by Vibha Sharma
Posted on 1st Feb, 2015
Kerala - there is no dearth of paeans that have been written on this place in verse and in prose. I am wondering what more can I say about 'God's own country'?
While being in Bangalore, if one wants to go for a rejuvenating break, Kerala offers a perfect getaway. So in 2010 we planned a 5 days 4 nights trip to Kerala. We usually keep our trips very relaxed, covering less to enjoy the place in its entirety. The plan was to fly to Kochi, spend a day in Kochi, visit Fort Kochi and see Chinese Fishing nets and head towards the backwaters for the rest of the four days.
We had four days and three nights for the Vembanad lake, Kumarakom and Allepey. We stayed in Malabar resort which overlooked the lake and enjoyed the 'made to order' food. Those couple of days were spent blissfully nestled in the lap of nature. The last night we were supposed to spend on a houseboat. It was a houseboat with two bedrooms and a deck on the top tier. What can I write about those 24 hours that we ended up spending in the houseboat.
That was truly an experience out of this world. Perhaps the words like 'peace' and 'tranquility' were coined for such places only. Usually houseboat is anchored for the night at one place and one gets to see pristine sunset in its full glory. Verdant green paddy fields on one side, sunset on the other, surrounded by serene water, slightly bobbing houseboat… perfect ingredients for a perfect holiday.
Ours is not a very frequently travelling family, yet we make it a point to visit at least one new place every year. The trip to Kerala remains the best of the lot still.
Places to stay at : Kumarakom Lake resort is a great option. (Make sure you do the reservations well in advance)
Best time to visit : all year through
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Computers and management are merely the degrees she acquired. What Vibha lives her life by though, is the Karma philosophy. She put corporate life on hold to enjoy her childrens’ growing years, and revel in the colour they bring to each day. Every day with them is a learning process for her and she can see herself evolve with them, adding cooking, drawing, knitting, painting, reading and writing to her interests. You can follow her other posts here.
Kerala, Road Trip, Weekend Trip, Kochi, Kumarakom, Vembanad Lake, Allepey, Houseboat