Exploring new things, visiting beautiful places, experiencing great adventures, and creating memories are few aspects why Rudresh and his wife love to travel. Being from a vibrant place of Varanasi and working at MNCs in Pune, Rudresh and his wife Kshama hardly get leaves to spend some quality time with each other. And this time when they managed to escape, they planned to celebrate their first anniversary on a romantic honeymoon tour to Kerala, and here’s what Rudresh wrote about their enthralling experience.
Snippet Of Our Romantic Honeymoon Tour To Kerala
Trip Type: A romantic honeymoon tour to Kerala to celebrate our first anniversary
Duration: 4 days and 3 nights
Budget: INR 25,450 (Land Package Only)
Agent: Wish Your Tours And Travels
Inclusions: Accommodation at Misty Mountain Hotel in Munnar, private houseboat in Alleppey, breakfast, all meals on the houseboat, activities in Wonder Land, Elephant rides, Munnar sightseeing, airport transfers, local transfers, sightseeing, GST, and taxes
Exclusions: Flights, lunch, dinner, travel insurance, surcharges, personal expenses, and anything not included in the itinerary
Our Trip Plan: Arrive in Kochi & head towards Munnar on Day 1, enjoy local sightseeing of Munnar on Day 2, explore Alleppey backwaters on a houseboat on Day 3, and set on a safe return journey on Day 4.
I was looking forward to make my first wedding anniversary special because post wedding, I had to join my office immediately and did not get enough time to plan my honeymoon. Also, cruising through the backwaters on a houseboat in Kerala was on my mind for a long time ever since I heard it from my friends. Hence, when I started searching for something good and under budget, I luckily came across TravelTriangle with the customization option.
Being perfectly under my budget, I had chosen a package which initially was for 5 days and 4 nights but due to lack of leaves and time, I changed the duration to 4 days and 3 nights. Hence, I excluded Thekkady and booked a package only for Munnar and Alleppey along the private houseboat.
Day 1: Embarking On Our Romantic Honeymoon Tour To Kerala
On the first day, we boarded our flight from Pune at 11 am on 19th Nov ‘17 and reached Kochi airport by 2 pm. Our beautiful journey began from there itself. We were picked by cab driver named Vishnu who came in Ford Aspire which was very neat and clean with very nice interiors.
It took around 5-6 hours for us to reach Misty Mountain Hotel in Munnar. On the way to Munnar, we stopped for lunch at a pure veg restaurant since we both are pure vegans, and later, also explored the Spice garden.
From Spice Garden, we were taken to a place in a jeep to enjoy the thrilling Elephant ride. Parvati was a beautiful elephant who helped us create a beautiful experience to begin our journey. We got some memorable clicks and the water shower from her on us was amazing.
Spice Garden was really good, however it was raining but the guide helped us with pair of umbrellas and took us through the different types of spice plantations like jaifal, cloves, black pepper, cardamom, aloe vera, and many more. We also shopped for an ayurvedic diabetic powder for my father, white sandalwood sticks and some more skincare products like aloe vera gel, red sandal powder, haldi, etc.
We finally reached Misty Mountain Hotel where the receptionist had given us a free upgrade from standard room to standard suite. The hotel was very nice, the staff were very well-mannered, and we really liked the rooms and facilities at the hotel. Post finishing the check-in process, we ordered dinner in the room itself and retired for the night as we were tired from all the journey.
Day 2: Sightseeing Tour Of The Beautiful Munnar
Our second day started pretty early as we woke up by 6 am and went to see the hidden garden on the rooftop at the hotel. It is indeed a beautiful garden and was very well maintained. We clicked some beautiful pictures in the garden and stayed there for some time enjoying the peace and quiet.
We finished our complimentary breakfast by 8 am post which, our cab driver Vishnu picked us up and we started our sightseeing in Munnar by 9 am. Vishnu was a very nice Cab driver and spoke well in English which was enough to explain everything around while sightseeing.
For us he had kept a pendrive full of Bollywood songs to play in the cab. In some time we reached the famous amusement park of Wonder Land that was really worth the experience. Within just INR 1000 per head, we got to enjoy more than 35 activities.
From valley crossing water to camel rides, and from 4D Cinema to the Haunted and Mirror houses, from the Ropeway over the Tea garden to zorbing, we enjoyed a lot of activities at Wonder Land. It took about 4 to 5 hours to complete all the activities in Wonder Land and hence, we had our lunch there itself.
