There is a reason Kerala is known as God's own country. A land bestowed with the true bliss of nature - be it mountains, or forests or ocean - Kerala has it all. So when the days get dreary and living is a treachery, to provide the balm of nature's bounty to soothe our aching nerves we invariably end up heading towards Kerala.
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Kovalam offers the most pristine of the beaches India has to offer, very popular amongst travelers worldwide. Shallow waters and low tidal waves make it an ideal beach destination. Though when we visited, owing to monsoon, the waves did seem ferocious enough to stop everyone, but only the most daunting, to venture closer to experience the might of the rumble of the waves. We chose to enjoy the scenery from a little distance with our toddler.
We flew here from Bangalore in an evening flight. A short hour after we landed in the small airport and quickly exited the same to perch on our pre-paid taxi we took from the airport to the resort. The pre-paid taxi costed us INR 500. I had plans to book Ola or Uber, but given that nearest cab was 25 minutes away, I chose to take the pre-paid as it was getting late and our kiddo was getting restless with the humidity.
It was a short half an hour ride to the resort. Once we reached, we were welcomed by the staff with very cool stone garlands/necklaces and the Kerala must-have fresh coconut water. With check-in formalities being completed in jiffy, we were off on our way to our sea-facing room in a villament. Taj Kovalam property is close to beach with sumptuous tropical greenery all in and around the rooms. We had already eaten at the airport and being tired went to sleep for an early start in the bliss. Our room was in an excellent location - we had Jacuzzi pools bang adjacent to our room. Being a water loving family that was our natural hangout option and we all thoroughly enjoyed our time in the temperature maintained Jacuzzi pool.
And then there is the infinity pool with a fantastic view of the majestic sealine accompanied by the flank of coconut trees as if they were on guard. And the cabanas offer much required respite from the sun where you can relax, read a book while sipping your favorite drink.
Another highlight of staying in Taj is the evening cultural program. We had loved the dance performances in our Taj Kumarakom stay and were looking forward to the evening.
We were not let down by some beautiful compositions on flute accompanied by ever green Tabla. Mesmerizing music, accompanied by a lovely wife, your bundle of energy kiddo - and sumptuously deliciously food - I could not have asked for a better culmination of our day.
I must add a commendation for the wonderful staff @ Taj. They took exceptional care of us. One of them even became such a good friend of our daughter that she wanted "Chayanika auntie" to not to leave her while we were having dinner.
The breakfast spread is quite good with all glories galore including a live dosa counters. The coconut chutney we had here was worth dying for it was so yummy!
It was too early for dinner and we soaked ourselves in the beauty of the power of nature where wave after wave was ravishing the sea-shore. The phosphorescence in the skies, the vivid hues painted by nature against a blackish, bluish, whitish canvas of open skies, the roar of the waves hitting one after another against the ocean front displaying the might of the seas created an atmosphere one can only dream about.
Taj Kovalam offers complimentary boat ride in the lagoon, and we took the short 20 minute journey leisurly. Reminded us of the rhyme our baby loves - "Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream, Merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream."
Afterwards we spent the evening soaking ourselves in the visual delight of the scenery accentuated by the colors of the dusk. It was getting dark and we headed back to the room after capturing some fantastic shots of the place.
Richest Place of Worship in the World
While returning back to the hotel, we took a little detour to the Kovalam beach. Given the waters were rough, we did not venture into the sea and contended ourselves being camera-trigger happy.
Time to Sayonara
I had booked an Ola cab for my pick up from the hotel and it was a wise decision though I was skeptical if it will turn up. It indeed did - and was at least 50% cheaper than other taxi guys were quoting for the ride back to the airport. Interestingly, our driver told us to not to tell anyone that we were riding Ola, if other drivers ask at Airport - as apparently the local taxi guys have issues with these cool taxi services making a dent into their so far unchecked business.
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Trivandrum - 695 527
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