Honeymoon, an enthralling vacation that every couple looks forward to after a few frenzied weeks of wedding preparation. Kerala is believed to be amongst the most popular honeymoon destination, featuring the best romantic escapade for nature lovers. With similar intentions, Divya Jain decided to explore Kerala in January with her husband. Read further to know her experience of this astounding destination.
My husband and I like to travel to places with natural beauty. As it was our honeymoon, I wanted it to be a lifetime memory for us. We were quite confident about our destination and after checking a few deals on the internet we finally booked our honeymoon trip to Kerala via TravelTriangle. We explored numerous places here, but I am sharing the best experience ensuring the most amazing vacation in Kerala for honeymoon in January.
Details Of Our Kerala In January Trip
Trip Type: Honeymoon Trip
Trip Cost: INR 53,200
Trip Duration: 6D/6N
Inclusions: Breakfast, private houseboat, all meals on houseboat, transfers, airfares, tax, honeymoon inclusions, accomodation, sightseeing, parking, fuel cost.
Exclusions: Remaining meals for hotel, entry fee, early check-in & check-out charges.
The Itinerary Of Our Kerala In January Trip
Day 1: Arrival at Cochin Airport, en route sightseeing to Munnar
Day 2: Complete-day Munnar sightseeing tour
Day 3: Head to Thekkady, followed by local sightseeing tour
Day 4: Alleppey excursion
Day 5: Return to Cochin and local sightseeing tour
Day 6: Departure
Weather In Kerala In January
As we were traveling in winter, the weather was sunny and warm in Kerala with an average temperature ranging between 27-32 degrees Celsius. It was a perfect escape away from the cold winters of North India. Kerala weather in January is believed to be the best time to explore its beauty as it is the month with minimal rainfall and humidity.
5 Best Experiences Of Kerala In January
Places to visit in Kerela in January are Cochin, Munnar, Thekkady, and Alleppey before heading back home. Following are our best experiences that one must not miss out on while vacationing and there is a lot when you want to explore things to do in Kerala in January:
1. Exploring Flora And Fauna
On reaching Kerala, we headed to this beautiful location Munnar which is surrounded by lush green tea plantations. Munnar is located at an altitude of 6,000 feet in Idukki district featuring impeccable valleys and mountains cladded with vibrant flora along with rare fauna in untamed sanctuaries. We visited Valara and Cheeyappara waterfalls on our way to Munnar that was located amid an enormous forest area.
On the second Day of our 6 days in Kerala trip, we visited numerous places in Munnar, namely, Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam, Anamudi Mountain, Eco Point, Rose Garden, and Munnar Tea Museum. Eravikulam National Park was truly enticing with its rich variety of flora and fauna. If you have a love for wildlife then surely visit this amazing park in Munnar.
Mattupetty Dam was a complete surprise as this strong gravity dam is surrounded by green valleys and beautiful ambiance. Another retreat for us was the Eco point where you can scream out to hear your voice reverberate amidst the misty hills. Our excursion to Munnar was quite exciting and reviving.
2. Adventure-Filled Thekkady Tour
Our visit to Periyar National Park in Thekkady was electrifying. Periyar is known to be the largest tiger reserve in India. We had an early morning ride in the boat within the Periyar National Park and witnessed wild elephants, boars, bisons, and rare species of birds here, followed by having an adventurous sneak-peak of natural habitation of the ferocious tigers.
We also visited the spice plantation in Thekkady where different spices were planted in different sections. We were captivated by the beauty of this peaceful place. Later, we enjoyed the scrumptious delicacies from a nearby restaurant that made us fall in love with this destination.
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3. Exhilarating Houseboat Journey
Our days in Alleppey were captivating as we check-in the unique houseboats in Alleppey and sailed down the palm-fringed canals, popularly known as backwaters. We witnessed the lush green paddy fields, melodious chirps of birds, stunning avifauna, and the different lifestyle of local people. As we visited Kerala to witness the serene beauty of Mother Earth, Alleppey was the one destination in our Kerala honeymoon trip that we would surely wish to re-encounter in the near future.
We enjoyed the local food and hospitality served in the houseboat. However, the houseboats here are not very luxuriating but was perfect for us, as they were different from our other accommodations in Kerala. If you are planning to visit Kerala, then surely spend 1-2 days in Alleppey, the place won’t disappoint you. The peaceful surrounding and lush green ambiance here will make your stay memorable.
4. Kochi Sightseeing
After visiting other destinations in Kerala, we traveled back to Cochi. We went for a complete-day sightseeing tour here which was a true delight as this place houses numerous popular attractions, including St. Francis Church, Chinese fishing nets, and Jewish Synagouge.
