10th Oct (Mon): Periyar – Kumarakom (135 Kms) (04 Hrs)
Morning we will enjoy the Spice Plantation Tour. The spice plantation in Thekkady is a prime attraction of this beautiful land. Though sprawling tea estates cover much of the landscape of Thekkady, plantations of cardamom, rubber, vanilla and coffee are also aplenty. There are various kinds of spices cultivated in Thekkady. The most abundantly found spice in Thekkady is pepper.
But there is a variety of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, turmeric and curry leaves on the slanting slopes of the spice plantation in Thekkady
Later drive to Kumarakom. Upon arrival check into Hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the backwater.
Kumarakom is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is a noted bird sanctuary where many species of migratory birds visit. The Vembanad Lake, the largest backwater in Kerala, is habitat for many marine and freshwater fish species and it teems with Karimeen (Pearl spot), shrimp and prawns.
Overnight at Hotel
Clare very kindly wrote this post for me, as I’m desperately trying to catch up after NaNoWriMo!
Tree tops hotel. On checking in we were asked to keep the windows closed at night because the monkeys have a tendency to come in and (we assume) pinch stuff!
Our lovely receptionist at TreeTops in traditional dress.
We didn’t do the spice plantation tour; we had taken it the previous afternoon, as we were ahead of schedule and Shafi (bless him) thought we might appreciate a slightly later start. Half way through a long, gruelling, twisting, winding road journey we stopped to buy recipe books and partake of a cup of Robusta coffee. And here is the obligatory photo taken by Shafi
and a photo shoot…
Finally, we arrived at the Green Fields hotel. The staff seemed surprised to see us but moved very quickly to prepare a room for us.
The facilities for more sporty customers. Needless to say, we didn’t avail ourselves.
The obligatory sunset photo taken from the hotel rooftop.
From Kumarakom, it’s quite a short drive to Alleppey, where a night in a houseboat awaits us. Read on.