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Kerala: 5 things to do in Alleppey other than the Houseboat cruise

things to do in Alleppey

The Alleppey backwaters and the houseboats at Alleppey, both are not a new thing for the travellers. However, there are also other various exciting things to do at Alleppey which many of us never tried. Being an avid traveller myself and Kerala one of my favourite getaways, I myself have tried out a lot of things at Alleppey and I would say this unique backwater destination has a lot more in its lot than just the houseboats. Let me pick some of the other best things to do in Alleppey other than the houseboat cruise.

  • Cycling along the Alleppey countryside

Alleppey comprises of many serene and beautiful villages. You could pedal your way through its narrow roads sandwiched between lush green paddy fields, sandy pathways leading to some breathtaking sceneries and more. So if you do not mind burning your calories a bit, you will be rewarded with some of the blissful sights of the Alleppey countryside which you do not get to see during your Alleppey houseboat cruise. Ask your tour operator to get you a cycle at Alleppey, get on it and start pedalling.

things to do in Alleppey
Cycling at Alleppey
  • Kayaking along the narrow canals of Alleppey Backwaters

Smell adventure? Yes, it does. Kayaking is a new trend in Alleppey among the young travellers. Of course, it demands a bit of physicality, however, those who feel they can handle it must try it out. It is another great way to explore and experience the heavenly beauty of the Alleppey backwaters. Do not go for the routine houseboat routes, pull harder, take random turns and paddle through the most narrow, yet spectacular waterways at Alleppey, which would take you to a whole different world at Alleppey. Enjoy!

things to do in Alleppey
Kayaking at Alleppey Backwaters
  • Village Walk

Now, this is another better idea for you to enjoy Alleppey to the fullest. Walk-Walk-Walk and you would come across the most unusual sights which, again, you might not see while you are in your Alleppey houseboat. Walk through the verdant paddies, the canal sideways, the rural villages of Alleppey and exchange few words with the locals. Witness their day to day life and learn how life moves in Alleppey. You would find you have learnt a lot more about this true gem of a place, which you never experienced or even heard of.

things to do in Alleppey
Stroll through the rural villages t Alleppey
  • Canoe Ride

A ride on a country boat or a Canoe we say is yet another exciting way to explore the backwaters of Alleppey. It is not for everyone for sure because for some, it would be scary to row a small wooden boat. However, if you take a chance and try it, I would say it is thoroughly entertaining. It is slow as there is no motor pushing it forwards, but it is the local style of transportation and for a moment it feels like you are one among them.

You would come across many local residents moving on country boats as a part of their daily routine lives. People go for their work on these boats, people go shopping groceries on these boats and even children go to school on canoe boats. So if you are looking for a rather adventurous way to explore the backwaters, you must consider a Canoe ride.

things to do in Alleppey
Canoe ride
  • Witness Sunset at Thaickal Beach near Mararikulam

Alleppey boasts of some quiet and serene sea sides such as the Alleppey Beach, the Andhakaranazhi Beach and the latest hit among the travellers, the Marari Beach. However, I have found a new beach, very much secluded and stunningly beautiful, the Thaickal Beach. It is nearly 20 km away from Alleppey Town, but so what? If you want some time for yourself and your family alone by the sandy shoreline watching the waves pass by, this beach is perfect for you.

Sunset from here is so pleasing. There are stone walkways laid on the beach extending to probably 100 meters on the sea from the shore. Make your way to the end of the walkway, and enjoy your moment watching the sunset and disappears below the horizon. The reddish blue sky at dusk, the silvery sea and milky white shoreline of this gorgeous seaside is not to be missed during your visit to Alleppey.

things to do in Alleppey
Thaickal beach

So that is it! That was our list of 5 things to do in Alleppey other than the houseboat cruise.

Happy Travelling!

