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10 reasons why you shouldn't miss visiting India for anything else in the world
04 November 2016
 


India is a land of diversities. In fact, it is a nation which celebrates its innumerable diversities. Everybody has a place in this wonderous nation; it accommodates everything and everyone with the same spirit within - ‘Athithi Devo Bhava’ (Guest is God).
Here’s presenting you, 10 reasons why you mustn’t never, ever postpone or cancel your trip to India for anything else in the world.

1. The People


The people of India are as varied as it can get in terms of language, culture, religion, ethnicity and all. But when it comes to hospitality, nothing can beat their unity. In rural India, you’ll find people who would gladly share their food and shelter with you (for free) even though you don’t speak their language at all.

2. The 29 states
There are 29 states and 7 union territories in India, each with its own unique attributes, ways of living and cultural practices (note the plural). From Kashmir to Tamil Nadu, from Gujarat to Arunachal Pradesh, you experience places and locales that are unique and appealing, everywhere in the country.

3. The food


No matter what kind of food choices you follow in life, you have plenty to choose from in India. Even though there is a generic motion that most Indians are vegetarians, there is a healthy mix actually. The number of choices will itself leave you flabbergasted. Once you tasted the best, there’s no going back, unless you are looking for a second helping!

4. The Mountains



From the mighty Himalayas to the Western Ghats, there are many mountain ranges across the nation. From snow-capped giants to evergreen forests, these forests are home to thousands of species of flaura and fauna, some of them, very rare even. A serene mountain hike through one of the peaks or hills will give you an exhilarating, most calming experience.

5. Kerala


Kerala is a tiny State in the southern-most part of the Indian peninsula. This place is a true touristic paradise and is known around the world as ‘God’s own country’. From beaches to hill-stations, from forts to religious sites, from evergreen forests to lush paddy fields, Kerala is a land of wonders. The living quality of people is also much higher than the rest of India. The locale is known for its tourist friendly spaces and extremely pleasant people.

6. The rivers/lakes


Some of the oldest, historically important and mightiest water bodies of the world are in India. From Sindhu, Ganga, and Brahmaputra in the north to Krishna, Godavari, and Kaveri in the south, there are plenty of rivers, lakes, backwaters, lagoons etc in India. Some of the backwaters are absolute tourist pleasures with great facilities, activities and water rides. The houseboat cruises available in the backwaters of Kerala and lakes of Kashmir are experiences that one shouldn’t miss at all!

7. The history
The story of modern human settlements begins with the Indus Valley Civilization in India, which was around 3,000-4,000 BC. From then on India has seen great empires, invasions, colonial rule and more. Relics of all these are still found in the nation and for people who love history, India offers a lot. India is a nation which takes pride in its rich history and a visit to the region will make you feel so as well.

8. Ayurveda/Yoga


Ayurveda is one of the oldest medicinal practices of the world. Founded on the principles of cure with nature, it is said to be the safest treatment style available. Combined with yoga, which is gaining lot of prominence all over the world, Ayurveda ensures a complete healthy lifestyle. There are many ayurvedic wellness centres and spas all across India, providing wholesome body wellness packages and leisure.

9. The spirituality
India is home to numerous religions and spiritual practices. The birth of some of the most influential religions of the world happened here, namely Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism. The influence of all these religions and the ones which came from other nations (Islam, Christianity etc) is evident in the society. Spiritual and religious shrines are abundant and tourists can experience the glory of all of it while visiting India.

10. The sense of adventure/chaos


India is a place which will give you a lot of adventurous experiences. No, it is not just the numerous adventure activities at various tourist spots. India itself is an adventurous, chaotic experience. The country will be like none other you have visited so far in your life. India is indeed, the ultimate tourist destination. Do not miss the experience for anything else in your life.

 
 
Kerala Tour Packages launches a unique Kerala -Tamil Nadu travel experience
26 February 2016
 


Kerala Tour Packages, a leading tour operator based in Kerala, launches a 28-day tailor made holiday spanning most tourism destinations in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Starting from Chennai and finishing in Cochin, this package is touted to be one of the most extensive and exclusive tour programs in South Indian tourism industry. The package includes hotels, homestays, travel arrangements and all necessary assitance across the destinations.

