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God’s own country beckons

by jayati grover 6 year, 10 months ago

Surrender your soul to nature and enjoy the relaxing massages in this God's Own Country! Feeling tired? How about some Ayurvedic massage and some cool tender coconuts?

The very word Kerala conjures up the image of calm beaches with palm trees, serene backwater lagoons and of course, majestic hills towering up to the sky. Where else does one find beaches and mountains in the same place? Kerela is definitely geographically unique. It is also endowed with a rich cultural heritage that includes delicious food, songs and Kathakali dances. Thus, the choice of the name ‘God’s own country’ is apt to describe the marvel that Kerala is!

Most journeys to Kerala cover places like Munnar, Thekkady, Kovalam, Kochi and Kumarakom, mixed and matched together in different permutations. All these attractions are hardly 3-4 hour drives away from each other, which is an added advantage that helps cut down time spent on traveling. An average package to Kerala costs around Rs.6, 000 per person for 3 nights and 4 days and go up to Rs.15, 749 for 7 nights and 8 days.

The Kerala Experience

The key factor which makes Kerela special is its equable and pleasant climate all through the year. Tourists don’t have to worry about factors like too much sun or cold that might play spoilsport with the vacation. Kerela is open for visitors all days an year! Another factor which is adding to the inflow of tourists here is that the entire Northern Indian belt is enveloped by severe chill. And what better a place to escape the cold than the warm locales of Kerala. 


Sightseeing in Kerala is an absolute delight. Everything is just so picture perfect, like a scene direct out of a fantasy. Varied experiences like visits to a Jewish synagogue, fishing using Chinese nets, watching elaborately dressed artistes performing Kathakali, spending nights cruising on backwaters in a house boat and just lazing around on the beach form up the itineraries in these packages. Most hotels these days walk the extra mile by gifting wine bottles, pretty flower decorations and special cash gift vouchers to couples to make their trip a memorable experience that they can cherish all their lives

Ayurvedic Massages

In the recent years, Kerala has carved a niche for itself as the land of authentic Ayurvedic massages. However, the tradition of following Ayurveda dates back to many centuries. It is perhaps the only state in India that offers a plethora of options to people in terms of spas and genuine Ayurvedic health centres. Massages use a variety of natural herbs and oils and help not only to heal the affected area, but the individual as a whole. It rejuvenates the mind, body and soul. To enjoy this deeply touching sensory experience, tourists can visit spas or any of the government certified Ayurvedic centres located in Munnar, Kumarakom, Kovalam, Thekkady and Kochi.

Kerala Cuisine

The land of spices offers an extravagant culinary treat to its guests. Sadya is the traditional vegetarian feast of Kerala. Usually served as lunch, it consists of par boiled pink rice, side dishes, savouries, pickles and desserts spread out on a plantain leaf. What is incredible is that a strict order and etiquette is followed when serving the food. Tradition insists that the tapering end of the leaf points to the left of the seated guest. Rice is served on the lower half of the leaf. The feast begins with the serving of Parippu, a liquid curry made of small gram and ghee. The second course is Sambar, the famous South Indian vegetable. Other sumptuous delicacies include Avial, Sambhar, Parippu, Payasam and Meen Vattichathu. Being rich in spices, food in Kerela can never be less than perfect.

Shopping

Kerela is a pure shopper’s delight. From intricately carved handicrafts to mural paintings, from bronze ware to coir products, from sandalwood figurines to beautiful sarees, tourists are literally spoilt for choice! For centuries, spices from Kerela have been exported to the parts of the country and the world. Edible items like cinnamon, pepper, clove, cashew nuts, banana chips, pickles, etc are a favourite with travelers.

Kerala Honeymoon Package

Most travel packages offered these days are very flexible in terms of adapting to customers’ needs and tastes. These are not rigid plans that restrict couples from enjoying themselves. Rather, the itineraries are designed so as to help couples plan a tailor-made vacation that suits them the best. Couples can change the duration of the trip, budget allocation and add up activities like adventure sports or cultural performances, if need be. 

Here is a sneak peek into a sample Kerala honeymoon package:

Duration: 7nights 8 days
Destinations covered: Kochi Munnar Thekkady Kovalam
Cost per person: Rs. 15,749
Accommodation: Deluxe, Super Deluxe, Premium and Luxury
Sightseeing: Dutch palace, Jewish synagogue, St. Francis church,
Bolgatty palace, Mattupetty Lake, Rajamalai National Park, Attukadu waterfall, etc
Highlights: Overnight cruise on houseboat, fishing trip, and special
gifts like wine bottles, flower decorations and cash gift vouchers. 

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