Kochi, Queen of the Arabian Sea – Kerala

Kochi, Queen of the Arabian Sea – Kerala

Travel Guide

Kochi is regarded as the gateway to Kerala as it is connected to all the major cities in India. Kochi has been of strategic importance to India as it is a major port city on the south west coast of India by the Laccadive sea. It is known as the “Queen of Arabian Sea” as it was an important trade center for spices on the western coast of India from the 14th century. Kochi also has the headquarters of Southern naval Command and that of the Indian Coast Guard with an attached air squadron.

Kochi is a vibrant city which proudly boasts of the Western Ghats on the East and Arabian sea on the west. Kochi is undoubtedly the most suitable point to start traversing into the unfathomable diversity and beauty of Kerala. It is rated in the top three tourist destinations by the World Travel & Tourism Council and featured in National Geographic Traveler’s ’50 greatest places of a lifetime’.

The city can be admired for its natural beauty but I wouldn’t suggest spending more than one day here.

Fort Kochi : Fort Kochi is situated about 13 km from Ernakulam and is famous for Chinese fishing nets, picturesque beaches and architectural style of the buildings. The special thing about Chinese fishing nets is their elegant construction mixed with their historic value. European style is clearly evident and that makes this small town stands apart from other towns in Kerala.

Jew Synagogue: Jew synagogue (Paradesi Synagogue) is built in 1568  and is one of the oldest active synagogues.  This synagogue  is located in the old part of Mattenchery Town in Kochi known as Jew Town. You can visit this for the breathtaking architecture.

Marine Drive: For a breathtaking sunset with a view of the fishing nets you should visit marine drive. A peaceful evening watching the sunset with an ice cream or two would set the mood.

Cherai Beach : Though this beach is 25 km away from the Kochi city, it is a peaceful beach along the Arabian sea coast. Away from the crowds you can relax here and dream with open eyes 😉

  • Air: The Cochin International Airport has connectivity to all the major cities in India.
  • Train: Kochi Railway Station is linked by rail to all the cities like Trivandrum, Cochin, Coimbatore, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.
  • Road: Kochi being the gateway to Kerala is well connected by roads to all the cities in Kerala.

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  • State: Kerala
  • District: Ernakulam
  • Famous for/as: Ports
  • Languages: Malayalam, English
  • Best time to visit: October to April
  • Weather: Summers 25 to 40°C, Winter 10 to 20°C
  • Pincode: 682002
  • STD code: 0484
  • State Govt. tourism website: http://www.cochin.org/tourism.htm

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Munnar – The Tea capital of India

Munnar – The Tea capital of India

 

Travel Guide

Tea plantations covering the winding slopes of the hills, the aroma of fresh spices in the air and rare flora and fauna set in a cool climate is what makes Munnar a haven of peace and tranquility. Munnar is a hill station in South India in the state of Kerala having an altitude of 6000 ft.. “Moonu” means three and “Aru” means river and hence the name Munnar which signifies the confluence of three rivers – Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala.

Munnar was the favourite summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in India and hence has a history to talk about. The tea plantations date back to the British period. Munnar attracts a lot of tourists throughout the year for Neelakurinji or Strobilanthus, a flower that blooms once in twelve years.

Munnar is truly captivating. Try stopping at the roadside to see the hills adorned with tea plantations, a sight that will leave you speechless and longing for more. Munnar is a place you would never want to leave.

 

Eravikulam National Park : This is the most popular tourist spot in Munnar known for its endangered inhabitant – The Nilgiri Tahr. This park is also home to several species of butterflies, animals and birds. Trekking can be done here to witness the rolling hills adorned with blankets of mist and peeping through the mist is the magnificent view of the tea plantations and the western ghats.

Anamudi Peak : Located inside the Eravikulam National Park is the Anamudi Peak. This is the highest peak in south India standing at a height of over 2700 m. Treks to the peak are allowed with permission from the Forest and Wildlife authorities at Eravikulam.

Rose Garden: Located just about 2 kms on Munnar – Mattupetty road, the Rose garden is a must visit location. An entry fee of Rs. 20 per adult & Rs. 10 per kid. Also Rs. 20 for Still / Mobile cameras. Apart from stunning Rose varieties  it has very rare collection of various other flowers and medicinal plants including the Insulin plant and Stevia. Plants and seeds can also be purchased from here. The view of the slopes & mountains from the Rose garden is a wonderful sight to watch.

Mattupetty Dam : If you want to do speed boating this dam is the place to be. With picturesque mountains and tea gardens all around and the view of water gushing from the dam is a beautiful sight to watch. If you do not want to do boating, standing on the bridge in front of the dam with water droplets kissing your face and soaking in the natural beauty is sure to give you the same pleasure. It makes up for an ideal picnic spot.

