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  • While most of us dream of flying to exotic foreign lands for our honeymoon, there’s a tropical paradise on our own country that we often ignore. 

    Often referred to as God’s own country, Kerala is a newlyweds’ heaven, full of pleasant surprises that we have no idea about. Backwaters and tea plantations, houseboats and aromatic coffee, Kerala state offers you every bit of beauty and memories for a lifetime that you dream to discover outside India. 

    So discover the many aspects of your country, beginning with this beautiful state of South India.

    Kerala is perhaps the only state in India that offers you such diversity and picturesque beauty in an all-in-one package. 

    Situated along the Arabian Sea, the Western Ghats hills are the best places to visit this year. Kerala’s tropical climate and greenery are unique aspects indeed, the shady palm trees, coconut trees and exotic birds compliment the land furthermore. 

    Needless to say, honeymoon in Kerala is an experience to cherish for a lifetime. Here we are going to pick some of the best destinations and honeymoon places in Kerala for you.

  • Why Kerala Is A Perfect Honeymoon Destination?

    If you thought Kerala isn’t a romantic place, think again. Imagine being in the backwaters on a beautiful houseboat with your partner, just the two of you sitting together and watching a beautiful sunset. Interestingly, Kerala offers you a variety of seafood you will never tire yourself from. 

    The fish, prawns, crabs, mussels etc, cooked with Kerala’s traditional flavors and spices give it a distinction among south Indian cuisines and are a gastronomic delight you must indulge yourself in. So if you are a food lover, a nature lover and needless to say, want a relaxed and setback life, come to Kerala. 

    A Kerala honeymoon is going to rejuvenate you more than you may have imagined. There’s an endless list of romantic things to do and romantic places to be in God’s own country, so here’s our honeymoon in Kerala travel guide for you.

  • Pick A Destination In Kerala For Honeymoon

  • 01Munnar (Hill Stations)

    Munnar is a beautiful hill station located in the Idukki district of Kerala. At 1600 metres above the sea level, Munnar is a chilly, but comfortable place to stay for the honeymooner. Munnar is located about 130 kilometres from Cochin, so travelling to this place is easy. 

    How To Explore Munnar: You can book your own car and get here. Munnar is famous for its tea plantations, and since most of the resorts are located in and around these beautiful tea gardens, you can enjoy the scenic beauty at its best here. You can also visit the Floriculture Centre here, where you can find about different varieties of flowers.  You can travel to Rajmala from Munnar, where you will get to see the beautiful Nilgiri goats. Take a car to see the Attukal Waterfalls as well, located very close to Munnar.

    Places to See In Munnar: Marayoor–The Hub of Sandal wood Trees, Kundala Lake, Neelakurinji and Eravikulam National Park
  • 02Kovalam (Beaches)

    Kovalam is a small sleepy town just south of Thiruvananthapuram, located 16 kilometres away from the centre of the city. KOvalam is located by the Arabian Sea, and thus has some stunning views of the sea to offer. Among Kerala honeymoon places, Kovalam is a must see for you and your partner. 

    Kovalam is a cultural blend with people flocking to this town from far off places in the world. Because the rocky mountains have created a crescent along the coastline, the sea here is relatively calmer, making the Kovalam beach ideal for swimming, and water-related activities. 

    You can sunbathe here, or get a herbal massage, go for a swim in the Arabian Sea, walk along the beach, go for shopping and buy souvenirs, or eat seafood cooked Kerala style art the restaurants. You can find all types of accommodation here, ranging from budget hotels to five stars. Among the local attractions, you can visit the  Padmanabhaswamy temple, the Sri Chitra Art Gallery, and the Napier Museum.

    Beaches In Kovalam: Light House Beach, Kovalam Beach, Samudra Beach

    Places To Visit In Kovalam: Sagarika Marine Research Aquarium And Hatchery, Vizhinjam lighthouse, Aazhimala Siva Temple and Halcyon Castle

    How To Reach Kovalam: 15 kilometres, away from the Trivandrum International Airport. Tourist buses to Trivandrum are available from Bangalore, Chennai, Madurai and Nagercoil.

  • 03Cochin (Backwaters)

    Cochin is a major port city in the state of Kerala. The city has many local tourist attractions such as Fort Kochi, the Jewish Synagogue, the Mattancherry Palace, and of course, the backwaters. Although Kerala is known for its backwaters, which you can find in more than one destination, for example, the backwaters of Alleppey are famous too. 

