Keukenhof-The Tulip paradise

The tulips in Netherlands showcase themselves for a brief period during the glorious spring. If you are around here it is a sin if you do not visit the Keukenhof during the two months. The fields are open from  24 March 2016 – 16 May 2016 from 08.00 – 19.30. So for two months this place will be buzzing with tourists!


Me and my friend left to keukenhof on a bright Saturday morning on 9th April (Not a good time I would suggest as the tulip fields were pretty much empty.There were many flowers in the glasshouse though).  The best time is after mid April.

The park has brightly coloured flowers. Here you can get a sneak peak into the colours!

kkSnippets on Cost of travel

  • Keukenhof can be reached by ‘Arriva bus’ which charges 10 Euros  for a Round trip  from the Schiphol airport.
  • To airport you can take line 197 or 69 which will take another 3-4 euros with Ov chipkart
  • The entry ticket is 16 euros for a day.
  • We took bus 69 to airport and then a combo ticket which includes bus + entry of 24 euros which was 2 euros lesser than buying them separately
  • The food inside Keukenhof is typically 10 euros per meal


There is a free locker to lock your stuff at Keukenhof . You can find tons of souvenir shops there from which you can take pretty gifts back from Netherlands.The park itself was brilliant.

If you dont like reading much, you can view this slideshow of flowers captured at Keukenhof by us! At the entrance of the park there were mostly hyacinths. Tulips were in the glasshouse.

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Here is the map of keukenhof with route we followed. There are five main places to visit. On the whole the walk inside takes about 5 hours.





There is a lake around the corner which houses swans and ducks. You can find stretch of pink tulip flowers around. There is a place to eat,shop and relax called Wilhelmina around the lake. There is also  ‘Stepping stones’ on the lake for kids (and adults) to jump around 😛


Beatrix- Orchid show


It is a place where flowers and fashion meet!  Mannequins dressed in flowers, floral shoes and hanging flowers from the ceiling. It was an unbelievable place.

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The Molen- The windmill


You can climb on top of the windmill here and stand close to the blades. From there you can see the tulip fields. When we were there we could see only a strip of red tulip fields.

The stretch of red tulip flowers

Whisper boat– Just below the mill there is a boat ride that takes you along a canal sandwiched between tulip fields. We heard about it only after we reached that point. You need to book tickets beforehand it seems!


Willian Alexander pavilion

That’s me posing 😛

It’s a huge glasshouse with ‘Tulips’ . wonderful colours which are hard for your eyes to believe  they are real. It has many places to click gorgeous pictures.


Oranje Nassau


It was a retro style flower show. It was a museum sort of decorated with flowers. You will find a pirate setting with flowers inside the chest instead of gold and a floral bridge.

What I really liked was the Beatrix and the William Alexander pavilion.

The best way to see the tulips is by cycling around the fields. The fields look like this when ripe with tulips.

Be sure to visit the park if you are around in these two months of April and May.




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Amalfi Coast- Towns perched on seaside cliffs

A legend tells that when people of Amalfi die and go to heaven, they look around and say: “Well, nothing new. It looks just like home!”

Amalfi coast is along the south of Naples bay. It composes of lovely villages out of a fairytale. What makes the coastline dramatic are the pastel shaded houses perched on a cliff by the sea. I have been to beaches and hill stations but having the best of both worlds is a delight.

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Picture taken by us from the beach

These villages are along the south of the coastline and a mountainous region has to be crossed from naples which makes it difficult to access and hence it is not a popularly known international holiday destination. However it was famous among the elites in southern Europe in the past. When, in the mid 1800s, Prince Ferdinand of Bourbon constructed the coastal road between Vietri sul Mare and Positano, allowing easier access to this beautiful stretch of Italian coast.

There are two ways to reach the Amalfi villages from Naples

  • Through Sorrento (30-45 min from Naples. Takes 2 hours to Amalfi coast)
  • Through Salerno (2-3 hours from Naples. Takes 30-45 mins to Amalfi Coast)


Both the routes are very exhausting. We stayed at Maiori . It is beautiful town with a beach. Italy is a catholic country we arrived at Maiori on a good Friday. The whole village had red candles lit up and were on a procession to the church. Maiori has an elegant beach to walk at night ! we were too tired to take that opportunity so we skipped.

Below is the itinerary we followed

Maiori-> Amalfi-> Ravello-> Positano-> Sorrento


We stayed in Maiori in an Airbnb Apartment which costed us 33 Euros. The town was beautiful but unfortunately we could not spend time at the beach. We purchased some souvenir Limoncellos.


We left from maoiri to Amalfi using a STIA bus.  The ride was about 30 minutes but you will be holding your breath throughout the journey.

The hairpin curves!- The coastal road along the Amalfi Coast is famous for its hairpin bends, fantastic views and general scariness. The buses are driven by trained drivers who make your heart skip a beat when you brush against the fence on the turn. Just sit back and enjoy the ride if possible in the front seat where you can to see the villages along the cliff.

Tip: SITA buses have their own ticket station/office where you have to purchase a ticket before getting on .You CANNOT get a ticket in the bus. The frequency is one hr so have a ticket in hand! The daypass is useful which costs 8 Euros. A single ticket for 60 mins costs 2.2 euros.

Amalfi was a cute city on the cliffs with elegant souvenir shops and posh bistros.There is a view point on the rocky beach where you can see the panaroma of amalfi – It looks  like a painting !