The tour commences with the guests’ arrival at Chennai where personnel from Kerala Tour Packages recieves them and briefs them the itinerary and other necessay details regarding the destinations and travel arrangements. The guides also provide an overview of the culture and practices that govern the locale so that the guests familiarize themselves and understand the major cultural differences within Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The package is designed in such a way that the guests feel as close to the beautiful landscapes as the local folk do – a feeling of home away from home.

“For people who consider travelling as a tool for building bridges between people and communities, this tour becomes a great, inspiring experience with the right kind of bonds being formed as you travel through Tamil Nadu and Kerala, day by day,” says Mr.Anish Kumar, CEO of The Travel Planners

Destinations and More

The first major destination in the package is Mahabalipura, a stellar location which is famous for its edifices of Dravidian art and architecture. The guided tour of the rock cut temples built by the Kings of Pallava Dynasty and other attractions of the region over two days will be a fresh start, claims the company.

The next leg of the tour takes guests to the beach destination Pondicherry, the erstwhile French Colony of the region, which is a prime example of mixing cultures and great architecture. Tourists get to savour the colonial ambience combined with the rich Tamil culture while being engaged in Katamaran (fishing-raft) rides, fishing, swimming, and sightseeing, before heading off to Tanjaore and Chettinadu, both heritage towns, the next destinations.

Tanjaore, once the capital of the majestic Chola Empire, is a heritage city echoing the might of Chola architechural styles and culture. The guests are given a full cultural experience of the city through its famous Brihadishwara temple, Fort, Palace, and other prominent spaces. Chettinadu, the next destination, gives a warm welcome to visitors with its hertage houses and exotic cuisine. The famed Chettinadu Home, Chettinadu Palace and the many temples of the place, proud symbols of Dravidian architecture promises to become a visual treat for tourists in the two days of their stay in the heritage town.

Madurai, the next major stop, is one of the most famous pilgrimage centers in India. The best thing about Madurai is its Meenakshi Amman Temple, which not only becomes a holy experience for visitors, but also proves itself to be an architectural marvel with its thousands of statues and carvings. The city of Madurai has a lot to offer to tourists, as it is evident by its nickname ‘Thoonga Nagaram’, which means ‘the city that never sleeps’. The Madurai experience is followed up by a grand entry to ‘God’s Own Country’, the State of Kerala, via Kovalam, its most famous beach destination.

Kovalam is famous for its pristine beaches and apart from engaging in normal beach actvities such as swimming, surfing etc., guests can also experience ayurvedic massages, rejuvenation treatments, and yoga. The capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, lies close to Kovalam and there are many tourist attractions (museums, zoo, temples, art galleries etc.) and shopping spots in this bustling city which will fill the tourist’s days with excitement and joy.

The backwater destination Alleppey is next on the list, for the guests to complete their amazing South Indian experience. Alleppey, also known as the ‘Venice of the East’, is adorned with canals, lagoons, the huge Vembanad Lake, and the presence of the Arabian Sea on one side. The lush, green locales and slices of village life so close to nature will make guests feel like never going back. The ‘Kettuvallam’ (houseboat) rides through the vast lake and canals, enjoying the culinary gems of Kerala is an experience no one forgets, as the many guests who visited the location through Kerala Tour Packages say.

This brief outline of the package is only a tiny glimpse at the tour, claims Mr. Anish. “Prepare to be overwhelmed and have perhaps the greatest time of your life,” says he.

The Passion Behind

Kerala Tour Packages is a company with 16 years of experience in the industry and boasts of impressive local connections. “It is these connections and associations which gives our tours the best local flavour and builds our reputation,” explains Mr. Anish. “We take great pride in providing the best arrangements for guests and ensures that each one of them gets a great holiday experience which will make them want to come back for more. That is the secret of our success. That is our passion. That is our way forward as well,” concludes he. Tourists out there looking for a unique South India experience, this might be your chance! More details available on http://www.keralatourpackages.com/south_india_tour/

 
 
Hassle free travel....? Choose a reliable tour operator.....
10 December 2015
 


Most people love to travel. Travelling, in this age of wide social media and internet usage, has become a rage among many, gaining inspiration from people exploring new places and sharing their wonderful experiences in the web world. Travelling has turned from being a chance to find new work spaces and opportunities, to getting to know different places than where one is living. Most people love travel and prefer to take a break and escape into wonders. There are many favourite travel destinations in the world. India, being one of the most prominent nations in the world in many terms, sees a flurry of millions of tourists every year. One of India’s favourite tourism-hotspots is its southern State of Kerala, acclaimed through the title ‘God’s Own Country’.

