Our Honeymooning in Kerala- Exploring the Adode of Serene Beauty
Well, not like all of the different travelogues that I actually have written these days, this one may also sound like a fraction of my emotional fancies. And for that remember, whosoever in the world told to recount his/her honeymooning ventures/escapades could just like to express to you how a good deal splendor, tranquility, and lust for life become awaiting them to be explored in their honeymoon haven, a ways from the madding crowd! As for me, it turned into an enjoy so preciously personal that I couldn’t have determined the eloquence of phrases to describe it for years, had it no longer been for my husband’s regular insistence to pen down my thoughts on it. So I devote this one to none apart from my sweetheart, and to the regular love and affection that has held us tight closer to each other amidst all odds of life!
The die-hard romantic that I was in my teenybopper university days, I had usually dreamt of a really perfect date by the aspect of a pristine seaside, with the sands flirting with our toes, with the waves gushing to proclaim the beginning of a new, exciting togetherness, with silence intertwined with gentle whisperings. And trust me or now not, all of it, in reality, got here proper in my lifestyles, not on my first date, but on my honeymoon, in Kovalam seaside, Kerala!! How can I ever neglect the date? It changed into a brand new sunrise for me, the 3rd of December, the day we set out for our flight to Trivandrum in the midst of a foggy early winter morning in Kolkata!
Why did we choose Kerala seashores and backwaters as our honeymoon destination:
Truly speaking, seaside sites all over India have sincerely involved me due to the fact of my formative years. Moreover, because each folk had just determined upon touring a few places that might not be crowded (quite a common standards for honeymooners!) and at the same time could be exotic enough to be remembered for an entire life, we unanimously agreed upon visiting the seashore websites of Kovalam as well as exploring the super splendor of the Alleppey backwaters. And while I have heard a few human beings say that beaches are the same anywhere, I instinctively felt that it isn’t always so in Kerala. And why not? Bound via the exclusive Arabian Sea on its western facet, with its large shore line extending up to 600 kilometers, we will correctly say the tiny nation of Kerala houses some of the excellent beaches of the united states, or instead, of the world!
Speaking of the beaches, I do not, in my opinion, know why the Kerala seashores have taken a backseat while Indian travelers are concerned. Most people blame the splendid popularity of the Kerala backwaters for it, but in case you inquire from me, nicely, wherein else can you locate such mild surf and crystal clear blue waters crowned with a splendid coastline that is decorated by sandy beaches, rocky promontories, and coconut arms? And the splendor of maximum of the Kerala seashores lies inside the reality that each one of them is exceptionally picturesque websites even as on the equal time being quiet and serene, less infested with the seasonal crowd. And in all of the three days we spent within the Kerala seashores including Kovalam, we just celebrated their tranquility, seclusion and virgin splendor, at the side of sharing some of the maximum divine moments collectively, watching the small, quaint nearby fishing villages, a few old piers that amplify in to the sea, lagoons, extensive lakes and numerous freshwater rivers. At the Kovalam seashore site, we loved the sight of a small village down the shoreline, the high-quality Lighthouse seaside. At the Shanmugam beach, on the other hand, we had been fortunate to revel in one of the most breathtaking sundown perspectives ever amidst the picturesque environment of a favorite hang-out of sunset watchers. Another captivating seashore, the Thirumullavaram Beach become a perfect morning retreat, in which we started out our day searching at the swaying coconut palm timber, and looking nearby fishermen who set out into the sea on the lookout for their catch! On one hand, we were getting an increasing number of awed via the untarnished beauty of all of the seashores, whilst on the other hand, we were just relishing our sheer feel of satisfaction looking on the evaluation among the blue shades of the water and the sky! Everywhere around us, there has been a chew of paradise, which was getting greater serene with the nectar of our sweet togetherness!
Our prayers in the Padmanabhaswamy temple:
As I had already heard and studied some appropriate tales approximately the hoary temple culture on the Southern State of Kerala, we had pretty decided that our visit could be incomplete with out seeing at the least a couple of them. Moreover, like a maximum of the newly married Hindu brides, I too had some sentimental leanings towards providing prayers and ‘puja’ to the Lords for both of our lives, our future, and our extended togetherness! Well, I can nonetheless certainly remember the day we paid a brief visit to the first-rate Padmanabhaswamy temple, while we were simply fascinated by its particular temple architecture and the quiet serenity inside the big temple limitations! To be in sync with the mood, I dressed absolutely in a traditional south Indian ensemble, bought flowers from the nearby marketplace and hanged them round my hair as a demure Keralite bride, and I loved every second of it! The day began off with our sheer surprise in exploring the awe-inspiring structure of the Padmanabhaswamy temple and the serene ecosystem of divinity inside it. One of the grandest and one of the maximum ancient temples of Kerala, it’s been vibrant with lifestyle, having been associated for years with the humanities and song. Needless to say, the maximum awe-inspiring sight inside the temple was its shrine, showcasing an imposing photograph of Vishnu in the Anantasayanam posture; an image which we viewed through 3 doorways in front of the shrine. It was a sunny Sunday morning, and the massive accumulating in the front of the shrine changed into sufficient to tell us the nonsecular fervor of the humans there! However, past the sheer nonsecular pursuits of human beings, we have been getting more and more awed by means of the Dravidian style of the temple structure, its 100 ft excessive ‘gopuram’ (also built in historic Dravidian style) and its awesome mural paintings and stone carvings! No marvel then, that with a colorful calendar of festivities, the amalgamation of stonework, wood work, work of art and sculpture- harmoniously blended right into a structure vibrant with traditions of the region, the Padmanabhaswamy temple quite appears as one a number of the 108 temples devoted to Lord Vishnu in India. To me, the temple was captivating to mention the least (regardless of its strict worship protocols), emphasizing absolutely at the sanctity, simplicity and a winning naturalism which marked the worship of Lord Padmanabhaswamy.
