Famous Mosques in Kerala by Dream Holidays

Kerala is a very beautiful place in India having many tourism places, pilgrim centres. Coming to the point of mosques, it’s very important to note that the very first mosque of India was built in Kerala. Let’s go and explore some famous in Kerala.

Cheraman Juma masjid

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It was the first ever Muslim worship place that is established in India which was built in Kodungaloor. It played a significant role in the history of Kerala. One of the interesting factors about this place is that it resembles a Hindu temple in appearance. It is the first mosque in India and the second in the world where Juma Prayers start to conduct.

History Behind

The interesting story behind this place is that Cheraman Perumal-the ancient king of Kodungalloor accepted Islam religion and traveled to Mecca and on his way back passed away. Later Malik Ibn Deenar, who had played a vital role in spreading Islam across the state, established this place according to the wishes of Cheraman Perumal. The mosque faces east, symbolically towards Mecca.

The place is now known as Cheraman Malik Nagar in the honor of the legends.

  • Location: Kodunagalloor, Thrissur Town
  • Nearest Railway Station: Ernakulam
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin

 

Malik Ibn Deenar Mosque

  • Location: Thalankara, Kasargod

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As the name indicates, it was established by malik Ibn Deenar around AD 642 in Kasargod District. The Mosque is built in typical Kerala traditional style and is best preserved and maintained.  The place has great historical importance and is a very popular place of worship.  People from nearby states like Karnataka also often visit this place.  The typical  Kerala architecture is one of the additional attraction and Many of the Arabic writings about malik Dinar is carved on the pillars.

History

Malik Din Deenar was the propagator of Islam in Kerala, and it is said that he and his twelve followers established this as the mission of propagating Islam in all other parts of the state.

Mampuram Mosque, Thirurangadi

Mampuram Mosque, Thiruangadi

It is located in Tiruangadi in Malappuram District and has significant importance with the historic freedom struggle against the British Rule which is popularly known as- Mappila lahala of 1921.

History

This place was one of the top mustering places for the rebels during Mappila Lahala, which was a part of Khilafat movement which led to the empowerment of the Muslim League.

This place is also famous for Mambram Makham, which was held yearly in the month of Muhram.

Thazhathangady Juma Masjid,

  • Location: Kottayam
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam(4 km)
  • Nearest Airport: Cochin(50 km)

Thazhathangady Juma Masjid

This ancient mosque that is located on the banks of the famous river Meencahil in Kottayam District is one of the oldest one, which is said to be 100 years old. It is part of the heritage sites in Kerala and you can visit it on Kerala tour packages from your city Delhi. Breaking the hundred years of tradition this place is now opened for women to have a look at the inside.

Odathil Palli

  • Location: Thalassery
  • Nearest railway station: Thalassery
  • Nearest airport: Calicut

Odathil Palli

It is one of the old surviving mosques in Thalassery and the architecture is a mixture of Hindu and Muslim as seen mostly with the traditional mosques.

It has become a tourist attraction and is still in use for worship.

Beema Palli

  • Location: Thiruvanathapuram

Beema Palli

It is established by the Muslim spiritual leader Zainudh Makhdum and known as the Mecca in Kerala. It was once a center for Islamic education and is a famous record in Malabar Manual by William Logan.

It is one of the prominent mosques in the capital city of Kerala. And there is an interesting story behind this. Hazratha Bee Amma or Beema Beevi who believed to belong to the family of legend Prophet Mohammed and known to have come here for the propagation of Islam.

There is a belief that the medicated water from the wells of this mosque is capable of curing any disease, where one wall contains hot water and the other cold.

Sheik Fariduddin Mosque

  • Location: Ernakulam
  • Nearest railway station: Mulanthuruthy railway station
  • Nearest airport: Cochin International airport

Sheik Fariduddin Mosque

It is a well-known mosque that is located in Ernakulam district and can easily reach by train or Cochin international airport. The place is dedicated to Sheik Fariduddin and is well famous for the religious ritual-Kodikuthu, which is the annual festival of Kanjiramattom, which draws a large number of tourists from all over.

