My friend Sandy is getting married next month. Before her D-day, she wanted to enjoy her remaining few days to the fullest. She wished to get away from the noise and pollution of the city and totally wanted to submit in nature. And hence, she came up with the idea of travelling to Kerala.
I met her at Delhi airport at 8: am and together we boarded flight for Thiruvananthapuram. On reaching the city, we hired a cab that took us to the hotel which she had already booked. The journey from the airport to our hotel was short but a smooth ride.
On reaching the hotel, we freshened up ourself. We were so tired that we slept after having a lavish meal that included mutton curry, fried chicken and some vegetable items.
The next day we woke up excited about our Kerala travel plan. It was just a one-day trip so we had already chalked out where we wanted to go.
We started our Kerala trip with Thiruvananthapuram since we were already in the capital city. Padmanabhaswami temple, the Hindu temple devoted to Lord Vishnu, was the first stop of our Kerala’s exploration. We were surprised to see so many devotees lined up outside the temple to make an entry and seek Lord’s blessings. We joined the long line too. When finally our turn came, we went in and offered our prayers. Sandy prayed for a long time. I guessed she might be praying for the well-being of her husband-to-be. The ‘Prasad’ offered to us was tasty. After making rounds of the temple, we set out for our next destination – Kovalam.
It is a beach town, lying about just 16 km from Thiruvananthapuram. The meaning of Kovalam is ‘a grove of coconut trees’. And I must say the town has been given the right name. There were limitless coconut trees, which surrounded the three small beaches. Lighthouse Beach is the most popular one. We enjoyed sunbathing and water scootering at the beach. I had hydrophobia but let me tell you after enjoying some wonderful time at the beach, I shed off my fear.
There were innumerable resorts, providing Ayurvedic massage and treatment. We went to a nice hotel offering Ayurvedic massage. The magic fingers of the lady massueser completely rejuvenated us.
Feeling relaxed, we headed for Alleppey, which is about 155 km from Thiruvananthapuram. I have always dreamt of enjoying the scenic beauty of Kerala on houseboat. Finally, it came true. For the first time in our lives, we stayed in a Kerala houseboat and enjoyed the breathtaking backwaters of Alleppey aka ‘Venice of the East’. It was a different feeling for us altogether. It felt great getting lost in the nature, far from the madding crowd. Sandy said she wanted to comeback to Alleppey for her honeymoon. The chef in the houseboat treated us with lip smacking Mughlai food. We particularly liked Mutton Biryani and Galouti Kebab.
After spending couple of hours exploring the natural beauty of Alleppey town, we returned to our hotel. Though our journey was short yet we had a great time.