    But Cochin’s backwaters are most frequented by tourists all over the world because of the diversity it has to offer. Not only do the backwaters have stunning views of all the greenery with coconut and palm trees and the jungles, but it also offers beautiful wild flowers, and exotic water birds you don’t get to see anywhere else in Kerala. 

    You can ask your hotel or resort to arrange a tour of the Cochin backwaters during your stay in Cochin along with other local destinations. Know more about the back water tour in Kerala.

    Best Beaches Near Cochin:

    Cherai Beach - Distance from Cherai Beach to Kochi is 39 Kilometers.

    Marari Beach - Distance from Mararikulam Beach to Kochi is 46 Kilometers.

    Andhakaranazhi Beach - Distance from Andhakaranazhi Beach to Kochi is 28 Kilometers.
    Fort Kochi Beach - Distance from Kochi to Fort kochi is 7 kilometers.

    Places To Visit In Cochin:
    1. Willingdon Island - 
    2 kms 
    from city center

    2. Chinese Fishing Nets - 
    4 kms 
    from city center

    3. Fort Kochi  - 
    4 kms 
    from city center

    4. Marine Drive - 
    1 kms 
    from city center

    5. Bolgatty Palace -  
    2 kms 
    from city center

    6. Mattancherry Palace - 3 kms from city center
  • 04Alleppey (Beaches)

    Alleppey, or the city of Alappuzha, is one of the most prominent Kerala honeymoon places you will visit in this beautiful southern state of India. Known for its houseboats and backwaters, Alleppey is the city of lagoons and canals. 

    The beauty of this place is completely that of the scenic, rustic backwaters that run along the Arabian Sea, and more than approximately a thousand houseboats that line the vast network of channels. Experience Kerala’s countryside while stationed at one of these well-equipped houseboats and make your way through tropical fruits and the exquisite cuisine of Kerala.

    During the evenings, the boats usually dock near a small village where you can get down from your vessel and explore the serene countryside, talk to a few local people and explore the uniqueness all around. You can book one of these houseboats in Alleppey itself, after you have had a look at what kind of houseboat you would like to stay in. 

    These houseboats have all the modern amenities you could ask for, including cable TV, modern bathroom facilities and toiletries, and comfortable beds and furnitures, The houseboat comes with an expert who drives the boat, and a housekeeper cum cook to look after your needs during your stay.

    Places To Visit In Alleppey: 

    1. Backwaters - 12 Km from city

    2. Alappuzha beach - 14 Km from City

    3. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary - 20Km From City

    4. Vembanad - 15 Km from City

  • 05Wayanad (Wildlife Locations)

    The Wayanad region has been deemed as the most picturesque place by many national and international tourists. Located 118 kilometres from Mysore, Wayanad is the northeastern state of Kerala. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the main attraction in the district of Wayanad, which houses the four ranges of Tholpetty, Muthanga, Sulthan  Bathery, and Kurichiat. 

    The variety of wild animals found here is very similar to that of Thekkady, so you will find Indian Bison, deers, tigers and elephants in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. This is one of the best places to visit in Kerala for honeymoon. There are  many resorts located in and around the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary where you can contact to book your stay. Picked the best All-Inclusive Resorts In Maldives Just for you.

    Tourist Attractions In Wayanad:
    Edakkal Caves - Wayanad, Nenmeni, Kerala 673595, India
    Thirunelli Maha Vishnu Temple - North Wayanad, Thirunelly Road, Thirunelly, Kerala 670646, India
    Chembra Peak
    Ambukuthi Mala

    How To Reach Wayanad 
    61 km away from Calicut International Airport (CCJ), Kozhikode, Kerala
    87 km away from Mysore Airport (MYQ), Mysore, Karnataka
    51 km away from Nilambur Road  Railway Station(NIL), Nilambur, Kerala
    53 km away from Koyilandy Railway Station(QLD), Koyilandy, Kerala
    Note* Buses are easily available from entire Kerala.
  • 06Thekkady (Wildlife Locations)

    Situated about 160 miles from Trivandrum, Thekkady is best known for being home of the Periyar National Park, which attracts tourists from India as well as foreign lands. Being in the lap of the Western Ghats, the Periyar National Park or the Periyar Tiger Reserve is a beautiful wildlife sanctuary that houses a significant number of tigers, elephants, sambar deers, the Indian bison, along with many species of exotic birds. 

