I was more inclined towards travelling Kerala (God's Own Country) for Christmas vacation. I was doing some research around Thekkady and Munnar. I have gone through different websites related to the travelogues about visiting Thekkady. Gathered information about the list of tourist spots, accommodation available, time required for travel etc. Charted the list of things to do with proper plan. I penned everything into a detailed project plan [ I feel it was even better than the project plan I make for my project in office :) ].
Meanwhile, I have informed some of my friends about this plan and few of them showed interest in it. But, as I know that most of the time inviting a large number of groups may not work out. So, I made my decision that I will be giving a cut-off date to my friends to say a 'Final YES' so that I can go ahead and booked accomodation. As the target date was approaching I started getting execuses from my friends that they were not able to make it due to so and so reason. As it was perfectly expected by me, I was not in shock but rather enjoying the execuses that they were providing me. May be it could help me to cook up some stories when it is required …ha ha ha :). To my surprise, as usual one of my good friend 'Balaji' has given 'GO' for me to book accomodation. :)
Ok. Now,it is time to move on to the execution part of 'accommodation'. First I tried to get details about KTDC and wanted to book rooms in the KTDC hotels. The main reason I chose these hotels where due to my previous experience with KSTDC (Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation) and TTDC (Tamil Nadu State Tourism Development Corporation) when I visited different places around Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The room that you get in these hotels used to be average kind of accommodation but it is certainly value for money. You may not get STAR hotel kind of accommodations but decent enough that you can stay with family and enjoy your vacation at a lower cost.
As I decided to book KTDC hotels in Thekkady, I tried through their website. As the dates that I am going to book accomodation would be during X-mas time, so I was not sure whether I would be getting or not. As I thought, all the rooms in KTDC hotels have been booked and none are available. So, now it is the time for me to try other hotels or homestays. I did not want to go through homestays due to the fact that I have not experienced its service before in my travel so decided to continue my search for economy hotels. I was looking for rooms with max 2.5k per night. As it is going to be 4 days for my trip, I don't want to spend beyond that for accomodation. I chose 'makemytrip.com' for the hotel search. Now, here is the twist that I saw when I was searching…..Do you want to know what that could be…? It was really amazing for me to know that even Govt operated organizations also having tie up with such websites for their room reservation. Yes. I am talking about KTDC hotel in Thekkady. I was able to see that there was room available for 24th and 25th night in Thekkady. I was so excited and booked my rooms for myself and my friend's family. Now, I started dreaming about my trip and started preparing for the travel until I came with some shocking news….
You may want to know…what is that shocking news….If you are serious news watcher and you would have known by this time what was the shocking news.. Let me post the news shortly and will share the remaining part of the story in subsequent threads…..
Please hold on till I come back to you with some more interesting twists :)