An Unplanned Marriage and a Planned Honeymoon to Alleppey

I never thought of marriage in my life. I was very passionate and dedicated to my goals. I used to tell my parents I won’t agree for any marriage proposal until I achieve my goals. I belong to a simple orthodox family. The place where I reside is completely a replica of TV soap operas. With a lot of dreams and thoughts, I decided to pursue my graduation in engineering. The 4 years in an engineering college gifted memories that to be cherished in my early 50s and 60s. Like every student, I prepared very hard for job interviews, especially for campus placement. Unfortunately, I was eliminated in the pre-final round of campus placement. For a moment I lost my hope and the firm belief from god. I lost my confidence because most of my friends got good jobs in good companies and only a few remained jobless in my class and unluckily I belong to the latter group. Gradually I regained my hope and started to appear for several campus interviews. Within a couple of months, I enrolled myself in a software training course and as soon as I finished my course I was absorbed into one of the best start-ups companies in my state.

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After a completing 6-months probationary period, my parents started to brainwash me and propelled me to get married as society is blaming them for keeping a young girl in the house. I burst out on them and clearly told only after two years I will get married. My decision was not digestible for them. For time being they remained silent. I again started to concentrate on my work. Day by day my work schedules became stressful and hectic. Sometimes I used to reach home late nights. This increased fear in my parents. They somehow wanted to finish their obligations and wanted to relax. This time through one of my relative our parents got a marriage proposal from a well-reputed family. I tried my hard to convince them. But this time they were very stubborn about their decision. As I had no other alternate I was forced to obey their commands. I really did not want to get married so soon. Therefore I did not dress well. I wore a simple dress and did not apply any kind of make-up on my face. By 10 am they reached our house. The guy was accompanied by his parents and aunt. After the official conversation, I was invited to the living room. For the initial few minutes, I did not look at them. Then I slowly raised my head and greeted them. To my surprise the guy was handsome and he and his family were well-mannered.  We all were impressed by their pleasing attitude. I was wondering how I could reject their proposal. I tried my level best but I did not find any genuine reason for the same. When they left my parents told me that they liked the family and they really wanted me to agree for the same. They also created an emotional drama so that I support their decision. I was really trapped. I cannot oppose my parents. And eventually, I agreed for the marriage. I wanted a time gap of at least 2 months prior to marriage so that I could talk to him and understand him. But the astrologer told us the perfect time for marriage is within a month or else we will have to wait till next year.

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Within a month we got married and I moved to his work station-Bangalore. I used to get bored when he leaves for his office. For a couple of weeks, I used to go shopping and spend time on social media. As my company did not have any branch in Bangalore I was forced to quit the job. Understanding my boredom and frustration my hubby insisted me to attend interviews. I was overwhelmed with joy. By the grace of God, I got selected into one of the best IT companies in Bangalore. A couple of months passed till now we did not plan any honeymoon trip. It was my hubby’s friend who suggested celebrating an exotic honeymoon tour to Kerala. He showed many photographs of the important destination in Kerala. Out of them, we liked the houseboat packages. It was available at the cheapest rates.  Within a couple of weeks, we boarded the flight from Kempegowda International Airport to Cochin International Airport. From there we travelled in a private cab arranged by our tour operator to Alleppey.

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Alleppey is the perfect destination to celebrate vacation with our dear ones. Major portions of the district are occupied with backwaters and paddy fields. The picturesque landscapes, emerald paddy field, tranquil backwaters bordered by palm-fringed coconut trees, gave the clear answer to why the district is called ‘Venice of East’. Within 2 hours we reached the spot. We entered the houseboat and the voyage of romance began. With us they another 2 couples who reached there by purchasing tour packages to Kerala at affordable price. We captured the beautiful pictures of birds, trees oscillating in the cool breeze and so on. We astonished to see small children rowing canoes to schools. It is the part and parcel of metro cities where vegetable vendors reach our doorstep and give us vegetables at cheap rates. Over there in Aleppey the vegetable vendors carried vegetables in canoes and knocked the doors of customers in the evenings. We were lucky enough to view the fascinating moment of sun setting into the sea. By the evening the houseboat authorities had arranged scrumptious delicacies prepared in traditional Kerala style on the roof of the houseboat. Followed to it we were entertained by the classical dance performances of experts. The next morning, after relishing breakfast we moved to the Kumarakom. The place is well-known for migratory birds. We stroll through the forest and slept in a treehouse. The next day we returned to Alleppey and from there to Cochin Airport. We departed Kerala by carrying lots of memories. We are really thankful to Dream Holidays for arranging such a wonderful trip.

Celebrating Honeymoon in Mananthavady – The Iconic Place in the History of Kerala

Is there anyone who does not like to unveil the elegance of emerald nature? How would it be if one starts his or her day with innocent chirps of adorable birds? Isn’t it would be pleasing? Many times I have thought who assigned them the duty of wakening up all the animals, trees and humans. Do they get the wages for doing so? Or is it a kind of thanksgiving to the almighty for giving one more day on the planet. Whenever I see the thickly populated trees in the forests I always think who waters them and who look after them. It is not possible for a few people to look after the trees regularly. Still, it survives on the earth for a half a century. The wild animals in the forest never have experienced starvation for more than a couple of days. Somehow they will get their food. There are many more examples in nature that teaches some bitter and important lessons of life that no textbooks could teach. The wonders and various activities of nature will teach how to lead a life peacefully with limited resources.

