I saw light at the end of the tunnel as JJs mid term holidays started end of September. It gave us the chance to plan a holiday. I looked at some international destinations like Thailand and Indonesia, but Kerala beckoned again. Although we had lost a lot of money to non-refundable reservations, one of the places allowed me to replan at a later date and another place offered a free upgrade in the accommodation.
So it was back to the drawing board for us. One tempting thought kept popping back – why do we need a cab when we could do the drive ourselves? Google maps and a forum called team-BHP became my friends and routes and times were dissected out to see if it was possible. Although we had done plenty of road trips in Australia and New Zealand, I was a bit skeptical about driving in Indian roads (especially Kerala). I hated the traffic and reckless drivers and many times felt unsafe in the highways. But the temptation proved too much. Although I left the option of train trips and a cab open, my mind worked out the routes and the dates.
Then I scoured the web for great deals. Choosing a good resort among the hundreds of resorts available was like picking a needle in a haystack. We had decided on the Tall Trees Resort in Munnar as this is where we had our honeymoon. Cleartrip had a fantastic offer one evening and I grabbed it to book the place. GoIbibo had some discounts and I also had some vouchers from them which sorted out our stay in Kumarakom (including one night in a houseboat!). Greenwoods at Thekkady gave us accommodation using our deposit from our cancelled trip and gave us the same discounted rate even though the rates had increased in the interim. We had one night of accommodation to work out and I planned a surprise for JJ. That left only transit overnight stays unbooked.
Looks like we are good to go!!