There are hundreds of big-time and small-time tour operators in Kerala. With numerous websites too, popping up helping the solo passenger to travel, there is a belief that there is no much need to avail the services of a tour operator. While travelling alone without any guidance is fun in the adventure sense of it, there are many hassles one will face in the process- those are part of the adventure too, sometimes unavoidable. You might also miss out on many things which are important, because, the internet may not be the absolute authority on small things. Also, you have to spend a lot of time in researching, planning etc. All these troubles can be sorted out if you choose a reliable and reputed tour operator and get absolved yourselves in the mystic beauty of Kerala......

Why a tour operator....?

Now let us give you seven reasons why it is preferable to choose a tour operator for your trip to Kerala, India to make it a lifetime experience...

The absolute scale of the nation - India is a vast nation with a plethora of diversity in everything- locales, language, culture, cuisine, religion, traditions and many more. You might be able to manage for a while alone, but then you will get exhausted with the due process of several things. The experienced hand of a tour operator could save you from a lot of hassle and anguish, making things several times easier for you.

Your tour itinerary, our botheration - To make a good itinerary and book hotels and travel accordingly is a very time consuming affair. A reputed tour operator will have good knowledge about the whole region and have worked out several ways to make the guest enjoy the best during the time of the guests’ travel and stay. You could also be getting better deals than when you do things on your own because of the contacts and business relations the operator has with various establishments.

Experience Matters - A good tour operator would know the in’s and out’s of all places in your tour itinerary. They would know what would be the best and most comfortable options for the guests. They would know local places and spaces which otherwise you wouldn’t come to know- for example, in Fort Kochi, there is a place where Kathakali, a renowned traditional dance-drama form of Kerala, happens daily; it is not known very much otherwise, but a good tour operator would definitely know and will make necessary arrangements for you. Here is an example which proves you this http://www.keralatourpackages.com/kerala_cultural_tour/. Your comfort is our motto...

Being Updated - As mentioned earlier, a good tour operator would know the destinations he offers his guests in and out. They would also keep themselves updated with the various happenings around, the latest trends in tourism (to keep up with competition), the ways in which to handle a problem in case something arises etc. For example, recently a Women Empowerment Centre started near Kochi and is running successfully in their activities- there are a lot of interesting things that a tourist can engage in the centre- only a good tour operator, who is updated in the happenings of the locale, would know and include this in their itinerary.

Nature Tourism - Kerala is a land of many forests, hills, mountains etc. A lot of these places are open for tourism, some are not, and in some there are many restrictions in place. A tour operator can give you the best trekking places, best yoga and ayurvedic rejuvenation places etc within the blink of an eye, with good monetary savings, while it would take a lot of time and energy to find these on your own and the quality of service offered is also assured in case of a tour operator.

Knowing the pulse of the local - A tour operator would know the local pulse and flavour. They would also know the bad side of the local community, if any. For example, auto rickshaws are a common mode of transport in Kerala. Many a times, it so happens that tourists are exploited in terms of fares and all buy some people. A tour operator would have good associations and wouldn’t allow such exploitation to happen, in case you choose to travel like that. It is good to have someone reliable who knows the locality with you.

Recommendations from guests and past experiences - Let’s start with an example: There are hundreds of houseboat operators in Alleppey. An experienced tour operator would have tried and tested most of the good houseboats and will know which ones are the best according to the operator’s own experience and client feedbacks. In an industry like tourism, client feedback is very important, and they would make sure that they go according to client preferences.

