Favorite thing: Just a couple of maps to show where this place is. And no, I didn't take these pics myself :), these maps are the only time I don't use my own pictures, as I have used a screen capture with online maps to get the right maps the right size.
We started our Kerala trip with a memorable stay at Rain Forest Resort at Athirappally,with our room facing the Athirappally falls.All I can write about this place is "Truely Devine & Serene".Thereafter we went to Munnar and stayed at the Mountain Club Resort which was also very impressive.The best we liked however was Punnama lake resort at Alleppey where we had a complementry cruise on lake Vembanad also.After this we went to Thekkady where we stayed at The Elephant Corridor which had amazing views of the Jungle.Lastly we went to Kovalam where we stayed at the Turtle on the beach.We would like to thank Mr Parag of www.waytoindia.com, who suggested the best places to stay and made such a good arrangement of English speaking driver Mr Balan that it made our Kerala trip really memorable.
Fondest memory: Kerala is such a beautiful place,mentioning one fond moment shall not be fair.However,two things that come to my mind are cruise on lake Vembanad at Alleppey and the second the visit to Poovar Islands.
You can follow this itinerary.
Day 1: Arrival at Kozhikode. Transfer to Wayanad (3 hrs).
Day 2: Wayanad.
Day 3: Nothing very special in Thrissur. Better you may go to Athiraplly water falls and stay in Kochi or Athiraplly itself.
Day 4: Kochi (Fort Kochi).
Day 5 : Munnar ( It will take around 4 hrs to reach Munnar).
Day 6: Munnar.
Day 7: Thekkady.
Day 8: Kumarakom ( Stay in backwater resort and enjoy the rest of the day).
Day 9: Take a houseboat at Alleppey.
Day 10: Transfer to Kanyakumari. Enjoy the sunset. Stay at Kanyakumari.
Day 11: After sunrise, transfer to Kovalam. Enjoy the beach. Stay at Kovalam.
Day 12: Trivandrum day sighjtseeing. Stay at Kovalam.
Day 13: Departure from Trivandrum.
For 2 People, an AC Indica is normally ok. But if you are using a Logan, it would be more comfortable.
Its always advisable to book houseboat and hotels in advance.
You may book directly or even chose some good travel agents.
For any clarifications, you may write to me.
Wish u happy journey.
I visited Kerala recently and received excellent services at every front of our trip. From flight ticket booking and hotel reservation to taxi services for local sightseeing all was first class and I never met with any trouble. We enjoyed Munnar and Thekkaddy. Our tour guide was conversant and polite and helped us a lot in exploring these sites. I personally recommend the site to all who love travelling.
Fondest memory: walking through miles long Tea gardens in Munnar.....
1. You can hire a taxi and leave kovalam early in the morning to Kanyakumari, visiting Padmanabhapuram palace and Sucheendram temple on the way.. you can watch sunset and return to Kovalam by late night.
2.To reach Munnar, if you are travelling by Taxi, it will take about 8 hrs from Kovalam. Other alternative is to reach Kochi by early morning train and then travel by taxi. Its only 140 kms from Cochin which takes approx 2 1/2 hrs.
3.Kanyakumari and Munnar are in opposite directions.
4.Kochi and munnar is connected by state run buses. Not very luxurious.. just basic.
If you need cheaper mode of transport, while you are in trivandrum, visit the State transport corporation bus terminal where you can book a ticket to Munnar from Trivandrum. It will be cheap but as I said very basic features on bus. Will not be convenient at all...
House Boat in the Backwaters
I've been to North and South India and loved both for different reasons. I've never been to the North East states, just as far as Darjeeling, wich I really enjoyed.
Reasons for going to Kerala in South India:
* The Backwaters, Houseboat - Where: Kochi and Allaphuza in Kerala.
* Beaches - Where: Varkala and more.
* Western Ghats (Hills), Tea plantations - Where: Munnar.
* Ayurvedic massage - Where: Kerala (Varkala, Kochi and many more).
* Different food and atmosphere from North India.
Reason for not going to the South in late October:
* North East Monsoon/Retreating southwest Monsoon Season. When: Late October-December. Where: Mostly Tamil Nadu and Andhra coast.
I wish you a happy journey to India!