Ponnani Juma Masjid

  • Location: Malappuram

Ponnani Juma Masjid

And after all these time much has been added and much has got removed from the architecture and style of the mosques, but the tradition remains rich, even the expression change.

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Kerala A Complete Versatile Destination of India – Dream Holidays

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Kerala owns the title of God’s Own Country which is very much apt. Kerala is blessed with abundance of lush green land, rivers, and backwaters, mountains with rain forests and a long coastal line. The climate of this place also plays an important role in bringing more tourists on Kerala tour packages from Delhi and other cities. Tourism in Kerala is a developing sector. There are several factors in Kerala which attracts the tourists like good places, nice climate, great food and friendly people. Kerala is also known as the land of spices. The vegetation here includes spices like black pepper, cardamom, cloves, ginger etc which are very famous in international markets. Kerala also exports tea. Another important crop is Coconut. Kerala derives its name from the coconut tree. Kerala means the land of coconut trees. Kerala is situated between the Arabian Sea on one side and the Western Ghats on the other side. The landscape of Kerala includes a variety of beaches, hill stations, forests, mountains, backwaters, rivers, lagoons, fertile plains etc.

The Coastal Line

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The long coastal line of Kerala which runs like a backbone along the length of the state has many beautiful beaches like Kovalam beach, Varkala beach, Alappuzha beach, Cherai beach,Chavakkad beach, Ponnani beach, Kozhikode beach, Muzhapilangad beach, Payyambalam beach, Kasargod beach etc. Kovalam is a beach town in Thiruvananthapuram with several serene beaches which attract many tourists. There are many good resorts on the beaches at Kovalam where you can stay and enjoy the beauty of Kerala coast during your Kerala packages from Delhi. You can also get your adrenaline pumped up by activities like surfing and gliding with the waves or simply take a dip in the blue waters of the calm sea. Varkala beach is a cliff-side beach with good scenic beauty. The cliffs found in Varkala, adjacent to the Arabian Sea are a unique geological feature on the otherwise plain Kerala coast. It is declared as a geo-heritage site and a geological monument by Geological Survey of India (GSI). The Papanasam beach is considered to have holy waters which wash away all sins. Alappuzha beach is a tourist attraction where there is a 150 years old pier which extends to the sea. Cherai beach, Chavakkad beach, Ponnani beach, Kozhikode beach, Payyambalam beach and Kasargod beach are some of the major beaches which line the coastal strip of Kerala. Muzhapilangad beach is the only drive-in beach among these. There you can enjoy a ride in your car seeing the waves and feeling the salt tasted wind on your face.

Hill stations of Kerala

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Some of the famous hill stations of Kerala are Munnar, Thekkady, Vagamon, Ponmudi, Lakkidi, Vythiri, Idukki, Peerrmedu, Malampuzha and Mattupetty. Munnar is an ideal place to relax and unwind yourself. Take a break from your busy life to enjoy its unparalleled shades of green and nice climate. Munnar is situated at the confluence of three rivers, located at an elevation of about 1600m above sea level. The rolling tea-planted hills and the mist above them together make a lifetime memory indeed! Thekkady is yet another excellent destination for Kerala honeymoon packages. It is blessed with lush flora and diverse fauna. Periyar wildlife sanctuary is home to many elephants. You can enjoy elephant safari and boat ride in Periyar lake. You can go for trekking also there. Ayyampuzha, Gavi, Athirapally, Charalkunnu, Malayattur, Kalpetta, Thiruvambadi, Malakkappara, Vithura, and Ranipuram are some among the lesser known hill stations of Kerala. Though these places are less explored by tourists, they are like pristine beauties of nature, waiting to be discovered!

