Kerala in last week of December.

#1 Sep 30th, 2017, 07:00
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Hi Friends,

Me and my family have been planning a trip to Kerala in last week of december. I am trying to book resorts and flight tickets over this weekend as everything seems to be filling fast. Here is the itinerary I have chalked out :

25th December : Fly to Trivendrum from Delhi (reaching around 10 am)

See Kovalam beach and few other things (I am not sure how it would be on 25th though, does anyone has an idea? Would it be too crowded)

26th December : See around a bit more and leave for Alleppey by road. Planning to reach alleppey by evening.

27th December : Take a back water tour and see around.

28th December : Leave for Munnar after breakfast. I am assuming we'd reach Munnar by 3 pm if we leave by 9am.

29th December : See Munnar.

30th December : Leave for wayanad after breakfast. Reach wayanad by evening.

31st December : See wayanad.

1st Jan : See wayanad

2nd Jan : Leave for Bangalore by road after breakfast. reach bangalore by eve. Take 9 pm flight from Bangalore to Delhi. If we felt one day is enough at Wayanad, we'd follow the 2nd Jan plan on 1st.

Is this itinerary fine or is it too ambitious? My mother (fit but 60) and sister's family would be joining us for the trip. She has a one year old baby and mine is 9. Would it be too hectic considering we have kids? I am more concerned about the baby. Mine is used to lot of road trips. My sister would leave for mumbai from Munnar. So it'd just be us and my mother for wayanad part. I am not aware of roads there. 300 Km could be torturous if the road conditions from Munnar to Wayanad and Wayanad to Bangalore are not good. Please guide me. I thought about taking a flight from Calicut but there is no direct flight to Delhi from there and the flights are expensive too. Bangalore seemed like a good option if roads are good.

Thanks in advance,
Nidhi
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How do you plan to move between cities?

Why Munnar and Wayand both?

Could you not fly to Cochin and then move on to Alleppey or Cochin? Is there any other plan apart from backwaters in Alleppey? If not consider the day backwater tour orgainzed by KTDC.
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post How do you plan to move between cities?

Why Munnar and Wayand both?

Could you not fly to Cochin and then move on to Alleppey or Cochin? Is there any other plan apart from backwaters in Alleppey? If not consider the day backwater tour orgainzed by KTDC.
Thank you for your response Aarosh. We are planning to hire local taxis or might ask the resort owner to arrange it for us. The taxi fares looked affordable on net. I chose Trivendrum as beginning point as I wanted to cover Kovalam beach. Have heard great things about city. So when we are going that far, I thought to cover whatever we can. Same goes for wayanad. The perception i have is that wayanad and munnar are different kind of places. Wayanad is jungle kind of place while munnar is a hill.station. Am I wrong?

Also my sister does not have time to cover wayanad. It would just be my family. As her kid is small, they want to travel minimum. That is why i chose Kovalam, alleppey and Munnar for everyone as they get taste of everything, beach, backwaters and hill.station. wayanad I added just because people raved about its beauty. No other plans for Alleppy. Just backwaters. I can take KTDC tour or hire a private house boat operator depending on the convenience of time. As we have two kids with is, one being a baby, adhering to time schedules could be tough.
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Are your travel partner's okay with your plan? Asking this since your posts mention I and not we.

If I were you I would avoid long distance road travel and target places close to each other.
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Oh, my husband is okay with travel. That is how we go for vacations in North. Only difference is here we have our own vehicle. We do not do sight seeing as we enjoy the travel part more. In most part of our trip, we are on road. That is why I said my kid is used to lot of travel. My sister is joining us from Mumbai. They would go back to Mumbai after Munnar. So basically she is travelling (by road) only thrice. Trivendrum to Alleppy, which is 4 hours drive. Then After 2 days Alleppey to Munnar, around 5 hours drive and then back to Kochi after two days. The exhaustive and long road travel begins after she leaves with her family. Me an my family can manage long road travels if the roads are not filled with pot holes. Alternatively I am also thinking to take a train to Calicut on 30th. Stay at Calicut at night and leave for Wayanad on 31st morning. Train journey is around 4 hours. Would save a lot of time and money.
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My suggestion would be fly into to Ernakulam / Cochin.

For beach near by you could check Cherai Beach / Puthuvype Beach / Munambam Beach.

A quiet place near Cochin is Kottayil Kovilakam. Options to stay there could be Muziris or BBI Retreat.

You could also consider a day trip to Vagamon. Then move on to Munnar.

Taking a train to Calicut and then moving on to Wayanad does make a lot of sense.

Also do remember the cost of your vacation would be higher since you are going in peak tourist season.
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Thank you Aarosh, I shall check these places. As I am yet in the process of finalizing the plan, changing it is not an issue. I am also thinking that 25th at Kovalam would not make much sense considering it would be very crowded. Prices everywhere are sky high for sure. But this is the only time when our entire family can manage leaves.
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We spend three days in Wayanad and there is a lot see and do.
If you want more details see the February part of my Mainly the south journal.

During another journey we did the full day backwater tour that Aarosh mentioned, it was a very good experience.
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Originally Posted by nidhiamit View Post I am also thinking that 25th at Kovalam would not make much sense considering it would be very crowded. Prices everywhere are sky high for sure. But this is the only time when our entire family can manage leaves.
So the places that I mentioned, around Cochin, could be ideal since they would not be crowded and most probably only local (from around Cochin / Kerala) would be there.
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Originally Posted by nidhiamit View Post Thank you for your response Aarosh. We are planning to hire local taxis or might ask the resort owner to arrange it for us. The taxi fares looked affordable on net. I chose Trivendrum as beginning point as I wanted to cover Kovalam beach. Have heard great things about city. So when we are going that far, I thought to cover whatever we can. Same goes for wayanad. The perception i have is that wayanad and munnar are different kind of places. Wayanad is jungle kind of place while munnar is a hill.station. Am I wrong?

Also my sister does not have time to cover wayanad. It would just be my family. As her kid is small, they want to travel minimum. That is why i chose Kovalam, alleppey and Munnar for everyone as they get taste of everything, beach, backwaters and hill.station. wayanad I added just because people raved about its beauty. No other plans for Alleppy. Just backwaters. I can take KTDC tour or hire a private house boat operator depending on the convenience of time. As we have two kids with is, one being a baby, adhering to time schedules could be tough.
Thank you for suggestions Aarosh and Vonkla. I changed my plan. Skipping Kovalam. Reaching Kochi on 26th morning, Munnar from there(26th, 27th). 28th and 29th, we'd do alleppey. backwaters on 28th. Might see around on 29th or might stay back at resort depending on baby's mood. 30th, my sis leaves for mumbai and we leave for Calicut ( Volvo or train). 31st morning we'd go to Wayanad. Banasura hill and Vythiri Village resorts seem to be good options to me. on 3rd we'd leave for Bangalore(by road) and would take evening flight to Delhi from there. If we could manage, may be we can spend some time at Mysore garden.
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As far as I know there is not much to see in Alleppey. You could increase your Cochin or Munnar stay by one day and reduce one from Alleppey.

While in Munnar see a Kalaripayattu training session or performance if possible in Kumily.

There used to be a elephant sanctuary ib Kodanad where one had the opportunity to bathe baby elephants in the morning. I read that the elephants have been shifted elsewhere in a zoo like environment. Check the situation and if the former is possible your kid might enjoy giving bath to a baby elephant.

Do let us know how your trip went once you complete it.

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