Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Travelling... the best way to be lost in another dimension

Mumbai is one of the fastest growing business states in India, where most of the cities are filled with buildings and other constructions. Being in a business city filled with pollution and loud noise for the last few years, I was more like a robot than a human. It was finally on the 30th of December that I toured to Kerala which was one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the south. Being one of the most beautiful destinations with nature which is visited by travelers from around the world, the state houses a number of tour operators like Le Lagoon Holidays offering different attractive packages. Kerala being promoting domestic tourism, it was not hard for me to choose the best tour package that was organized for travelers from Mumbai. According to me, it would be the best to avail facilitated budget packages while touring alone to make the trip more comfortable and stress-free. Filled with hill stations, waterfalls, wildlife destinations, valleys, historical landmarks and scenic backwaters Kerala is not just a paradise for travelers and adventure lovers but also a state most visited by couples and newlyweds. It is mostly the climatic condition and the beauty of the hill stations and the backwater destination makes the place more preferable destination for couples and honeymooners from states like Mumbai. My trip to this scenic tourist destination was to escape from the tension, stress and loud noise of Mumbai and so I included some of the best destinations far from city and modernization like hill stations and the backwater destinations. Listed below are the destinations I explored while touring to Kerala.

Munnar, the queen of hill stations

Located on the Western Ghats, Munnar is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Kerala which is mostly visited and explored by couples and honeymooners. The beautiful climate and greenery is the place was something that I could never enjoy back in Mumbai. It was mainly this beauty and peacefulness and freshness in nature that attracted me to this enticing hill station in Kerala.  One of the main attractions in Munnar is the innumerable tea plantations. Most of the hills and valleys in the place are filled with plantation which provides the hills with a majestic view. Most of the foreign travelers travel to this scenic destination to enjoy the beauty and aroma of the plantations and to carry some tea leaves back home. Apart from the tea plantations some of the other main attractions in the place include Eravikulam National Park which is a fascinating natural destination with the wild goat as the main attraction; Anamudi, an evergreen mountain housing the highest peak to the south and provides the best view of the city; Munnar Tea Museum, an industry which traces the history of tea production in India. The different varieties of tea produced in the place act as the main attraction in the industry.  Pothamedu View Point, a valley filled with tea plantations which offer the travelers with a panoramic view of the landscape below; Mattupetty Dam, a concrete gravity dam that conserves water for hydro-electricity and many such destinations. The place also offers a number of adventure activities to the travelers visiting trekking, mountain climbing, rock climbing and much more. Couples could enjoy a number of activities like hiking, treetop stays and even boating to make their honeymoon more special and memorable.

Alleppey, a gateway to the backwaters of Kerala

Blessed with unique water and soil structure Kerala is one of the only destinations to the south with complex inland waters. Mostly a well-known honeymoon destination, Alleppey is one of the most visited backwater destinations in Kerala. Filled with coconut plantations and paddy fields the beauty of this scenic destination is fascinating beyond words could explain. Apart from the waters and its beauty, it is mainly the backwater industries and houseboats which attract travelers from Mumbai and such states which lack natural beauty to this complex inland water destination. With the coming of responsible tourism, the travelers visiting the backwater industries are entertained and educated by teaching them the methods of making handicrafts. The moonlit waters, evergreen paddy fields, backwater villages and the beautiful sunset and sunrise add to the beauty of the place. There are a number of things that attract the travelers to the land which includes the houseboat tours, houseboat stays, snake boat race and backwater festivals like the harvesting festival. Travelers and honeymooners from different parts of the world visit Alleppey during the festive seasons to enjoy the seasonal splash in the land.

Wayanad, the vegetative garden with history

Filled with wildlife, forest, and history, Wayanad is one of the best destinations for couples, honeymooners, nature lovers, birdwatchers, and photographers. One of the main reasons for me to explore this beautiful destination was due to the historical evidence of human life which was present in the Edakkal caves. When Mumbai housed a number of historical destinations, the Edakkal cave in Wayanad was a link to the past from the present. The place housed a number of attractions for which the travelers toured to the place. some of the must-visit attractions in the place include the Edakkal cave which is said to be the connecting thread between the past and the present; Manipur National Park, which was established to protect tigers and is now home to a wide variety of wild animals; Wayanad Heritage Museum, which is an archaeological museum that exhibits tools, weapons and portraits from the 2nd century and many more such destinations. One of the main entertainments which attract couples to the place is the true top cottages which are said to be a literal paradise for couples.  Apart from the beautiful destination and history, the place offers a number of adventure activities for travelers visiting which includes, river rafting, boating, off-road trips and more.

Kerala is a land blessed with moderate climate and destinations with historical and natural importance, the place is visited by travelers from all groups. The hill stations, backwater destinations and beach destinations in Kerala are the most visited honeymoon destination to the south. Being a state known as the traveler’s hub and the couple’s paradise a number of attractive packages are offered to the land. The destinations listed above are the most prominent in almost every package to the south. As a part of promoting domestic tourism, the Kerala government is now organizing packages from business cities like Mumbai, Hyderabad and more. Mumbai even after being known as the city of beauty may have industrial and constructional wonders but lacks natural beauty. This is one main reason that travelers choose the destinations in Kerala to enjoy a relaxing holiday