Hi friends! Kerala is not called God's Own Country for nothing. It is one place which gives you everything as far as travel is concerned.

To enjoy and explore every moment of your travel, the best way is to travel with friends. Any destination would be full of fun and excitement with your friends around. Even an ordinary trip can turn to be a colorful, vibrant and joyful one with friends. In Kerala, there are lots of places that can be visited with your friends. The exciting part of traveling with friends is that there would be no limit to explore and experience. The opportunity to get lost in offbeat locations and also to explore the less explored locations come handy while traveling with friends.
IndusGo Self drive car rental comes as a perfect companion for a trip with your friends. It is the best way to share the expense and travel with your buddies without any worries. IndusGo has a strong network in Kerala. So you can book the car from anywhere and can avail IndusGo self-drive car rental service.  If you are planning a trip with your buddies to explore beautiful places in Kerala then check this list out.
Kochi is the fastest growing city in Kerala. There is a lot to explore in Kochi especially when you are out with your friends. Kochi has unending options for food, shopping, exploring and roaming around. To get a perfect break and for maximum entertainment, Kochi is the destination. Cochin Airport is the Largest and busiest Airport in Kerala and offering International connectivity to the world. You can rent a car near Cochin Airport and enjoy the experience offered by Kochi. Important attractions are Lulu Mall with multiplex movie theatres, Fort Kochi, Subhash Park, and Jew Street, Kochi is an entertaining location.
Poovar is a small tourist village in Neyyattinkara, Trivandrum. It is a serene and pristine place away from the hustles of the city. If you are looking to have a fun-filled and relaxed place to spend time with your buddies, then you should travel to Poovar.  There are many accommodations available that provide an exotic ambiance in this coastal village. The nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport. The key attraction of Poovar is Poovar beach which is accessible only by boat. Swimming is not much entertained in this beach due to strong undercurrent.
Kovalam is a small coastal town in the city of Trivandrum. It attracts a good number of tourists every year. It has three beaches namely Lighthouse Beach, Hawah Beach and Samudra Beach. There is a large number of resorts and homestays in and around Kovalam Beach. There are lots of small and big hotels lining the beach. You can have tasty cuisine and a wide variety of drinks from these hotels facing the sea.
Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of Kerala. It is a perfect capital with the glory of the past and the infrastructure of modern times. Unlike other capital cities of India, Trivandrum has no rush and everything seems to be in peace. The heart of the city itself has a list of tourist spots: Padmanabha Temple, Kuthiramalika, Napier Museum, Planetarium, Zoo. Moreover, Ponmudi, a small hill station, lots of beaches, churches, mosques, and temples are there.  All the places are easily accessible by car. If you and your buddies are a history buzz, then Thiruvananthapuram can entertain you a lot. The roads are less crowded as compared to other capital cities.
Varkala beach is unique in all sense. It is the only beach in south India, that has a cliff near to the sea. The Varkala cliff has an ambiance similar to Goa.  It is an ideal location for friends traveling together. It is listed as one among the top ten seasonal beaches in the world by the discovery channel. Varkala is also called as Papanasam beach. This beach is ideal for bathing, swimming, and fun activities. It is easily accessible by road, both from Kollam and Trivandrum. The nearest railway station is Varkala Railway station.
Kollam is an old port town. It was an active port and was a hub of Chinese trade. Kollam has a variety of things to offer from the beautiful palace to backwaters. There are lots to see in this beautiful town which is near to the state capital. Main tourist attraction of Kollam is Thevally Palace, Munroe Islands, Thenmala eco-tourism, mangrove forest at Ayiramthengu, Palaruvi waterfalls, Azheekal beach, and Paravur backwaters.
Alleppey is known as the 'Venice of the East', it is renowned for its water bodies that flow criss-cross through the district. Alleppey is one of the most popular tourist spots in Kerala. The key attraction is the backwater and the houseboat. Beaches, boats, and backwaters that is what all Alleppey is mainly about. It is an ideal destination to have fun with your friends enjoying the marine food and beautiful scenic.
Vagamon has a lot to offer for those who are trying to seek challenge and adventure. From paragliding to trekking, Vagamon comes with a variety of option. The misty hills, tea plantations, Pine forest, and meadows are a major attraction. Vagamon has the best off-road drive options and for more thrill try ziplining, Rock Climbing, and mountaineering.
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Thekkady in Idukki district is home to the country’s largest Tiger Reserve and through boating facility, it offers the opportunity to spot wild animals in their natural habitat. Anakkara, Murikkady, Mangala Devi Temple, Chellarkovil are the major attractions near Thekkady.
Munnar is the most famous and popular tourist destination in Kerala. It is all about the beauty of nature in abundance. If you are a nature lover, a self-drive trip from Kochi to Munnar will give you an everlasting memory in life. Munnar is the best option to unleash your heart and mind with nature. There are beautiful homestays and resorts in Munnar that provides a good experience of living in harmony with nature. Most of the resorts allow campfire at night along with music and food.
Kumarakom is actually a cluster of islands. Kumarakom is located near Kottayam, this place is known for its enchanting backwater. To experience the backwater of Kerala and to enjoy the seafood one must visit Kumarakom. Moreover, it is an ideal location for a trip with your best buddies.
Thrissur is known as the cultural capital of Kerala. The famous festival ’ Thrissur Pooram’ that attracts lakhs of people happens in this city. The main attractions of Thrissur are the temples and churches. Thiruvambady temple, Vadakkumnatha temple and Paramekkavu temple, and the two churches the Our Lady of Lourdes Metropolitan Cathedral and the Our Lady of Dolor’s "New Church" Basilica are the biggest in South Asia.
Nelliyampathy Hills is located in the Palakkad district of Kerala. It is a mesmerizing destination and the most popular attraction of Palakkad. One needs to drive from Nemmara town to reach the  Nelliyampathy Hills. The drive itself is worth enjoying. The attractive landscape and hills of varying size are worth enjoying. 
The beaches, cuisine and the famous shopping streets are the major attractions of Kozhikode. Kozhikode has The city is also unofficially called the food capital of Kerala for its rich variety of food items. There are many famous food joints in the city that serve authentic Malabar food. If you are a foodie and enjoy exploring different taste then you should never skip Kozhikodan Halwa, Kozhikodan stuffed mussels, milk sharbat
Wayanad is the least populous district in Kerala and also it has lots of tourist attractions. This place is loaded with alluring destinations: waterfalls, caves, tea and coffee estates. The most distinctive feature of Wayanad is the Edakkal caves, which belongs to prehistoric culture. The nearest airport is Karipur Airport or Kozhikode airport. The road to Wayanad is known for its hairpin bends and tunnels.