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Most of the people in the world believe that spending a day in the lap of Mother Nature could gift wondrous experiences that no magnificent cities could present. That may be the main reason why people after their wedding decide to enjoy their honeymoon by exploring the beauty of nature. When considering our country India there are many places that truly display the immense scenic beauty of lush green surroundings. And the most luring place in the nation is the most popular Kerala. Year by year thousands of travellers visits the stupendous state to uncover the amazing beauty. Compared to the past now many travel operators have come forward with exciting packages to discover the captivating charm. More than the technological advancements it is the amusing charm. Couples travel to the state to enjoy the fabulous destinations in Kerala. They consider the state as an exquisite place to renew their marriage vows and to understand each other’s feelings in the soothing climate.

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There are many reasons for tourists to select Kerala for their short and long vacation trips. The cerulean seas, tranquil rivers, undisturbed backwaters, traditional houseboats, and excellent collection of various types of fauna and flora make Kerala a typical destination for travellers to rejuvenate. Not like the past, the travel cost to the state has now become cheap and best. Kerala comprises of 14 districts and each district has its own peculiarities. To enjoy the real charm of nature one should definitely avail of tour packages to the most famous district called Wayanad. It is the land of spice plantations. The bare mountains and bowl-shaped valleys are blanketed with emerald leaves of spices. Also one could find tribal settlements in abundance in the district. Wayanad is a haven for nature enthusiasts. The mesmerizing historical streets and caves, bio-reserves, and luxurious resorts make the district unique from others. Mananthavady is a well-known municipality taluk of the district.  By narrowing down the following paragraphs one could clearly understand the inner beauty of Mananthavady.

Mananthavady is one of the largest taluks in Wayanad district. The taluk resides on the banks of the river ‘Pusha’ or more commonly known as ‘Mananthavady River’. Nook and corner of the district have something reveals some pages of the history. In the past, the district was not accessible as it is now. The district was ruled by tribal communities called ‘Adivasi’. The town was formed in the 19th century. Ambukuthy is a place in Mananthavady, where a deer was pierced with an arrow and hence the taluk, got the name ‘Mananthavady’ (‘mane eytha vadi’). One could read the heroism of a famous freedom fighter called Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja or known as ‘Kerala’s lion or Kerala’s Simham’. The important places that could be visited while touring the taluk are as follows.

Pazahassi Raja’s Tomb

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The famous freedom warrior of Kerala called Pazahssi Raja’s tomb is situated in Mananthavady taluk. The tomb is located on the banks of River Kabani. The museum comprises of main galleries called the numismatic gallery, Tribal Gallery, Heritage gallery, and Pazahassi gallery. Also, it has an excellent collection of weapons, utensils, and statues.

Boys Town

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Boys town, when you hear this name suddenly a picture of boys hostel will come into your mind. But actually the place has no connection with the boys. The place is a mind-blowing sanctuary. The park is situated at a distance of 13 km from Boys town. It is a perfect place to witness the gorgeous beauty of tea and spice plantations. The gene park at Boys town was built as a part of the Indo-Danish project. The place is worth to see.

Post office Road

Post office road will take to the land of temples and mosques.

Valliyoorkkavu Bhagavathi Temple

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Valliyoorkkavu Bahagavathy temple is one of the ancient temples in Kerala with goddess Durga as the presiding deity. It is believed that the idol of the goddess was self-built. Every year in the month of March a 14-day festival will be held. The temple is considered as the biggest festival in Wayanad.

Pakshipathalam

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Pakshipathalam is a paradise for bird lovers. It provides shelters to rare species of birds like the gold fronted chloropsis, Asian fairy bluebird, giant Malabar squirrels, gaurs, the paradise flycatcher, and the emerald dove. Pakshipatahalm is located at a distance of 36 km from Mananthavady. Travellers will have to seek prior permission from the forest department to visit the sanctuary. In the past, the eagle King called Garuda rested on a rock and hence the rock got the name ‘Garudakunnu’.

Kuruwadweep

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Kurwadweep is one of the famous islands in Kerala. The island is uninhabited. Migratory birds and animals are ruling these 950 acres of land. Visitors will have to get prior permission from the forest department for visiting the island. The island is famous for bamboo rafting, swimming, and also trekking.

Trekking and bird spotting are the major activities practised by travellers and locals. Travellers usually visit the iconic destination by availing of packages from the travel operator called Dream Holidays. If you have any concerns regarding the package you can directly contact the customer support team.

A Breath-Taking Trip to Kerala with my Friends

Life was moving at a usual pace, the normalcy of routine was the only thing that made us drowsy these days. We had just graduated from college and the only trips we (me and my group of four friends) made were for small meetups or for job interviews. We had one long free month before joining for our fresh jobs. We were all placed at different companies and we wanted to make some long-lasting memories before setting out for new roles in our life. All of us had different opinions and plans at first and after many hours of discussions, we concluded that a week-long trip to an exotic land is what we need. The next hurdle was choosing the destination but surprisingly all of us unanimously voted Kerala as our dream destination. We wanted to try out different things at Kerala and was in need of a solid plan. After a lot of research, we shortlisted some locations and activities that we wanted to try once we reach Kerala. We were so lucky to have found out Gogeo Holidays as our travel partner. With their cheapest Kerala tour packages and that too a personalized one, our trip turned out to be the best moments of our life.

