Kerala 5 Days Trip- Travel Blog Part 1 -What to do in Munnar, Kerala

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I am really excited about this Kerala 5 Days Trip post because this is the first Travel post on the blog. I have posted two photo blog posts earlier Tarkarli – Devbag and Rajasthan Photo Blog.

We ( Me and my husband) visited Kerala in the month of October this year during our Diwali holidays. Kerala was on our bucket list since long and finally made the plan to visit the “God’s Own Country”. Kerala has everything that one can ask for from a holiday destination. It has from beautiful hills, spice plantations, tea plantations, serene beaches to calm backwaters. We covered Munnar, Alleppey, and Kochi in this trip. So I am dividing this post into two parts. Part one will be about reaching Munnar and all about our Munnar experience and part two will be about Alleppey and Kochi.

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Here is a video of our Kerala 5 Days Trip:

 

Planning The Trip

Planning a trip is tiring and at the same time exciting task. We mostly prefer planning trips on our own and not going for a package tour. For doing research like places to visit, things to do, what and where to eat, websites like the Trip advisor and Travel blogs come to my rescue. We booked Zoom Car for our commute within Kerala and hotel booking was done through websites like MakeMyTrip, Oyo and Booking.com.

Munnar, Kerala

After reaching Kochi in the evening we collected our Zoom Car and left early morning for Munnar.

Day 1:

The whole road journey to Munnar is full of breathtaking views and scenic spots. Don’t forget to take a halt and click selfies at CheyapparaWaterfall and Valara Falls which will be approx 50 Kms before Munnar.  It took us aprox 4.5 hours to reach Munnar from Kochi.

 

Cheeyappara Waterfall, Munnar
Cheeyappara Waterfall, Munnar
Munnar, Kerala Blogpost
Munnar, Kerala Blogpost

After reaching we checked into our hotel. We booked one night at Moselberg Riverside Cottages. The property is around 18 kms from the Munnar market. The property is beautiful with a river flowing at the backside of the cottage but I won’t recommend staying here because of many reasons. Firstly, we requested but didn’t get the desired room and the owner is very rigid and non-coopertive.  Secondly, if you plan to stay near the city center then this is definitely not the place for you because it is an isolated area. Thirdly, for the tariff paid I think one can get better properties in Munnar.

Moselberg Riverside Cottages, Munnar, Kerala
Moselberg Riverside Cottages, Munnar, Kerala

We started the sightseeing by visiting the Tea Gardens and these gardens are so beautiful and mesmerizing that its difficult to stop taking pictures because every other point looks better than the previous one. We went to the Tea Museum where the entry fee is approx Rs.125. They show a documentary on Munnar and the history of the Tea estate. After this, in the demo area, they explain how the tea is processed in the factory to get the different varieties like Green , Black and CTC Tea. You can shop varieties of Tea sold here.

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After the Tea Museum we proceeded for Top Station. Top Station is approx 40 Kms from Munnar and is the highest point in Munnar. The view  of the mountains and clouds is simply stunning from Top station.  Top Station is in Tamil Nadu and not Kerala.  As we started going up in the high range hills, the difference in temperature is evident with the cool breeze and fog. Since, we decided to visit Top station on day one so we skipped the other points that were on the way to Top Station. The road to Top Station is in a very bad condition.

Top Station, Munnar, Kerala
Top Station, Munnar, Kerala

 

Day 2:

We started our day early and after breakfast went for a short cycling trip. The cycles were provided by the hotel only. After that we checked out and checked in to another hotel Munnar Queen. We were pleased and impressed with this property in every aspect. After check-in we left to cover the other points. We left for Pothamedu View point which is a small view point but beautiful. The road to this view point is also in a bad condition. I really don’t know why the tourism department don’t pay attention to this.

Pothamedu View Point, Munnar, Kerala
Pothamedu View Point, Munnar, Kerala

Then we headed towards Mattupatty Dam which is a very huge and scenic lake with boating facility. Next stop was echo point, where there were lots of shops and you can find some food vendors selling tea, maggi, corn, etc. Nothing special here so we headed for Kundala Lake. The lake is very serene and alluring.