This is a guest post by Krati Agarwal.

Hello friends! Here are a few Tips On How to Plan For a Perfect Long Weekend Trip.

Have you got a long weekend off? Are you planning to go out and unwind? There are tons of things you can do on a long weekend. You can go camping, trekking, star gazing, visiting old friends or family, going to a nearby hill station or just discovering new places in your city.

But it is always advisable as well as desirable to plan well before embarking on any journey. And when it is a short trip like a weekend, the need to plan becomes all the more important so that you can get maximum pleasure from your trip. So here are a few suggestions, that you can keep in mind before going for your next weekend trip.

The process of planning a long weekend can be confusing. So, let us break it down step by step.

1. How Much To Spend?

Splurging for a long weekend is all fun and games. That is until you realize that your bank account is in jeopardy because you splurged too much! Be mindful of how much you can afford to spend before removing that wad of cash.
Before you decide the place, decide the cost. How much can you afford to spend?
You have to keep in mind the cost of traveling, the cost of accommodations, the cost of food and the cost of souvenirs (if you buy any).
Choose your place keeping in mind the budget you have.

Spend your money wisely

2. Where to Go?

After deciding on a budget, you proceed to choose a place that fits your requirements. It is a long weekend, not a long vacation. Keep in mind the time available to you to travel.
Although it is a long weekend, it won’t be long before Monday comes chasing you (or Tuesday). You don’t want to be tired on the first day of the work from the week because of having too much fun.
Travel closer to home. Not only will you save time traveling, but you will also be able to come back quickly if there is an emergency at work or in personal life. Traveling closer to home does not necessarily mean that there are no interesting places nearby. Every place hides its own treasures. It is all about finding it. Once you find it, the place will leave you in awe.

Decide according to budget

3. How to Pack?

Pack light. You do not need a heavy backpack for a long weekend trip. Take one set of clothes for each day and an extra pair of clothes to be on a safer side. Carry only one pair of shoes and other essentials along with it.
You are going to enjoy a long weekend trip. You will be traveling for only a couple of days. There is no need to carry extra items along with you. Take only what is necessary.
A heavy backpack is not only unnecessary; it will also hinder you when you are traveling.
You also have to keep in mind the dangers of having your bag stolen. If you are packed too heavily, it makes you a more likely target.
Packing lightly is not only convenient; it will not hinder your movements.

