A perfect honeymoon, a pleasurable family trip or an exciting solo tour – whatever be your distinct reason to undertake a travel – the coastal land of Kerala or ‘God’s Own Country’ can accommodate all and still delight you no end. Gracing the tropical Malabar Coast, the picturesque state of Southern India has no dearth of scenic views or tranquil environs to enliven your weary souls. Neither is it short on lush surroundings or spectacular waterfalls and backwaters that bewitch you the moment you set your eyes on them. However, Asia’s popular tourist destination has more to it than its unparalleled natural beauty and its iconic distinction as a pristine state with an array of beaches dotted with swaying coconut trees. Home to sprawling plantations, wildlife sanctuaries, healing centres, canals, lakes, mountain ranges and a string of historic places with religious and cultural significance, Kerala is truly a tourist’s paradise and is one of the most searched travel destinations in the world.
Give a perfect start to your wedded life by searching the web for affordable honeymoon packages to Kerala. Make your summer vacations memorable by booking your Kerala tour packages online to enjoy various deals and discounts that further lower the cost of your holiday package. Plan a vacation to the ‘Land of Coconuts’ today and indulge in the below hand-picked activities that promise you an exhilarating time while you are in the incredible state of Kerala.
Lap Up The Aura Of Mother Nature With A Leisurely Backwater Cruise
Start your Kerala tour by relaxing in a backwater cruise. An enviable offering of most Kerala tour packages, a cruise along the backwaters is just what you need to unwind and recharge yourself. For all the Kerala first-timers who are yet to update their know-how of its emerald backwaters, the legendary Kerala backwaters are a vast network of waterways that include rivers, canals and lakes. They are concentrated around the Alleppey, Kumarakom and Punnamada regions of India’s cleanest state. Alappuzha or Alleppey, in particular, is dotted with breathtaking lagoons and canals and presents amazing cruise opportunities to its tourists. You can hop on to one of its many luxurious houseboats and let go of your worldly worries as you take a leisurely ride on its idyllic backwaters, including the famous Vembanad Lake which enjoys recognition as the longest lake in India. As you slowly cruise your way through the floating hyacinths that make up the string of turquoise waterways, you cannot help but marvel at the mesmerising views of the surrounding coconut plantations, lush paddy fields and day-to-day rural life that thrives along the river banks.
If you are honeymooning in Kerala, then opt for a honeymoon package itinerary that consists of an overnight stay at a houseboat with freshly prepared meals at your service. Apart from going gaga over the panoramic landscapes, watch your beloved scream in delight as the two of you wake up in the wee hours of the morning to catch a glimpse of the gorgeous sunrays gradually enveloping the dark sky. Indeed, if you want a surreal vacation, then nothing beats the dreamy experience of the Kerala backwaters and their houseboats!
Soothe Your Soul With Pampering Ayurvedic Massages
Dubbed as the ‘Science of life’, the healing properties of Ayurveda are not unknown to the new-age 21st century society. The age-old Ayurvedic therapies and practices continue to enchant both the Eastern and the Western worlds who swear by the curative abilities of this alternative medicine. Kerala too has had a long tryst with Ayurvedic tourism ever since the 1990s when it witnessed a spurt in the number of Ayurvedic resorts and rejuvenation centres that mushroomed all over the state. Located in the outskirts of the city, they allure many a holidaymaker who craves for a holiday that offers ample sight-seeing opportunities as well as offbeat gateways to indulge in a healthy living.
Reserve your Kerala tour packages over the web today and step into one of the reputed wellness centres here to gift yourself an all-inclusive health package that includes saatvic meals, therapeutic herbal messages, yoga sessions, meditation courses and consultations with trained Ayurveda practitioners. Surrender yourself to the trained hands of experienced masseurs who will gently massage your body with aromatic oils and help you release your pent-up stress with expert strokes. You can also try out an invigorating session of the renowned ‘Panchakarma’ treatment or an authentic Kerala Ayurvedic massage such as ‘Abhyangam’ to detoxify your body, alleviate your body aches, improve your blood circulation and rejuvenate yourself from deep within. Indeed, a pampering Ayurvedic massage session is a non-negotiable component of any vacation that is not only relaxing but also unbelievably rejuvenating!
Evoke The Holy Spirit In You With A Temple Tour
Being a Hindu dominated region, Kerala abounds in artistically designed temples that enjoy countrywide fame for their architectural grandeur, immense temple wealth, intricate rituals and practices and strict dress codes. Extravagant celebrations are also an integral aspect of the temples in Kerala. Thrissur Poonam, Maha Shivaratri, Navaratri, Makaravilakku, Attukal Pongala, Vela, Panguni and Laksha Deepam are important temple festivals that arouse a mood of joy and merriment amongst the devotees and infuse a devotional feeling amongst the many visitors who throng the sacred premises during this time. Most temple festivals are marked with a procession of the presiding deity atop a richly caparisoned elephant. The entire atmosphere becomes reverential as the temple deities are decorated in their full splendour and taken out for a ride amidst the sound of traditional music such as the Panchari Melam. Considered as extremely holy, the temples draw tourists and pilgrims not just from the neighbouring states of Kerala but also from all corners of the country.
If you are looking for a holiday itinerary that also includes stopovers at religious sites for you to seek divine blessings for your newly married life or for the well-being of your family and loved ones, then explore budget-friendly honeymoon packages to Kerala or low-cost Kerala tour packages over the web and embark on a religious tour of few of Kerala’s prominent temples that include Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Vadakkunnathan Temple, Guruvayur Temple, Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple, Sabarimala Temple, Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple, Mannarasala Temple, Pazhavangadi Ganapathy Temple and Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple. The highly acclaimed temples are popular amongst the locals and visitors alike and are a ‘must-visit’ for any devout traveller who seeks their divine ambience to placate his or her restless soul.
Surrender To The Infectious Vibe Of Enthusiastic Boat Races
One of the best times to visit Kerala is during the celebration of the state festival of Onam in the Malayalam month of Chingam. Observed with a lot of fanfare, the ten-day long festival is marked with public holidays and ushers in the Malayalam New Year. Commemorating the state’s agrarian past, the harvest festival is observed by different communities in Kerala and truly acquires the attribute of a multicultural festival. Onam is a cultural extravaganza that includes elaborate festivities such as flower decorations, plantain offerings, Kathakali and Kaduvakali dance events, music, games, martial arts, a nine-course vegetarian meal called Onam Sadya, shopping and offering of food to the poor and needy. Vallam Kali is a key highlight of Onam and is characterised by popular boat races such as the Aranmula Uthrattadhi Boat Race that takes place in the Pampa River and the Nehru Trophy Boat Race that is held in the Punnamada Lake.
Reserve your Kerala tour packages during the period of August – September if you wish to revel in the sight of colossal snake-shaped boats or chundan vallams trying to outrace each other as numerous oarsmen row the gigantic boats amidst frenzied singing and cheering. Beautifully decorated with an ornamental umbrella, a golden lace and a flag, the snake boats are a sheer delight to the eyes and the magnificent boat races are a true embodiment of the grand ceremonial festivities that describe the essence of the culturally vibrant state of Kerala.