Unending Beauty of Munnar, The Sight of Roaring Waterfalls from the Rolling Hills

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Munnar in Kerala doesn’t need any introduction since it is the most sought-after tourist destination in Kerala. Boredom is a feeling which is unknown to many who arrive at this land. Fondly called as the Kashmir of South, the extensive tea plantations surrounding the serene hills are the major cause of its enhanced beauty. The mist covered hills are the attractive part of winter and vast tea estate, the breezy air and cooling climate draw the attention of tourists. On the way to Munnar, there are many eye-catching waterfalls, where tourists used to take an intermittent halt amidst journey and enjoy the nature. The presence of a waterfall can be detected from far if it is strong enough. Each waterfall is different from each other, they wait for monsoons to get strengthened up. There are some good number of waterfalls in Munar which add up the tourism. Playing in water is something that even the bigger ones wish to do. Since some, of these, are hidden deep inside forests, the picturesque surroundings add up the thrill to visit. We know that the best place in South India to spend a holiday with our family or friends is, Kerala. There is a presence of big invisible hands of Munnar tourism behind it. Families enjoy being here as it is one of the safest tourist destination also. Having years of experience in the tourism field, the authorities are taking good care of the tourists arriving. Kids love to play in the splashing natural wonder, waterfalls. Take a midway pitstop and dip in the pool to shed away the tiresome journey effects. The food stalls attached to the locations provide tasty mangoes and pineapple mix.There are many waterfalls in Munnar and most of which are included in the itinerary of Kerala holiday packages for family.  Since families are the ones who will be enjoying the visit to these waterfalls, with extreme pleasure, the itineraries to Munnar are designed in such a way as to cover at least a waterfall on the way. In every route from Munnar, there is at least one waterfall on the way.On your way to the land of tea plantation, Munnar, take a halt at these locations and play in the pool formed underneath.

Lakkam Waterfalls

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Vacationers travelling to Marayoor from Munnar can repose at the location of Lakkam waterfalls as it is along this route. A Just 5-minute drive from Munnar town is the distance between you and the beautiful Lakkam waterfalls. To add the beauty of the location, nature has kept Lakkam waterfalls amidst vaga trees, which is having its origin from the plateau of Eravikulam. Its most of the cascades are inaccessible. There are two stages for the cascades, of which one is for ladies and age-old people while the second one is for teenagers and men.

Kuthumkal Waterfalls

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About 6 kilometres from Rajakkad and 24 kilometres from Munnar, the Kuthumkal waterfall is a scenic treat to the eyes. The water cascades down with high kinetic energy and this forms the majesty of the cascade. Since falling from great heights, at the bottom the falls form a permanent mist. The true aspect of spending a holiday with your family is best realised when you go out for a one-day trip to this beautiful waterfalls. The wild fall was captured by movie makers. A nearby locale, Kezar Kuthura formed the backdrop of some Bollywood movies. Nedumkandam is near from here and star gazing is the interesting activity at this locality.

Thoovanam Waterfalls

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Start trekking from Alampatty forest check post and the one hour of the trek will make you reach the beautiful location of Thoovanam waterfalls. This trek is the most riveting one to access the Thoovanam waterfalls. It is about 60 kilometres from Munnar and is found deep inside the Chinnar wildlife sanctuary. The waterfall is formed by river Pamba. On the course of the trek, wild flora and fauna can be encountered.

Nyayamakad Waterfalls

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Now there is another reason to visit Rajamalai as the Nyayamakad waterfall is on the way from Munnar to Rajamalai. An ideal trekking spot for avid trekkers and the nature around the falls are simply adorable. The water cascades down from a height of 1600 meters and makes up an ideal picnic spot. Honeymoon couples often visit the location on their way to Rajamalai. Since this fall is located inside a thick jungle, the location makes up for a perfect place to hang out during a honeymoon. Munnar is the most selected honeymoon spot and every year, new places are added to the itineraries of Munnar honeymoon packages and the recent one being Nyayamakad falls. A truly adventurous trek can be conducted here in the wild. Dare to enter into the pool and feel the chilliness of the water.

Cheeyappara Waterfalls

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The popular one and is along the Kochi-Madurai highway so that number of tourists encounter this great waterfall. It pours down in seven steps. The fall is located 40 kilometres from Munnar and is famous for trekking. On the way to Munnar, most of the tourists used to take a break here. There are many food stalls here where fruits chopped and mixed with chilli are served. In the chilly climate, having a small snack that is really hot is a good experience.