    Also famous is the Periyar Lake, where you can go for a boat ride and see the animals from afar. You can book your stay at the Periyar House, which is the jungle lodge managed by the KTDC (Kerala Tourism Development Corporation). Also located closeby are Murikkady, known for its coffee and spice plantations, Chellar Kovil, which is famous for its waterfalls and streams.

    How To Reach Thekkady
    1. Nearest International airport "The Cochin International Airport, 
    which is 190 kilometres away.
    2. Cochin, Trivandrum and Kottayam are the perfect locations to find buses for Thekkady.
    3. Kottayam is the nearest railway station, located 114 kilometres away

    Places To Visit In Thekkady
    1. Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation
    2. Periyar Lake
    3. Periyar Tiger Reserve
    4. Periyar National Park
    5. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
    6. Gavi Forest
  • Best Time To Visit Kerala For Honeymoon

  • 07Summer Season

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    Summer in Kerala lasts from March to May where Monsoon arrives in the state and in the rest of the country. If you wish to visit Kerala during the Summer season, you can go for Munnar, where the sweltering heat won’t be there to bother you. 

    To be honest, the summer heat won’t really bother you along the beaches in Kerala either. You can easily go to Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, Cochin, and visit the wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala without worrying about the soaring temperatures. While the rest of the country sizzles in the heat, Kerala offers you the diversity in temperatures from the beaches, to the national parks, and the hill stations. A Kerala honeymoon during the summer months is a good idea.

    Note* The hot, humid months are from March to May.  But it's the best time for viewing elephants.

  • 08Monsoon Season

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    Monsoon in Kerala steps in from May and lasts till September. Although there will be heavy rains, you can expect a great time honeymooning here during the monsoon months. If you are a fitness freak and love the ayurvedic treatments, this is the best time to visit Kerala for a good time at the Ayurvedic centres in the state. 

    Also, the waterfalls can be best enjoyed during the Monsoon season. The wildlife sanctuaries will be fuller and greener, and nature is never more beautiful than the monsoon. You will enjoy sightseeing in different locations in Kerala during this time, and since this isn’t exactly the peak tourist season, you will not be charged a higher tariff anywhere and there will be less people around the tourist spots, where you can enjoy your honeymoon peacefully.

    Why To Visit Kerala In Monsoon:

    1. Fewer Tourists means Great Discounts

    2. Peaceful Beaches

    3. The Lush Green Hills

    4. Overflowing Waterfalls

    5. Best Time For Ayurvedic Treatments & Onam Preparations 

    6. Great time for hiking or exploring the hill stations

  • 09Winter Season

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    Winter season, or the peak season when tourists visit Kerala roughly spans from October to March. This is a pleasant time for a trip to Kerala. The weather, although not cold apart from on the hill stations such as Munnar, is pleasantly cool and good to go around the places. 

    The weather is predictable unlike during the monsoons when you can’t be sure when it’s going to rain. The backwaters are clear and calm, and visibility is high. Ideally, this is the best time to come here as you can visit all the places to visit in Kerala for honeymoon without any issues related to the weather.

    Why To Visit Kerala In Winters
    1. Best time to explore Periyar National Park
    2. Perfect time for Sun worshipers - Save yourself from tanning
    3. Meet a crowd of tourists 
    4. Explore jungles in misty weather 
  • Transportation In Kerala

  • 10Taxis

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    For two people travelling around the city, a taxi service is the best option to avail. Taxis are abundantly available in Kerala, in any city or town you visit. So if you wish to cover short distances, it’s always best to call a cab. You can always book a taxi via your hotel or resort, it will be convenient for you that way. 

    Needless to say, a taxi service is the most convenient and easiest to avail in an unknown place, along with the ride being comfortable too. Although this may be costlier than public transport, availing a taxi offers you comfort and personal space. You may also rent a car and go around the city by driving it yourself as well. There are many shops that rent you cars for a fee in Kerala, which you can opt for comfort and privacy.

    Tariffs: Tariffs vary from 10 Rupee/KM to 30 Rupee/KM depending upon your vehicle.

    Full Day Car Rent: From 1000 Rupees to 3000 Rupees for 100KM drive. (*Price may vary) 

  • 11Local Buses

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    Kerala’s network of local buses in all metropolitan cities of Kerala. These are easiest to track and get on to see the local areas. All you need is a a map of the local area and have the details of the routes of the local buses. Most of these buses are air conditioned volvos which are a good way to travel around the city because of the level of comfort they provide. 

    All the local buses in Kerala are maintained by the Kerala Transport Corporation. Apart from the government-run buses, there are many privately-run buses as well that go around the city and are a great help for the tourists. A convenient thing about local buses is the fact that these are on regular intervals, so you don’t have to worry about missing a bus at a certain time, because there’s always the next one coming along.

    You can check bus schedule here: Kerala State Road Transport Corporation

  • 12Auto Rickshaw

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    If you are not particularly inclined towards taxis, and need to cover a very short distance, it’s a good idea to opt for an auto rickshaw. An advantage of getting an auto rickshaw instead of a taxi is the fact that auto rickshaws are much cheaper than taxis. 

    These three-wheelers are cost-effective and easy to travel in any city or town in Kerala. You can find auto rickshaws in their designated spots or on the road, and these are hailed by the local people as well as tourists for a convenient and cheaper transport across the cities and towns.

    Note* Auto stands are available in every city of kerala near to bus stands and railway stations.

  • 13Ferry Boat

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    Most of the ferry boats in Kerala are run by the State Water Transport Department, and you can go between cities and towns in Kerala via these ferry boats. Travelling by ferries is the easiest way to travel in this state of canals and backwaters, and you will get to see and know the countryside in a much better way. 

    There are sixteen ports in Kerala out of which the Kochi port is the most imperative one. You can travel to Alleppey, Kollam, Ernakulam, and Kottayam on ferry boats as these coastal districts are well connected by the inland water canals.

    Check boat schedules here: State Water Transport Department

  • Most Romantic Hotels In Kerala

  • 14Mountain Trail Resort, Munnar

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    Surrounded by the beautiful Western Ghats of the state of Kerala, this mountain resort is a honeymooners’ paradise. It offers stunning views of the tea plantations around along with the cloud-laden skies, the exquisite flora and fauna that distinguishes Kerala from every other southern state. 

    True to its name, Mountain Trail Resort has twenty beautiful cottages that have a living room, a bedroom, and a well-equipped bathroom. The cottages give an excellent view of the forest and tea gardens around, making you feel truly at peace. 

    The resort has a multi cuisine restaurant that  offers free buffet breakfast for all their guests, and free wi-fi. Along with a 24-hour front desk and room service, the resort offers you indoor board games as well after you have spent an entire day travelling around the beautiful places in Munnar.

    There are a lot of in-the-resort activities that you can enjoy here. For example, archery, the Burma Bridge, Commando Net, Rifle Shooting, Swinging Valley Crossing, along with walking and mountaineering, which consist of different types of physical activities such as climbing trees, walking on a bridge made of ropes etc. These are perfect adventures in Kerala for a young, energetic couple to take part in and enjoy.

    Address: Venadu, Chinnakanal, Munnar, Kerala 685618, India

    Phone: +91 4868 202 600

    Price: Around 50$ - 60$ Per Night

  • 15The Leela Kovalam

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    The best place to stay in Kovalam and enjoy a memorable time will always be at The Leela Palace. This beachside, luxury five-star hotel is as beautiful as it can be. You will experience Kerala in its true form at this classy resort in Kovalam. 

    Go for Romance at The Leela where they truly make your stay one of kind and romantic to no end. The package includes pick-up and drop at the airport in a luxurious Sedan, welcoming you with a bottle of wine, breakfast in bed, arranging a very romantic dinner for you and your partner at the Kovalam beach complete with candle-lights, destination dining twice a day during your stay, use of the swimming pool, a spa treatment for the both of you together etc. 

    Along with all the five-star amenities that come with it,  The Leela has beautiful rooms with great views. There are 125 rooms with views of the beaches and the gardens.

    Address: Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695527, India
    Phone: +91 471 305 1234
    Nearest Airport: 13 kms / 20 minutes (Thiruvananthapuram)
    Nearest Railway Station: 15 kms / 25 minutes (Thiruvananthapuram)
    Price: From 130$ - 150$
  • 16The Villa Romantica, Cochin

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    This beautiful resort in Cochin is known for it’s luxurious accommodation and economic room tariffs. They offer you pick-up and drop to the airport, and have all basic amenities along with a swimming pool and gorgeous rooms. 

