A blissful overnight splendor of Alleppey Houseboat, next morning after breakfasting and thanking the boat guys for their warmest hospitality which of course didn’t come free, we journeyed to Kovalam. At least 4 hours if I am not mistaken, Kovalam is said to be a renowned “must-see-must-experience” destination for International tourists (Colombo Sri Lanka). Of course yet to be agreed upon, yet we sense that Kovalam is gonna add another feather to our traveling cap (Halong Bay) as the other gem of Kerala. Henceforth, as eagerly as we anticipated, even the route to Kovalam is an utter reflection of Kerala’s serene and beauty of nature.
Padi fields, mountains and country living, absolutely, in between the journeying hours, we had a comfort break at one of the road side stalls for a quick bite as well. Obviously, for tea lovers like us, it had to be Masala Chai/Tea, we also munched a piece or two of the just fried vadai and “Palam Puri/Kerala Banana Fritters”. No doubt we appreciated the fluffy-soft Vadai, but fritters, an identical cousin of our “Pisang Goreng” or still comfortably called as “Goreng Pisang”, honestly, compared to our crispy, crunchy, batter crusted soft-gooey bananas, these palam puri enveloped with dense, rubbery and thick batter were hard to swallow.
Nevertheless, we still ate, drank up the tea, thereafter on the road again prior to arriving in Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel & Spa, way past 1.30pm for a night’s stay. Given a hand for carrying our luggage and bags to the 4th floor room, we then returned to the ground floor to lunch at “The Courtyard” which is located further down from the reception area and across the pool.
Undeniably a yum factor akin all those laced with coconut milk, coconut oil and bolstered with local produce dishes we had tummy tucked so far, as we devoured in, simultaneously we glanced at the far and beyond surrounding of this 5 star hotel. The only complete wellness resort in Kovalam and on a beach (Krabi Beach) Uday Samudra Hotel nestled in palm groves arguably is a luxury at its own right.
After heartily helping ourselves to the unlimited ""eat all you can" buffet lunch, we embarked on a city tour to Trivendrum lined with trees and red tiled roofs avenues, bounded by Arabian Sea in the West and covering Kuthiramalika Palace, Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Napier Museum and Sree Chirta Art Gallery. No pit stops at any of these places, instead, we went along with the tour guide's suggestion for “Poovar Backwater Cruise”(Chiang Rai Golden Triangle Boat Ride) even though we have already experienced Allepey backwater tranquility,
Suffice to say, not at all a regrettable decision because this wondrous nature awing cruise via the unspoiled and picture-postcard Poovar Village, a small coastal village so close at the southern tip of Trivandrum stretches your sight to some good tourist resorts. Moreover, for travelers like us, it was the moment in time of basically sitting back and marveling (Damnoen Saduak Floating Market) at the well preserved local plants alongside hundreds of species of spices, birds and exotic flowers, complimented by banana and coconut groves.
True enough. Its nature remaining as a rare-natural paradise, a 20 minutes stopover was also included at Golden Sand Beach across the Arabian Sea where we transported ourselves to our childhood years by having all the fun under the sun. “Poovar Backwater Cruise” (Fjord Cruise, Bophorus Cruise, Venice Cruise, Bangkok Cruise, Mandurah Cruise & Malacca Cruise) most probably will forever be cherished as a “heartwarming” memory, our next destination was to Kovalam beach for sunset watching.
Packed with thousands of locals who jammed up the narrow street, likewise at the beach on this Sunday, honestly I really didn't feel comfortable because they kept staring and looking at me. So, I stood far out and spend around 15 minutes to view the considered as a charming coastline and sun going down too. Sunset watching obviously calmed my inner peace, but seemingly one which I tend to value for whatever reason it may be only while holidaying. On the other hand, street shopping at Kovalam beach didn't attract my attention, whereas we opted out from viewing the lighthouse at the southern end of the beach and on a cape since it was already getting dark.
Finally, back to the hotel for dinner before calling it a day. Stay tune yea to "travel with nava-k" for Cochin we have come!