 

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A Romantic Escape to the Misty Hills of Kerala

honeymoon-packages-munnarMarriage is not just a word in the dictionary for a girl but a word with a whole lot of emotions and dreams attached to it. It was on the 20th of August that this word brought in a meaning in my life as I was happily married to Ashik. We were settled in Bangalore one of the busiest business city, mostly known as the city of dreams. Even after marriage, we had no much time for each other as we were totally busy with our work and tight schedules; we never got enough time to understand each other. After a week of our marriage, Ashik planned a surprise honeymoon trip to the misty hills of Kerala. Our honeymoon trip was organized and managed by Gogeo Holidays as we opted for one of their best and most attractive Kerala tour packages from Bangalore. According to the plan, we were to spend our honeymoon days in Munnar which was one of the very famous tourist destinations with hill stations covered in mist. The only reason to choose Kerala to be our honeymoon destination is due to the climate and natural beauty of the place which a city like Bangalore lacks. A rapidly developing city like Bangalore lacks nature as the place is mostly filled with buildings and flats which make the city look more congested and stressful. People in the town are driven into never ending work which makes them look more like systematized machines than humans. Even after having a number of tourist destinations in Bangalore we choose to enjoy our honeymoon in Kerala so as to escape from the loud busy city life of the place.

Couple-portraitsWe started our trip on the 20th of August at 8.00 am to the land known as ‘gods own country to enjoy the days in the misty hills of Munnar via flight.  We reached the Bangalore airport by 6.00 am and were welcomed by the tour operators. After a 3 hour flight, we reached the Kochi international airport by 9.00 am. As soon as we reached the Kochi airport we were welcomed by the trip organizers and were led to the cab. We decided to have our lunch on our way to Munnar. After riding for an hour we finally got to a restaurant to have our lunch. It was after reaching the restaurant that we realized that we were really hungry, the smell of Masala and flavors of the food were more tempting for us.  As soon as we got the menu we ordered for the very famous chicken Biriyani, which was one of my favorite dishes in Kerala. The smell of the Masala and flavors in the food with the delicious taste of gravy of the chicken and the rice with the salad would make your mouth water. After having the lunch along with some juice and dessert we decided to move on with the trip. Due to our very busy schedules in back in Bangalore, we never had enough time to eat, even if we eat. We never had enough time or piece of mind where we could enjoy and explore the taste of the food we eat. It was in this restaurant in Kerala we actually explored the taste and flavours of the land to the fullest. We reached Munnar by 11.45 am after a ride of 2 hrs. As soon as we reached the town we were helped to check in to the best budget hotel in Munnar where we could enjoy the stay. After freshening up we decided to start the tour of the place.

Mattupetty-Dam-near-MunnarAs per the plan, our first destination of the day was Mattupetti Dam, which is a well-known reservoir which is located almost 13 km away from the Munnar town. We reached the place after a drive of about 30 to 45 min by 12.45 pm. the main attraction of the place is the natural surroundings of the concrete dam which is well built between the hill ranges of the Western Ghats. And it is used mainly for water storage for hydroelectric projects. The place is a very prominent destination in almost all Kerala holiday packages for family where they could enjoy the trip in the lap of nature and enjoy the sight of the dam which is surrounded by the misty hills and the Western Ghats. A family trip to the dam could also be made educational as the dam is mainly used to store water for the hydroelectric project.  Another attraction of the place is the fact that a number of elephants visit the area to have water from the dam. After enjoying the sight of the place, we decided to explore the Mattupetti Dairy Farm which is located at a distance of 30 min from the dam. We reached our 2nd destination, the Mattupetti Dairy Farm by 2.00pm. The farm is one of the well-known destinations in the place which is a well-known Indo-Swiss Farm. The main attraction of the farm is its existence for being a highly specialized dairy farm which is named and listed under the Indo-Swiss Livestock Project. Another importance of the farm is that the place reared a number of high-quality cattle and new varieties of cattle are developed. after enjoying the beauty of the place and spending some romantic time with each other we decided to move on to our next destination of the day, Top Station.

 

 

Kerala Tourism Packages.jpgLocated about 40 km from the Munnar town the place is one of the best sightseeing destinations were the trekking facilities are provided for the travelers.  We reached the top station after a travel of about 1 hr by 4.00 pm. the misty cloud of the place was something that attracts a number of tourists from around the world. After enjoying a small trekking from the base we reached the top station to take in the panoramic view of the Western Ghats and the valley of Theni which is breathe taking. The place got the name from having the top most located railway station at the Kundala Valley Railway. After enjoying the beautiful sight of the city and spending some quality time with each other we decided to get back to our restaurant as the watch already showed the time to be 6.00 pm. lost in the nature we didn’t realize the running time. Back in Bangalore we never have enjoyed the peace and freshness we felt in the land of mist hills, Kerala. This beauty of the state with misty hills, rivers, and fresh air and nature makes the land entirely different from busy cities filled with buildings and factories. Kerala is one of the best destinations where one could enjoy the nature and relax in the lap of nature forgetting every tension and stress of the daily busy city life. From the top station, we headed back to our hotel by 6.30 pm. after a drive for about 1.30 hrs we reached back to our hotel by 8.00 pm. by the time we entered our room we were exhausted and tired. After being in the room for a while we decide to refresh and head to the dining to have the dinner. After having the delicious dinner we headed back to the room, after spending some quality time with each other we decided to sleep as we had a flight to catch the next day.

