Honeymoon is a time to relax in the company of your soulmate and the best time to know each other much better. Honeymoon destinations should be awe-inspiring, serene and romantic. The beautiful state of Kerala, specially decorated by nature, is a dream destination of honeymooners. From misty mountains to mesmerizing beaches, and lush green wilderness to palm fringed backwaters, there are too many spectacular Kerala places to visit with your better-half for a romantic getaway.
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The uniqueness of Kerala Honeymoon holidays is that the couples can enjoy the combined experience of beaches, hill stations, wild life, backwaters, Ayurveda resorts, etc., in a short distance. Proximity of different experiences makes the travel more comfortable. I have listed out some of the best honeymoon destinations in Kerala that will add up romance to your love life. You may select mutually acceptable places and plan your journey in advance.
1. Munnar – Feel the Romance of the Dream Land
Popularly known as the ‘Kashmir of the South’, Munnar is a perfect honeymoon location of your choice. This cool green paradise is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams and hence got the name ‘Munnar’, which literally means ‘three rivers’. This stunning location is dotted with endless stretches of tea & spice plantations, mountains, valleys, lakes and waterfalls. A rare flower “Neela Kurinji” blossoms here once in twelve years making the valley a blue heaven. The next blooming season is 2018. Other than enjoying the unrivaled beauty, the couples can indulge in a plethora of activities like trekking, paragliding, fishing, cycling, paddle boating and natural walk.
Located at 1600 m above sea-level in the Idukki district of Kerala, Munnar is at 110 km from Ernakulam railway station and 130 km from Cochin international airport. The moment you reach here, its magic spells encircle you and take you to a dream world of romance. You can watch the wild life in the Eravikulam National Park, scream aloud at the Echo Point, savor the breath-taking beauty of Mattuppetty dam, sip a hot cup of tea from a small tea shop along the tea gardens or relax at the homely comforts of the luxurious resorts. The pleasant weather, breath-taking scenic views and the mesmerizing fragrance of tea and spices spread by the cool mountain breeze make Munnar the top among the Kerala places to visit for a memorable honeymoon experience.
2. Alleppey – the Hub of Kerala Backwaters
A honeymoon trip to Kerala will be incomplete if you do not enjoy a wonderful cruise on Alleppey backwaters and an overnight stay in a luxurious houseboat. Alleppey (the present Alappuzha), surrounded by a vast network of palm-fringed backwaters, lagoons and canals, and blessed with its natural beauty, has gained the name ‘Venice of the East’. During an enchanting houseboat cruise along the tranquil backwaters in the Vembanad Lake, you can enjoy the picturesque landscapes, rare view of paddy fields below water levels, fishing using Chinese fishing nets, coir villages, water lilies and flocks of ducks. House boats are floating palaces with all amenities including air conditioning, television, food and privacy.
Alappuzha is well connected from different parts of the country by rail and air. Cochin international airport is just 85 km away from Alappuzha. Alappuzha is famous for coir industry, banana crops, prawn farming and marine products. If you happen to be there during Onam festival, you can watch the popular Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race held in the Punnamada Lake, which is a major tourist attraction. With more than 1000 traditional Houseboats, the stunning backwaters of Alleppey exhilarate thousands of nature lovers and honeymooners from all over the world. With its unique backwater culture and abundance of natural beauty, Alleppey has become one of the best Kerala places to visit for the newly-weds. Come; have an overnight stay in the houseboat; and enjoy the thrill and chill of romance.
3. Thekkady – Nature Lover’s Ecstasy
Thekkady, located in the Idukki district of Kerala, is one of the popular honeymoon locations of Kerala and an ideal place for couples who love nature, wildlife and adventure. It is the home of the famous Periyar National Park, where you can have the unique experience of watching wildlife at close proximity while having an enthralling boat ride on the surrounding lake. Sight of tigers, bison, deer, boars, lion-tailed monkeys, etc., very near and herds of elephants coming down to edge of the lake will give you a thrilling experience.
Located at 114 km from Kottayam railway station and 145 km from Cochin international airport, Thekkady awaits you with a variety of activities. You can enjoy trekking in Kumily and Kurisumala; have a nature walk through the unending chains of cardamom, pepper, coffee and tea plantations; and feel the thrill of an unforgettable elephant safari through the wilderness in royal style. There are several luxury hotels and resorts that offer stylish accommodation, food and privacy for the honeymooners. You can have a walk to the nearest town Kumily to shop spice, handicrafts and cloths. The peaceful and calm atmosphere, soothing climate, spice scented plantations and the magical spell of wilderness make Thekkady one of the favorite Kerala places to visit with your soulmate.
