My Honeymoon experience

honeymoon great indian holidays
honeymoon great indian holidays

 

My honeymoon Experience in Munnar with Great Indian Holidays

Back to home !! Is it over ?. I can’t imagine it is over. Is our honeymoon over ?. No, never, it is going to be for our entire life. We spend our honeymoon in Kerala. The land of God’s own country. Now we are heading back to home where our families and friends are waiting for us.

how to reach munnar
How to reach munnar
we are from Bangalore working in a multinational IT company. After a year long romancing, we decided to tie the knot. We decided not to travel long hours to reach our honeymoon destination. So our idea is to choose a destination close to us and it should be ideal for honeymoon also. We did some research on the internet about this. Also discussed with our friends. We decided to go to Kerala. the God’s own country and most popular honeymoon destination in India. Munnar the mostpopulare hillstation with green tea plantation and zigzag lanes. Munnar is awarded as the “ best destination for romance” at the Lonely Planet Magazine Indian Travel Awards 2017.
 
The advantage of Kerala is that we can have verity of ambiance. Like chilling hill station like Munnar, backwaters and houseboat, and the beach. No other place can give such verity of destinations very close and with in couple of hours of journey. Even though we prefer to stick on one destination rather than going to three or more location to avoid hectic travel. So we planned our Kerala honeymoon package in such a way that we enjoy our entire Kerala package in the misty mountains of Munnar.

We reached cochin international airport morning 10 am. It was an hour journey from Bangalore airport. Kerala Tour operator, we booked with, is waiting for us in the airport. We get in to their vehicle and the driver was very polite. He picked our luggage’s and loaded in the car. The car was small but clean and neat. We choose swift desire for our entire journey to reduce the cost. We are travelling towards Munnar the beautiful and serene hill station in Kerala. We enjoy the travel through the windy lanes by enjoying the fog and fresh air. By breathing the fresh non polluted air itself will rejuvenate ourselves. May be the reason to include Munnar tour package in their kerala holiday packages

How to Reach Munnar 

We checked in to the resort in munnar  by noon and it was 10 km away from the Munnar city and almost like a forest. We can see big trees and lush greenery . Our cottage was very beautiful and a balcony and view towards the forest. We can see the tea gardens, fog coming down from the sky towards our balcony. The cottage is meant for honeymoon couples and is really romantic. Campfire were arranged at night and we had a nice time.

boating mattupetty dam great indian holidays
boating mattupetty dam great indian holidays

 

Next day morning the breakfast was nice with kerala traditional dishes. After the breakfast our car and driver was ready for the local sightseeing in Munnar. We planned well in advance with our kerala tour operator. what all the places to visit in kerala to avoid wasting unnecessary time in traffic and car. We started at 10 am from the resort. We moved towards the mattupetty dam. On the road we enjoyed the tranquility, green landscape, and rich flora and fauna. At Mattupetty we enjoyed the boating. The boating in mattupetty dam was very adventurous. Later we moved to kundala dam for a shikara boat service. We came back to the resort. There arranged a candle light dinner with a cake. As our request, the dinner was kerala style with more sea food items included and it was tasty but little spicy. (if you don’t like spicy food you should inform them in advance) . The bed was arranged with floral decoration. It was nice and sweet.
 
Next day morning we woke up little early and decided to go for a nature walk through the tea gardens. One guide was accompanying us. He explained us how to pluck the tea leaves and the process of tea making. It was little scary when we saw snakes one the way. The nature walk was rejuvenating and thrilling. After a 5 km walk came back to resort to fresh up and breakfast. We started the local sight seeing. Today we planned to visit the Eravikulam national park. Eravikulam national park is a wild life sanctuary and many endangered species are here. Nigiri Tahr is one of that type. We had seen many of Nilgiri Tahrs. While returning we drop down in Munnar city for shopping. Munnar is famous for its Tea. Kannan Devan is the main tea company here. We can choose tea powder based on the location it grows. The taste of the tea varies depends on the location. Tea from Kolukkumalai and Lakshmi estate have different taste. We purchased some tea powders and even we can buy tea powder with different flavours. We thought of buying some spices also to distribute as gift packets to our friends and families.
 
Around 8 pm we returned back to resort. The dinner arranged was continental style. Spices used where hand picked from the local market. Next day morning we returned back to cochin international air port.
 
We had a nice time in the hill station of Kerala Munnar. The honeymoon trip was very memorable and we never forget this trip.

