Honeymoon in Kerala
Kerala is one such honeymoon destination on Southern front of India that people would fall in love with. The calm backwaters of Kochi, hill station of Munnar, scintillating city of Alleppey and beautiful Kumarakom are meant to enchant the honeymoon couples with their majestic tranquility. In fact, its beautiful beaches, breathtaking waterfalls, lush green valleys and friendly natured residents will create that romantic atmosphere, for which honeymoon couples select South India. Along with all this exotic sightseeing options, Kerala also offers solitude, relaxed holidays, high lifestyle, simplicity in trendiness and best sea food one can ever taste. The Kochi harbor invites honeymoon couples on ferry rides that would introduce them to the vastness of sea.
Kochi: Being the capital city of Kerala and the queen of the Arabian Sea, it offers high end services to the honeymoon couples. It has a harbor that anchors some of the biggest ships and small ferries that would take couples on a sea ride. The swaying trees, beaches and a variety of sea food would make you fall in love with this city. Not just this, the churches provide an excellent pious atmosphere to the honeymoon couples. Places that are a must visit in Kochi are:
Fort Kochi Beach: it was the first ever European fort built in India in the year of 1530 by Portuguese, after obtaining the permission of its ruler. With a beach lying ahead, the honeymoon couples can enjoy a peaceful evening by taking a walk through the edges or sitting on the stairs with feet dipped in the sea water. Along with this, they an also check out huge Chinese fishing nets, which have been an all time tourist attraction.
Jewish Synagogue: It was built in 1558 by Jewish trading community. Being the oldest synagogue in India, it was renovated by Dutch after the war of 1662. In the middle of 18th century, a clock tower was added to its beauty. The interiors of the Synagogue are so spellbound that honeymoon couples would be stunned.
Cherai Beach: This beautiful and quiet beach is located at a distance of 25km from Kochi. It is situated on the Vypin Island and stretches at a distance of about 15km. the honeymoon couples can enjoy swimming in the sea at this beach or lie around on the golden sand and even enjoy lip smacking meals at nearby restaurants.
St. Francis Church: This church was the first European church to be constructed in India. It remained under the Order of St. Francis till Dutch came to Kochi in 1663 and demolished it. They reconstructed it and made it to be their own government's church.
Bolghatty Island: This Island is well known for its palace of the same name. The Bolghatty Palace was constructed in 1744 by the Dutch government, which was later overtaken by the British rulers. Today, it has converted into a hotel run by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation, having a small golf course and especially dedicated honeymoon cottages.
Willingdon Island: Christened after Lord Willingdon, a former British Viceroy of India, this artificial island is bordered by striking backwaters, also known as Kochi backwaters. One can watch the Naval Commanding House from here, while taking a local boat ride through lush green villages located on both side of the backwaters.
Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace): Constructed by the Portuguese in 1557 and gifted to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi, the palace was renovated in 1663 by the Dutch. It is located on palace road, which is 10km from Ernakulum city of Kochi. The palace house the temple of Lord Krishna on one side and Lord Shiva on the other side.
Alleppey:Alleppey pr Alappuzha is the small hill station in the God's own Country (Kerala) that displays the friendship of Arabian Sea with lakes, lagoons and calm backwaters. Known to be the Venice of the east by tourists from across the world, this town of backwater is also home to assorted animal and bird life. Alappuzha is well known for its houseboat (Kettuvallam) holidays, boat races, marine products, beaches, and coir industry.
Krishnapuram Palace: Built in 18th Century under the reign of Travancore monarch by the name of Marthanda Varma, this palace houses a wonderful example of Kerala's fine architecture with gabbled roofs, narrow corridors and dormar windows. It also has a wonderful and huge painting of Gajendra Moksham.
Ambalapuzha: Situated at a distance of 14km from Alleppey, Sri Krishna temple present here boasts of rich heritage of Kerala's cultural architecture. Another thing popular here is the sweet porridge being offered to the deity.
Karumadi: Just near to the Ambalapuzha lies the village of Karumadi, which is well known for its Karumadi Kuttan. It is black granite carved figure of Buddha that is said to belong 9th or 10th century.
Munnar: The heaven seems to have descended on earth at Munnar. With tea plantations and lush green valleys shaking hands, the beauty of this place is unmatchable. The peaceful and magnificent natural beauty of Munnar enriches the feeling of adorability between newly married couple. It is one of the top honeymoon destinations in India having chilly atmosphere with enchanting natural beauty that ensures your honeymoon an excellent dear some experience. The beautiful hills are placid and rolling which pampers the romance thus making the honeymoon eternal. Some of the most loved sightseeing options are:
Alappuzha Beach: It is one of the most picturesque places in Alleppey. The picturesque beach offers spectacular sunset that tends to mesmerize the honeymoon couples. A Pier extending into the sea here is more than 137 years old, which provides fascinating view.
Eravikulm National Park: It is an open national park that would introduce the honeymoon couples to a special goat of Kerala by the name of Niligiri Tahr. Its awe inspiring beauty is just enough to captivate the soul of honeymoon couples.
Mannarasala Nagaraj Temple: Situated at a distance of 32km in the southern end of Alappuzha is this serpent shrine, which is being taken care by a Brahmin family and is headed by a priestess. It is thought by the locals that Nagaraja as the bedded deity is gifted with the form of Hari (Lord Vishnu) and the spirit of Lord Shiva.
Mattupetty Dam: It is located at a distance of 14km from Munnar and has a agricultural garden on its banks. Honeymoon couples can enjoy speed boat rides at the river and feed on the beauty of overlying hills.
Devikulum: This is a small hill station, which is 7km from Munnar and has picturesque lakes in it that would enable the honeymoon couples to enjoy the scenic beauty of the said place.
Cherapunji Waterfalls: This is the scenic waterfalls that fall in on the way to Munnar; indeed, its in the starting of Munnar only. The honeymoon couples can stop here for a splashing experience amidst scintillating hills.
Top Station: It is known to be the highest view point that is located on the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Away at a distance of 40km from Munnar, it enables the honeymoon couples to take a walk through clouds. Couples can see the nature playing swiftly the game of hide and seek with mountain ranges.
Anamudi Peak: It is known to be the highest peak in south India and is seen clearly from Eravikulm national park. As the couples keep on walking this park, the road ends at a point and that is the base of Anamudi Peak with black color top.
Lakom Wateralls: It is the scenic waterfall that is located on the way to top station with slight diversion. The roaring water falling from a short height only makes it a beautiful sot for honeymoon couples.