How I bonded with India through Kerala Tour
We had heard a lot about Kerala Holidays Packages and hence, finally we thought it was high time that we should experience it. We arrived at Cochin in Kerala and could have never imagined how much history this city carried. We explored everything in Cochin, staring from the Jewish synagogue, ancient mosques, and giant Chinese fishing nets to the Portuguese houses.
Cochin is definitely a paradise for nature lovers with its misty mountains, the panoramic landscapes, lush green vistas and cascading waterfalls. Gearing on with our Kerala Tour, we proceeded towards Munnar tourist destinations. It is fondly called as the hill station of Kerala and is endowed with three mountain streams – Kundala, Nallathanni and Mudrapuzha. We explored the Anamudi Peak, Mattupetty and Eravikulam National Park.
After Munnar, our Kerala Tour Package had included Thekkady in our travel guide. Everyone knows about the Periyar Tiger Reserve here, which is world famous for its plantations, majestic elephants and unending hills. Even the Periyar Lake, which is an artificial man-made lake, is an enthralling location. You can even get to spot rare birds while boating in this lake.
The spice plantation in Thekkady was very interesting, especially for me. After all, where do you get to see tea, coffee, pepper, cardamom and cinnamon plantations, all in one go? Well, in case, you travel a lot, you might answer a souq in Dubai, but when it comes to India, nothing beats this destination for sure.
After so much of exploration, we were not exhausted and not even our planned destinations in our Kerala Holiday Tour. Checking out into the Alleppey houseboat was perhaps the best part of the entire tour. You get to know exactly why Kerala is called as God’s own country only when you cruise in a Kettuvallam. No experience can beat it.
By the way, did you know that Kettuvallam in Kerala were important for transporting rice and spices before the backwater tourism industry evolved in Kerala. Now they play an integral role in the development of tourism industry in Kerala. It was a mixture of romance, intimacy and adventure. Imagine, where else can be feel so much of presence of your own identity, far away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Well, in the end, as we bid adieu to Kerala, I personally realised that it did change me as a person. I might not exactly recollect all these little details, every time I remember it, but what was more important knew the fact that it transformed me from a tourist to a traveller.
Being in Kerala made me connect with India, in a very unique and special way! It created a story within my life and it really encouraged me to explore much more.