Kolukkumalai Tea Estate : Definitely worth a visit. You have to take a bumpy ride to this tea estate in an off-road vehicle (typically a local jeep) which in itself is an experience. Once at the top you are greeted with beautiful views of the valley with sheer stone cliffs. The Tea estate is one of the oldest running tea estate and you can get a guided walkthrough on the process of tea-making. Dont forget to sample their hot-chai and also pickup some for back home.

Kannan Devan Tea Museum : If you are visiting Munnar for the first time, you must visit this Tea Museum. On your entry you are shown a 29 min. documentary on the history of Munnar and the history of tea in India. From where you proceed to the factory where tea is processed. Tea forms a major drink in India and yet we know so little about it. This visit will clear all the myths about tea and bring you face to face with the benefits of tea and the correct way to prepare tea. Also the museum has a shop from where you can purchase Kannan Devan tea, both green tea and black tea in its purest form.

Elephant Park : Right at the entrance you begin to see huge elephants moving slowly inside the park. This park offers you elephant rides costing Rs. 400 per person. The elephants are huge but the ride is relatively short and not worth the money. If you really want to ride an elephant I would suggest you to do it in Thekkady inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve.

Top Station : Top Station, which is about 32 km from Munnar is at a height of 1700 m above sea level. It is the highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road. Travellers to Munnar make it a point to visit Top Station to enjoy the panoramic view it offers of the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the spots in Munnar to enjoy the Neelakurinji flowers blooming over a vast area.

Kathakali and Kalaripayattu Shows : Kathakali being the traditional dance form of Kerala characterized by heavy make up and costumes portraying the folk tales is an enchanting experience. Kalaripayattu is the traditional martial arts show. Both these shows are sure to leave you spell bound.

 

 

 

 

  • Air: Cochin International Airport, via Aluva – Munnar Rd, about 108 km
  • Train: Aluva about 108 km and Angamali, about 109 km
  • Road: Munnar is well connected by roads to all the cities in Kerala. However, it is advisable to cover Munnar from Kochi.

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  • State: Kerala
  • District: Idukki
  • Famous for/as: Hill station famous for its tea plantations
  • Languages: Malayalam, English
  • Best time to visit: October – November and January to May
  • Weather: Summers 15 to 25°C, Winter 5 to 25°C
  • Pincode: 685612
  • STD code: 04865
  • State Govt. tourism website: https://www.keralatourism.org/destination/

 

 

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Alleppey – Kerala (God’s Own Country)

Alleppey – Kerala (God’s Own Country)

 

Travel Guide

Alappuzha commonly known as Alleppey is the sixth largest city in Kerala. It was called the “Venice of the East” by Lord Curzon. Alleppey is known for its canals, backwaters, beaches and lagoons. It lies along the Laccadive sea coast. Your trip to Kerala is incomplete without the stay in a houseboat in the backwaters of Alleppey. The backwaters of Kerala form an important tourist destination in India.

Alappuzha is also the access point for the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race, held on the Punnamada Lake, near Alappuzha, on the second Saturday of August every year. This is the most competitive and popular of the boat races in India.

It is advisable to stay in a houseboat instead of a hotel in Alleppey.There are plenty of houseboats available in Alleppey. The houseboats have single or multiple rooms with a dining area and all the modern day amenities like television, music system etc. Lunch and dinner is served on the boat itself. Nothing can be better than watching the sunset from a houseboat in the backwaters of Kerala. A perfect setting for a honeymooning couple.

Houseboat: Stay in a houseboat in Alleppey is the major attraction in Kerala. The Backwaters of Kerala attract tourists from all over the world for their enchanting beauty. Renting a houseboat and spending time with your loved ones while the boat steers you through the backwaters and canals is a memorable experience. Away from the maddening of the cities this ride is sure to give you peace and ample time to soak in the beauty of the coconut trees lined along the backwaters of Kerala.

Alappuzha beach: Visit the Alappuzha beach to watch the sunset and take a walk along the beach. The pier here which extends into the sea is 137 years old.

Kayaking and Canoeing: Water sports like Kayaking and Canoeing can be done here in Alleppey.

  • Air: The Cochin International Airport located at a distance of 75km. from Alleppey is the nearest Airport having connectivity to all the major cities in India.
  • Train: Alappuzha Railway Station is linked by rail to cities like Trivandrum, Cochin, Coimbatore, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.
  • Road: Alleppey is well connected by roads to all the cities in Kerala. However, it is advisable to cover Alleppey after Munnar or Thekkady.