Picking the right tour operator is also important- as said earlier, there are hundreds of tour operators in Kerala. To select the best one is easy if you look at the ones with the best recognitions and good customer reviews- go through many profiles like our’s. (http://www.keralatourpackages.com/about-us/) and pick the best suited tour operator for your trip to Kerala. God’s Own Country beckons you to have a great time!

Choose the best....... Choose keralatourpackages.com....!

 
 
7 Reasons to Why You Must Choose a Tour Operator for Your Trip to India
28 July 2015
 

Most people love to travel. Travelling, in this age of wide social media and internet usage, has become a rage among many, gaining inspiration from people exploring new places and sharing their wonderful experiences in the web world. Travelling has turned from being a chance to find new work spaces and opportunities, to getting to know different places than where one is living. There are many favourite travel destinations in the world. India, being one of the most prominent nations in the world in many terms, sees a flurry of millions of tourists every year. One of India’s favourite tourism-hotspots is its southern State of Kerala, acclaimed though the title ‘God’s Own Country’.

There are hundreds of big-time and small-time tour operators in Kerala. With numerous websites too, popping up helping the solo passenger to travel, there is a belief that there is no much need to avail the services of a tour operator. While travelling alone without any guidance is fun in the adventure sense of it, there are many hassles one will face in the process- those are part of the adventure too, sometimes unavoidable. You might also miss out on many things which are important, because, the internet may not be the absolute authority on small things. Also, you have to spend a lot of time in researching, planning etc. All these troubles can be sorted out if you choose a reliable and reputed tour operator.

Now let us give you seven reasons why it is preferable to choose a tour operator for your trip to Kerala, India:

  • The absolute scale of the nation - India is a vast nation with a plethora of diversity in everything- locales, language, culture, cuisine, religion, traditions and many more. You might be able to manage for a while alone, but then you will get exhausted with the due process of several things. The experienced hand of a tour operator could save you from a lot of hassle and anguish, making things several times easier for you
  • Your tour itinerary - To make a good itinerary and book hotels and travel accordingly is a very time consuming affair. A reputed tour operator will have good knowledge about the whole region and have worked out several ways to make the guest enjoy the best during the time of the guests’ travel and stay. You could also be getting better deals than when you do things on your own because of the contacts and business relations the operator has with various establishments.
  • Experience Matters - A good tour operator would know the in’s and out’s of all places in your tour itinerary. They would know what would be the best and most comfortable options for the guests. They would know local places and spaces which otherwise you wouldn’t come to know- for example, in Fort Kochi, there is a place where Kathakali, a renowned traditional dance-drama form of Kerala, happens daily; it is not known very much otherwise, but a good tour operator would definitely know and will make necessary arrangements for you. Here is an example which proves you this http://www.keralatourpackages.com/kerala_cultural_tour/
  • Being Updated - As mentioned earlier, a good tour operator would know the destinations he offers his guests in and out. They would also keep themselves updated with the various happenings around, the latest trends in tourism (to keep up with competition), the ways in which to handle a problem in case something arises etc. For example, recently a Women Empowerment Centre started near Kochi and is running successfully in their activities- there are a lot of interesting things that a tourist can engage in the centre- only a good tour operator, who is updated in the happenings of the locale, would know and include this in their itinerary.
  • Nature Tourism - Kerala is a land of many forests, hills, mountains etc. A lot of these places are open for tourism, some are not, and in some there are many restrictions in place. A tour operator can give you the best trekking places, best yoga and ayurvedic rejuvenation places etc within the blink of an eye, with good monetary savings, while it would take a lot of time and energy to find these on your own.
  • Knowing the pulse of the local - A tour operator would know the local pulse and flavor. They would also know the bad side of the local community, if any. For example, autorikshaws are a common mode of transport in Kerala. Many a times, it so happens that tourists are exploited in terms of fares and all buy some people. A tour operator would have good associations and wouldn’t allow such exploitation to happen, in case you choose to travel like that. It is good to have someone reliable who knows the locality with you.
  • Recommendations from guests and past experiences - Let’s start with an example: There are hundreds of houseboat operators in Alleppey. An experienced tour operator would have tried and tested most of the good houseboats and will know which ones are the best according to the operator’s own experience and client feedbacks. In an industry like tourism, client feedback is very important, and they would make sure that they go according to client preferences.

