First of all I would like to thank Shahul for helping me plan my first ever trip to southern part of India.
Overall the experience was good except few bad events.
I'll list down some highlights (good & bad)
1) First day at Hotel Great escapes in Munnar was a horrible experience. There was no water in the bathroom and even after repeated escalations to the management, it was not fixed but instead (after 3 hours of wait) we were given two buckets of water, which isn't an expectation from a 3 star rating hotel.
Moreover the food at the hotel was not up to standard.
** Will avoid this hotel if I ever plan to visit Munnar again **
2) After not so good experience at Munnar, our expectations from this trip were low, but then we checked in to Sterling Hotel in Thekkady. We were greeted with a welcome drink. The staff, the ambience, the location, everything was just perfect about the hotel.
This hotel has a swimming pool, cottage room gives a view of Periyar forest from the window.
Food was good as well.
** I highly recommend this hotel **
Periyar lake boat is a good experience but don't expect to see any wild animals. We spotted few birds only.
We later visited Kathakali and marshal art shows which were good.
3) Third destination was Alleppy and we were looking forward for Houseboat stay in Backwaters, as we heard lots of good things about it.
Unfortunately, it was not at all like what we heard.
Houseboat runs for only 2-3 hours and then they park it in the parking area.
Now, you are left in a standing boat with uncomfortable beds where it is difficult to choose which is worse, Ambience or Food.
Overall, it was a struggle to pass that day.
** My suggestion, Do not go for houseboat, rather book a hotel near backwaters and take a Shikara ride of 2-3 hours **
4) Last but the most awaited destination was Kovalam Beach.
We checked in to Sagara beach resort.
You get the beach view from hotel and the beach is 10 minutes walk from the hotel.
Hotel has spacious rooms with all basic amenities for a comfortable stay.
We went for a boat ride to see Golden sand beach and Arabian sea.
Overall Kovalam stay was very good.
Hope this will help you to suggest hotels/sightseeing to your customers for similar trip.