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Lakshadweep

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  • State: Kerala
  • District: Alappuzha
  • Famous for/as: Backwaters
  • Languages: Malayalam, English
  • Best time to visit: September to March
  • Weather: Summers 25 to 40°C, Winter 10 to 20°C
  • Pincode: 688001
  • STD code: 0477
  • State Govt. tourism website: http://alappuzha.nic.in/general/tourism.htm

 

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Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep

Travel Guide

The name Lakshadweep in Sanskrit and Malayalam means “a hundred thousand islands” but these are essentially a group of 36 islands spread out in the Arabian sea along the west coast of India. Out of these 36 islands covering an area of 32 Sq. Km. only 10 islands are inhabited. If you are looking for a peaceful vacation away from the hustle and bustle of the cities then the sun-kissed beaches of Lakshadweep islands have a lot to offer. The white sand and clear green waters with coconut trees all around truly leave a long lasting impression on your memory. The abundance of a large variety of marine life makes it an ideal destination for water sports like scuba diving, snorkeling and kayaking. The picturesque landscapes leave you longing for more.

 

Agatti Sightseeing

Agatti is considered as the gateway to Lakshadweep. Once you reach Agatti you can take a tour of the island. Learning about the lifestyle of the inhabitants of Lakshadweep is an enriching experience. This tour includes visit to the solar plant, fish breeding center, water purification plant, jetty and the lagoon beach. Lying on the white sand in the lagoon beach gazing at the stars above will rejuvenate your body and soul.

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving is the major attraction in Lakshadweep owing to the clear water and abundant marine life. The shallow lagoons make it an ideal spot for diving enthusiasts. A large variety of fishes including Tuna, Triveli and Barracuda can be seen underwater with turtles swimming by. The islands which offer scuba diving facilities are Agatti, Kavaratti, Bangaram and Kadmat.

Snorkeling

Snorkeling is a fun activity which involves floating on the surface of water with the help of wet suit, swim fins and a diving mask attached with a snorkel tube. Due to the clear visibility of the sea bed under water, snorkeling has emerged as the favourite sport with the tourists. Expertise in swimming is not required and the tourists can enjoy this sport at affordable prices.

Kayaking

What can be better than kayaking your way against the waves into the green waters of the Arabian sea! Kayak is a banana shaped boat in which the control of rowing lies in your hands. The thrill of riding the waves can be experienced at its best in these islands. Kayaking can be done in Agatti, Bangaram, Tinnakara, Kavaratti, Kadmat, Kalpeni and Minicoy.

Glass Boat

These are specialized boats designed with glass at the bottom which gives the passenger a clear view of the aquatic life in the sea. Turtles and fishes can be seen swimming underneath while one enjoys the boat ride in the Arabian sea.

  • Air: Lakshadweep is easily connected with flights on alternate days between Kochi and Agatti. Agatti houses the only Airport in Lakshadweep which has one of the most beautiful runways in the world. Air India is the only carrier available. Helicopter transfers are also available from Agatti to Kavaratti throughout the year.
  • Water: Lakshadweep can be reached by sea-route with regular passenger ships plying from Kochi. These ships have all modern day amenities including fully furnished rooms with air conditioning, music system, television, entertainment area etc. Average travel time is 14-20hrs.

Travel guide to Trivandrum

Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum the land of Sree Anantha Padmanabhaswamy, is the capital city of Kerala. The city is surrounded by Tamil Nadu in the east whereas by Arabian Sea in the west.

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Cochin, now known as Kochi has been of great importance since the historic times. It was a home for the Dutch who came to trade in India.

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Munnar is a famous hill station in Kerala known for its breathtaking panoramic views of hills laden with tea plantations under blankets

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Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary,Thekkady-Kerala

Thekkady houses one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in India – The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Periyar is a Tiger Reserve with Bengal tigers

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Alleppey – Kerala (God’s Own Country)

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  • State: Lakshadweep
  • District: Lakshadweep
  • Famous for/as: Beaches, Adventure sports
  • Population: 64,429 (100% Muslim Population)
  • Languages: Malayalam (Mixed with Tamil and Arabic), Mahl, English
  • Best time to visit: October – March
  • Weather: Summer 22 to 33°C, Winter 20 to 32°C
  • Pincode: 682555
  • STD code: 04897
  • State Govt. tourism website: http://lakshadweeptourism.nic.in/
  • Permit Requirements: A tourist intending to visit Lakshadweep should obtain a prior permit exemption order for which he should apply in the prescribed form to  the Secretary to the Administrator, Lakshadweep Office, Willington island, Kochi-3. He should carry the said order while visiting the islands and  surrender it to  Secretary to the Administrator, Kochi on return from tour. Police verification and character certificate are also required.


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