When it comes to choosing a tourist destination as well as the honeymoon destination in India, the first name which crops up in our mind is Kerala. Due to its natural beauty, the state has bagged the tag of “God’s Own Country”; the place is believed to be a gift given by the Arabian Sea. The National Geographic Traveler named Kerala among its list of “top ten paradises of the world”.
Kerala, a breathtakingly beautiful place with lavish green land and blue sea is located in the midst of the Arabian Sea in the west and the Western Ghats in the East. The place is dotted with numerous rivers and lagoons.
Let us explore more about the beauty of Kerala through our next segment of this article:
Kerala: The Land of Exotic Natural Beauty
Kerala is famous for its backwaters. These backwaters are mainly lagoons and lakes that run parallel to the Arabian Sea Coast. Kerala is known for its backwater tourism, which is centered on Ashtamudi Lake in Kollam. The houseboat or “kettuvallam” (in the Malayali language) rides is a major attraction here.
Kerala’s beaches are a divine compilation of the Sun, the Sea and the Sand which gift Kerala with the most enchanting beaches in the world. The beaches are perfect for a relaxing time with your friends and family. Some of the renowned beaches in Kerala are Kovalam, Cherai, Kappad, Varkala, Bekal and Muzhappilangad. If you are on a honeymoon, sit with your spouse and watch the sun setting over the blue water of Kerala with bated breath.
- Anamudi Peak
The Anamudi Peak stands as a jewel in the crown of Kerala and is an enticing blend of lavish flora and fauna. The peak is covered with coniferous trees and rivers flowing along the deep jungles of the peak. This is an ideal place for trekking and at the same time, you can enjoy watching the rivers Vaigai, Periyar, and the Thamirabarani, flowing down the east of the valley.
Kerala is blessed with deciduous and evergreen forests which are the house for a number of diversified animals. This is a place where you can find the highest number of Indian Elephants. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is the home for different animals like sambars, tigers, lion-tailed monkeys and Nilgiri langurs.
- Hill Stations
Not only beaches, Kerala is also well known for its high mountains, deep valleys, and gorges. When you visit Kerala, you cannot escape visiting the tea and coffee plantations stretching over the valleys, giving the place a mesmerizing greenish hue. Some of the reputed hill stations located here are Munnar, Wayanad, Thekkady, Ponmudi, Elapeedika and many others.
- Recreational Activities
Kerala is the haven for all kinds of sports and spas. It is the best place for sports like snorkeling and scuba diving. It is also the land of the oldest martial arts in India- Kalarippayattu. Other activities include Trekking, Kayoing, and camping. If you want to have a relaxing time, visit the innumerable Ayurvedic spa centers located across Kerala. It is something you shouldn’t miss.