We knew Kerala as a verdure spot with places like Wayanad and Munnar. All of us were from Delhi and we had studied in Mumbai. This was our first time coming closer to South India. Our flight rates were much less than we had anticipated. Thanks to Gogeo Holidays! We were starting our trip by saving a great deal of cash. Our trip lasted for two weeks and I think we could cover only half of the best destinations in Kerala, and we have already planned to come back to Kerala itself for our next trip and complete the expedition.

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We boarded the flight to Kochi from Delhi at 6 in the morning and it took us three hours to reach there. Even before we landed at Kerala, the view from the windows from out there at the sky itself intrigued us. There were many water bodies and green spots – that is how I would explain the view. Once we reached Kochi, we were taken to our room which was so clean and came with all the modern facilities. The interesting thing that all of us noted was that the usage of Wi-Fi and our smartphones lessened as each day passed. We were so lost in the beauty of Kerala that we were not slaves of technology for two weeks. So, the breakfast – we started the Kerala treat for our stomachs with puttu and kadala and appam and chicken curry. After taking rest for 2 hours we left to visit Kochi and our travel operators arranged a car for us on request. We would have taken a guide, but wanted to explore the land on our own. Some of the spots like Hill Palace, Bolghatty Palace, Pallipuram Fort, and Indo-Portuguese Museum are some of my personal favourites. Marine Drive and Lulu Mall are the places from where we clicked some group photos of us.

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We visited the Greenix Village as per our travel operators told us when we asked about Kathakali. As Kochi is known for the support of cultural and artistic activities, it would have been a great miss if we hadn’t known about this place. We forgot about lunch as we were so immersed in finding places to explore. At Greenix, there was a restaurant too so we had some pancakes. There is a cultural museum and we visited it before the Kathakali performance started. It was a mind-blowing performance with all those micro-expressions and all. The costume itself made us wonder how rich in culture and totally a different land is Kerala. There are many beaches in Kochi and we could visit only a few out of it like Fort Kochi Beach, Cherai Beach and Munambam Beach. Fort Kochi and Mattancherry are places that hold the greatest spell in Kochi. There are many places like Princess Street, Burger Street, Rose Street, Parade Ground etc. that had a lot of things to offer. With many cafes like Pepper House, Kashi Art Cafe, Bench Cafe and all we could not leave this place for a week. The biggest part of our trip was spent at Kochi itself. We moved to No. 18 Hotel to explore places closer to it. We met some old friends of ours from Kochi and had a great time at the Cochin Club. The boat jetty ride is the cheapest mode of transportation as it would cost not more than 10 rupees to travel across many nearby destinations like Marine Drive. The picture of the Chinese fishing nets is more breathtaking in real and we also tried using it. What we missed was the Biennale that happens every two years in Kochi. The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is an international art exhibition that stretches for a period of three months from December to March. A chance to visit the colonial building Aspinwall House was what we missed with the biennale. We wandered through the Jew Street too and bought many fresh spices to take back home. We are so thankful for this best Kerala tour packages as we would have stayed stuck at one place if we had not availed an itinerary for our trip to other places in Kerala.

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Alleppey was the next spot and the clean beaches were the first place we hit there. We could visit only Alleppey Beach and Marari Beach. We visited some small villages where coir making and handicraft making businesses were thriving. We bought some souvenirs from there just like we bought many bohemian styled clothes from Fort Kochi. The backwater cruise was of course, the best part of Alleppey. We glided through the Vembanad Lake and also visited the Kumarakom backwaters. The luscious seafood with some toddy (a local beverage made from coconut) is something that I still ache for.

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There were many other places like Munnar, Vagamon, Thekkady, Wayanad, and Kannur that we picked for our trip. This story of our visit would go on and on and there is a lot to write about each and every place and I will definitely write more about the rest of the trip too, but I know that mere words are not adequate to explain the charm of Kerala.

A Tour to Three Alluring Destinations of Kerala

The days were getting monotonous and I and my friends wanted to get out of the usual routine and start everything anew. So, all of us gathered together at my place as we had planned in our Whatsapp group. We were all working in Chennai and only I have travelled across India for long trips. So, the plan was to visit an alluring destination which is cheap and have got many attractive places to visit. For convenience, we agreed on visiting Kerala which was near and there were travel packages that were the cheapest. We wanted this tour to be perfectly planned and found Dream Holidays to do this for us. I did extensive research on all the best destinations in Kerala and I am listing out the places that I found attractive and worth visiting. This may help you in visiting this state on the southern side of Kerala. Take a look to find out the fascinations where you can visit with the savings you have. The list contains places we have visited and will visit for our next trip. It will take weeks or even a month to have some quality time at this place with immense things to explore and be a part of. From Chennai, we took only 80 minutes to reach the Cochin International Airport. A note to the newly-weds- all of these places are perfect for a honeymoon trip too.