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Top 5 best places in South India to visit in February

best places in South India to visit in February month

February is the month of Valentine and you must go somewhere lovely, but are probably trying to figure out where? We have got a list of top 5 best places in South India to visit in February month. Take a look-

best places in South India to visit in February
Coorg Hills
  • Coorg

Are you a mountain lover? Then think no further, head to the Coorg Hills this February and it is guaranteed you will be well entertained. Thousands of acres of sprawling Coffee plantations adorn the hills and the pleasant cool climate all year round makes it a perfect getaway. Tadiandamol, the Namdroling Monastery, Talacauveri, the Abbey Falls and the Raja’s Seat are the major attractions at Coorg.

best places in South India to visit in February
Om Beach at Gokarna
  • Gokarna

You wish to go somewhere secluded or perhaps enjoy some peaceful time of your own? Hit the waves at the beaches of Gokarna. Relax at the Om shaped Om Beach, sunbath at the Paradise Beach or perhaps go for Beach Trekking starting from the Gokarna beach. Climb and descend the hills [literally trekking, not just walk your way] one by one and visit all the five beaches in Gokarna namely the Kudle Beach, the Gokarna Beach, the Paradise Beach, the Om Beach and the Half Moon Beach.

When you get tired, hang up your boots, hit a café, grab a beer and relax by the shoreline, witness the sunset, enjoy the waves, simply have a nice time of your own. Let February be interesting for you. So Go-Gokarna! Cheerio!

best places in South India to visit in February
White River Rafting at Dandelli
  • Dandelli

Are you an adventure lover? Is water sports your thing? Then you have got Dandelli to catch up. It is a complete playground for the adventure lovers. Surrounded by thick deciduous forest, Dandelli is located to the North of Karnataka state in South India.

Go River Rafting, Rappelling, Kayaking, trekking, Bird Watching and lot more at Dandelli. Do something crazy this February and add it to your travel diary.

best places in South India to visit in February
Houseboats at Alleppey backwaters
  • Alleppey

Who doesn’t know about Alleppey? This famous backwater destination in Kerala kills it when it comes to holidays. It is probably the most favourite spot for travellers visiting Kerala. If you have never been on a houseboat at the Alleppey backwaters, February is a great time to make it happen. Ask your trusted tour operator to book a houseboat for you.

Glide along the unique stretch of backwater at Alleppey, relish the sumptuous Kerala food prepared exclusively for you on board, take pleasure witnessing the day to day activities by the side of the lake, cruise through the lush green paddy fields and the palm-fringed countryside of Alleppey. Ready? Plan your houseboat tour now!

best places in South India to visit in February
The Shore Temple at Mahabalipuram
  • Mahabalipuram

This UNESCO recognized World Heritage Site is a treat for history fanatics and ancient Indian architecture lovers. The Shore temples of Mahabalipuram are world famous for their intricate rock-cut architecture and explicit carvings. You will be literally dumbfounded thinking it out how those ancient artisans worked their sweat out to build this structural wonder. Let the month of February be something informative, at the same time, entertaining as well.  The Shore Temple, Arjuna’s Penance, the Five Rathas, the Tiger Cave, the Descent of the Ganges and the Krishna’s Butterball are some of the most popular sights at Mahabalipuram.

Now, do not get me wrong when I say Mahabalipuram is for the History and architecture lovers, it is in fact equally entertaining for all types of travellers. The Mahabalipuram Beach is a great spot to relax by the seaside, catch the waves, get wet and have a good time. If you love adventure or crave some excitement, you can go windsurfing or angling on the shimmering Bay of Bengal.

 

So, that was our list of the best places in South India to visit in February!

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Comment below on your favourite picks for the month of February.

Happy Travelling! Cheerio! 🙂


5 best places near Chennai for a weekend tour

5 best places near Chennai for a weekend tour

Chennai, the most popular city in South India, has a distinct ambience compared to other cities in India. The food, the music, the dress code, everything is unique in Chennai. Speaking about the people in Chennai, the Chennaites are fun-loving and are known for their love for travel, however, due to their hectic schedule, most of them miss out their weekends. We all know life is outside, so travel lots and recharge yourselves for the upcoming week. After a long tiring week, you deserve some time off from Chennai and here are 5 best places near Chennai for a weekend tour-

  1. Yelagiri Hills 
best places near Chennai to spend your weekends
View atop the Swamimalai Hill, Yelagiri

Do you wish to spend some secluded time on top of the hills? I have got just the perfect place you would fall in love with, the “Yelagiri Hills”. The unexplored terrain and the pleasant weather all throughout the year is a great mix for you. There are not many specific sightseeing spots at Yelagiri, however, the whole chain of hills and the surrounding landscape is a visual treat. Those adventure oriented travellers can indulge themselves in highly entertaining treks, of which the most famous is the Swamimalai Hill trek.