The Greener side – Rain Forests

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Kerala is blessed with lush greenery and a varied wildlife. There is many reserved forest areas and protected biospheres in Kerala. There are more than twenty- five popular wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary, Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, Mangalavanam Wildlife Sanctuary, Thattekkad Wildlife Sanctuary, Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary etc are some of the wildlife sanctuaries of Kerala you can visit during your Kerala travel packages. Each one has its own specialties and set of flora and fauna. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary and Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary are famous for the variety of migrating birds visiting them every year from distant lands. Eravikulam National Park, Silent valley National Park, Anamudi Shola National Park, Mathikettan Shola National Park and Pampadum Shola National Park are also situated in the protected forest areas of Kerala and are home to many species of birds and animals.

Mountains and Peaks

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The Western Ghats stand taller as the eastern border of Kerala. They play an important role in bringing the monsoons in abundance to Kerala. Aanamudi is the highest peak in the Western Ghats and South India. The peak of Aanamudi is at an elevation of 2,695 meters, and a topographic prominence of 2,479 meters. Palakkad Gap is a low mountain pass in the Western Ghats with an average elevation of 140 meters and a width of 30 kilometers. The districts of Idukki, Wayanad, Malappuram, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta also have many big and small mountains. Some of them can offer you a good trek.

Rivers of Kerala

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There is a network of 44 rivers across the land of Kerala. Among these, 41 flow to the West to join the Arabian Sea and the other 3 rivers flow in the eastern direction. These rivers are the blood line of Kerala which provides water for drinking, irrigation, power generation and agricultural needs. Bharathapuzha (Nila), Periyar, Pamba, Kabini are some of the major rivers of Kerala. There are many dams constructed in the rivers for irrigation purposes. There are many hydroelectric power stations as well.

Backwaters and Lagoons

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Alappuzha is the land of backwaters. It is known as the Venice of the East for its beauty. Houseboats and smaller boats are available in Alappuzha. You can choose any kind of boat and enjoy a ride through the back waters. Snake boat race is conducted in the name Nehru Trophy Vallam Kali every year where snake boats compete against each other for the title of the fastest boat. Kuttanad, Kumarakom, and Pathiramanal are among the favorite destinations in Alappuzha. Canoeing or Kayaking or a simple boat ride, whichever you prefer you can experience in Alappuzha. There are many salt watered lakes and fresh water lakes in Kerala. Vembanad lake, Sasthamkotta lake, Ashtamudi lake, Pookkode lake, Vellayani lakes are among the freshwater lakes of Kerala.

The fertile Plain lands of Kerala

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The fertile plain lands of Kerala are ideal for cultivation with the right amount of rainfall and other favoring factors. The main crops cultivated in Kerala are spices like black pepper, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, turmeric etc. The staple of Keralites is rice. You can find acres of paddy fields in areas like Palakkad and Kuttanad. Other agricultural lands are used for food crops like tapioca, coconut, vegetables, regional fruits like jackfruit, plantain, mango etc. There are many estates or plantations with money crops like rubber, areca nut, coffee, tea beetle leaves etc.

The Rich Culture

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The rich culture and the varied heritage of Kerala are worth exploring on your Kerala honeymoon packages from Delhi. There are many religions in Kerala like Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and they all thrive in mutual respect without any conflicts. The main festivals in Kerala are celebrated by all Keralites irrespective of caste and creed. Onam, the harvest festival, is the national festival of Kerala. Other major festivals are Vishu, Eid-ul-fithr, Christmas, Thiruvathira, Bakrid etc. In addition to these, there are many regional festivals like Thrissur Pooram, Aatukal Ponkala, Nenmara Vela and other festivals related to temples, mosques, and churches across the state.

The art forms of Kerala include Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Ottan Thullal, Koodiyattam, Chakyarkoothu, Thiruvathirakkali, Kerala Nadanam, Margam Kali, Chavittu Nadakam, Oppana, Duff Muttu, Kolkkali etc. Kerala has also contributed well in the fields of literature and film industry with many gifted authors, artists, musicians and actors.

Kerala Cuisine

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Kerala cuisine is famous for its flavors. Keralites love vegetarian and non-vegetarian varieties. Kerala Sadya, which is served on a plantain leaf, is famous for its number and variety of dishes. Non-vegetarian delicacies like beef roast, mutton chops, chicken varieties and seafood varieties are also very well known among tourists.