4. How to Go?

Are you going by train? Are you taking a bus? Or are you taking your own car? Decide your means of transportation.
If you are using public transportation, book your tickets in advance.
If you are driving personally or you have hired a car, check the route beforehand. You don’t want to be caught in traffic. Plan your route and make the appropriate pit stops when needed. Download an offline version of Google Maps to be on a safer side.
You could lose a lot of time by not knowing where to go. Waste less time by planning ahead.

Choose how to go

5. Where Do I Stay?

Book your accommodations in advance if you do not have a place to stay.
Do not wait to reach your destination before booking a place to stay. You may face unwanted obstacles if you do so.
If you are lucky, you will find a place to stay. Or else you may be met with a rejection by the staff due to the place already being fully booked.
You may even have to end up compromising and staying in an unknown place. It is better to book your accommodation in advance.
This will not only ensure that you have a place to stay, but it also ensures your safety. You do not want to stay in an unknown place with dubious surroundings.

Get a place to stay

6. Places to Visit

Once you have decided on where to go and how to go, the next step is which places you will be visiting once you reach your destination.
Research the places near your destination. Narrow down the possibilities and choose the places of interest.
This will save you a lot of time. You will avoid being confused once you reach your destination.
Do not forget to check the route between the places, you will visit and your area of residence during the stay. Download an offline Map. Plan your route and waste less time.

Know local places

7. Where Do I Go Today?

Regardless of how short the trip is; have a rough plan on what you want to do for the day. Plan your day.
Decide on which places you want to visit today. Do not leave it for the end moment and think that you will go with the flow. Choose the places you will visit for the day.
Planning this will make sure that you will not run around unnecessarily and you will not miss out on any of the places.

Plan for the day

8. What is Special?

What is your planned destination most famous for? Are there any local festivals going to take place? What is the specialty of this place?
Keep these questions in mind when you are researching on your destination. This will help you in enjoying your trip to the maximum.
For example, if you are hoping to spend a quiet weekend in some mountains but the locals have a festival going on, well, you can say goodbye to your quiet time.

Although you will witness the lively local culture, the aim of your trip will not be met.

Or the purpose of your trip is to witness this liveliness. You are visiting a place to explore the locality. But you have not researched this place. You go and travel superficially. Meanwhile, a local festival or fair is happening just a few miles away from you, but you do not know of this. You will miss out on the liveliness that you wish to enjoy.


Even if you know it, due to lack of accommodations and planning, you will miss out on this festival or event.

If you know that there is a festival or event taking place, you can prepare yourself accordingly. You can move closer or farther away from it depending on what you seek.

These are the things you need to keep in mind when you travel for a long weekend. Do not forget to return back on time. Although the trip is meant for you to unwind from the mundane and tiresome routine of your daily life, traveling can also drain you. Leave yourself with enough time to return home and rest before you once again fall back into the busy schedule of your life.
So plan your journey, pack smartly, travel wisely and enjoy your long weekend.

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Krati Agarwal

Krati Agarwal is a Fashion, Motivation and a Lifestyle writer. She has a keen interest in creating new content. She loves experimenting with things. She is an engineer by profession but a writer by passion. 

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ABOUT SPITI VALLEY AND IT'S TOUR – Spiti Valley is a cold mountain desert valley in Himachal Pradesh state of North India. It is one of the most spectacular places in India to visit. Spiti meaning "middle land" is situated at a very high altitude in the Himalayas. It separates India from Tibet. Surrounded by the high mountain ranges Spiti has an altitude of 12500 ft. Spiti Valley is a part of Lahaul and Spiti district and its headquarter is at Kaza, around 5.5 km(3.4mi) from Spiti. A river of the same name i.e. Spiti river flows through Kaza. A complete tour of Spiti Valley will give you a lot of adventurous and memorable moments.


Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
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ITINERARY FOR A 7 DAY TOUR OF SPITI VALLEY - While Travelling to Spiti Valley you will pass through many interesting places, each unique in its own way. Covering the whole Spiti Valley circuit comfortably takes around 10 days. However, it is possible to complete the Spiti Valley tour in 7 days and still not miss anything. I will present below, a detailed itinerary of a tour to Spiti Valley, which will take you through some of the most enchanting places in and around Spiti Valley. Just read on.


Spiti Valley in 7 days

Here I present a 7-day Spiti Valley itinerary to you, and you will see you will not miss any of the major attractions of Spiti Valley.


Let’s take Delhi as the base.

