God’s Own Country, Kerala (Kovalam)

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Hi Everyone, πŸ™‚

I think we got so tired after the Tiger Safari that we took more than two weeks to plan our next trip. πŸ˜› Jomol had been after our lives to visit Kerala. But Sanjeev and I always gave her the argument that if we could go all the way to Kerala, we’d rather go to Goa. But anyway, we got convinced. πŸ˜€ Now I didn’t know that Kerala also had so many options. Man! planing a trip is not easy. πŸ˜› So again we took Jomol’s suggestion on visiting Kovalam. πŸ˜€ and Boy!!! we LOVE IT!! :))

First, this is the pre monsoon time for Kerala. So the weather is just perfect. It is super humid but that apart there is constant flow of wind. The sun is not too harsh and you have the beautiful misty mornings to enjoy.

This was exactly the kind of vacation that we were looking forward to. The weather is somehow putting us to sleep. We fell asleep for hours during the day and then I fell asleep at 11 last night. I am sooo relaxed and peaceful after coming here. I just can’t put it in words.Β 

Vivanta by Taj has made an absolutely stunning eco friendly property here in Kovalam. We reached here after a 4 hour flight from Delhi to Trivendrum and a 30 minutes drive from the airport. It’s stunning and I just can’t get enough of it. (more on that later) Β Sharing some pics from the little walk we took outside. Hope you enjoy them! πŸ™‚

Oh! I tried Idiyappam yesterday. I think I am going to have it everyday. πŸ˜›

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Left right left!!
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The times of India grocery shop. hihih
Kovalam People
Standing tall amongst the rubble!
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Waiting for kids!
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Reached Vivanta by Taj, Kovalam!
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Wel towels!
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Welcome!! : )
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Guzzling down the awesome coconut water!!
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piccy time!!
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The scariest sea I have ever seen! It’s like a mini tsunami : P
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The green shelter!
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Private time!
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These stairs take you to the magical world!
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Outside dining
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the sheer flowing curtains
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The entrance to the cottage!
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Had lunch here yesterday
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Keep walking
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Welcome in!!
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The evening walk begins!!
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Selfie!! : P
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calling the day off!
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the shades of blue!!
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The tree hugger : P
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through my eyes!
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the sand and the sea!
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Peaceful!
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On the rocks!! : D
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Ferocious!
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Standing alone!
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Hammock Time! : )
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Blue and white
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Bunny on the bum : P
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way back!
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it lits up!

 

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46 Responses to God’s Own Country, Kerala (Kovalam)

  1. Shai says:

    Would you believe I haven’t been to Kovalam? Have been to other beaches near by, but not that one. Have fun, love your vivid green top, it vies with the green of Kerala!

    And oh, as Jomol, an alleppey girl if I remember right, the thing to NOT miss in Kerala is the Alleppey-Kumarakom houseboat journey through the backwaters and Lake Vembanad – take a day or two over it, and that is something you won’t get anywhere else in the world.

    As a Kochi (Cochin) girl, I am extremely partial to the heritage Dutch-Portuguese areas of Mattancherry and Fort Cochin. But enough said!! Enjoy yourself in Kovalam.

  2. Shai says:

    * As Jomol would tell you.

    • Rati says:

      shai we’d need a complete another trip for allepy. It’s an 8 hour drive coming and going so no point going for such a short trip.. πŸ™ but allepy is def on the list now. :)Let’s see what all we try. I think i was soo missing out on Kerala. Goa is Goa but Kerala def is God’s own country. πŸ™‚ Thank you. πŸ™‚

      • Shai says:

        I agree. You’d definitely need to set aside 2-3 days just for the backwaters, so no point squeezing it in to this trip! You look lovely in the saree over on IMBB!!

  3. Geetanjali Bharali says:

    god! m going gaga over your pics…amazing place..seems so peaceful and divine!

  4. Divya says:

    Very pretty pics:-) The place is awesome..

  5. sandhya says:

    Rati di have fun in kerala! My husband has stayed in this property and he swears by it! have fun and enjoy the magic of taj yet again! please try and visit chennai later this year

  6. sahiba says:

    oh my this is soothing to watch… how soothing it would be to you… bunny on the bum??? hehehe…. πŸ˜›
    u look amazingly cheerful in these pics… enjoyyyyy!!!! n keep posting more for us to watch.. πŸ˜›

  7. What a scenic beauty! can feel how comfortably you’ve indulged in the beauty of this place.

    Its calm, soothing and super relaxing, dnt miss out on the most famous kerala massage !

    Added you on instagram… enjoying all the pics there too ! have a pleasant stay both of you and have a great trip !

  8. TA says:

    Awsummmm piccies Rati….loved all esp magical world, private time, mini tsunami…..and so cute that bunny on bum and tree hugger…I’m a major plants n blue sky lover and here its all there in plenty with some nice craftsmanship by Vivanta… wanna be there!!!! Loved ur captions. Njoy ur time u two πŸ™‚

    • Rati says:

      yeah vivantas are the ecofriendly concept by taj. Totally awesome. you should experience it sometime. :))

  9. Poorva says:

    u know when my parents planned our trip to kerela a few yrs back, thats what i said , we can go to goa if we’re going so far! but i loveeed kerela πŸ™‚ the beaches r gorgeous πŸ™‚ but yes the sea is a little scary there! πŸ˜›
    we were staying on some resort n just outside r room was the sea n it was really scary at night πŸ˜›
    loved ur pics:)

  10. bidisha says:

    THIS POST MAKES ME FEEL SO ALIVE
    loved the amazing photography!