St. Francis Church is amongst the best churches in Kochi that exhibit Portuguese architecture. This church was contracted in the 15th century and the famous explorer, Vasco-da-Gama was buried here after his death in 1524. Later, his remains were moved to Lisbon. We glanced the vast variety of fans here!
We also visited this popular spot located just next to Fort Kochi, that’s, Chinese fishing nets which are locally known as Cheenavala. You can check out the unique and ingenious way of fishing at this lively destination, located in the heart of Kochi.
5. Get Captivated By Cherai Beach
On the last day of our Kerala honeymoon, we visited Cherai Beach. We felt captivated with its mesmerizing beauty and spent hours there, relaxing by the beach in a serene ambiance. It is also known as the ‘Princess of the Arabian Sea’, a perfect spot for relaxing and reviving away from the hustle-bustle of the city. We also indulged in some watersports adventure here by taking a speedboat. You can also hop on a water-scooter and have a fun time at this peaceful beach.
There was also a beautiful park next to the beach where people were having nice family time. If you are traveling to Kerala with kids, then don’t miss out on this destination.
Getting Around Kerala
There are numerous ways to travel around Kerala. For long journeys, you can either travel through state buses, trains or hire a private taxi depending on your choice. For local sightseeing, you can even hire a motorbike which is another amazing experience. Witnessing the local beauty breathing in fresh air is a great idea.
Since Kerala is a land of waterways, you can even try ferries and jhankars for your travel. Identify the type of transportation that is ideal for you. Ask questions from locales to experience the best and travel. Nothing can beat exploring a new place like a local.
Our Hotels In Kerala In January
At Munnar, we stayed in Great Escape Resort which was a luxuriating accommodation and with humble staff members. At Thekkady, we stayed at B4U which was located at a nice location. Our Kochi accomodation was at Renai Blu Water and we enjoyed staying there. Houseboat in Alleppey was a very nice experience that will stay with us forever.
Food In Kerala In January
We checked out various local food restaurants in Kerala and loved their flavorsome cuisine. The local food in Kerala is one of its kind offering lip-smacking dishes. We loved eating Puttu & Kadala Curry at these food centers. Puttu is a cylindrical steamed rice cake made up of coconut shavings. Kadala curry has black chickpeas, giving a great taste with Puttu. We also tried Idiyappam here which is made up of rice flour, water, and salt. These are the strands of vermicelli that little similar to appam.
Shopping In Kerala In January
We shopped for a few spices from local markets. You might find markets in Kerala little over-priced and you surely need to bargain here. Don’t trust the shops where your guide takes you. I personally didn’t like their recommendation.
Travel Tips For Kerala
- Check the visiting days of the popular attractions before you plan the itinerary. There are places which are closed on specific days.
- Explore the markets personally before buying products. Don’t trust the guide’s recommendations.
- Winters in Kerala are not cold. So, your question over what to wear in Kerala in January would rather be answered as ‘not warm clothes.
What to pack for Kerala trip
- Tropical wear
- Mosquito repellant
- Comfortable footwear
- Sunglasses, sunscreen,hats, caps
- Extra bag (since you will shop a lot)
Our Experience With TravelTriangle
We are glad that we booked our package with TravelTriangle. Our trip was according to our expectation and we look forward to travel with them again.
Our honeymoon vacation to Kerala in January was quite delightful and gave us numerous memories to be cherished in the years to come. Plan a trip to Kerala via TravelTriangle and share your travel story with others!
Common Queries You May Have About Kerala In January
A. Yes, Kerala is hotter than other states of India but its not uncomfortable or humid. As the month experiences scarce rainfall, you can easily hop on to popular attractions.
A. We visited Munnar, Thekkady, Alleppey, and Cochin and had amazing vacation time. If you want to visit other places also then do visit Wayanad, Kovalam and Vagamon.
A. I believe 6-7 days vacation would be ideal but your stay depends on the purpose of your visit which can be extended accordingly.
A. Kerala is famous for its natural beauty, landscape vistas, ayurveda treatment and spas, vibrant culinary esp. Seafood.
A. The temperature of Kerala in January is between 23-27 degrees Celsius with minimal rainfall and no humidity, making it a perfect time for a memorable vacation.
A. Thekkady has a lot to experience as I shared. It was a memorable journey and the place has a lot to explore. Nice hotels, great sightseeing with Spice Plantation being best of experience.
A. Since Munnar has a lot to see, 3 days would help you cover everything at this beautiful place. One day stay would not do justice to your trip when on Kerala trip.
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