Districts in Kerala

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There is a total of fourteen districts in Kerala. Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargod are the fourteen districts of Kerala. Each district has its own unique specialties. Kerala is celebrating its 60 years on November 1st, 2016. Kerala was formed as a state on November 1st, 1956. The official language of Kerala is Malayalam. Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala.

A Memorable Trip to Wayanad on Kerala Packages from Delhi

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We had reached Bangalore on Friday morning on our way to Kerala. Closer to our destination on this year Kerala packages from Delhi, we were all quite excited. Every year, since 2010, we friends have been visiting Kerala during the Christmas holidays without fail. Every year, we plan on a different location and every time it has been completely awesome experiences. That’s why we keep coming back here for more, year after year! Last year it was Kochi and that’s when someone told us to check out Wayanad. And they added that the best way to enjoy Wayanad is to travel by road from Mysore as most of the people from Karnataka do during long weekends. So this year, we decided to explore our entire trip by road and since 5 of us were there, we drove taking turns and resting during the night. We are young, but not reckless!

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The road trip from Mysore to Wayanad through the Bandipur forests took hardly 3 hours, much less that what people told us would take it to reach Wayanad from Kochi! By the time we reached Wayanad, we were totally excited because of the views that welcomed us on our way itself. The last time I enjoyed driving this much was on the road trip to Agra through the new highway last year. It was refreshing. There was very little traffic and lush greenery all around. The climate was pretty cool too. We drove via Muthanga forest range but did not stop by as we had already planned to explore it in detail with a guide. We were experienced enough to expect hidden dangers, especially the lone tuskers, in this part of the country. We reached the resort close to lunch time and had just enough time to get fresh and ready for the lunch. We were already huge fans of the lavish Kerala lunch and along with that we enjoyed some fish fry too. The resort was cool, with traditional wooden panels and architecture. It belonged to a close friend who lived in Australia and he had made all arrangements for us including a full-time guide. The guide explained us the tour plan and we started with it soon after lunch.

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Our first visit was the Neelimala viewpoint. It was a spectacular view of greenery through the foggy hills. The place kept the shutterbugs busy for a while. We enjoyed the refreshing air and walked around for a while. Then we visited the Soochippara waterfalls. We were told that these waterfalls were best visited during the monsoons as it will be in full gear during that time. Thanks to the rains in the forest area around the waterfalls, it was still gorgeous and we kept ourselves safe while clicking some photos. There were a lot of tourists around this area as the Christmas holidays had started in Kerala. We decided to visit the Thusharagiri waterfall which was a little off-route from our tour map. We had recently seen the Malayalam movie Ennu Ninte Moitheen which had the Iruvazhinji river as one of the main characters and wanted to explore that area too! It got late by the time we could come back to our route, and we were back in our resort soon.

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The resort manager had arranged a campfire as it was quite cold, though pleasant for us Delhi people! We enjoyed the wheat Porotta and Chicken curry with coconut gravy and had a good sleep. The next day morning, we left for our trek to Chembra Peak. Though none of us were married, we seriously regretted that and made a note to visit the love lake during our honeymoon. It was that romantic and beautiful. The evergreen lake in the middle of lush greenery resembled the heart shape and the mist that covered the area, made it look surreal! It was an exciting trek. We stopped by at many places to take photos. At every spot we thought this was the best so far, but as we reached the peak, we realized this was Bliss! The clouds, mist, breeze and greenery around us made the place look heavenly. We spent more than an hour just walking around and enjoyed lying down in the grass there for some time. Our next destination was Banasura Sagar Dam where we would spend the night and explore the next day morning. After the exciting trek, we all wanted some rest and the resort near the dam was just perfect with a spa. We all enjoyed an Ayurvedic massage here.

