One of the most inevitable programme of vacations is a family trip. Most families decide on their holidays taking the vacation of their children. These trips usually happen in April-May months. But this year, the intense temperature conditions are a barrier. Also the election campaigns pose difficulties.
There are many places in Kerala that can be opted for a short visit of two or three days. The places to visit should be selected taking into account the temperature situation. Most of the tourist spots are reducing the tourist intakes after facing drinking water scarcity.
Backwaters own Kuttanad
Kuttanad is one of the favourite place of travellers. Natural beauty and food are the main attraction here. Backwaters can be explored on house boats, canoes and Shikkara boats. Government is also providing boat services with low fares. Visitors can board the boats from any of the boat jetties in Kainakary. The cruise through Vembanad backwater is a once in a lifetime experience. Local cuisines can be experienced from the thatch-roofed food stalls nearby. Kerala red rice, duck curry and pearl spot fish are some of the Kuttanadan delicacies.
Nelliyambathy for those who really love hills
Nelliyambathy is a beautiful hill station in Palakkad. It is 75 km from Thrissur town. Visitors can arrive here in own vehicles or KSRTC buses. At 12.55 there is a bus from Thrissur bus stand to Nelliyambathy. The other options are off-roading jeep services. The famous Pothundi dam also is situated en-route Nelliyambathy.
To chill try Pampadum Shola
If the traveller in you is seeking a cold climate to spend your days, Pampadum Shola is the place to visit. It is situated 35 km from Munnar – Vattavada route. The mornings here are a sight to behold with eucalyptus plantations, hilly regions and grasslands. Another sight is the wild dogs here. The forest also houses elephants and tigers. KFDC has arranged facilities for stay and trekking here. Log houses, mud houses and dormitory that can house 30 people are available. Amenity centres that can accommodate 15 people are also available. The 5 km long trekking starts from the check-post. It can be booked at http://munnarwildlife.com/. Vattavada is situated at 7 km from Pampadum Shola. The main sight here is the cool-season vegetables. Strawberry, passion fruit, carrot and cabbage are the main items cultivated through terrace farming.
Watch migratory birds at Kumarakom
Kumarakom is one of the main tourist spot in Kottayam. Distributed in various islands, it is also one of the favourite spot of foreign travellers. The bird sanctuary extending in over 14 acres will attract children. House boat rides are also available. Migratory birds can be spotted from November to May. The seafood delicacies here are something to die for.
Meesapulimala for adventure seekers
Meesapulimala is the abode of adventure seekers. It is the second highest peak on Western Ghats after Anamudi. Kulukkumala, Ellapetti and Aruvikkadu are nearby places to visit in Meesapulimala. Forest department has arranged for trekking facilities here.
Chimmini wildlife sanctuary
Chimminni wildlife sanctuary is one of the main eco-tourism spot in Thrissur. It is situated at Amballoor. The forest here houses elephants, tigers and leopards. A 75 m high dam is situated across the Chimmini river. Forest department has arranged dormitory and food facilities here.
Ramakkalmedu for those height lovers
Ramakkalmedu is the land of windmills. It is one of the places that receive strong winds. Situated in Idukki district, it is at the Tamil Nadu – Kerala border, 40 km away from Thekkady. The visitors are welcomed with cool breeze any season. Dusk falls here in all its glory with snow. The main attraction here is the 300 m high steep cliff.