Munnar, if you want greenery and high hills:

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Go straight to Idukki district in Kerala if you want adventures and peace at the same place. This hill station has got what every traveller would need. The plantations are the trump cards here – be it tea, coffee or spices like cardamom, the place has got plenty. Munnar is also the best location to get an ayurvedic rejuvenation therapy. With the moderate climate that Kerala enjoys and Munnar with its forests at places like Kannan Devan Hills, there are many resorts and spas set here at this place popular for tea estates. We enjoyed at the Top Station by setting a campfire in the evening and this place shares borders with Tamil Nadu too providing with a brilliant view of the Western Ghats. Always get sweaters, warm clothes and trekking shoes if you want to set out for an adventurous experience. Also, get a guide or a trainer who can help you with trekking and paragliding at Chithirapuram. Trust me, this experience will be worth every penny you are investing for this trip. From Kochi where the nearest airport to Munnar is located, it would take about 1.30 hours and from the airport, it takes only about an hour to reach.  The Tea Museum at Nallathani Estate has got every information about the inception of tea making at this place (Get some fresh tea powder to your home). To enter here we paid a price of 75 Rs and a price of 20 Rs for clicking some pictures. To talk about the food here, try the vegetable dishes and my personal favourite were idli with sambar. Get a cab or taxi for your convenience in visiting the routes that are quite challenging. We had rented bikes for which we paid around 300 Rs for a day.

Alleppey, for the marine lover in you:

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After the sightseeing at Munnar, we left at night to Alleppey and took us 1.30 hours to reach and we dozed off at once we reached our resort (I will talk about my Kochi tour later). With its beaches and backwater destinations, Alleppey is known as the “Venice of the East”. The houseboat cruise that started around noon when the climate was warm is the best in Kerala. There are places like Kumarakom and Kasargod as our travel operator said. On our next tour, we want to explore those places too. When we reached the Kuttanad area, our houseboat took a halt to take us to this area where farming was done below sea level. We could not visit the coir factory and museum where most of the women in the village worked. The rate of the houseboat with 5-star amenities starts from the price of 7, 500 Rs. We went to Alleppey Beach and spent about 2 hours there. Get some sunscreen safety while visiting. The taste of the lip-smacking seafood varieties and toddy is making my mouth water right now. Vembanad Lake and Pathiramanal are other places that intrigued us.

Kochi, the land of arts and colours:

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Kochi, we reached here on the first day of our trip and I was saving the best one for the last account. I will start with the varieties of cafes and restaurants here. The Kashi Art Cafe, Farmers Cafe, Casa Linda, Hotel Seagull and Brunton Boatyard are my favourites from where we had the best European and seafood dishes. Kochi with its moniker as “Queen of the Arabian Sea” is providing ferry services to places like Fort Kochi, Vypin and so on at a price that was not more than 10 Rs. This is one place in Kerala where many art exhibitions like Kochi-Muziris Biennale happens. The heritage building known as the Aspinwall House is open during this time which is a famous location that has appeared in many movies. To stroll near the water attractions, there is Marine Drive which is also the place from where we did an extensive and heavy shopping for hours. There are other malls like Lulu Mall which gets placed in almost all tour packages to Kerala. Fort Kochi Beach is a perfect place for families to get together and enjoy. Mattancherry Palace and Hill Palace are other places that have got a lot to see by paying smaller amounts depending on age. All of these places can be visited by availing packages at with offers and affordable price.

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There are other places like Wayanad which is a hub of wildlife with its ravishing greenery. Places like Thekkady with wildlife reserves in its national parks. Bamboo rafting is another experience that I am not going to miss for the next Kerala tour.

Our First Trip as Couples to the Alluring land of Kerala

We had a dreamy wedding after our planning that took like 5 years. I and Riya met during our college days. Even though we were coming from different states and were enrolled in different departments, we met and became good friends. It took us no time to know that we are best for each other and thus our love story began. I flew to London for my job after studies and Riya got placed during campus selection at Pune, her native place. We had a grand wedding ceremony in Delhi with our close relatives and friends, we were planning to make our honeymoon another grand period of our life. We wanted to visit an exotic location in India and after much thoughts, we finalised that it would be Kerala. I had to fly back to work in a month and Riya had only 3 weeks leave, so we had the best place in India itself for our honeymoon.

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The wedding preparations itself were done after a lot of juggling. It was at that time that I told my friend Rajat that we have plans to select Kerala as our honeymoon spot. He suggested me to avail the help of a travel operator to plan out the trip in advance and even suggested Dream Holidays. We checked their tour packages from Delhi and both of us were quite impressed with the packages and services they were providing. The booking was done and on July 14 we set out for our trip at 6 in the morning and it took us only 3 hours to reach the Cochin International Airport. From there, they picked us at the right time and took us to the No. 18 Hotel at Fort Kochi which took more than one hour to reach because of the traffic. We had asked them specifically for this place because we have heard quite a lot about this place and it was easy to travel around the popular streets at Fort Kochi and Mattancherry.

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Riya is a great lover of art and always used to talk about the art exhibitions happening in these areas. The Kochi-Muziris Biennale was something she missed as could not take some days off from her work because of the project she was supervising. We were lucky as other painting and sculpture exhibitions were happening at Kochi. The Kashi Art Gallery had some brilliant photography exhibition going on. We had some great food at the patio of the Kashi Cafe. At night we went to the Farmers Cafe at Fort Kochi itself and had the best organic food in the colonial setting.

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Our favourite locations at Kochi include the Fort Kochi Beach, Cherai Beach, Hill Palace, Bastion Bungalow, St. Francis CSI Church, Mattancherry Palace, Jew Town, Dutch Palace, and many more. The list can go on because it is such a great place with great ambience. The colonial architecture of the buildings and even its streets tells the story of Kochi’s history. Our guide had great knowledge of the places and I was more than happy to see Riya getting lost in conversations about the city’s history with him.

