Bitten by the travel bug, I was excited to the core to plan a trip for I and my mother. I wanted the trip to be all about spending some quality time with my mother, and while I pen down my experience, I am glad to share that we were totally thrilled to explore some of the best places to visit in Kerala.
Trip Type: A relaxed getaway with mommy dearest
Budget: INR 33,300 (Land Package Only)
Agent: The Roomie
Inclusions: Accommodation at the Green Trees Resort in Munnar, Coffee Routes in Thekkady, Private A/C Deluxe Houseboat in Alleppey, sightseeing, breakfast, railway station transfers, cab charges, GST, and taxes
Exclusions: Train fare, Lunch, dinner, driver charges, travel insurance, surcharges, and personal expenses
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Our Itinerary For The 5D/4N Trip To Kerala
Day 1: Arrival at Thrissur, transfer to Munnar, enroute Cheeyappara Waterfalls, and Valara Waterfalls, check-in at the Green Trees Resort, leisure time, dinner, overnight stay
Day 2: Breakfast, local sightseeing of Munnar, Tata Tea Museum, Eravikulam National Park, Echo Point, Mattupetty Dam, Munnar Elephant Ride, Pothamedu View Point, dinner at the hotel, overnight stay
Day 3: Breakfast, early morning check-out, drive to Thekkady, check into Coffee Routes hotel, leisure day, Jungle Jeep Safari, Thekkady Elephant Ride, dinner, overnight stay
Day 4: Early morning check-out, drive to Alleppey, check into the Houseboat, cruise the backwaters, explore the Alleppey beach, dinner, overnight stay on the houseboat
Day 5: Breakfast, check-out from the houseboat, drive to Cochin, transfer to the airport, return journey
On deciding that we want to explore the best of Kerala, we found about TravelTriangle while we were searching for suitable packages online. And as skeptical as we were, it turned out to be just the opposite of what we were thinking.
Considering myself lucky to have entrusted my holiday experience to TravelTriangle (who did a brilliant job by the way), we booked a 5D/4N trip of which we stayed two nights in Munnar, one night in Thekkady, and two days in Alleppey. Making the most of such an amazing chance to experience most beautiful side of mother nature, here’s what I experienced while I explored the best places to visit in Kerala.
On the first day, we arrived at Thrissur and were transferred to the hotel in Munnar as per our request. On the way, we just couldn’t take our eyes off the deep valleys. After working for hours tirelessly and following that monotonous route everyday, for those who’re always in search of the reset button, for them Munnar is the key, as it is one of the best places to visit in Kerala.
Lush and widespread green tea plantations with mystical views is all what I wanted and I got exactly just that on this perfect getaway. We were also excited to explore the beautiful Cheeyappara Waterfalls, and Valara Waterfalls on our way to Munnar. And the Green Trees Resort booked via TravelTriangle was totally the best in class.
Post resting for the day and reviving from all the tiredness, we enjoyed the best of local sightseeing on the second day of our trip in Munnar. From exploring the Tata Tea Museum, to the Echo Point, we were just left in an awe. Sitting on an arm chair, sipping on that hot cuppa of freshly brewed tea, and looking over the mist-clad hills were few of the experiences in Munnar that enhanced our journey and gave us exceptionally good vibes!
On the third day, we kickstarted the day pretty early and post a delicious breakfast, we check-out out of the hotel and were on our way to Thekkady which is one of the best places to visit in Kerala. Located close to the Kerala-Tamilnadu border, we reached the pre-booked Coffee Routes hotel in about three hours.
Post relaxing for a while, we chose to experience the Jeep safari around here as it is the best way to explore the places around Thekkady. We went on to visit the Periyar National Reserve, and the infamous Periyar River and around that area, we also got to explore a wide range of grape vineyards.
Thekkady also treated us to the majestic waterfalls and hilly terrains which served as a great escapade for us. It was also a great experience for us to watch how the wild elephants looked after their young ones. Post that, it was totally exciting to go on an thrilling elephant rides.
Next up was the visiting the green plantations of the grape vineyards which shared their borders with Tamilnadu as well. Learning about the life-cycle of grapevines and the whole farming process was an enlightening session indeed. And yes, the grapevines were totally delicious of course!
On the fourth day, we checked out of the hotel in Thekkady post breakfast, and were on our way to the surreal backwaters of Alleppey. On reaching the port, we checked-into a private houseboat and started our journey and our last day in God’s own country, Kerala.
Our first impression of Alleppey was truly a heaven on earth. We spent a complete day on the backwaters and cruised along the shoreline which were dotted with lined coconut trees. It was so peaceful, serene, blue, and calm, that I couldn’t ask for anything else on this trip.
Alleppey was totally in contrast with Munnar, but equally beautiful, elegant, and one of the best places to visit in Kerala. We witnessed how fishing is done in the backwaters, and how people make their living out of it. Another experience that we truly enjoyed was that of the age-old authentic Kerala massage which was relaxing to the core.
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Having indulged in such beautiful experiences, we spent a great night cruising the backwaters on the houseboat. Left speechless and with a bagful of memories, we checked out of the houseboat the next morning, and set back on a safe return journey.
In a nutshell, it was one of the best holidays I have ever been on. Be it Munnar, Thekkady, or Alleppey, Kerala is undoubtedly the golden destination of India. With so much to explore in this beautiful land, I would love to return to Kerala for sure!
Overall Experience With TravelTriangle
It was one of the best decisions to have entrusted my holiday experience to TravelTriangle. From the hotels to the experiences, they delivered nothing less than the best. Would love to book my next trip with them and talking about Kerala, any trip to this magical land would be worth the experience!
Highlights Of Our Trip
- Exploring The Tea Plantations Of Munnar
- Enjoying The Elephant Ride
- Backwater Cruising In Alleppey
Low Points: None as such!
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Frequently Asked Questions About Best Places To Visit In Kerala
What are the best places to visit in Kerala with family?
Some of the best places to visit in Kerala with family are Alleppey, Thekkady, and Munnar. These places have many amazing tourist attractions making it worthwhile and a must-have experience.
Is Kerala worth visiting?
Kerala is definitely worth visiting. The beautiful mountains, pristine beaches and many other places such as Rose Garden, Elephant Garden, and Tea Factory make the experience worth it.
What is Kerala known for?
Kerala is known for not just one but many things. The unique traditions and culture, unmatched natural beauty, serene backwaters, picturesque hills & landscapes, and beautiful beaches add to Kerala’s popularity.
Which is better Kovalam or Varkala?
Both Kovalam and Varkala are special in their own ways. Beaches in Kovalam such as Eve Beach and Lighthouse Beach are very beautiful but they are pretty crowded too. Whereas, beaches in Varkala are quiet, serene and beautiful.
Is Kerala a safe place to visit?
Yes, Kerala is quite a safe place to visit. In fact, it is one of the safest places to visit in India. Laws are strictly enforced and practiced in Kerala and the crime rate is pretty low.
What is the best time to visit Kerala?
The best time to visit Kerala is October to March when it’s pleasant and you would be able to explore the destination comfortably at your pace. Visit the place during this time to get a truly wonderful experience.
What can I shop for in Kerala?
Shell showpieces, spices, tea, Nettipattam, Coir products, and sarees are some of the many things that you can shop for in Kerala. Shopping in Kerala is a unique and one of a kind of experience.
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