After spending considerable amount of time in Bangalore, we planned to visit the backwaters of Kerala. Since it was not a planned trip, we did not make any arrangements with any travel agency. Thus, we all started in my friend’s car. We took SH17 route. We started very early in the morning from Bangalore and reached Theppakadu by early afternoon. We went on an elephant safari in Mudumalai Park and stayed in Theppakadu for lunch.
We did not want to stop till we reach Ooty and thus, skipped snacks and other refreshments. When we reached Ooty it was very late and we halted in a resort. We spent the next three days enjoying Ooty. Our first stop was Dotabetta peak. We were lucky to see the rose garden in Elk hills. Botanical garden had a flower show when we were there and we spent an evening there just strolling and relaxing. The next day started with boating. It was very crowded when we reached there. If you are planning to take up boating, make sure to visit very early. We also visited deer park which was very near to the lake. My friend insisted on taking the mountain train. It was a breathtaking experience. We never stopped clicking our cameras. We skipped the museums and other attractions in Ooty. We also visited Emerald Lake and Avalanche Lake.
After enjoying Ooty, we started our journey to Coimbatore. We took the Kotagiri route as it was said to be more beautiful and we were not disappointed. There were a lot of spots where we stopped our car and went for photo shoots. We requested the watchman in a tea estate to let us in. When we visited the estate it was afternoon and it was not much of a delight. But, if you visit it during early morning, the fog would make a lot of difference to the place.
We stayed in Coimbatore for a night but did not spend any time in sightseeing. We started to Anamalai. We planned on reaching Munnar directly, but we halted in Pollachi and then started towards Munnar. We spend a day in Munnar enjoying a few spots like Raja Malai, a few parks and tea estates. We started from Munnar and reached Thekkady. We visited Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary every early in the morning and spent almost a whole day there. We saw some deers and elephants. We also visited the spice garden and saw many exotic plants like black pepper, cardamom and others. We also enjoyed bamboo rafting in Periyar wildlife sanctuary. It took almost the whole day. From Thekkady, we drove directly to Kochi without stopping anywhere except for fuel.
In Kochi we had a wonderful time with backwaters, exploring forts, beaches, churches and also the creamy cuisine of Kerala. The top attractions to enjoy are Mattancherry Palace, Kochi fort, fishing in the beach, temples and churches. We also befriended a fisherman who showed us how he uses the Chinese fishing net to catch fishes. We spent about five days in Kochi and started back to Bangalore.