked ola rental for 6 hours . I went to my college and refreshed my college days .It was not the same feeling . It has been more than 9 years and the college looked upon me strangely. That day i learned that Memories are with the people around you and not with the place. Anyway I was excited a bit and was engrossed in telling every minor details of my college life to my wife. After that we straight away took the taxi to Marine drive .our luggage was in the taxi so hiring ola rental was a smarter option . We took last boat ride in Cochin backwaters and enjoyed the serene beauty of Cochin -the queen of Arabian sea.

Day 2

Kanyakumari

Reached Nagercoil junction early morning ,hired an auto to Kanyakumari .100 RS was the fare and booked a cheap hotel near the boat service to swami Vivekananda memorial just to get refreshed and move ahead . After having the breakfast we get in the queue for the boat.34 Rs perhead was the boat fare for to and fro journey to swami Vivekananda memorial. It was an awesome experience to see the Sangam of Arabian sea ,bay of Bengal and indian ocean at a point.But believe me there is not much activity to do in Kanyakumari full day .so in afternoon we checked out and booked a taxi to kovalam out next destination. (2200 Rs was taxi fare ). I have booked homestay at Anitha garden stay for next two days at Kovalam but on reaching it turned out that I have booked mon AC rooms .The care taker was very nice and helped us in getting another hotel. It was ocean resort hotel just on the light house beach .we got sea view room with a very big balcony. The fare was 1700 for one night and it turned out to best property booked in trip. The rest of the day we just chillaxed at the beach .

Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan
Day 3

A soothing morning awaited us next day . After having breakfast we hired a cab and went to see Padmanabha Swamy temple . Had to wear the traditional attire ,the mund to enter the temple. Dont miss the traditional Kerala a lunch served free of a cost in the temple.Then went to see the poovar ..it's consists of mangrove forest ,golden sea beach and is at the confluence of nemmar river and Arabian sea. An absolute paradise for the bird watchers. For a two hour ride the boat took 2000 bugs and every penny was worth . The golden sea beach was absolutely mesmerizing and so was boating through the thick mangroves forest with all rare birds around. Just don't miss poovar ( highly recommended). in the evening we went to see vizhingham harbour and then back to lighthouse beach, Kovalam and spent the rest day at our hotel.

Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan

got an excellent sea facing room at light house beach kovalam

Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan

the golden sea beach at poovar at the confluence of nemmar river and arabian sea . It is better than the picture shown here , was not carrying my camera so couldnt capture a better picture.

Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan

at padmanabaswamy temple in traditional attire in trivandrum

Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Kovalam, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Kovalam, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Kovalam, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Kovalam, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan

The fisherman with their catch in early morning.

Photo of Kovalam, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan
Day 4

We got a cheap deal from a taxi driver .he has to pick someone from Alleppey early morning.He charged us 3000 bucks for the fort kochi from Kovalam .but the catch was that we had to wake up 4 o'clock early morning , anyway we agreed . The road to fort Kochi from Kovalam was via Kollam Alleppey mararikulam and it was absolutely beautiful . We spent the fourth day in Fort Kochi ,visitig mattenchery palace and Jewish synagogue .we had our lunch at shri Krishna cafe ,a veg restaurants serving delicious taditional Kerala thali. If you have taste for antiques you can roam around Jewish street .sunset near the Chinese fishing net was so much relaxing and soothing .

Day 5

Now the second part have begun . I have made prior booking at homestays and booked cab service from monsoon travels after reading their users reviews at tripadvisor.

so we started early morning at 6 . we filled our tummy with idli wada . on the way to munnar you can find lot of rubber plantation. well you can find all sort of plantation(rubber,elaichi ,pepper,etc on your way from munnar to thekkady for which we have already planned to visit a species garden in thekkady so we diidnt stop anywhere on our way to munnar. once filled with tummy with idli wada we stopped straight at munnar . i had booked 2 nights stay at gokulam home stay which was at anachal region in munnar ..a little far away from munnar town but most of the hotels options are at chitharapuram and anachal in munnnar which are 7-8 km away from main town .Below are the some of the pics of our cottage .

Photo of Munnar, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Munnar, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan

In the evening we had our reservation for kathakkalli show and kalayaripattu ( the traditional martial art ) at kalarishetra. Just dont miss the show especially the kalaripattu. It was just awesome . i am attaching some of the pics.

Try to visit a little earlier to see the artist going through the makeup.

Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan

you can just fell the awesomeness

Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan

my baby is just not liking the idea of having snaps with the artists. May be she is reminded of some demons characters in her cartoon world.

Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan

Before the show we have visted the rose garden also .

