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In the God’s Own Country With Friends

 

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Well, in August my friends and I decided to take a long break from work and the busy city for a span of Eight days. We were a group of 4 who were looking forward for a leisure, adventure and reviving vacation. We were looking for the right place during this season to fit the right budget and to enjoy food and experience something new together.

So, our choice was Kerala!!

Yup, we had an amazing time relaxing, travelling, grabbing healthy meals (most of the time) with a whole lot of adventure for a Duration of 08 days under a budget of 10,000/- only per person.

 

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The Train Journey

Day 1 & 2:

Well we decided to take a train to Ernakulam with a 3 tier a/c reservation from Mumbai via Garib Rath Express

Travel Duration: 26-28 hours

Cost: 1100/-

Food: best to pack snack and dinner for the train journey

 

 

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At The train station before Departing

The seats are small in length and breadth but overall fine. We arrived at Ernakulam and took a transfer to Fort Cochin via Ola Cabs

Accommodation: Tantra

Cost per day: 700/- (per Room)

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Facility: basic rooms with attached bathroom, amazing common sit-out on the roof with lots of art, music and travelers influenced place. Has a common well equipped kitchen and the owners are really helpful and an amazing company.

Day 3 & 4:

You can explore Fort Cochin, Ernakulam, Visit Lulu Mall, and Marine Drive. There are also plenty of Church, temples and museum in fort Cochin as it is a completely mixed culture zone where shopping for spices and visiting authentic cafes is something no-one should miss. You could enjoy another day to catch-up with Fort Cochin

 

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Lunch At Aavi – Ernakulam

Day 5:

We Booked a cab to Munnar for a 3 day trip to Munnar Hills. You’ll have to leave early in the morning and have breakfast on the way. But 1pm you should reach your destination and enjoy lunch. I and my friends had decide to have an adventures stay in Munnar where we booked the tent accommodation.

 

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Drive to Munnar

 

Cost: 2000/- (per day for two person a tent)

The cost  included 3 meals (veg/ non-veg), stay with basic facility of bathroom and a spectacular view of nature and the Western Ghats and also a lucky chance to spot wild elephants.

You could relax the day and enjoy tea and bhajis from the local town in the evening.

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Camp Site View

 

Day 6:

We opted for a trek day around the place which was tiring but a breath taking view after the climb. It will consume the whole day so don’t plan for anything but shopping for Tea, Chocolate, spices and etc.

Trek and Guide Charges 250 per head

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Mid-Trek Scene

 

Day 7:

Pack and Leave camp early to enjoy a day at the tea factory where you can see the process of tea making and plantation. Also you could visit a spice garden to enable you to understand more about Spice. This two tours will be done by afternoon and after lunch we could depart Ernakulam Station to catch a train back to Mumbai which we

reached the next day.

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Tea plantation

 

 

So here’s the conclusion:

Duration: 8 days

Cost: 10,000/- INR (Approx.)

Gang of Friends: 04 members

Cost Includes: Travel via train and car, accommodation and food. Well food cost may vary as per your choice. And also Trek guide charges.

Cost Excludes: Tea and Spice tour entry free (differs as per season) Liquor, Tips if any) and Cochin and Ernakulam cab Charges (varies as per distance and Ola/ Uber)

Well the extras were that, we did make a lot of memories and learnt a ton of new things.

 

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And anyone of you who is looking forward to take a trip with your friends and need some help and ideas you could drop me a mail on contact.hippies@gmail.com

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