Kerala is one such state that has never disappointed anyone and this can solely be credited to the mesmerizing views of Munnar, Alleppey, and Cochin. Like many others, Alok Agarwal also got ensnared by the beauty of God’s Own Country which made him plan a solo 5 day trip to Kerala and explore the place at his own pace. Although many people see this state as a honeymoon destination, Alok took his chances and took a break from his busy lifestyle to traverse the lanes and explore the backwaters of Kerala. He is all set to sketch how his experience turned out to be in Kerala with TravelTriangle.
I have not gone for many solo trips so it is not like I go backpacking every destination I find. Kerala had been on my travel list for too long now and I wanted to explore the main tourist attractions. I had heard a lot about the valleys, backwaters, food, serenity, and houseboats of Kerala which compelled me to scribble down this destination to my list. Now, what I needed was a full-proof package that has been customized according to my requirements. While surfing the internet, I came across TravelTriangle’s website which assures a personalized package to its customers. What more could I have asked for? So, I went for it and fixed a package with the agent. I booked my flight tickets and got ready with my backpacks to explore this new destination. If you too are planning an excursion to this state then the details below will help you out. I have mentioned my package details and my experience with the place as well as TravelTriangle. So, let’s get started!
Details Of My Solo Vacation To Kerala
Trip Type: Adventure Tour
Cost: INR 28,100
Duration: 5 Days & 4 Nights
Inclusions: Breakfast at hotel, private houseboat (including meals), airport transfers, toll, cab at disposal, sightseeing, and tax.
Exclusions: Airfare, lunch, dinner, early check-in or check-out, tip, entry fees, and sharing houseboat.
Travel Agent: Trip Trello
A Glimpse Of Kerala Itinerary For 5 Days
Day 1: Arrival in Cochin & Sightseeing
Day 2: Transfer to Munnar
Day 3: Sightseeing
Day 4: Transfer to Alleppey & Sightseeing
Day 5: Departure
Weather In Kerala In June
June marks the beginning of the monsoon season due to which the temperature dips down to 19 degrees Celsius. Since I was looking for a budget trip to Kerala, nothing would have been better than the off-season as the rates of hotels and flights are comparatively less. I was all set with my clothes, umbrella, shoes, and raincoat to tackle with the rainy days. Surprisingly, I witnessed fewer showers since I planned my vacation during the first few days of the month. If you are a nature lover like me then the best time to travel to Kerala is from April to June.
My Experiences On My Kerala Excursion
There is no doubt that Kerala is a beautiful country after witnessing it myself. I explored Munnar, Alleppey, and Cochin at my own pace and bought a few souvenirs too. Here is a brief description of my trip.
My trip for 5 days in Kerala started when I landed in Cochin after taking a flight from Mumbai. I was received by the TT representative at the airport, who took me to my hotel in Cochin. While traveling to my temporary abode, I came across such beautiful views that pumped up my spirits more. After freshening up in the hotel, I commenced by sightseeing tour in which our first stop for Fort Kochi. It was followed by other tourist attractions like Mattanchery, Bolghatty Palace, St, Francis Church, and Marine Drive. I reserved the evening time for shopping and bought some fresh spices from Cochin. The experience of meeting the locals was very delightful as most people were friendly and warm welcoming.
After spending a day in Cochin, the next stop was Munnar where I explored for two days. I had heard about the Mattupetty Dam a lot so, how my trip would be complete without visiting it. I made sure that I visited this place and captured some beautiful photographs. There were several tourist attractions in Munnar like Kundale Lake, Echo Point, Eravikulam National Park, and Tea Factory among which I visited a few. For lunch, I resorted to a local restaurant and tried some local dishes which included fish and also tried different kinds of curries. Again, the evening was reserved for exploring the local markets of Munnar before resorting to the hotel.
The next place to explore on my itinerary was the Venice of the East – Alleppey. Also referred to as Alappuzha, this place is one of the oldest regions in Kerala which is famous for its houseboat cruises. The beauty of this place cannot be explained in words so one must visit Alleppey to actually witness the charm of this region. This was my first houseboat experience in life and I enjoyed it to the fullest. I got to see Rani Lake, Chithira Lake, Marthanda Lake, many villages, and paddy fields. The whole place is covered with greenery which was soothing for eyes. I am happy I reserved Alleppey on the last day on my Kerala trip for 5 days as it ended well here.
