Abad Atrium – KTM2022

I gaze with childlike fascination at the pair of transparent capsule lifts. Though there is nothing novel about them, I get the very unsophisticated urge to shoot videos every time I go up and down.

Abad Atrium is a 4-star hotel in the heart of Kochi city in the district of Ernakulam, Kerala, India. True to its name, it has a central atrium whose aerial view is provided by the aforementioned elevators and is one of the factors responsible for my uncontrolled clicking 😎

This was the last hotel that I stayed in during my trip to Kerala for the Kerala Travel Mart 2022 which was held in Kochi, Kerala from May 5th – 8th, 2022. This KTM event was preceded by our pre-mart media tour which was courtesy of the KTM Society. 

Abad Atrium is a very comfortable and convenient place for business as well as and leisure travellers. The fabulous central location is very advantageous to visit places of interest like the Marine Drive, Centre Square Mall etc. It is also walking distance to the metro station. 

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Clouds Valley – KTM2022

Tucked away from the main road and yet pretty much in the vicinity of many touristy spots, Clouds Valley, Munnar is a hotel which is popular among those looking for a convenient location at prices that are gentle on the pocket.

Munnar the picturesque hill station in the Idukki district of Kerala, India, was the last halt on our media tour which was courtesy of the Kerala Travel Mart (KTM) Society and this 5 day expedition was a precursor to the KTM 2022 which was held in Kochi, Kerala from May 5th – 8th, 2022.

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Carmelia Haven – KTM2022

Night has fallen and we have entered the driveway in the dark. We ascend the slope and quickly find ourselves at the reception building. The light of the lamp welcomes us and we are greeted with ‘smiling eyes’ by the masked staff. We have arrived later than scheduled and we are politely requested to hurry if we do not want to miss the cultural events of the night. A quick visit to our cottages to freshen up and we are at the open air stage, witnessing the Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam artistes performing for our pleasure.

We are at the Carmelia Haven, a lush resort whose glory is now cloaked in the darkness of the night and it is only the morrow which will literally bring to light its several acres of undulating terrain, swathed in clusters of closely knit tea and cardamom shrubs. This verdant tapestry presents a tranquil façade that belies the enthusiasm that it can generate among its delighted visitors.

So push through the knotty stems and the dense network of leaves and follow me on a tour of this enchanting haven that lies in the village of Vandanmedu near the town of Thekkady in the Idukki district of Kerala, India.

Carmelia Haven was yet another luxury resort that we had the pleasure of experiencing during the pre-mart media tour organized by the Kerala Travel Mart (KTM) Society at the KTM 2022 event that was held in Kochi from May 5th to 8th, 2022.

Unfortunately, our stay here was extremely short, almost a mere overnighter, hence I did not really get to capture the place in its entirety.

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Spice Routes Cruises, Alappuzha – KTM2022

What better way to savor the flavor of a place other than experiencing its quintessential features? Well the aptly named Spice Routes gives you the true taste of Kerala, with its fleet of vessels that carry you through its backwaters, where you are sure to have an immersive (pun definitely not intended :-D) experience, with local sights along the waterways and traditional food served in-house or should I say ‘in-boat’.

Spice Routes is one of Kerala’s leading Luxury houseboat cruise brands and offers a bouquet of 6 boats, right from 1 bedroom to 5 bedrooms.

Do you want to peep into one? Then follow me into the little village of Kainakary South in Alappuza district in the state of Kerala, India and hop aboard the houseboat, as we set sail on the tranquil waters of the Vembanad lake.

This was a short cruise of an hour’s duration and hence my experiences are accordingly  based. When I go for a longer stay, I will furnish you with more elaborate details, so pray that I go back again really soon 😎

My experience here was courtesy of the KTM media tour organized by Kerala Travel Mart 2022.

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Coconut Lagoon (CGH Earth) – KTM2022

The boom gate is raised in friendly welcome and our boat glides in through the picturesque canal, delivering us into the hands of the amiable staff who are awaiting our arrival with bright lamps and brighter smiles. We are greeted tenderly with tender coconuts adorned with bright red hibiscus.

There is a heightened feeling of anticipation, as we sense that our stay here is going to be as exciting as our entry and we look forward to spending the next 2 days basking in arcadian luxury, an oxymoron being most apt to describe the diverse blend of traditional settings and modern comforts.

It is always a sheer pleasure to experience the hospitality at any of the resorts owned by the CGH Earth group and my delight was boundless when I found out that the splendid Coconut Lagoon resort in Kumarakom, was going to be my host for 2 nights during my pre-mart media tour organized by the Kerala Travel Mart (KTM) Society at the KTM 2022 event that was held in Kochi from May 5th to 8th, 2022.

So sail into the Coconut Lagoon resort, Kumarakom, Kottayam district, Kerala, India and spend the next 2 days being amazed at their uncompromising commitment to sustainable and responsible tourism, among other exciting elements of course!

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