We have visited this God's own country in the month of November for 4N/5D.
1. Flight Booking
2. Resort Booking
3. Cab Booking
Thought of booking houseboat online, but wanted to see the boat before I book, so it was not done.
Day1: Hyd - Cochin - Munnar
Started from Hyderabad by 10.00Am spicejet and reached Cochin by 12.30Pm. Cab was waiting for us, the weather in Cochin was hot and humid. Without any delay, we started our journey to Munnar, had lunch on the way at some hotel and the food was ok. On the way, we have visited couple of water falls. By evening around 6Pm we have reached the resort - Kaivalyam Retreat. Resort's surroundings were serene, rooms were spot less, bed was neat, toilets were clean, food was tasty and staff were helpful.The welcome drink served was awesome and refreshing towels really took off all our journey strain. Relaxed for some time and ordered food. While the food was getting prepared, we had shower and were back to dining. The must mention about this resort is the food, we have requested for a custom menu as we traveled with kids and they prepared exactly the way we wanted!! Thanks Kaivalyam! The food was very tasty and the environment was hygiene. We played carroms for sometime before we hit the bed!
Day2: Flower garden - Elephant Ride - Photo point - Echo Point - Mattupetty Dam
Day3: Raja Mala - Lukkam Falls - Marayur - chinnar wild life sactury - Walk to waterfall near by resort - shopping
Rajamala is the highest point in munnar and is famous for sigting nilgiri tahr, by the time we went there, it was afternoon and was hot, so we decided not to go up and planned to visit it on the way back Marayur. Our next stop was at Lukkam falls, the water inside the fall was freezing, somehow we managed to get into water and crossed few rocks to reach bottom of the fall. Spent around 2hrs at the fall enjoying the cool breeze. After this, we started to Marayur which is famous for sandalwood trees. Visited sandal wood forest, went to chinnar wild life sanctuary and were not lucky enough to spot any wildlife there :( . After visiting chinnar, we started back to raja mala but by the time we reached raja mala, the trips to uphill were closed so we had to skip this place. As we had some free time, decided to visit a water fall near the resort (around 5kms from resort). By the time we reached the fall, it was evening and the climate was pleasant. Spent some time at water fall and went to market to purchase some sandal perfumes, lemon grass oil, massage oil, etc..and had finished our dinner with idly, wada at sarvana bhavan, near to market and returned to resort.
Sandal Wood Tree:
After breakfast, we checked out from Kaivalyam resort and proceeded to Alleppey. On the way, stopped at a spice garden and came to know about some plants and their uses from a guide who charged 100rs per head. Then we visited their products stall and purchased some herbal products and continued our journey to Alleppey. Our driver had talked to one of the house boat guys, and made the arrangements. When we saw the boat, we didn't like it and wanted a different one. After lot of arguments and shouting, that guy arranged a different one and we checked into the boat, spent that night fighting with mosquitoes until 9pm :). Electric supply to all the boats starts at 9pm so AC will not work until then. My advice to all who wish to stay in house boat is not to go for it, may be u can enjoy an evening cruise for 2 to 3 hours and stay in some lake view reosrt instead. The lunch and dinner they have served on board was tasty, and the view along the backwaters was nice. You can see all the localites commuting through small boats, experience the local life and witness lush green paddy fields through out your journey on house boat.
woke up early, got ready and checked out from house boat and were back to our vehicle to proceed to Cochin. Visited beach on the way and clicked few snaps and continued to Cochin airport, boarded 11.30 flight and back to Hyderabad by 1.00pm!!