We then went to the Mattupetty Dam and the Lake where we took lots of pictures and relished hot sweet corns. The whole journey in Munnar was full of beautiful tea gardens, greenery, and beautiful bungalows which was perfect to explore in the sunny climate with a bit cold breeze.
Later we went to the Echo Point and spent some quality time amidst the beauty of nature. Vishnu then recommended to watch a live Kathakali and Kalaripayattu performance. As we like to explore different cultures, we went ahead with these shows which started at 6 pm everyday in Munnar.
Watching Kathakali performance was a good experience and we took few selfies with the dancers too. At the end of the day, we had our dinner at a nearby veg restaurant and went back to the hotel for our overnight stay.
Day 3: Cruising The Magical Backwaters Of Alleppey
Our first wedding anniversary was on 21st Nov ‘17 which was the third day of our romantic honeymoon tour to Kerala. Due to a strike in the Idukki district, we checked out from hotel as early as 6 am. Our driver Vishnu picked us up and as we were leaving early, the hotel staff at reception packed some bread with butter and jam as complimentary breakfast for us and it was really a nice gesture.
As it was our wedding anniversary, we wanted to visit a temple first to get God’s blessings. After crossing Idukki district, Vishnu stopped at a Shiva Temple which was really beautiful. At the entrance, the temple had so many stairs which led to the top where the statue of Lord Shiva was kept. We performed the rituals, and started the journey further.
We reached at Alleppey where we had to board our private houseboat named “White Rose” at 12 pm. The houseboat was really beautiful and its interiors were so charming indeed. We were accompanied by a cook, and a captain of the boat.
Our romantic honeymoon tour to Kerala package included staying at the houseboat and other honeymoon inclusions such as a candlelight dinner, a cake, and flower decorations. Post boarding the houseboat, we cruised through the calm backwaters before stopping at a point for lunch.
We stopped for an hour and the cook prepared a tasty meal with traditional spices. We resumed the journey on the backwaters and indulged in the experience as the cool breeze surrounded us with peace and tranquility. It was such an amazing experience.
Not just that, I also had requested them to allow me to drive the houseboat and very politely they did. In the middle of the backwater, our houseboat was sailing slowly and we were enjoying the nature’s beauty on both the sides as it was full of greenery, coconut trees, and colorful houses.
Our houseboat stopped at a point around 5 pm from where we hired a smaller boat to cruise through the leaner canals which led us into the villages. It started raining in between which to our surprise, increased all the fun.
We witnessed the beautiful countryside wherein the village people were working in the backyard of their houses, and some cultural event was happening at the schools in addition to the beautiful colorful houses and greenery, of course.
Once we came back to our houseboat, we started preparing for our anniversary eve. We enjoyed a nice candlelight dinner and we celebrated our anniversary by enjoying a delicious cake on the houseboat along with some nice photo sessions. At last, we retired for the night post enjoy a day full of fun and thrilling experiences.
Day 4: Bidding Adieu To This Paradise!
On the fourth and the last day, we had a scrumptious breakfast with superb tea on the houseboat. Around 8:30 am we started our journey back to the point from where we boarded the houseboat.
On the way back, we again enjoyed the morning glory of the nature. Around 9 am, we reached at the end point from where our cab driver Vishnu picked us up and we head towards the Kochi airport. On the way, we stopped at a beach where we spent around an hour.
Once we reached the Kochi market, we also purchased a lot of banana chips from a hot chips shop along with different flavors of the famous halwa.
Later, we enjoyed our last lunch, reached the Kochi airport by 2 pm, and set back on a safe journey back to Pune with tons of cherishable memories!
Highlights Of Our Romantic Honeymoon Tour To Kerala
- The greenery and the lush tea gardens of Munnar
- Misty Mountain Hotel and their hidden garden
- Wonder Land in Munnar
- The enthralling Kathakali show
- Touring the Spice Garden
- Enjoying the thrilling Elephant ride
- Houseboat journey in beautiful backwaters
Low Points: Not much, just on our anniversary day, it took a bit of time for the representative to bring the cake to the houseboat.
Our Overall Experience With TravelTriangle
On the whole, it was an excellent and a well-planned trip which was also executed very nicely. From Vivek and Eric – the representatives of TravelTriangle to the staff of Misty Mountain Hotel, and from Vishnu – the cab driver to our houseboat captain and cook Shahji, we came across really humble and nice people. They all have supported us immensely and helped in making our journey a memorable one.
Tips For Your Romantic Honeymoon Tour To Kerala
- Please explore the paradise of Kerala at least once in your lifetime
- It is indeed a God’s own country
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