Trip to God’s Own Country – Kerala.

Hello People…

I always wanted to tour South India, so I along with my family set out to Kerala in Dec’10. I had heard a lot about its popular tourist destinations. We planned a trip to Trivandrum.We reached Trivandrum in the morning and proceeded to a home stay called “Second Home 4 U”. I was really amazed to see the scenic views.

Scenic View

 

We proceeded for Sight Seeing the very next day. I would appreciate the cleanliness of the place.

Being from North India, I found the place very hygienic. We visited the very popular, Kovalam Beach.

Kovalam Beach

 

Trust me readers, a place like kovalam is ideal for a vacation. Do visit it if you come to Kerela. After spending some quality time, we proceeded to Attukal Temple. I enjoyed watching the carvings, which were really unique. These are the small little things which make India worth visiting and entirely different from rest of the world. We continued our journey and visited Padmabhaswamy Temple.

 

Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Readers, this is the temple which has net worth more than Rs 1,00,000 Crores…Imagine!!!! Somewhere, I feel proud to visit India’s richest temple. :P

Talking about the temple, it’s really huge….in fact massive. You are only allowed to go inside if you wear a dhoti (for men) and a saree (for women). South Indians have really strict regulations and they adhere to them. The so-called Pandits inside the temple just fool around and charge money for a quick round of the place. You need at least an hour to properly observe and get to know the temple.

 

Next, we moved to Napier Museum, Srichitra Art gallery and Zoo. These all places were in the same ground.

Though the museum was not that good, but it had enough stuff to get an idea about Kerala’s rich diversity and traditions. Srichitra Art gallery was closed due to renovations. So,we proceeded towards the Zoo and Trivandrum’s Zoo was one of the best ones I’ve ever seen. The authority has maintained it really well. I could find all species of animals there. Also, I’d never ever seen a Tiger and a leopard so close (just 3-4 mtrs from the cage).

Napier Museum

A hectic Day was over and we returned to our Homestay. Next,we visited Kanyakumari,which I’ll be writing in my next part. Hope you all enjoyed reading a small part of my travelogue. :)

By -Naman

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    • Mahesh Semwal says:

      I have been to Kovlam at least 5-6 times , Thanks for refreshing old memories. Kovalam beach is very neat & clean , you can compare it with Goa beaches. Have you been to Nair Dam, one of the best attraction in Trivandrum.

    • Naman says:

      Thankyou for your response Sir,Yeah,Its called Kovalam Beach…Really Beautiful Place.. :)

  • ashok sharma says:

    nice photographs.
    amazed to know about the cleanliness,is it the same India that we live in.

  • Vibha says:

    I can never forget Kerala. We have been to the hillstations of the state, the backwaters, the lakes and the beaches. A secluded beach near Kovalam was swarming with crabs and I remember skipping through them. The pictures are beautiful and the story is interesting. Do write about Kanyakumari soon.

    • Naman says:

      Hello Vibha,
      Firstly I’d like to appreciate the forum/blog which you have created.It was a pleasure writing for Ghumakkar. Thanks for your response. Do catch out my next story. :)

  • Mukesh Bhalse says:

    Naman,
    Welcome to ghumakkar.com, It was a great entry with the Paradise of Earth Kerala. The post was beautifully written and adorned by beautiful pictures. Waiting for next part of the story>

    Thanks.

  • Been to Kerala once! Really an awesome beautiful place it is!

  • Pravesh says:

    Hi Naman,

    Welcome to Ghumakkar.

    Your post is really very good.

    I have been to Trvndrm once, but due to official work, did not get time to roam around.

    Really missed the opportunity.

    How was the experience of Home stay and how it was different from a regular Hotel?

    • Naman says:

      Thanks a ton,Pravesh.I prefer a homestay than a hotel because of the environment & the caring nature of Owners.The place where we stayed (Second Home 4 U),was exactly a Second Home.
      Also the charges of a Homestay are quite nominal (<1000 Bucks/day). :)

  • Durgesh says:

    Nic man ! wn u Hve gone

  • vinaymusafir says:

    Welcome to Ghumakkar.
    A good start. U didn’t add pics of zoo.
    First one pic is one of the best pics of Ghumakkar.
    Well done!

  • kerala tours says:

    Pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically makes a wonderful holiday in Kerala.

  • Nandan says:

    Welcome aboard Naman.

    Havent’ been to Kerala so every new story with such beautiful images makes me yearn to go. Please also write in detail about the homestay because that info is really useful info.

    Pictures have come stunning. Has there any post-processing being done on them ?

    • Naman says:

      Hello Mr.Nandan!
      Sorry for a late reply,I’ll be reviewing the homestay in the next part of my story.
      Thanks for the compliment,yeah some minor edits have been done to the photos.

  • johngrantham says:

    HI Naman,
    I have just joined Ghumakar and read your trip to Trivendram and would appreciate if you let me know how to get their from Bangalore as such I am visiting India (Mumbai/Bangalore)in Feb2012.
    Would be visiting Ghumakar website regularly to watch out your next post.
    My Email is: gbpshyam@gmail.com
    I am based in UK and could do with some in-depth information about visiting some nice places in India.
    Regards

    • Naman says:

      Hey John…..
      Thanks a lot,You can go to TRV by air, I took a flight from TRV to bangalore… (Airindia-909) via Chennai,Or you could book the railway tickets. :)
      irtctc.co.in or makemytrip.com would surely help you out. :D

  • P D KULKARNI says:

    i too with my family been to kerala in nov 2005 and found the whole state very clean and nice.We journeyed to shnakaracharya’s birth place,Munnar,thekkadi,trivendrum and allepy and kochin.I liked thiruvanantpuram very much and was amazed by it’s claenliness and hotel we stayed near station (Thumbaroo international was very good and inexpensive too).The food at kochin was superb(Appams and veg/nonveg stew)alongwith standard south indian delicasies.Shravana bhavan at munnar was supreb in south indian food and i feel like going back to kerala again.

  • Ravanaprabhu says:

    Not Nair Dam, but Neyyar Dam !

  • Dear Naman,

    Your post appeared to me like a trailer with a bird’s eye view of various places and no details whatsoever. Are you going to show us full movie also? Anyway, your first picture is the show stopper. Really superb. Please don’t be so hectic while writing about your hectic travels. :)

  • puzha says:

    hey ur review is amazing yo, thnks fr such a description.

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