Hands on steering, foot on the pedal, eyes on the road — here you are both taking your love for travelling miles ahead in travelling for love edition with a caravan in Kerala. In the words of Mark Twain, “India has two million gods, and worships them all. In religion, all other countries are paupers; India is the only millionaire.” And there is no better way of finding the truth than routing through the roads of God’s country.
According to recent reports, Kerala made a whopping 196 per cent surge in domestic tourist arrivals in the first three quarters of 2022 compared to the previous year, reflecting a massive travel trend from the pandemic-struck sector. Caravaning certainly made it official that the land of backwaters and lush landscapes is here to welcome everyone with open arms. Needless to say that the sky is your limit to visiting the pristine beaches and sniffing the aromatic spice-land air when honeymooning in Kerala by road.
The safari package begins at Kumarakom and reaches Vagamon before signing off at Thekkady. The package includes vegetarian breakfast, on-site bonfires, wireless internet connectivity, high-tea beverages and snacks. The route has been selected to put unexplored places on a traveller’s map. However, those who wish to wander extra miles and soak in the wilderness of God’s Own Country can pay for extra miles covered during their driver-driven caravan travel. The journey begins at Kumarakom, the crown jewel of the tropical state of Kerala. This little village is famous for its backwaters, mangroves, and bird sanctuary and is only 85 km from the Cochin International Airport.
Enlisted as one of the must-visit places on earth by several travel experts, Kumarakom is home to several migratory birds that can be explored during your visit to the 14-acre bird sanctuary. Multiple species of birds, such as Siberian storks, cuckoos, herons, wild ducks and many more, await your arrival here. The village also cradles a one-of-its-kind museum which showcases driftwood carvings and intricate woodwork at the Bay Island Driftwood Museum. The famous Jatayu Park is a must visit for its mighty Jatayu rock inspired by the mythological character from Ramayana.
Once your stay ends at Kumarakom and a tiring yet romantic drive, your caravan journey will head for rest at the motor-home park in Vagamon. This is where the KTDC hospitality will outshine your experience with caravaning as you are welcomed with a bonfire and complimentary high-tea. Here you can retire to the luxurious room on board your premium bus after a tummy full of scrumptious food from the menu. As you let your tired souls rest, your eyes will open to the scenic welcome from Vagamon’s cool hills and enchanted green landscapes. The quiet hill station is tucked away from a city’s rushed life as a hidden treasure with panoramic pine trees paving your way into the hillsides that are resplendent with tea plantations. Owing to this, nature is at its best here, showcasing a myriad of colours in a clear sky, from bluey hues to violets of dusk. Vagamon is also known for its cascading waterfalls, misty meadows, lush greens and the peaceful Ulipooni Wildlife Sanctuary. This is the place where you are bound to sing your favourite blues to each other while your drive takes you into a smooth curvy zig-zag on the valley road.
Your romantic adventure takes its final stop at Kerala’s only tiger reserve, Thekkady — a town bountiful of many endangered species and tribal culture, nestled between breathtakingly green forests of the Western Ghats. Thekkady is a reservoir of calming nature and atmosphere. Do not stand surprised as you witness the magnanimous herds of elephants sprinkling purest drops of fun and water near a lake — a sight to behold within a breath for a lifetime. A homage to the culturally rich tribal habitats, the Tribal Heritage Museum houses ancient artefacts and also serves as the hub of the town’s ecotourism program. You can also hop on a bamboo raft, a one-of-a-kind experience, on water across the forest tracts of Periyar Tiger Reserve. Here you can find your best buys to take home with Thekkady’s famous spices, coffee beans, hand-crafted souvenirs and ayurvedic offerings.
While the concept of motor homes is still a distant pursuit for a country such as ours, where luxury is the utmost priority for a vacation, the conceptualization on Kerala’s soil is indeed a gateway to many more motor home dreams for those in pursuit of inimitable happiness.
KTDC Motor Home Providers:
- Karavan Meadows
- Clippy’s Caravan
- Spiceland Holidays
- TVI Velocity Caravan
- The Paradize
- Royal Group
- Sonic Tours And Travels
- Camber Holidayz