Our conclusion
• Choosing Munnar as a honeymoon destination is a right idea.
• Stay in a resort deep inside the tea garden or forest with view of tee garden is also a wonderful idea.

• But ensure you have a BSNL sim card with you. Other wise no other service providers may not have range in many of the places.
• Your relatives and friends may trying to reach you and even you need to contact somebody, you may be lost.
• Better ask your travel agent to arrange a bsnl sim card for you for the short trip.
• Don’t eat any thing from roadside. Other wise ensure it is good quality and hygiene

 

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Best season to visit-Munnar
Best season to visit-Munnar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Reach Munnar.

Are you planning to Visit Munnar?   The first and foremost question will be “How to reach Munnar?”.

Munnar is a picturesque hill station located in Idukki District of Kerala State. Situated above 1600 Meters above sea level and on the western Ghats.  Western Ghats is a region of immense global importance because of its of high geological, cultural and aesthetic values. UNESCO is very important in conservation this biological diversity. Munnar is situated in the cradle western Ghats is one of the hottest destination for easy hide out, Relaxation and rejuvenate them self.  As it is situated in the hi range area and 1600 meters above the sea level Munnar is well connected with state and national highways. How to reach Munnar can be easily answered. Munnar can be accessed by roads  from nearby cities and tourist Places.

Munnar Location Map
Munnar Location Map

Reach Munnar by Air

Munnar Dose not have an airport.

The two nearest Airports are

State transport and private buses operate from these Airports. Those who wants to Travel by cab prepaid cabs are available from the airport. If you are chosen a Kerala holiday package or Munnar tour packages from any of your Munnar tour operator. They will arrange Cab for at a lowest price. Try to fix the price well in advance to avoid last minute confusion. So the best idea is to catch a flight to Kochi international Airport and hire a taxi.

Munnar Dose not have a Railway station.

You can’t reach Munnar directly by Rail. But you can reach Munnar from the nearest railway station by Bus. The nearest Railway stations are

  1. Aluva, located at a distance of 110 km.
  2. Ernakulam Railway Station is 130 km
  3. Madurai Railway Station is at a distance of 135 km.

Some of the Major Train Services are

  • Malabar Express,
  • Guwahati-Trivandrum Express
  • Howrah-Kanyakumari Express
  • Mumbai-Madurai Express
  • Chandigarh-Madurai express

From the railway station you can depends on State run transport or private buses or you can hire a taxi.

Munnar Map
Munnar Map

Reach Munnar by Road.

Munnar is well connected with major cities by well nit state and national highways. You can choose the best rout with good scenery can be chosen.  The nearest Airports are Kochi, Madurai and Coimbatore. All the routs from these cities were greeted with spectacular sights of lush green and  tea plantation.

From Kochi to Munnar

Kothamangalam – Neriamangalam-Adimali Munnar

From Madurai to Munnar

Madurai- Theni – Bodi – BodiMettu – Devikulam – Munnar, travelling along NH 49.
From Coimbatore to Munnar

Coimbatore- Pollachi – Udumalapet – Chinnar – Munnar.

If you are planning to visit Munnar. The best way is to identify a professional Tour Operator in Kerala and include other locations like Kumarakom , Thekkedy and Houseboat in your Kerala Holiday package. So you can enjoy the Backwaters, Wildlife sanctuary and houseboat along with your Munnar tour package.

Hyderabad to Munnar

Agra to Munnar

Ernakulam to Munnar

Alleppey to Munnar

Varanasi to Munnar

Goa to Munnar

Jaisalmer to Munnar

Kolkata to Munnar

Udaipur to Munnar

Chandigarh to Munnar

Gurgaon to Munnar

Chennai to Munnar

Shimla to Munnar

Delhi to Munnar

Mahabaleshwar to Munnar

Bangalore to Munnar

Srinagar to Munnar

Ahmedabad to Munnar

Nainital to Munnar

Pune to Munnar

Jaipur to Munnar Coorg to Munnar Wayanad to Munnar Manali to Munnar Mumbai to Munnar Shirdi to Munnar

Best Seasons to Visit Munnar

Munnar is the most popular tourist destination in Kerala. The destination attracted by the tourist by it scenic beauty and cold weather that makes tourist to include Munnar Packages in their Kerala Holiday packages.

