Goa and Kerala with Taj Hotels

Goa in India is a very popular winter holiday destination and the destination has some excellent 4 and 5 star hotels which offer luxury holiday accommodation in stunning surroundings and near to excellent beaches.The Taj Group of hotels have some fantastic hotels in Goa and they are well worth considering if you are looking for luxury and outstanding service and attention to detail.The Taj Group have several hotels to choose from in Goa and Kerala including:

The Taj Exotica is a 5 star hotel Set amidst 56 acres of tropical gardens on Benaulim Beach in south Goa.

The Fort Aguada Beach Resort is  built on the ramparts of a 16th century Portuguese fortress, the resort is part of a large 73-acre complex overlooking the Arabian Sea.

Taj Aguada Hermitage, north Goa. Situated in the grounds of the Fort Aguada Beach Resort, on the slopes of a headland, this deluxe resort was especially built as a ‘Retreat’ for the Commonwealth Heads of Government. Perched above the Fort Aguada, there are breathtaking views of the Arabian sea and endless miles of the golden Calangute beach.

Taj Holiday Village. This 5 star hotel is located in Northern Goa on acres of palm-fringed landscaped gardens, approximately 1 hour from Goa airport, adjacent to the Fort Aguada Beach Resort, overlooking Sinquerim Beach.

Taj Green Cove Resort, Kerala.  Located on one of India’s most popular beaches, this first class property enjoys an elevated position offering breathtaking views of the backwaters and unspoiled beaches. The resort is spread over 10 acres of lush tropicallandscape on the golden beach of Kovalam. With its exotic tropical beauty and warm hospitality, this getaway is the perfect place to enjoy relaxation and rejuvenation of the mind, body and soul.

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Kerala holiday – An Amazing Holiday Destination

Kerala is located in the south west tip of India. It is south of the other popular Indian holiday destination of Goa. For a Kerala holiday you fly into Trivandrum. Flights from the UK to Kerala operate once a week on a Friday and from London Gatwick.The Indian state of Kerala has the highest literacy rate in the whole of India. I was lucky enough to spend 2 weeks in Kerala in November.

The people are poor and some live in very poor conditions but there is no doubting that the people are friendly and very welcoming. The cost of living is very low by Western standards. A two course meal with drinks in a restaurant for 2 people costs about £6. Kerala is a large state and because the roads are very busy getting anywhere fast is very difficult.

Allow about 4 hours to travel 100 miles ! I stayed at the Leela Kempinsky in Kovalam, which is a fantastic hotel but there are plenty to choose from.leela-kovalam-poolThis is a photograph of the infinity swimming pool at the Leela Kempinski in Kovalam. It is a 5 star hotel built on a peninsula between two beaches. One of the beaches is a private beach which is for hotel guests only.

A good way to get around is by rickshaw or tuc tucs. I took this picture, below, of several outside the Leela. They charge about £1 per mile and will wait for you for several hours whilst you go shopping or have a meal if you want them to, and for no extra charge.

Every afternoon, after school, the local school children went down to the beach. One thing I noticed is that the kids are very well dressed in immaculate school uniforms. Their mothers must have cursed though, as they all seemed to kerala-tuc-tucswade into the sea in their uniforms !kerala-school-kidsWhilst in Kerala we visited an elephant sanctuary. You can have a ride on one if you want. I didn’t bother as they looked a bit uncomfortable to say the least.

It’s not unusual to see an elephant being walked along a road in Kerala.kerala-elephantsWe went on an overnight cruise on a houseboat on the Kerala backwaters. We had three crew members looking after just the two of us.

Whilst cruising past houses on the waters edge we saw many Indian women washing clothes, bathing and washing their hair. I even saw several people brushing their teeth using the river water.

I guess it can’t do them any harm or they wouldn’t do it.This is a picture I took of a typical Kerala houseboat. We stayed overnight on one of these. If you go to Kerala you must go on a backwater cruise. They operate from several places but the main place is Cochin.Kerala is a wonderful holiday destination. Goa holidays are very kerala-river-peoplekerala-house-boat

popular with British travellers particularly north Goa, however Kerala offers something different and is similar to south Goa. The advantage that Kerala has is the backwaters. The Kerala backwaters is a huge area of rivers, lakes and canals. We can highly recommend a backwaters cruise. You can hire a houseboat for a one night overnight backwater cruise.

The great thing is that you have the boat to yourself and you get to be looked after by three crew members !

 

Kerala – Gods Own Country

Kerala is located in the south west tip of India. It is south of Goa. You fly into Trivandrum if you are going on a holiday to Kerala. The Indian state of Kerala has the highest literacy rate in the whole of India. I was lucky enough to spend 2 weeks in Kerala in November 2007. The people are poor and some live in very poor conditions but there is no doubting that the people are friendly. The cost of living is very low by Western standards. A two course meal with drinks in a restaurant for 2 people costs about £6. Kerala is a large state and because the roads are very busy getting anywhere fast is very difficult. Allow about 4 hours to travel 100 miles ! I stayed at the Leela Kempinsky in Kovalam, which is a fantastic hotel but there are plenty to choose from. A good way to get around is by rickshaw or tuc tucs. I took this picture, below, of several outside the Leela. They charge about £1 per mile and will wait for you for several hours whilst you go shopping or have a meal if you want them to, and for no extra charge.

 

Every afternoon, after school, the local school children went down to the beach. One thing I noticed is that the kids are very well dressed in immaculate school uniforms. Their mothers must have cursed though, as they all seemed to wade into the sea in their uniforms !

 

Whilst in Kerala we visited an elephant sanctuary. You can have a ride on one if you want. I didn’t bother as they looked a bit uncomfortable to say the least. It’s not unusual to see an elephant being walked along a road in Kerala. Here is a photo of me next to an elephant!

 

We went on an overnight cruise on a houseboat on the Kerala backwaters. We had three crew members looking after just the two of us. Whilst cruising past houses on the waters edge we saw many Indian women washing clothes, bathing and washing their hair. I even saw several people brushing their teeth using the river water. I guess it can’t do them any harm or they wouldn’t do it.

 

This is a picture I took of a typical Kerala houseboat. We stayed overnight on one of these. If you go to Kerala you must go on a backwater cruise. They operate from several places but the main place is Cochin.

And finally, this is a picture of me relaxing on our cruise boat on the Kerala backwaters. Three crewmen looked after us and I felt like a VIP ! We had a driver, a cook and a thrid crewman (not sure what he did)