Tuesday, January 30, 2018

ALLEPPEY BACKWATERS


Kunjungan kedua selepas beberapa tahun.  Banyak perubahan di Kochi.  Daripada airport sehinggalah persekitaran.  Namun kebersihan masih ditahap lama.  "India Standard".  Jadual penerbangan berubah maka jadinya perjalanan menuju Alleppey daripada Kochi juga berubah.  65 km mengambil masa hampir 3 jam.  Tetapi tiada pilihan.  Bas yang dinaiki adalah bas awam yang berhenti dimana-mana.  Murah tetapi jangan mengimpikan keselesaan.  Jauh sekali daripada apa yang kita nikmati dinegara-negara lain. Kembali nastolgia semasa menggunakan jenis bas yang sama 50 tahun lalu didaerah kelahiran.
Alleppey atau sekarang dikenali sebagai Alappuza sebuah bandar pelancungan yang diminati kerana keunikan "House Boat".  Ratusan house boat memberi perkhidmatan kepada pelancung setiap hari.  Unik dan mengagumka.
Kerala Backwater.
One of the most tranquil and relaxing things you can do in Kerala is take a trip in a houseboat along the palm-fringed Kerala canals, known as the backwaters. Freshly cooked Indian food and chilled beer (buy your own and bring it on the boat) make the experience even more enjoyable. You can even spend the night out on the middle of a lake. Stay a few nights at a hotel or resort along the backwaters too. 



Munnar Tea Plantation.
If you like tea, a visit to Munnar is a must! The surrounding region is renowned for its sprawling tea plantations. See tea being picked and processed, and try fresh tea straight from the gardens. There's even a tea museum. The area is blessed with the natural beauty of winding lanes, misty hills, and forests full of exotic plants and wildlife. Adventure enthusiasts can trek to Anamudi, the highest peak in south India, explore Eravikulam National Park, or go rock climbing and para gliding.

























Varkala Beach.
The setting of this Varkala beach is striking enough to take your breath away, with a long winding stretch of cliff and views that extend over the Arabian Sea. A paved footpath runs along the length of the cliff, bordered by coconut palms, quaint shops, beach shacks, hotels, and guest houses. Nestled at the bottom of the cliff is a long stretch of sparkling beach, reached by steps leading down from the cliff top. It's not surprising that Varkala is one of India's best beaches.
Kerala's Periyar National Park 
Location Thekkady district, is one of the most popular national parks in southern India. One of the best things about the park is that it stays open all year round, even during the monsoon season. Periyar is known for its elephants, and 30 minute elephant rides through the jungle are offered. Safaris are carried out by boat, with the lake being particularly captivating at sunset. Visitors can also take part in an excellent variety of eco-tourism activities there. 
































































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