  • Day 1 - Delhi to Shimla/ Narkanda
  • Day 2 - Shimla/ Narkanda to Reckong Peo
  • Day3 - Reckong Peo to Kaza
  • Day4 - Kaza to Kibber/ Komik/ Langza/ Key Monastery
  • Day5 - Dhankar Lake Trek
  • Day6 - Kaza to Chandratal Lake
  • Day7 - Chandratal - Manali - Delhi


Delhi to Shimla/ Narkanda

The Spiti Valley itinerary begins from Delhi. It is suggested to start late at night or early morning from Delhi so as to reach Shimla by afternoon. In case you want to spend the night at Narkanda, it is a further two hours drive from Shimla (irrespective of whether you are using your own or public transport). I would recommend Narkanda for two reasons. First, you would have travelled an additional 60 km for the day and it is more peaceful than Shimla. Secondly, if you manage to reach Narkanda by afternoon, you can get to visit Hatu peak, the highest point in the entire Shimla district, which presents a mesmerizing view from the top.

Hatu Peak,Narkanda


Shimla/ Narkanda to Reckong Peo

Once again, start early so that you can reach Reckong Peo on time. The road condition is not so good at some stretches so you will have to keep your speed very slow. Narkanda to Reckong Peo is around 170 km. You will surely enjoy the journey because most of it will be along the river Satluj. After travelling half the distance (about 80 km), the road starts getting bad near a place called Jeori. So Narkanda to Reckong Peo may take 6 hours to cover the distance. Stay at Reckong Peo for the night. Relax and roam around to explore the place.

Reckong Peo, Spiti Valley
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Reckong Peo to Kaza

The most difficult part of the Spiti Valley tour begins now. You will be covering a distance of 200 km to reach Kaza from Reckong Peo. And out of this, the road for the first 65 km is really bad. For some distance, roads get better but after Nako, the condition of the road starts deteriorating again. So covering a distance of around 200 km may take more than 7 hours. So plan accordingly.

Kaza, Himachal Pradesh
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Kaza to Kibber/ Komik/ Langza/ Key Monastery

Kaza is one of the most scenic places to visit in India. Spend the day at Kaza to relax and explore the surrounding areas. There are naturally beautiful villages like Kibber, Komik and Langza, each beautiful in its own way. You can also visit the famous Key Monastery on the way to Kibber village. One thing to be noted is that there are no roads here so you will be mostly travelling on dirt trails. If you have time in your hands, you may also visit Hikkim village. In all the total stretch covered will be around 100 km. Return to your hotel in Kaza in the evening and relax.

Komik Village, Spiti Valley

Kaza to Dhankar Lake Trek

On day 5  of this Spiti Valley itinerary, you can indulge in some adventure. Go to the Dhankar lake trek in beautiful and picturesque surroundings. If you are lucky, then you may come across some birds and wild animals along the way. There is another very beautiful village on the way which is much greener than the rest of the area. The trek to the lake will take another two hours from here. Return to Kaza in the evening.

Dhankar Lake, Spiti Valley
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Kaza to Chandra Tal Lake

This is the most exciting and adventurous part of the Spiti Valley tour. You have a choice to travel by car or trek to Chandra Tal lake. If travelling by car then you first go to Kunzum pass. From Kunzum pass reach Batal. Two km from Batal there is a narrow road going to Chandra Tal lake. Driving on this road requires a lot of expertise and patience because the road is just enough wide for one car to pass. From here, Chandra Tal is about 14 km. Once you reach Chandra Tal lake, you can stay in any of the camps available there. Chandra Tal lake area is colder as compared to other places in Spiti valley. Just lie beside the lake and gaze at the crystal clear sky at night. It is going to be a memorable experience. In case you choose to trek to Chandra Tal lake, it will take around 5 hours to reach here from Kaza. If you don't visit Chandra Tal lake, you would be missing a natural wonder of a place to visit in India.

Chandra Tal Lake, Himachal Pradesh

Chandratal Lake - Manali - Delhi

After all the adventure, it is time for the return journey. Once again, you should start early because the road from Batal to Gramphoo is in a really bad condition. You will have to travel at a slow speed. It may, therefore, take up to 8 hours to reach Manali itself. But the good thing is that you will come across a number of streams on this journey. This will help to lift your spirits. Once you reach Manali, depending upon your choice, you may break the journey here or may continue to travel to Delhi.

This completes the 7-day itinerary of Spiti Valley tour, one of the most naturally gifted and unspoiled places in India to visit.

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P.S. - This is a great way to cover maximum Spiti circuit in 7 days. But I would welcome suggestions to improve upon this itinerary. Please leave your suggestions in the comments box.

VERY IMPORTANT - Keep enough food and water with you wherever you go in Spiti valley as in remote villages and while trekking, you may find it difficult to get them.



