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Refund Feedback By SAMRA MALLICK
Well Organised Trip By PRAGYA GUPTA
I wanted to write about the recent trip that i took with my family to Kerala. I am a Masters student, studying in UK, Edinburgh. I planned to visit down my parents in the winter break and it was a lovely surprise when they decided to take me for an-almost-week long trip to Kerala (6Th January 2013-11th January 2013)
The tour started with a bit of a problem for me as my flight got delayed (Spicejet- no food/no compensation provided). Anyways, as we headed out to Kochi. I could see the difference in the landscape as buildings got shorter and roads wider. The air got warmer and the coconut trees decorated the sides. The hotel was awesome. We were very pleased with the interiors of the hotel and selection of the same. As we headed out the next day, we enjoyed more as we saw churches, beaches, fishing nets sprawled across the floors, kanjivaram sarees etc. I must congratulate the whole team on planning a fabulous itinerary! I must congratulate them more on the choice of hotels and resorts that you guys picked out for us. I must mention the ELEPHANT COURT here which was simply outstanding. I loved the boat ride, i loved the backwaters. There was nothing that i hated about this tour.
Herein I would like to mention about our Tour manager, Mr. Nikhil who was amazing when it came to organising the trip. he kept us updated about everything and solved all the issues related to the tour. All the members (from kids to the youth to oldies) gelled well with him and he made sure that he catered to everyone's needs personally. This trip was a very well managed and organised trip and I must congratulate makemytrip on my family's behalf on making my visit to India an amazing one. Kudos guys!
Am hereby attaching some pictures from the trip. Congratulations to the whole team again!
Places to visit in Kerala
Munnar - How do you paint a picture of paradise and hope to do justice? One stroke of the brush and everything may be undone. That is exactly how it is when it comes to describing the beauty of Munnar. This hill station in God’s Own Country is a spectacular stretch of silent mountains interspersed with lush green tea plantations and swaying swathes of thick forests. Though if it's adventure you're looking for then Munnar has plenty of options in terms of trekking. Hike around the majestic mountains of Munnar and take in the breathtaking beauty of this majestic hill station along the way.
Thekkady - The recipe for the perfect holiday destination - two spoonfuls of scenic beauty, one tablespoon of green pastures and lakes, a hint of romance, a pinch of exotic wildlife and a cup of spicy adventures – and we have Thekkady!There is no end to fun and exhilaration in Thekkady. The serene hills of Thekkady combine well with the dense forests to provide excellent trekking trails for adventure enthusiasts. Bamboo rafting and boating in the beautiful Periyar Lake are again a source of adrenalin gushing adventures.
Kovalam - Just 17 kilometres from the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram, in Kerala, Kovalam is another shining jewel in the crown of ‘God’s Own Country’. The word Kovalam literally translated means a grove of coconut trees. No other name could have been more apt for this beautiful beach city.For the average youngster looking for a fun escapade, Kovalam is the place to hang up your boots! There are a number of thrilling activities like surfing, swimming and motor boat rides that one can enjoy.
Alleppey - Although a relatively small island, Alleppey or Alappuzha stands tall amongst the best tourist spots in Kerala. The reason isn’t difficult to fathom once you’ve witnessed the flawless beauty here. Often called the ‘Venice of the East’, owing to its serpentine network of canals and backwaters, Alleppey has grown from being a small town in Kerala to one of its biggest attractions.
Cochin - A vibrant culture and thriving port business symbolise the city of Cochin. This coastal town lends credence to Kerala’s claim of being God’s Own Country. Cochin has been bequeathed with many fond names; Queen of the Arabian Sea, Gateway to Kerala, and other local sobriquets. Cochin is a destination embellished with all the elements required to make your holiday an extraordinary one – come and enjoy yourself in God’s own backyard!
Kumarakom - Kumarakom is a peninsula of green meadows and serene backwaters and finds a place on the itinerary of every tourist travelling to Kerala. A tiny village with a cluster of even tinier islands, Kumarakom adorns the enchanting Vembanad Lake with much grace and charm.A birdwatcher’s paradise, the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a habitat for several migratory birds and is situated on the banks of the radiant Vembanad Lake. This sanctuary is covered in rich greenery and is home to birds such as the Siberian Crane, Egret, Heron, Water-Fowl, Ducks, Moorhens and Kingfishers.
History of Kerala
The Christians arrived from the Middle East in the 3rd century followed by the Muslims in the 8th century. The Jews who came in the early years of Christianity became traders and important part of Kerala’s history. During the many years that consisted of Feudalism, Kerala went into the conflict zone due to lack of strong, central leadership. This weakness was utilized by the Europeans who went on to explore and rule the rich land of spices and gold for two centuries. By the beginning of the 19th century, Malabar and Travancore in the north came under the British Madras Presidency. Almost after a decade of India’s independence, in 1956 modern Kerala emerged from Malabar.
Weather in Kerala
November to February: This is the best time to visit Kerala as the weather is mild and pleasant. The average temperature during this time is between 17 degrees to 32 degrees Celsius.
March to May: These months in summers are usually hot and dry. This is a great time to avail deals on hotel rooms as it is considered an off-season.
June to September: June marks the beginning of the monsoon season in Kerala. Make sure you carry an umbrella or raincoat along as rain showers are frequent and heavy.