The moment you think of travel, the first thing that comes to your mind is money. The flight or train tickets, the accommodation, food, local traveling; you know that every thing is going to come with a cost. So you tend to just get over the thought and continue with your regular routine. But guess what? You don’t always need to do that! A little planning and budgeting can help you accomplish your trip in a set amount. And no, I’m not talking about compromising on the things you do. It’s all about making the right choices!
In this article, I am going to tell you about how you can do a 6-day trip to Kerala in less than Rs. 20,000/- Yes, including flight tickets!
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So how do you go about it? Firstly, choose the time of the year in which you want to visit. Google will tell you that December to February are the best months to visit for Kerala since the weather is dry and pleasant. But I don’t see why even monsoon season (May to November) would be a bad idea at all! So that is exactly the time that you should choose.
Most of Kerala is loaded with greenery, the rains are not as crazy as Mumbai, and nor is the humidity such that you feel like you’re taking a sweat shower every two hours. The only thing to remember when you go there during this season is to carry sunscreen and Odomos! In between the rain showers, it tends to get sunny and these brief exposures can give leave you terribly sun burnt. Odomos is to protect your body from the mosquitoes since there are plenty in Kerala.
I booked my tickets a month in advance through MakeMyTrip. My two-way ticket cost me Rs. 5000/- Flight tickets are where you can save the maximum so make sure you book them as much in advance as possible.
Out of the six days, I spent the first two in Alleppey, next two days in Munnar, then one day in Alleppey again and lastly, a day in Fort Kochi. Whether you go for three days or a week, make sure you cover all of these places. They’re all beautiful in their own ways and totally worth the time.
I booked most of my hotels in advance too, again, through MakeMyTrip.
Here’s a break-up of the hotel rates:
Day 1 + Day 2 – stayed with a friend in Alleppey (tentative hotel price – Rs. 650 per night)
Day 3 + Day 4 – Villa in Munnar – Ayshadra Resorts – Rs. 850/- per night
Day 5 – Homestay in Alleppey – Regal Mansion – Rs. 650/- per night
Day 6 – Hotel in Fort Kochi – Fort Castle – Rs. 800/- per night
The rates given above are for room-sharing basis. I shared the room with my sister. All of the rooms were comfortably sized, provided great service and included complimentary breakfast.
So the overall hotel expense was Rs. 4450/- per person. Let me round that up to 5000/- including tips and other small expenses.
Now I’m going to tell you how you can spend each day, including the cost of each activity.
- Lunch at Adaminte Chayakkada:
A traditional lunch place at Kozhikode with beautiful ambiance, helpful staff, and great service. Have a Kerala thali and get a dish or two of fish on the side.
Cost: Rs. 300/-
- A visit to the Kerala Kathakali Centre to see performances of Kalari and Kathakali.
The Kalari performance was just average. It also seemed restricted since it was done on stage (Kalari is ideally supposed to be done on the street) so you can skip it.
The Kathakali performance consisted of an hour of makeup, and then an hour and a half of a performance based on an excerpt from the Ramayana. Attending this was totally worth it! Each performer did the makeup-up sitting on the stage for the onlookers to see how exactly it is done. The entire act along with the traditional music playing in the background made it a surreal performance.
The artists also showed us how all the colours of the makeup – yellow, green, orange, red and black are derived naturally from stones. The stones are rubbed using coconut oil and that is how the paint is produced. Yes, fascinating much!
Tip: Do the bookings in advance since it tends to get packed, especially the Kathakali performance. You can check out the website and do the bookings here.
- Dinner at Seagull Restaurant, Cochin:
This is an absolutely beautiful restaurant by the sea and one of the few which serve alcohol. (only beer and wine) Everything, right from the vibe to food and music at this place was awesome!
Cost: Rs. 500/- (approx) – includes beer
- Kayaking in the backwaters of Alleppey:
Kayaking in the backwaters is not a usual thing to do since it a long activity of 3-4 hours. People prefer going in a houseboat or a motor boat. However, we opted for it and I must say that it’s an experience you definitely should not miss!
The small size of the kayak allowed us to explore the narrowest canals of the backwaters and get a close glimpse into the lives of the locals. The ride included a short halt for breakfast, the cost of which is included in the package. You can book your slot online or the phone by getting in touch with Kerala Kayaking.
Our guide was a guy named Samson. Cheerful, bubbly and friendly, Samson’s warm nature added to the beauty of our mesmerizing trail through the backwaters. Not to forget, he clicked some amazing pictures for us! (Be my full-time official photographer, Samson?)
Cost: Rs. 1500/- per person
- Toddy at a local shop:
Toddy is the local drink in Kerala which is made from a fruit called Targola (it is similar to litchi) Using the process of fermentation, a fresh batch of the drink is made every day. You can get Toddy at any of the local shops there. It is advisable to not have it too late in the day since it tends to go bad, and more importantly, less potent. Haha!
Cost: Rs. 200/- per liter
- Ferry Ride:
Ferry is used as a local transport there and is extremely affordable. Not to mention, it lets you have amazing views of the vast and beautiful Arabian Sea! Our ride was from Fort Ernakulam to Fort Kochi.
Cost: Rs. 4/- per person
- Breakfast at Fort House Hotel:
Fort House is another beautiful joint located by the sea in the Fort Kochi area. It is a huge space and there are multiple seating arrangements you can choose from. It was easily one of the best places I came across in the entire trip! The ambiance of the place is such that it will keep you fascinated every minute of the time that you spend there. We had Vegetable Stew with Appam and Scrambled Egg with Toast.
Cost: Rs. 400/- per person (approx)
- Drive to Munnar:
We got lunch at a local place and started driving towards Munnar at about 2.30 pm. We reached our hotel at 7.30 pm. It was a good 5-hour drive with a LOT of crazy ghats on the way so make sure you eat light before it. Keep some Avomine, mint, toffees with you if you suffer from motion sickness.
That’s all for this post! More information about Eravikulam National Park, Tea Museum, Boating in the Backwaters and Traditional Meal served on a banana leaf coming up in the next post.
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