Tag Archives: holiday packages in kerala

Best Time to Visit Alleppey

Planning a Kerala tour and wondering on the best time to visit Alleppey? Here’s our rough guide to help you.

  • Summer lasts from March to May with April and May being intensely hot and humid. Temperatures can soar up to 37 degree Celsius. This is the time for budget holidays as hotels offer as much as 50% discount on accommodation. Tour packages are also cheaper. You can also book a houseboat stay at almost half the cost charged during peak season.
  • Monsoon starts from June and lasts until September when the southwest monsoon hits the state. Normal life is often disrupted thanks to the heavy rains that hit during this season. September and October are relatively better with less rains and cooler climate. Beach activities are almost impossible, but Alleppey is still worth a visit during the monsoon if you are a nature lover. Besides, houseboat stays are heavily discounted.
  • Winters: This is the best time to visit Alleppey. Except for the few traces of rain, the weather is pleasant and temperatures range from 17 degree Celsius to 30 degree Celsius. This is also the time for the famous Nehru Trophy or the snake boat race that was inaugurated in 1952.

Irrespective of the season that you book a houseboat stay, make sure that you stay environmentally responsible by booking on boats that cause least damage to the fragile ecology of the place. The larger and more luxurious boats often contribute to the pollution levels.

Best Time to Visit Munnar

Planning a visit to Munnar? Before you decide on the things to see in Munnar it makes a lot of sense to know about the best time to visit Munnar. Situated at a height of about 1600 meters above sea level, Munnar enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year. But there are certain months where the place is best avoided.

The rainy season for instance lasts from June to August and not really considered a tourist season, especially if activities like trekking and camping are on your mind. Munnar receives heavy rainfall and roads can get slippery. But if you still prefer to visit Munnar during the monsoon, don’t miss out the chance to experience rain amidst dense green forests.

Summer lasts from March to May and is ideally the peak season. Hotel rooms are packed to full capacity and tour operators report a busy schedule. The average temperature during this season is around 20 degree Celsius which means the weather is pleasant. It is also the season when the flora around the place is in full bloom, thereby enhancing the experience.

Winters aren’t harsh but temperatures can drop up to 5 degree Celsius. The place looks fresh and green thanks to the rains. December to January/February is also considered honeymoon season. It is also considered an ideal season for trekking, rock climbing, and other adventure activities.

Irrespective of the season, there are a few things that don’t really change in Munnar. For instance, it rains throughout the year and temperatures can drop at any time. Hence carrying light to heavy woolen clothes and an umbrella is important. Every season has its own charm and is worthy of a visit.

Coir Making and Paddy Cultivation in Alleppey

 

Coir Making and Paddy Cultivation in Alleppey

Situated between the Western Ghats on the East and the Arabian Sea on the West, Kerala is one of the most beautiful states in India. Alleppey is locally known by its traditional name Allappuzha. The name of this town is synonymous with beautiful backwaters, houseboats and the boat race. The backwaters are crisscrossed by a system of interconnected canals. While tourism remains a major draw, coir making and paddy cultivation are also an important source of income for locals.

Coir Making: One of the most common tropical trees is the coconut tree. The present name Kerala owes its Kerlam” in Malayalam which is derived from two Malayalam words Kera and Alam. Kera in Malayalam means coconut and Alam means land. Coconut is an integral part from Kerala’s culture and its cuisine. Although coir making is a centuries old art, it received prominence in the 19th century after the Alleppey was developed as a trading centre. Alleppey’s coir makers are known for their craftsmanship and intricate weaving methods. Whilst on a houseboat tour, guests can witness firsthand the different processes involved in making coir. Different and unique coir products manufactured here include coir mattresses, coir mats, etc. In fact, Alleppey is a major exporter of coir and coir products.

Paddy: Besides coir, paddy cultivation is a major industry here. Kuttanad in Alleppey is famously called The Rice Bowl of India. The place is resplendent with acres of unending paddy fields. What makes cultivation unique here is that the place is actually below sea level. While modern agricultural methods are practiced, farmers here also practice an ancient practice that has been carried out since the Sangam Ages.

Why Should You Visit Munnar?

munnar trip planning

Munnar is a hill station with as hundreds of attractions that promise to offer an experience of a lifetime. Besides enjoying the waterfalls and the forest area, you can visit sanctuaries, dairy farms, and dams.

