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’.

 

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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The Call of The Forest…!

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The forest calls each and everyone of us..! only a certain few hear the call…!                   Kerala Forest and Wildlife Department is a law enforcement agency for the state of Kerala, India. One of the main beautiful attraction of Kerala is forest.Over 75% of the land-area of Kerala was covered by forests uptill even the 18th century. It conserves 10,336 km of forests forming 29.101% of the total geographic area of the state. Kerala forest is blessed with  timber,sandal wood and other spices trees and natural minerals. Kerala forest is one of the main tourist attraction spot of kerala tourism package.  There are so many attraction kerala forest such as climate,adventure ride,stay and so on…

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Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

Muthanga Wild life sanctuary is one the main wild life sanctuary in kerala. It established in 1973. Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is a rainforest which protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka on the northeast and Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu on the southeast. Rich in bio-diversity, the sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Elephants roam freely here and tigers are sighted occasionally. Various species of deer, monkeys, birds etc also live here. The Reserve is also home to a small population of tigers, a profusion of birds, butterflies and insects. There are so many visitors are visit muthanga forest it is one main tourist destination in kerala tour packages for family. There are two timings for entry, from 7 am to 9 am or 3 pm to 5 pm. At this sanctuary you may spot a number of animals such as Gaur, Dholes, Cheetal and Jackals, to name a few. If you are lucky, you may also spot the Bengal Tiger.

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Tholpetty wildlife sanctuary

The Tholpetty wildlife sanctuary is located in the northern side of Wayanad, beckons you to explore its vast dense regions and enjoy the feel of wildlife safari.The wildlife jeep safari at the sanctuary offers splendid opportunities to spot various animal and bird in their natural behaviour.The safari usually lasts between 2-4 hours and takes place twice a day from Morning to night and other is afternoon 1 pm  to evening 5 pm till and experienced guides from the forest department will be by your side at all times.The other fantastic attractions of the region include a lake, where animals usually come up their thirst during the summer, there are lots of couples  visit and enjoy  Tholpetty wildlife sanctuary it is one of the main kerala tour packages for couple.The prime season for this sanctuary starts from the November and till the next year month of May, so book soon to get the best deals.

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Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary or the Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular tourism hot spots in Kerala and also cheapest kerala tour packages, its Spread over an area of 675 sq km, this wildlife sanctuary is a reservoir of several endemic, rare and endangered species of animals. Named after the Periyar Lake, which is located within the sanctuary, this wildlife reservoir is home to 1800 flowering plants, 171 grass species, 143 species of orchids, 35 species of mammals and 265 species of birds.

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Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary

The Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Palakkad district of Kerala and it is one of the main forest tourism destination and also main Kerala Holiday Packages  and it is blessed with rich fauna and flora, The Parambikulam sanctuary offers wonderful opportunities to experience Kerala wildlife in their natural behavior, the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is now includes of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee to be declared as a World Heritage Site. Parambikulam wildlife sanctuary contain 39 species of mammals, 16 species of amphibians, 268 varieties of birds, 61 species of reptiles and a 124 different species of butterflies, the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to four indigenous tribes that have build their colonies . If you are a wildlife enthusiast, the Parambikulam Sanctuary is the best place to sight animals and to feel the forest life.

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Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Neyyar wildlife sanctuary is located in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala. The Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary spreads across 10.06 sq km. It is situated near the Agasthyakoodam hill which gets its name from the Sage Agastya. Neyyar is one of main tourist destination of a kerala travel packages. Compare to other wildlife sanctuary Neyyar wildlife sanctuary is small, but its blessed with verity of animals and natural resources,it’s a home to a large variety of wild animals including leopards, tigers, bears, elephants, etc, and the sanctuary offers opportunities for tiger and lion safaris.The Neyyar wildlife sanctuary includes an Elephant Rehabilitation Center and a Deer Rehabilitation Center and also contain crocodile farm within the sanctuary,Neyyar wild life sanctuary is of a great experience of forest lovers.

