7 Most Romantic Getaways in Kerala
Travelling to an exotic location is the perfect choice to surprise your spouse/partner. The happiness of a fun-packed holiday to a hill-station admiring the panoramic view of misty hills and lakes or a pleasant stroll across a beach enjoying the beautiful sunset is something that you won’t get everyday.
These are some of the getaways in Kerala that you can plan to visit to spend some quality romantic time with your better half.
1. Tea Gardens in Munnar
Munnar is one of the best hill stations worth visiting in South India. It is one of the major star attractions for honeymooners. It sits at an elevation of 1600 m above sea level and is situated in the Western Ghats in Idukki district.
One of the must visit places in Munnar is its sprawling tea gardens. Driving through the hairpin road, you can see lush, green carpets of tea plantations interspersed with valleys and small waterfalls. You can park your vehicle and come out and take a selfie with your spouse with the beautiful greenery as the background.
You can also visit the Tea Museum, located 4 kms from Munnar town, that showcases the history and genesis of tea cultivation in the high ranges of Kerala. Cab and luxury coach services are available to Munnar. Accomodation can be taken in hotels, resorts or homestays.
2. Marari Beach
Situated in the sleepy, fishing village of Mararikulam, 11 kms from Alappuzha, the Marari beach is a less explored beach in Kerala. It was rated as one of the top five hammock beaches in the world by National Geographic survey. Lined with fishing boats and swaying coconut palms, this clean and serene beach provides the perfect setting for a romantic holiday.
The beach is blessed with white sand and the sight of pristine backwaters is a real stress buster. You can relax in the shade enjoying the cool breeze and watching fishermen going for their daily catch. There are resorts nearby that give you the experience of living in a typical Kerala village.
Most of these have thatched cottages with open green spaces where you come across a variety of flora and fauna. You can relish the signature Kerala seafood dishes, try out a body massage and also admire a Kalaripayattu (traditional martial art) performance.
3. Athirappilly Waterfalls
Athirappilly waterfalls is one of the top tourist places in Kerala. It is situated near the Sholayar ranges in Thrissur district and is a part of the Chalakudy river. Cascading down a height of 82 ft, this majestic waterfalls presents a misty spectacle especially during monsoon. You can watch the falls either on the hilltop or near the rocks below, but be careful.
Athirappilly boasts of a rich riparian ecosystem. The dense rainforests has abundant wildlife like elephant, tiger, leopard, lion tailed macaque, bison, etc. It is also the habitat of four species of the endangered Hornbill. Daily jungle safari packages are available by which you can explore the rich bio-diversity of the region.
You can also visit Vazhachal falls which is 5 kms from Athirappilly waterfalls. Charpa waterfalls is also nearby.
4. Kovalam beach
Located 16 kms south of Thiruvanathapuram city, Kovalam beach has already attained international repute. It is the ultimate beach destination of foreigners coming to Kerala.
The 17 km coastline of Kovalam has mainly three beaches — Lighthouse beach, Hawwa beach and Samudra beach. The vast stretch of coastline presents an ideal spot for indulging in adventure activities like swimming, water diving, para-sailing, catamaran ride skiing, wind surfing, etc. You can get the perfect tan by a sun bath sitting in lounge chairs.
There are a number of resorts and hotels in Kovalam — both five star and budget ones. You can watch Kathakali, do Yoga, go for an Ayurvedic massage and savour Kerala cuisine. There are shops near the beach where you can purchase curios and handicrafts for your spouse.
Thekkady, in Idukki district, is where the famous Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is located. It is near the Kerala — Tamil Nadu border and is a treasure trove of myriad varieties of wildlife and vegetation.
The main highlight of this tourist destination is that you can experience wildlife at close quarters by taking a boat ride on the Periyar lake. The sight of herds of elephants, deers and bisons coming down to the lake to quench their thirst is simply fantastic! The thick evergreen forests adds beauty to the picturesque landscape.
Apart from sightseeing, elephant rides, tea and spice plantation visits, border hiking and enjoying cultural programmes are some of the activities that you can do in Thekkady.
6. Fort Kochi Beach
If you want to unwind and relax after a hectic day in Kochi, then there is nothing best than visiting the Fort Kochi beach. Once an European settlement, Fort Kochi has a lot to offer to a tourist.
Once you come to the beach, the cantilevered Chinese Fishing nets greets you. Fishermen operate it in tandem and the fish caught is sold in nearby shops. There is a granite walkway where you can saunter and enjoy the endless beauty of the Arabian Sea. Or both of you can sit on a bench and admire the colourful sunset. If you are lucky, you can spot cargo ships in the deep sea.
Other nearby attractions are Vasco da Gama square, remnants of Fort Immanuel, two rusted steam boilers from a ship to name a few.
Lakkidi is the gateway of Wayanad. It is located at an altitude of 700 m above sea level atop the Thamarassery churam (ghat pass). Lakkidi opens up a captivating picture of rich biodiversity that includes beautiful hills, valleys, streams and lush green vegetation along with wildlife.
Major vegetation includes rainforests and deciduous forests. The region receives rainfall throughout the year. It has a chilly climate with fog and mist blanketing the atmosphere. The best place in Lakkidi is the View Point where you get a bird’s eye view of the Western Ghats and the serpentine Thamarassery ghat pass.
Accomodation is available in Lakkidi as well as Vythiri, which is 5 kms away from Lakkidi.
So, the next time you want to gift something for your soulmate’s birthday or want to celebrate your wedding anniversary, take off for a romantic trip because the sweet memories that you bring back will always linger in your mind.