A journey from sea-bed to hill-top...Did Lakshadweep and Munnar...

#1 Feb 12th, 2015, 15:56
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What else could be better than sharing experience of breathtaking (sometimes literally during SCUBA ) view of underwater Lakshadweep and Almighty's own place Munnar in a introductory travelogue.I am a newbie to this forum and like the other hundreds of travel enthusiastics, I too, chose Lakshadweep as my next visit after going through some splendid travelogues by some of my fellow India-mikers. Kudos to them..

Now, its my turn to share my experience....

We booked the 5 days "samudram" package from SPORTS which is the only Govt. authorized travel agency there. If you choose to go with SPORTS, make sure you book your seats well before the journey. Specially, trips during December-January get quickly booked. Tickets can be booked by directly contacting the SPORTS office at Cochin as well as through the authorized travel agents of Sports available in all major cities across the country. We booked our tickets through one authorized travel agent in KIRTI NAGAR, Delhi. The booking process was quite easy. You have to e-mail a scanned copy of cheque of half the amount of total package cost favouring SPORTS and on receiving the same, they will block seats for you. Later you post the cheque with a forwarding to their office address at Cochin and they will send you receipt and confirmation of booking. Then one month prior to journey date, you have to pay rest of the cost by the same process. Just one day before we start for Cochin, we called up SPORTS and they messaged the boarding venue and time.
#2 Feb 12th, 2015, 16:13
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some teasers....

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#3 Feb 12th, 2015, 16:26
Learning... from others' experiences!
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Lovely images!

Eager to see more and read about your trip!
#4 Feb 12th, 2015, 16:42
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#5 Feb 12th, 2015, 17:03
Try to be a Traveler....not a Tourist
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Awesome teasers. Waiting to hear your Whole trip experience with lot of snaps.
#6 Feb 12th, 2015, 17:10
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What an array of colours. Truly mesmerizing.

Keep 'em coming.

#7 Feb 17th, 2015, 14:00
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t was the first morning of the year when we flew off to Kochi via Mumbai from Delhi. It was a mid-morning jet-airways flight which landed us at Cochin airport around 3:30 P.M. It took us around one and half hour by taxi to reach our guest house, which was located on the scenic kochi Marine Drive.The marine drive is built facing the backwaters and is a ideal place for strolling and hangout.The view of amazing sunrise and sunsets over the backwaters, cool breeze and serene atmosphere have made this place a must visit for tourist and locals. A morning and night walk through the marine drive is very much recommended.As we were scheduled to depart Kochi for lakshadweep on the next day morning, we had hardly any time to make a city-tour. So we decided to visit the Cherai Beach in the evening aiming to catch the sun-set. The beach was around 25 Km from the main city. On the way to Cherai, we got stuck in the evening traffic and missed the sun-set. It was a overcrowded small beach, cleaner than the Fort Beach we visited later. Though, the seafood at the beach side local food joints was delicious and is a must try. We called it a day after spending the evening there by walking along the shore and trying the local food.

Next day we got up to a fresh sunny morning and had a quick sroll along the way of marine drive. After a light and tasty breakfast of upma and coffee we departed for willingdon island, the boarding venue for MV kavaratti, our carrier to Lakshadweep. At the boarding venue we were handed over our tickets, complimentary tee shirt and cap, SPORTS I-Card etc. The luggages were sent through security checking and delivered to the ship. Within two hours, we were on the upper deck of the majestic MV Kavaratti, after completing all the formalities. we were allotted Room-429 which was on the 4th deck. the location of the room was quite ideal because of its vicinity to adjacent balcony exit, Information Centre, Recreation room and stationary shop. The luggages were carried to our cabin by the ship crew. In excitement of boarding a ship first time in life, we started our ship-tour right then and ventured to almost every possible corner of it. After hours of exhausted sight-seeing onboard and sumptuous lunch, we settled on the uppermost deck to catch the sun-set. With the sun turning into orange from bright yellow , the ship started to move alomost after 5 hours of boarding. The deck was full of shutterbugs taking their position with camera in hand to frame the evening show to begin. As the sun started its downward journey, the sky turned red from orange then to some magnificent colours of purple and indigo. Some of the pictures that I took were able to capture those riot of color throughout the sky but what we saw and feel cant be described through words or snaps.

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#8 Feb 17th, 2015, 14:55
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On the very first evening we were briefed about our itinerary for the coming three days. the first island we visited was kalpeni. No need of words to describe kalpeni.. the beautiful landscape will speak for it...

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#9 Feb 18th, 2015, 10:34
Enthralled by this land's beauty
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Awesome photographs there...
#10 Feb 18th, 2015, 18:48
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All the photographs are superb ..... loving it ..

U n I.... in this beautiful world.....green grass blue sky.....U n I......
#11 Feb 19th, 2015, 20:36
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Beautiful photographs... waiting for more...
#12 Feb 24th, 2015, 21:10
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Cost idea please from Cochin.
#13 Feb 25th, 2015, 22:27
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Fantastic pictures...am sure your had a great trip...waiting for more!
#14 Feb 25th, 2015, 22:59
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Wow mate....those are some hell of a snap...waiting for the whole TR to reveal....
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Don't break rules in Himalaya
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#15 Apr 26th, 2015, 00:53
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Dear ... Please update .. I am planning to visit in oct 2015 .. Lakshwadweep Samudram Package shall be for 5 days .. together with Munnar say in 7-8 days ? What else can be covered ?

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