Kerala, a state on India’s tropical Malabar Coast, has nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. It’s known for its palm-lined beaches and its backwaters, a network of canals popular for cruises. Its many upscale seaside resorts include specialists in Ayurvedic treatments. Inland are the Western Ghats, a mountain range whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as abundant native wildlife.
A Road trip to Kerala materialized out of the blues and we decided to head there, having multiple occasions to celebrate. The road that we choose to take to Munnar happened to be via Pollachi.
As we drove through Pollachi, we got to see thousands of windmills stretched across acres and acres of beautiful landscaped roads.
We neared Munnar in a few hours,and the roads began curving into sharp hairpin bends,carrying us over the mountains and below.
It was a beautiful experience on the whole of driving through narrow and steep mountainous roads, being enveloped within clouds with just 5% visibility, stopping at multiple locations – to take in all the surreal scenery around us and to capture the picturesque locations. As we began approaching the city,however,we could see the beautiful tea estates widely spread across the hilly roads.
We constantly had this feeling of missing out on moments,though we tried living every bit of it.
After a short stay at Munnar and its beautiful resorts’ tree houses, we navigated our way to Mattupatty dam, where we tried the speed boating that they were offering. It was quite an experience,flying over the water amidst greenary and mountains,with the strong breeze hitting our faces.
We left Munnar shortly, after stopping for a quick bite and reached Alleppey by nightfall.
We experienced a relaxing stay in a houseboat, sailing all day in the backwaters, having freshly caught fish and delicious keralean cuisine for lunch and dinner.
Varkala being our next planned destination, we reached there by noon the next day. A beautiful beach side resort with its own little private beach happened to be our home for the next 24 hours. A pretty little cottage overlooking the sea was where we stayed. Lying on a hammock we tried relaxing to music of the waves hitting the shores and the warm sea breeze. It felt like bliss.
The Varkala beach being a 15 minutes’ walk from our resort, was where we spent the rest of the evening. After having played in the water,building sand castles and soaking ourselves in the sun ,we managed getting back on time for dinner.
The next day we headed back home.
The experience on the whole was brilliant and was worth all the issues that we faced on the way,rash driving being one.However,Kerala is truly stated as ‘God’s own country’ as one would want to re-visit the places over and over again. We missed visiting Kovalam due to time constraints, maybe it calls for another trip, pretty soon in the future!