Tourists have enough thrilling places to visit in Munnar. Also you can find many unexplored places in Munnar which are breathtaking. This hill station located at the western gats of Kerala is also a preferred dream destination for most Kerala Honeymoon packages. Definitely munnar honeymoon packages will be a memorable time for the newly wedded couples.
Munnar is one of the most tempting tourist destination in Kerala as visitors flowing to the destination throughout the year. Visitors from India and abroad also come to munnar in all seasons. But you can expect more visitors during the peak seasons.
Temperature in Munnar After monsoon the temperature in Munnar is very pleasant during august, September and October between 15 and 20 degree Celsius. During the November it falls to 11 degrees and the temperature further falls during December and January to 10 to 15 degree Celsius. During the spring and Monsoon the temperature can varies between 15 to 22 degree Celsius. So tourists prefer plan their Munnar tour package while the temperature below 20 degree.

Best time to Visit Munnar- winter

Great season to visit Munnar is the peak season of Munnar that is December. But the entire winter is considered to be an ideal time to visit Munnar. This season starts from November and continuous till February. During this time the weather will be more cooler and some day the temperature will drop to 5 degree Celsius also. You can see the mist coming down to earth that will be wonderful experience. Even the temperature drops to 5 degree Celsius. Even in such a low temperature, you can’t see any snow falls that makes munnar a safe hill station than Manali and Shimla. Honeymoon goers schedule winter as their Munnar Honeymoon Packages. Moreover this time also considered as an ideal time for adventure sports activities like trekking, rock climbing, cycling and rappelling. You should book the hotels and Resort in Munnar well in advance during the Christmas and New year Eve. There will be a massive tourist inflow during the Christmas and new year, even tourists are forced to stay in hotels kilometers away from Munnar.

Visit Munnar during Summer
Visit Munnar during Summer

Summer in Munnar – Good time to Visit

As Munnar is considered as the Kashmir or south India the weather will be cool always. During the summer, very rarely the temperature goes beyond 20 degree Celsius. So Munnar tour packages are very popular during the Summer also. But ensure that even the summer time also you should carry some light woolen cloths to escape from the cold. March to till May is considered as the Summer time in Munnar. Adventure sports in Munnar is peak during the summer season. The ideal temperature and no rain will support the adventure sports like rock-climbing, trekking, cycling and rappelling. During the rainy season the roads will be slippery. The clear sky during the summer will support the tourists to enjoy their adventure activities without any hurdles.

 monsoon in Munnar
monsoon in Munnar

Monsoon Season in Munnar

Usually Munnar is not considered as a preferred destination during monsoon. Monsoon season starts from June till September. It is actually the rainy season in Munnar. The rain in Munnar is different from other parts of the Kerala. Sometimes we cannot differentiate rain from the mist that is unique in Munnar. The District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) sometimes arrange programs to enjoy the misty rain of monsoon . The Program is called “Monsoon Walk” . This give the Munnar Package during monsoon season a unique experience to enjoy the different rhythm of rains in the High Range. This help the tourist to rejuvenate them self and eventually started loving the Nature and contribute Positively.
Some people who want to hide away from the busy schedule of urban life and pollution will choose a Munnar tour package during Monsoon season. They will book a cottage, sit near the window and enjoy the rain through the window. You can make it more interesting by reading your favorite book and enjoying the traditional food of high range. Don’t forget to sip the high quality Munnar tea occasionally.
Try to don’t travel in the night during the monsoon season as there is a chance for road block due to land slide.

Must see places in your Munnar

 

My houseboat Experience at Kumarakom Backwaters with Great Indian Holidays

Houseboat Great Indian Holidays-Backwaters
Houseboat Great Indian Holidays-Backwaters

 

 

 

 

 

 

I heard and read about houseboat a lot but I don’t have an desire to experience the Houseboat. Because I actually afraid about the houseboat as it is floating over water. Moreover I don’t know swimming also. I just simply discarded houseboat whenever I visit Kerala.  I always mention my Kerala tour operators  to not include house boat activity in the itinerary.  One of my friend from Mumbai visited Kerala along with  his family and had a one day experience in houseboat.  He explained me  his experience in detail and forced me experience that. He iterated the houseboat ride on the backwaters of Kerala will be life time experience and he guaranteed also. So I Decided to include cursing and one day stay over houseboat in my next Kerala Holiday Package .

I contacted my kerala tour operator , great indian holidays for my next kerala visit.  There are many holiday packages available with many tour operators.  I choose 6 day 5 night Munnar – Thekkady – Kumarakom Kerala Package from Great Indian Holidays. In this Kerala holiday package included a day and night in houseboat in the backwaters of Kumarakom.