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Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary

Mangalavanam is  situated at the center of the Indian city of Kochi. Covering about 2.74 hectares,  it connected with Kochi backwaters by a canal. Mangalavanam is primarily a bird refuge. In Mangalavanam bird survey conducted in May 2006 found that there were 200 birds belonging to 40 species. The total number of bird species recorded so far from the area is 72 The Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary is a bird watcher’s paradise, this bird sanctuary is thick population of communally breeding birds. The most commonly viwed birds at the Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary are the Little Cormorant and the Black Crowned Night Heron. It is home to as many as 500 species of exotic birds and the most commonly sighted avian in the sanctuary are the Falcon Grey, Ceylon Frog moth etc. And also include verity species of bats. Mangalavanam bird sanctuary is one of other tourist attraction of kerala tour package.  

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Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary spreads over 92 sq km from Idukki district in kerala .This sanctuary receives rain fall only 48 days in the year and hence this peculiar vegetation. The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary too is under consideration for being declared as a World Heritage Site.The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on either side of the Marayoor-Udumalpet Road and is famous for sandalwood forests, timber tree and waterfalls. Many tourist visit munnar and chinnar wild sanctuary and it’s a one of the best of munnar honeymoon packages.

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Ethnic Destinations you wouldn’t want to miss in Kerala!

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                           Kerala and culture have a strong and intimate bond since ages. Many of the foreign traders got settled here because they got attracted to the vivid culture and introduced their own culture that has blend over the centuries and has now become the culture of Kerala. We have accepted everything positive with open arms and that reflects in our cultural monuments and masterpieces that remain strong through the centuries. Kerala tour packages for family scanning the ethnic Kerala culture can be an amusing journey to start with. Most of the palaces and forts have been converted into museums now and a journey through the museums, palaces and forts can be a journey that takes you through the history of Kerala’s culture and traditions. The temples, mosques and churches have also equally contributed in shaping up the unique culture we follow. If you travel through every district of Kerala, you will find enough reasons to understand why the people here are still stuck in their culture and traditions even when they are highly educated. We believe that education opens our eyes to a higher level where we realize the value of our traditions and culture and make sure that we nurture them to present to our future generations.

Kozhikode & the Malabar Regions – The land of Zamorins

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Kozhikode is the right place to start about the culture of Kerala. Located in the north Malabar region, Kozhikode is the first place where the famous Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama landed in India which opened a new sea route to the rich Indian subcontinent. Kerala’s aromatic spices were the major target for the traders who came here. The city is a busy place now with many beaches, shopping arcades, and other popular tourist destinations. Kappad beach still has a memorial of the place where Vasco Da Gama landed first. Pazhassiraja Museum is another important cultural destination for the tourists seeking information on the history and culture of Kerala. The beaches and the cuisine are quite popular among tourists on Kerala tour packages for couple. There are many cultural programs conducted regularly at the Manamchira Ground which is located in the heart of the city. Further, the districts surrounding Kozhikode till Kasargode are known as the Malabar region which is dominated by the Muslim community who migrated from various places and got settled here many centuries back. Now they are the backbones of the business and economy of these regions. Their exotic and rich cuisine has always been popular among the local foodies as well as those from far-flung places from India and abroad. The Muniyaras and Edakkal Caves of Wayanad have a long story to tell the visitors. Wayanad is a popular destination for the honeymoon as it has the dense tropical forests that offer a great climate and a lot of privacy to the romantic couples. Apart from the ethnic destinations, one must visit the Chembra peak and the love lake there during their honeymoon holidays in Kerala. Malappuram, Kozhikode and the areas have a lot of spectacular mosques, ancient temples and many churches also built by the missionaries who settled here. Most of the temples are many centuries old and have their own mythical stories to tell. The Jain temples of Sulthan Battery where used by Tippu Sultan as his weaponry for a while and hence, the place got the name Sulthan’s Battery which means Sultan’s weaponry!

