Hill Palace of Thripunithara
Though not very close to Kumbalangi tourist village, one visit to the ancient palace will not go waste. This palace houses the largest archaeological museum of Kerala. Here you find artefacts depicting prosperous era of Kochi royal family, Also on display are several oil paintings, murals, old coins and sculptures. Enter the palace and you are instantly transported to the age of kings and queens.
How to reach Kumbalangi
Kumbalangi, being a stone’s throw away from Kochi, the commercial capital of Kerala, is blessed by good connectivity.
By air: Cochin International Airport is 45 kms away from Kumbalangi. As Kochi is well connected by air to all major cities in India and abroad, this would be the best way to travel.
By train: Ernakulam junction, the nearest railway station, is just 12 kms from Kumbalangi. Trains are best for those wishing to capture a slice of common man’s life.
By road: From Kochi, hop on to any bus leading to Kumbalangi and you are there in 15 minutes.
Options to stay in Kumbalangi
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. If you are ready to go by this dictum, you will be pleasantly surprised by the innumerable homestay options in Kumbalangi. Live the life of a villager for once. Eat the same simple food as the host and stay in their humble abodes. Laze around the village to your heart’s content. But don’t be disheartened if you are comfortable with luxurious resorts. There are resorts and hotels also nearby to cater to every kind of tourist.
Kumbalangi is a promising destination just by the fact that it allows tourists to blend with the rustic life. Make this your next destination you will be wondering, why didn’t I come here all these years?
This article is written by E. Jey, a travel blogger from India. He is the founder of Jaunt Monkey blog and Jaunt Monkey YouTube channel.