In the Gods Own Country – Kerala
Kerala is an ultimate destination to spend your vacation with the family. We were there for three days, had a great time in the gods own country.
All our bookings were through Apps and in advance. We booked for an early morning flight in GoIndigo from Bengaluru to the coastal paradise, Cochin. We got a good deal as we made all bookings in advance.
By air, the travel time from Bengaluru to Cochin is less than an hour. The GoIndigo took off at 8.30 am and by 9.30 am we were in Cochin airport.
We did not plan much about places to see in Cochin. We left it to the cab driver to decide as per our time specifications. The cab driver was friendly and well behaved. Thanks to Lemon Tree Resorts staff for arranging our transportation.
There are so many places to see in Cochin but time was short. Our first visit was to the most popular “Chottanikkara Temple” and then to the Marine Drive.
We had our lunch in a local restaurant and later covered the St. Francis Church, the Chinese net and the Basilica.
Lemon Tree – Vembanad Lake Resort
We booked our stay in Lemon Tree Resort (Vembanad Lake Resort) near Alappuzha, the best part of our vacation! The Lemon Tree lake resort is located far away from the city, near the backwaters amidst the lush greeneries.
We checked into the resort by 5 pm. Our welcome to the resort was pleasant. The highlights of this resort was the infinite pool, backwater view and of course the Kerala cuisine. More about Lemon Tree resort in the next article.
Backwaters of Alleppey
Alappuzha or Alleppey is one of the important tourist destinations in India. The backwaters of Alleppey are the most popular tourist attraction in the State.
Being in Alleppey and not cruising in the houseboat is like eating idli without chutney and sambar. I think this sentence did not impress you J
We decided to spend a day in the backwaters of Alleppey. We booked a houseboat with three bedrooms (we didn’t require bedrooms) and a furnished sit out. It cost Rs. 8000 including food (chicken and fish). It was an awesome experience.
Next day, we did a quick shopping of some authentic Kerala snacks like banana chips prepared with coconut oil, jackfruit chips and varieties of Halwa.
After shopping in Alleppey, we travelled to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) from where we booked our flight to Bengaluru. Our flight was at 10 pm.
By 5 pm we were in Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram, one of the richest Hindu temple in the world. Being a weekday, the temple was less crowded.
After our temple visit, we had ample time to board the flight. We spent some time in the beach near the airport.
After having dinner in a local restaurant, we checked into the Trivandrum airport at around 9.30 pm. The flight delayed by 45 minutes so we had to spend that time in airport lounge with mosquito bites.
The flight took off by 11 pm and we were in Bengaluru by 12 am.