If you came and asked me and my family, which was our favorite tour destination, you would get a unanimous answer; Kerala. I, my husband and our two kids love this place like no other. In fact, we have already visited Kerala twice and don’t mind spending a few more vacations there. Trust me, when I say, you will never ever get bored of this land blessed with uniqueness. Both the times, we had booked family tour packages from Gogeo Holidays which made things extremely easy for us in Kerala, in addition to being pocket-friendly packages. Needless, to say they turned out to be great holiday deals.
Our first visit to Kerala was during one of the peak seasons when tourists from all parts of the world would just come in mind-boggling numbers and the most astonishing fact is that most of them were families like us. Apart from the fact that the tourist spots were a bit crowded, we had no other troubles during our travel. Well, that was not even a trouble when compared to the great time we had. I still remember those moments like yesterday! Kerala is probably one of the few lands where you get to see such varying shades of green in every part of it. On the first day, we went on a trip to Munnar and was struck by the beauty of the sprawling hill station. We literally felt like we were walking on sculpted emerald stones as the azure sky overlooked us. The teas gardens of Munnar, where the plants sway in all greenish glory is one great sight to see. Well, the tea gardens of Munnar are not just about the sight but also of quality tea leaves. Make sure you take some home and brew some amazing tea. They are just perfect and revitalize all your senses! We visited the Tea Museum, The Mattupetty Dam and The Eravikulam National Park, which was a much-awaited visit, especially by the children. After spending a wonderful chilly night at Munnar, I and my family left for Alleppey, the next destination of our tour. We had heard a lot about the backwaters of Alleppey and its breathtaking beauty and couldn’t wait to get there!
Alleppey, also known as Alappuzha is particularly known for its lagoons, backwaters and the giant houseboats that float on the tranquil waters. And we did indeed find a lot of lakes and backwaters during our journey in this part of Kerala rather than any other. Our first visit in Alleppey was the Vembanadu Lake, the longest lake in India. It was a scenic beauty! The long beautiful lake resembled a magnificent blue mirror and was an ideal location for some great photographs. There were white cranes taking the dive to catch some fish and the funniest thing is that you don’t even have to look up at the sky to find cranes; you get a crystal clear reflection of it in the lake. The coconut groves surrounding the lake are yet another scintillating site. As you all know, no family trip to Alleppey is complete without cruising through the backwaters of Alleppey in humongous houseboats and having a taste of the local delicacies. Yes, we did cruise through the tranquil waters of the Vembanadu Lake and the experience was so good that I don’t even have words to express or describe the beauty of that diverse experience. And the food, amazing! We had rice and fish curry infused with tamarind juice. It was a pop of flavours in your mouth. The curry was so spicy but I bet you would have asked for more, just like my entire family did. Afterwards, we went on a tour of the Alappuzha Beach which housed beautiful golden sandy beaches and a splendid sea. We built sandcastles along with our kids, rested under the shade of coconut groves and had a refreshing drink of tender coconut and played with the waves hitting the shore. We did indeed spend a fun-filled family time there. We were all tired but equally happy and headed off to the resort. It was our last day in Kerala and had an early flight to catch, the next day. That was the account of the very first time we travelled to Kerala with our family.
Our second visit to Kerala was during the Monsoons. Though we were rebuked constantly and asked to reconsider the time of our tour to Kerala, we just couldn’t resist the tempting deals and great discounts, the holiday packages offered, especially for families. So, we embarked on our next journey to Kerala. Would you believe if we told you that our first visit was again to the Mattupetty Dam of Kerala? Well, you have to because it was indeed what we did. You’ve never experienced the true beauty of Mattupetty Dam unless you’ve visited it during the monsoons. The rain drizzling down on the hilly terrain and the dense forest surrounding it is wonderful to watch just like that. We also got a traditional Ayurvedic massage which was also included in our tour package. The Ayurvedic Massage was the best part of our tour. It was so rejuvenating and this is also part of the reason why we decided to visit Kerala during the monsoons this time. It is said that the best time to get yourself an Ayurvedic treatment is during the monsoons. The pores of the body open up during this season and are receptive to all the treatments making it more effective on the body. Afterwards, we set out to visit Periyar National Park, Thekkady and Wayanad which were rich in a wide variety of flora and fauna and was very intriguing to the children.
Dense forests, splendid beaches. wonderful hill stations, tranquil backwaters; like an all in one package, Kerala is blessed abundantly by nature. Both our visits to Kerala provided us with a great family time and made us feel that the entire trip was worth every penny. If you are planning for a family tour anytime soon, I suggest that you add Kerala in your travel itinerary.