Surat is one of the most popular historic tourist destination with beautifully built historic monuments and a number of other architectural structures which attracts a number of tourist into the city every year. The state has all the monumental beauty that a photographic freak like me need to capture. Living in this city most of the time all I had in my collection was monuments and historic buildings until I decided to visit Kerala. Kerala is a land which could be better said as a land with a complete photographic package. Monuments, buildings, nature, wild, vegetation, culture, tradition and much more the land is so full of elements that any photographer would love to capture.
It was on the 13th of November that I visited Kerala to explore the photographic elements of the land. Like every traveller, I too availed one of the Best Surat to Kerala tour packages which were organised by Holiday Mango Travel. After 3 hrs of travel on the flight, I finally reached Cochin international airport on the 13th of November by 6 am. After reaching airport I was welcomed by the tour operators who led me to the taxi that was waiting for me. From the airport, we went straight to the hotel which was already booked for me. The services which were offered by the tour operators were fabulous. After checking into the hotel and refreshing I decided to start the tour of the place. One of the main reason for me to visit Kerala was to capture the beauty of the wildlife in the state. After freshening and having the breakfast I started to explore the city and its wild with my camera.
According to my plan, this trip only included the destinations with natural beauty and wild. My first destination for the day was Parambikkulam wildlife sanctuary which was located near Palakkad district which was about 2 hrs from Kochi. After the long ride, I reached the place by 10 am. The place is one of the best wildlife destination I have ever see. Being in Surat for so long this wildlife destination in Kerala was more like a treat to the eye. covering over 285 km the place was one of the best destination known for the presence of crocodiles, tigers, wild elephants, wild boar and many more wild animals. After reaching the place I decided to enjoy trekking so that I could take a closer look at the wild and if lucky enough get a glimpse of the animals in the place so that I could click some fascinating photos of the wildlife. After trekking around the forest for around 30 minutes I finally spotted a group of elephants. Gaining some strength somehow I with my tour guide and the forest office came a bit closer to the elephant group to get some decent picks of the animals. After getting the pics of the elephants I decided to trek for another 30 min pushing my luck a bit further. But my bad I couldn't find any other wild animals in the place. By 1.30 I finished my trekking in the Parambikkulam wildlife sanctuary and moved on to my second destination of the day.
The Silent Valley National Park, which too was located in Palakkad district. After travelling or an hour, I finally reached my second destination of the day by 2.30 pm. covered over 90sq. km this place is one of the smallest wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala which holds the only rain forest in the country. The place is very beautiful with rich vegetation and waterfalls that fascinate the travellers. Some of the main wild animals found in the area include elephants, jaguar, tiger, bear, and the endangered lion-tailed macaque. After walking through the sanctuary for a while all I could find was some monkeys and a wide variety of bird species. Other than taking the pictures of birds and monkeys, in particular, I saw a deer which was beautiful, it was not possible to go too near the deer at that would frighten it so all I could do was to a long shot of the animal. By the time I finished exploring the beauty of the place it was 5.30 and too late for me. So I decided to get back to the hotel, after another long drive I reached back to my room by 8.30 pm. By 9.30 I decided to freshen up and have dinner, after having the dinner I came back to the room by 10.30 and slept without making any delays.
Next day morning I woke up by 9.30 am, after having the complimentary breakfast and freshening up I checked out of the hotel by 11 am. It was my last day in Kerala, after visiting one more wildlife destination I was to return to Surat. My last destination of the trip was to a well-known honeymoon destination in Kerala, Munnar. The place was known for its beautiful green plantations and freezing climate which provided the couples with a perfectly romantic ambience. Munnar is a place located in the Western Ghats, most of the travellers visiting here are honeymooners and couples who visit the place availing different packages. The place being known to have a number of honeymooners visiting every year is a prominent destination in most Kerala honeymoon tour packages. But now I am here after travelling for about 3 hrs, not enjoy a honeymoon in the place but to explore the natural vegetation and wild in the land.
The destination I was to visit in the place was the very famous Eravikulam national park. Travelling for about 30 min from the Munnar city I finally reached the place by 2.30 pm. the park is a protected area to the Nilgiri Tahr. Trekking is one of the most known adventures in this small hill station. I too decided to enjoy trekking so that I could observe the wild from the closest view. Walking for a while I finally spotted a Nilgiri tahr which was protected in the area. The place was also known to house a number of animals other than the tahr, some of which includes tiger, leopard, giant squirrel and more. I decided to explore the place a bit more because it was probably the last time I was visiting the park. Apart from the tahr I also spotted the giant squirrel in the place and captured their beauty into my camera. I completed my photo shoot of the wild and the trekking in this beautiful honeymoon destination, Munnar by around 5.30pm. My flight back to Surat was by 10.00pm that day and so I travelled back to Kochi international airport and reached the place by 8.30pm.
I reached back to my place the next day early morning with all the memories of Kerala in my heart and the natural beauty of the wild and the vegetation in my camera. Kerala is one of the most beautiful destination to the south of the country with all the natural beauty, vegetation and monuments. The land has all that a nature lover, couples and a traveler needs. For nature lovers who wish to explore and experience the true beauty of nature and the wild Kerala is your best option.