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We then went to Alleppey and we loved the view of the palm-fringed shores more than the view of the Chinese fishing nets that we saw from Fort Kochi beach. At Alleppey, we were taken for a houseboat cruise in the backwaters which had furnished bedrooms with AC and a clean attached bathroom. It was when we reached here that we could see the continuous set of coconut groves – the usual image that we get when the place Kerala is mentioned. We had taken only the local ferry when we were in Kochi and that was a fascinating ride. At here, the Alleppey backwaters charmed us with its beauty and the serene and clear backwaters. The houseboat voyage and dinner at Farmers Cafe are our favourite honeymoon memories. Our guide said that a trip to Alleppey is not complete without visiting Kuttanad. Kuttanad surprised us with the farming that is done below sea level. A village tour in this rustic village listening to nature’s voices far from the noise of the cities filled us with happiness. We even tried canoeing from Kuttanad. Punnamada Lake is now one of our all-time favourite places. The seafood varieties served at Alleppey region is totally a trump card to lure more visitors to Kerala. We had some toddy (a kind of wine made from coconut) and the guide also took us to a place from where studied a bit about toddy tapping. We also visited Pathiramanal, Krishnapuram Palace, Alleppey Lighthouse and Marari Beach at Alleppey.

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Riya always wanted to try trekking and paragliding and we were excited when we reached Munnar to try both of these. This popular hill station in Kerala has got many tea and coffee plantations which added the beauty of this lush green area. We had a trainer who helped us with the adventures. For trekking, the best spots are the Kannan Devan Hills, Chokramudi and Chummar. We could see the mighty landscapes of Munnar while soaring high during paragliding and the view was all about greenery – from the bird’s eye view as it is popularly known. The misty light breeze added the soothing effect that Munnar gave. The next time we are coming to Munnar to get an ayurvedic therapy as we could know that this place has a great record of perfect ayurvedic therapies done at its spas and resorts. We also visited Anamudi Peak, Mattupetty Dam, Eravikulam National Park, Echo Point, Pothamedu View Point, and so on. On our last day at Munnar, we took long strolls through the tea gardens where some of the scenes from my favourite movie Life of Pie was shot.

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We headed back to Delhi after our ten days trip in Kerala with a lot of photos and many memories that will always top the best memories we had after our marriage. I think all of the newly-weds should take a trip like us and have a hassle-free trip with your loved one by availing the benefits of honeymoon packages to Kerala.

Kerala, the Hotspot Destination for the Newlyweds

Mostly referred to as the Gods own country, Kerala is one of the most known travel destinations in India that is best explored by travellers from around the world. It is mainly the beauty of nature in the place and the rich greenery of the state that gave Kerala the name. Being a state that is best explored by the honeymoon travellers and the couples, the state is also referred to as the honeymooners Eden; it is mainly the beauty and the champ that the travel destinations in Kerala hold in that attracts the attention of the tourists and the couples the most. In addition, most of the travel destinations in Kerala are located in isolation, far from the loud city and the pollution thus offering the travellers and honeymoon couples with peace and privacy. Kerala houses in a number of travel operators like Gogeo Holidays that offer the travellers, mainly the honeymoon couples with the best of tour packages at budget rates allowing them to explore most of the romantic attractions in the land in the best ways possible by indulging themselves in different adventures. Listed below are some of the main honeymoon attractions in Kerala and the different adventures offered at the place.

The Backwaters of Kerala

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Being a state that is blessed with unique geography, Kerala is home to the most beautiful yet complex water bodies. The backwaters of Kerala are one of the most known and best sought after attractions in the land. Filled with the best of coconut plantations, the place is best explored by the honeymoon couples travelling to the south. One of the main attractions in the backwater destinations of Kerala is the houseboat offering services along the water routes. Not just a boating experience, most of the houseboats servicing in the backwater destinations of Kerala offers the travellers and the honeymoon couples with accommodations where they could enjoy the moonlit waters and the beauty of the place in a unique way. Some of the best backwater destinations in Kerala that the honeymoon couples could explore while travelling to Kerala includes Alleppey, Kochi, Kumarakom, Kollam and many more.

The Misty Hill Stations

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To the western ghats of the south, Kerala is home to some of the best hill stations that are mostly explored by the honeymoon couples and the adventure lovers. It is mainly the peaceful ambience that the hill offers to the travellers and the privacy that the couples could enjoy at the place that excites them. The misty hills of Munnar, the travel destinations in Wayanad is all some of the main hill stations in Kerala that are best explored by the honeymoon couples. Apart from the sightseeing options number of different adventures is also offered at the place like trekking, hiking and many more than most of the couples loves to explore. Offering the travellers with the best of climate, privacy, attractions and adventures the hills of Kerala is one best spot for the honeymooners.

The Beach Destinations

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Being a coastal city Kerala houses in a number of beaches destinations that offer the travellers and the honeymooners with the best of view in nature and a number of other attractions. One of the best activities that the honeymoon couples and the travellers can enjoy at the beaches in Kerala includes boating, swimming, fishing and many more. Most of the beach destinations in Kerala houses in Ayurvedic resorts that offer the honeymoon couples with couple massages and treatment that let them enjoy a relaxing and refreshing honeymoon.

Kerala houses within a number of honeymoon destinations that offer travellers and couples with the best experience in the land. One of the main attractions of the honeymoon destinations in Kerala is the isolated location of the place that let the couples enjoy the best time in the laps of nature by availing the honeymoon packages. Apart from the sightseeing options and the different adventures, the couples destinations in Kerala offers the travellers with a number of other romantic activities like a treetop stay, romantic candlelight dinner, enjoying the sunset at the beach destinations in Kerala, beach walking and many more. Offering travellers with the best of attractions and romantic adventures Kerala is a true hotspot destination for the couples travelling to the south.