Mattupatty, Munnar, Kerala
Mattupatty Dam, Munnar, Kerala
Echo Point, Munnar, Kerala
Echo Point, Munnar, Kerala

From here we returned back to Munnar city center and visited Hydel Park. The park is big and maintained but nothing extraordinary about this park. If you have kids, they will enjoy playing the park and you can rest for a while or skip it.

Munnar, Kerala Blogpost
Hydel Park, Munnar, Kerala
Munnar, Kerala Blogpost
Hydel Park, Munnar, Kerala

We tried to visit Attukal Waterfall but again the roads were in such a pathetic condition that we decided to take a U-turn and came back to the hotel.

Attukal Waterfall, Munnar, Kerala
Attukal Waterfall, Munnar, Kerala

We didn’t go to Ernakulam National Park because after reading not so good reviews about the places we didn’t find it worth spending three to four hours. We also didn’t go to Periyar after getting not so good feedback about the Periyar National Park. So, we headed to Alleppey on Day 3 for the backwater experience The backwater experience and all about Allepey and Kochi will be covered in the next blog post. Munnar, surely made a special place in our heart.

Share your Experience:

Are you planning a Trip too? Or how was your experience of Munnar Kerala, tell me about it. If you have any questions or feedback please share it with me in the comment box. I will be happy to answer them:)

 

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Rajasthan Trip – Photo Blog

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I love travelling and I love food. On the blog, you will find content related mostly to food and few travel stories like Tarkali-Devbag Trip, Staycation experience at Manasi bungalow, Lonavala.

This is a picture blog of our Rajastahan Trip – places we visited during the trip. This post won’t be having any description of places but feel free to drop your questions in the comment section and I will be happy to answer.

Places we visited – Udaipur-Ajmer-Jaipur

Amer Fort, Jaipur
Amer Fort, Jaipur
Amer Fort, Jaipur
Amer Fort, Jaipur
Choki Dhani, Jaipur
Choki Dhani, Jaipur
Choki Dhani, Jaipur
Choki Dhani, Jaipur
Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur
Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur
Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur
Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur
City Palace, Jaipur
City Palace, Jaipur
City Palace, Jaipur
City Palace, Jaipur
City Palace, Jaipur
City Palace, Jaipur
Jaipur City from Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur
Jaipur City from Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur
Jaipur City from Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur
Jaipur City from Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur
Brahma Temple, Pushkar
Brahma Temple, Pushkar
Jagdish Temple, Udaipur
Jagdish Temple, Udaipur
Jagdish Temple, Udaipur
Jagdish Temple, Udaipur
Amer Fort, Jaipur
Jal Mahal, Jaipur
Ajmer City at Night, Ajmer
Anna Sagar Lake, Ajmer
Anna Sagar Lake, Ajmer
Cultural Program at Bagore ki Haveli, Udaipur
Cultural Program at Bagore ki Haveli, Udaipur
Cultural Program at Bagore ki Haveli, Udaipur
Cultural Program at Bagore ki Haveli, Udaipur
City Palace from Ambrai Restaurant, Udaipur
kumbhalgarh fort, Rajasthan
Kumbhalgarh fort, Rajasthan
Kumbhalgarh fort, Rajasthan
Kumbhalgarh fort, Rajasthan
Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur
Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur
Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur
Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur
Lake Palace in Lake Pichola, Udaipur
Lake Palace in Lake Pichola, Udaipur
Lake Palace in Lake Pichola, Udaipur
Lake Palace in Lake Pichola, Udaipur
Anna Sagar Lake, Ajmer
Anna Sagar Lake, Ajmer
Cultural Program at Bagore ki Haveli, Udaipur
Cultural Program at Bagore ki Haveli, Udaipur
Cultural Program at Bagore ki Haveli, Udaipur
Cultural Program at Bagore ki Haveli, Udaipur
Cultural Program at Bagore ki Haveli, Udaipur
Cultural Program at Bagore ki Haveli, Udaipur
Udaipur City from City Palace, Udaipur
Udaipur City from City Palace, Udaipur
Udaipur City from City Palace, Udaipur
Udaipur City from City Palace, Udaipur
Karni Mata Temple, Udaipur
Karni Mata Temple, Udaipur