munnar-honeymoon-packageWe woke up the next day by 9 am and after refreshing and having the breakfast we checked out of the hotel by 10.30 the stay in Munnar was one of the best I could remember and cherish for a life time. Newly wedded couples like us could easily avail a Romantic Munnar honeymoon packages where they could enjoy the climate and the mist which sets up a perfect romantic ambience. The natural elements of the Western Ghats with the beauty of nature would make your honeymoon the most memorable and special. After checking out of the hotel we were taken back to the Kochi international airport. A travel of about 3 hrs, we reached the airport by 2.00pm. After boarding the flight back to Bangalore we reached our place by 5.00 pm. the days we enjoyed back in Kerala were the best in our lives. The ambience of the place gave us enough time to know more about each other and understand each other well. After reaching back home we were engaged and busy in our works, but after the trip, our relation took a beautiful turn where we decided to enjoy our life together by understanding and cherishing each other’s dream. The newly wedded couples could make each day of their honeymoon count by exploring the hill station in Kerala the land called ‘Gods Own Country’.

 

The Mandatory Visit of a Malayalee to Thrissur Pooram

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Kerala hosts quite a large number of festivals. But out of the lot, Thrissur Pooram is considered of high importance both by the inhabitants as well as by the tourists. I belonged to Kannur and had been studying at Mangalore. Since some of my friends belonged to Thrissur, we had decided priory that we would be celebrating Pooram at Thrissur this year.  In the month of May, we left to Thrissur as a gang that included 8 people.  Three of them belonged to Thrishivaperoor and they had been a part of it since they turned 3. That was the spirit of the festival. We had taken the Kannur- Alappuzha express train early in the morning. We reached the destination by 10 in the morning. Even though Pooram was the next day, the Swaraj Round had already been lit by a lot of people mainly coming here with the top Kerala Tour Packages. The street vendors had started their work by selling varieties of things. We had booked a small lodge as the prices of the hotels around Thrissur hike during the Pooram season. Also, nobody really spends a lot of time at hotel rooms if they have come to enjoy the festival. We dropped our bags there and got out to the Temple after freshening up.

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Even though Pooram is actually a Hindu Temple Festival, devoid of religious barriers everyone celebrates it with their families. Since past few years, plenty of controversies has arisen regarding the fireworks and the use of elephants for the day. In 2015, a ban had been put on the fireworks by the court but the requests of the authorities and the inhabitants of Thrissur brought it back. But since then, every year, several pleas come up on the same issue every year. We walked through the temple premises after seeking blessings from the Vadakunnathan temple from outside. The major deity of the temple is Lord Shiva. The celebration goes on for 7 days. On the first day, Kodiyettam which is the official flag hosting to the celebrations takes place. On the second day, the sample of fireworks takes place which is done by two major temples here that are Paramekkavu Temple and Thiruvambady Temple. The third and fourth day is when the temples set up Aanachamayam that show cases elephant accouterments on the second day of which we had arrived. When the scorching heat of sun started affecting us, we went to the Bharath hotel for lunch. One would have to wait for some time to have food from any of the restaurants nearby as a huge rush would be there. We had some vegetarian meals and went to the lodge to take rest. By early evening, we got out to go to the Pooram Exhibition. Some people had been doing circus and magic to entertain the people.

 

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Free buttermilk stall had been set up for the tired people. The rush to the exhibition was high where we had to take each step carefully as there were chances that people would trip and fall. People from different parts of India had put their stalls selling their traditional clothes, sandals, and food. We stopped at most of the food shops trying out hot pakoras and chili bhajis. We were quite tired as we got out of the exhibition because we had burned a high amount of calories there. We came to the stall of buttermilk and had enough of it. And then we walked to the Paramekkavu Agrashala where Aanachamayam had been taking place. Most of the people had been resting around the Swaraj round itself. Police had been alert around the whole place as pick-pocketing is usual here.We had tea from a small shop near the Agrashala. The night had fallen and the beautifully illuminated Gopurams were shining amidst the dark. The temples were also decorated with lights. The police had blocked the entrance to the round. Only those vehicles that have a pass were being allowed inside. We walked into the Thekkinkadu Maidanam as the elephants had been standing there munching their treats. Around 30 elephants could be seen here who would be busy for the celebrations tomorrow.