Fondest memory: Houseboat in the Backwaters - relaxing in a wicker chair on a house boat looking at the scenery as you floating by is a real treat!
All over Munnar back yard gardens are very popular sowing and harvesting fresh vegetables, what we call in the city as biological fruits and veggies. here in Munnar is abundant. i actually saw a bell pepper,ripe tomatoes, Brinjal and cauliflowers cultivation in my neighborhood during my early morning expedition.
Must eat these soft and sweet carrots on sale every 20 steps,as i did :)
Oh yes not to forget Guava trees in every yard.
oh don't forget bring home fresh homemade chocolate of various flavors and taste like rum and raisin, milk chocolate and more mouthwatering and extremely inexpensive.
Fondest memory: A tour of Rajamalai hills. i was awestruck.
I agree, if you are lookin’ for best bargain prices on Houseboats then perhaps best to book a deal on the spot, instead of pre-bookin’, you’ll find plenty around
2 get an idea of the best prices, check out the prices of these Govt. run packages
Do check out my v comprehensive notes on Kochi, Alappuzha n the backwaters here - http://forum.virtualtourist.com/discussion-491791-1-1-Travel-0-0-Kochi-discussion.html
Jews all over the world are a proud lot when it comes to their culture and heritage. Resulting from their diaspora in the sixth century BC, they made their presence felt in different parts of the world. They made India too their home, till majority of them returned to Israel after 1948.
Kerala is one place in India, where the Jewish community made its presence felt in a strong manner. Their presence can be still felt in the port city of Kochi, where they are still involved in a variety of business activities. Among the prominent landmarks of the Jewish community in the region is their place of worship called synagogue. There were quite a good number of them in Kochi as well as in Kodungallur, an ancient port city not far away from Kochi.
Besides the popular synagogue at Mattanchery in Kochi, the one at the village of Chennamangalam in North Paravur is one of the biggest, which was built some 175 years back. The synagogue was recently restored to its original glory thanks to the hard work and effort of the Kerala State Archaeology Department with financial support from Kerala Tourism. It is a protected monument under the state department of archaeology.
The synagogue at Chennamangalam reflects traditional Kerala architecture and has utilized western construction technology. Some of the visual attractions of this synagogue are undoubtedly the majestic altar, which stands out for its intricate artwork. The synagogue has a high roof, which at first sight would itself convince one about the difficulties that the craftsmen might have encountered while fixing it. The ceiling of the roof has a brightly coloured chequered pattern, with huge wooden planks giving additional support for the roof.
A wooden balcony with beautifully carved balusters and railings is another attraction of the synagogue. There is another balcony, meant exclusively for women. A marvelous craftsmanship in wood, a spiral staircase leads to this balcony.
Chennamangalam is also an example of religious tolerance and harmonious co-existence, which can be felt by the presence of temple, mosque and church located close to the synagogue.
Visitors to the synagogue at Chennamangalam with a penchant for traditional architecture can also pay a visit to the Paliam Palace, which was once the abode of Paliath Achans, who were the Prime Ministers of the erstwhile rulers of Kochi. Historic documents and relics are on display at the palace. Another nearby place of interest is the Vypeenkotta Seminary built by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Only the remains of the seminary are now visible.
Fondest memory: Nearest railway station: Alwaye, about 26 km away.
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 23 km from Ernakulam.
I have been in Cochin for the past few days, during the day the heat builds up and it begins to pour cats and dogs which stay for a few hours. very dificult to go out at night. they say that this unusual since it is nearly the end of october. the westher was so bad when i arrived that flight couldnt land and we were diverted to coimbatore.
as october has been unpredictable, the normally predictable november may also be unpredictable
Fondest memory: this time of the year, there are less tourists, except for the ones who come in groups and they tend to keep to themselves, none of the loud other kinds around, gathered around their watering holes. so it is a sheer pleasure to walk down the street and enjoy the silence. the people you would meet are local malayalee, not the other tourists from far away countries.
Because of the economic crisis, there has been about 30 per cent cancellations for the upcoming season in Kerala, affecting mainly the houeboats etc
On the Malabar Coast along the Kerala shore line is a small village, called Kovalam. This sleepy town suddenly came on the tourist map when its fabulous beaches were discovered.