                

 

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Tarkarli and Devbag, Malvan, Maharastra Trip

I recently visited Tarkarli and Devbag, Malvan, Maharastra. Devbag was such a picturesque destination with backwaters of Karli river on one side and the blue Arabian sea on another side. Whenever I am visiting a new place I do some research about places to visit, things to do and yes, very important what and where to eat (can’t help the foodie me). Tarkarli is one of the popular beaches in Maharashtra and definitely, a heaven for adventure sports lover and seafood lovers. Little that I know about photography I have tried to capture Tarkarli-Devbag’s beauty through my lens and also sharing few must have items to eat when visiting that area. Good time to visit this place is from November to February.

Please do comment and let me know your views also if you want to know more about this place do comment on the post I will try to answer your query to the best of my ability. This post is really special to me because in 2017 I have decided to share tales of my travel too on the blog and this is my first travel post. I wish to travel more and share stories with you more often.

 

 

Sindhudurg Fort, Tarkarli
Tarkarli Beach, Tarkarli
Tarkarli Beach, Tarkarli
View from Rock Garden, Tarkarli
Rock Garden, Tarkarli
Sindudurg Fort, Tarkarli
View from Sindudurg Fort, Tarkarli
Rock Garden, Tarkarli
Sunset At Rock Garden, Tarkarli
Sindudurg Fort, Tarkarli
View from Rock Garden, Tarkarli
Malvan Jetty, Tarkarli
Boating at Karli River, Devbag, Tarkarli
Boating at Karli River, Devbag, Tarkarli
View of Arabian Sea from Samsun Pride Cottage, Devbag, Tarkarli
View of Arabian Sea from Samsun Pride Cottage, Devbag, Tarkarli
View of Arabian Sea from Samsun Pride Cottage, Devbag, Tarkarli
View of Arabian Sea from Samsun Pride Cottage, Devbag, Tarkarli
View of Arabian Sea,Devbag, Tarkarli
Walking along the beach early morning and watching fishing activity, Devbag, Tarkarli
Walking along the beach early morning and watching fishing activity, Devbag, Tarkarli
Walking along the beach early morning and watching fishing activity, Devbag, Tarkarli
Fishing activity, Devbag, Tarkarli
Fishing activity, Devbag, Tarkarli
Parasailing, Tsunami Island, Devbag, Tarkarli
Early Morning walk along the beach is blissful, Devbag
Backwaters at Karli River, Devbag, Tarkarli
Backwaters at Karli River, Devbag, Tarkarli
Backwaters at Karli River, Devbag, Tarkarli
Backwaters at Karli River, Devbag, Tarkarli
Wooden Cottage @ Samsun Pride, Devbag, Tarkarli
Sangam Point, Meeting of Arabian Sea and Karli River, Devbag, Tarkarli
Scuba Diving for all the adventure lovers, like me 🙂

 

What To Eat:

You should not miss eating the amazing Malvani Chicken Thali, Surmai Thali, Pomfret Thali with Kombdi Vade prepared at any homestay’s kitchen. Try out Modak a specialty of Malvan which is steamed rice flour dumplings filled with sweet coconut stuffing. Amboli Misal is another new thing that I tried in Tarkarli where misal is served not with pav but with plain uttapam.

Do visit Atithi Bambu in Malvan to have delicious Surmai and Pomfret fish fry.

 

 

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Staycation Experience: Manasi Bungalow, Lonavala

 

 

Mumbai is blessed to have so many weekend getaways around it. Lonavala is one such popular destination which is not untouched by most of the Mumbaikars. I also have been to Lonavala twice or thrice before. But, the charm of these places is such that it attracts you to revisit and  they are just  the perfect choice for a long drive. Sudden plans are the best plans…agree? My this visit to Lonavala was not at all planned. I was invited by Manasavi who manages Manasi Bungalow, Lonavala to stay and review this beautiful villa and I said Yes, Why not!

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