Picking the right tour operator is also important- as said earlier, there are hundreds of tour operators in Kerala. To select the best one is easy if you look at the ones with the best recognitions and good customer reviews- go through many profiles like this (http://www.keralatourpackages.com/about-us/) and pick the best suited tour operator for your trip to Kerala. God’s Own Country beckons you to have a great time!

 
 
 
Recommended places to visit in Kerala
11 July 2015
 
Poovar

Poovar

Poovar is a small coastal village in the Trivandrum district of Kerala state, South India. This village has a beautiful beach and backwater which attracts tourists. There you can enjoying best motor boat cruise and covers 13.5 km through Beautiful Sceneries, Mangrove forest, forest area, Golden sand Beach ½ hour, Mother Mary Statue, sea. Floating cottage stay available at Poovar Island Resort

Kovalam

Kovalam

Kovalam is a beach town by the Arabian Sea in Thiruvananthapuram city, Kerala, India, located around 16 km from the city centre. Kovalam is extremely popular among westerners due to shallow waters and low tidal waves. Kovalam has 3 major beaches in its 17 km coastline, known as Light House Beach, Hawa Beach & Samudra Beach. Dinner at the beach restaurant of Vivanta by Taj or seaface restaurant is advisable. Excursion to Kanakumari from Kovalam is possible in a day.

Varkala

Varkala

Varkala is a coastal town and municipality in Thiruvananthapuram district situated in the Indian state of Kerala. There have enjoying beach. Varkala Beach, also known as Papanasam beach.

Kollam

Kollam town, the headquarters of Kollam district and Kollam taluk, has a hoary past. It was an international emporium of trade and even now it is a prosperous commercial centre. The town edges with the famous Ashtamudi lake. There are also some good tourist resorts.

Alleppey

Alleppey

Alappuzha, also known as Alleppey, is the administrative headquarters of Alappuzha District of Kerala state of southern India. A city with picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons, Alleppey, Known as the Venice of the East. There have lot of traditional houseboats of Kerala Style and cruise through the backwaters is the fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of backwaters.

Kumarakom

Kumarakom

Kumarakom is a popular tourism destination located near the city of Kottayam, in Kerala, India, famous for its backwater tourism. It is set in the backdrop of the Vembanad Lake, the largest freshwater lake. Visit to Bird sanctuary and village visits are interesting activities.

Marari

Marari

Mararikulam is a beach village in the district of Alappuzha. Mararikulam is the fertile land of communism and it has a very beautiful beach which is known by the name Marari Beach or Mararikulam beach. There are also some good tourist resorts.

Cochin

Cochin

Kochi, also known as Cochin, is a major port city on the south west coast of India by the Laccadive Sea and is part of the district of Ernakulam in the state of Kerala. Here you can see the St Francis Church; the oldest Church in India, 500 year old Portuguese Houses, Chinese fishing nets, 16th century Synagogue, Jew Town and Mattancherry Palace built by Portuguese. This Palace contains some of India’s most beautiful murals. Also you can do shopping at Lulu Mall, the biggest mall in cochin.

Athirapally

Athirapally

Athirapally Waterfalls is located at the entrance of Sholayar ranges, the major host town is Chalakkudy, this waterfall is one of the major picnic spots of Kerala. Affording to the onlookers, one of the most bewitching sights, Athirapally water Falls is 80 feet high and located exactly in the forest area. Combined with the natural greenery. Beautiful waterfalls of Athirappally another one is Vazhachal located just five km apart.

Guruvayur

Guruvayur, also written as Guruvayoor or Gurupavanapuri, is a municipal town in Thrissur District, of Kerala State in India. It houses the famous Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple, the fourth biggest temple in India in terms of the number of devotees per day. Punnathoor fort with more than 50 temple elephants is a sightseeing point.

Munnar

Munnar

Munnar is a town and hill station located in the Idukki district of the southwestern Indian state of Kerala. On the way to Munnar you can see tea gardens spread like a green carpet over hundreds of kilometers, lush green hills, a place so difficult to describe, very low population too far from pollution, most of the area covered by Tata tea, Mattupetty, Eco-Point, Tea Museum, Pothamedu etc.also you can visit small waterfalls, known as Cheyyappara. enjoy boating in the Lake also.