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The firework premises had also been set up by the people. As there were restrictions regarding it, only a few dug holes could be seen there. All those who come in affordable and cheap Kerala family tour packages during the time of Pooram would definitely come here as it is the most celebrated festival. I had seen some tourists who were walking around with cameras capturing the moments of the day.  On the eastern Gopuram of the temple, some TV show was being hosted where familiar faces from television could be seen. We went to the Ming Palace and got some vegetarian Chinese food for ourselves. The next day we had to leave early to the Thiruvambady temple from where the deities were being taken to the Vadakkunathan temple. On the way, we stop at Paramekkavu too for the same purpose. And then went to the Vadakunnathan temple. Madathil Varavu is celebrated by the Panchavadhyam melam which is one of the most spirited events of the day. Artists get together by playing various instruments like Edakka, Thimila, and Madhalam.

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We quickly moved to a restaurant for food as Ilanjithara Melam would start by the 2 in the noon. Also, if you want to save a place in the front, it is necessary to reach as earliest as possible. We gobbled our food and reached the earliest but people had already crowded the place. We met an English couple who had been on their best Kerala honeymoon package from Bangalore. Even though they had come to Alleppey, their tour planners told them about Pooram which they felt like viewing. They wanted a spot to set up their camera as they had been shooting their whole trip. There were several podiums that had been set for the media people. We showed them the way to it. Some people were ready with balloons in their hands which are often used by them to follow the beats of the Melam. There was no wonder that thousands of people flew from varied places to Thrissur to be a part of this. If you get lost in the Melam, you would definitely come again and again to witness the extravaganza here. Everyone, be it, families, bachelors, tourists or children were involved in the drug of Melam. And when it ends, you would wish for more. As the Kudamattom takes place along with it, you would want the animal activists to come and see the joy of every being there. Neither the elephants nor the people are at harm. Everyone graciously embraces the festival.  Even though these come to an end, the major firework is what the people wait for. Most of the people do not even go home. They wait peacefully until early morning. Every one rises up as the first firework goes up. The major temples, Thiruvambady and Paramekkavu host the firework in turns. Low-decibel fireworks had been used as per the order. As it ends the people leave to their houses.

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As the Kudamattom takes place along with it, you would want the animal activists to come and see the joy of every being there. Neither the elephants nor the people are at harm. Everyone graciously embraces the festival.  Even though these come to an end, the major firework is what the people wait for. Most of the people do not even go home. They wait peacefully until early morning. Every one rises up as the first firework goes up. The major temples, Thiruvambady and Paramekkavu host the firework in turns. Low-decibel fireworks had been used as per the order. As it ends the people leave to their houses. The final day which is referred to as Pakal pooram is when certain families come as the crowd would be less. A small firework also takes place in the morning when the idols of the deities are taken to the respective temples. We had to return back to Mangalore in the morning as we had class. With the hope of coming again to this auspicious festival, all of us left back happy.

Munnar – The Lush Carpets of Tea Plantations

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Tripping with friends is always more fun than being alone or being with family. My friends are the best thing that happened to me in my entire life, and tripping with them is one of my most loved hobbies and Munnar is my favourite destination. On the 8th of August, we planned another trip to Munnar to spend some quality time with each other and to enjoy the trip all over again. By 5.00 am early morning on 8th August I started my trip with 3 other best friends of mine. The best thing of an early morning trip is that you will never get tired of driving or sleepy, due to the chilling breeze and the ambience you feel throughout the trip. We decided to take turns for driving so that not just a single person suffers the freezing cold. After the cold freezing drive of 3 hrs, we reached Munnar by 8.00 am and then decided to have food from one of the Dhaba opened at that time. Our favourite at the place to have at that time of the day was hot coffee with some soft Appam and egg curry. This is our all time favourite food when tripping in Munnar. After having the food we decided to start our trip with visiting our favourite destination the Echo Point and reached our destination after a 30 min drive from the Dhaba by 9.30 am. Different Munnar honeymoon packages are organised to this place by different tour operators making the place a well-known tourist destination. It is a point where you could hear the hills calling out your name, this unique feature of the hill makes it an attractive area to spend time with your friends and loved ones. The place had a great combination of cool breeze, lush green slopes and a perfect environment for rejuvenation. Our first visit to the place was arranged and organised by Gogeo Holidays, who organised different activities for us like trekking and boating in the lake. We took a long walk in the place enjoying the nature and calmness surrounding us with the cool wind blowing on us.