Trekking up Swamimalai, the highest point at Yelagiri, 4400 feet above the sea level, is a highly rewarding endeavour. You get some stunning views atop Swamimalai. Other popular treks at Yelagiri are Javadi Hills and Palamathi hills. Other top attractions at Yelagiri includes the Jalagamparai Waterfalls and the Punganur Lake. Do try them. Paragliding is the most sought-after adventure activity at Yelagiri, which is seasonal, so tune in for the updates.

Nearly 220 kms from Chennai you can easily access the hills of Yelagiri by road or train. Board a train to the Jolarpettai railway station and grab a taxi to reach Yelagiri just 21 kms away. Enjoy your weekend kissing the clouds.

 

  1. Pichavaram
best places near Chennai to spend your weekends
Pichavaram Mangroves

Pichavaram is no less than a heaven for the nature lovers. The thick mangrove forest of Pichavaram is the second largest of its kind in the whole world. It provides a surreal experience amidst wilderness. A 1100 hectare of thick mangroves await you to gift a one of a kind travel experience. Boating is the most exciting way to enjoy the spectacular beauty of Pichavaram.

Float through the serpentine canals and glistening backwaters sandwiched between thick greenery. For bird watchers, boating along the Pichavaram backwaters offers a chance to spot some of the rare species of migratory birds. The winter time which is December- February is the best time for a Pichavaram weekend tour.

To reach Pichavaram, either book a private taxi from Chennai or board a bus to either Chidambaram or Pondicherry and from there catch another bus to Pichavaram. It is 230 kms from Chennai.

 

  1. Nagalapuram 
best places near Chennai to spend your weekends
Water stream, Nagalapuram

Now, this is a lesser known spot to many. Packed with hills, waterfalls, trekking, swimming and excitement, Nagalapuram can be thoroughly entertaining for a weekend trip which is why it grabs the spot in this- 5 best places near Chennai for a weekend tour -list. Unlike the other 4 weekend destinations in this list, Nagalapuram is not in Tamilnadu, but in Andhra Pradesh. Trekking at Nagalapuram has become a popular activity over the years and youngsters flock here every weekend.

As you move along the dense woods of Nagalapuram, you would come across small streams, sparkling waterfalls and gorgeous pools. Relax and spend some time by the pool, collect water from the small waterfalls you see to hydrate yourselves while trekking and of course enjoy some beautiful vistas of nature at this part of the world.

Just 75 kms from Chennai, Nagalapuram is easily accessible by road. Hire a private taxi or you could use rail or public transport buses.

 

  1. Pondicherry best places near Chennai to spend your weekends

Auroville Beach, PondicherryWell! Pondicherry is not new to anyone. Weekend getaways cannot get better than a trip to the most blissful sea sides of Pondicherry. A 170 km journey from Chennai to Pondicherry would make a great weekend for you with your friends or family. The places of interest in Pondicherry are plenty like the Auroville, the Aurobindo Ashram, the Promenade Beach, the Auroville Beach, the Paradise Beach and much more.

Grab a couple of cocktails, spend time along the seashores, or meditate at the Matrimandir. You have plenty of options to spend your weekend, the way you like it, at Pondicherry.

There are n number of frequent buses from Chennai to Pondicherry. You could easily board in one of them or hire a taxi from Chennai for your weekend trip to Pondicherry.

 

  1. Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram 
best places near Chennai to spend your weekends
Mahabalipuram

A weekend excursion to Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram is a perfect getaway for those who are fond of history and ancient architecture. The UNESCO recognised rock-cut temples at Mahabalipuram and the city of 1000 temples, Kanchipuram, would mesmerize you with its detailed stone carvings and intricate architecture.

Start from Chennai to Mahabalipuram, 60 kms away. Grab a taxi or you could board a bus to Mahabalipuram. After exploring the shore temples of Mahabalipuram, headway to the temple town of Kanchipuram, 70 kms away. Again, it is your option to go by a taxi or there are numerous buses from Mahabalipuram to Kanchipuram which you could use.

So these were the 5 best places near Chennai for a weekend tour. Hope you enjoyed the article. There are more places near Chennai which could be a great weekend getaway which we will include in our upcoming articles.

 

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Chitrakoot, the holy mountain of wonders

Chitrakoot, the holy mountain of wonders is a place in a sylvan surroundings with the mystic beauty triggering  your curiosity to explore the “Hill of Many Wonders”.  Actually, it is believed to be an asylum for Lord Rama and His consort Sita for over a decade, exactly for Eleven years and a Half during their exile period, Chitrakoot in Madhya Pradesh is abundantly filled with amazing surprises.

