I hail from a state which is rarely found on a travel itinerary, and that’s a pity, for it homes some of India’s oldest history and culture. And it always makes me feel low when I see such lists. This is my attempt to bring out some hidden gems of Andhra Pradesh and also fulfilling my wish of travelling to the least explored destinations. This trip came as a surprise as one of my friend called me and asked me whether I am going to visit Anantapur during a long weekend in December, which we discussed earlier and I asked him to give me a couple of days to decide.
It took me a day to decide and here’s the outcome of that decision 🙂 . This trip is also one of my most memorable trips as I have traveled almost 2500 kms in 4 days that to only by buses (public as well as private transport)! Though I was exhausted a lot after the journey, I thoroughly enjoyed my trip and feeling so happy to share this travel tale with you all 🙂 . Hope you love it and start exploring my state a bit more from now!! 🙂
About 53 kms from Trivandrum and 7 kms from Varkala, Kappil beach is one of the most picturesque destinations of Kerala. It is not just another tourist spot, but a must visit place.
On the west is the true blue Arabian Sea and the east is Edava Narayan Lake. The true confluence of backwaters and sea with some lush green coconut grooves.. Road runs as such for about 1 km. Kappil has its own fishing community, and the true fun is the backwater ride.
Situated about 12 km south of Varkala. Have to board a country boat from Neduganda and take a tour through the backwaters for about 30 minutes to reach Ponnumthuruthu. Ponnumthuruthu, the name literally means Golden Island. This lush island is a perfect gateway for those who seek a break from the hustle and bustle of the urban life.
This island is known for the Shiva Parvathi temple, which is more than 100 years old. A royal family owns the island and the temple.
In all, this place is for a good drive and fits in for a short trip.. 🙂 🙂