Thekkady

Thekkady

Thekkady is the location of Periyar National Park, which is an important tourist attraction in Kerala. Thekkady, is South India’s most popular wild life sanctuary, its home to bison, wild elephant, boar, languor, the great Indian tiger and more. There have boat cruise in the Lake to watch wild animals are an option. Go to see the rare species of plants and animals. Visit spice plantations like cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee, tea estates. You can experience Elephant ride, Bamboo Rafting and Trekking at Thekkady.

Calicut

The University of Calicut is an affiliating university located at Thenjipalam in Malappuram district of Kerala state in India. It was in Calicut that the great voyager Vasco Da Gama landed in the 14th century in his quest for spices thus putting it on the world map. Beypore, a prominent port and fishing harbour of ancient Kerala. Visit fish markets or venture into town and visit the Sweet Meat Street and the many colourful shops. Visit the Boat yards in Beypore which have been building vessels since early centuries for legendary sea men. The astounding feature is the way in which the boats are built wherein the skilled craftsmen build boats based on just experience-without any drawings or charts. You could also visit century old tile factory.

Wayanad

Wayanad

Wayanad District is a district in the north-east of Kerala state, India with headquarters at the town of Kalpetta. Wayanad, set in the picturesque Western Ghats and mountains at an altitude of about 2000 meters above sea level. Littered with tropical rain forests, dense hills, rolling paddy fields, spice plantations and valleys, Wayanad is a hitherto undiscovered location offering breathtaking views. There visit Edakkal , visit Soojippara Waterfall, Visit Banasuram Dam, Muthanga wild Life sanctuary. it is a rain forest reserve connected to two other major sanctuaries: Bandipur National Park in Karnataka and Mudumalai Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu.

Houseboat

Houseboat

Kettuvallam is a house boat widely used in the Indian state of Kerala. These have thatched roof covers over wooden hulls. The traditional kettuvallam is mainly used for promoting Kerala tourism. Cruise through the back waters is the fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of backwaters.

 
Amazing Experiences in Kerala
13 January 2014, 0:47


One of the Indian students, James Thomas at ERAU recommended the Travel Planners for me because I wanted to go on the famous houseboat in Alleppey and see Kerala in South India. I want to thank James Thomas for the wonderful recommendation. I had an amazing experience and so much fun with the Travel Planners Tour Company in Kerala, India! The cost of having a personal driver, clean hotels, and all sightseeing activities is well worth it. Thanks to Ashok Mahajan, the USA representative in California. He was able to put a 5-day package together for me during the busy Christmas season in December. This was my first time that I went on a private tour with a personal driver. I needed a change from taking hot crowded buses and tut tut drivers through India. I was pleasantly surprised with the friendliness and professionalism from my wonderful drivers, Nandu Radeesh Kumar and Pradeep. Nandu offered to teach me some local phrases in his native Indian language since I enjoy learning new languages as an English teacher for international students at an aviation university, ERAU in Daytona Beach, Florida. Both drivers had excellent English skills to answer all my questions and share interesting conversations during my trip. They took time to explain the history of each place and gave me suggestions for fun tours. After taking so many crowded and uncomfortable buses around India, I looked forward to relaxing and enjoying the private clean air-conditioned car through Kerala. All the hotels were wonderful for my budget. The Pattom Royal Hotel in Trivandrum was very clean and the staff was friendly. Everyone spoke English, the rooms were clean, and the staff was helpful. I began my journey in Trivandrum. Nandu, my driver suggested taking me on a small boat tour to the Golden Island since I already saw the beautiful Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple. We had a great time drinking fresh coconut juice, walking on the beach, and enjoying the sunny boat ride. I enjoyed a nice relaxing day tour at the beach and island for the first part of my trip in Trivandrum.

