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Old 27th October 2011, 23:36   #1
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Hi Guys,

A very close friend of mine is getting married on nov 12th. Iam in charge of planning his honeymoon. We will be 2 couples. There is no shortage of time and we can afford 8-10days. We plan to leave Bangalore on Nov 16th.Iam thinking of covering Kerala right from the top. 2 days will be spent at our estate in Coorg. After that, I need to plan. The trip must cover atleast 1 beach, backwaters, 1 hill station and a forest.

I was thinking of going to Kappad beach/calicut for a night from Madikeri. From there onwards, I need help from all the teambhp members. It would also help if some good places of accommodation can be mentioned ( not too expensive ~ 2k-3k/night at max ). Main criteria is to stay away from the crowd and just relax, even if we do not do much of sightseeing. Would also help if the best routes/roads can be suggested as well.

Waiting for all the travel bugs to pour in suggestions.

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Waiting for all the travel bugs to pour in suggestions.
Discounting sequencing.

A Hill station : Munnar/Valparai
Backwaters : Kumarakom/Allepey

Varkala is also nice. Kumarakom can end up being costly as I remember seeing many 5 star properties.
Valparai has tea estate bungalows which can be booked 2 couples in a bungalow. (Much more silent than Munnar)

Valparai-Athirapally-Ernakulam-Kumrakom/Allepey can form a good loop.
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Are you serious about planning a rod trip for honeymoon? I am against it.

Let the newly wed take a flight or train and avoid the hassle of road and road rage they may witness.
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Are you serious about planning a rod trip for honeymoon? I am against it.

Let the newly wed take a flight or train and avoid the hassle of road and road rage they may witness.
I will be the one driving all along and I have done road trips earlier as well. It will be 4 of us totally. There is no fun in conducted tours. The idea is to get away and just relax so that the new couple can get to know each other better.

I find no joy in taking a train/flight and rush through a trip that is usually conducted.
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My Suggestions:

The following would be the best bet:
Bangalore -> Coorg/Madikeri -> Calicut ( OR some other beach close to this place) you can take a route via Wayanad and plan for a night stay at Wayanad -> Guruvayoor ( Customary temple halt in case you are interested) -> Allepey/Kumarakom - > Gavi - > Thekkady/Periyar wildlife sanctuary (Short pitstop here) -> Munnar/Valparai -> Return Via Ooty to Mysore (Or directly to Bangalore Via beautiful Salem NH7 road -> Bangalore

You can delete Ooty, I just added in case time permits. No other reason.

Some Links:
Gavi
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...vved-gavi.html (Civved : Gavi)

Hill Station:
Obviously Munnar. No second thoughts
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...r-vagamon.html (A trip through the lesser known roads of Munnar and Vagamon)

Backwaters: Kumarakom and Allepey
But Kumarakom has all 5 star hotels (Taj and the likes). We did not find an accomodation below 7k there in 2010.

I have not been to any beaches in Kerala apart from Kovalam and Cochin. So I cannot comment on it. But if you want in Karnataka, Karwar and beaches close to that place are pretty good
Link to my travelogue:
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...ll-2-days.html (Of Beaches, Waterfalls, Rivers, Forests - All in 2 days)

I have read elsewhere in the forum that the roads in Kerala are horrible currently. So be ready to make slow progress. The route I mentioned should be about 1800 kms.

Adding details:
Aranyaka Resort is good in Munnar and you can get cottage (2 bedrooms) close to Atukkad falls view at about 5k.

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muzhappilangad beach. courtesy HVK who suggested me this beach. only one ok resort there but the water and the beach is fantastic
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muzhappilangad beach. courtesy HVK who suggested me this beach. only one ok resort there but the water and the beach is fantastic
You missed a major point! This is the only drive-in beach in the country.

Your main criteria is staying away from the crowd so exploring north Kerala is a better option. Few suggestions;

1) Kasaragod - Bekal beach/fort
2) Wayanad - Hill station, lake, falls
3) Kannur - Muzhapilangad beach, Aralam wildlife sanctury, Snake Park, Backwater, kannur fort, Payyambalam beach, Thottada beach, Kizhunna beach, Paithal Mala
4) Kozhikode - Kappad beach

But driving will be a problem, traffic and road condition is bad after the monsoon.
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My plan would be as follows:

Coorg-Meppadi (Valentine Villa Resort, Meppadi, 04936- 236112, 09895089727)-Kozhikode (day visit to Kappad)-Alapuzha (houseboat, Sabu, 09447056684)-Munnar-Bangalore
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I would also recommend the route given by HVK. It is simple straight forward route.