    Enjoy a serene swim in the swimming pool or cycle in and outside the property as they have cycling facility as well. This villa is very open and beautiful, along with a nice dining area and wooden floors and the overall feel of the place very earthly. This place should be in your hotlist in your Kerala holiday packages.

    Cost: a room for two adults costs somewhere between $60 - $100

    Address: Kariyad, Nedumbassery, Kerala 683589, India
    Phone: +91 484 261 1656
    Number of Rooms: 04 bedrooms with large beds and ample wardrobes and drawers for storage
  • 17Marari Beach Resort, Alleppey

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    Previously known as the Casino Group of Hotels, the Marari Beach Resort in Alleppey promises the young honeymooner an amazing stay in Alleppey. Along with a comfortable stay, this resort offers you some distinct ayurvedic and herbal massages and spa that you will not find in any other part of Kerala. 

    This is a great place for finding yourself and rediscovering you. Honeymoon in Kerala is incomplete without a stay at the marari Beach Resort and undergoing a spiritual rejuvenation with the help of the ayurvedic treatments. The Marari Beach Resort has a lot of packages to suit your requirements as well, such as the long stay package, weekend package, coconut holidays, and wellness packages that you can avail. Planning A Romantic Outing? Check out Our Romantic Holiday Packages in Kerala

    Cost: Room for two adults costs somewhere between  $130- $450

    Address: Marari Beach, Mararikulam-North, Alappuzha, Kerala 688549, India

    Phone: +91 484 301 1711

  • 18Chateau Woods, Wayanad

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    This resort, located between Vythiri and Kalpetta, is a secret hiding spot for the newlyweds. The destination resort is no less than a royal treat. Not only this, the resort won the TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Award for being the best resort in Wayanad. 

    The resort is spread over seven acres of coffee and tea plantations, and forests around it. The resort consists of estate bungalows and cliff cottages, giving you your own personal home among the flora and fauna of the hills. A week here would be a treat like no other. You can ask the resort to take you on a tour of the national park of Wayanad.

    You can experience the perfect life of the hills in this beautiful plantation resort, which has a swimming pool, walking tracks along the forest and tea gardens, a pet farm that houses geese, rabbits, turkeys, goats, chickens etc., 

    You can go down to the small lake and fish, and cycle across the trails as well. The resort is designed to give you a glimpse of the beautiful life of seclusion and the mountains. This is the kind of peaceful life you can experience with your partner at the Chateau Woods.

    Cost: room for two adults costs somewhere between $100 - $200

    Location: Sentinel Rock Estates, Chateau Woods Road, Chooralmala, Wayanad, Kerala 673121, India

    Phone: +91 98470 91222

  • 19Peppervine Hotel, Thekkady

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    The suites at the Peppervine Hotel are bound to light up your honeymoon. Along with beautiful rooms and modern amenities available, the hotel also has a swimming pool and a dining area that serves local and international cuisines in their best authenticity. 

    The resort also offers a lot of activities and trips that you can go together on. For example, touring the tea and coffee plantations, jeep safaris elephant rides, nature walks, boat rides, trekking, and even bullock cart rides. For honeymoon in Kerala, Peppervine Hotel in Thekkady is one of the best places to be.

    Cost: a room for two adults costs somewhere between $50 - $100.

    Address: Thamarakandom Road, Thekkady, Near Thekkady Bypass Road, Kumily, Kerala 685509, India

    Phone: +91 4869 222 220

    Special: Rumble In Jungle Packages are available for 02 nights/03 days
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  • 20Anamudi Shola National Park, Munnar

    The Anamudi Shola National Park is located along the Western Ghats. The beautiful national park, which is a protected area, is situated in the Idukki district and has been a place for great tourist attraction ever since it opened in 2003. 

    The park is spread across 7.5 square kilometres and is controlled by the Munnar Wildlife Division. For a young honeymooner, this is an ideal location to come and visit as the dense forests, the diversity of flora and fauna, and the wildlife is an attraction that you and your partner must see. 