The Travel Planners help me change one itinerary at the last minute. I had already explored Kanyakumari, the southern tip of India, so I wanted to go to Varkala Beach, which was one hour north on the way to Alleppey for my houseboat tour. Mr. Dhanish was able to find a nice homestay in Varkala right away. Varkala is a popular beach destination along the high cliffs. My Indian friends call it Little Goa. I got a wonderful Ayurveda herbal massage there. My driver, Nandu was kind to invite me to his family to have Christmas Eve dinner since I had no one to spend the holiday with. His family cooked a delicious traditional Indian meal for me and made me feel at home. Nandu and his are part of my extended family and friends now.

Nandu was always reliable and ready to pick me up for the next part of my journey to Alleppey. We got there on time, but the houseboat was around two hours late. We were a bit worried at first, but the boat finally came. I know that they were busy due to the high season with thousands of tourists. Once I got on the boat, the cook made me a delicious lunch, dinner, and breakfast the next morning. The boat tour is a must see through the calm backwaters of Kerala. It was fun to meet other tourists on their boats when we docked for the evening. My next adventure continued to Thekkady in the beautiful hills and tea plantations. Nandu, my driver was worried about a possible strike and problems of missing the anticipated elephant rides, jeep rides, and a boat tour on the lake in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. He called his friends at the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary to make sure that they could help me buy tickets for the early boat tour and elephant ride. Nandu helped me get tickets to see the amazing Kerala cultural dances, Kathakali theater, water fountain light show, and Kalari martial arts during my first evening. I had a chance to show my Chinese Wushu martial arts with the talented martial artists after their show ended. All the shows were extremely professional and the performers were amazingly talented. The next day, I went on the early morning boat tour in the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Although I did not see any tigers, I saw lots of birds and monkeys. I enjoyed an elephant ride after the boat tour. I got a chance to wash one large elephant. The elephant ended up giving me a shower from throwing water from his trunk. Elephant Hills was a nice family run hotel. The electrical power went off at night for a few hours and the staff helped us create an outdoor fire to stay warm. The power finally came on. Nandu was able to help me get a fun four-hour jeep ride through the vegetable and fruit farms, and the tea plantations in Thekkady. It was so much fun. We enjoyed eating fresh grapes at the grape farm and dipping our feet in the fresh waterfall on top of the mountain overlooking Thekkady and Tamil Nadu. We ended the fun-filled day with a nice aerial view of Thekkday at the highest peak.

I was sad when there was a sudden change of plans to change my driver for the last day to Cochin. Nandu had to drive a Swedish family for three more days in Thekkady, while Pradeep, my new driver drove me to Cochin. I will keep in touch with both drivers on Facebook. Pradeep was very friendly and he showed me around Cochin on my last day. We saw St.Francis Church, the oldest Church in India, 500 year old Portuguese houses, Cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, 16th century Synagogue, Jew Town and the Dutch Mattancherry Palace. Pradeep took me to a hotel that seemed hidden in Cochin. The Villa Romantica is a perfect little hotel for newlyweds and married couples. I wish I could find an Indian prince to enjoy the romantic hotel together. It was a five-star hotel with a nice pool, cable television, hot water, and very beautiful rooms. The staff were very friendly and attentive to my needs. I highly suggest staying there if you need to go to the airport. They were only ten minutes from the airport. I had to pay for a taxi to the airport even though my airport ride was supposed to be covered in my itinerary. Pradeep needed to take the train home to Trivandrum to see his family for New Years. I understood the need to see family since the drivers are away from home for long periods of time. Overall, I give a high recommendation to the Travel Planners for anyone who wants to see India. Everyone was very helpful, friendly, and professional. They put the tourist first on their agenda and they made my trip through Kerala, South India an unforgettable journey. Thank you for the amazing experiences, warm memories, and new friendships! I will miss my personal drivers! Good luck and keep up the great work!

Best Wishes and Happy New Year,

Kim Hardiman from Daytona Beach, Florida USA
 
 
 
 
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10 reasons why you shouldn't miss visiting India for anything else in the world
Kerala Tour Packages launches a unique Kerala-Tamil Nadu travel experience
Hassle free travel....? Choose a reliable tour operator.....
7 Reasons to Why You Must Choose a Tour Operator for Your Trip to India
Recommended Places to visit in Kerala
Amazing Experiences in Kerala
 
 
 
 
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