Kochi – The money market of Kerala

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Kochi belongs to central Kerala which was ruled by the Tripunithura royal family a few centuries back. The once-rich port of Muziris belonged to Kochi and the area is now preserved under the Muziris heritage department. Later, Cochin became the biggest port in South India and many Portuguese, French, Dutch, Japanese and Chinese came here to trade for spices, coconuts, cotton, and handicrafts. Some of them fell in love with the beautiful place which was full of greenery and got settled here itself. They built the churches and synagogues for establishing their society on this land and to pray. Many tourists on Munnar honeymoon packages tend to visit Kochi as a part of their tour program since Kochi is the nearest airport to Munnar and the way from Kochi to Munnar is really beautiful. While one part of the city is busy adapting to the changing requirements of technology, communication and travel, the suburbs have a totally different story to tell. A day tour of Muziris heritage tour will be an eye-opener to many things about this part of Kerala, you have never known. The Fort Kochi & Mattancherry tour will keep you busy for a day with visits to the churches, museums and palaces and on another day you can visit the Tripunithura Hill Palace Museum and the heritage clubs of Tripunithura. This part of the city can make you feel completely in a village with the narrow roads, small shops and a lot of greenery. The royal family members are still staying in some of the heritage houses here and most of the people are artistically inclined. It is believed that at least one member of every family that belongs to Tripunithura will be an artist – in music, painting or dance!

Trivandrum – The evergreen capital city

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Though Trivandrum is now more visited during the honeymoon packages for Kerala it has always been the capital of this land of coconuts. Travancore, as it was known earlier, was the capital of Kerala before Trivandrum was formed. Travancore was the collective name for the entire Kerala state for a long time till the states were formed after independence. Trivandrum has many museums and palaces to visit while you are there on your holidays. The Napier museum complex is a great place to hangout. You can visit the Raja Ravi Varma art gallery nearby and also the zoo which is a popular destination for the children. The Sri Padmanabha swami temple is believed to be at least 1000 years old and the sculptures and the architecture are simply amazing. The temple has a lot of mysterious stories attached to it including many hidden treasures and secret tunnels. The Kuthiramalika nearby the temple is a popular museum now. It used to be a palace with a lot of Horse motifs that gave it the name Horse Mansion or Kuthira Malika. Some parts of the palace are still kept private though most of the royal artefacts are showcased here. The Padmanabhapuram palace, though now located in Tamil Nadu is very much owned by the Kerala government and is another beautiful structure to see. The palace has been featured in many movies and documentaries and the architecture is completely amazing. Built in the traditional Kerala style of Nalukettu with a central open courtyard, the interiors are pretty cool even without any fans or artificial coolers. The natural stones and ingredients used for flooring and the ancient Kerala architecture that allows free passage of air through the palace along with the intricate wooden furniture, pillars and ceilings make the palace one of the most sought after places for the tourists. It depicts the true Kerala architecture and craftsmanship which is still intact even after a couple of centuries of being exposed to the elements of nature.

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There are many temples, churches, mosques, and palaces in the state that showcase the true culture and traditions of Kerala. Some of them also have been altered to overcome the age and accommodate the increasing population that visits them every year. Trissur has some very old temples that strictly follow the age-old traditions and rituals. Kottayam also has many Siva temples even though the place is supposedly dominated by Christians. The true beauty of Kerala lies in the fact that even though it was a Hindu-dominated society many centuries back, it has welcomed and accommodated every other religion known that include Jainism, Buddhism, and Jews other than the Christians and Muslims who came and settled here. The very first mosque was established in Kodungalloor and it has been renovated a couple of times to accommodate the increasing number of believers. Similarly many churches and temples that were established centuries ago have also undergone renovations to withstand the elements of time and nature. When you plan your Kerala tourism honeymoon packages, do not miss the chance for a rendezvous with the cultural and ethnic destinations of Kerala which can add a lot of charm to your beautiful and romantic holidays. You can also visit the ancient temples, churches and mosques here as per your belief and refresh your souls to begin a new journey of life. Sometimes you may come to know quite interesting facts and see some amazing places in Kerala which you never knew before. Not to miss at all are the flavourful cuisine, live performances of Kathakali, Mohiniyattom, and Kalarippayattu and getting dressed in the traditional attire of Kerala which is very simple and comfortable to wear. You can also try riding an elephant and the wooden snake-boat if you are adventurous enough as the snake-boats do not come with lifeguards!

