Kerala is a beautiful state located in the south of India along western coast. To put you in awe in the first place it boasts of two national parks, ten wildlife sanctuaries and two bird sanctuaries combined with 1900 km of palm fringed backwaters. While there are many reasons to visit Kerala, here are a couple of experiences I found quite unique during our short getaway sometime back:
Staying in a Tree House
We started our journey by reaching Ernakulam from where we proceeded to Thekkady, an enchanting plantation town. Tourists flock to Thekkady to see its spice plantations and the Periyar National Park. One can take a boat cruise along the Periyar lake to catch the diverse wildlife and birds in action (of course you have to be lucky to spot the rare ones though!) Then there are Cardamom hills – the mountain regions in Kerala which is the source of cardamom, pepper and coffee (Ah reminds of the aroma of filter coffee that wafted through the air each morning!)
While the reasons stated above are tempting enough, the real reason for our excitement was a stay at Caramelia Haven Resort in the tree house. Listening to leaves rustle against the gentle breeze, waking up to the birds chirping instead of the alarm and living in surroundings that are not built of glass and cemented walls is bliss in itself.
Houseboat in the backwaters of Alleppey
Kerala’s much hyped houseboats were next on our to-do list. The houseboats are docked on the lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast (known as Malabar Coast). Cruises are the best way to enjoy Alleppey backwaters and village life of Kerala. The houseboat is operational till sunset and is then docked at one of the nearby villages in the evening. One can enjoy a meal by the waters or watch life pass by as the boat meanders through the lakes. If you visit in August, you can catch the famous snake boat race or the Vallam Kali.
PS: A recommendation that we’d like to leave you with is the treehouse at Vythiri resort – a property that we wished we had discovered earlier!
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