The journey to the stunning Alleppey backwaters:
The day became the sixth of December and the morning have been made into an auspicious one by the prevailing serenity of the temple. Now, we had very little time at our disposal in Tiruvanandapuram, the temple web site, as we had to set out for some other gorgeous journey, a night at a sweet, picturesque houseboat, exploring the outstanding beauty of the Alleppey backwaters (now named Alappuzha Backwaters) and the cluster of stunning little islands inside the region. We had already booked a one-night time cruise on a houseboat that could let us discover the splendor of Alappuzha, and we would spend the night inside the quiet tranquility of the backwaters. The thought itself turned into so romantic that once we had been trying to attain the coastal township of Alleppey, we failed to even notice that our motive force got burdened with the path and we had been getting quite late than our scheduled time! However, after lots strife and tribulations, we reached the coast from wherein we could see our small, romantic houseboat amidst the drizzling raindrops, seated on a community of lakes and lagoons and canals that have been crisscrossing each different! Never before had I visible an extra heavenly sight anywhere! Visitors all across the globe have named the Alappuzha as the Venice of the East. Rightly so, because it has been domestic to the photo-best waterways and canals unequaled by means of another website within the orient. Enjoying the extraordinarily romantic nightfall with the sight of the mesmerizing backwaters and the raindrops which had made the placing even more out of this global, we stepped inner our small, secure houseboat for our backwater journey after dusk. Sailing along the “kettuvallam” (houseboat) through the spell binding backwaters of Alappuzha became the revel in of a life-time, though the journey had to forestall after some time due to hard winds and heavy rainfall. Our boat was then anchored someplace close to the shore and we were to stay within the boat for the night and again start our journey the following morning if the hurricane cooled down. Ours was a one-room houseboat which includes a picturesque sundeck, an at ease bedroom and a connected personal bath, with splendid production and luxurious furnishing presenting super floors, hull and valavara (canopy). The purpose I am describing the interiors of the houseboat is that it was a very soothing revel into me, is absolutely extraordinary in its uncooked, naturalistic attraction in the midst of an image-ideal scenario of lakes, lagoons, canals, and rivers. And even though the houseboat operators had their proportion of flaws, they made up for it with a few thoughts-blowing actual Keralite cuisines consisting of a few thrilling cuisines made with the local fish!
The next day, early at sunrise, the storm cooled down and we should see the clear azure sky, which meant we could now start cruising through the backwaters again. And lo, what do we see as we start the backwater ride? Palm-fringed slender canals winding thru the extensive expanse of paddy fields, neat tiny hamlets coated up along either facet of the canals, and in particular, a bewildering labyrinth of shimmering waterways composed of lakes, canals, rivers, and rivulets! Moreover, alongside our way, we explored the scenic nation-state of Kuttanad (called the “rice bowl of Kerala” because of its wealth of paddy crops) with its shimmering waterways, it’s dense tropical greenery and its rich crop of bananas! There were those fishing nets of the nearby fishermen, the flock of ducks swimming across the banks and tiny birds flying across the sky, smelling deeply of the vibrant lifestyles inside the nation-state of the paranormal Kuttanad!
Late at midday, we decided to stumble upon the cluster of little islands at the Vembanad Lake, which may be very a great deal a part of the Kuttanad area. There was an immensely lovely chicken sanctuary in the vicinity, unfold throughout 14 acres–quite a favorite hang-out of migratory birds (together with herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds just like the Siberian storks) and an ornithologist’s paradise! We were instructed that the exceptional way to observe the birds of the Kumarakom sanctuary is a ship ride. However, we didn’t have sufficient time for the boat experience, however, explored to our complete the plush greenery of multiple islands and the serene splendor of the Vembanad lake that juts into the mainland in a chain of lagoons and streams. Together, all of it created outstanding scenery this is nonetheless clean in my memory like a drop of morning dew!
Whispering Palms lake inn, the four-famous person motel in Kumarakom, positioned at the financial institution of the Vembanadu Lake. It changed into charming to discover that this motel additionally adorned the herbal backwaters! That became the ultimate night of our life within the picturesque honeymoon haven that we had chosen for ourselves. To make the night time memorable, and to bask within the luxurious of tranquility, we remained unsleeping until the wee hours of the night time, not in our room, however out of doors, looking the incredible beauty of the backwaters nestled undauntedly by using the tall palms and coconut trees which become being enjoyed from a factor just outside the resort! As small youngsters sitting inside the lap of Mother Nature, we had our feet floating inside the waters, and additionally needed to pay a small fee for it. One of my pair of sandals disappeared into the waters, and after a while, we understood it was useless looking for it. As we laughed it off, our laughing and ‘sweet nothings’ evaporated into the air and mingled with the mystic attraction of the settings of the beautiful Kumarkon! Now staying some thousand miles away from my united states of america, I wistfully yearn for the essence and the fervor of these few days spent within the lavish exploration of nature’s wonders in Kerala, the God’s personal land! Some day, earlier than we die, we might simply love to relive the ones idyllic days! Till then, all I can do is to conclude my writing with these famous traces of William Wordsworth: