panelarrow

Mera Kerala

Welcome to God's Own Country!

May 6, 2014
by Akrishta
0 comments

Kerala- the state of secret beauty

Kerala has more to it than the houseboats and the backwaters. The backwaters and the dome shaped houseboats are all located in the southern part of the state. The northern part of the state is not explored by many people and is almost a virgin area for the travel enthusiasts. The northern parts of Kerala are not frequented by many travelers and apart from the fishing boats; you can only see the isolated beaches of white sand and sun. This is the Kerala of the tropical forests and small picturesque villages.

The village of Thottada

The village of Thottada

For instance, you can drop in to the small hamlet of Thottada on a visit. On one side of the village is the back water of Kerala with the tall shades of coconut trees, and on the other side is the Arabian Sea with golden sands on the beach. You can also go otter spotting along with terns, darters and the kingfishers.

If you happen to visit Kerala at the time of the Theyyam dance festival, you are about to witness and be a part of a cult festival that has been a tradition for thousands of years. It is a splendid watch to see a colorful mélange of gaudy masks, face paintings, ethnic costumes, and even antique weapons, along with soulful folk music, eye catching theatrical art and ancient rituals will surely make for a splendid watch and a cherished vacation trip for you.

The beach in Thekkakadu

The beach in Thekkakadu

The village of Thottada is covered with vibrant and colorful forests of deciduous trees along with vast vegetations of rubber, coffee, coconut, banana, jackfruit, tea and even paddy fields. The homes in the village are also made from cow dung and bamboo and are worth a second look. If you happen to visit Kerala during the monsoons, you can also get invited to the rain dancing and the rain kabbadi festival that is aptly termed as the Splash Carvival.

From Thottada, you can also visit the private island of Thekkekadu which is a private island on the backwaters of Kerala. It is one of the most picturesque villages of the state and can offer you the serenity and tranquility that you have been looking for all your life. Away from the daily hustle bustle of the city, Thekkekadu is the ideal destination even for a honeymoon with your beloved as you vow to spend the rest of your life with your partner.

May 5, 2014
by Akrishta
0 comments

The coolest hill station of south- Ooty

Hill station is always the best and the most ideal getaways for the family. And when it is Ooty that you are considering for a visit this summer, there can be no better choice than Kerala and Ooty when it comes to choosing a hill station. Whether you are a family man with children or whether you are just a newly married couple wanting to take the pleasures of marital bliss, Ooty is the perfect retreat away from the daily stress and the hustle bustles of the city.

The Kalhatti Falls and Ooty Lake

The Kalhatti Falls and Ooty Lake

Coming to Ooty for a vacation will make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated while you will certainly be left stunned with the awesome beauty all around you. Here are some of the very popular destinations in and around Ooty that you might want to explore while on a short vacation to this picturesque hill station in Kerala.

The Deer Park- if you are an animal lover and are fond of traveling in search of wild life, one of the ideal destinations in India is the Ooty deer park. You can go deer spotting in a merry manner through the beautiful and widely spread acres of land. Make sure to take your camera along with you too.

When you are in Ooty, can you miss visiting the Rose garden? This is the largest rose garden in the country and there are more than 20000 different varieties of roses in this garden in Ooty. If you are a nature lover, there is no telling you that this garden is a complete visual treat to your eyes. You will leave marveled with the beauty of nature when you take a look at the different varieties of roses alone.

Beautiful Ooty

Beautiful Ooty

The St Stephen’s Church is also a must visit place when you are out to explore the city. You can revisit the era of the gothic episode at St Stephen’s Church while you are left awestruck with the man made beauty all around you. The interiors of the church are done extremely artistically and the view around the church is also spectacular. All together, you are certain to feel divine in this place.

The Ooty Lake and the Kalhatti Falls are also must visit while on a trip to Ooty and they are sure to leave you completely spellbound. Take a ride on the boat in the 65 acres of the lake and get charmed by the mesmerizing Kalhatti Falls on the other side of the lake.

May 5, 2014
by Akrishta
0 comments

Enjoy the tranquility of Kerala backwaters

Kerala is synonymous with natural beauty in abundance. Whether it is the sun kissed beaches or the pristine backwaters, there are ample experiences that you can gather from this state apart from enjoying your vacation. If you are a travel enthusiast, you would love to explore the state of Kerala that is so popularly termed as God’s own country.

A resort in Kerala

A resort in Kerala

The real essence of Kerala lies in the backwaters where you can check out the daily life styles of the different towns and villages of Kerala while cruising along in a houseboat. The experience is divine. An ideal tour of the Kerala backwaters is for around 5 days. While in the first two days, you can get yourself indulged with the encounters on the several white sand beaches of the state, and the other three days, you can check out the national park or the wildlife sanctuaries and also laze inside a houseboat while cruising through the backwaters of Kerala. Enjoy the soul of the state at the serene and tranquil backwaters; begin your journey from Allepey or Cochin.

Cochin is also known as the gateway to the Kerala backwaters. It is the perfect blend of conventional and the contemporary ideologies. Some other places in Cochin that are worth visiting include the Fort Cochin, Cherrai Beach and the Mattancherry Palace.

A Kerala Beach

A Kerala Beach

Fort Cochin is surrounded by the Arabian Sea. If you like clicking photographs, this is the best place to start. There is also the Jewish Synagogue and the St Francis Church. At the Cherrai Beach, soak in the beauty of the palm trees and the seaside, the aroma of the local food, and the beauty of the sunset. You can also visit the Mattancherry Palace that offers you an insight to the rich heritage and culture of Kerala.

Allepey on the other hand is a quiet town in Kerala that offers different facets of the nature to the travel enthusiasts. Allepey is surrounded by backwaters and exudes a charm of its own. Allepey takes immense pleasure in its simplest treasures of the local coir factories and also the charming experiences within the houseboats. There are some amazing houseboats with ample luxuries that can sail you through the back waters while you soak in the lush greeneries all around. You can also try your hands at fishing with the nets and get a feel of the Keralian daily lifestyle.

May 1, 2014
by Akrishta
0 comments

Get rejuvenated at Varkala and Cochin

Holidays are meant to rejuvenate you and refresh you in such a manner that you can go back to your daily city life completely fresh. No matter how busy you are as a person, you can easily go back home refreshed and rejuvenated once you come to visit Kerala for your holidays. Thus if you are also planning for such a great holiday ahead with your family, Kerala should be the ideal choice for you. Whether it is the colorful and vibrant spice gardens or the aroma of the herbal massages, you will certainly be in for a grand treat once you land in the country of God, Kerala.

The Kerala waterways

The Kerala waterways

There are several places in Kerala that are abundantly blessed with natural bliss. This post discusses the possibilities of holidays in Varkala and Cochin. If you visit Varkala, you will be amazed by the beauty it has in offer for you. It can refresh your mind and soul immediately. Varkala is the home to some of the best beaches in Kerala and also offers you some cool experiences on the best and the finest ayurveda therapies. The cliffs, the surroundings, the beaches, the exotic spa and the massage therapies, and the cool and pleasant climate can make you relaxed and feel good about yourself.

You can also take a stroll along the Varkala beach and enjoy the stunning views of the mountains and the cliffs, pamper yourself silly with the body massages and soak in the beauty of the place with all your mind and soul. You will surely be revitalized to the core. Varkala is located in Trivandrum, a district in the beautiful state of Kerala and is a great tourist destination that can be visited all throughout the year. If you are thus planning for a holiday trip to Kerala, do consider Varkala in your travel itinerary.

Kerala culture

Kerala culture

Cochin on the other hand is a city that is better known as the entrance to the Kerala backwaters. It is such a city that reminds you of the past times but it is also one of the most advanced cities in the state. Whether it is the architectural brilliance of the churches and other ancient structures, or the Chinese fishing nets that hang around near the beach, each and every spot is a tourist attraction and has something to tell you in terms of history.

