Government-run tour and travel agency Tourfed has charted a bunch of one-day trips for those with a wanderlust. Anantha Vismayam, One-day Wonder, the Film Tourism Package, Munroe Island, and Thenmala-Palaruvi are some of the packages.
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: It is a long and winding trail through the lush green forest patch. At every bend, you are rewarded with grand views, with the wild music of birds keeping you company. And as you reach the summit, you watch in silent exhilaration a panorama of breathtakingly beautiful peaks. Here you are literally rubbing your shoulders with the clouds, watching the grandeur atop the hilltop of Ponmudi.
From here you can either embark on a trip to watch a milky cascade set against a dramatic landscape at Kollam- the Palaruvi waterfalls. This and more awaits one as the state-run tour and travel agency Tourfed strings together a set of tour programmes for city residents. The agency has structured a bevvy of one-day trips that the city residents can choose. The ‘Anantha Vismayam’ package, ‘One-day Wonder’, ‘Anantha Vismayam Film Tourism Package’, ‘Munroe Island’, and ‘Thenmala-Palaruvi’ package are some of the one-day packages the organisation has in store.
“With the start of the vacation season, the number of people opting for tour packages has only burgeoned. Each package can be customised according to the need of the traveller. The Ananthavismayam package and the recently launched Munroe Island packages are garnering more tour requests. Families, youngsters, students and housewives opt for the trips and even the outbound trips are being opted by many,” said Shaji Madhavan, MD of Tourfed.
One of the highpoints at Tourfed is that one gets to customise the tour package. And even if it is just for two people, the travel will be arranged. These packages that go easy on your pocket includes accommodation, food, and journey expenses. Express explores a few of the one-day trips Tourfed provides.
A delight for trekking enthusiasts, the Thenmala-Palaruvi package is one for the adventurous. The adventure zone at Thenmala offers a host of exciting activities and one gets to avail 13 rides here. Trek the trail here and watch the butterflies flit past in gay abandon at the butterfly park. Wade through the waters in the Thenmala dam area and just lose yourself in these dreamy landscapes.
Here you get to watch the golden red orb plunge into the shimmering blue waters and also enjoy a pleasant boat ride. The package starts with a visit to the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. After spending some time at the temple, the team proceeds to visit the Padamanabhapuram Palace where history sleeps in every nook and cranny. While here, just be awed by this architectural marvel. By afternoon, the team is taken to Kanyakumari where activities such as boating and a visit to the Vivekananda Rock is arranged.
Anantha Vismayam Film Tourism Package
This one is for the film enthusiasts. The trip starts with watching a movie in 4K format at a multiplex. Later the team is taken to a film studio in the city where they get to interact with professionals who work in the field. After the movie one can proceed to Poovar where a backwater cruise ride can be undertaken.
How about a day filled with wonders, encountering new culture and sights? You board a flight from the city, engage in a thrilling cruise ride in Kochi, and later proceed to the much famed Mattancherry in Fort Kochi and other prime spots and then return to your homeplace the same day. This is is the essence of the One-day Wonder, where you get to visit Kochi and explore the place.