After having typical South Indian meals, headed towards Cochin road. First stop was at Blossom Park (also called Hydel Park). This is one of the place which is I think neglected. Considering the amount of visitors Munnar has, definitely this could have been beautifully maintained.
Later killed time at the park as none wanted to travel more. Had dinner at Surya Soma Restaurant & headed towards the resort for a good sleep. Day-3
At around 7.30 AM, all were ready with luggage packed. Our cars were shining after a bath in late night yesterday. Had breakfast & headed towards Gavi at 8.30 AM . The roads were awesome smooth but curvy. We both drivers enjoyed too much.
Kerala has beautiful churches too.
Thanks to the cooperation from the occupants. At 11.50 AM we were at Kumily with a small tea break. Had read reviews that Gavi road was too bumpy & full of potholes. At 12.15 PM reached the deviation the Kakki Kavala.
Reached Gavi at 13.30 hrs with all curiously peeping outside for any sightings.
Pls note that Gavi entrance is subject to prior permission. The Reception building Green Mansion Rooms The WAY LEADING TOWARDS THE DINING AREA
Finished lunch at Gavi, which was buffet system & shifted luggage to the rooms. Got ready for boating where Mr Varghese our guide was waiting for us. He is a very jovial person Mr Varghese waiting for us for boat ride
Started the boating in 2 boats & headed towards a small water falls. Visited the falls with a small walk. Enjoyed a lot there. Later returned to have some tea to the dining area. Headed towards the small peak for a trek, from where we can see the Sabarimala temple/ peak. Returned back, had dinner by about 20.30 hrs & back to bed for a pleasant undisturbed sleep.
Mr Varghese instructed to be ready by abt 06.15 so that we will be the first to enter the safari area.
Believe me, the amount we pay for the package is worth being there. The food is unlimited & tasty. KFDC has done good efforts. Theres no privatization there which is an added point.
We were ready at 6.00 AM after having black tea & including kids & that too after the early morning bath. This shows the excitation the team had. All luggage packed back into the cars. Started off on the Mahindra AWD jeep. The safari track is not so much into the forest but it’s a kind of abandoned earlier used road which leads to Mozhiyar.
Only Kerala state bus is permitted there. We came across a small herd of about 5 Indian Gaurs at about a distance of 300 mtrs. See the build of the Indian Gaur
Again moved ahead to come across a huge herd of Gaurs on the opposite hill grazing. Amidst were also seen 3 sambhars. See the mechanism of the check post to open the gate With Mr Varghese at the Reception area
Then followed with 3 elephants at a distance of about 500 mtrs which was very difficult to sight. I could manage only with the lens of my camera. Returned back at around 8.30 AM followed by breakfast. At around 9.00 AM we left Gavi. .
At around 13.45 we were at Ponnamadu jetty (Alleppey) to board into the houseboat. The travel was scenic & with one just stop. Got the cars parked, did shopping for some drinks & eatables.
Started to leave the jetty. After about half an hour our stomach was calling for some food. The boat (refer Aquaserene houseboats) was too good, kept clean with good crew of 3 members. Our lunch was ready. We started to fill up our tummy to the fullest. Within a few minutes after lunch I was in deep sleep in the living area itself.
Kids & family enjoyed a lot of the experiences of the houseboat & scenic backwaters. I think government should initiate right now to keep the Keralan backwaters clean. Its full of weeds, even we could see traces of oil on the water. Some of the boat crew were seen throwing kitchen waste into the backwater. The boat was parked by 18.30 hrs & it was movie time with tea. At around 20.30 the dinner was ready with menu suggested by us.