April 30, 2014
by Akrishta
0 comments

The pristine beaches of Kerala

Kerala is blessed with abundant beauty of nature. Whether it is the backwaters or the beaches, the dense forests or the national parks and the wild life sanctuaries, Kerala has it all and is thus the ideal destination for a holiday with friends and family. Here is a list of different beaches in Kerala. All of these beaches have some unique characteristics of their own so as to provide you with a charming and an everlasting experience while you are on a vacation at the God’s own country.

The pristine beaches of Kerala

The pristine beaches of Kerala

If you are fond of the sea and love relaxing on the sun kissed beaches with the waves of the sea lashing at you, Kerala is the ideal holiday destination for you:

To make your holidays a truly relaxing one, you can always make a visit to the Meenkunnu Beach. The first thing that you will notice at this beach is the color of the sand- its golden! This beach is located next to a small town of Kannur, but because of the golden sand, this beach is famous all over the world and surfers from different parts of the globe visit this beach to surf on the sea.

The area is also covered with several coconut trees and also small hills which make this place an immensely romantic one. Thus it is needless to say that you can also plan your honeymoon at this place with your beloved to experience the marital bliss.

The Shankumugham Beach is charming with the energetic ambiance and the white sand. There is also a stone pavilion next to the beach which makes for visually appealing scenery. Also the huge statue of the Mermaid is the perfect example of the handcraft by man.

Get lost in the blue

Get lost in the blue

The Varkala Beach on the other hand is located in Thiruvanantapuram. There are plenty of things to attract you as a visitor. Apart from the amazing view of the beach, you can also check out the several mineral water springs that are located in the vicinity of the beach. When you are in Kerala, you just cannot afford to miss the various spa and the ayurvedic treatments that can rejuvenate you in an instant. There are several resorts and spas in this area and you can get into any of them for a relaxing evening ahead. You can also visit the Janardhanaswamy Temple which is more than two thousand years old.

April 29, 2014
by Akrishta
0 comments

Tour Kerala in a week

Come summers and we become fidgety about planning a vacation to someplace that is cool and refreshing. This is one of the major reasons why you can easily plan a visit to Kerala. If you can just take a week’s time out from your regular and busy schedule, you can always explore Kerala during the summers or even during the monsoons like no other places.

The Kerala Seaside

The Kerala Seaside

Kerala is visually very appealing and at the same time very enchanting as well. Some of the must visit places in Kerala include Munnar the hill station, cochin, the gateway to the famed Kerala backwaters and also other areas like thekkady for the national park and Allepey for the beaches. Visiting all these places with the state would give you a clear view about the state and also cover most of the tourist attractions in it.

If you plan to travel on a budget, you can take the train from any chosen destination and reach Cochin. Cochin is also a small city but is full of wonders. Take out a day and explore the various regions within the city like Fort Kochi, the various beaches and the shops and then head to Munnar. Munnar is around 4 hours drive from Cochin. You can treat and feast yourself with the local street food while traveling through the midst of lush greenery and vast tea plantations. The street cuisine is no less than the hotel food when it comes to taste and quality. Thus it is needless to say that when you are on a budget, feasting on street food is best for your pocket while you spend on traveling and overnight accommodations.

The Kerala Backwaters

The Kerala Backwaters

The surroundings of the areas like Munnar and Cochin are really pleasant. Besides, once you reach Munnar, you can also visit the Blossom Park, where there are thousands of vibrant and colorful flowers all blooming around the lake. This certainly makes for a very pretty picture that will stay within your mind for quite some time even after you are back from the holidays. Next, you can check out the other wonders of Munnar like Mattupetty Dam and the Rajmalalai wild life sanctuary.

It will take you an entire day to travel to Thekkady and spend some time at the Periyar National Park. Reserve the next day for the exhilarating experience on a houseboat at the Kerala backwaters, you can visit Allepey for the houseboat experience which will stay with you forever.

