Tuesday, January 10, 2017

My Kerala Trip


Locations You must Visit
v  Munnar, Thekady and Allepy are the main scenic locations in Kerala
v  Most of the attractions are in south side of Kerala and you should not plan for more than 4 nights and 5 Days in kerala.
§  You can either plan from north side of Kerala (KOCHI/ERNAKULAM) and travel towards South (Trivandrum) or south to North
§  I recommend to start from South  that is 1st Trivandrum à 2nd Alleppy à 3rd Thekkady à Munnar à and finally Kochi if going by Flight
v  Unless you have plan to visit Temples ( Padmanabhan Swami temple  and other) there is no point going to Trivandrum.then you can plan AlleppyàTekkadyàMunnaràKochi
§  Beach in Trivandrum is useless and no need to go there just for beach.
§  Its four to five hours of boring journey between Trivandrum and Alleppy/Allapuza

Reaching Kerala and travel within Kerala
       Netravati Express is a train you can take from Panvel(Mumbai)  which takes about 24 hours to reach Kerala.
       You can either get down at Ernakulum/Kochi (North Side of Kerala) and start your Car/Bus Journey to start with Munnar
       Or get down at Alleppy and start with House Boat and then to Thekkady
       Or get down at Trivandrum and start with Padmanabhan Temple
       There are two Airports which you can use . COCHI (North) and Trivandrum (South)
       If you want to plan from South to North ,take flight for Trivendrum Airport
        If you want to plan from North to South  ,take flighty for Cochi Airport

q  Day1
Kochi is Indian NAVY Base and one of the main attraction here is RAJA RAVI VARMA Painting Museum
You can cover this while going towards Munnar on the way from Ernakulum

q  2 Nights
Munnar is hill station so driving around munnar through tea garden itself is a fun.
Most of the hotels including Club Mahindra Resorts are around 20 KMs from Munnar Village . Ask for hotel near this area. This is nice place to relax.
It takes around 4 hours to reach Munnar from Ernakulum Train Station
v  Attractions
§  Top Station
§  Photo Point
§  Kundala Lake
§  Elephant Rides ( Around Rs.400 per person)
§  Thirumeny Cultural Centre - Small Theatre Show Kerala Martial arts ,Kathakali dance
v  Thekkady
q  1 Night
Munnar to Thekkady is around 120 KMs which will take around 3 to 4 hours as it is ghat road.Reach here over night so next day you have to start for Safari early Morning by 5 or 6 AM
v  This is where Periyar National Park is . Most of the attractions in Thekkady are here. You can take either of it.
v  Attractions
§  Boat ride  in Jungle Back waters Rs. 3000 for 8 people
§  Jeep Ride  Rs.3000
§  Vinery (Grape Farm)  Jeep Ride ( Kerala to Tamilnadu Scenic Road Trip)

q  1 Night
Thekkady to Allepy  is around 120 KMs which will take around 3 to 4 hours traffic road. Reach at the Boat ride venue before 11 AM so you can get the complete ride
v  You can rent House Boat which is around 10000 for 2Bed Rooms. This includes Lunch ,Dinner and next day Breakfast. Very Taste food though.
v  If you don’t want to stay overnight in the Houseboat opt for Cruise Boat ride which will take you through the same route  and take you back
§  Staying in Houseboat is good experience for Honeymoon Couples. Not recommended for Family with Kids. The water the boats take you through is Backwater and you may be disappointed due to Water odour and there is nothing much to do unless you  want to booze .

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