Saturday, 4 February 2023
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!
My first post comes right after the first long weekend of the year. A vacation that I was craving for a long time now. With Delhi shivering at 2 degrees, we decided to visit Kerala and have some respite from the winter chills. So we planned an instant trip for 4 night and 5 days for Kannur and Wayanad. We were quite clear on choosing Wayanad as one of our destinations for the vacation, however we were quite open to explore the second city basis the availability of air tickets (cheaper ones lol ;) Wayanad is well connected and the closest airports are Bangalore, Kannur and Kozhikode. We chose Kannur as it is an offbeat destination and we heard that its beaches are quite calmer. Amidst all the madness at work front, the choice was an quite easy one.
We booked to and fro tickets from Delhi to Kannur which costed us ~27000 for 2 people. You may get cheaper tickets as well if you book well in advance (ours was literally last minute :P). So we planned to spend 2 days each at both the cities. While Kannur is a coastal city and one can enjoy the beauty of the Arabian sea on the other hand Wayanad is a green paradise nestled in the mountains of the western ghats which is approx110Kms from Kannur. Both are quite unique in their own ways and one can truly experience tranquility away from the hustle bustle of the cities.
Distance and Time from Kannur to Wayanad - 110Kms. Road journey of 3.5 hours
How to reach - One can book taxi and it costs approx 2500Rs per day for a sedan
Places to stay - Sharing links below for the properties at which we stayed along with video links of the rooms as well.
1. Kannur (Both the days) - The Krishna Beach Resort
2. Wayanad Day 1 - Arayal Resorts Wayanad
3. Wayanad Day 2 - The LakeRose Wayanad Resort
Kannur - Quite famous for its scintillating beaches and picturesque views, one can fully admire the golden hues at sunrise and sunset while enjoying the beach. You can see ships in transit as well along this Malabar coast. Listing down a few major attractions. Have highlighted the ones in bold that we visited. Scroll down for videos and photo gallery.
- Payyambalam beach - Free Entry
- Muzhappilangad drive-in beach
- Kannur Light House Entry Ticket 40Rs for Adults and 20Rs for Children
- Baby Beach - Entry Ticket 20Rs for Adults and 10Rs for Children
- St. Angelo fort
- Snake Park
Wayanad - Famous for camping and trekking trails, this place offers breath taking views of mountains, waterfalls and plethora of flora and fauna. One can explore the tea and coffee plantations and can take home exotic range of products ranging from coffee, tea spices to bamboo, honey and other herbal products. Listing down few major attractions, however you can choose and visit basis your interest
- Banasura Sagar Dam
- Karapuzha Dam
- Chembra Peak
- Eddakal Caves
- Kuruva Island
- Pookode Lake
Videos and Photo Gallery -
Hope you find this itinerary and reviews helpful. Do leave me a comment below if you have any queries or would like to know more about. Until then, happy reading and happy travelling.
Thursday, 10 November 2022
The Ramgarh Bungalows - 19th Century (Above Nainital, Uttarakhand) | Property Review | Neemarana "Non Hotel" Hotels
Neemrana – The Ramgarh Bungalows, 19th Century, Above Nainital, Uttarakhand
Further continuing the exploration, our second stop was Ramgarh. Nestled in the lap of Himalayas, this 19th century bungalows are located in the Kumaon belt and is almost equidistant from both Bhimtal and Nainital. Far away from the hustle bustle of the city madness, one can truly enjoy and experience the sunrise and the sunset. These bungalows have adjacent orchards loaded with plum, apricot, apple, peaches and pears. One can relish the famous Ramgarh jams here, free of preservatives. And truly rejuvenate in the fresh air, witnessing tranquility with mesmerizing views.
We stayed here for 2 nights and it was a wonderful experience. Our cottage name was IRIS and it was facing the mountain peaks and the valley at the same time. We could enjoy the sunset from our garden while sipping the evening tea. The 360 degree view of the serene mountains just helps you release your stress and leaves you with a heavenly feel. Rooms were extremely comfortable and cozy, spacious for our luggage and calm enough for us to relax fully. Bathrooms were well fitted with geysers for hot supply and had toiletries too. Food was great and we opted for all meals inclusive package. The hotel staff would check with each guest for their food preference for lunch/ dinner and there would be a buffet for weekend stays. Great hospitality by the staff members. Our check-in and check-out processes were super smooth.
Bookings were done via MakeMyTrip app and were quite seamless.
Sharing few pictures from our photo dump that will tempt you to visit this place.
Thursday, 23 June 2022
Sharing property review from our Jim Corbett stay.
My next post will have complete itinerary and details of 1 week long stay in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand.
Our vacation started with 1 night stay at Jim Corbett. We had booked the Amritara Tuskar's riverside resort. Situated in the Dhikuli range, this property is ~9 kms from the city centre and can be located 100m down/ off the main road, easily accessible by car. We had booked a family room, which had 1 bedroom, washroom and kitchenette. Bedrooms are quite spacious, with comfortable beddings however pillows were a bit too thick, would have preferred standard medium size 😝. Each room has a private balcony for one to soak in the nature. Room was well equipped with basic amenities – Tea/coffee maker, AC, TV, Wifi, Fan, Toiletries and mini fridge. Restaurant was pretty average in terms of food – particularly the taste. Breakfast buffet offerings were quite limited. This property holds swimming pool, has a huge Mango orchard and you can walk down the riverside as well to enjoy the nature. Since monsoons are yet to hit, there was a very small stream of river flowing. The garden area overlooking the riverside had a few swings and was huge for one to meditate or do yoga. Staff is quite courteous and hygiene is well maintained.
This property has been taken over by the Amritara group quite recently and we hope to see further amendments to this resort. Spa and Wellness retreat were under construction, hoping to see some additional beautification to the pool area as well. Would particularly like to thank Nimisha for a courteous welcome and support during our stay.
Sharing images of this property -
Sunday, 3 October 2021
- This fort is one of the most sought destination for weddings, pre/ post wedding photoshoot, magazine cover page photoshoots etc and hence usually sold out for weekends. Please ensure that you make bookings in advance to avoid any last minute hassle.
- Since, there are no nearby restaurants etc, do ensure that you add meals in your package before hand to get a good deal.
- Carry a mosquito raquet with you if travelling during changing seasons. While the hotel do offer mosquito repellent sprays etc. it is always good to carry your stuff. (At the end it is a fort stay 🌝)
Wednesday, 3 March 2021
With the onset of holiday season, I thought of penning down my Neemrana experience, one of the favorite weekend gateways from Delhi. Neemra...