    The park is close to the Kurinjimala Sanctuary, the Pampadum Shola National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Mathikettan Shola National Park, and the Eravikulam National Park.

    Price/Tickets: Entry fee is approx $2 per person.

    Location: The Park is located near Kanthalloor-Perumala Road, Kannan Devan Hills.

    Timings: You can enter the Park between 7.30am-4pm.

    How to reach: By road, the Munnar bus station is the nearest place you can get a bus to the Park. The Munnar bus stand is 40 kilometres from the Park.

  • 21Chembra Peak, Wayanad

    In today’s world of urban housing and concrete cities, who doesn’t love a escapade into the dense forests and mountains? If you and your partner are one of those people who love to take a walk across a beautiful trail across a hill, the Chembra Peak is your go to. The Peak is located at a height of 2100 metres from the sea level. 

    Located close to the little town of Meppadi, this natural getaway is peaceful with its quiet beauty. The Chembra Peak joins the Vellarimala and Nilgiri Hills. You can walk from Meppadi to the Chembra Peak easily. This can be a really romantic experience for you and your partner, walking across a trail and discovering the mountains and countryside. I

    t can take approximately three hours to reach the peak, where you can see the heart-shaped lake, known as Hridaya Thadakam for its unique shape. Make sure you travel with a guide. There are trekking tour guides who charge up to $10 per person and take with them a group of about ten people to the Chembra Peak.

    Price/Tickets: Ticket for one adult is around $12.

    Location: The Chembra Peak is located 8 kilometres from Kalpetta in Wayanad.

    Timings: You can visit the place between 7am-5pm.

    How to reach: The nearest station to Chembra Peak is Calicut, which is 85 kilometres away.

  • 22Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam

    The main attraction of Kovalam, apart from the beach, of course, is its picturesque lighthouse. This is one of the biggest lighthouses in Kerala and is very famous among the tourists who come here to bask in the sun, walk up to the thirty-five metres tall lighthouse, go for an ayurvedic massage in the massage centres closeby,  swim and bathe in the sea, relax on the beach with the lighthouse in the backdrop. 

    The lighthouse, located on top of a rocky Kurumsal hill, is a place where you can walk up to hand in hand with your husband or wife. The presence of the lighthouse makes the beach all the more beautiful for the tourists flocking to the town of Kovalam.

    Price/Tickets: There is no entry fee to visit the beach.

    Location: The Lighthouse Beach is located near the Lighthouse beach Road, Kovalam.

    Timings: You can visit the beach anytime. The lighthouse is open 9am-5pm.

    How to reach: The Lighthouse beach is located 1.9 kilometres from Kovalam city centre.

  • 23Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, Kochi

    If you are a history lover, you will definitely enjoy your tour of the Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, a part of Fort Kochi. The basilica is one of the eight basilicas in the country, and one of the towering churches you might have ever come across. 

    The basilica was built by Dom Francisco de Almeida, the first viceroy from Portugal in the sixteenth century after his request to build a church in Kochi was granted by the then Maharaja of Cochin. The architectural excellence of the place will startle you with its beautiful white exteriors and pastel interiors. 

    Pope John Paul II, in the year 1984, had praised the church for its tranquility, artistic excellence and dignity, and antiquity. A honeymoon in Kerala tour guide must include a visit to the Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica for all the art and history lovers.

    Price/Tickets: There is no entry fee to enter the  Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica.

    Location: The Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica is located on Santa Cruz Rd, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Kochi.

    Timings: The Basilica is open all days of the week between 7am-6.30pm, and 8am-6.30pm on Sundays.

    How to reach: The Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica is located at a distance of 6.1 kilometres from Kochi city centre, you can easily avail a cab to reach the Cathedral.

  • 24Vembanad Lake, Alleppey

    If you are looking for something more than just sailing across the backwaters of Alleppey on a houseboat, it’s best to visit the Vembanad Lake, which lets you experience not just the beautiful backwaters, but also gives you the lakeside experience. 

    The Vembanad Lake is one of the largest lakes in the country and sailing across it is an experience you will cherish for ever. It is situated about a kilometre from Alleppey. You can opt for hourly or full-day cruises from Kumarakom and Alleppey to enjoy the scenic beauty of the lake.

    Price/Tickets: There is no entry fee.

    Location: The Vembanad Lake is located in Kumarakom North, Kottayam.