  11. pia says:

    its soo lovely in kerala na… we went to kerala for our HM.. munnar, thekaddy, kumarakom, and kovalam.. aaah… such beautiful memories.. the pics are taking me back to our time there.. we stayed in the KTDC property Hotel Sumadra which is just near Taj.. the beach is fabulous na.. early morning walks are the best.. poovar island is gorgeous.. its where the backwaters meet the sea. you have to go to this place where there are motorboats on hire. they take you around the backwaters. there are even floating restaurants and resorts in the back waters.. there is spot which is like this mini beach where the backwaters meet the sea.. on one side are the waves of the sea lashing against the beach and the other side is so calm and serene.. its soo beautiful…cant be described in words.. kerala is indeed God’ own country.. the tea gardens and hills in munnar and surrounding areas.. the beach in kochi and kovalam.. the backwaters in kumarakom n allepey.. the jungles in thekaddy and wayanad.. there is soo much too explore.. even tho we had a ten days long trip and covered 4 places extensively, we still felt we had alot left to see.. kochi and wayanad is definitely on our list.. other places we would love to revisit and refresh the memories.. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ enjoii ur stay there.. look forward to more updates and pics from u.. muahahhhh

  12. pinky says:

    loveeee the pics rati!!!!!!!!!and i love the *tree hugger* pose u look very cuteee like a child:):) u r pics make me want to travel to kerala ASAP:) all the picccys are tagged perfectly and i love the lush green background.me want the flats and the cobalt blue nail paint πŸ™ and I inspite of staying in south never visited kerala hope i would travel soon.dont forget to have their special banana chips and halwa(but some really hate them coz they fry things in coconut oil!!!!but give it a shot) and i do understand u r thirst for coconuts u never miss them when u travel south hihihi and we neglect them living in south.enjoy your stay there and plzzz do take us along our virtual tour and u r real tour in gods own country:)

  13. jomol says:

    Rati….do you realize how hot you look…..:* Hot pants…..you look awesome Baibey πŸ˜›

  14. dasika says:

    Pics r awesome πŸ™‚ we went to Kerela for our HM… Munnar, Thekkady, Allapey… Aah such wonderful memories.. feeling the nostalgia now… u look hot Rati… whatever workout are u doing, its working wonders for u… pls share the secrets… n yeah u do look much more relaxed in this post… waiting for more pics πŸ™‚

  15. Ramya says:

    WOW!!!!!!! U went to Kerala!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Jomo, it was an excellent suggestion, I looovvvvveee Kerala πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Kovalam is awesome, n Taj there must be sooo great!! πŸ™‚ I love Waynad, Munnar n thekkady as well. And u MUST stay at the houseboats at aleppy!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ The backwaters are just so relaxing! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Rati, u look so hawwwwttt! πŸ™‚ N the pics are marvellous, I really enjoyed looking at each n every one!

    • Rati says:

      Thank you ramya. Allepy is def on the list now.. couldnt do it this time. I loooooved kerala. It was just too beautiful; to capture in pics or pen down in words. So amazing! πŸ™‚

  16. smiles4dia says:

    lovely pics.i’m a keralite but grew up in dubai. now i’m bak 4 good n luking out for places to xplore in trivandrum.thnks 4 this.

  17. Dipti says:

    Rati I can imagine how peaceful you must be feeling.. by far the best property by Taj. I am in love with the cottage’s entrance. The sea looks beautiful. I love love love sea waves and the sound of sea waves take me into a different world altogether.

    The pics speak so much I actually felt peaceful while looking at them. Never been to Kerala but have read so much about it like in Arundhati Roy’s “The God of Small Things”…Kerala has the old world charm..Oh my my Rati you are right into the nature’s lap.

    Enjoy your stay hun.. πŸ™‚

    • Rati says:

      I am little biased to coorg’s property actually. πŸ˜› This sea was scary.. it almost wanted to eat you up. hihih Thanks. :))

      you are right. I was right into the nature’s lap. πŸ™‚

  18. Esha says:

    Rati, you made me nostalgic..I went to Kerala for my honeymoon.. πŸ™‚ Aaahh..I just loved the place but how come you’re not going to Alleppey??? 😯 The Kerala backwaters and the house boat ride is not something to be missed. The Athirapally falls, the tea gardens, the beach,Munnar, Thekkadi, Cochin,the Periyar sanctuary they all are awesome places to go.. πŸ™‚ Sample the banana chips and try the handmade chocolates..:P yummm..

    Haven’t been to Kovallam πŸ™ and yeah the iddiyapam is droolworthy.. I hope you see a Kathakali performance and get a Kerala massage.. Tons of Love..

    By the way, you’re looking hawtttt in all the piccys, loved the bum bunny..eh hehe heh πŸ˜€

    • Rati says:

      esha allepy was quite far off. we’d need another trip for that one but that is def on the list now. :)) Totally need to re-visit kerala. I wanted to try the banana chips but they were cooked in coconut oil and I dont have taste for that.. so skipped. Had so much choc. Need to detox now. loll!!

      Thank you.. looads of love. :))

  19. Janhavi says:

    OMG I love the pics !!! And this look on you πŸ™‚ kovalam looks stunning ! Haven’t ever been there though πŸ™ goa aur Kerala mein bahut vibe ka farak hai na ?

    Now u must have Avial !!!!!

    Ps – am very envious of that pool !

  20. Aru says:

    Lovely pics. Kerala is so beautifully captured. sometimes i think its right out of a Travel mag. and i too agree that u looking hot and super cute in those shorts. Toned legs et al. Awesome. This was just day 1 right? πŸ™‚

  21. Vidhi V says:

    What a place! Beautiful!

    Bunny on the Bum! awww… rofl πŸ˜€

  22. Bhumika says:

    Such amazing pics..I so feel like being there πŸ˜€ loving the place thru your pics πŸ™‚

  23. shuchi says:

    Oooooooooooooo MG.
    I stayed at the same place last year during my first valentine’s with hubby. ;-0

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