With its lush green mountains and serene surroundings, Kerala entices travelers to aboard this land of immense natural beauty and peaceful surroundings. This couple had an opportunity to make the most of their time together and what better destination than Kerala? Read on to know their travel story.
Leisure to us is ‘travel’ and as our anniversary was also drawing close, we decided to celebrate it in style. Kerala was in our minds ever since, as we were lured to the lush pictures and beautiful mountains and so we decided to take a trip to this “Heaven On Earth”. What was a leisure trip soon became a romantic one as we stepped into this surreal land.
Details Of Our Kerala Trip From Bangalore
Trip Type: Tour
Cost: INR 52500
No. Of People: 2
Duration: 7 days & 6 Nights
Inclusions: Meal Plan for Hotel : Breakfast, Transfers, Parking, Toll, Driver, Fuel cost, GST/VAT/ Service Charges, Accommodation, Sightseeing
Exclusions: Lunch, Dinner, Houseboat Stay, Meal Plan for Houseboat, Airfare, Early check-in & late check-out charges, Tips, Personal expenses, Honeymoon Inclusions, Entry fee charges, Other Exclusions (convenience fee of travel triangle)
A Sneak Peek Into Our Kerala Trip From Bangalore
Day 1: Arrival in Munnar
Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Munnar
Day 3: Arrival in Thekkady
Day 4: Cruise on the Periyar Lake
Day 5: Leisure day
Day 6: Sightseeing of Trivandrum
Day 7: Departure
Weather In Kerala
The weather in Kerala in December was pleasant and not as cold as we expected it to be. Munnar was a bit cold and it is a must to carry woolen clothes to Munnar in the winter months. Thekkady and Kovalam being beach destinations also experienced pleasant weather.
How To Reach Kerala
We traveled from Bangalore to Munnar by train. Firstly we took a train from Bangalore to Kochi. It took around 11 hours to reach Kochi and we were there by 6:00 AM. Our cab driver was waiting for us at the Kochi Railway Station from where we drove to Munnar. It was a 3 and a half hours journey and we reached Munnar by 12:00 AM.
Experiences On Our 7 Days Trip To Kerala
Our Kerala travel had a lot of experiences that made our trip a memorable affair. Some of the best experiences include:
1. Our Munnar Adventures
Munnar was one of the most serene and beautiful destinations in Kerala. We were mesmerized to see the beautiful tea plantations and the lush greenery all around. The tea museum was a great place to visit and we were totally taken by the different types of aromatic teas available here. We also got to watch the process of how tea is made and we also bought some for ourselves. Altogether, it was an amazing experience for us on our vacation. Our Munnar adventures also included a visit to the Eravikulam National Park by bus. One of the best experiences on this trip was the car boat ride in the serene surroundings of the Park. We loved the views and time that we spent together here.
2. Thrills At The Periyar Tiger Reserve
A walk at night through the lush jungle of Periyar Tiger Reserve was a thrilling experience. Though we were not able to spot the tigers, we found deers and other animals and had never before in our lives dared to visit the jungle in the night, but truly it was a must-have experience.
3. Relaxing On The Kovalam Beach
Beaches have always been our thing as the serenity of the place makes us feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Our visit to the Kovalam beach was one of the major highlights of the trip. We spent an entire evening on the beach and were happy to have spent some time alone with each other after a long time. The lashing of the waves on the shore and the cool breeze made our visit worth it.
4. Adventures At The Thiruvananthapuram Zoo
On the last days of our trip, we decided to explore the Trivandrum Zoo. With its natural beauty and lush surroundings, a walk through the Zoo was truly worth it. Here we saw a lot of animals including deers, antelopes, and other wild animals. Hereafter, the Shangumugham beach was our last spot on this trip. We relaxed and enjoyed the peaceful environment around us and hereafter began our journey back home.
Places To Stay In Kerala
Unlike other times, this time our major focus was also on the properties that we chose to stay at on our holiday. We preferred 4 or 5-star accommodations and booked some of the best properties here.
Munnar: Rivulet Resort is one of our accommodations when staying in Munnar. The location of the resort was very beautiful and serene and we were also taken for a small trek while staying at this resort. The staff at the hotel was very cooperative and greeted us warmly. We also saw the cardamom plants while staying at this resort.
Thekkady: Spices Lap Thekkady was our accommodation when in the city. Our stay at the treehouse was a bliss. We always wanted to experience this stay and it was an amazing experience. Later we stayed in deluxe rooms at the hotel and the accommodation was very comfortable and cozy.
Kovalam: Hotel Jasmine Palace was an epitome of luxury and the closeness to the beach was what made it more convenient. We could walk down to the beach anytime and spend quality time together.
As, we both are very specific about food, we preferred not experimenting much with it. As breakfast was already included in your package, we chose to dine at the onsite restaurants of our hotels. For lunch, we went to some local restaurants but ordered North Indian food only and it was quite good. Besides that, we tasted a Kerala cuisine Parotta and it was really good.
Shopping In Kerala
We did a lot of handicraft shopping in Kerala. The goods are not very expensive and are a good option for souvenirs for the tourists. Banana chips are a must-buy when shopping in Kerala and we also bought a lot of them for our relatives and friends. Those who love silk products, you will find the best quality of silk here affordable prices.
Besides the cost of our package, we had an overhead expense of around 15 to 20k which included our shopping, food and other expenses.
What To Pack For Kerala Trip
- If you are visiting Kerala in winter, then you must carry warm woolen clothes
- If you are traveling to Munnar, then carry woolen jackets and sweaters along.
- Pack a comfortable pair of shoes
Tips For Future Travelers
- Always plan your trip well in advance to avoid any last-minute hassle
- Book all your accommodations after thorough research
- Always check the weather of the place during the time you wish to visit the destination
- Keep a close eye on all your belongings when in the city
Special Experiences On Our Beautiful Vacation
- Since I and my husband are beach lovers, the time we spent at the Kovalam beach was the best highlight of our trip.
- Boating to Povar was also an awesome experience. The water of the Arabian Sea meets the freshwater of the Neyyar river and it is a sight worth witnessing.
Our Experience With TravelTriangle
This was our second trip with TravelTriangle and our experience was quite good. All the arrangements were made well in advance and there was no confusion throughout the trip. The properties included in our package were decent and our drivers were also very cooperative. Overall, it was a great experience traveling with TravelTriangle and we will soon plan a trip again in the future.
A trip to Kerala is bound to be a great vacation either with friends or family. If you too are planning for a holiday in Kerala, let TravelTriangle take care of your vacation and weave memories for you.