Today Kovalam has become one of the most popular beach hangouts in India. Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and truly the coconut trees along the beaches gives it a ravishing look.
The palm-fringed bays in secluded coconut groves, promise a unique experience. Blue waters of the Arabian Sea and miles of white sands makes this beach paradise. This marvellous beach is a tourist's dream come true.
The beaches of Kovalam have been announced as some of the most spectacular beaches in India. I had the chance to personally check this out and certify that the the experience is great, even though I live in Spain which has kilometers of fantastic beaches.
Kerala is one of the paradises on the earth. Didn't visit kerala yet!! great miss of a lifetime......
Munnar is one of the most popular tourist places in Kerala.
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Kerala Tourism - Munnar
Fondest memory: Paddy fields, coconut trees, jungles, hill stations, beaches, backwaters, traditional arts and culture....
Everything here will never wipe out from your memory.
Favorite thing: In kerala you will find all kinds of fruits. The land is very fertile and fruits a plenty. Although due to the increase in population the farmlands have decreased, but people in their courtyard plant rare trees and berries. you will find cherries, berries, mangoes, custard apple and many other fruits in courtyards of houses.
There was no dearth of patriotic fervour amongst the people of Kerala when India was going through the struggle for independence.Malabar was a centre of political agitation from the inception of the national movement. Many stalwarts of the Indian National Congress were from Malabar. The Non-Cooperation Movement and the Khilafat agitation found enthusiastic supporters in Malabar too. Mahatma Gandhi spearheaded the Salt Satyagraha of 1930 and the Civil Disobedience movement of 1932. These popular uprisings found an echo in Malabar too. The Muslim League also had a branch here, though it became a force to reckon with only in 1934. Abdul Rahman Ali Raja of Cannanore became the President of the Muslim League in 1937. The Communist Party found a foothold in Kerala around 1939.
The winds of patriotism swept through the princely states of Travancore and Cochin during the freedom struggle.Travancore had a long history of popular uprisings, the earliest of which was led by Velu Thampi in 1799. The Malayali Memorial signed in 1891, which chronicled the grievances of the local populace, raised the political consciousness of the people. Likewise, the Ezhava Memorial of 1896 was a petition that spelt out the injustices the Ezhava community had suffered for a long time. The Indian National Congress established a Congress Committee in Thiruvananthapuram. Travancore remained in a state of political unrest for many years.
Cochin also remained in the eye of the storm for several years during the national movement. The people of Cochin participated in several uprisings like the Electricity agitation, the agitation for a responsible government, to name a few. A committee of the Indian National Congress was set up in Cochin too.
Like the other European powers, the British also came in as traders to India. By 1634-35, they had managed to gain permission to use all the Portuguese ports in Kerala from the Zamorin. The British fortified Calicut in 1664.In the years to follow, Travancore and Tellicherry also came under purview of the British.
But it was not all smooth sailing for the British. They had to face considerable opposition from the French and the Dutch. However, the British were successful in ousting other European powers such as the French and the Dutch, from their turf.
But the Keralites did not give in to the British without a whimper. Several revolts took place during the late 18th and early 19th century, which challenged British authority. Among them, the most important was the revolt of Velu Thampi and Paliath Achan who were Chief Ministers of Travancore and Cochin, respectively. Velu Thampi had led a popular uprising against the corruption and misrule of the king’s advisers.
The dictatorial attitude and adverse policies of the British Resident raised his hackles too. He found an ally in Paliath Achan, the Dewan of Cochin who was also dissatisfied with British administration.The famous proclamation asking people to rise against the British was issued in 1809 by Velu Thampi. Though the revolt was crushed mercilessly, Thampi and Achan are still revered as great patriots who sacrificed their lives for the country.
With the Treaty of Serirangapatam in 1792, Malabar came under the sway of the British. Compared to the many achievements of Travancore and Cochin, progress made by Malabar was insignificant. Malabar was converted into a district of the Madras Presidency.
Around 1836-56, Malabar saw a lot of disturbances due to the Mappila Riots. It is still unclear whether the cause of the riots was religious fanaticism or agrarian grievances and poverty. However, the British forces repressed the rebellion quite ruthlessly.
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