And Chitrakoot is the place of astounding beauty with mythological connections with history. Actually, It is  in the northern range of Vindhya Mountains along the banks of the Mandakini River. And the place has one more significance that “Ramacharita Manas”, the story  based on the epic Ramayana was written by the sage Tulsidas after performing a hard penance. Ultimately,The  magical fascination and the secretive aspects of this place attracts tourists and devotees in large numbers.

places to visit in Chitrakoot:

First of all, The Ram Ghat, the most sacred of all the places in Chitrakoot, welcomes you with the presence of saints and sages everywhere making this place more sanctimonious. Taking a dip in the Ram Ghat and taking part in the evening Aarthi will for sure awaken your cosmic consciousness. Besides this, the tranquil boat ride in the Mandhakini River towards the confluence the three rivers Mandakini, Payaswini and Savitri is a divine experience. Janaki Kund is a separate water body which is believed to be the place where Sita used to take her bath.

Also, Kamad Giri is another interesting place which means the mountain that fulfils the wishes and desires. You can see large number of devotees offering their prayers by the circumambulation for a distance of five kilometres around the hill . This is called as Parikrama.

chitrakoot photo
Chitrakoot – Bathing Ghats

And, places like Bharat Milap Mandhir, Sati Anushya Ashram, Museum, the ancient Ashram of Rishi Atri, Gupt Godavari, Hanuman Dhara, Bharat Koop, Ram Dharshan Mandhir, Sharbhanga Ashram, Shabari Falls are worth paying a visit in and around Chitrakoot.

 

Out of these places, Hanuman Dhara is considered to be very sacred. After climbing around 600 steps, you can reach the Hanuman Temple situated atop the hillock. The uninterrupted water falling on the Hanuman idol makes you surprised. This places symbolises the belief that Hanuman landed here after his visit to Sri Lanka with the hundreds of monkeys wandering across the region trying to grab everything from the visitors.

Basically,Chitra means beautiful painting and koot means mountain, Chitrakoot boasts the beauty of dense forests, divine temples, and wonderful waterfalls amazing every visitor with the lot of stories told and retold. Eventually,One word to describe the experience of visiting Chitrakoot is “Peaceful”.

 

Kajuraho is the nearest airport at a distance of 175 kms from Chitrakoot. Varanasi is yet another option. From the railway station at Karvi Dham, Chitrakoot is only at an 8km distance. By surface, the place is well connected to Allahabad, Satna, Jhansi and Lucknow.

See it to believe it, yes, this is very true when you enjoy the blissful beauty and amaze at the mysteries of this place of wonders, Chitrakoot !


How to plan your Karnataka tour?

Karnataka Tour

Planning a trip to Karnataka? Sounds great!

Well! There are numerous tourist spots in Karnataka and you probably get confused which destinations would suit your style and interests. There are hill stations, historical sites, exotic beaches, ashrams and a lot more. So while you plan your Karnataka tour, do take your time and research on which destinations in Karnataka would entertain you. For some, hills are their favourite haunt and then there are some who are fond of ancient monuments and temples which please their curious minds.

Let us help you sort out and plan your Karnataka Tour.

Ok! So here we are going to give you a skeleton plan of certain popular tour plans covering various destinations spread throughout the Karnataka state.

 

Plan 1: Short Karnataka tour

Bangalore- Mysore- Coorg- Mangalore

Karnataka Tour
Mysore palace

Day 1: Bangalore

Day 2: Bangalore Sightseeing

Day 3: Drive from Bangalore to Mysore [140 km] and Mysore sightseeing

Day 4: Mysore to Coorg [120 km]

Day 5: Coorg Sightseeing

Day 6: Coorg to Mangalore [160 km] Departure

Tour Ends

 

Plan 2- Short Heritage tour

Bangalore-Mysore-Hassan- Goa

Karnataka Tour
Hassan

Day 1: Bangalore

Day 2: Bangalore Sightseeing

Day 3: Drive from Bangalore to Mysore [140 km]

