Kerala markets itself as God’s own country. Every person who has visited here has been charmed by the same. We also decided to visit Kerala as this time around time was of the essence. A trip here is very easy to plan with an ample number of references and itineraries available. What is interesting about Kerala is that it offers a mix of mountains, plantations, wildlife, backwaters and beaches within close proximity of each other, A radius of 500 km gives it all, a unique combination. Our destinations were Munnar, Thekkady, Alleppey and Kovalam.
|Some pictures from the trip|
Our Itinerary was as follows
Day 1:- Mumbai – Cochin (flight) and Cochin – Munnar drive
- The drive is about 110 kms.
- Visit the waterfalls of Valara and Cheeyapara on the way.
- There are also many beautiful spice gardens on the way.
- Visit the Chinnar wildlife sanctuary where the only attraction is Nilgiri Goats
- There is an Eco point, Mattupetty Dams where there is also a boating facility.
- You could visit some tea plantations on the way.
Day 3:-Munnar – Thekkady
- The drive is about 85 kms and takes about 2 hours.
- You can visit Persian Paradise (Elephant park) on the way
- In the evening you can go for Kalaripayyatu and Kathakali shows apart from visiting the local market.
- Remember to book your boat ride and Park Activities as you reach Thekkady
Day 4:-Thekkady – Alleppey
- In the morning, go for the boat ride and head towards Alleppey
- The drive is about 140 kms and takes about 5-6 hours.
- Nothing much on the way, However a beautiful boat ride awaits you in Alleppey
- Book house boats for the night. The boats take you for a tour of back waters, very picturesque rise with lots of houseboats to accompany
- In the evening go to the beach to enjoy sunset.
- The meals on the boat are usually good and satisfying.
Day 5:-Alleppey – Kovalam
- Leave for Kovalam – Drive of about 160kms which takes about 4 hours due to heavy traffic. Leave as early as possible to beat this traffic.
- On the way there is Mata Amrutanandmayi Ashram at Kolam and lots Panchkarma therapy centers there
- On reaching Kovalam relax and unwind for the day.
- Visit Poovar. Beautiful backwaters, mangroves, birds, beaches and floating restaurants await.
- Climb the light house in Kovalam to get beautiful panoramic views.
- You could also visit the Padmanabhaswamy temple in Trivendrum or go the next day depending you returning timings. .
You could add a day in Thekkady if you are a wildlife enthusiast, shaving a day off from Munnar.
Best time to Visit
The best time to visit is from November to March as the weather is cold and pleasent. That is also the high season for tourism, so expect higher prices in the area.