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE BOOKING YOUR KERALA TOUR

Travelling is the flavour of the present era and nowadays, tour operators take up the task of planning and executing your dream of travelling and exploring. They come with well informed and efficient teams who are ever ready to help you. As far as India is considered, the Kerala packages are considered as one of the most in-demand packages that tour operators handle. This is because Kerala has it all to satisfy traveller’s needs such as scenic beauty, serenity, a good climate, nice resorts, rich culture, and heritage, etc. In fact, visiting Kerala is often considered as a fulfilling experience by many. Thus most of the time, it is known as the gods own country and in order to get immersed in its divinity, not only from different parts of India but from around the world people come to Kerala. However, among them, honeymooners are the most in number.

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When honeymooners search for Kerala tour packages, I confidently recommend Dream holidays as they are a master in formulating romantic and unforgettable tour packages for couples. They have numerous testimonials that speak of their ability to plan things in a tasteful way and being attentive to each and every need of the customers. They have included everything from beaches to mountains of Kerala in their honeymoon package and customizing the tour according to your needs is also possible with Dream holidays. But anyway, before talking to your tour operator it would be a good idea to gather up some information about the tourist attractions in Kerala. I have discussed some to the best of my knowledge in the below paragraphs including the beaches, backwaters, mountains and historical importance of Kerala.

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If you search for beaches in Kerala, Kovalam and Varkala would top the search result but they are not the only beaches in Kerala. It is true that Kovalam and Varkala are the most developed beaches with a lot of interesting facilities for the tourists as there are various multi-cuisine restaurants, resorts, beach beds, and umbrellas, short courses in swimming, surfing, underwater yoga, etc. for tourists. However, the downside is they are too touristy and busy. I am not telling Kovalam and Varkala should be avoided because even with all that hustle and bustle going on, the beige sand still sparkle, silver water reflects and the coconut trees are lush greener than ever. Nevertheless, Kerala is also got many not-so-crowded beaches where you can laze around and unwind. If you are the kind of person who finds solace in peace, then you should definitely think of visiting Marari, Kappad or Bekkal beach, although three of them are in three different districts, unlike Varkala and Kovalam which are in the same district. In Marari or Bekal or Kappad, wearing a bikini won’t be a good idea as locals are not used to it but it’s a good place for going on long beach walks especially during sunrise or sunset times. Nevertheless, I think the best way to make the most out of any beach is to book a seaside cottage and stay in it. So that you can hear the waves and inhale the marine aroma all day long and go for swimming or sunbathe to flaunt a beautiful tan when you go back, whenever you wish. Kappad beach also boasts of a historical landmark as that’s where the Vasco da Gama landed during the 15th century and so it’s called the “Gateway to the Malabar Coast’’. The Bekkal beach has one of the largest forts known as the Bekkal fort and there are lovely pathways and well-maintained gardens. Marari beach is generally a fisherman’s beach and the colourful fishing boats and nets further add to its beauty.

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Backwaters are also a major attraction in Kerala. The backwaters run all through the length of Kerala, passing many districts and each has a different charm and appeal. The fabulous backwaters with lush green plants growing in its banks, clear blue sky on the top, chirping of birds around, crisp cool air and swishing of coconut trees are what attract tourists like a magnet to Kerala’s backwaters. A houseboat cruising is the best way to savour all of this. It is also great to see village life on its shore. In fact, the houseboat often halts for some time in between the journey, so that the tourists will get a chance to see the village life closer and also to indulge in some traditionally prepared seafood available in the local restaurants there. Toddy, which is a local alcoholic drink fermented out of coconut is also very common in these villages and you can enjoy the unique taste of it if you want. Another way to make your houseboat journey further relaxing is to book an Ayurvedic massage too while cruising. The moving fingers of a skilled masseur and the aroma of the herbal oil along with the fresh breeze of backwaters will make your day lovely and undoubtedly, wash off all the stress in you. Vembanad, Ashtamudi and Valiyaparamba are the big ones among Kerala’s backwaters while Veli, Thiruvallam, Kumbalangi are the less popular ones. You can ask your tour operates about each of these backwaters and decide which are the ones you want to go.

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There are a lot of palaces and other historical landmarks spread over the different districts in Kerala with Kochi being the most ravishing of all. Especially in Fort Kochi, the fusion of different cultures is so evident that it oozes a vibrant charm and vibe. You can still see the remnants of British and Portuguese cultures. Kochi also has the face of modern Kerala with the metro system, shopping malls, etc. When you are coming to Kerala it would be best to either arrive or depart from Cochin international airport as then, conveniently you can stay a few days after or prior to it in Kochi and explore the magnificent city.

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Kerala is quite easily accessible to anyone as it’s got four international airports or if you want to club your Kerala tour with some tourist places in north India, it would be best to book a Kerala package or if you newlywed couples, a Kerala honeymoon packages from Delhi. I recommend Delhi because it is situated in the heart of India and Delhi itself is a tourist spot too, however, packages are available from other major cities of north India as well. So don’t hesitate to take a break from your busy life and talk to your tour operator about escaping to this wonderland.