My experience of Kerala travels

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Bamboo village,Wayanad  PC: Nicolas (my hubby)

5 years seems like a long time since we have been travelling to Kerala every year in a row without fail. But every time we reach this place on exciting Kerala tour packages for couple, it looks fresh and new to me! There’s something here completely fresh every year we come. It is not about the concrete buildings that sprout every month in the cities and towns, it is more about some hidden treasure that is unearthed with every trip of ours. It might not be new to the people here, but then it’s new to us, it is new to me for sure. I am Linda and my husband Nikolas and I have been coming to Kerala every year since 2010.

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My first click..PC: me and only me..

Our first ever visit was a day’s stopover during one of our luxury cruise around the world and that one day’s trip to the Kochi city and the suburbs were enough to make us fall in love with this beautiful place. By the end of the day, we collected enough information to pack our bags next year to come back here from Kentucky, where we actually live. We would love to call this our place now as we have been coming back every year without fail for the last 5 years. Our children tease us often telling we are on our Kerala tourism honeymoon packages every year and we both are in our 50s now! The place is so calm and pleasant that we truly wished we had come here during our young ages and we would have tried to get settled here itself. Kerala has such a charm and rich culture that we just love and respect the people here.

The Mysterious Mountains of Munnar

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My happy place in Kerala, Munnar PC: Nicolas

Over the last 5 visits, we have been to many popular tourist destinations in Kerala and we know that there are so much more to visit even now. We usually take a 3-week tour here and once we just spent our days entirely at Ollur, enjoying the Ayurvedic wellness treatment. Once we even booked romantic Munnar honeymoon packages and the manager was stunned to see us ‘old’ couple booked on a honeymoon. He soon realized the matter and did not consider our age anymore as we are very much in love even now and enjoyed our ‘honeymoon’ days in the beautiful resort. We try to explore more of nearby places avoiding long travels unless necessary. When we were in Munnar, we had seen most of the Munnar like none of the other tourists would have! We spent 2 weeks in Munnar and have explored almost every nook and corner of the place including the forests and rivers.

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A naughty monkey in Munnar PC : me 

Our pictures taken in Munnar prompted our 2 children in their 20’s to tag along with us once on tour packages in Kerala. They could hardly spend a week here as they wanted to make the most of their India tour and hence, went to Delhi to explore a Golden Triangle Tour there for another week. They even managed a week at the Andaman Islands and enjoyed every bit of India they saw. That’s when they realized the magical effect of Kerala’s forests and monsoons that attracted us every year here. We enjoyed trekking through Rajamala and tried our luck with some mountain climbing too while in Munnar. It was quite refreshing even for our children to spend some quality time and we were happy about the long lost days of family tours we got back in Kerala.

Alleppey’s Alluring Backwaters

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A canal in Allepey PC: Ram (our guide)

It was so captivating that, our daughter who got married soon after decided on honeymoon packages for Kerala and they had a wonderful time exploring the backwaters of Alleppey and Kochi. We have not been to Alleppey but we have enjoyed Kumarakom, Kollam and Trivandrum through the backwaters. We had befriended one of the tour managers we met during our second trip to Kerala, a very enterprising young man in his 20’s who was helping out his father in the tourism business. He helped us book his friend’s houseboat on a customized trip through the backwaters and rivers for a week which was unlike any of the luxury cruises we have experienced during our 50 years in the US.

