Saumil Purani talks about his 7-day family trip to Kerala and shares his incredible experience amidst nature. He booked his package through TravelTriangle and it included his sightseeing and transfers for two adults and one kid all for a cost of INR 18,500. He elaborates on this wonderful journey to the tropical state that he took with his wife and their infant daughter.
I travel once or twice a year, but that doesn’t mean I don’t fulfill my dream destinations. Having ticked off Switzerland from my bucket list, I was planning to accomplish something in India this time. Kerala with all its natural charms and greenery was a long time attraction and I decided to give it a go!
After deciding on Kerala, I was searching for all the information that I could gather about the place and that is when I came across TravelTriangle. I saw its facebook ad and decided to download the app. The app was simple and quite intuitive and after filling in the relevant details, I soon received multiple quotes and itineraries from different travel agents connected via TravelTriangle. I chose the best one and was soon ready to explore what is commonly called as the “God’s own country”
Day 1: Kovalam to Munnar – The beginning
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I reached Kovalam and was subsequently transferred to Munnar. It was a good 7-9-hour journey to the city and I reached there at around 1 AM. The cab that was supposed to pick us, was a few hours late and that resulted in a delay to Munnar.
Day 2: Munnar – Getting the local feel of Munnar
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This was the day when we visited the local places in Munnar. We went to the market and enjoyed the local delicacies there. The people of Munnar were polite and helpful and later, after our market visit, we also went to watch the Kathakali dance and the Kalaripayattu show. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and we also clicked many pictures. The hotel in Munnar was booked from my side and we stayed there for the rest of the evening.
Day 3: Munnar – Sightseeing in Munnar
This was a day full of activities and we did a lot of sightseeing. We saw the huge Mattupetty dam and the echo point that gave us its majestic view. It was a nice bright sunny day and was perfect for us to see the Photo Point. We also enjoyed the elephant ride, visited the Blossom Park, and the Tea Museum in Munnar.
All of this lasted till about 4 PM, after which we went back to the hotel and retired for the day.
Day 4 and Day 5: Munnar – A short halt in the journey
During these days, we stayed in the hotel only, since my daughter wasn’t feeling well. I had informed the driver to go about on his business for we would not be traveling.
Day 6: Thekkady – In the backwaters
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Although scheduled for Thekkady, I decided to replace the destination with Allepey since my infant daughter was having trouble adjusting to high altitude places. I booked the houseboat in Alleppey and the driver took us there.
The houseboat and backwaters experience was amazing. They welcomed us with local Kerala drinks and food and it was a sumptuous combo.
The backwaters lasted for about 4 hours and also covered the biggest lake in Kerala – Vembanad Lake. In between the cruise, we were also served high tea and it was fulfilling satisfactory experience. They parked the houseboat in Alleppey where we got down for exploring the vicinity. Taking advantage of the 2 hours that we were given, we took an auto to Alleppey market for some snacks. We had coconut water and popcorn there. Later, we also took a walk along the shore of the lake and it was a calming experience.
Day 7: Kochi – Exploring Kochi and the subsequent farewell.
The next day after breakfast, we again took a 1.5-hour backwaters tour and then left for Kochi. There were a lot of places to see in Kochi and one of them was the Jew Town. We also saw a few churches including the famous St. Francis Church. We even went to the Fort Kochi Beach and it was a pleasant and picturesque experience.
Finally, the driver dropped us at the Kochi airport around 4:30 PM and this is how our magnificent journey ended.
Kerala for my wife and I was a mesmerizing experience. I will always associate it with a vibrant color of green for it is a natural wonder. I have traveled to many places in the past, but none of them were this soothing to the eyes and soul. This trip gave me peace and fulfillment, but most importantly – magnificent memories.
High Points – Sightseeing in Munnar, houseboat, backwaters and the lake cruise, the local cuisine, sightseeing in Kochi.
Low Points –
- The driver was 3 hours late to pick up on our arrival.
- High altitude destinations did not suit our infant daughter.
- TravelTriangle should be clear about any extra fee charges when paying through card.
Tips to future travelers –
- If you’re traveling with your kids.
- Be careful with high altitude destinations. Keep updated with the weather forecast.
- Perfect for all the nature lovers.
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