Newlyweds! If you are looking for the perfect honeymoon destination, then look no further. Kerala, or “God’s own country”, is the ultimate location to kickstart your married life.
The verdant state has a lot to offer that make it an exotically romantic destination for newlyweds – from calming beaches, unending coconut groves and scenic backwaters to misty hills. Pampering luxurious accommodation are so passe in romance. What’s in are long walks on the beach, houseboat cruises and authentic ayurvedic experiences – all of which are only found in Kerala, your best choice for a romantic getaway. The beautiful landscape and romantic weather will perfectly complement your celebratory mood and you will forever cherish every moment spent here with your better half.
With its scenic views and verdant green surroundings, Wayanad is among the prettiest ranges of Kerala. It is not just a great honeymoon destination, but also a popular weekend getaway to beat the heat. Click beautiful pictures together and express your love by embarking on a trek to Chembra Peak, the perfect romantic backdrop with floating clouds and misty hills. On the way, you will also see a heart-shaped lake that never dries and serves an ideal stop for the newlywed to spend time together. Edakkal Caves is another must-see attraction which is actually boulders wedged between 2 enormous stones and covered with ancient inscriptions and pictorial paintings. Add thrill and excitement to your honeymoon by camping the night in the forests of Wayanad. Drink the lovely sunset, gaze at the romantic star-studded sky and then wake up to the beautiful sounds of nature in the morning far, far away from the monotony of city life.
Idukki, a district in Kerala, is everything a romantic and exotic travel destination should be. Thekkady, a town in the district very close to the Kerala Tamil Nadu border is very popular amongst newlyweds. While it is well known for the Periyar National Park, there are many other activities and places one can enjoy while holidaying here – like going on a bullock cart ride through jungle trails and villages past the tiger reserve, staying in a modern, air-conditioned tree house, or taking an elephant ride through a plantation and feeding it afterward. Of course, there is no dearth of activities offered at Periyar National Park as well – you can take a boat ride or bamboo raft to look at and click pictures of the fauna and flora of the Western Ghats, or if you’re feeling adventurous, go on a jungle patrol or tiger trail with a group of knowledgeable and dependable guides and guards.
This breath-taking, very picturesque town will feel like a dream come true with your partner by your side. When talking about abundance in natural beauty and charm, few places can come as close as Munnar, another town in Idukki, does. Its pristine valleys, misty mountains, unending expanse of tea estates, exotic flora and fauna in its national parks and sanctuaries and the aroma of cool spice-scented air all make Munnar one place you’ll never want to leave. The “Kashmir of Kerala” is home to Mattupetty Dam and Reservoir, a number of tea gardens, Kundala Dam Lake, Rajamalai (part of Eravikulam National Park), Kannan Devan Tea Museum and Attukal Waterfalls. These places capture nature in its purest form, and mist-draped mornings, fragrant tea gardens and quaint cottages all make Munnar one of the best choices for a honeymoon destination.
Kovalam, a small coastal town in the Arabian sea near Thiruvananthapuram, is the perfect mix of manmade and natural wonders. Honeymooning in Kovalam means relishing luxurious stays, authentic cuisine, the blue waters, the salty winds and a whole lot of sun. Perhaps the most well-known spot here is the white and red painted lighthouse on Lighthouse beach, which has in a way become the identity of the town. Lighthouse beach with its swaying palm fringes, warm sun and blue water crashing on the rocks makes this ideal for your romantic walks.
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Couple ayurvedic massages, beach volleyball, swimming, surfing or simply sunbathing can also be enjoyed here. For a tad more commercialised beach in Kovalam that has seafood serving shacks, head to Kovalam Beach also called the ‘Paradise of South India’. Here you can watch fishermen in action, enjoy water sports and click pictures of the mesmerising sunset. If you prefer a quieter, less crowded beach, you can go to Samudra beach or Hawah beach and watch the beautiful sunset holding hands.
Located about 7km from the main town is Vellayani Lake, a popular picnic spot and the largest freshwater lake around. It’s particularly lively during Onam as the traditional boat race is organized here. When here, make sure you take a boat ride to feel the fresh and cool air of the Western Ghats in your hair and later visit the Durga temple nearby. Kovalam, despite being a small town, will leave you astonished at its beauty and peace and will not make leaving an easy task.
Your honeymoon in Kerala is incomplete without a sojourn across the backwaters of Alleppey, or “Venice of the East”. This tranquil water comprises of a network of creeks and canals, lagoons and lakes up to a distance of 900 km. A honeymoon is a right time to honour the intimacy and firm a bond, which is why you cannot miss a houseboat day cruise to explore the magical beauty of the place and then top it off with an overnight stay docked at the banks.
You can also choose to start your backwater experience in Kumarakom and catch glimpses of the lifestyle of inhabitants in these coastal areas. Houseboats are available in various price ranges, depending on the size and facilities you would require. You can ask for floral decorations, special candlelight dinners and more to match the theme of your travel.
If you have another day in Alleppey, you can set out to explore the city. St. Marys Forane Church and Ambalapuzha Temple are two of the oldest places of worship located here and is the best place to start off if you’re looking for something to please your religious side. Alleppey is also home to some of the best beaches in Kerala, and you can spend your day here lying on the sand shaded by the tall palm trees. There’s truly no better way to celebrate the union of two people than to spend time exploring the beautiful landscape of the state.
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