Honeymoon in Kerala – must-not-miss Places & Activities

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Bounded by the pristine Arabian sea on one side and the spectacular Western ghats (mountains) on the other, Kerala is one of India’s most beautiful states. Known as God’s Own Country, Kerala in South India has a lot to offer: from ayurvedic retreats and yoga centers, to national parks and tea plantations (up in the Western Ghats), to palm-fringed beaches. And then there are the fabled Kerala Backwaters, providing a serene backdrop to any Kerala experience, especially the romantic ones. For these reasons (and many more) newlyweds, get lured to savor their honeymoon in Kerala. A coastal paradise, Kerala has always been a preferred destination for honeymooners, especially from October to February – the best season.

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From strolling on beaches to taking houseboat cruises, there is a lot that we did during our honeymoon. Honeymoon destinations in Kerala also offer a lot of solitude where you can spend quiet time with your partner completely undisturbed. In this article, we have compiled a list of most beautiful honeymoon places in Kerala and some wonderful activities where you can create great memories with your beloved.

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Top Destinations
must-not-miss places to visit during your honeymoon in Kerala

1. Munnar

Probably the most famous honeymoon destination in Kerala are lusciously beautiful hills of Munnar. Carpeted in emerald-green tea plantations, contoured, clipped and sculpted like ornamental hedges, Munnar is one of the largest tea-growing regions of India.

To us, the best thing in Munnar was staying in a tea-plantation-resort and taking a stroll down the winding path inside the tea-gardens. Another lovely experience would be to take tour of open-to-public tea factories and taste the freshly brewed beverage.

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Lush Green Tea Plantations of Munnar

2. Thekkady

Pleasing climate, spectacular landscape and charming sightseeing options makes Thekkady a perfect destination for honeymooner in Kerala. Floating clouds and sky touching mountains will take you to the enchanting land of the shire from Lord of the Rings. Jeep Safari in Periyar Jungle is definitely something you should not miss!

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3. Alleppey

Known as ‘Venice of the East’, this coastal city is blessed with backwaters that function as a network of waterways. Its scenic beauty is inexplicable, making it one of the most sought after destinations in Kerala. With houseboat cruises on its lagoons, Alappuzha or Alleppey offers a perfect getaway, serving as both a family vacation spot as well as an ideal honeymoon retreat.

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a house-boat idling in the backwater of Alleppey

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4. Bekal

This one is for folks who are fascinated by historical forts and also love spotless beaches. Bekal is one of the most naturally-beautiful places for honeymoon in Kerala. Clean sand and clear water, panoramic view of the Bekal Fort and close proximity to the calming backwaters of Valiyaparamba, make this destination a perfect spot for an intimate holiday.

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5. Kovalam

Highly likely that if you have seen any postcard from Kerala, it’s the Kovalam beach with the iconic lighthouse in the background. The mist-covered hills and the beautiful beaches make for an ideal getaway for all, especially honeymooners.

We really enjoyed a romantic walk on the Lighthouse beach while watching the sunset.

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Stunning View of Kovalam Beach from the Lighthouse

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Best experiences to savor
must-not-miss activities during your honeymoon in Kerala

1. Cruise the backwaters

No trip to Kerala is complete without a laid-back houseboat ride on its idyllic backwaters. Lined by emerald coconut plantations and scattered with turquoise lakes, these placid lagoons are the perfect place to shake off the urban stress.

Pro tip: for a memorable experience – board at dusk and spend the night aboard a houseboat. Thereby witnessing a stunning sunset and a dreamy sunrise among the backwaters!
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Sonakshi looking out from our house-boat

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2. Snap Kochi’s fishing nets

According to many, the top position among Kerala’s iconic photo ops goes to the cantilevered Chinese fishing nets. Crafted out of bamboo and teak poles and resembling giant alien arachnids poised to sting, they form unreal silhouettes against the seascape, especially at sunset.

kochi fishing nets

3. Get beached in Varkala

Perched on a precipitous cliff and overlooking the sapphire waters of the Arabian Sea, this paradise boasts some dazzling sands to relax on. Varkala offers a combination of tranquil beaches and lively shacks and cafes to ensure a calm and laid-back time. It is the perfect place to unwind and live in the moment. 

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4. Embrace Ayurveda

For most travelers, the ultimate way to end a trip to Kerala is by indulging in an absolutely relaxing Ayurveda treatment. For us – the oil massage in a heritage village was the perfect way to get rejuvenated from the stresses of a big fat Indian wedding!

In most Ayurveda centers, you choose from a range of oil massages. Also, learn some of the meditation techniques and Yogasanas that can be practiced and benefited from for life. While Ayurvedic practices have gained global acceptance, it would be foolish to miss out on a chance for an authentic experience.

5. Watch a Kathakali show

Having stayed in Japan and experienced the culture, I thought Kabuki was the most spectacular form of dance/drama. But Kathakali proved it wrong. Kathakali is Kerala’s very own classical dance tradition dating back to the 17th century. Embodying perfection in every way – from its preparation to expression, this classical Indian dance left us mesmerized and enchanted.

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Bonus: Get a taste of Malabar

Any visit is incomplete without partaking of its traditional feast of the land; in Kerala its called the Kerala sadya. Served in a plantain leaf, it is a complete meal that encompasses every course, right from the starters to dessert. It assimilates every flavour, taste, and texture – from crunchy banana chips, crispy pappadam, soft curries, stir fried vegetables, spicy rasam, colorful gravies, to sweet payasams (semolina in caramelised milk). In addition to these, other dishes that emerge from Kerala’s kitchens day after day include fiery pothu (beef) fry, fluffy appams (rice hoppers), aviyal (vegetables in aromatic coconut gravy), fish moilee (spicy yellow curry) etc.

The destinations and activities that we have listed here will definitely make your honeymoon in Kerala more cherishable. The slender state of Kerala has much more to offer and we have written multiple articles about it.
So, let us know your thoughts and experiences about your Kerala trip in the comments below.

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52 thoughts on “Honeymoon in Kerala – must-not-miss Places & Activities”

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  4. Brilliant list! Have been to all the spots, and participated in the list of activities, minus the message. 🙂
    Kerala is a dreamy, heavenly state. I went there with my family when I was a young adult, and even after a decade, it is our favorite trip! Just so exotic and rich in natural beauty.

    1. Super! Really happy to know that you have been there 🙂
      Next time you visit, you might go for the ayurvedic massage!

  5. Kerala is one of the best honeymoon destinations in India.From the authentic ayurvedic experiences to laid back houseboat rides to cruises in Cochin & wildlife in Thekkady, God’s own country sure is a wonderful destination to kickstart your married life.

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