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The next day morning, we were all excited about the Dam view and the boating options at the reservoir. We spent the entire day exploring this place and took rest at the resort in the evening. The sunset view from the resort overlooking the river was awesome. We were in our resort at Wayanad by night and the next day morning we set out to explore the Edakkal caves. It was not too big to explore, but a lot of fun squeezing through the narrow rocks and we emerged out like winners, only to see kids running in and out of the cave without any effort! Our next destination on Kerala tour packages from Delhi was Sulthan Bathery to explore the remains of old Jain temples that were destroyed by Tippu Sulthan. We also visited the museum here which showcased a lot of information on the importance of Wayanad in the history of Kerala.

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The next day was our last day at Wayanad and we explored the plantations at Lakkidi the entire day. The guide took us to some amazing tea and coffee plantations here which resembled the places we saw in Munnar a couple of years back. The climate was amazing and the greenery was stunning. We enjoyed the simple yet tasty food served at the plantation resort. They had some dogs and some livestock too and we were delighted to meet the owner of the plantation who was a very lively senior citizen enjoying his retired life.

The next day morning, we were on our way back to Mysore, from where we had to reach Delhi before the New Year’s Eve! Since we were enjoying our road trip, it didn’t matter how long we took to reach as we drove safely and were in no hurry. New Year’s Eve was another couple of days to go and we reached Delhi sound and safe on 31st December, by afternoon.

Exploring Wayanad’s Wilderness with Kerala Packages

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A romantic honeymoon trip is a great way to kick start new marriage. A honeymoon should be celebrated in a romantic place where the couple can get completely lost in each other. Kerala honeymoon packages are an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience for honeymoon couples. Wayanad, Lakkidi, and Vythiri are some among the sought after honeymoon destinations. The bewitching waterfalls, enchanting forests and misty mountain ranges of Wayanad and Lakkidi are the perfect destinations for the honeymoon couples on Kerala tours. In Kerala, you can plan a quick weekend honeymoon to a luxurious month-long vacation and still find it awesome! ­­­In case you have more time to spend, you can also plan for a Kerala trip. Kerala tour will be the most memorable gift to give to your new partner. Kerala honeymoon from Delhi includes many beautiful places in Wayanad district like Vythiri, Lakkidi and other places in the district. Wayanad is blessed with lush greenery and nice climate which together makes it the perfect honeymoon destination for newlywed couples. You can choose from a wide range of luxurious resorts in Wayanad. Vythiri Resorts, Vythiri Mist Resort, Vythiri Village, Wild Plannet,  The Windflower Resort & Spa, Robin Hills Resort, Peter’s Coffee Creek, Wayanad Silver Woods, Agaraharam Resorts, God’s Land Resort etc are some of the popular resorts where you can enjoy your honeymoon holidays there.

Lakkidi – Lake, Plantations, and Bamboo Rafting

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Lakkidi is the gateway to Wayanad district. Lakkidi is one of the highest locations in Wayanad. Lakkidi is situated 700 meters above mean sea level, atop Thamarassery ghat pass. The nearest town is Vythiri, just 5 km from Lakkidi. Pookot Lake and the Sight-seeing point on Ghat road are nearby tourist spots. The viewpoint is very famous here and many tourists stop by to take pictures. There are a number of tourist resorts within 5 km from Lakkidi for the tourists on Kerala honeymoon packages from Delhi. The soaring mountain peaks, plentiful vegetation, and the gurgling brooks are appealing to the tourists. A panoramic view of the deep valleys of Wayanad, with its winding roads, is quite overwhelming. Three km from Lakkidi is the Pookot Lake which is the natural freshwater lake and one of the rare reservoirs of water in Wayanad.  The lake is surrounded on all sides by meadows and hills. You can enjoy a romantic boat ride in the lake with your partner.