A photo from the sightseeing point on the rocks

The attraction there is the Duomo, the huge church on the top of a flight of stairs which looks beautiful from down the beach. Legend says that if you walk hand in hand with your loved one on the stairs of the church you will not get married to them 😛



Ravello is a hilltop town. It is about 45 mins by SITA bus from Amalfi. Ravello is a serene place isolated from the hustle of the world. Feels peaceful to be there and it is not as crowded as Amalfi. Two attractions there are

  • Villa Rufolo
  • Villa Cimbrone

There both have an entry charge of 5 euros. They are a big villa built along the cliff where you can witness an amazing view of these cities. The famous view of Ravello  in pictures is shot from the Villa rufolo.


Ravello being on top of the hill makes it a good starting point for many hikes. The ‘path of gods ‘ as people call is one of the hiking paths from Ravello to Amalfi. It is called so because of its alluring view along the path. It requires a day to reach Ravello and trek back to Amalfi.

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After Ravello we left to Positano. It takes about an hour from Ravello to Positano. Positano, is from out of a fairy tale. A cliff town overlooking the beach and the most enchanting passage to the beach  from the city.  An hour was definitely not enough in Posinato as the websites had mentioned.

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Lemons, Lemons Everywhere


The Amalfi coast is famed for its production of Limoncello liqueur and the area is a known cultivator of lemons. The lemons there are very tasty! You will not have seen such big lemons in your life


Positano had the famous lemon shops where everything was made of lemon- Soaps, Candles, Liquor, Dolls.

Positano is famous for its ceramic shops. The hotels there have ceramic top tables.Positano has a pebble beach, one of the reasons the water is so clear. The sunset looked beautiful from the beach.

Sunset at Positano Beach

From positano we left to Sorrento where we had planned on Camping. The last bus from Positano was at 8 PM . We ran our way back to the bus. We hardly managed to squeeze into the bus hanging on the footboard. We took a whopping 2 hours to reach Sorrento.

Amalfi Coast at night from the bus

We had a wonderful time at Amalfi Coast. There were some things we wished we knew before we went like getting struck among the huge crowd and having to wait hours for the bus. I have summarised those in my post on “Things No One tells about Amalfi Coast” . We left to Capri Island the next day. To know more about it click on “Capri Island-The Bewildering Blue Grotto


Things no one tells about Amalfi Coast

Things no one tells you about Amalfi coast!

This is a offshoot of the post on “Amalfi Coast”

  1. Transportation to and within Amalfi is a big headache

The chauffer drive service is 400 Euros which is very expensive. A car driver approached us and offered a ride from Pompeii to Salerno at 100 euros when the bus ride was 2 euros.

The SITA bus is the cheapest means of transport hence it is overcrowded. We could hardly get a place to stand in the buses. The last bus back to Sorrento was at 8 PM and it was full beyond capacity when we arrived at bus stop. We pushed our way it and the door had to shut us all hanging on the footboard into the bus. The bus was jam packed. We were shocked when on our way back the driver hit a wall while turning along a hair pin turn and the window glass shattered. Very dangerous ride indeed. SITA bus is preferred because the day pass is 8 Euros

Sightseeing tours

There is the hop on Hop off buses which cost 5 euros per ride but frequency is less. You will on average make 8 trips within the coastal cities so it was cost around 40. The number of seats is less in these buses.

  1. A day is not enough for covering all the villages

You will see in websites or tour packages offering a day trip to Amalfi coast. A day is not enough for covering all the villages. These are the typical times between villages. If you start from Sorrento and come back you will spend 5 hours just to and from Sorrento and another 3 hours travelling within villages. The bus timetables are such that you get a bus every one hour. So you cannot afford to lose your bus. At least 2-3 days are required !

  1. Be half an hour before schedule for catching a bus

Our bus to Positano from Amalfi was at 5 PM .We went at 4:50 PM and we were informed that the bus was full and we have to wait for the next bus. We waited for about an hour and then a huge crowd now gathered within this hour. Now again a group of people were left behind at 6 PM.

  1. The villages are over crowded on Holidays

My mood was off in Amalfi because I all I saw was a big group of people. I regretted going there on Easter. I could hardly stand in a place to pose for a photo . There were numerous group tours that day and people were moving past us in huge numbers. Maybe because it was Easter holidays we faced a big crowd. It is safe to go to these places off season.

  1. Capri is not for those who have sea sickness

There are numerous ferries connecting the villages. Also there is a fast ferry to the Capri Island. It is not for those with sea sickness. We have been in typical slow boats or cruises. These boats are bumpy and they jump on water. I had a floating sensation for a day after getting out of the ferry from Capri. Numerous people puked after exiting the Blue gretto on a row boat.

To know more about Capri Island visit my Post 

  1. The trip involves a lot of walking

The villages have small streets that have to be walked after getting down at the bus stop. There are some stairs to be climbed too. Also in you want to hike you better be prepared.

  1. It is overpriced

Be it the chauffeur drive, food, stay all are overpriced here. The people of the village live on tourism. If you search hotels or Airbnb apartments you can see for yourself the cost of staying here. That’s why most people stay in Sorrento or Salerno and commute here. But this makes it very tedious. You must make a trade-off between both! We managed to find a cheap Airbnb apartment in Maiori.