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After spending some quality time at the Echo Point with the best friends, we headed to our next destination, Kundala Lake by 11 and reached the place after a very sweet shot drive from the point and reached the lake by 11.30. The lake is among one of the most visited and demanding destinations in Munnar. The main attraction of the area is its scenic beauty which greatly which the travellers love. After reaching the place we decided to enjoy the boating through the flawless calm waters enjoying the beauty of the lake and the place to its best. Boating and Shikhara ride is one of the main entertainments in the place. After enjoying the ride we decided to have the lunch from the nearby restaurant. For a change for lunch, we decided to have the meals with some special curry and gravy.

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After having the delicious lunch we decided to move on with our trip and decided Anamudi Peak to be our next destination. We reached the peak by 12.30 pm; the peak is the highest in the south which provides a majestic view of the rich green tea and coffee plantations. If you wish to see the scenic beauty of the hills and valleys with bright blue water streams running in between, and the wild of the Eravikulam National Park, then the best option is to go trekking in the peak. Located inside the Eravikulam National Park the peak is the main attraction for tourists from around the world.

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After spending some memorable fun moments with friends and enjoying the sight of the waters and the hills with the wild in the park we headed to take a small bath to the next destination, Attukal Waterfalls. We reached the place by 3.15; the place is a prominent tourist destination in Munnar which can only be reached by a bridge. The best time to visit the place is during the rain to take full advantage of the falls when the water rushes down the rocks. A number of tourists visit the place with different cheap Kerala tour package from Bangalore and many other cities, states and countries to enjoy the scenic beauty of the place. Located between to hill stations Munnar and Idukki the main activities organised in the place are trekking and photography, different families also visit the place to enjoy some moment with their loved ones as picnics. To spend some time in nature away from tension and stress this is the perfect spot where you will be in great harmony with nature. By the time we finished bathing and playing in the waters time was in a race to strike 5.00 pm. we decided to move to Top Station to arrange our stay in the place.

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If you are planning a trip to enjoy the day and explore the place to its best, then staying in a hotel is a bad idea. So we decided to tent at the Top Station and call of the trip for the day. We reached the Top Station by 7.00 pm, on our way to the place we bought some food so that we don’t say hungry and starve to death. Hunger is something that we can never tolerate or adjust with, so after reaching the Top Station we started with the preparations to set the tent. After a long 45 min, we finally succeeded to set the tent straight against the strong wind. After talking for a while and enjoying the moment with friends we decided to have the dinner. After having the dinner we laid on the green valley staring at the night sky and enjoying the strong cool wind. I don’t remember when I slept; we woke up early hearing the alarm and then decided to get back to home. From the Top Station, we started back to our home by 5.00 am.

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Munnar is a perfect place for a tour and a place most visited and included in all famous Kerala holiday packages  for  family. The scenic beauty with misty hills and glittering waterfalls is the main attraction of the place which the travellers love to enjoy. The aromatic tea plantation of the land provides a unique beauty to the place by covering the hills with the rich green carpet. The place is a perfect destination for a honeymoon, tour and picnic with friends and family.

Kerala- The Magic Land of Spices

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Every country is famous for the food they serve. While in some countries the main ingredients are sauces in other countries it is spices.  Some people go on journeys in search of new places and some people go in search of new cuisines. And if you are ever planning to set on a Kerala Trip in search of food, all the information here would be of great help as you would not miss any food that belongs to the Gods own Country.The most authentic food of Kerala is their Sadhya. While some people cook this traditionally for Onam and Vishu, others get sadhya ready for personal functions like birthdays and get together’s. It is served on a banana leaf as there are around 20- 60 dishes served for a sadhya. The specialty is that all the dishes are vegetarian. Rice is the major dish which includes side dishes like Sambar, Rasam, Inji Puli, Pulisheri, Ellisheri and others. Each of these dishes is mouth-watering recipes made of vegetables like potato, carrot, beetroot, cabbage and drumsticks. At the end of the meal, Payasam or Pradhaman is served which is a dessert. It is served in varieties especially with main ingredients like vermicelli, rice, wheat and even dal.

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Other than this traditional vegetarian cuisine, Kerala has umpteen non-vegetarian dishes. Sea food is the most preferred by the locals residing in Kerala. From Trivandrum to Kasargod you will get to eat special seafood dishes that belong to each district here. While in some places coconut is added to fish curry, in some places it is just chili and spices. Meen mulakittathu and Karimeen curry is the most favourite. In the former dish, any type of fish like Mackerel, Sardine or Pomfret can be added. The fish fry is also an inevitable part of the food for the Malayalis. They marinate the fish with ginger garlic paste and spices and keep it for over an hour after which it is fried. They also smoke the fish by keeping it in banana leaves which will be free of oil. Karimeen Pollichathu is the most favourite where the fish which is priorly marinated is kept in the banana leaf with a masala made from onions, tomato and chili. Prawns are also cooked in several ways which are a must taste recipes of Kerala. Other than the Prawns Biryani, prawns are also fried and roasted. A special dish from the countryside is the prawns fried with coconut which will definitely be a tour to anyone’s taste buds. Chemmeen Pollichathu and Chemmeen Moilee are other dishes made of prawns. Alleppey is the destination where most of the people reach up to have these dishes.

