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Live it up Don’t let the rain dampen your spirit
Live it up Don’t let the rain dampen your spirit

The rain need not keep you indoors. With the attractive monsoon travel packages on offer, have a blast

If you love romancing in the rain then monsoon tourism is for you. It is no longer off-season but very much a season to relish and enjoy. Travel agents have converted this former wet blanket of a season to a profitable one and have come up with attractive discount offers. Foreigners have responded well to this but it is yet to catch the fancy of the domestic tourist. Kerala is cashing in on this new trend.

The travel packages at this time cost lesser than during the peak season. So, if you have turned away from a package earlier because of its cost, give it a second thought now.

“In Kerala, Munnar, Thekkady, Kumarakom and Kovalam are in demand,” say tour operators. So they have multiple offers for travellers. Custom-made packages are available to suit your taste – in terms of place, hotel, and other facilities.

Attractive discounts at hotels lure many to travel during the monsoon. “I consider budget as well as accessibility to the destination while deciding on a holiday. This is also an easy time to get leave as people are often caught up with children’s school re-opening and are averse to travelling in the rain,” says Pranav J, a software professional. However, it is seen that several Indian tourists are yet to develop a liking for travelling during the monsoon. People like Anju Mahesh, a homemaker, are not impressed. “During the downpour the surroundings are not so inviting. Holidaying under such circumstance doesn’t enthuse me,” says Anju.

But such opinions are few and far between and the promotion of monsoon tourism continues with some success.

Though Ooty and Kodaikanal remain favoured destinations during rains, there are also many like Sajeev Kumar who frequently travels with his family to Munnar. He says, “The idea of holidaying during monsoon is not basically to see a place.

The intention is to relax in the luxurious comforts of the swish hotel rooms; watch the downpour with a cup of tea. It is not the destination but the easy availability of rooms is what makes us take a quick decision, probably even a day prior to going on a holiday.”

This being the off-season, there are plenty of discounts. Says Sajeev, “Packages work well but contacting hotels directly for discounts too is a good option.”

Malika Dinesh, Manager, Holidays, ITL (Kochi) says: “Most of our customers are from the North, especially Gujarat. For them, Kerala means backwaters.”

Package offers

People choose the travel package that gives them the best value for money, including facilities such as transportation, hotel stay and breakfast. Some packages have more to offer.

According to Sunil Kumar working with a travel agency: “We offer a travel package for 3 nights and 4 days at Munnar for Rs. 4,500 including room, breakfast and transportation (including sight seeing) for a single person.

With such attractive concessions, if you have two or three days to spare, zip off to a getaway in the rain. You will see the season in a new light.

RESHMI JAIMON

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