That Kerala is picture perfect and breathtakingly beautiful is no secret. That it is the preferred honeymoon destination of many (Indians and foreigners alike) is no secret either. There are too many places to visit in Kerala, with each place offering its own unique experience and adventure. When in Kerala, you can have the immensely calming Ayurvedic spa experience or embark upon the enriching culture tour or partake in the off-the-beaten track trekking holiday.
As far as honeymooners are concerned, Kerala is a dream destination which is specially decorated by nature. There are multiple places to explore and many experiences to gather. Here’s a list of 10 alluring places in ‘God’s own country’ that are ideal for honeymooners.
Munnar is a hill-station in the Idukki district in Kerala. Its name literally means ‘three rivers’ as it is located at the confluence of the Madhurapuzha, Kundaly and Nallathanni rivers. Tea plantations, exotic fauna and flora and a pleasant weather characterise Munnar. Couples can choose from luxury resorts to hotel to homestay accommodation options and spend some quality time together here away from the world.
Located near the city of Kottayam, Kumarakom is famous for its backwater experience. The backwaters are definitely one of the best places to visit in Kerala and to witness them when in Kumarakom is a joy unto itself. Here, couple can choose to stay in Houseboat, private houseboats or in resorts that are located *in* the backwaters. With its natural beauty, silence & peace, sunset boat trips, Kumarakom is all about romance and being together.
Cochin or Kochi is one of the most important ports in Southern Indian. A honeymoon experience here is all about exotic beaches and waterfalls. Also known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’, Cochin is a proper blend of the old and new. Couples can walk hand-in-hand in the French/Portuguese districts of Cochin or explore the ‘new’ town and indulge in some traditional saree shopping in Cochin.
Thekkady is all about spices and a ‘wild’ experience. From all places to visit in Kerala for a honeymoon, Thekkady is perhaps the most unconventional one. A visit to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary (777 sq.kms.) – the largest in India – is a must. If lucky, you will even spot the reclusive tiger here! Other times, you can visit the local spice bazaar and stock up on spices to take back home. A quaint town, Thekkady is where you can relax and let go.
With a heart shaped lake at an altitude of6900 ft. atop the Chembra Peak- what better place to spend a honeymoon than Wayanad? Nestled amid the mountains of the Western Ghats, it’s one of the most exquisite hill stations of Kerala. For wildlife aficionados and nature lovers this little state in ‘God’s Country’ has a lot to offer. Wayanad enjoys a moderate climate throughout the year, so you can plan your trip at any time. Almost all the resorts offer a romantic setting. For other activities go for a picnic to Pookot Lake, or take a boat ride in the refreshing atmosphere.
A laid back yet and relaxed tourist destination, Varkala is a small coastal town in Kerala. The best part of this town is the Varkala beach. It’s a relatively untouched and clean beach that is slowly gaining popularity in recent years. It is also the only beach in Kerala with towering cliffs adjacent to the Arabian Sea. These cliffs are the primary attraction of the town and are lined with numerous small cafes, restaurants and pubs that are great for hangouts.
Speak of seclusion, untouched landscapes, dreamy climate throughout the year and you have Vagamon in ‘God’s own country’ for you. An ideal location for honeymooners, the verdant greens, meandering rivulets, cascading waterfalls & dense pine forests make it a picture perfect romantic backdrop. Thangal Hill, Murugan Hill & Kurismala are a chain of three lush green hills that adds to the picturesque environment of the hill town.
8. Poovar Island
Located 30 km from Trivandrum, Poovar Island is a picturesque little land lock that lies between the backwaters and the sea. The place is best for its idyllic and unique resorts that offer enchanting views. A number of resorts with cottages built both on land and floating on water, set up in absolute luxury. Most of these cottages are eco-friendly with solar power, thatched roofs and curtains made of medicinal plants.
Alappuzha or Alleppy is the hub of Kerala’s backwaters and home to a huge network of waterways with more than 1000 houseboats. Nicknamed as ‘Venice of the East’ the city is gracefully is a watery world of villages, canoes and toddy shops. It is easily Kerala’s most mesmerizingly beautiful and relaxing experiences. If you’re lucky enough to visit the city in the season you can enjoy watching the iconic boat races here.
The three adjacent crescent beaches of Kovalam are the primary attraction of Kovalam. The massive rocky promontory at the Kovalam beach has created a beautiful bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. There are a string of budget cottages, Ayurvedic health resorts, Yoga and Ayurvedic massage centres, convention facilities, shopping zones and swimming pools. All in all Kovalam offers brilliant holiday experience for honeymooners.
Kerala is definitely one of the best escapades for honeymooners. Starting from the hilly trails to untouched and beautiful beaches and backwaters, Kerala has a lot to offer the perfect romantic experiences.