Food In Kerala
I organized my itinerary in a way that I get to taste the Kerala cuisine also apart from the food services offered by the hotels. So, I mostly had lunch in local restaurants where I tasted different kinds of fish dishes and curries. Well, there is no doubt in the fact that the food was full of flavors, spices, and tanginess. Most of the food served was seafood and almost all the dishes had one core ingredient which is coconut. There were no particular names of these local food joints but wherever I ate, the food was commendable.
Any vacation is incomplete without doing a little bit of shopping in the local markets and buying souvenirs. So, I decided to buy the famous things in Kerala. I had heard a lot about the spices of Kerala so I explored the streets and bought some of the exotic spices from Munnar and Cochin. Apart from this, there is one more must-buy thing in Kerala which is ‘mundu’, a dhoti worn by men in Kerala. I bought it along with some handicrafts that were made from coconut shells.
Personal Expenses On Kerala Trip
Since I explored some places on my own, bought souvenirs, and ate at some local restaurants, there were some extra expenses too. In total, I must have spent INR 7,000 – INR 8,000 on handicrafts, spices, food, etc. I do not regret any of it as they were must-try things. This expenditure was obviously not included in my package and I incurred the loss on my own.
What To Pack For Kerala 5 Days Trip
This should not come as a surprise to anyone that the weather in Kerala was a little humid at the beginning of the month of June as the monsoon season had kicked on. So, my dilemma was what to wear in Kerala in June. Well, the answer was simple so I packed all the shorts and breathable clothes. Apart from this, I packed my shoes, a small backpack to carry around apart from a travel suitcase, umbrella, raincoat, sunscreen, and mosquito repellent.
Kerala Travel Tips
Here are some tips that I would like to my fellow travelers if they are planning to explore Kerala anytime soon.
- While exploring the markets, make sure that you bargain with the sellers before buying any handicraft or souvenirs as they are highly-priced for tourists.
- Make some space in your itinerary to try the local dishes of Kerala.
- Do check the weather forecast before finalizing your trip days as it will help you plan and pack better.
- If you are traveling in the monsoon season then pack clothes accordingly along with an umbrella and a raincoat.
- Talk with the Keralites and mingle with them to know more about the place.
My Experience With TravelTriangle
Well, I found TravelTriangle to a very useful platform to book a package according to my preferences and budget. The TT representative was humble and helped me with a perfect Kerala trip plan for 5 days. Though I wanted the travel distance to be less, the trip turned out to be pretty amazing. Next time when I want to plan my vacation, I know where exactly to go. And if anyone asks me for a suggestion then I am definitely going to recommend TravelTriangle to all my friends, relatives, and fellow travelers.
This is how Alok’s 5 day trip to Kerala turned out to be. He was satisfied with the services and the trip. If you too have waited long for covering Kerala then this is a call from God’s Own Country. You can also plan your Kerala excursion with TravelTriangle and get to witness the beauty of this place. Complete this trip and tick off Kerala from your travel list. Moreover, you also get a chance to tell about your experience like Alok Agarwal. So, are you ready to head South?
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Frequently Asked Questions About Kerala
How much does a trip to Kerala cost?
Well, this totally depends on the number of days you are planning your trip and the standard of hotels you choose for. A trip to Kerala can be organized starting from INR 25,000 easily and can reach to any amount depending on your stay.
Can you wear shorts in Kerala?
Yes, you can wear shorts and sleeveless tops comfortably in Kerala as many people wear them, along with foreigners.
Is Munnar worth visiting?
A trip to Kerala is incomplete without traveling to Munnar, Cochin, and Alleppey. Vast green patches along with tea plantations make Munnar a must-visit place in Kerala.
Which is the most beautiful city in Kerala?
It is difficult to choose one beautiful city in Kerala as the place is full of it. Saying that, Munnar is usually considered as a charming city in Kerala due to its vast tea plantations.
Is one day enough for Munnar?
If you want to explore Munnar properly then you must plan a trip for 3 days and if you have time crunch then you can explore the main attractions in one day.
Which is the poorest district in Kerala?
Palakkad, Idukki, and Kasargod are said to be the districts in Kerala with double-digit poverty rates. But they are some of the most quaint and beautiful places to resort to.