Spiti Valley tour in 7 days


Here are some smart ways to save money on travel. These are important tips to save time and money while travelling. Time and money are the two most valuable aspects of our life. If you want to earn more money, you must spend more time working and if you want to save time, you must spend more money(for example, you would travel by air instead of train or road if you want to save time).

Hello, my friends. Hope you are enjoying your travels and if not travelling, I am sure you must be planning some trip. That's great, because travel always rejuvenates us, physically, mentally as well as spiritually. However, if you end up spending more time or money than you had intended to, it could be counterproductive. It could lead to unnecessary stresses. What, if I told you there are very simple ways by which you can save both time and money during your travel? Will that not be a boon?

Tips to save money in travel

Yes! There are very simple ways of saving time and money on travelling, but in our eagerness or anxiety to get that perfect holiday or trip, we overlook these things. Here are a few suggestions by which we can save time and money during our travel:

This is my first suggestion to save time and money on travelling. Unless you are a hardcore solo traveller, always try to go in a group. It could be family, friends or even unknown people. There are so many online and offline travel communities these days which encourage people to find travel buddies. You can join these communities and choose your travel buddies according to your preferences. When you travel in a group, the cost is always divided and per person, expenditure is always less than if you travel solo. Another benefit of travelling in a group is that you save considerable time in planning about logistics and various other activities as you don't have to undertake all the research alone while planning a trip. Makes some sense?

Cheap travelling tips

This is my next suggestion to save time and money and to travel cheap. If we are travelling by road, we should be very clear about the route we are going to take, before we start. And even during intracity travel in the place, we are going to, we should ask for clear directions to whichever place we intend to visit. Why I say so is because whether we travel by air, rail or road, eventually we will have to take intracity travel by road only. Most of us depend on google maps or some other apps for road directions. However, it is my personal experience that even google map goes wrong sometimes. And one wrong turn means getting into a maze in an unknown place. You could end up driving many more kilometres than you should have. Google doesn't know more than local people. So don't hesitate to ask for the right directions. It will not only save you a lot of hassle but much time and money(savings in fuel) also. You can ask your hotel staff also before starting your journey for the day. They would be best equipped to give you the right directions to your destination.

Money saving ideas

My third suggestion to save time and money in travelling is to have a prior hotel booking. This means you should have your accommodation booked before you start your journey. Do not depend on getting an on the spot booking, irrespective of whether it is a tourist season or not. I say so from my own experience. Some people are of the opinion that one should book the hotel only after seeing it to avoid unnecessary hassles later on. Then there are those who feel insecure if they don't have an advance booking for the whole duration of their stay. And some others feel that we should not book hotels and block money for all the days of stay. I choose a middle path.

Hotel booking tips

I book my accommodation for one night only and I pay advance money for that only. This way, I save my valuable time which I otherwise would spend on searching for accommodation immediately after landing at my destination. I am stress-free as I know that I have a place to go just after reaching my destination, where I can relax for a while and proceed with my next plan. If I like the place, I extend my stay and if I don't like it, I don't have to spend extra time searching for other accommodation. I can always do it while I am exploring the place. This way, I not only save time but a headache too. Another benefit is that if I plan to extend my stay at the same hotel, I am in a position to bargain for a better deal from the hotel on account of this.

Hotel Advance Booking

This is my fourth tip to have a cheap vacation. I know you might be doubting my sanity when I say so. You get such fabulous deals from online portals and apps, why would you talk to any hotel staff or book with them directly. Well, I am saying this with confidence from my personal experience. Portals and apps do give some really attractive offers and deals but mind it, nobody pays from their pockets. It is you and me from whom they have to earn. From repeated experience, I have learnt that it is always beneficial to speak directly with the hotel before finalizing any booking. I have got much better deals when booking directly with the hotel than from apps. Let me give you an example.

Cheap travel
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During my latest trip, I checked online for a particular hotel and found the best offer of INR1950/- per person per night in a standard room, without balcony and without breakfast. When I spoke with the same hotel directly, after some bargaining, I ended up getting a deal of INR1800/- per person per night in a Super Deluxe room, with breakfast. You can see the difference and the savings I made. Another plus is that you don't have to spend time browsing through so many sundry portals or apps to get that one best deal. Just find the hotels, check the reviews and talk to the shortlisted ones. This will save a lot of time.

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So these are my suggestions to save time and money on travelling, which I have learnt from my experience. I am sure you will use these smart ways to save time and money on your next trip.

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P.S.- I will welcome more suggestions on this subject. Please do not hesitate to add your inputs if you have any. I will add the suggestions I find really good in this post with credit to the person who has offered that suggestion. So put your thinking caps on and write in the comments.

Money saving tips