April 28, 2014
by Akrishta
0 comments

An exciting wild life tour in Kerala

If you are a wild life enthusiast, you would love to visit Kerala. There are several wild life sanctuaries in God’s own country and there are also several national parks too. Kerala is dominated by the evergreen rain forests and almost 25% of the state is covered with dense forests and greeneries, which make for an ideal location for setting up the national parks and the evergreen wild life sanctuaries. It is not surprising therefore to know that there are more than 10 such wild life sanctuaries in Kerala.

Pristine Kerala

Pristine Kerala

Thus if you are planning for an exotic and adventure filled vacation in the retreat of Nature, there is no better place than Kerala to go animal spotting within the dense jungles of the state. Here are some of the fabulous wild life sanctuaries and national parks that you can make a visit too, when you are in Kerala for a wild life tour.

Periyar: when you are in Kerala, can you miss visiting Periyar Wild life sanctuary? Well, this is located next to the longest river of Kerala, the Periyar. It is an elephant and tiger reserve and is also the abode of different species of birds, where some of them are really rare species. You can also take a boat ride to enjoy spotting and viewing the tigers in hordes lazing on the highlands in a forest, or the elephants moving around in groups from one part of the jungle to the other. You can also put your eyes on the binocular and go spotting the deer, kingfishers, leopards and mongoose etc.

Eravikulam National Park: the Nilgiri Thar is what comes to your mind when you speak about the Eravikulam National Park. The Nilgiri Thars are endangered as a species and they are preserved here within their best possible natural habitat. You can also spot the Indian Porcupine, the clawed otter and the Nilgiri Langur.

Cascading waterways

Cascading waterways

At the Silent Valley National Parj too, you will be lost within the beauty of the vast green landscape that is stretched across a vast area. There are several plants and colorful blooming flowers all around the area along with several different species of animals.

If you are a bird watcher, you must drop in at the Thattekad bird sanctuary. It is the richest habitat for the birds in the region of the Indian peninsula. Whether it is the frogmouths to the yellow bulbuls, the darters to the large sized hawk cuckoos, you are in for a royal treat when you step into this bird sanctuary.

April 25, 2014
by Akrishta
0 comments

Enjoy your honeymoon at Kerala

Kerala is the perfect destination for honeymoon. The ambiance is great and so are the surroundings with lush greeneries all around. The state of Kerala is romantic enough to set your mood for the perfect honeymoon with your beloved. Whether it is the lofty hills or the cool hill stations, the calm and serene back waters, there are endless opportunities to explore the state of Kerala with your partner.

Beauty of Munnar

Beauty of Munnar

Here are some of the choicest destinations for a perfect honeymoon that you can plan for yourself:

When it is your honeymoon that you are planning, you can always choose the hill stations. One of the most popular hill stations in Kerala is of course Munnar. With vast tea plantations and vegetations all around, Munnar can be really mesmerizing. You can also visit Devikulam which is equally charming. While in Munnar, you can also explore the various landscapes completed with tea plantations and also explore the various lakes and dams, the weather too is very pleasant for a lovely time out with your partner. While in Devikulam, you can also feel rejuvenated with the different forests of sandalwood, the waterfalls like Pallivasal and also the wildlife sanctuary in Chinar.

Resort at Kerala

Resort at Kerala

If you are fond of the sea, you can also check out the various sea beaches like Kovalum and enjoy some tranquility along with the sound of the sea while coochy cooing with your partner. You can also visit the Kundala Lake or the Mattupetti Dam which is considered as must see places in Kerala. Check out the Kumarokom village which is better known as the entrance to the backwaters of Kerala. There are also many other types of destinations in Kerala that are perfect and ideal for the honeymoon trip with your partner. All of them have some individualistic characteristics that will certainly woo you in different aspects.

Whether you are fond of wild life or natural beauty, the architecture or just the spiritual type, Kerala is such a state that has something on offer just for you. It is for no simple reason that Kerala is known as God’s own country. South India is captivating and charming as it is and besides, there is something unique for you for sure. And Kerala being the southernmost state of India, you are in for some amazing treat especially when you visit the state on your honeymoon trip.