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Biriyani is also served everywhere in Kerala. Malabar biryani is the most famous out of the lot. Belonging to the Malabar region this biryani is more than just food to localities here. There are families who have been addicted to this delicacy that people travel kilometers on a affordable and cheap Kerala family tour package just to have this during their weekend. Thalassery biriyani is mainly served with chicken but these days even mutton, fish, beef and prawns are also served. The specialty of this biryani is that it uses Jeerakasala or Kaima rice instead of basmati rice. Breakfast dishes are also in plenty here. Malayalis cannot start their day without having proper breakfast. Various combinations like Puttu and Kadala, Appam and Stew, Idiyappam and Egg curry are the most famous other than dosa-chutney, Idli-sambar combinations. Mutta pathiri which is served with coconut is also a favourite breakfast here.If you move to the Malabar region, other than the biryani you can savour a number of other dishes. During the time of Ramadan, most of the major snacks are made from here. Erachi Pathal, Kozhi Pidi, Chatti Pathiri and Kunji Pathari are the most famous out of the lot. Other than this Malabar Duck roast is also famous dish. Mussel fry, Unakka and Elanchi and even Ice Orathi are available in the street shops here. Kozhikode is a must visit for all the food bloggers as it serves amazing food at reasonable prices. The halwa sold here is heaven to people. They often pack it when travelling long distance as it is like a ritual.

The people in Kerala are addicts to tea and snack. They either have milk tea or black tea along with snacks like banana fritters, vada or Dal Vada. Kaya Varuthathu (Banana sliced and fried) and Chakka Varuthathu (Jackfruit sliced and fried) are also favourites of the Kids residing here. Jackfruit is a must try from this land. Other than fried, it is also used to make Upperi and curry for lunch. Kheer is also made from it during the jackfruit season. When there is an excess of it even Idli is made out of it.

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Beef is also favourite to the people living here. During the beef ban period, a lot of people protested against it from Kerala. Parotta and beef are more like a personal local food for them. Other than beef cutlets, Beef Varattiyathu and Beef Kuru Mulakittathu are famous here. Tapioca and beef curry are loved by all those who taste it for once. Toddy is also exclusive to Kerala. It is a sweet- sour drink extracted from coconut. Coconut water is also the most sort drink during the summers here. Naruneendi and Kulukki Sarbath are also drinks that are available only in this land. While the former drink is made of milk, the latter one is shaken lemonade. Sugar syrup and lemon juice are the main ingredients in it.Other than the traditional Kerala food, all other cuisines like International, Mexican and even north Indian food are available here. While Pani Puri and momos are served on the streets on carts, students rush here to taste them, but at the end of the day, they always get back to their own cuisines as nothing is more satisfying than it. There are couples who take amazing Kerala honeymoon packages from Bangalore to make food travelogues of Kerala as nothing can be more exciting than food being a part of your first journey.Kerala is hence the hub of any food lover as it gives the taste buds, a chance to savour every flavour from the Gods own country.

Gavi- The Wilderness Beacons

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Travelling could be the best experience when it is with your loved ones; the best destination would double your joy. We go tripping in search of different elements; some would travel for joy while others as a part of their profession, and some would travel to spend some quality time with their loved ones while some travel to run away from their busy schedules. Both the ways travelling is always fun. Most travellers are people who love nature; they mostly visit areas and destinations with natural beauty like forest, lake, river, waterfalls, mountains, and hill stations, or monumental destinations with forts, monuments and other natural wonders. Gods own country, Kerala would be a perfect destination for travellers in search of tradition, culture, nature, monuments, historical forts and adventures. Kerala is also a land with a beautiful climate which could be most enjoyable for couples and newly wedded life partners. Munnar would be a perfect destination for couples; your journey would be easier and adventurous with Romantic Munnar honeymoon packages arranged by organisers like Gogeo Holidays. Planning your tour with tour operators and organisers make your journey, stay and visits easier and more comfortable. You are free to choose the destinations you wish to visit and places you like to stay, tour operators help you to organise your travel without you being bothered about the schedules and stay.

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Kerala is said to be a perfect holiday destination because of its landscapes and natural beauty. Kerala is a land with numerous numbers of hill stations, pilgrimage, museum, beaches, backwaters, wildlife sanctuary, waterfalls, palace, ecotourism destinations, dams, art gallery, forts, amusement parks, shopping malls, and zoo. Kerala is a land with everything a tourist or a traveller would be looking for.  Different Kerala tour packages  for family are arranged to attract travellers to the land of culture and tradition. Kerala is a land with many unknown or infamous tourist destinations; it is a land yet to be explored as a tourist destination.