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Gas delivery in Alleppey…that was really surprising  PC : Nicholas

This was life to the fullest and the best enjoying the basic elements of nature which gave us the kind of happiness, serenity and relaxation none of our luxury trips have ever given! Though the boat driver was telling us that this particular boat was more booked for Kerala honeymoon packages, he was very kind to help us with seeing the places around and also served as a guide when the boat was anchored for sightseeing in the land. He even helped us with a small canoe ride that took us through the narrow channels of water in the interiors where the houseboat could not enter. That was amazing! In fact, that was the most beautiful part of Kerala we had ever seen so far. We actually saw people live on the banks of these rivers and living quite happily with the limited resources which were quite humbling.

Romantic Rendezvous at the Beaches

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Sunset at Kappad beach….Hatsoff Ram for this wonderful click…

One of our cheap Kerala family tour packages was theme-based as we wanted to enjoy the beaches of Kerala throughout the state. During our previous visits, we had visited the Kovalam beach, Fort Kochi beach and Trivandrum beach only. We read a lot on Kerala’s locations and came across an article that explored quite a lot of beaches some of which were world famous. Since we did not want to miss them, we booked on an exclusive beach holiday and landed in Trivandrum from where we took a car to take us to the various beaches and the resorts nearby during the trip. Even though we had visited Kovalam’s beaches, they have a special charm and we spent our first night of the trip in the Leela Kovalam beach resort to enjoy the sunset and the sunrise there.

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Camel ride at fortkochi beach..that was thrilling PC: me

The next day we visited all the beaches nearby and went to Trivandrum. We had not visited the famous palace of Travancore which we visited on our way. It was unlike any other palace I have seen so far in my life! Apparently, this was a popular place for family tours and honeymoon packages as the place was quite crowded. Sankhumukham beach was particularly beautiful with the Mermaid statue were we took some pictures too. After spending some time at most of the beaches in Trivandrum, we went to Varkala Beach which was also called Papanasam beach! The cliffs and the warm springs from them converging into the ice-cold sea at Varkala were amazing. We visited the Allepey beach next and stayed over at the Marari beach resort. Though we had read that this was ranked among world’s top 5 beaches, we had never imagined it would be such a beautiful experience.

First stint with Ayurveda

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For those from the Western countries, Kerala’s beaches may not make sense in the first place. There won’t be coast guards, beach benches, bikini-clad women or kids playing with a beach ball! But I can promise you, your mind will go all blank for a good reason. All your worries and tensions will fly away, the moment you step out in these amazing beaches. It is plain nature in its raw elements that relaxes you rather than the beach chairs and a host of other facilities at the beach. Believe me, Mararikkulam turned is where we tried out our first stint with Ayurveda and it was an awesome experience. This is something you must try out while on exclusive Kerala tour packages for family. We were so awestruck by the place and the Ayurvedic massage that we enjoyed there that we enquired more about it later in our tour and decided to indulge in 3 weeks of Ayurvedic rejuvenation on our next tour of Kerala.

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We booked in advance as advised and were booked in a cottage at the center. It had no air conditioner or swimming pool! The food was plain and mostly bland. They gave you medicines from time to time which tasted extremely bitter. But all that endured, we felt at least a few years younger and stronger inside and outside after the treatment. It was a 15-days treatment and a week’s rest after that and we were back to the US where our friends and our children kept wondering what magic potion we had in Kerala! The staff seemed initially detached but we realized it had more to do with the language than the attitude. Over the years, we also understood the basic words in Malayalam and soon befriended most of the staff at the center. We even learned Yoga which was practiced there and continue it over the year and a half now since we learned it.

