Friday, July 24, 2009

Ernakulam (Cochin) to Lakshwadeep Islands

Lakshwadeep islands, a union territory of India, is a group pf 36 islands located int he Arabian sea, about 300 kms of Cochin. Of these islands, Androt, Amini, Bitra, Chetlat, Kadamat, Kalpeni, Kavaratti, and Minicoy are inhabited. The main occupation of the islanders is fishing. The languages spoken are Malayalam and Mahl. Tourists are permitted to enter through package tours provided by SPORTS.

For reservations and enquiry contact
Assistant Manager
SPORTS
Lakshwadeep Administrative Office
Willingdon Island
Kochi
Ph: 2668387

Accomodation

Bangaram Island resort
Contact:
Casino group of hotels
Cochin
Ph: 2668221


Agatti Island Beach Resort

Contact:
1st floor, Manogeeth
Market Road
Behind HPO
Cochin
Ph: 2362232

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Oceanfront resorts - a refuge for water loving travellers

The travel bug seems to be doing the rounds. Everyone around me is setting out to wonderful locales. I need to plan my next trip too.

A colleague of mine recently returned from a 45 day trip to the US of A. Lukcy lady. She was all praise for the places she had visited. She took her kids to Disneyland. They travelled by car covering the coastal regions. And then they visited some relatives in South Carolina. Being the water baby that she is - how could she miss visiting the lovely lakes in South Carolina. She visited Lake Marion and Lake Keowee. She also visited the North Myrtle Beach. She told me about this ocean front resort that she saw there - it was called the Myrtle Beach Resort.

The resort she said was located in Cherry Grove and had a host of activities for everyone. She has made enquiries and plans to visit and stay there on her next trip to USA. Her spouse was also excited because Myrtle Beach Resort is close to Myrtle Beach golf course and the Southeastern North Carolina golf courses. Aah! Men will be men. But well as long as they get to holiday there, it doesn't matter. She said she would choose from the various spa treatment packages that the resort has on offer or opt for an in-room massage while her hubby hits the golf course.

Hearing about the place and looking at the photographs, I am tempted to plan a trip to the Oceanfront Myrtle Beach Resort too. Gotta coax my better half to head out on a holiday and soon.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Tours conducted by KTDC near Cochin

Kerala Toursim Development Corporation (KTDC) conducted tours

Boat Cruise
daily 2 trips
0900-1230 hours and 1400-1730 hours
Starting point - Kochi Harbour
Covers - Willington island, Mattanchery palace, The Jewish Synagogue, Fort Kochi, Bolagatty Island.
Fare: Rs 100 per person

Sunset Cruise
1730-1900 hours

Full day backwater village cruise
includes - visit to coir villages and coconut plantations
Fare: Rs 650 per person - minimum 4 people required
Timings - 0830-1830 hours

Half day backawater village cruise
fare: Rs 350 per head - minimum 2 people
Timings - 0830-1300 hours, 1400-1830 hours

For details on any of these tours contact

KTDC
Tourist Reception centre
Shanmugham Road
Ernakulam 682011
Phone: 2353234
eMAIL - ktdccok@sancharnet.in

Thursday, July 2, 2009

On my travel list - A visit to Australia

Last weekend while travelling to London from Dubai, I met this wonderful lady from Sydney who was travelling to UK on a 3 week leisure holiday. Got talking to her and she told me about what Australia has to offer to avid travellers.

One place she told me about was 'Brampton Islands' which is famous for its golden beaches. It would be the perfect place to spend your wedding anniversary she said. She also told me of a website called Travel.au which has some really good cheap flight deals. I checked the site after reaching London and was glad she told me about it.

While on their site I happened to see the offers they have on flights to Singapore and must say was impressed. Add this to my travel wish list too. Cheap flight tickets make it so much more affordable to travel.

There was also a section which allowed me to compare cheap flight airfares. Such a useful tool for travellers. Hope my readers find the site as useful as I did. And Happy travelling to all of you.