Thursday, 23 February 2012

Gods Own Country....Honeymoon in Kerala

Its been almost a good 3 months since I have been on my honeymoon and I still feel I am on honeymoon hence the delay on the promised pics of Kerala - Gods own country.

The planning, booking, shopping for the trip was all done in a hurry....yeah the best trip of my life and I had just so little time to plan it all.....but it was the best trip I had..well for obvious reasons... :)
We had planned a trip of 6 nights 7 days....dividing the same into 3 nights in Munnar and 3 nights in Kumarakom in order to avoid too much travelling.

We were not too sure if we would reach our destination thanks to the stress created by Kingfisher airlines cancelling flights and the Kerala state strike.

But we did leave on 29th November morning and thankfully the flight was on time....reached Cochin and we had our pre-booked car waiting for us. The driver insisted that we start the journey to Munnar despite the State strike. Our vehicle was stopped zillion times, made to wait for min 10 to max 40 min....we didnt mind it thanks to the pleasant weather and good company :)

On our way to Munnar we visited the Elephant camp, spice garden (very informative, shopped for some garden fresh spices as well). We avoided the elephant ride and spent that time in the spice garden soaking in all the wonderful gyaan from our guide. The garden was well maintained with all kinds of trees, spice plantation, flowers, farm animals.


Once out of there we headed for our hotel which was another 20 km away from Munnar city. Finally after the 7 hours journey from the airport (thanks to the strike, it would have been 5 hours) we reached our destination Club Mahindra Resort.....all we could see was clouds clouds and clouds...and slight drizzle.

Morning came and we set out for our site seeing journey which was when we realised the beautiful location of our hotel which was a valley facing and one of the only 2 hotels in that area. The entire area had tea estates spread all over.


After some quick pics in the tea estate covering some scenic beauty our first stop was the flower garden which was beautifully located on the slope of a hill and had flowers I had never seen before....then came the echo point, the shooting point, a tree full of honeycombs, the Mattupetty Dam.all these points surrounding the vast lake.






We returned to Munnar city to have yummy local food and then proceeded towards Rajamala to watch the Nilgiri Tahrs (a rare mountain goat) at the Eravikulam National Park situated about 2000 m above sea level. Eravikulam National Park also abode Anamudi, is the highest peak (2690 m) in the peninsular India. It was an amazing experience walking with the clouds at such great height. After having a good cup of tea in the cool weather we headed towards Munnar city again to do some shopping and enjoy a kerala massage. After that we headed straight to our hotel. We did skip some site seeing points as we wanted to keep travel to the minimum.





The next day we spent lazing around in the hotel and enjoying the view and weather.

Next day morning we set off for Kumarakom. It took us 5 hours to reach our hotel Saro Lake County which is situated bang on the banks of the Vembanad lake. We had a fascinating view of the lake and the sunset from our cottage. The place was so beautiful that we dropped plans of any site seeing and opted for just a boat cruise (2 hours). This place was more like a homestay with excellent home made food and service. We had the entire cottage to ourselves which consisted of a bedroom and a dining hall with a small library :)....No i didnt get to reading cause I had so many other things to do...after all I was on my honeymoon ....:)








After 3 nights in Kumarakom the next morning we headed to Cohin airport which is much closer from Kumarakom just about 2 hours and took our flight back home which again luckily was on time :)



4 comments:

  1. That's such an awesome memorandum of the journey... Loved the pics.... Wish you both a very happy journey of life together dear :)

    And soon you'd read my Kerala diaries too :) :)

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  2. Awww....thank you so much Neha and cant wait to read your Kerala experience!!! :)

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