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 Gavi is one such unexplored destination in Kerala; the place was not much famous until the release of the famous Malayalam movie “Ordinary”. The movie showed up the natural beauty the place holds and the possibility of the place being a tourist destination. Gavi is a land to the eastern extreme of the Pathanamthitta district; it is scattered across the Periyar tiger reserves and forests. These evergreen forests are abundant with magnificent wildlife including tiger, elephant, leopards, bears, Indian gaur, sambar, barking and mouse deer, lion tailed macaque other varieties of monkey, Nilgiri marten and a lot more.  The excellence of this place is worth a closer look, nature is at its unadulterated best. The place labours as a base camp for deep jungle trekkers, birdwatchers, nature lovers, researchers and much more. For the nature travellers, the land offers complete experience with the flora including Podocarpus wallichinia a highly endemic species of gymnosperm family seen only around Gavi in the whole Western Ghats. The forest around Gavi is home to over 350 different species of birds like the great Indian hornbills, sunbirds, woodpeckers, kingfishers and myriads of mynas, bongos, cuckoos, and bulbul, the destination could be a dream for any birder. Daily transportation like bus and jeep is available to Vendee Periyar from Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram. Now Kerala tour packages from Bangalore are arranged to the place keeping in mind the importance of tourism and keeping Gavi as an important tourist destination with a lot to offer to the travellers. Gavi has the best climate at night the temperature would drop till 10degree. Some of the activities arranged in Gavi by tour operators like Gogeo Holidays include trekking, wildlife watching, birding, stay at top tree huts, outdoor camping in forest, safaris through jungle roads, visit paradise cove at Ninnum Ulli, boating in the Gavi and kochu pampa lakes, leisurely walks through spice gardens, visit cardamom factory, climb to Sabarimala temple. The active association of the tribes in Gavi makes it a novel venture, the legendary knowledge of the forest and its way of life help Gavi to control its enclosing in its original state.  Some of the breathtaking aspects at Gavi like the valley view offer a great view of a deep canyon and the forest below; from Koch Pampa, one can track the foraging Nilgiri Tahr. Another bizarre feature of Gavi is camping in the forest. Travellers can pitch a tent in the camping site which is rare in many Indian forests. At night travellers can feel the presence of wildlife an experience that cannot be explained through words. There is also tree top stays where one can enjoy forest life to the fullest.

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 To experience the natural beauty and the life in the wild, then Gavi is the place. In Kerala, there are many such destination and island that are less popular but rich in natural beauty and natural resources like forest wildlife, flora and fauna. Kerala is also a place with different cultural tradition and much more. A visit to Kerala the land of hill stations will always give you a different experience of the world and nature around. Hill stations covered with tea plantations, freshwater lakes, rivers, and backwater, all give a pleasant stay and fresh experience for the tourists. A Kerala Holiday Packages for Family tour is always arranged and organised well with tour operators like Gogeo holidays are worth spending your money for. People who wish to experience a fresh and clear nature along with a diversion in culture, tradition, language, and religion should definitely visit Kerala with its best tour packages under affordable rate with all available facilities. There are different shopping centres organised by Kerala government especially focusing on tourism and tourist. All the products in these stores are mostly natural products like khadi. All the products in these stores are priced by the government of Kerala. 

Holiday, trips, and tours are mostly the best remembered days in a person’s life, tripping with friends and family is the best experience one can ever have. One always gets the best experience from these trips. It is very important that you plan for a trip that is worth remembering than just travelling. Now experience the best days of your life with friends and family in Kerala enjoying the best destinations in Kerala.

 

Kerala culture- the amalgamation of influences

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Kerala, the minuscule state in the Southern tip of Indian continent, has been capturing the attention of travelers from all over the world for many years. There are many simple yet alluring facts of Kerala that make everyone fall in love with it, in the first glance itself. The local culture is such one fact. When everyone goes after the glamorous backwaters and misty hill stations with the help of some amazing Kerala tour packages, that are covered by many travel operators like Gogeo Holidays, some of them may wish to experience the unique culture and traditions of this God’s own kingdom. Kerala holds a unique and distinct culture that is sure to boast of by every Keralite. This uniqueness is visible with everything that is home to, in the colorful vibrant festivals, art forms, performing arts, world-renowned literature, painting, music, the amazing cuisine and so on.

What we now describe as the culture and traditions of Kerala is actually a confluence of the amalgamation of different kinds of influences that this land has faced with. According to the archeological and historical evidence, the first and earliest inhabitants of Kerala were the Dravidians. And you can still see the influences of this Dravidian culture in different aspects of Kerala it’s day to day life.

