Last year in September 2012, we had travelled to Kerala for a week long family trip. That trip to God’s own country is still very fresh in my mind & I feel as if it had happened yesterday.
It started from Munnar, followed by Kumarakom and Kovalam beach being the final destination. In one trip, we were able to experience the calmness of living in a hill-station (Munnar), serenity of palm-fringed backwaters (Kumarakom) and the beauty of virgin beaches (Kovalam). We also covered the southern most tip of India, Kanyakumari and the Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram before boarding our flight back to Delhi.
We had picked Kumarakom for our backwaters trip, took a day cruise in the Vembanad Lake and discovered the rural country side of Kerala. Vembanad lake is one of the longest lakes in India and the largest lake in the state of Kerala. While we opted for Kumarakom, you could also pick Alleppey which is equally popular for its backwaters and if you do a bit of googling you’d find people even rating it as better.
People in Kerala are warm & hospitable and will always greet you with a smile. There are various food choices for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Being on the coastal side of the country, Kerala is famous for its fish curry and a bunch of other non-vegetarian dishes.
So here is what we covered during our trip.
What we did in Munnar
We checked into the hotel during evening and straight-away headed to the traditionally styled Punjarjani village which was at a walking distance from our hotel. The Punarjani village gave us a glimpse of the rich culture and diversity of the state of Kerala. The village has two different theaters for Kalarippayattu (the mother of all martial arts) and Kathakali (the mother of all performing arts).
Up next was the show of Kalarippayattu, also popularly called as the mother of all martial arts.
The next-morning we went to the Eravikulam National park. Once you reach the park entrance, a mini-bus takes you on a 30 min. ride up the hills along a scenic view. From there you can go up on a scenic trek where you can observe the hills and the endangered mountain goat species – The Nilgiri Thar.
Backwaters of Kumarakom
Kumarakom is a perfect destination for those who just want to relax, laze around, get lost into the nature and do nothing!
The beach town of Kovalam
Kovalam is very close to the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram and is famous for its beaches. Our resort was at a walking distance from the lighthouse beach while the other popular beach is Hawwah beach, also called as the Eves beach.
The next morning we drove to the historic town of Kanyakumari. It is about 80km from Kovalam and is the southern most tip of India.
On the last morning, we headed to Thiruvananthapuram for our flight to Delhi. We had some spare time and visited the Padmanabhaswamy temple, which is amongst the richest temple in india. We also visited the veli tourist village in thiruvananthapuram which is an ideal picnic spot with boating facilities.
Bonus Tip: Visit the Veli Tourist Village in Thiruvananthapuram
Kerala has a lot to offer with its scenic beaches, mountains, greenery and the backwaters. With about 6 days at our disposal, these were some of the key places we covered during our trip. Hope this will help you to plan your visit to Kerala 🙂