The next day we have booked ticket for eravilulam national park in the early morning slot. If you are visiting in the peak season you better made prior reservations or you have to waste lot of time in ticket queue.

we were full prepared for the light drizzle . Cute little family.

Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan

My kid happy to find a cuter companion.

Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan

It was the wheather that was making our trip more awesome

Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan

a waterfall on the way to eravikulam national park

Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan

The entrance of eravikulam national park.

Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan
Day 6

I missed few more places to mention .. we did visit attukal waterfall , the road to which is not much maintained and it is faraway downhill buts its a beauty. Then we visited the top point ... on the way we came across matupetty dam and echo point .. My baby had enthrailing experience at echo point as she was experiencing the echo phenomena  for the first point. I personally didnt like the top point much ... there are lot of fascinating points other than echo point at munnar.

The next day we headed to thekaddy .while leaving munnar we decided to visit a tea garden . If you have interest in knowing the various process involved in tea making ,and all the the types of tea green tea ,white tea etc ..then only visit the garden otherwise time as well as money will be wasted (they charge a lot for tea factory visit). Anyway we decided to give a visit to tea factory and tea museum .we didnt opt for Tata tea museum but the Lockhart tea factory . Its a better choice and its on the way to thekaddy also . while moving ahead we decided to visit a spice plantation. All are same ,visit any of them .

At Lockhart tea factory.

Photo of Spice Garden, Thekkady, Kumily, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan

A completely unplanned but the best site , definately it was the best , our driver stopped at Parthumpara .The word Parthumpara means the eagles rock .Parthumpara offers a scenic beauty that is one of the best in the entire planet :)

Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan

At parthumpara .Search google images for more pics ..You will really appreciate what the parthumpara have to offer you

Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Kerala diaries by Ritesh Mohan
Day 7

our choice of stay at thekaddy was thomas homestay ,it was one of the best experience in our kerala tour .Thomas and his wife and even their two kids were extremely polite . Excellent breakfast was served and we enjoyed every bit of our stay at thomas Inn . we get up early next morning and went to get the entry ticket for periyar tiger reserve thekaddy . Periyar tiger reserve is unique as it offers boat safari. But around all the hype ,periyar tiger has not much to offer. You will only spot birds and if lucky may be Bison . If you can Plan well ahead and get the forest permit ,go for gavi forest on jeep safari . Spent your bucks on jeep safari , iddukki have lot of places to offer jeep safari,choose wisely . There are lot of other scenic beauty in idukki district , ramakalmeedu, vagamon ,gavi forest .After visiting periyar i felt that we could have avoided thekaddy and better have went for vagamon and gavi. Any way let me put some pics of thekkady to show you exactly what it has to offer you.

Photo of Thekkady, Kumily, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Thekkady, Kumily, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Thekkady, Kumily, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Thekkady, Kumily, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Thekkady, Kumily, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Thekkady, Kumily, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Thekkady, Kumily, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Thekkady, Kumily, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Thekkady, Kumily, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Thekkady, Kumily, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Thekkady, Kumily, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan

On our journey ahead our next destination was allepey . We reached allepey around 8 o clock in evening , i have taken a homestay near alllpey beach only. we strolled a bit on allepy beach and then called off the day .

Day 8

The next morning the back waters of allepey was waiting for us. One of my favourite destination . I went there few times in my college days so already was having fair idea what was lying ahead. we didnt opt for night stay in houseboat as the government dont allow the boat cruising after 6 o clock . Any way boat wil standstill at night and we dont have much activity to do. we planned to do 5 hours of backwater activity , after that we will head towards mararikulam beach ( dont miss this beach , its very clean and nice). Now lets put some pics .

Photo of Allepey, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Allepey, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Allepey, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Allepey, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Allepey, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Allepey, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Allepey, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan

A small stopover while moving through the canals of allepey back waters

Photo of Allepey, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan

At mararikulam beach

Photo of Allepey, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Allepey, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan
Photo of Allepey, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan

Mararikulam -- truly a pristine beach.

Photo of Allepey, Kerala, India by Ritesh Mohan

Next in the evening we headed towards cochin and then to athirapally waterfall. it was 40 + 75 km run to athirappally waterfall .The idea was to reach athirapally fall before 5.30 as it get closed after and even if you managed to get the ticket they will not allow you to go down and see the waterfall from there. Jus dont miss this , Its magnificient and one one of the not to miss things while you are in kerala. Try to reach there before 4 o clock as you have to walk a bit before reaching the view point.

Its just magnificient ,isnt it .

Photo of Athirappilly Water Falls, Kerala by Ritesh Mohan

I would conclude my trip to kerala . Remembering all the details and publishing on tripoto was important rather than the language and grammatical errors so just please forgive.

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