The Eravikulam wildlife sanctuary houses rare varieties of animal species, NilgriTahr(mountain goat), especially Atlas Moth. This is located at a distance of 16 kms from Munnar and was declared a national sanctuary to save the rare Nilgiri tahr. This park is the combination of the grasslands and hills. The famous Rajamala hill is adjacent to the sanctuary and offers a vantage point to view the Anaimudi Peak. This is one of the highest peaks of the Western Ghats and located within the area of the park.

The Mattupetty dam is another attraction close to the park. It is located 13kms from Munnar. Don’t miss to watch the Indo-Swiss dairy farm with over 100 varieties of cattle breeding here. A wonderful boat ride in the lake near Mattupetty dam gives a great time to enjoy the landscapes.

Kundala tea plantations and the Kundala Lake are close to Mattupetty. The Kundala Lake offers Shikara styled boat ride. Another nearby waterfall attraction is Aruvikkad. The Kundala dam on the lake is constructed in the form of an arc and is the first of its kind in Asia. There is also a golf club for the golf lovers. This place is located on the way to Top station.

Top station is the highest point located at 32 kms from Munnar. This is situated in the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. The view of the Western Ghats view from Top Station is considered the best. The clouds here can be touched             with bare hands.  The rare Neelakurunji flower that blossoms once in twelve years is yet another highlight of the Top Station.

Exploring Munnar: Places that You Shouldn’t Miss When in Munnar

Exploring Munnar: Places that You Shouldn’t Miss When in Munnar

There’s so much to see and experience in Munnar. We present to you a list of the most important places that you shouldn’t miss:

                                            

  • Devikulam: This is one of the must-see places at a driving distance of approximately 6kms from Munnar. It is believed that Goddess Sita Devi along with Lord Rama took bath in the lake in Devikulam. Tourists visit this place not only because of the holy connection, but also because the water is believed to have curative powers. Trekking is a popular activity around the area. Apart from the scenic view of the emerald green water, it is also famous for trout fishing for which permission is required.
  • CSI Church: A burial site of one of the British plantation owners is now turned into a foundation stone of a famous church. Painted stained glass, rosewood benches, and decorative chandelier of the pre-independence era are a treat to the eyes. Now, locals and tourists come here to offer prayers.
  • Pallivasal: The Pallivasal waterfalls are close to the Devikulam Lake. The first hydro-electric project in Kerala was set up here.
  • Attukkal: Situated at 10 kms from Munnar, this is an ideal place for long trekking. Tourists are sure to enjoy the scenery formed by the misty mountains and the waterfalls that flow like a milky foam. Attukal is on the way to Cochin, but closer to Pallivasal.
  • Lakkam: This is the closest waterfall from Munnar and on the way to the Marayoor forests. A perfect place for photography as the place is amidst the dense forests.
  • Marayoor sandalwood forests: The Marayoor Sandalwood Forest is the only place in India where natural sandalwood trees grow in abundance. Located near the Munnar- Udumalpetu route, a major part of the forest area includes bamboo and sandalwood trees. Tourists can observe and understand about sandalwood processing through a depot Stone age paintings and dolmens are also found here.

Exploring the Periyar Wildlife Sancturay, Thekkady

Thekkady

Thekkady is one of those rare success stories that dot the Indian wildlife conservation saga. It was not until 1934 when the Late Maharaja of Travancore, Shri Chithira Thirunaal Balarama Varma declared the area to be protected as a game reserve that people began to notice the place.

Much of the sanctuary is around the Periyar Lake, an artificial lake formed by the Mullai Periyar Dam. The forest around the lake has a rich and diverse flora and fauna. It hosts some of the rarest and most vulnerable species in the plant and animal kingdom. Naturally grown sandalwood, teakwood, rosewood, plumerias, and wild bamboos are found aplenty here. Should you choose to stay here, Aranya Nivas and the Lake Palace Hotel are a good choice. The later was once the summer guesthouse of the Maharaja and is accessible only by boat. Activities include elephant rides through the jungle, trekking and boat rides across the lake.

Getting to Thekkady is easy; Kumily is the base point and is 4 km from Thekkady. This place is a tourist attraction in itself thanks to the tea plantations here. It is also a great place to find medium range accommodations.

The Periyar Sanctuary is within the Cardamom Hills range; don’t miss out the tea and spice plantations and the beautiful glimpses of the flora and fauna here.  Some of the places close to the Sanctuary include, the Mangala Devi Temple, Vandiperiyar and Murikkady.

At Kerala Hop On and Hop Off, our tour package to Thekkady includes the best that this place has to offer.