The family is one bond that keeps anything and everything happy in life and that is one major reason that I have always preferred my family over friends. travelling along with them have to date been best experiences as well. The school holidays had kicked in and this time I had a new beginning in front of me as school life was over and it was time that I go across the sea for my graduate studies which made this trip much more special to me. We had a lot of plans in the initial days but nothing got confirmed until the last moment where the dad finally decided that we could set off to Kerala on a tour package for a change as we always took international tours and get to know what was it that the place had in order to gain it the name 'Gods own country'. Everything was booked through Go-Geo Holidays and all that had to be done was pack the bag and set off to the destination. We were bound to reach Trivandrum where my mom first wanted all of us to visit a major temple and proceed with the touring part. As we landed at the international airport we decided to freshen up first and visit the Shri Padmanabhaswamy temple. There was special attire that was to be followed in case we wanted to enter the temple which indeed had been locked out by mom.
The temple had a special aura that would make anyone stay there for one minute more than planned. We got a good darshan as it had been early in the morning. The main deity of the temple is Lord Vishnu while there are also other deities inside. The temple also had a great architectural design which had been taking us around the whole place. I wondered where the treasure of the temple remained as per everything that I had read in google regarding the temple. Once we were done we proceeded to the hotel and changed. After breakfast, we decided to visit the first place on our itinerary which was the Ponmudi Hill. The golden hill wagon a famous factor of Trivandrum where we took a drive to the point where we could and then proceeded in a jeep that took us to another point. A small amount of walk took us to the top which was from where the beauty of the mountain ranges of Western Ghats had been visualized. The greenery was one magic spell of Kerala that made us feel fresh and energetic at the same time. Once we had spent quite some time at the destination we decided to proceed further where the next destination was to the Mini Zoo that’s located around itself. The place had something that we had never seen where the Barasinghas lept around which was again one adorning factor of the place. Several other animals had also been around which pretty much seemed to be our special place as all of us in the family were great fans of animals except for the fact that we hated any sort of bars that restricted them.
It was time for lunch and what we had been served was what made an impact in all our minds that Kerala had good cuisines as well. The driver had also been with us where he introduced us to the Sadhya where arrays of vegetarian dishes were served on our banana leaf and rice was served with Sambhar. And to be honest it was one heck of an experience for a delicious platter of food with various tastes had been there. And the next was where we had been served with some non-vegetarian delights as there again the driver said that Kerala was blessed various food items that they wanted us to lump on everything that was good. And that was it for the lunch where we ended it on a high note with coconut pudding. The journey continued and took us to Kovalam which was our stop for the day as we had our night stay arranged here. The sea view was all we wanted and hence after taking some time of rest, we got to the beach having some super fun family time. A couple of activities had been going on there and we decide to be flying kites that were being sold there. The widespread beach was more like a private beach where there had been a lot of people but you still had your privacy at the place. All of us also went on a speedboat expedition to the beach where that was it for the day.
The next day sightseeing continued where we were taken to Veli tourist village. The place had been made in with a lot of efforts that they had a lot of recreation in it. We walked along the walkway and went to the little shops and also took another boating journey but this time on pedal boats. After getting back we wanted to eat something and yet again we fell for the food where we were served with little snacks like banana fritters and dal vada. In around two hours of time, we left for the Vizhinjam Lighthouse. The walk along the lighthouse was yet another beautiful choice we had made for the view of the land that we had received there was all that made a reassurance in the mind that this place was indeed a gem of a place to visit. The Kanakkakunnu Palace was the final place for our visit after lunch where we got to see the ancient speck of what Kerala had witnessed in the past. The architecture of the palace and the royal furniture inside it was what proved it to us. The meadows and lush green garden also adorned the place equally. we took some good family pictures from the place as the background was very impressive. The return was bound where we had had an amazing Kerala tour package for our family. For one year, we could move forth with the memories that had been departed by an amazing trip like that of what we had got from Kerala.