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A few kms from the Lake is the Chembra Peak and the love lake. This is a very popular trekking trail for honeymoon couples and family tourists. The love lake comes in the middle of the trek and is a beautiful site surrounded by greenery. The lake always has water in it and is in a heart’s shape and hence called the love lake! The misty mountains make it a perfect romantic spot for taking photos on your Kerala tour packages from Delhi. Bamboo rafting at Kuruva islands is another popular sport to enjoy while in Lakkidi. The island will remind you of the medieval days as it is totally uninhabited except for the birds, reptiles and some monkeys! Kuruva Island is a perfect spot to unwind in nature and for bird watching. Another interesting place to visit in Lakkidi is the Chained tree which is believed to be haunted! The tree has historic importance though it is worshipped for totally different reasons. It is believed that the British killed the tribal young man who showed them a shorted way to reach the other part of the forest and he was killed so that the soldier could take the credit for the path. This youngster’s spirit is believed to be bound to the tree using the chain and nail.

Wayanad – Caves, Temple Remains, and Waterfalls

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Wayanad is a beautiful hilly region in the Western Ghats. Wayanad is bestowed with lush green dense forests, lofty ridges, deep valleys and beautiful lakes. It is also an ideal destination for trekking and camping if you and your partner love to take up some adventure together. Both of you can just escape into an arcane world tucked away in the hills of Wayanad and get lost in the beauty of nature. Feel the cold breeze that rushes over rivers and forests, experience the wind rustle your hair and the kiss of mists clinging to mountains. Experience nature at its best here on your Kerala packages from Delhi! You will dwell in perfect harmony with nature wrapped in the lush embrace of a tropical rainforest, pristine and unexplored yet. Wayanad will be the perfect destination for your honeymoon because it just feels like a fairy tale place. You can really experience the magical touch of Mother Nature. The cool mist and the calm surroundings will make you and your partner relaxed. You can enjoy all the beauty of the lush forests and gurgling streams, together. Let the bond of your marriage grow stronger each day and let the perfect honeymoon be the wonderful start of it.

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While in Wayanad, you can visit the Edakkal Caves which has some stone-age carvings and pictures. It is a perfect spot to enjoy some adventure and rock climbing during your Kerala packages. There are many ravishing waterfalls also near Wayanad that you can enjoy during your sightseeing. Do not miss Soochippara falls and Kanthappara falls while in Wayanad. The best experience will be the wildlife safari on an elephant or a jeep. That’s the perfect way to enjoy Kerala’s nature in raw elements. There are many remains of old Jain Temples also nearby. Some of them were destroyed by Tippu Sultan and used as his weapon warehouse. Pazhassiraja’s museum and tomb are other places of historical importance in Wayanad. When you are in Wayanad, you can also visit the Banasura Sagar Dam. The Dam and the catchment area are very beautiful and the sunset there is truly romantic. Do not miss the chance to visit the beautiful Kabani River and Neelimala viewpoint that are popular tourist destinations in Wayanad. The hardcore adventure enthusiasts will enjoy the trek to Pakshipathalam caves.

A Quick Getaway to Kerala | Travelogue

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As some of our friends suggested, we had booked our Kerala honeymoon packages a week after our marriage. We actually wanted to book it much later, till we got settled in our new apartment in Delhi where we shifted after the wedding. But we were too excited because of the 3-day wedding ceremony and all our friends and cousins getting together to make our wedding a gala event that we thought it is best to plan a quick getaway sooner than later. So without any planning, on the second day after our wedding, after checking with a couple of friends, we decided on Kerala as our destination and booked the honeymoon trip. We kept it to bare minimum travel as we were too exhausted after the pre-marriage functions, parties and meeting up with people, physically and mentally. So the whole idea was to go somewhere where there’s very little noise and no people to disturb and enjoy a week of being together. So we decided to skip the typical locations for Kerala honeymoon from Delhi suggested by the tour people and planned to visit a beautiful place called Kakkayam in Kozhikode. Our agent had shown us some beautiful photos of the place and resorts there and also a couple of clippings from some movies. It looked beautiful and tranquil and we instantly booked a resort nearby.

