If I could sum up how I feel about traveling in three words, I would say ‘I love it’! For me, traveling doesn’t mean hopping from one place to another, it is rather a medium to experience the world, meet new people, and explore different culture and lifestyles. And this is exactly what I experienced with my wife Chitra on our recent trip to Kerala.
Being one of the senior people in my company, I keep traveling for business trips. But this time it was different as we decided to explore South India, and we were travelling along with three more couples. All we wanted was a carefree and relaxing holiday, and that’s exactly what we experienced. A little bit of browsing did help us in a great way!
I came across Travel Triangle on the internet and then contacted them for booking our trip to Kerala. Right from the planning of our holiday to the execution during the trip, everything was perfect! They helped me at every stage and got me in touch with Travelius, a local agent in Kerala. This made the whole booking process pretty easy and smooth.
Trip Type: 8 Days 7 Nights trip with family and friends.
Cost: INR 1,33,280
Inclusions: All the accommodation, breakfast at the hotel and lunch at the houseboat, transfers from and to the airport, sightseeing, and service and VAT charges. Also, a Hindi/English speaking Chauffeur Guide.
Exclusions: Airfare, lunch and dinner at the hotel, entree fee charges, any sort of personal expenses.
Weather in Kerala: The average temperature was around 28°C, and while it was hot in Cochin, the other places were quite pleasant.
Day 1 to Day 3: Drive to Munnar from the Cochin Airport and Sightseeing
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On our first day, we had a long 3 hours and 30 minutes scenic drive from the Cochin airport to Munnar. After reaching our resort, The Leaf Munnar, we were elated. It was absolutely perfect! The arrangements were great and we could sense comfort right from the moment we stepped in. We relaxed for a while and then explored the beautiful property.
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During the first three days of our trip, we visited the beautiful tea gardens, museums, and the nearby lakes. The weather was pleasant and perfect for us to relax in the lap of the nature.
Day 4 and 5: Enroute Thekkady and Kumarakom
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After exploring the beauty of Munnar, we headed to Thekkady on the fourth day of our trip. We stayed here only for a night at Hotel Spice Grove. A whole day here was enough for us to visit the medicinal garden, and coffee and cardamom plantations . Our visit here was quite insightful as we were nicely informed about the usefulness of these plants. Also, one of the most cherished memories of our trip was lived here as it was Valentine’s Day. My wife Chitra and I took an elephant ride and the keeper treated us like we were newlyweds. We were all red with happiness. But what made our day even better was the Kathakali dance show. The experience was mesmerizing!
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The next morning, we headed to Kumarakom where we stayed at the Waterscapes KTDC Backwater Resort. Honestly, we travel every year, both abroad and within India, but I’ve never witnessed such a unique accommodation anywhere. The location of the resort was not only excellent, but breathtaking as the houses were built upon the canals. Staying here for just a day was too less, because this is undoubtedly one of the most unique places to stay in Kerala.
Day 6: A Memorable Stay in the Houseboat
On the 6th day of our trip, we drove to Alleppey. This was the first time that we were going to stay in a moving houseboat and so the excitement was at its peak. The moment we reached there, we were more than satisfied. The houseboat seemed like a home away from home. It had four rooms, ACs, a TV, music system, and was beautifully decorated. It felt like it was made just for our group. If you’re also looking for great places to stay in Kerala, look no more. At stay here is worth experiencing!
We spent the day witnessing the beauty of the backwaters, listening to the chirping birds, and indulging in local food. There couldn’t have been a better way to get closer to the nature than this!
To top it all, we were surprised with a birthday cake for our daughter’s birthday. We wanted to celebrate it amongst ourselves on the boat, but had no idea that Sudeesh, our local agent from Travelius will make it so special. It was a wow moment for us!
Day 7 and 8: Exploring Cochin Like The Locals
While the weather was a bit warm in Cochin, we had enough energy mustered up to explore the city. We spent time at the beach, went for fishing and boating, explored the palaces, and tried out some local cuisines. It was a day well spent! At the night, we came back to our hotel, the Cochin Palace and called it a day. The next day, we were ready with our bags to leave for the airport.
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All in all, it was an impeccable experience. All the resorts or hotels that we stayed at had amazing hospitality and were well-maintained. And believe me, there were no low points in our trip. If I had to recall the most amazing moment, it would be the time we spent at The Munnar Resort and the special treatment we received. They had prepared exclusive fasting meals for some of us, and it was heart touching.
Tips For Travelers:
- Kerala is a beautiful place waiting for you to explore. Make sure you pay a visit with your family and stay at the most amazing resorts, to stay close to nature.
- Waterscapes KTDC Backwater Resort is a beautiful place to stay in Kumarakom. Do plan your stay here for more than a day.
Q. What is the ideal time to visit Kerala?
A. While Kerala has pleasant weather throughout the year, the best time is to visit between
October to March.
Q. Is the houseboat worth staying at, and is it safe?
A. Staying in a moving houseboat is a worthwhile experience and it is completely safe, as they have
trained staff around to keep a watch and assist with any kind of help that one may need.
It was a flawless holiday experience and absolute value for money. Everything from the beginning till the end was very smooth, just what we had hoped for. I think because of the excellent experience that we have had with Travel Triangle, I would love to suggest it to future travelers, be it for booking a trip to Kerala or anywhere else!