Getting married in a pandemic-stricken world might require a lot of extra planning in addition to the usual wedding anxiety. You might think once the wedding ceremonies are over, you and your spouse would be left alone in peace. However, soon you find out that you can’t catch a break from well-meaning relatives pouring in with their congratulations or the post-marriage rituals that are performed by both your families.
As much as you love this attention, it might get irksome after a while. Instead of being stuck in this routine, why not take a break? Why not whisk your partner away for a romantic getaway to celebrate the beginning of this new adventure?
And what better place to relax and get to know each other better than “God’s Own Country” — Kerala.
The Bridal Box has carefully curated a list of destinations in Kerala for newly-wedded couples like you. If you want to know more about the beautiful and distinctive sceneries the terrains of Kerala are blessed with, then take a look at this bride’s guide to planning a romantic getaway in Kerala.
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Alappuzha or Alleppey
Known as “the Venice of The East”, Alleppey’s backwaters are home to a huge network of houseboats. Rent a luxury houseboat and enjoy a tour of the beautiful canals from the privacy of your balcony. These houseboats are equipped with all the essential comforts of a good hotel room. Hence, you can enjoy this rustic, romantic setting without compromising on the conveniences of a pre-booked resort.
Let go of all worries as you float along the verdant paddy fields and past the towering coconut trees, wrapped in your beloved’s arms.
If you love nature, then you would be ecstatic to be surrounded by the lush green sceneries of Wayanad. Visit the various spice plantations here or the tall hills engulfed in mist. Additionally, Wayanad has beautiful wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, and nature reserves. So, lots of places for sightseeing!
If you are one of those couples who love solitary trekking, then Wayanad gives you that option too. Dense woods and gushing waterfalls and rivers make it the perfect place for trekking or hiking. You can just pack a picnic basket and have yourself a romantic picnic next to the thriving greenery, listening to the soft, gentle murmurs of waterfalls in God’s own country.
If you can’t get enough of the mountains and the delightful shades of velvety emerald they project, then you should definitely head to Munnar. Located in the Western Ghats, Munnar is that idyllic hill station you see in postcards and stock photos. Munnar is famous for its tea and coffee estates and its soothing weather, amazing views, and hiking trails. Among its many tourist destinations such as sanctuaries and wildlife, this hill station also has gorgeous waterfalls that are ideal for romantic escapades in God’s own country.
As you walk along the cliff at Varkala, you cannot help but be amazed by the roaring sea gushing towards you. A popular beach destination, Varkala is a very convenient tourist spot to visit. Resorts, restaurants, shops, massage parlors — everything you need is available right on the cliff, overlooking the gorgeous view of the horizon.
If you are a sea-food lover, this is a must-visit destination for you. In the evenings, you might find the restaurant owners display their catch of the day right outside their restaurant. They will also give you the liberty to pick out the fish that looks deliciously fresh to you. Visit Varkala and you can indulge in fresh seafood while immersing yourself in both the view and sound of the roaring waves.
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Experience paradise on earth by visiting the small cluster of islands on the Vembanad Lake known as Kumarakom. Its enchanting backdrop of paddy fields and lush green vegetation gives you an ethereal experience as you float by in your luxurious rented houseboat.
Kumarakom also houses a 14-acre bird sanctuary and is home to thousands of exotic migratory birds. You can just float through those verdant sceneries, listening to the distinctive chirpings of the different birds, or indulge in a refreshing adventure by visiting the local ayurvedic spas or spiritual pilgrimage centers. If you are someone who loves outdoor activities, then Vembanad Lake also offers you the chance to go angling or boating.