Kerala....God's Own Country

Hello everyone!!!! Few days back i was just browsing through my old archives of photos (just for fun..i do that every now and then :)), when i came across pictures of our honeymoon trip to Kerala. The amazing pictures transported me to this lush green and beautiful state all over again. Hey hey hey... i am not being biased (considering that its my native place :P), you have to see it to believe it. It is being labeled as "GOD'S OWN COUNTRY" for a very good reason.  

We booked our trip through a website called They have got various packages at a fairly good price. Overall our experience was very memorable. A few tiny hitches here and there but in the end i would say it was totally worth it. I was not into blogging back then. Never thought these photos would one day make it to my blog. There were hundreds of photos, obviously it is impossible to share all of them here, so sharing some selective pics with you all. 

I hope you will enjoy the photoessay on one of the most beautiful states in India.

Our package included Munnar, Thekkady, Boathouse at Alleppey and Kumarakom.

Enroute Munnar we spotted this beautiful waterfall.
Quick stopover for some much needed yummy south indian breakfast.
Kerala is incomplete with these gentle giants. 

Welcome tea on our arrival at Munnar

This where we stayed. Isn't it breathtaking? The location of the cottage was truly spectacular. Well maintained clean and beautiful. 

Munnar is well known for the vast tea plantations. Fabulous indeed.
Clouds over the majestic Rajamalai. 

A small hike at Rajamalai

Nilgais strolling around at Rajamalai

Can you spot a nilgai here?

Not to miss this when in Kerala. Traditional Kathakali dance show at Munnar.

Kalaripaiyattu traditional martial art show at Munnar
Simply awesome

Got a chance to visit a tea manufacturing factory.
Our ride to the other side of the river at Thekkedy
A very early morning (mini adventure) nature walk at Thekkady. Saw few birds, monkeys and pug marks of leopard and elephants.

Delicious sadya (lunch with various assortment of food viz. rice, sambar, vegetables and pickles served on a banana leaf) for lunch at Thekkady. 

When we were not eating we were canoeing :P
Beautiful boat house waiting for our arrival. 
The famous Backwaters of Kerala
The food on the houseboat was outstanding and the staff very attentive and caring.  They even surprised us with a cake along with a candle light dinner in the night. :). Pictured above: Karimeen fry (fish fry top), sambar, rice, cabbage sabji, avial and beans sabji for lunch. They also served yummy payasam (rice pudding) for dessert. If you are planning a visit to Kerala, you should do the boathouse totally worth it. 
Thats him :P
Sunset from the houseboat

The houseboat dropped us at our last stop, the resort at Kumarakom.
Sunset at Kumarakom
There is so much more to see and so much more to explore in this beautiful state of India. Ohhh well there is always next time. :)

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