Today’s Culture with Travel post is by Akansha Negi
The Southern Indian state of Kerala is truly a piece of heaven on Earth. The real life personification of romance, it’s what I call the land of bliss. Think of Kerala and images of backwaters, tea gardens on hills, beaches, and surreal greenery all around comes to your mind. To start with your married life, there is hardly anything better than a holiday to Kerala.
Here is my experience of a 5-day honeymoon in Kerala:
Kochi, the port city of Kerala was the starting point of our honeymoon in Kerala. From the airport, we had made plans to drive straight to Munnar. The journey to the hill station settled in the lap of Western Ghats is refreshing, as misty hills, waterfalls, natural beauty accompanied us till we got there. On the way, we took a break to admire the beauty of the Cheeyappara waterfalls. Furthermore, we made a stop to have tea and explore spice plantations where we shopped for little reminders of Kerala.
Stepping into the graceful paradise of Munnar
Finally, we made our way to Munnar. Known for tea plantations, refreshing waterfalls, and misty valleys, Munnar is named among the most romantic destinations in the world. It a green blissful haven that definitely makes it the perfect honeymoon destination in not just Kerala, but also the country.
Even our chosen hotel in Munnar- Spice Country Resort, was the first glance of beauty and excitement that was in store for us in the hill town. Settled on a cliff side, the hotel opened up to breathtaking view of the valley, tea gardens, and mists settling on the hill tops. We retired for the night with a sumptuous dinner.
The next day, we woke up to the refreshing bliss of the hills. After breakfast, it was time to explore Munnar. Our plans included safari in the Eravikulam National Park where we enjoyed the scenic trek and were pointed towards the site of the rare Neelakurinji flowers that bloom once in 12 years and the endangered Nilgiri Tahr, the natives of the mountains.
Next, we visited the tea gardens where we had the fresh aromatic brew. It was delightful to pose like tea pickers and get lost in the maze of the tea bushes. The Mattupetty dam, with lush hills in the background, the play of clouds in the sky created a truly magical experience.
We got some fond memories in form of photographs at the Echo Point. Later, we left to explore the charming area of Devikulam. The beautiful, blissful facade of Munnar very much shapes up the delightful honeymoon in Kerala.
Sojourn on houseboats in Alleppey ‘India’s Own Venice’
Any mention of a romantic vacation in Kerala is absolutely not complete if you have not been to the backwaters. Alleppey, one of the most popular backwater destinations in Kerala is nicknamed “India’s Own Venice.” Houseboats ply on the watery routes. The age-old Kettuvalams are equipped with 5-star facilities, own staff and one of the most cherished activity for honeymoon couples.
The charming houseboats have cute interiors, inspired from the traditional way of traveling on the backwaters with the addition of modern luxuries. The unmatched beauty and serenity of the backwaters will soothe your senses. Sail on as you enjoy the view of swaying palms, clear blue skies, water as far as the eye can, charming villages, and more. Escape the world and make your own world in the blessed ecosphere of waters, birds and rare flora.
Listed as the absolute unmissable things to do in honeymoon in Alleppey include- a visit to the Alleppey beach and a candle-lit dinner on the houseboat. Alleppey beach is witness to the merge of backwaters in the sea. The walk on the 200-year old pier leading to the Arabian Sea was amazing. Dining on the deck of the houseboat with your partner with stars for company was a fabulous memory.
Bliss in the beach haven of Kovalam
Last, but not the least pat a visit to Kovalam, one of Kerala’s most famous beach destinations. Nestled along the Arabian Sea, the town is known for its picturesque beaches- Hawa Beach, Lighthouse Beach and the Kovalam Beach. Here the pleasures including: basking in the sun, the bliss of the sea, try watersports or indulge in a pampering session of Ayurveda that soothes your body, mind and soul.
Our stay at Travancore Heritage – a Heritage Property inspired from the age-old traditions of Kerala simply added to the bliss of our honeymoon in Kovalam. The pampering session of Ayurveda inspired form Indian Ayurveda rituals, soothed our senses with mix of oils, herbs, pastes and massages.
Sunset at Kovalam was one of the fondest memories of holiday in Kerala. As the stars came out, the beaches thrived with music, laughter and delightful aromas. Dine at the beach shacks, offering tantalizing flavors. Shop for souvenirs, as there are astounding options of handicrafts, handmade products and reminders of Kerala.
The 5 days amidst the picture-perfect realms of God’s Own Country gave us memories of a lifetime!
Akansha Negi frequently writes at India Travel Blog by Indian Holiday Pvt. Ltd. She shares her passion of travel and love for various Indian destinations. If you are planning your vacations in Kerala, browse through her write-ups.