On 13 November, 2015 we ( wife and myself) took off at 8:20 AM. It was a connecting flight. The flight took two hours to reach Chennai. Since the connecting flight was about five hours later we had to stay in the air-port.
Anyway, we reached Kochi in the evening, took a pre-paid cab that took us to our destination- Dream Catcher Home Stay, located at K. B. Jacob Road, Fort Cochin-1. Mr. Chandran Bernard Fernandez owns the beautiful property. His wife is always there to look after the guests with a smile in her face. Both husband and wife look upon their property as a holy shrine and the guests are like pilgrims. The name of the property befits the ambiance. Mr Bernard arranged a cab for our subsequent trips. Next morning we left for Munnar. The journey was of nearly four and a half hours. We stayed at Doubletree Valley, approx 24 KM away from the center of the town. Being away from the crowd, the stay offered absolute serenity with flora and fauna all around. Even at dusk my wife captured mellifluous calls of birds and I was fortunate to see deer. This property is well decked. It is ideal for the nature lovers. There are huts on a tree.
Next morning we drove to the city center. Here we stayed at David's Residency. Every room has a balcony and beautiful views can be experienced from it. The beauty of Munnar has no match. Green-green and green is a feast to your eyes. Tea gardens and spice gardens provide a panorama designed by the Nature God. In Alappuzha we put up at Ashtamudi Homestay, near Zilla Court. The property itself is age-borne, with antic orientation. The upstairs is really worth experiencing. Floors, roofs, walls, furniture are made of timber and bamboo. Modern amenities have been blended with tradition. The wife of the owner is so caring and so prompt, if problems arise.
On our way back, we had tedious experience regarding flight. We boarded at Kochi and the flight was OK. The next flight was from MAA to Kolkata scheduled at 2-45 p. M. To our dismay, it was rescheduled at 4-50, then again at 6-45, then again at 7-30, 7-50, 8-30, 8-00, 8-30 and thus kept us in utter confusion. Successive messages on cell-phones kept annoying us. Finally, it was 9 Pm the SpiceJet took mercy on us.