Another friend mine  who regularly visit kerala from Delhi insisted me to spent only day time in house boat and stay overnight in any of the resorts or hotels in kerala. The night stay in a houseboat would not be safe and not as good as your night stay in a hotel. But I decided to stay overnight in houseboat.

According to the itinerary  house boat was the last part of our kerala holiday packages. After having our breakfast from  a resort in Thekkady at around 7.30 AM we headed towards Kumarakom where houseboat is waiting for us.

Houseboat Great Indian Holidays-Backwaters kumarakom
Houseboat Great Indian Holidays-Backwaters kumarakom

We reached Kumarakon in the banks of Aymanam river.  Aymanam become very famous place after Arundhati Roy’s book  “The God of small things” the book won the Booker prize.  This is book is about Ayamanam and the childhood experience of fraternal twins.   This book tell how small things greatly and deeply affects peoples life.  When I drive through the roads of Aymanam ,  I remember the Estha, Ammachi, Rahel and Baba of “God of small things”.  I was with the God of small things. And the Car stopped.  One of team member of Great Indian holidays opened the door and told the houseoat is ready for us. I saw a beautifully decorated  1 bedroom houseboat is parked there.

Great Indian holidays team welcomed me in ti the house boat with a welcome drink. That was fresh  tender coconut.   I have never tasted such a sweet and fresh tender coconut from anywhere . I asked the team how it was so sweet and fresh. They told this was just plucked from the coconut tree a few minutes before.

I look around the houseboat, this houseboat have all the facilities sufficient for one night stay. This houseboat is owned by one of the reputed and budgeted houseboat service in the Kumarakom Backwaters. As the boat started moving, the guide shown our rooms. We kept our luggage in the room and came out the open space to see the sight-seeing.

As the boat move forward, cruised along the narrow canals, we saw the beauty and life of inner Kerala villages. Many of the houses in Kuttanad region don’t have road access so they depend on canoes ( small Boat) to transport between their homes and main land. It is surprising that most of the houses in Kuttanad and Kumarakom area has such types of small boats and all the family member know how to row the boats. Even we can see children were going school in canoes rowing themselves

It was an amazing experience for me as I was coming from Delihi. We also passed by other houseboats. The guests from other houseboats were greeted and we great each other. They also come under Kerala holiday package.

Before the houseboat moving towards the lake our guide stopped in front a small toddy shop. We decided to have our lunch.  We had our lunch with Kerala style lunch with tapioca, fish curry, Karimeen fry and obviously toddy.. This was the first time I am experiencing toddy. Toddy was cooled and it was just like tender coconut water. We enjoyed the toddy with fish curry and tapioca. After finishing our lunch we moved to the huge lake. From the narrow canal to the vast lake was totally different experience.

Our  houseboat start roaming through the lake. We enjoy the breath taking experience. As we can see many other houseboats also in the lake. Some are very big with 5 to 6 rooms and balcony others are small like one room. Some houseboats are decorated beautifully. Even every houseboat is built with bamboo and wood.

We cruised through the lake and in the evening enjoyed the sunset from the houseboat . That was an amazing experience for us. We saw the sun was going deep in to the lake. The ambiance were become golden in colour. By around 6.30 the houseboat were docked near one of the resort. All the boats usually will have the regular parking slot. By 8 Pm the dinner were server. Those who would like to have liquor can also opt for that.  We had a small party enjoying with Beer and fish fry. We hit the bed by 11 PM. Sleeping in the houseboat over the night was an exiting experience. Really it was very different. We feel completely safe as the care taker of the boat always with houseboat. If we need anything he will at our service.

I really enjoyed the day and night experience  in houseboat. The monsoon season spike up my experience to the peak

We got up hearing the sounds of birds and song from the nearby temple.  We peep through the windows of the bed room. Saw villagers doing their daily activity like washing cloths children are playing, selling milk. Etc. by 8 Am we had our breakfast and left the boat by around 9 Am. That was the end of our houseboat experience.

Few things every one cruising on the houseboat have in mind

  • Don’t have too much expectation by seeing  the photos on the internet. As the houseboat is travelling over the water and don’t expect as much comfort as hotel rooms.
  • Make sure your bedrooms  windows and doors should be closed before 5 pm otherwise  mosquitoes will disturb your sleep.
  • Check your houseboat is clean, if not inform your crew to make it cleaned.
  • Try to maintain a good relation with the crew.