Day 4: Mysore to Hassan [120 km] and visit temples at Belur and Halebid

Day 5: Hassan to Bangalore [Departure] [200 kms] via Shravanabelagola

Tour Ends

Plan 3- Long Heritage Tour

Bangalore-Mysore-Hassan-Hampi-Badami-Goa

Karnataka Tour
Hampi

Day 1: Bangalore

Day 2: Bangalore Sightseeing

Day 3: Drive from Bangalore to Mysore [140 km] and Mysore sightseeing

Day 4: Mysore to Hassan, visit temples at Belur and Halebid

Day 5: Hassan to Hampi

Day 6: Hampi sightseeing

Day 7: Hampi to Badami [180 kms], Visit the monuments at Aihole and Pattadakkal

Day 8: Badami to Goa [Departure]

Tour Ends

Plan 4: Karnataka Beach Tour

Mangalore Arrival- Murudeshwar [Jog Falls excursion]- Gokarna- Goa

Karnataka Tour
Gokarna

Day 1: Mangalore Arrival- Malpe beach [65 kms]

Day 2: Malpe to Murudeshwar [100 km] and Visit the Murudeshwar Shiva temple

Day 3: Murudeshwar to Jog falls excursion [90 km]. Evening back to Murudeshwar

Day 4: Murudeshwar to Gokarna [90 km]

Day 5: Gokarna to Goa [Departure]

Tour Ends

 

Plan 5: Nature and wildlife tour

Mangalore Arrival- Coorg- Chikmagalur- Agumbe- Shimoga- Murudeshwar [Via Jog Falls]- Mangalore [Airport/Railway station]

Karnataka Tour
Jog Falls- Shimoga

Day 1: Mangalore Arrival- Coorg [160 kms]

Day 2: Coorg sightseeing

Day 3: Coorg- Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary [Enjoy Jungle Jeep Safari]- Back to Coorg

Day 4: Coorg to Chikmagalur [170 km]

Day 5: Chikmagalur

Day 7: Chikmagalur to Agumbe [120 km], back to Chikmagalur

Day 8: Chikmagalur to Shimoga [110 km]

Day 9: Shimoga to Murudeshwar via Jog Falls [200 kms]

Day 10: Murudeshwar to Mangalore [Departure]

Tour Ends

 

Are you ready for your Karnataka tour?

We can help you plan your perfect holiday!

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Our expert tour consultants help you with all aspects of your tour starting from your transport, your accommodation, your sightseeing, and a perfect knowledgeable- courteous driver whom we call our Captains.

Book your Karnataka tour with us and leave rest to us. Pack your bags and start exploring Karnataka.

Happy Travelling! 🙂


Top 5 Places in South India to celebrate New Year

Places in South India to celebrate New Year

Places in South India to celebrate New Year

You might be planning for the New Year Eve, do you wonder where to go? Well! There are lots of great places in South India to celebrate the New Year. We have some recommendations to make it easy for you.

Here are our top 5 places in South India to celebrate New Year 2018

Places in South India to celebrate New Year
Bangalore

Bangalore, Karnataka

Well! There is no doubt on Bangalore topping this list. It is the celebrated “PUB CITY OF INDIA” and known all over the country for its incredible nightlife. So yes! Bangalore is definitely the best choice in South India to celebrate the New Year 2018. The energy and overall ambience of Bangalore are perfect for the New year celebration. There will be numerous other shows and events held on the New Year’s Eve at Bangalore. Check out the cafes, pubs and resorts website for their main event on New Year’s Eve and try booking your spot beforehand.

Places in South India to celebrate New Year
Chennai

Chennai, Tamilnadu

Yet another metro city like Bangalore, Chennai is for sure a great pick for your New Year celebrations. Pubs, stage shows, road festivals and a lot more. The Basant Nagar Beach and the Marina beach sees a lot of crowds celebrating New Year, singing, dancing and enjoying to the core. There are a lot of events and shows organized by cafes, resorts etc, which you could catch up as well.

Places in South India to celebrate New Year
Fort Kochi

Fort Kochi, Kerala

Fort Kochi in Kerala gets live and loud during the New Year with its famous “Cochin Carnival” when tens of thousands of people gather to celebrate and to welcome the New Year in style. The Cochin Carnival is held during the last week of December. Not just the carnival, the Cochin city offers a lot of great resorts and café’s as well to make your New Year special.

Places in South India to celebrate New Year
Pondicherry

Pondicherry, Tamilnadu

Now, this needs no introduction. Pondicherry is much like Goa in the South for many. Head out to Rock Beach where a lot of concerts and parties are held during the New Year eve. Paradise Beach is also a great option to spend your eve. You could also indulge yourself in adventurous water sports to make the new year more exciting. If you would like to have a peaceful and calm New Year celebration, head straight to Auroville, an ideal town for a serene getaway. Gather some info before you leave to Auroville, and see if it is your type of destination to spend your New Year. Overall Pondicherry is a one-stop destination to celebrate your New Year.