Some suggestions

Stay - In Munnar, you can try Tall Trees. Welcome to The Tall Trees Resorts, Munnar Indulge once in a while and bargain to get good price. I have heard good reviews about this nice resort. If you really want to be away from the crowd, you can also look at Wild elephant. Looks lovely.
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If honeymoon is what you are going for, why do you want to go to so many places. Choose one or 2 places and relax. Trust me (From experience) you will spend 75% of your time travelling and i am sure that is not what you want to be doing on a honeymoon.
Since you asked for suggestions,
1. Dont miss the houseboat in allepey/kumarakom. It is a good experience.
2. Go to Kumarakom if you want to relax in a nice resort along the backwaters
3. Thekkady : Greenery all around. Nice place to relax
4. Vagamon/ Valparai
Kearala is a beatiful place. So many places to visit. It all depends on how much you want to travel.
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@ All : Thaks for the inputs. I myself was thinking on the same lines like Bangalore- Coorg- Calicut- Allepey- Munnar/Thekkady and back to Bangalore.


@zteg: The honeymoon is not mine. And we are not heavy sightseeing people. We just want to cover different places and spend 1-2 days in each place. Sightseeing is not the main criteria.

I have been to kerala before, its for my wife and the new couple. I just want them to see kerala in its different avatars.
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Hi Zahed,

if you go to Munnar or Valparai stay in the secluded british estate bunglows. It gives the old world charm in surreal settings. Have a look at this thread for photographs http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...ays-bliss.html (Bangalore Munnar Kodaikanal Valparai - 10 days of bliss)

Roads in Kerala can be frustrating and its better you limit the travel time/no of places for a leasurely trip. I suggest you do:

1) Coorg (2 nights in your estate)
2) Calicut (2 nights at Kadavu resort, Kadavu Resort-Malabar Cuisine Resort Malabar culture Star hotels Malabar Traditional resort Malabar Architecture backwater+beach+ayurvedic massage)
3) Valparai via Athirampally falls (2 nights at Indraprastha bunglow as given in my thread - great waterfall, serene hill station, great food)
4) Munnar (3 nights at KDHP bunglow - great boat rides in the lakes, waterfalls, elephant ride, great food) - Bangalore.

The acco mentioned may be expensive but worth it especially for a once in lifetime honeymoon trip

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Thanks for all the imputs guys. How are the road conditions in Kerala? The last time I had been to kerala towards cochin/allepey side was in 2007 or so. How are the roads from Madikeri to Calicut and from there on towards allepey etc. Is it worthwhile to include thekkady in the plan as well? Any suggestions for accommodation there?
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Just did a trip from Bangalore and back via Thekaddy. I have been through the Cochin-Allepey-Thekaddy-Bangalore section of your plan. Good roads except for 20-30 kms after Thekaddy towards Bangalore.

I have been to Thekaddy twice and liked the place for it's serene and lesser commercialization than most of the hill stations. We also went on a night trek ( couple of years back) and am not sure anther it is still operational.
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Just did a trip from Bangalore and back via Thekaddy. I have been through the Cochin-Allepey-Thekaddy-Bangalore section of your plan. Good roads except for 20-30 kms after Thekaddy towards Bangalore.

I have been to Thekaddy twice and liked the place for it's serene and lesser commercialization than most of the hill stations. We also went on a night trek ( couple of years back) and am not sure anther it is still operational.
Any pointers on where to stay in the above places?

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Hi Zahed,

if you go to Munnar or Valparai stay in the secluded british estate bunglows. It gives the old world charm in surreal settings. Have a look at this thread for photographs http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...ays-bliss.html (Bangalore Munnar Kodaikanal Valparai - 10 days of bliss)

Roads in Kerala can be frustrating and its better you limit the travel time/no of places for a leasurely trip. I suggest you do:

1) Coorg (2 nights in your estate)
2) Calicut (2 nights at Kadavu resort, Kadavu Resort-Malabar Cuisine Resort Malabar culture Star hotels Malabar Traditional resort Malabar Architecture backwater+beach+ayurvedic massage)
3) Valparai via Athirampally falls (2 nights at Indraprastha bunglow as given in my thread - great waterfall, serene hill station, great food)
4) Munnar (3 nights at KDHP bunglow - great boat rides in the lakes, waterfalls, elephant ride, great food) - Bangalore.

The acco mentioned may be expensive but worth it especially for a once in lifetime honeymoon trip

Rgds

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Will check out the above. Thanks

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My plan would be as follows:

Coorg-Meppadi (Valentine Villa Resort, Meppadi, 04936- 236112, 09895089727)-Kozhikode (day visit to Kappad)-Alapuzha (houseboat, Sabu, 09447056684)-Munnar-Bangalore

Kumarji any idea how the roads from madikeri to calicut and further on? I have already been to meppadi in jan this year so skipping the same. Also any places to stay would help.
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