Kerala Travelogue – Kovalam

Lighthouse @ Kovalam

Our annual vacation would be incomplete if it didn’t have a beach destination. Kovalam’s pristine beaches was our last stop in Kerala before we flew back home.

Day 1

We checked-out from the houseboat and headed straight for Kovalam. This was the first stretch where we didn’t halt on the way and it took a little over 4 hours to reach there. We had booked Garden View Room at Turtle on the Beach via MakeMyTrip and the only non-Oyo & non-budget booking. As soon as we entered the hotel we were welcomed with shell garland, drink and wet hand towels. After finishing the formalities, we headed to the room and were accompanied by a lady staff who explained all the hotel amenities and in room features. WOW! Especially since, we had never ever received such a warm welcome from any of our previous hotels and it felt really awesome. The room was very clean and spacious. And guess what, it had a bath tub, which we thought was only there in the costlier beach view rooms. The last leg of our Kerala trip had got off to a wonderful start. For us Turtle on the Beach has set a new benchmark in luxury hotel.

Previously they had private access to beach, but since the pathway no longer exists they provide free pickup and drop to beach, which we never used since Hawa Beach is just 200 meters from the hotel.

Turtle on the Beach - Garden View
Turtle on the Beach – Garden View
Turtle on the Beach - Garden View Room - 1
Turtle on the Beach – Garden View Room
Turtle on the Beach - Garden View Room - 2
Turtle on the Beach – Garden View Room
Turtle on the Beach - Garden View Room - Bathtub
Turtle on the Beach – Garden View Room – Bathtub

In the evening we headed to the beach and explored around. The main beach area consists of two interconnected beaches, Hawa beach and Lighthouse Beach, former getting its name from the topless tourists that used to throng there (doesn’t happen anymore) and the later from the lighthouse at the end of the beach. We headed to the lighthouse only to find out that it closes doors at 5PM. We headed back to the beach, enjoyed the beautiful sunset and retreated back.

Kovalam - View Point
Kovalam – View Point
Sunset @ Hawa Beach Kovalam
Sunset @ Hawa Beach Kovalam
Steep access path to Hawa Beach
Steep access path to Hawa Beach

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Kerala Travelogue – Munnar

Kerala - Munnar - Tea Gardens

After spending two days at the Grand Hotel, it was time to say goodbye to Kochi and head to Munnar. Munnar is a hill station situated at around 1,600 meters (5,200 ft.) above sea level and is about 130 km from Kochi and take roughly 4 hours by road. The road to Munnar is nice but is very tight and twisty and can give motion sickness to even seasoned travellers. Our colleagues had advised us to keep the breakfast light for the same reason and boy were we glad we listened to them.

Day 1

We had hired a car for 5 days that would take us from Kochi to Munnar to Alleppey to Kovalam and had requested that the car be there by 9:30. Our driver, Sabu was there well before that and we left for Munnar at 9:30 sharp. En route we stopped at Cheeyappara Waterfalls, Valara Waterfalls, A Spice Gardern along with a waterfall, a view point and a dam whose names we can’t recollect. All these stops ensured that we didn’t have to use the sickness bag.

Cheeyappara Waterfalls
Cheeyappara Waterfalls
Valara Waterfalls
Valara Waterfalls
Spice Garden en-route Munnar
Spice Garden en-route Munnar
Waterfall en-route Munnar
Waterfall en-route Munnar
View Point en-route Munnar
View Point en-route Munnar
View Point en-route Munnar - 2
View Point en-route Munnar
Dam en-route Munnar
Dam en-route Munnar
Dam en-route Munnar
Dam en-route Munnar
Tea Gardens en-route Munnar
Tea Gardens en-route Munnar

For our stay at Munnar, we had booked Isaac’s Residency via Oyo Rooms. The room was decently sized and was clean enough, although it wouldn’t have won any prizes for it. The hotel is located on a hill giving a beautiful view of Munnar Town.

Issac's Residency - View from the room
Issac’s Residency – View from the room
Issac's Residency - Restaurant
Issac’s Residency – Restaurant
Issac's Residency - Reception
Issac’s Residency – Reception

In the evening we headed out for a leisurely stroll across the town and then called it a day.

Munnar Town
Munnar Town
Mosque @ Munnar Town
Mosque @ Munnar Town
Munnar Town
Munnar Town
Munnar Town
Munnar Town
Munnar Town
Munnar Town
Munnar Town
Munnar Town

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