Solo trip to Gods own Country – Munnar- Kerala
Travel is always about experiences than just sights and sounds. And these unique travel experiences can vary from adventure to culture. A walking tour, learning an art or a craft gives you a peek into the country than just visiting landmarks or admiring views. As a traveler, I am always filled with these experiences. During my recent trip to Munnar, I was looking for some unique experiences. I wasn’t sure what will happen there but I made sure to make this journey the most memorable and unusual.
Munnar is located in Kerala and I was the in Bangalore. So I started my journey by a train and landed firstly on Alleppuza station at 7 in the morning. This was my first visit to Kerala and this had to be unusual as i didn’t know much about their language as well as their way of living, their culture and everything else. So I started my trip by firstly visiting Alleppey Beach in Alappuzha. This beach is famous for its sunset view. The view there was so astonishing, I wished to sit there for hours and observe its beauty. I came across many localities there. Children were playing freely. It was an amazing experience.
First day in Alleppy:
Then I had to take the breakfast so I went to a nearby restaurant but ordering food would be so difficult I never had imagined. Those people weren’t able to understand English, and I wasn’t able to understand their Kannada language. We then began talking through actions and at last, I ordered my food by pointing out on the menu. How funny yet troubling moment in the end it was.
Now my next destination was Kerala Backwaters. The most difficult part of the journey was going to begin as now I had to somehow manage to communicate with the localities for going to my destination. For reaching out to the backwaters, I had to take a bus for that I need to know the bus stop so I began asking the people but they weren’t able to understand me. It was so tough to explain them through actions and words. As soon as I came to know about the bus stand I rushed over there and finally got a bus.
The buses in Kerala were so different from the normal ones. They were just amazing, there were no windows on the bus, it was all open. I was enjoying this unrealistic but real bus experience. It was wonderful feeling looking the beautiful outside views without any windows, this bus service was super amazing. After an hour of traveling, I reached the base shore.
I had to reach Kumarakom, so for that, I had to take a ferry. I reached the village from where I had to take the ferry. One thing I was shocked to see there was the black water. As Kerala is a place for import and export trading, so the water there was completely black. Nothing could be seen inside the black water.
As I reached there, I was stumbled to see that an accident has occurred. Many people traveling in the ferry drowned inside the deep water and were all died, their pictures were posted on the ferry. After seeing this incident I was very scared of traveling on the ferry. I was very confused to sit on the ferry or not as no one knew that I am in Kerala and if I died no one will come to know where I am. The ferry had already arrived at the spot. Ferry was about to go and at the last moment somehow I gathered all my senses and decided to go on the ferry and I climbed over it.
But there was no one with me, only the driver and a crew member were along with me. I still wanted to go off the ferry but as it was started I couldn’t go. The ferry was, again and again, giving a jerk. I was so scared. As we were about to reach, before 5 minutes it stopped for a while as something got stuck in it. I became so tense, I couldn’t even think what will happen with me now but the driver told me that nothing was wrong just something got stuck in it. I then got a bit of relief. At last, I finally reached the end.
I was now at Kumarakom. I explored the local places there it was fun roaming on the streets of Kumarakom, i saw many new things. Now my next journey was to Munnar. I was damn excited to visit Munnar as it is known as Kashmir of South India. It is the most famous place in India in the Idukki district of Kerala. So my journey was finally started to this beautiful place. On my way, I saw the mesmerizing view of tea gardens on both the sides of roads. I was in the laps of nature, it felt so relieving, eye-capturing beauty.
Literally, It felt like I am traveling in heaven. Greenery on both the sides, fresh air, beautiful tea gardens, beautiful terrace farming there, cloudy weather what else a traveler would need. I was on cloud nine after feeling this experience. After this heavenly journey, I finally reached Munnar.
In my way, I saw many beautiful places I wanted to see them properly so when I reached Munnar, just for capturing those beautiful places I traveled 10kms back by foot just to see them. I explored all of this wonderful place by walking. These 10kms seemed like just 2 because of nature’s beauty. I also visited those heavenly tea gardens. In between, I stopped on a tea stall and drank tea. The tea there was delicious as it was grown in the same city itself. Its taste was not like ours. I didn’t want to leave this place. But then I walked back to Munnar.
There I had my dinner and explored the local places of Munnar. I went to the Munnar market and saw their culture, their dresses, ornaments. They were totally different. There culture was very attractive. Then I went to my hotel and slept.
Next morning my day started by visiting the nearby places. By evening, i reached Ernakulam there I visited the famous beach The Kochi beach. Kochin is famous for the import and export of items. The Kochi beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Kerala with a road with Chinese Fishing Nets that leads to the beach.
Kochi is a destination where culture, history, and sea comes together. I had my dinner in Kochin. I asked them for water there as I drank the water it felt so hot. The water was hot, I then asked for normal water but they refused as in Kochin only hot water is served due to the polluted water. The water there is so polluted that they have to serve hot water. Next morning I came back to Bangalore.
The overall experience was so good. I had to face a lot of problems in drinking water, the ferry ride, hilarious language problem but all that wasn’t anything in front of the eye capturing views of Kerala which it gave me the tea gardens, the bus ride and everything else cannot be forgotten for rest of my life.
‘’Memorable trips aren’t planned they just happen.’’