Took this mesmerizing trip to Kerala (backwaters & beaches) and am still in the dreamland of Gods Own Country. It is like you are inside the stories of Malgudi Days (authored by R K Narayan) when he describes the palm fringed coasts, boats lolling in the sea, birds flying in a perfect V formation, narrow but clean streets, cruising in a log boat alongside the canals wherein one would mistake oneself in Venice (where the favo pastime of locals seems to be bathing, washing clothes or utensils)!
In the 7 day trip, I first flew into Cochin and drove to Kumarakam which is on the banks of lake Vembanad. We had to go on a boat to reach the hotel – Coconut Lagoon, as it is surrounded by canals and the lake. The place was so earthy and had all modern amenities while giving it a typical Keralite flavor. Serene settings with canals in front of all cottages and overlooking the lake, lush greenery, huge and high (!) 4 poster bed, a beautiful living room and an open air bathroom (!!!), scrumptious food and very gracious staff. Maybe it was the magic of the place or maybe our mindset to just sit back and really relax and enjoy nature, the two days just whizzed by and we then drove towards Allepy.
Then began our overnight stay in a house boat on the lake Poovar. What a cruise! It was a rice boat made of bamboo with a bedroom, kitchen, dining room and an upper deck with a breathtaking view. It had such a calming effect on us that we simply put up our feet up and soaked In the beauty of the surroundings. We were pampered no end with 3 attendants taking care of us and had to retire to our rooms at night when the mosquitoes decided to play spoilsport. One morning experience is worth sharing…there were hundred of birds flying towards me while standing on the upper deck, suddenly they swerved each forming a perfect single straight line!
Next stop was Kovalam that has very clean beaches. Soaking in the waves is initially great fun till the salt literally starts getting under your skin! But again the waves crashing on the rocks/ coming with gusto on the beach sand and then calmly receding into their domain. Last stop was Kanyakumari, the southern most tip of India and guess what – high point of the place is sunset and sunrise and even though we were religiously up at 6 a.m. and at the sunset point at 6 p.m., sun devta decided to play coy and hid behind the clouds at the very crucial juncture. Main place of tourist interest was Vivekanand rock that was well worth a visit except it was really really crowded.
Well, all of you are most welcome to ask yours truly travel guide on any other X-citement at Kerala and let me play the role of a Kerala brand ambassador and say – A must visit! It really is a wow place to spend a week of just doing nothing, putting on your floral shorts, donning a straw hat and sipping coconut water!
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