Kerala, Truly God`s Own Country!

16 Jan

By Prajapathi Bhat
Just back from an exotic Kerala Tour, a must visit place if you like  ecotourism.

Day 1: Arrived at Edappally in Cochin City at around 5:30 am. Nilgiri TahrMet Mr. Ebin(+919567252680) who would be our Guide Cum Driver. Our First Destination was Munnar, En-Route Visited ‘Deepa’ spice Garden Where we learnt about Kerala`s popular spice which include  cardamom, Black Pepper, Asafoetida , White pepper, Clove and Ginger. Then proceeded for a Adventure at Fun Forest Adventure at Pallivasal in Munnar like Burma Bridge, Earth Quake. It was quite fun. Pallivasal has also got  Kathakali and Kalari shows. we booked the tickets and headed to check in hotel ‘C7‘. After a refreshing bath headed to Kathakali show at 5:00 pm and Kalari at 6:00 pm. Both performances were amazing. Kalari is a traditional Martial Art practiced in Kerala.

Day 2Left the Hotel at around 9:00 am after a heavy breakfast and proceeded to Eravikulam National Park. It`s located amid beautiful Tea Plantation, also spotted a Nilgiri Tahr. Tea EstateFrom there we proceeded off-road to Kolukkumalai Tea Estate which hosts world`s highest grown Orthodox Tea plantations. The tea factory is an old British founded and still uses old machines and techniques for Tea processing. En-route also saw Harrisons Malayalam Estate, one of south India`s Largest Tea Producer. The tea mountain climb on a Mahindra Jeep was  a thrilling experience.  Once back spent some time shopping in Munnar town and headed back to the Hotel

Day 3: Checked out of the hotel at around 9:00 am and headed Periyartowards Thekkady for Periyar Tiger Reserve. En-route also went for a Ayurveda Massage at RangerWood near the Tiger Reserve. Though we got tickets for the Tiger reserve we couldn’t go for a boat cruise  in the Periyar lake which is the only main attraction as the tickets were sold out. We then headed for a musical fountain show at Blue Bell at around 7:00 pm. Once done checked in to Springdale Heriate Resort, Vandiperiyar which is beautiful resort with nice hospitality.

Day 4: After breakfast headed to Alappuzha backwaters for an overnight
Allepystay on ‘Grace Tours’ Houseboat with all meals included.
It started off at around 12:00 pm and headed towards Vambanad lake. Had a sumptuous meal there and moved forward for a halt near a small rivulet at 5:30 pm. Got an opportunity to step out of boat and explore the nature near by with lush green paddy fields.

Day 5: The boat began at 7:30 in the morning and headed towards the pickup point where Mr. Ebin would come to take us for on journey. Chineese Fishing NetsIt was a cool experience. At around 9:45 am left for Cochin. Checked in to ‘Harbour View Residency‘ which is exactly opposite to Cochin shipyard. In the evening went for shopping at Centre Square, Kochi.

Day 6: At around 9:00 am checked out of hotel towards Fort Kochi where one can see good old Chinese Fishing Nets. Also visited St. Francis CSI st. Francis CSI churchchurch in which Vasco Da Gama was initially buried. Then we headed for Boat Jetty ride at Marine drive with some views of huge Indian oil tanker ship, Cochin Shipyard and Bolgatty Palace and Island Resort. We headed towards Cherai Beach which is quite well maintained. At around 5:00 pm started journey back to drop point, en-route visited Lulu Mall which is quite huge and has everything you want to carry from Kerala as memories from Handicraft to Kerala Halwa.

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