Kerala, the Hotspot Destination for the Newlyweds

Mostly referred to as God’s own country, Kerala is one of the most known travel destinations in India that is best explored by travellers from around the world. It is mainly the beauty of nature in the place and the rich greenery of the state that gave Kerala the name. Being a state that is best explored by the honeymoon travellers and the couples, the state is also referred to as the honeymooners Eden; it is mainly the beauty and the champ that the travel destinations in Kerala hold in that attracts the attention of the tourists and the couples the most. In addition, most of the travel destinations in Kerala are located in isolation, far from the loud city and the pollution thus offering the travellers and honeymoon couples with peace and privacy. Kerala houses in a number of travel operators like Gogeo Holidays that offer the travellers, mainly the honeymoon couples with the best of tour packages at budget rates allowing them to explore most of the romantic attractions in the land in the best ways possible by indulging themselves in different adventures. Listed below are some of the main honeymoon attractions in Kerala and the different adventures offered at the place.

The Backwaters of Kerala

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Being a state that is blessed with unique geography, Kerala is home to the most beautiful yet complex water bodies. The backwaters of Kerala are one of the most known and best sought after attractions in the land. Filled with the best of coconut plantations, the place is best explored by the honeymoon couples travelling to the south. One of the main attractions in the backwater destinations of Kerala is the houseboat offering services along the water routes. Not just a boating experience, most of the houseboats servicing in the backwater destinations of Kerala offers the travellers and the honeymoon couples with accommodations where they could enjoy the moonlit waters and the beauty of the place in a unique way. Some of the best backwater destinations in Kerala that the honeymoon couples could explore while travelling to Kerala includes Alleppey, Kochi, Kumarakom, Kollam and many more.

The Misty Hill Stations

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To the western ghats of the south, Kerala is home to some of the best hill stations that are mostly explored by the honeymoon couples and the adventure lovers. It is mainly the peaceful ambience that the hill offers to the travellers and the privacy that the couples could enjoy at the place that excites them. The misty hills of Munnar, the travel destinations in Wayanad is all some of the main hill stations in Kerala that are best explored by the honeymoon couples. Apart from the sightseeing options number of different adventures is also offered at the place like trekking, hiking and many more than most of the couples loves to explore. Offering the travellers with the best of climate, privacy, attractions and adventures the hills of Kerala is one best spot for the honeymooners.

The Beach Destination

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Being a coastal city Kerala houses in a number of beaches destinations that offer the travellers and the honeymooners with the best of view in nature and a number of other attractions. One of the best activities that the honeymoon couples and the travellers can enjoy at the beaches in Kerala includes boating, swimming, fishing and many more. Most of the beach destinations in Kerala houses in Ayurvedic resorts that offer the honeymoon couples with couple massages and treatment that let them enjoy a relaxing and refreshing honeymoon.

Kerala houses within a number of honeymoon destinations that offer travellers and couples with the best holiday packages. One of the main attractions of the honeymoon destinations in Kerala is the isolated location of the place that let the couples enjoy the best time in the laps of nature. Apart from the sightseeing options and the different adventures, the couples destinations in Kerala offers the travellers with a number of other romantic activities like a treetop stay, romantic candlelight dinner, enjoying the sunset at the beach destinations in Kerala, beach walking and many more. Offering travellers with the best of attractions and romantic adventures Kerala is a true hotspot destination for the couples travelling to the south.

Kerala Backwater Tourism – An Amazing Experience to Cherish for Lifetime

Kerala is a popular tourist destination known for its backwater tourism, ayurvedic spa, and its natural beauty. The lush green coconut plantations, the complex water, and soil structure are the things that attract tourists from different parts of the world. The backwaters are the backbone and the most unique attractions in Kerala. And now with the increasing demand for backwater tourism, the government has put in a number of Kerala backwater packages for the tourist to explore the best of the attraction. Before setting out on a backwater tour it is important to plan the budget. Check out lifemadeasy and get an idea for the cost planning.

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Kerala backwaters are a network of interconnected canals, rivers, and inlets. Alleppey backwaters are one of the best backwaters in Kerala. Alappuzha was described by Lord Curzon as Venice of east and therefore it is known as the Venetian capital of Kerala. A trip to Kerala and particularly to Alleppey backwaters can never be complete without houseboat experience. The houseboats in Alappuzha are reworked versions of the kettuvalams that were used in the old times. It is actually a boat that is designed and modified to be used primarily as a home. There are different categories of houseboat based on the budget which include deluxe houseboats, luxury houseboats, premium houseboats, special cruise, etc. The houseboats will contain all the comforts of a good hotel room including furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, kitchen and balcony’s where you can enjoy the view of life in the backwaters.

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The day cruise, which is a part of every Kerala houseboat package is the best way to experience the backwater beauty if you do not prefer to sleep on a houseboat. Here, you enjoy the paddy fields, coconut trees, the cool breeze, etc at its best. When the sun is up the paddy fields seems like a golden carpet which adds to its beauty. The views match the Kerala you have in mind. The boat will pass through the narrow canals where we see the glory of village life. People mainly use canoes to move around and that too even children. There is also a chance to witness farming and fishing. Also, look out for ducks swimming and waddling on the river banks. It is best to take a good camera with you as there are many photo opportunities during the travel. During the journey, you also come across other houseboats and some happy and excited tourists waving their hands on us. You can also stop at toddy shops if needed and can experience tasting some local food and also some good snacks like tapioca, fish curry, etc. During the journey, a delicious lunch will be provided with some mouth-watering dishes. As for the food, it will be traditional Kerala style food. The food will be of a good standard in all the houseboats. There will be both vegetarian and non-vegetarian foods according to your choice. The food mostly includes rice, sambar, mixed vegetable, fish fry, chicken, etc. They will also provide you with fresh coconut juices. The day cruise will end around 5 pm. If choosing a night cruise then they provide you with dinner. It is the most popular option as you can enjoy the surroundings and relax a little. During the night there will be no traveling, the boat will be docked. But it gives you the experience of sleeping on the water and also witnessing a beautiful sunrise.

