Kerala------ God's own country
4 Jan 2008
Cochin, the biggest city is the commercial capital of Kerala famous for the Jewish Synagogue, Dutch palace & the historical churches. Jew town is famous for spice trade & curios shop. Most picturesque are the Chinese fishing nets. These Chinese nets were first established by Kublai Khan around 1450 AD.
Munnar is 4hrs drive(130kms) from Cochin is in the highland area of Western Ghats at a height of 1600m above sea level. The drive is very beautiful. The coconut grooves, the lush green lands, beautiful tea gardens and the weather are the cherry on the cake. One has to experience the ambience of Munnar. It also has an interesting wild life - Eravikulum national park famous for Nilgiri Thar an endangered species & Nilgiri Langoors.
Periyar wild life sanctuary is near Munnar. The route is full of coffee, rubber, cardamom & Eucalyptus plantations. Periyar is a deep forest full of wild animals like elephant, porcupines, Sambhar deer, Bison lucky few can spot a tiger also. Jungle walks & bamboo boat rafting in Periyar lake are organized by the local authorities. It is altogether a different experience to see wild elephants in their natural habitat.
Back waters also called as Kumarakom is a great place to relax. Live in a houseboat which is called a kettuvalam. There is not much to do on a moving houseboat except sit back and appreciate god's artistic capabilities in and around Vembanad Lake. The sight of beautiful birds and shore side villages is one that cannot be captured in the camera It has to be seen, and when you get to enjoy the beauty of the backwaters along with some delectable marine cuisine there is not much one can ask more for. This place is a photographer's delight
If you want to pamper yourself to the extreme on a beach then I guess Kovalam is the place for you. Whether it's relaxing on the soft sand of the beach or indulging yourself into an ayurvedic massage or capturing the beauty into your camera it's all here. Local food is great specially the lively shacks where you can get every possible marine cuisine specially the Karimeen fish of backwaters. It might sound cliche but Kerala cannot be described in any other words other than gods own land.