If you’re looking for a place to spend your honeymoon where the weather is pleasant, is affordably priced and has nature, heritage and modern amenities all rolled in one place, your best bet is the South Indian state of Kerala. With its long coastline lined with graceful palm trees and sandy beaches, the lofty peaks of the Western Ghats, resplendent with lush greenery, pachyderms and myriad species of fauna, centuries old temples that showcase exquisite architecture and sculpture, exotic folk art forms featuring vibrant costumes, and palate tickling gastronomical delights – Kerala is a visitors’ paradise. Let us look at 7 of the best destinations in to spend a few dreamy, romantic days with your better half.
Endless visions of tea gardens carpeted on undulating hills, mist hanging low, serene lakes and gushing waterfalls – that’s Munnar for you. If you love the hills, Munnar is a must-visit; enjoy mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets and walks through fragrant spice gardens. If you love wildlife, head for the Eravikulam National Park; if it’s an adrenaline rush you’re looking for, sign up for some rappelling, trekking and rock climbing. It’s situated 150 KM from Kochi.
One of the most popular beach towns in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kovalam is home to several luxury resorts, many of them surprisingly affordable. You can visit any of the three beaches of Kovalam, like Samudra, Lighthouse or Hawa beaches. Or, you could relax and enjoy views of the Arabian Sea from your hotel room, and avail of Ayurvedic spa treatments to rejuvenate yourself. If you’d like to go sightseeing, there are a couple of dams, a castle and art galleries close by.
If you can’t choose between hills and the beach, head for Varkala! This quaint town in Thiruvananthapuram is perched atop sheer cliffs, with the beach down below, sparkling in the sun. Less crowded than other tourist destinations in Kerala, Varkala has a Bohemian feel to it. Spend days lazing on the beach, tuck into some international cuisine or fresh-caught seafood, and shop for curios and knick-knacks from the many small shops that line the paths.
Sipping on a drink while sitting on the sundeck of a houseboat as it lazily floats down the brackish waters of the canals and lagoons in the backwaters, feasting your eyes on the breathtaking landscape surrounding you, and watching the sedate pace of village life happening – what can be more tranquil or romantic? Which is why, a cruise on a Kerala houseboat is a must on your list of honeymoon destinations. You have a plethora of choices when it comes to Alleppey houseboats – choose the number of rooms you want, the level of luxury, a traditional looking one with a thatched roof, and so on. It’s a unique experience that you’ll never forget in your life, and you should not miss the opportunity to have a backwater cruise in Kerala. Also, all will provide you the best of services, safety and privacy you need in your journey as well as at staying place.
Kochi is a bustling city, somewhat in the middle of the state; it is ultra-modern, with high-rises, malls and a thriving IT hub. It also retains glorious monuments from its past – ancient places of worship of all faiths, art galleries, museums, palaces, beaches, islands – you name it. Fort Kochi is an interesting area of this city – with charming neighborhoods like Jew Town, art festivals, and a host of shopping and dining options. You can explore Fort Kochi on bicycle or by walking, and take the water-taxi ferries to reach other parts of the city. I guarantee you will not be disappointed!
Wayanad is a hill district in the northern part of the state, and has an abundance of tea, coffee, rubber and spice plantations. There are quite a few waterfalls, lakes, dams, a wildlife sanctuary, a bird sanctuary, and a few museums that you can visit as well. Life here is tranquil, and the air is pristine; there are several beautiful resorts, some of them tucked away in the wilderness.
If you’re looking for some quality, undisturbed time away with your spouse, Bekal, way up in Kerala’s northernmost district of Kasargod, is perfect. Set on the Arabian Sea is the majestic fort of Bekal; the tranquil backwaters of Valiyaparamba are also worth visiting. Clean and peaceful, and abundant with Nature’s bounty, Bekal is a wonderful destination for spending an intimate holiday with your special someone.