    Timings: The Vembanad Lake is open all days of the week, 10am-6pm.

    How to reach: The Lake is located 13 kilometres from Kottayam, you can reach the Lake by a cab.

  • 25Abraham's Spice Garden, Thekkady

    If you are one of those rare people who love to learn about spices, you must visit Abraham's Spice Garden. Located in Thekkady, the Abraham's Spice Garden is a small spice plantation that has everything growing from cardamoms, to curry leaves, and cinnamon. 

    You can see vanilla trees, pepper plants, and all the aromatic spices that Indian households so proudly boast of. A complete tour of the Abraham's Spice Garden takes about forty-five minutes.

    Price/Tickets: Entry fee is around $2 for an adult.

    Location: The Abraham’s Spice Garden is located in Spring Valley, Idukki, Kumily.

    Timings: The Garden is open 7am-6pm everyday.

    How to reach: Abraham’s Spice Garden is located 4 kilometres from Thekkady city centre.

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  • 26Visit Periyar National Park, Thekkady

    There’s nothing more romantic than visiting and staying at the Periyar National Park in Thekkady, a beautiful wildlife sanctuary that houses some amazing wild animals in India. Tigers, the Indian bison, Sambar deer, exotic water birds, flora and fauna distinct to the state of Kerala etc, are some of the things to see here in the national park. 

    The national park, located in the Western Ghats, lies between Idukki and Pathanamthitta. The park was declared a tiger reserve back in 1978, and since then, tourists have been flocking here to get a glimpse of the royal bengal tiger. 

    Also expect to find wind elephants here, along with monkeys, deers, and bisons. Periyar is one of the biggest wildlife reserves in the country. Visit the Periyar National Park during winter, when the weather is moderate and cool.

    Price/Tickets: Entry-fee for an adult is around $0.5 (Indian), and $5 (foreign nationals).

    Location: The Periyar National Parks is located in Kumily, Thekkady.

    Timings: The Park is open for tourists between 6am-6pm.

    How to reach: The Park is located 4 kilometres from Kumily, you can book a cab to reach it.

  • 27Explore Munnar Tea Museum

    During your stay at Munnar, make sure you and your partner visit the Munnar Tea Museum, which is a beautiful tea museum that tells you about the history of tea and how tea is made. You can see the entire process here at the Tata Tea Museum. 

    The tea estate belongs to the Kanan Devan Hills Plantations Company, and is located about four kilometres away from the town of Munnar. You can book a cab to the tea plantation by asking your hotel to do the needful. 

    Although the plantation was founded during the 1880s, the Munnar Tea Museum opened in 2005. You can see how tea is made from tea leaves here, and taste different types of tea, and buy gifts and souvenirs from the shops as well. While in Munnar, this is a must see in your travel itinerary.

    Price/Tickets: Entry fee is around $1-$2 per adult.

    Location: The Munnar Tea Museum is located in Nullamanna, Munnar.

    Timings: The Munnar Tea Museum is open 10am-5pm every day of the week except Monday.

    How to reach: The Munnar Tea Museum is located about 1.5 kilometres from the Munnar market area.

  • 28Bath In Soochipara Falls, Wayanad

    The Soochipara Falls, also known as the famous Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, is situated near the small town of Meppadi. Located among the dense flora and fauna, the Falls fall from a height of a hundred to three hundred feet, creating a scene so picturesque that tourists are often spellbound by its beauty. 

    There is a pool that’s located right where the water falls, and tourists and locals often go here for a swim, or river rafting in the monsoons, and bathing. The place is also known for nature walks and rock climbing which tourists undertake when here. 

    If you are stationed at Meppadi, you can take a taxi to the falls, which takes about thirty minutes to get to the tourist destination. The dense forests around the Soochipara Falls makes it an amazing place to go for nature walks.

    Price/Tickets: There is an entry fee of approx $1 to get to the Soochipara Falls.

    Location: The Soochipara Falls is located in Wayanad.

    Timings: You can visit the Soochipara Falls between 8am-5pm.

    How to reach: The Falls are a 1.5 kilometre trek from the parking area.

  • 29See Marine Life In Sagarika Marine Research Aquarium And Hatchery, Kovalam

    The  Sagarika Marine Research Aquarium, located very close to the Theatre junction in Thiruvananthapuram, is a must see for marine life lovers. The Aquarium has also been successful in the pearl production process, so you can take a look at the procedure during your visit to the Sagarika Marine Research Aquarium.