Places in South India to celebrate New Year
Varkala

Varkala, Kerala

Another “Goa in Making”, the cliff side beaches of Varkala is getting international fame day by day. It is a hippie paradise and the beaches would be in a festive ambience on the New Year’s Eve. You have plenty of options here to celebrate. Catch a seat at some café [I would suggest the RockNRoll café], enjoy the ambient music and the mouth drooling seafood. Chill out at the Varkala Beach and say hi in style to the New year 2018.

 

So that was our picks for Top 5 places in South India to celebrate New Year 2018

Still waiting? Plan your New Year celebration soon before all the spots get booked.

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5 best places to visit in South India in December

Vizag tour

December is coming and you might be wondering where to head to? Well! If you ask me I would definitely say South India. If you have been there already but it was not in November- December, I would recommend try South India one more time and this time during December. Why? Because there are lot of things happening during December, from festivals to the awesome weather, it is the best time to visit South India. The winter months are when the whole South India is welcoming and ready to entertain its visitors. There are lot of places in South India to visit during December, however some destinations stand out. Below i have listed our recommendations on Best places to visit in South India in December-

Here are 5 of our top picks-

 

  1. Chennai, Tamilnadu

The annual Chennai music festival is held during December. Need more reason to travel to Chennai? I guess not, especially if you are into music. Six weeks of Carnatic music, instrumental and Hindusthani vocal music accompanied by rhythmic classical dance makes the Chennai Music Festival a “never miss” event in South India. Therefore Chennia heads the list- Best places to visit in South India in December. The festival is not just the reason you must add Chennai in your December travel bucket, you have the Marina Beach, the world’s second longest beach, the Kapaleeswarar Temple, the Govt. museum of Chennai and much more.

Best places to visit in South India in December
Chennai music festival
  1. Coorg, Karnataka

Oh! The hills, of course. Hill stations are every travellers favourite and a holiday is incomplete for many without spending at least a night atop the hills. I pick Coorg for December, the so called “Scotland of India”. The weather is simply fantastic in December as it gets chilly and the slight drizzles makes it even more adorable. Simple stroll around the mountains, coffee and tea plantations, enjoy waterfalls and yes, a good big hot cup of coffee. Relax and rejuvenate your mind and body at Coorg. The cool breeze, lush green surroundings and coffee would definitely help you with it.

Best places to visit in South India in December
Coorg Hills
  1. Kannur, Kerala

Kannur is a northern district in Kerala, famous for the Thalassery Biriyani and Theyyam festival. These 2 things are enough for you to make a visit to Kannur. Theyyam is an energetic dance form of Kerala which has been a part of Kerala culture for more than a millennia. It is performed during November- March at small shrines spread across Kannur and Kasargod districts of Kerala. The performance is pretty intense where the artist undergo an elaborate make-up and dance to the rhythmic beats of Chenda [local percussion instrument] and other instruments. It is believed that the artist is possessed by god and get into a trance like state when he starts performing. There are nearly 400 different forms of Theyyam, however the most popular are the “Pottan” Theyyam, the “Muchiloottu Bhagavathy Theyyam” and the “Raktha Chamundi” Theyyam.

It is a must experience for any traveller. Also do remember to catch the Thalassery Biriyani, a rice and meat based dish famous in Northern Kerala. Muzhapilangad Drive- in beach is another famous attraction at Kannur which is the only drive- in beach in Kerala with 4km long coastline.

Best places to visit in South India in December
Theyyam performance in Kannur
  1. Rushikonda Beach, Vizag

Named the “Jewel of the East Coast”, Rushikonda is one of the upcoming beach destinations which not many are aware of. Its pristine waters and virgin Greenland are attracting travellers for a quiet peaceful getaway. This December, head to Rushikonda if you like to go for a beach holiday and also, if you are into water sports, don’t think twice, you will be served at Rushikonda. Jet Ski, surfing, motor boating, options are plenty here.