 

April 25, 2014
by Akrishta
0 comments

On a temple tour in Kerala

Kerala is well known as the country of the Lord. It is blessed with the best of the natural beauty and is also rich in terms of culture, heritage and tradition. A trip only for the purpose of touring the temples of Kerala can be exhilarating for you especially if you are a spiritual person.

Kerala is known for its unique rituals, customs, festivals and also varied offerings and thus it is certainly worth a visit when you are in Kerala. Here are some of the temples and their brief descriptions just for your help:

At the Kerala Beachside

At the Kerala Beachside

Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple: this temple is located on the eastern fort of Thiruvanantapuram. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Inside the Sanctum Sanctorum of the temple, you can see the deity of Sri Padmanabha is reclining on a serpent by the name Adi Sesha. There are two consorts along with the lord and they are named as Bhudevi and Sridevi. The lord also holds on to a Shiva lingam on his right hand. This temple is also one of the most famous temples of the state and mostly featured on the itinerary of the different tourists.

The Guruvayur Temple: this temple is also better known as the Dwarka of the southern India. It houses Lord Vishnu in the form of lord Krishna. The beauty of the deity of Guruvayoorappa is worth visiting. The form of deity is as revealed to Lord Krishna’s parents, Devaki and Vasudeva.

Lush greenery all around

Lush greenery all around

The Ambalappuzha Sri Krishna Temple: this temple is one of the oldest temples in Kerala. It was established in the year 790 AD. This temple is also known for its palpayasam Nevaidyam. In fact according to the local legend and beliefs, each day, Guruvayoorappan himself visits the temple to taste the Payasam Nevadyam. Thus if not for anything else, if you are just fond of sweets and have a sweet tooth to boast of, you can certainly make it a point to visit this temple.

There are several other temples in Kerala that are worth making a visit to and these three temples just precede the long list of such visit worthy temples. Just like there are so many other activities that you can participate in when you are in Kerala, you must also put in a task of temple hopping as a part of your itinerary when you are in the exotic state of Kerala. It should be ideally listed in one of your top most list of activities.

April 23, 2014
by Akrishta
0 comments

Its monsoon time: time to visit Kerala

Kerala is the only state in India that welcomes the monsoon times twice a year. This is because, Kerala is also the entry and the exit point for the monsoon season as it comes to the country via the Arabian Sea. And when it is the monsoon time in Kerala, you ought to be there in person to soak in the beauty of the state. It is for reasons why Kerala is so well known as God’s own country.

Enchanting Kerala in Monsoon

Enchanting Kerala in Monsoon

It is only during the monsoons that Kerala comes into its picturesque best. The flora and the fauna, in simple words, the wonders of Nature blooms and blossoms and all together they make for a very pretty picture indeed. Kerala is and has always been counted as one of the most sought after destination for a holiday trip especially during the monsoons.

There is abundance of natural hues in the state blessed by God himself. The flora and the fauna blooms in several eye catching colors like purple, white, pink etc that mushrooms along the backwaters, the Chinese creepers make for a spectacular view of the surroundings. All these picturesque views will certainly make your heart miss a beat.

There are lush greeneries all around and with the views of the lofty hills covered with monsoon clouds everything adds certain distinctiveness to the whole picture. If you are in Kerala during the monsoons, you must visit some of the waterfalls as otherwise your trip shall remain incomplete. There is crystal clear water that flows down from the high mountains and makes for a serene yet heavenly picture.

Monsoon time in Kerala

Monsoon time in Kerala

Kerala also has a distinct food habit and if you are a food lover, you must not miss the various local food while watching the rain fall through your hotel window. Visit Kerala during the monsoons to get away from the daily stress of your city life and soak into the aura of refreshing splendor. Bathe into tranquility and enjoy the solitude.

Being in Kerala, you must ensure to spend some time or a day or two at the backwaters too. On a houseboat, at the Allepey Canal or through the Cochin entrance, cruise on the back waters and check out the various brackish lagoons, waterways, and canals. Enjoy the daily life style of the Keralian towns and villages while you cruise through the waters. All in all, it will turn out to be the best vacation that you have spent in a while.