After spending two days at the Grand Hotel, it was time to say goodbye to Kochi and head to Munnar. Munnar is a hill station situated at around 1,600 meters (5,200 ft.) above sea level and is about 130 km from Kochi and take roughly 4 hours by road. The road to Munnar is nice but is very tight and twisty and can give motion sickness to even seasoned travellers. Our colleagues had advised us to keep the breakfast light for the same reason and boy were we glad we listened to them.
We had hired a car for 5 days that would take us from Kochi to Munnar to Alleppey to Kovalam and had requested that the car be there by 9:30. Our driver, Sabu was there well before that and we left for Munnar at 9:30 sharp. En route we stopped at Cheeyappara Waterfalls, Valara Waterfalls, A Spice Gardern along with a waterfall, a view point and a dam whose names we can’t recollect. All these stops ensured that we didn’t have to use the sickness bag.
For our stay at Munnar, we had booked Isaac’s Residency via Oyo Rooms. The room was decently sized and was clean enough, although it wouldn’t have won any prizes for it. The hotel is located on a hill giving a beautiful view of Munnar Town.
In the evening we headed out for a leisurely stroll across the town and then called it a day.
Kochi was our entry point to Kerala and stayed there for 2 days.
We took a direct flight from Mumbai to Kochi and it took 2 hours to reach there. Kochi Airport has prepaid taxi facility, a little on the expensive side but very safe. We booked a non ac prepaid taxi to our hotel at M.G. Road, Erankulam and it cost us ₹830 for the 35 km trip and it took us close to 1 hour to reach the hotel.
The weather was hot and humid I would say slightly more humid than Mumbai.
We had booked our rooms via Oyo at Grand Hotel, M.G. Road. When we reached, we were told our booking was of standard room but were being upgraded to Execute room, WOW! The room was clean and spacious.
After checking in, we had our lunch in Grand hotel itself. We were really excited to try Kerala cuisine, so we ordered a Vaza Ilayil Pollicha Meen and a Kerala Chicken Thali. As the quantity of an individual thali would have been too much for me, we thought we will share it, but were told sharing a thali is not allowed in restaurant. Then the waiter himself suggested that along with one chicken thali you order one plate plain rice then you both can share gravy but not rice. After some time, we got to know that they provide unlimited rice with thali that’s why sharing is not allowed
M.G. Road is the city center of Kochi, where you’ll see everything from Government Offices, High Court to local and branded stores. So, in evening we headed to see Marine Drive which was just 15 minutes’ walk from the hotel. The real surprise for us was that maximum shops closed after sunset
I haven’t posted in a long time, 4 years to be precise, and a lot has happened between then and now. The most significant of these being me getting hitched to the love of my life Shanti 2 years ago.
We’ve been wanting to restart this blog and we felt sharing the experience of our Kerala trip will be the best way to kick start the blog again.
After heading to Andaman Islands post our wedding and then to Goa to celebrate our 1st Anniversary, we chose to head to Kerala – God’s Own Country, for our 2nd Anniversary Vacation. This was a 9-day vacation that covered it all. We experience the hustling city life at Kochi, serene mountains and tea gardens at Munnar, amazing houseboat ride at Alleppey and wrapped it up at the pristine beaches of Kovalam.
Do read the detailed travelogue of each place we visited by following the links below. (For the one’s missing the hyperlink, we’ll be updating them once the post is ready)