The land of counts

As the name Kerala literally indicates, this state is indeed the land of coconuts- the tree of life. Many cultural habits of this state have been revolved around the cultivation of this crop. The tender coconut water is Kerala’s own soft drink that is now loved by many. And if the soft flesh is mixed with the water, it makes up for a wonderful snack.  The matured coconut is grated as used as an ingredient for almost every dish that Kerala own. And the coconut oil made from the dry county is also using to cook almost every dish. The toddy, which is got from the coconut tree is Kerala’s own unique alcoholic drink which is made from the sap of the flower before it blooms.

Not only the land is full of coconut fringed landscapes everywhere, this tree also has made a great impact on the lifestyle of many people here.  Toddy tapping is the source of income of many people here, and you can find Toddy shops in many parts of Kerala.  The course that is made from the coconut husk forms the basis of the coir industry here. The choir is also used in many interesting ways. The fiber of the coir is used to make mats, rugs, baskets, and many other fascinating handicrafts. Many tourists buy these as typical Kerala souvenirs. So do not forget to visit the major coir hub- Alleppey in Kerala with your cheap Kerala family tour packages at low price, during your trip to Kerala. The list is not needed here. The outer shell of the coconut is also used to make different handicraft products and attractive traditional pots and ornaments.  The coconut leaves are used for the purpose of thatching the traditional houses and the dried ones make up a form of fuel. So as you can see, the coconut indeed is the tree of life in Kerala and makes up a big part of the culture in here.

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Unique performing arts to preserve the tradition

If you want to watch the live performance of the portraying of Kerala’s culture- then the best way is to watch some vibrant performing arts, which still maintain the Kerala’s culture in its purest form. The major performing arts that belong to Kerala are the Theyyam, Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Panchavadyam, Kalaripayattu and do on. All these musical extravaganzas and performing arts reveal the unique culture and the old era of this vibrant state.  IN the ancient times, these kind of art forms were only part of temples and places that are linked to religions. But now these are more become like public spaces. Try to include Kalamandalam, one of the renowned cultural center in Kerala with your itinerary of the affordable Kerala tour packages, the experience would be experienced for you.  Most of these unique arts of Kerala is now packaged as cultural products and is preserved for the future generations.

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The fascinating beauty of Kerala’s tuskers and elephants

Well, we call it tusker mania.  When you head out to explore the cultural roots of Kerala, you would be amazed by the fact that no even a single temple festival in Kerala passes without and the array of beautifully decorated tuskers on the display for the public.  Keralites are simply big fans of elegant elephants and the tuskers. And these form an important part of the culture of this land. Elephants are considered to be a symbol of royalty and prestige for the Keralites, and also a big source of good fortune.  In all the major temple festivals in Kerala, the idols are carried out by only by an elephant, who are considered as the Lord Ganesha himself.  One of the popular such tuskers- Guruvayur kesavan who used to carry the deity of Lord Krishna in the temple of Guruvayur has a statue erected in that area, These tusker heroes are more like legends who are kept in the memory of people even after their death. You can also find fascinating paintings that portray these tuskers in their all glory. You can include the places like Kodanad elephant training camp, and Punnathur kotta near Guruvayur with your affordable kerala holiday packages for family to watch the elephants in its natural habitats.

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The unpretentious food- the remarkable simplicity

No love is sincere than the love of food. The Kerala’s own dishes are known as one of the most healthy dishes in the entire world. Like many other popular cuisines, Kerala’s cuisine also takes advantage of the different mixture of flavors, spices, seafood, and especially coconut. Even just the simplicity of all these food items will make you want to try them. The cuisine of Kerala reflect the influences of many cultures and historical, geographical, social conditioning effects. Especially those from the colonial era, when the British, Dutch, used to rule here. Kerala is one such rare place in the entire world, where you can find as many varieties as for both the vegetarian and non vegetarian cuisine in equal amount.

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The vibrant celebrations and festivals

Kerala is also home some of the most vibrant and unique festivals in the entire world. And these reflect the musical, religious, historical aspects of the state. And one of the common thing you would find about these festivals is the traitor harmony and oneness among them. Which means, regardless of different religions and culture, everyone takes part in these and celebrates in harmony, The traditional practices of the land is cultivated in the same spirit by the people here, and many still hold on to the ethics and values of the culture. Each of these celebrations is not for a particular people, or community or religion, it is for the entire society.

So, as a sum up, it can be said that the culture of Kerala reflects the confidence of many communities, civilizations, and most importantly the ones of people with the mother nature. People here carve out their identity preserving this unique culture and still being open to the modern aspects and plethora of influences from the outside world.

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