Four days in Kerala (Munnar, Thekkady, Aleppey)

We decided to do a packaged tour of Kerala, “God’s own country.” The tour included round-trip flights from Delhi to Kochi, a taxi for the full journey, and all the hotel stays.

Day 1 – Kochi to Munnar

While going from Kochi to Munnar, a three-hour drive, we first stopped at Valara falls and then saw the Ayurvedic (herbal) medicinal and spice production at Greenland Spice Garden.

Valara Falls

Valara Falls

Spice Garden

Spice Garden

Tea Plantation

Tea Plantation

Day 2 – Munnar

We checked out the Mattupetty Dam and the nearby market. From there, we headed to Echo Point. While returning, we stopped at the Cowboy Adventure Park. I would highly recommend this park; your driver won’t probably want to take you here since the price is too low to give him a kickback. We had to skip Eravikulam national park since we spent too much time (~3 hours) at the Cowboy Adventure Park. Then, we headed back to Munnar and checked out the Tata Tea Museum. There isn’t much to see at the museum. In the evening, we ended up for a massage to an Ayurvedic Massage Centre. The center appears rustic, but the experience was excellent.

Bee Hive on the way to the dam

Bee Hive on the way to the dam

Matupetty Dam

Matupetty Dam

Cowboy Park

Cowboy Park

Tea Museum

Tea Museum

Day 3 – Thekaddy

We headed to Thekaddy, reached in time for one of the last trips to Periyar Tiger Reserve. We didn’t see much wildlife. Later in the day, we saw Kathakali and Kalaripayattu show. Both were great experiences, but Kalaripayattu was more fun. Thekaddy market is the best place to buy spices, better than Munnar.

Four Types of Bananas

Four Types of Bananas

Periyar Tiger Reserve

Periyar Tiger Reserve

Kathakali

Kathakali

Kalaripayattu

Kalaripayattu

Day 4 – Alleppey (Allapuzha)

After a long drive, we reached Alleppey. We did a one-hour boat ride through backwaters, went to the Alleppey beach, and checked out the local Mullakkal Raja Rajeswari Temple temple. I would recommend taking the government boat and going for a much longer trip in the backwaters.

Kerala Backwaters

Kerala Backwaters

Kerala Backwaters

Kerala Backwaters

Allepey Beach

Allepey Beach

Mullakkal Raja Rajeswari Temple

Mullakkal Raja Rajeswari Temple

Note:

  1. The driver would always try to take you to places where he is getting a kickback, so be careful. For example, he took us to overpriced Wonderland Park in Munnar.
  2. The best place to buy spices, oils, and other such products is the Thekkady Market.

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