    Price/Tickets: the entry fees is about $0.5 for an adult.

    Location: The Sagarika Marine Research Aquarium and Hatchery is located near Light House Road, Vizhinjam Harbour Rd, Kovalam.

    Timings: The Marine Life centre is open everyday from 9 in the morning to five in the evening.

    How to reach: The Aquarium is located about thirteen kilometres away from the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport. You can take a cab to reach here.

  • 30Watch Kathakali In Kerala Kathakali Centre, Kochi

    The Kerala Kathakali Centre is an internationally acclaimed centre of cultural performances that were features in the Lonely Planet, the National Geographic, Rough Guide, Discovery Channel and the BBC. Founded in Kochi in 1990, the centre is an excellence when it comes to performances such as classical dance forms such as Kuchipudi, Mohiniyattam, Bharatnatyam etc., classical music, Kathakali, and Kalaripayattu. 

    These traditional dance forms of Kerala are best watched at this centre, if you wish to watch the most authentic forms of these performances, The performers are highly trained and skilled dancers and are a treat to watch.

    Price/Tickets: Price per head for Kathakali is around $6, Indian Classical Dance is around $6, Indian Classical Music is around $6, and Kalaripayattu is around $5.

    Location: The Kerala Kathakali Centre is located at KB Jacob Rd, Fort Nagar, Fort Kochi, Kochi.

    Timings: The Centre has three programs every evening; Kalaripayattu (4pm-5pm), Kathakali (6pm-7.30pm), and Indian Classical Music (8pm-9pm), and a form of Indian Dance on Saturdays.

    How to reach: Kochi is located 43.2 kilometres from the Cochin Airport, a distance you can cover by bus or book a car, which is more convenient.

  • 31View Riverscapes From Houseboat, Alleppey

    There’s nothing like Kerala in the entirety of India, especially when it comes to the rustic backwaters of the beautiful southern state. Go on an endless journey through Kerala’s countryside on a houseboat that lets you see paddy fields, beautiful golden sunsets, and the clear, deep canals. 

    There’s nothing like travelling through the clear, smooth backwaters at a leisurely pace and enjoying the view around you. As you know, the houseboats are literally your own personal cottages on water, and have every possible amenity you could need. 

    The houseboats are also called as kettuvallams, made from coir and given strength with the help of fish oil. The houseboats are a unique structure to see in Kerala. You are also offered fantastic Keralese food on the houseboats, to give you the perfect essence of the life in the state. A honeymoon in Kerala travel guide is incomplete without the backwaters of Kerala.

    Price/Tickets: Prices for houseboats vary according to the type of boat and facilities; an Alleppey Deluxe Cruise (one night/day) for a couple that has a single bedroom costs $125, while a Kumarakom Deluxe Cruise (one night/day) for a couple with a single bedroom costs $150.

    Location: You can find houseboats at a location called the Finishing Point Road in Alleppey.

    Timings: The houseboats leave the location around 12pm and return around 8am the next day. So the best time to arrive and choose your houseboat is in the morning.

    How to reach: Alleppey is located 75 kilometres away from Cochin, which has the nearest airport to the city. You can take a bus or catch a train to reach Alleppey from Cochin.

  • Things Not Do In Kerala

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    While you know exactly what to expect and look for during your trip to Kerala, it is advisable to keep in mind some don’t for your own convenience during your stay in Kerala to avoid any unwanted or dangerous situation.

    ? You may be a good swimmer, but it’s always best to avoid unknown waters. Do not go swimming in the backwaters of Kerala.

    Do not try to walk around on your own without a guide in the Periyar National Park. It is easy to get lost once darkness sets in, so heed the tour guide’s advice always.

    Always maintain a safe distance from the animals at the wildlife sanctuaries or zoos.

    If you wish to go for paragliding at any destination, do it under supervision only.

    Do not disturb animals by making noise or offer them food. It might be harmful for them.

    If you are visiting Kerala during the peak tourist season, be prepared for higher rates everywhere, be it the cabs you book or the hotels. To avoid high tariff, book well in advance.

    Try not to be drunk during your trip.

    Before getting any herbal treatment done, always run a background check of the Ayurvedic Centre.


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