10+ stunning beach, backwater and hilly honeymoon destinations in Kerala
Celebrate your life’s new adventure in God’s own country.
Embark upon the start of your new life with your significant other with a honeymoon that truly celebrates your love full of meaningful moments. With a bounty of mesmerizing landscapes, vibrant cultures, delectable cuisines, unique experiences and inimitable beauty, a romantic trip to Kerala is sure to leave you spoilt for choice! Peppered with tropical beaches, tranquil backwaters and mist-laden mountains, Kerala is undoubtedly a honeymooner’s paradise, and has something for everyone.
If mystical mountain air is what you crave, then the green rolling hills and picturesque beauty of Munnar is just the thing for you! Stroll through the mist-laden tea-plantations with your partner, or take in the panoramic landscape Echo Point and Pothamedu Point. Revel in each other’s company with Shikara rides and row-boating at Kundala Dam, which if timed perfectly, will also give you the miraculous sighting of cherry blossoms twice a year. Lastly, if the opportunity arises, do not miss the mesmerizing bloom of Neela Kurunji, purple-blue flowers that cover entire hillsides just once in 12 years.
Alappuzha (or Alleppey)
Gaze upon the swaying palm trees and lush green landscapes of Alappuzha as you make your way through the serene winding canals in a Shikara. Enjoy the tranquility of the backwaters and the sumptuous local food with your partner in the quiet solitude of your Houseboat. Additionally, explore the ancient temples and churches of Alappuzha, as well as gorgeous villages and beaches nearby for a glimpse of the charming local culture.
If you are looking for the perfect blend of romance and adventure, Wayanad is just the place for you! Take in a lovely sunset, followed by camping under the twinkling stars, and wake up to the riveting sounds of nature all around you. Stay in one of their tree resorts to immerse yourself in the lush jungles.
Relish the romantic solitude of Thekkady, a confluence of beautiful jungles that will feel like your own personal retreat bustling with indigenous flora and fauna. Float across the Periyar Lake as you go elephant watching and explore the beauty of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Sample the aroma of fresh spices like cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla and other locally grown spices, and don’t forget to take some home for your loved ones!
The soulful notes of the song ‘Tu hi re’ from the movie ‘Bombay’ tug at your heartstrings as you gaze upon the crashing waves and majestic ruins of Bekal Fort, the location of the iconic song. The exotic beauty and unblemished serenity of the coastal town makes it a splendid destination to celebrate your new journey. Explore ancient caves and the fort for a trip through history, and enjoy each other’s company on the beaches and backwaters.
Another piece of heaven on earth for those looking to soak up the beauty of the backwaters, Kumarakom is ideal for couples seeking some romance in solitude. Known as the Lake City, it has vast backwaters unlike Allepey’s winding canals, and offers arresting views of surrounding coconut groves and paddy fields. Take a cruise on a houseboat, or walk hand-in-hand spotting rare migratory birds at the Bird Sanctuary.
Explore the vibrant blend of culture and architecture of this ‘city within a city’ on foot or bicycle for a mix of the new and the old. From interesting art cafes to Kathakali and Kalaripayattu theatres, beaches, local delicacies and colonial-era churches, Fort Kochi is going to be a treasure trove of Instagram-worthy moments with your bae! Lounge around in chic eateries and browse through pretty trinkets in dainty shops for memorable souvenirs.
If you’re a party animal, then head straight to this vibrant coastal town for a heady mix of partying and relaxation. Relish the delicious cuisines, dance the night away with your partner at some of the best clubs in the district, and rejuvenate the next day with Kerala’s famous Ayurvedic massages at one of the beach clinics. A trip to the lighthouse beach is sure to warrant some romantic clicks with your hubby as you take in the beauty of the Kovalam shoreline.
The cool mountain air and largely unexplored grassy hills of Vagamon are meant for couples who love to take the path less travelled. The bird’s eye view of the mystical meadows and the tranquil sunset of Vagamon as you go paragliding is sure to be a life-changing experience. Check out unique homestays to truly immerse yourself in everything that the place has to offer. An enchanting ashram nearby, owned by the Kurisumala monks is sure to be a charming yet spiritually fulfilling trip.
If the colossal waterfall locations of Mani Ratnam flicks have left you entranced, you can sample the magnificence of the vistas for yourself at the largely untouched destination of Athirapally. Book a stay at the gorgeous tree house resort during the monsoons for the ultimate romantic experience. Drink in the pristine beauty and rolling rumble of the iconic Athirapally falls as you wake up and swim in the pool while watching the sun go down.
Another unique Kerala experience that is sure to stay on in your hearts not to mention your Instagram page too, are the iconic floating cottages of Poovar! With a complete setup that includes massage parlors and balconies with a fantastic view of the Poovar estuary where the sea, backwaters and lake together form a confluence, a stay here is going to be simply unforgettable. Additionally, surrounding waterfalls, local handicrafts and the famous boat races of Kerala are attractions that you can further add to your experience.
Indulge yourself and your partner in the private traditional cottages with uninterrupted swims, delicious fare and shimmering turquoise waters of Marari for a relaxing and rejuvenating honeymoon.
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