BEAUTIFUL PLACES TO VISIT IN KERALA WITH FRIENDS


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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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. Check here.
 
 
 
Kollam
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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. 
 
Kozhikode
 
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
 
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.
 
 
 HAPPY TRAVELING!!

IMPORTANT TIPS ON HOW TO PLAN FOR A PERFECT LONG WEEKEND TRIP

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
SPEND 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
CHOOSE THE PLACE AS PER 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
DECIDE THE MODE OF TRANSPORT


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
BOOK ACCOMMODATION IN ADVANCE


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
KNOW WHICH PLACES TO VISIT


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
PLAN YOUR 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.


CHECK FOR LOCAL FESTIVALS OR FAIRS
CHECK FOR FESTIVALS OR FAIRS


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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Bon Voyage!!!

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Krati Agarwal
KRATI

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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