4. Poovar Island – the Floating Cottages Beckon You
If you are dreaming about a honeymoon with a unique stay in a solitary haven, undisturbed and peaceful, then Poovar could be your best choice. Located about 30 km away from Trivandrum, Poovar is a breathtakingly beautiful island, unexplored and pristine. Poovar is a natural wonder with a rare congregation of sea, river, lake and beach with the land. Renowned for its virginal beauty with the whispering waves of the vast Arabian ocean, serene backwaters, endless stretch of mesmerizing golden sand beach, swaying coconut farms and stunning sunsets, Poovar is undoubtedly one of the best Kerala places to visit for a romantic holiday.
Poovar is basically a fishing village and there are no water sports or beach activities. There are three luxurious resorts and several small lodges that suit your tastes and budget. Staying in floating cottages provided by the resorts will give you a unique experience. These eco-friendly cottages with thatched roofs, and curtains made of herbal plants give you refreshing moments and ensure fascinating scenic views. You can enjoy an unforgettable backwater cruise in a small canoe or a large luxury houseboat, rejuvenate with an Ayurveda massage or stroll through the nearby fishing villages. From Trivandrum to Poovar Island it is less than an hour boat journey. Never miss it; it will give you sweet memories that will last for a lifetime.
5. Kovalam – Add Liveliness to Your Love Life
Kovalam, with three adjacent spectacular beaches, located at about 16 km from Trivandrum city, is an internationally renowned beach destination, and one of the most sought after Kerala places to visit for honeymoons. Among the three crescent shaped shallow beaches, Light house beach is the most popular. Couples have varieties of activities to do in Kovalam. You can simply walk on the soft stretches of softy sand shores, have a refreshing sunbath, swim in the shallow beach, watch a stunning sun set and savor varieties of delicious sea foods. You can indulge in some adventurous sports like kayaking, waterskiing or surfing. Relaxing with your life partner under the cool shade of palm trees listening to rhythm and emotions of waves will give some enthralling moments of solitude.
Kovalam is located at 16 km from Thiruvananthapuram railway station and 10 km from Trivandrum international airport. Comfortable hotels and resorts for couples are available in Kovalam, starting from budget to luxury. Facilities like Ayurveda massage centres, Yoga resorts, swimming pools, shopping zones and convention facilities are available in the beach complex. You can do shopping and purchase items like handicrafts, teak wood and rosewood statues. With its romantic surrounding, tranquility and exotic beauty, Kovalam always beckons couples for a fascinating honeymoon experience.
6. Kochi – History, Culture and Romance
Kochi, the commercial hub of Kerala, where history has left the footprints of the British, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese and Arabs, is one of the popular honeymoon destinations in India. Other than the famous Chinese fishing nets, this “Queen of the Arabian Sea” will enchant you with its striking beauty, thrilling backwaters, tranquil islands, fascinating beaches, swaying palm trees, picturesque sceneries and soothing climate. There are several ‘never to be missed’ attractions including the famous Marine Drive, Jewish Synagogue, Cherai Beach, Kochi Fort, Santa Cruz Cathedral, Bolgatty Island, and many more.
Just a few kilometers off the Marine Drive is the lovely Bolgatty Island, which is known for the famous Bolgatty Palace built by the Dutch traders, Bolgatty Island Resorts, Kochi International Marina and the Bolgatty Event Centre. The luxurious and beautiful Bolgatty Island Resort, with its serene ambience created by the refreshing greenery of the island surrounded by the tranquil Vembanad Lake, is popularly known as ‘Honeymooner’s paradise’. Come back to the vibrant city and you can have a wonderful shopping experience at Marine Drive, Broadway, and Jew Street and buy attractive antique items, bamboo canes, carving items and many decorative handicrafts. The cultural and architectural wonders, romantic fragrance and freshness of the atmosphere make Kochi one of the most suitable Kerala places to visit for an unforgettable honeymoon experience.
The amazing Kerala places to visit with your soulmate have one thing in common. They have a mesmerizing spell that makes you more romantic. Romance is there in the air; come, feel it in your soul.