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We were booked in beach resort near the Kappad beach which looked beautiful. We got down at the airport and the tour manager had arranged a cab to take us to the resort. Kakkayam was a little more than an hour’s drive from here. But it was great as we enjoyed the beachside and the beautiful ethnic interiors of the resort. The staffs were courteous and the stay was quite comfortable. The food was AWESOME. I have to tell this because I am very picky about what I eat and was not too sure how I would manage south Indian food during our Kerala honeymoon packages . Kerala food turned out to be really tasty, though I am not a foodie! We reached before noon and just settled down and had our lunch on the first day in Kerala. As we were not too keen to travel much, we decided to spend the day enjoying the beach instead. The sunset view was too beautiful. We visited the memorial stone laid in remembrance of Vasco da Gama who set foot on this beach way back in the 14th century and established a new spice route to India. The resort had arranged a special candlelit dinner for us that night which we thoroughly enjoyed. There was live music too!

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The next day morning we woke up just in time to view the beautiful sunrise too which was a great way to start an energising day. The resort had a Yoga instructor and she taught us some basic breathing and stretching postures that made us feel great instantly. Though we had never tried it, we realized that Yoga is a great way of living as we still practice those basics even now and it makes us fresh like the morning dew. After the filling breakfast of Puttu and Kadala, we set out to visit Kakkayam Dam, our main destination of Kerala tour packages from Delhi. We reached in a little less than one and half hours. The place looked surreal! I mean the dam, the lake, the reservoir, and the hills; and there was so much greenery around. It looked just as our tour manager had shown in the movie clippings! We spent the whole day exploring the area along with our driver-cum-guide. We did some trekking, enjoyed a small waterfall nearby and took a lot of pictures. The best part was that the place was not at all crowded! We were back at the resort just before sunset and enjoyed the sunset view too from our room. It was truly refreshing. The resort had arranged live performance of Mohiniyattom and Kathakali that evening as there were a group of tourists from Europe who wanted to enjoy it and luckily we also got a chance to enjoy the traditional performing art. I thoroughly enjoyed Mohiniyattom as it was a very gentle act. The lady looked like a goddess dressed in ivory colour attire adorned with golden colour jewellery. She set the right mood for a romantic evening. The Kathakali performance was magnificent.

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For the next two days, we were on a city tour to Kozhikode. We visited a couple of old temples that looked serene and unlike any temple I have visited in the north. We visited the Kozhikode beach, did some shopping at SM Street, enjoyed typical Kerala lunch, and spent some time relaxing at the Mananchira square. We also visited the Krishna Menon museum, Kunjali house and Othena house. Our guide also took us to a Kalarippayattu camp where we saw many young men and women practice this tough and ancient martial art. It was amazing! We even visited a couple of waterfalls though I can’t really name them. Malayalam is a really tough language! So after 3 days of roaming around, though that was the last thing we wanted to do during our Kerala packages from Delhi, we decided to take a day’s rest in the resort itself. That’s when we experienced bliss. The resort had an exotic spa where they offered an invigorating Ayurveda massage with natural oils enriched with herbs and spices. The entire day was quite relaxing and refreshing. We had ample rest that day and continued with our tour to visit Peruvannamuzhi dam the next day. That was picturesque too. We visited the dam, enjoyed our food at a nearby village which the driver had arranged for us and visited the crocodile rehab center. I wondered why I had never heard or read about these places for Kerala honeymoon though they are too beautiful and romantic.

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Glad that we went on a houseboat cruise to the Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary, or else we would have missed the most exciting part of Kerala packages. We enjoyed the entire day cruising through the backwaters and had some relishing seafood onboard. Watching the sunset from the boat was truly a beautiful sight. The entire surroundings seemed to be painted in hues of orange that slowly turned dark and blue. We could feel the tides as the boat started swaying a little on our way back though it was more serene during the day time. But the entire experience was something we both would cherish forever. In fact, the houseboat cruise completed our Kerala holiday experience – the beach, the dam, waterfalls, lake, hills and valleys at Kakkayam, a village and the backwaters! The next day, we packed our bags back to Delhi but promised ourselves to be back in this same resort soon to enjoy the monsoons in Kerala.