Munnar-Allepey. A peaceful abode #TravelIndia #Kerala

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Another long weekend trip to South India. This time it's Kerala. Since it was just 3 days, covered only Munnar and Allepey. We reached Cochin a little before noon and headed straight to Munnar.

On the way, stopped at a place to have lunch (Saddya Hotel). Had authentic veg Keralian thali served in traditional banana leaf :) Needless to mention it was delicious! It takes around 3 to 4 hours to reach Munnar from Cochin.

Photo of Munnar, Kerala, India by Somdutta Sarkar

Bridge over Periyar River

Photo of Munnar, Kerala, India by Somdutta Sarkar

Saddya Hotel on the way to Munnar

Photo of Munnar, Kerala, India by Somdutta Sarkar

Authentic Keralian Veg Thali served in banana leaf

Photo of Munnar, Kerala, India by Somdutta Sarkar

One of the flowers at the Saddya hotel garden

Photo of Munnar, Kerala, India by Somdutta Sarkar

On the way , there are beautiful waterfalls-Cheeyepara and Vallara waterfall.

Cheeyepara waterfall

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Vallara waterfall

Photo of Munnar-Allepey. A peaceful abode #TravelIndia #Kerala by Somdutta Sarkar

Our Driver was really helpful in guiding us to visit places. Kathakali - traditional Keralian dance and Keralian Martial Arts were something that is a must watch for everyone who visits Kerala. It happens everyday at 5pm - 6pm- Kathakali and 6pm - 7pm - Keralian Martial Arts at Chitrapuram. I wanted to take the video of the whole performance of the Martial Arts but was so engrossed in its excellence of perfection that just managed to take few seconds videos.

One of the excellent Kathakali Artist with 35 years of experience in Kathakali

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Make up going on for Kathakali

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Dressing and makeup in process for Kathakali

Photo of Munnar-Allepey. A peaceful abode #TravelIndia #Kerala by Somdutta Sarkar

During the end of the Kathakali performance

Photo of Munnar-Allepey. A peaceful abode #TravelIndia #Kerala by Somdutta Sarkar

During the Kathakali performance

Photo of Munnar-Allepey. A peaceful abode #TravelIndia #Kerala by Somdutta Sarkar

Sword fight and defence in Keralian Martial Arts

Photo of Munnar-Allepey. A peaceful abode #TravelIndia #Kerala by Somdutta Sarkar

One of the defense act of the Martial Arts

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One of the defense act of the Martial Arts

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The team of Keralian Martial Arts (@Kalari Kshethra)

Photo of Munnar-Allepey. A peaceful abode #TravelIndia #Kerala by Somdutta Sarkar

After an exceptional and jaw dropping performance we headed to our hotel (Season 7 Nature Resort). It is located a bit inside and not near the main road but that is not of concern since its situated at the top corner of a hill surrounded fully by greenery and nature. Generally everyone travelling in vehicle would not have a problem reaching there. Needless to mention its a treat for nature lovers since the people of the resort have planted many different kinds of trees and plants and have kept the touch of natural beauty.

Another best part of this resort are the tents they have. You get the feel of camping as well as bonfire facility is provided. The tents are well equipped with all the amenities and beautifully designed.

Hanging droplets!

Photo of Season7, The Nature Resort, Munnar, Kerala, India by Somdutta Sarkar

Breathtaking view from the Season 7 Nature Resort

Photo of Season7, The Nature Resort, Munnar, Kerala, India by Somdutta Sarkar

The flowers at the resort are so colourful, so vibrant , so beautiful that one needs to see the beauty of it which can't be described in words.

Bright coloured flowers at the Resort - Lil spider hanging from it!

Photo of Munnar-Allepey. A peaceful abode #TravelIndia #Kerala by Somdutta Sarkar
Photo of Munnar-Allepey. A peaceful abode #TravelIndia #Kerala by Somdutta Sarkar
Photo of Munnar-Allepey. A peaceful abode #TravelIndia #Kerala by Somdutta Sarkar

A lil friend on the look out for food

Photo of Munnar-Allepey. A peaceful abode #TravelIndia #Kerala by Somdutta Sarkar

Mulberry plant @ the Resort

Photo of Munnar-Allepey. A peaceful abode #TravelIndia #Kerala by Somdutta Sarkar
Photo of Munnar-Allepey. A peaceful abode #TravelIndia #Kerala by Somdutta Sarkar

Delicious dinner at the Resort

Photo of Munnar-Allepey. A peaceful abode #TravelIndia #Kerala by Somdutta Sarkar

A tea flower!