And miles to go…

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Meet my friend..a young vedic student, Thrissur PC: me 

We have planned our next trip and this time, it is going to be a longer one as we want to travel first and then undergo the rejuvenating treatment before we come back to Kentucky. This time, we have planned a trip to the North of Kerala to explore Kozhikode, Kannur and Palakkad and then visit the plantations in Thekkadi. We are thinking of investing there but need to find out if there are any legal restrictions as we are American citizens. Once we are done with the travels, we will enjoy our days of Ayurveda at Ollur where we went during our last visit. And we realize, there’s so much more we have to explore in this God’s Own Country for which we will keep coming back!!!

Traditional artforms of Kerala…

 

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Kerala attracts a lot of tourist every year with its physical and natural beauty. It’s rich culture fascinates the tourist . Exciting Kerala tour packages for family helps the tourists to relax and the stonewalls start narrating tales from the pages of history.Budget Kerala honeymoon packages  offers a fresh and cool ambience for the travellers. Huge cantilever arms of the Chinese fishing nets, streets  with  aroma of spices, winding lanes dotted by old colonial mansions…all this, under one roof that is Kerala honeymoon packages. Kerala is rich with a variety of artforms. Kathakali is one of the famous dance drama  of kerala. It speaks about the traditional culture of Kerala. The themes of this artforms are from the mythology of indian culture.

“The Kathakali man is the most beautiful of men.Because his body is his soul”…kathakali-in-

 

Kerala is a land of paradise gifted with a variety of artforms. One of the artform which speaks about the traditional culture of Kerala is kathakali. Kathakai is a artform which uses hand gestures, body movement, facial expressions especially through eyes to enact the story. The themes of this artforms are from the mythology of Indian culturte. Lot of tourist explore Kerala to experience the  traditional artforms of Kerala. . Kerala offers a variety of fabulous Kerala tour packages from long term  kerala honeymoon packages to short term  honeymoon packages. Top ten honeymoon destinations included in budget honeymoon packages in Kerala  include Kumarakom backwaters, Munnar hill station, Thekkady wildlife sanctuary, Alleppey houseboat and many more.

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Thullal is another artform which is famous for its simplicity in presentation and humour. The performer will have the freedom to tease the audience during his performance. Thullal is based on the classical principles of natya sastra.The songs are in simple Malayalam so that everyone could easily understand the performance. The techniques used in thullal  are not rigid.This artform is easily understandable so the tourist are very much passionate about this artform.  Excellent Munnar honeymoon packages provide both luxury honeymoon packages and  short honeymoon tours. . You will cherish the impeccable hospitality and personalized attention offered by best honeymoon packages for Kerala because our guests don’t actually leave, they keep coming  back.

Kalaripayattu….martial artform of Keralatre

Kalaripayattu is the martial artform of Kerala. This involves extremely energetic techniques of defense and  attack. Kalari is the place were boys and girls are trained under gurukkal. . Kerala honeymoon packages is the pioneers in specialized honeymoon packages for Kerala. Tour package sin Kerala helps us to explore the land of paradise. They are taught a set of body exercises and use of weapons. Marmams which is the vulnerable part of the body is taught and the skilled people can disable or kill their opponent by a mere touch. Thrilling honeymoon packages in Kerala give a chance to the tourist to experience the ancient artforms of Kerala.

Mohiniyattom…danceform of   Keralamoh

Mohiniyattom is a famous danceform of Kerala. This artform is mainly meant for girls. The costume for the dance is the white mundu and melmundu and the hairs gathered up at one side and jasmine flowers is kept in a traditional style. This artform has a blend of the grace of bharathanatyam. Chilling  Kerala tour packages from Chennai  provides a overwhelming experience to the tourists. Fantastic  honeymoon packages in Kerala provides a great opportunity to the romantic couples to experience their special moments in the land of paradise.  Exclusive Kerala tour packages from Chennai  helps the tourists to explore different artforms like thullal, kathakali, mohiniyatom, bharathanatyam, kalarippayattu, chakyarkuthu, koodiyattom, theyyam, thiruvathira, thira, krishnanattom,bhagavathipattu etc .Kerala tour packages for family helps the tourist to escape from their daliy routine and to experience the traditional artforms of Kerala.