Best places to visit in South India in December
Rushikonda Beach
  1. Arakku Valley, Vizag

A serene hill station, untouched and unexplored, the Arakku Valley at Vizag [Vishakapattanam] is a perfect spot for a holiday in December. Located 1300 meters above the sea level, Arakku Valley offers some of the most beautiful vistas of nature. It is popular for its abundant coffee plantations and the Araku Emerald brand of coffee, which sells globally. There are spectacular waterfalls to enjoy in and around Arakku namely the Arakku Falls, the Duduma Falls, Tadimada Falls and the Katiki Falls. This definitely goes in to the list- Best places to visit in South India in December.

Best places to visit in South India in December
Araku valley

 

So that is it! My 5 top destinations in South India to visit in December.

For sure there are many other tourist places to visit in South India you know about.

Please comment your favourite destinations in South India to travel this December 2017!

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How could you tour the ‘ Best of Kerala ‘ in a week?

Alleppey

Kerala is all about greenery, exotic beaches, shimmering backwaters and wildlife. It would take a month at least to explore all the travel gem spots spread throughout this so-called “God’s own country”, however you could have a taste of Kerala in a week and it is all about panning it rite.

Let us help you with the best plan!

In a week you could cover Cochin, Munnar (Hill station), Thekkady (Wildlife), Alleppey (Backwaters) and Kovalam (Beach).

Do remember to book a morning flight on the first day and an evening flight on the last day of your Kerala tour so you would get more time to enjoy yourself.

Now, here is the Kerala trip plan for 7 days-

1Night Cochin- 2Nights Munnar- 1Night Thekkady- 1Night Alleppey- 1Night Kovalam

  • Day 1: Arrive at Cochin

Do local sightseeing of Fort Cochin which includes the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue and the Fort Kochi Beach. Do some shopping if you wish at the local markets of Cochin.

Stay in Cochin.

Cochin tour
Cochin
  • Day 2: Cochin to Munnar [140 km, 4.5 hours]

Morning drive to the princess of hill stations, Munnar. On the way visit the Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls. On reaching Munnar spend some time walking through the verdant grasslands and tea plantations of Munnar. Visit the Tea Museum and the Eravikulam National Park as per the time available. If not, cover the same next day

Stay in Munnar

Munnar
Munnar
  • Day 3: Munnar

Today enjoy sightseeing at Munnar. You could visit the Top Station, the most beautiful location in Munnar Hills as per the travellers. On the way, you would come across the Mattupetty Dam, where you could opt for boating along the Mattupetty Lake.

Stay in Munnar

Munnar
Munnar
  • Day 4: Munnar to Thekkady [110 km, 3.5 – 4 hours]

Today morning head to Periyar, which would take nearly a 4 hour drive through lush green mountains. As you reach Periyar visit the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, home to a lot of species of flora and fauna. Opt for a boat ride along the artificial lake inside the sanctuary. You have plenty of other adventure options as well, such as Bamboo Rafting, Night Trekking, Tiger Trail and many more.

Periyar in Kerala
Periyar Tiger Reserve
  • Day 5: Thekkady to Alleppey [140 km, 4- 5 hour drive]

Today morning, drive towards the world’s most beautiful backwater destination, Alleppey. As you reach, hop on a houseboat and enjoy your houseboat cruise along the backwaters of Alleppey. Float through narrow canals, witness the local life of Alleppey people, enjoy the local Kerala style food prepared for you on board by the houseboat crew. Sit back, relax and enjoy the Alleppey sights.

Overnight stay in the houseboat.

Alleppey
Alleppey Backwaters
  • Day 6: Alleppey to Kovalam [180 km, 4 to 5 hour drive]

Morning, disembark from your houseboat and resume your tour with a drive to Kovalam, a spectacular beach destination, often called as the “Goa of the South”. On reaching Kovalam, relax by the Hawa beach and enjoy rest of your day at peace. Enjoy the beautiful sunset from this part of the world. At night you could try the popular seafood at various food stalls by the Light House Beach.

Stay at Kovalam

Kovalam
Kovalam
  • Day 7: Kovalam to Trivandrum Airport [20 km, 20 mins drive]

Morning, engage yourself in a sunbath at the Hawa beach or get wet hitting the waves. Later as per your flight schedule, leave to the Trivandrum International airport or if you wish to do sightseeing at Trivandrum, leave 2 or 3 hours early than planned and visit the Padmanabha Swamy Temple, the richest temple in the World, the Napier Museum and the Kuthira Malika [Horse Palace]. Then drive to the airport and board your flight home.

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