Photo of Munnar-Allepey. A peaceful abode #TravelIndia #Kerala by Somdutta Sarkar

The Tea Gardens @ Munnar

Photo of Munnar-Allepey. A peaceful abode #TravelIndia #Kerala by Somdutta Sarkar

Clouds encapsulating the tea gardens

Photo of Munnar-Allepey. A peaceful abode #TravelIndia #Kerala by Somdutta Sarkar

Next we headed for lunch- a delicious Keralian thali.

Keralian thali with red rice (local rice of Kerala)

Photo of Munnar-Allepey. A peaceful abode #TravelIndia #Kerala by Somdutta Sarkar

Our Driver took us to the Keralian handloom at Anachal. The traditional sarees and other dress materials are lovely.

Kasavu Kalyan Anachal

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Sarees at the handloom

Photo of Munnar-Allepey. A peaceful abode #TravelIndia #Kerala by Somdutta Sarkar

After a stay of 2 days at Munnar we headed for Allepey. Allepey or Alappuzha is very famous for its backwaters and houseboats. It is one of the rare experiences one should definitely have when in Kerala. Spending a complete day and night through the calm backwaters meandering in between the villages, the cool breeze, the sounds of the bird chirps, the sunset, the serenity is something to be experienced and can't be described in words.

There are Government registered houseboats (ATDC) and also private ones. There are options available to book a complete houseboat or one can get the rooms in 3-bedroom or 4-bedroom houseboats. All the houseboats are well equipped with different kinds of amenities.

The staffs are really humble and courteous. The foods served in the houseboats are delicious including veg and non veg both.

Houseboats @ Allepey

Photo of Allepey, Kerala, India by Somdutta Sarkar
Photo of Allepey, Kerala, India by Somdutta Sarkar

The Wheel of the Houseboat

Photo of Allepey, Kerala, India by Somdutta Sarkar

O Manjhi Re.....!

Photo of Allepey, Kerala, India by Somdutta Sarkar
Photo of Allepey, Kerala, India by Somdutta Sarkar
Photo of Allepey, Kerala, India by Somdutta Sarkar

A man fishing at evening

Photo of Allepey, Kerala, India by Somdutta Sarkar
Photo of Allepey, Kerala, India by Somdutta Sarkar

Few houseboats have its dining in the same floor as the bedrooms while others have it on the top floor. We had delicious pomfret and Kalimiri fishes along with other items.

Tasty lunch @ the houseboat

Photo of Munnar-Allepey. A peaceful abode #TravelIndia #Kerala by Somdutta Sarkar

Special fish fry of Kerala

Photo of Munnar-Allepey. A peaceful abode #TravelIndia #Kerala by Somdutta Sarkar

The dining space on the top floor of the houseboat

Photo of Munnar-Allepey. A peaceful abode #TravelIndia #Kerala by Somdutta Sarkar

While enjoying the beauty in the moving houseboats, they also stop at some village markets where we can go and see or shop things. If any fishes or prawns or crabs are bought from the market then the cook at the houseboats prepare it for us. Trust me its utterly delicious the way they prepare it!

Crabs at the Village Market

Photo of Munnar-Allepey. A peaceful abode #TravelIndia #Kerala by Somdutta Sarkar

Local fishes at the Village Market

Photo of Munnar-Allepey. A peaceful abode #TravelIndia #Kerala by Somdutta Sarkar

Pineapple served at breakfast at the houseboat

Photo of Munnar-Allepey. A peaceful abode #TravelIndia #Kerala by Somdutta Sarkar

On the lookout for its food!

Photo of Munnar-Allepey. A peaceful abode #TravelIndia #Kerala by Somdutta Sarkar

Far away lil friend chilling out

Photo of Munnar-Allepey. A peaceful abode #TravelIndia #Kerala by Somdutta Sarkar

The natural coconut water is so sweet it tastes like its sugar mixed!

Photo of Munnar-Allepey. A peaceful abode #TravelIndia #Kerala by Somdutta Sarkar

Beautiful creation of Nature floating in the backwaters - Lotus!

Photo of Munnar-Allepey. A peaceful abode #TravelIndia #Kerala by Somdutta Sarkar

Overall, Kerala is a must visit place for utmost greenery, serenity, beauty and relaxation :) Enjoy!!

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