While the hectic life makes one feel like being imprisoned by the monotony, traveling to new places gives Vikas and his wife, the pleasure of embarking on a new journey and being surrounded by the serenity of nature. Fascinated by the idea of combining the beauty of nature and a place where one can be surrounded by water, Vikas and his wife decided to go on a romantic Kerala honeymoon and here’s what he wrote about his wonderful experience.
Tired of the hectic life in the fast-paced Gurgaon, we needed to head to a place where we can isolate ourselves from the rest of the world. And being fascinated by the idea of exploring a new destination’s culture, arts & architecture, and crafts & design, nothing felt more adventurous than the paradise of Kerala.
Snippet Of Our Romantic Kerala Honeymoon
Trip Duration: 5 Days & 4 Nights
Trip Type: An adventurous yet romantic Kerala honeymoon
Trip Cost: INR 38,000
Agent: GSK World Travels
Inclusions: Airport transfers, local transfers, accommodation, breakfast, local sightseeing, cab & fuel charges, and driver charges
Exclusions: Flights, entry tickets, lunch, dinner, and anything which is not in itinerary
We started to plan for our honeymoon post our wedding in December 2017. We were really confused as to how should we plan our trip as we wanted it to be relaxed and hassle-free. Wanting to spend some quality time with each other, we decided to search for honeymoon packages rather than searching for places on the internet.
Our Romantic Kerala Honeymoon Trip Plan
Day 1: Arrival at Cochin Airport, Transfer from Cochin to Munnar
Day 2: Munnar Local Sightseeing, Overnight Stay
Day 3: Transfer from Munnar to Thekkady, Thekkady Local Sightseeing
Day 4: Transfer from Thekkady to Alleppey, Overnight stay on the houseboat
Day 5: Deboard the houseboat, Fort Kochi, Beach, Transfer to Kochi Airport, Return Journey
And post a lot of research, we finally came across TravelTriangle and we both liked the idea of customizable packages under our budget. Since we were pretty clear that our honeymoon would be in India only, we decided that Kerala would be a great destination for us as it has both water activities and natural charm which is exactly what we wanted.
Tip: It is always better to be clear about your budget and things you want to do at the destination so that you can get a better itinerary and avoid all the attractions that may not suite your taste. Also, if you are on a budget constraint, there is an option to pay in easy monthly installments too.
Day 1: Welcome To The God’s Own Country
Upon our arrival at the Cochin airport around 10.45 am, our driver Eldho greeted us with a warm welcome. He had arrived in an AC sedan to pick us up and soon we were on our journey towards our first stop which was, Munnar.
On the way, we went through attractions like that of Cheeyappara waterfalls. Visiting such a refreshing attraction was a great start to our romantic Kerala honeymoon. Post a happy photo-clicking session, we headed towards the prebooked hotel of Panoramic Getaway and proceeded with the check-in process.
On checking-in, we were happy to see that the hotel and rooms were way more beautiful than the pictures we saw on internet. The mountain views from our room was exactly what Munnar is famed for and post a long journey, we retired for the night at the hotel.
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Day 2: Local Sightseeing Of Munnar
On the second day, we started towards the Eravikulam National Park post a hot-piping breakfast. The national park is also much famed as Rajmala by the locals and is a home to the habitat of Nilgiri Tahr.
On reaching we saw that there was a long queue and it took us about 2 hours to get the tickets which otherwise, could have been booked online and would have saved us time and energy. Later we boarded the bus and in a matter of 15 minutes we reached the national park en route the dense forests and hilly areas.
Tip: If there is an attraction which can be prebooked online in advance, ask the travel agent to do so since it saves a lot of precious time that you otherwise spend waiting in the line.
Located inside this great park, we also got to witness the peak of Anamudi which measures about 2,695 meters and is the highest peak of Western Ghats. We had a great time exploring the Eravikulam National Park and post an eventful day, we returned to the hotel and enjoyed a relaxing overnight stay post a hearty dinner.
Day 3: Road Trip From Munnar To Thekkady
Our third day was dedicated to the local sightseeing of Thekkady for which, we started out from the hotel early in the morning post breakfast. On the way, we explored an eco-friendly amusement park known as the ‘Wonder Valley’. Much famed for its exciting activities and fun games, it was a great experience to spend some time there.
On the way to our hotel in Thekkady, we also visited the famous Spice garden. Kerala is known for its spices, and we were bound to shop for some post which, we experienced the thrills of an Elephant ride.
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Other than that, we also captured the point where the boundaries of Kerala and Tamil Nadu meet. Later in the day, we explored a place which is famed for showcasing the essence of Kerala, i.e. its folk dance of Kathakali.
Along the dance performances, we also witnessed the magic show, and a martial art show. It was a great experience to have witnessed all of it for the first time. Later in the evening. we checked into our hotel pf ‘Springdale Heritage’ and called it a night post a delicious dinner.
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Day 4: Hello Alleppey!
On the fourth day of our romantic Kerala honeymoon, we drove to Alleppey to experience cruising on Kerala’s backwaters which is once in a lifetime experience for all. We checked into our hotel ‘Deshadan Backwater Resort’ which is really a great place to stay. It is located on the bank of ‘Vembanad Lake’ which is the second largest lagoon in India.
Scenic beauty of this place is mesmerizing and staying here was a great experience indeed. Being surrounded by water had always been thrilling for me. Hence, we also went on to enjoy a Shikara ride to experience this lake closely. It was the first boating experience for my wife and she truly loved it.
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Feeling the cool breeze brushing against us and experiencing the nature all around was beyond our expectations. Though it was a long ride, it was totally worth of our time. This entire experience made our day and now we knew why Kerala is known for its backwaters.
Day 5: Bidding Adieu To This Paradise
This was the fifth and the last day of our romantic Kerala honeymoon, and only one thing that was left was the beach. We checked-out of the hotel early to explore a bit of ‘Fort Kochi’ beach which was on our way to the airport. It was a lovely weather and we spent some time there too.
There is local market along the beach from where, one can purchase cute souvenirs. Later, we also visited the marine drive which also has a great place for the shopaholics. Post that, we finally drove back to the Cochin airport and set back on a return journey with lots of unforgettable memories.
Highlights Of Our Romantic Kerala Honeymoon
- Food was a big relief to us as being vegetarians, we were pretty skeptical whether we’d get North Indian cuisine or not. The quality and variety of food was amazing.
- The driver was very supportive throughout the journey. He kept us entertained with romantic Bollywood songs in the car.
- We also explored the Wonder Valley as per our driver’s suggestion and it was a wonderful experience indeed.
- Cruising the backwaters of Vembanad Lake on a shikara ride was just remarkable and unforgettable.
- The long queue wherein we had to wait for 2 hours at ‘Eravikulam National Park’ was a little disappointing. We didn’t know that the tickets could be booked online too.
- We missed out on some places in Munnar because of time constraints.
- There was a little miscommunication between me and the agent regarding the booking of the Shikara ride but GSK Travels resolved it within 15 minutes.
Overall Experience With TravelTriangle
Our overall experience with TravelTriangle was more than satisfactory. We think that TravelTriangle made our trip exactly how we wanted it to be. Be it searching about the places, booking cabs, or routes, or food, we had no tension whatsoever as everything we wanted was included in the tailor-made trip. Hence, It was a great experience traveling with TravelTriangle.
Tips For Future Travelers
- Search well about everything and about all the places you want to explore.
- Leave everything behind and enjoy your travel
- Research about places or ask your agent to prebook tickets of attractions wherever possible
- You can also get your flights included in the package if you prefer an even more seamless booking experience
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