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Apart from the houseboat traveling experience, Alappuzha also has some amazing places to visit. Alappuzha beach in Alappuzha town is a major tourist spot. During the New Year, an event called Alappuzha beach festival is organized every year. Thousands of people gather from different places in the event. Vijaya Park has amusement amenities which act as a plus point for the tourists visiting the beach. Another main attraction of the place is the Nehru Trophy Boat Race which is organized every year on the Second Saturday of August, on the tranquil waters of Punnamda Lake. The race attracts various sports lovers. The excitement of the participants and cheerleaders is worth watching.

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It is attended by almost two lakh people who include both locals as well as foreigners. Also, the ayurvedic spa and massages in Alappuzha need no introduction, it gives you ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation. There are many modern spa’s where you get the massage. You must definitely include it in your list if you need to get rid of anxiety, stress and body pain. It is also a cure for chronic disorders. Alleppey has many religious spots some of which are dated back to the colonial times. Temples such as Ambalapuzha Sri Krishna temple, Chettikulangara Sree Bhagavathi temple are all famous and are visited by thousands of pilgrims. One of the churches built by St Thomas Kokkamangalam Church is also there in Alappuzha. Although Alappuzha might not be famous for shopping, it offers a decent shopping experience for the tourists. Alappuzha is known for spices, carpets, handicrafts. You can also take a visit to Kuttanad which contains dense paddy fields, coconut trees, duck farming, and spice cultivation. It is called the rice bowl of India. You can experience farming below sea level there in Kuttanad.

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As Kerala is the land of spices the influence can be seen in the cuisine of the town. Kerala sadhya and Kerala breakfast are the most recommended dishes that you should try out when in Alappuzha. The fish curry, especially in Alleppey, cannot be matched with any other variation of fish curry so it is a must to try the fish curry available there. The toddy shop cuisine is an absolute delight to any non-veg lover. Also, the snacks like the tasty crispy banana chips are something that you shouldn’t miss out on.

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Even though Alleppey is an all weather-destination, winters are the best time to visit that is from November to February as the weather is mild and pleasant. This will be a perfect time to go on a houseboat ride and explore the backwaters of Alleppey.

 

Explore the Breathtaking Wilderness and the Backwater Stretches of Kerala

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Filled with hill stations, spice and tea plantations, historical monuments, pilgrim centers and much more Kerala is one of the best and most visited tourist destination in south India. The land is not just a well-known tourist destination or a traveller’s hub but also a place which is known for its scenic beauty and nature and is now a well-known honeymoon destination. One of the major factors that attract travellers and honeymooner’s to the land is the presence of a number of hill stations and adventure spots that provide the travellers with the best experience of nature. Kottayam is one such destination in Kerala which is known for its beautiful backwaters and hill stations. The land is known among couples for the presence of a number of tourist destinations mainly backwaters and hill stations, couples who wish to spend their initial days in the lap of hill stations and backwaters avail different honeymoon tourism packages in Kerala offered by tour operators like Holiday Mango. The land with its hill stations, climate and the beauty of the waters is one of the best tourist destinations where couples could spend some quality time with each other.

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Illikkal Kallu is one such hill station in Kottayam which is one of the highest peaks in the area from where you could enjoy the majestic view of the place. Illikkal Kallu is pace which is well-known among the trekkers and mountaineers as the place allows the best trekking facilities which adventure seekers would love to experience. Trekkers and mountaineers should walk a minimum of 1 km to reach the peak point from where they could see the entire city. One of the major factors that attract travellers and mountaineers to the peak is the fascinating sunset where you could see the setting orange sun and the silver moon rising to the sky. Climbing the rock Illikkal Kallu is one of a task for the travellers as the rocks are slippery and the travellers are supposed to climb the hill without much safety measures. The rock climbing is one of the most adventurous sports offered by the land. One can clearly enjoy the nature and the wilderness of the land by getting themselves involved in the sport of rock climbing. It is not necessary that to enjoy the nature and the natural beauty one should reach the summit; one can easily get the view of the city and the nature of its wilderness from the base of the mountain.

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Apart from the hill station, Kottayam is a land which is known for the presence of the most beautiful backwaters. The waters with complexity are one of the main sources of tourism in the land. Backwater tourism is one thing that is most enjoyed by couples due to the scenic beauty of the waters and the romantic moonlit night ambiance. One of the main features of the backwaters that attract the couples to the land is the houseboat facilities that are available in almost all backwater stretches of Kerala. Couples could sail through the backwater stretches enjoying the scenic beauty of the complex waters, the paddy field and the backwater villages. For travellers, nature lovers and honeymooners who wish to enjoy the day in the company of natural wilderness and backwaters, Kerala is the ideal destination to explore. Kerala is a land with innumerable resources to be explored and developed and a place that could be considered as the traveller’s paradise.