Asia Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Trip Report Galactus on a Kerala trip - Jan 2012

Jump to last reply

Just finished my 5 day trip to Kerala and thought it would be a perfect opportunity to write my first trip report. While the trip itself had its ups and downs like any genuine vacation, the state itself is truly stunning. I have never seen such natural beauty with so much diversity in India, from beaches to backwaters to mountains, Kerala has it all.

Photos at: http://travel.webshots.com/album/582258915ggdkWf

Day 1
Long haul flight from Pune with a 4 hour stopover at Hyderabad. Nice, clean airport with plenty of ways to kill time, insofar airports go in being means of passing time. It has some pretty empty (in a good way) areas where you can sit in peace and enjoy a good book or just watch the planes go about their business. The damage to the wallet started with the purchase of a rare Waterman fountain pen I found browsing around. Nice start, with a hefty price tag. The next leg of the journey to Cochin was by a medium paced turboprop plane, which was exciting mostly because I get to travel by them less and less each year.

By the time I finally reached my hotel in Cochin, it was dark and most of the city had closed down. For the single night, I chose the Presidency Hotel in Ernakulam, which is the downtown area of the city. The dinner at their main restaurant was disappointing, I expected much from the serving of grilled prawns in a city famous for its seafare. I had to leave that plate halfway and finish up with a club sandwich. Oddly enough my waiter when queried about the number of restaurants inside the hotel, replied that it was the only one. In reality they had three, though I never got to know about them till it was too late.

Day 2
Another dismal meal at the hotel, this time a buffet breakfast. But the room was fair for its price and after a restful night, so I could not complain much. The driver Biju had already decided that we should see the Chinese fishing nets which hark back to the 13th century. They were innovative structures I admit but the catch and speed of operation was so meager that I wonder if they would be around much longer. After a quick peek at the nearby beach structures and the beach itself, I thought the best option was to head straight to Munnar and reach in daylight. With a heavy lunch dripping in coconut oil and eaten at a reasonably clean joint, I thought the rest of the journey (5 more hours) would be a breeze. Alas, with the heavy food and the zigzag mountain road coupled with the driver intent of joining the F1, I became seriously ill and barely looked out of the window till we reached Munnar. At the sight of the first resort - Royal Retreat (note to self: stay here next time), I was elated only to find that my resort was another 25 kms away, well outside the town of Munnar. But oh what a sight I was treated to on the way there - magnificent tea gardens, stunning valley views and awe inspiring cloudy mountain tops. So this is the reason everyone loves Munnar and who can blame them.

We checked into our hotel - the Siena Village which is nestled neatly below two mountains high enough that their tops were usually covered in clouds. The rooms were extremely charming with wooden flooring, a small fireplace and a neat little balcony upstairs. Ah, I could get used to this. The evening was mostly spent gazing at the scenery around me and the dinner remained a mystery since I managed to have only a couple of bowls of chicken soup remembering the difficult times I had only hours ago. Still, the weather was good, the hotel cozy and the surroundings peaceful. Good day all in all.

18 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

View all Asia activity »
  1. 1 Trip Report Burma - Our Mad Dash Across Too Much
  2. 2 A Thailand holiday vacation 9 years in a row!
  3. 3 Trip Report vietnam and laos
  4. 4 Bangkok: Shangri-La, Penninsula, Mandarin Oriental
  5. 5 One night stand in Tokyo: what area/hotel to stay in?
  6. 6 First trip to Vietnam! Help me with my itinerary please!
  7. 7 Trip Report Travel Report to Siem Reap + Angkor + Northwest Cambodia
  8. 8 You're Not Going to Japan AGAIN?
  9. 9 Is 5 nights in Lombok too much? Which room at Quinci Pool Villas!
  10. 10 Hotel or Air First for Japan?
  11. 11 Which to see first - Kyoto or Tokyo?
  12. 12 First trip to Japan-17 night Itinerary in Cherry Blossom season
  13. 13 questions about trip to Mrauk U
  14. 14 Elephants in Northern Thailand
  15. 15 Trip Report My SEA trip - photos update
  16. 16 Trip Report From Ryokan to Buddhist Monastery: Two Weeks in Japan
  17. 17 Best country to visit 1st time in Southeast Asia
  18. 18 What did you think of Mumbai?
  19. 19 1 week in Southeast Asia
  20. 20 Drink Rec for Sri Lankan Food
  21. 21 Jewelry shopping in Bangkok
  22. 22 Great place for a honeymoon destination?
  23. 23 New Hanoi Hotel opening
  24. 24 Japan Itinerary Help Please! 4.5-4.17
  25. 25 Advice needed for April itinerary and rail pass
View next 25 » Back to the top