South India is a hidden wonder to many people in India itself and around the world. And when it comes to visiting a place with your life long partner, that must be special. And what’s more gorgeous than a wide land with water, beaches, culture, food, mountains and everything that you want to experience with your partner in one lifetime.
If it’s your first honeymoon or the hundredth, strengthen your bond or rejuvenate your feelings for each other by visiting these handpicked places in South India for that perfect getaway. A personal recommendation that the tenth one would be an unexpected gift for your bae.
COONOOR – A HILLY GETAWAY
When it comes down to deciding a romantic getaway with your bae, Ooty could be your go-to place. But as Ooty is on everyone’s’ bucket list and more than half of the newly marrieds are seen chilling in Ooty. A better and more picturesque getaway is Coonoor. Coonoor is considered as an offbeat location in Tamil Nadu for romantic couples. A small city surrounded by huge hills, a hide and seek between sun rays and the clouds along with lush green surroundings gives you a perfect honeymoon destination.
What you can expect at Coonoor is the adorable Nilgiri Mountain Railways, or take a hand in hand long stroll in the hidden valley, dust off your tiredness by taking a swim in the Catherine Falls. If the two of you love the food, you can make drool-worthy cheese in the Acres Wild, or try finger-licking good food at the Indian Bakery. Explore the Highfield tea factory to quench your inquisitive minds or take lots of memorable photographs at the Droog Fort. It’s all here.
Coimbatore airport would be a hassle-free journey but Coonoor railways are also available for a more in-depth travel joy.
MUNNAR – JUST LIKE YOUR DREAMS
When you see all the clouds and the mists cover the sunlight and step into your hotel room after traveling through a lot of mountains, just assume either you are in a dream or you must be in the state of Munnar. And none of it is bragging if one says Munnar’s beauty is beyond words to explain. As we know Kerala is God’s own country and Munnar compliments Kerala in all the ways possible. Purple Neelakurinji along with the enticing waterfalls which serve as a melody to the ears along with never having experienced views is a once in a lifetime experience.
There are plantation resorts where you can stay, or take a trek to the echo point, experience the wildlife at the Eravikulam National Park, or go rock climbing at the Fun Forest Adventure Park. If you are in Kerala, an elephant ride takes its place on the top of your to-do list which can be done at Carmelagiri Elephant Park. You can treat your beloved with a luxurious ayurvedic spa because there are many and after paying a visit to the famous tea museum, you can have delicious cuisines at the Munnar Restaurants.
To reach Munnar via airways you can book your destination to the Cochin International Airport or simply book a railway ticket to the Aluva Railway Station.
NANDI HILLS – BEYOND THE CLOUDS
If you have ever wondered what lies in the sky, visit Nandi Hills which is famous for its arresting views which lie beyond the clouds. Whoever has ever visited this place cannot stop describing how an early morning visit to the hills offers you a deep insight into the beautiful rising sun above the clouds. Won’t that make one memorable moment for you and your new partner in crime?
Apart from the scenic beauties, there are a lot of things that you can do in the city as well. Camping at the foothills of Nandi Hills is one great adventure along with a trekking tour to Skandagiri Hills. For that once in a lifetime touch on your honeymoon, you can go for paragliding. Treat yourself with delicious Kannada food and simply pay a visit to the Amrita Sarovar to have a look at the architectural wonder.
Nandi Hills is a weekend getaway for the residents of Bangalore. Hence the nearest airport and the nearest railway station is at Bangalore which is at 39 kilometers and 42 kilometers respectively.
VAGAMON – THE MOUNTAIN LANDSCAPE
Being a newlywed couple, if you want to spend a lot of time together in a peaceful location from the city’s hustle and bustle all on your own, Vagamon is the perfect destination for you. Away from the concrete jungle, a gorgeous location with lush green mountains all around. If you reach in the right season you might have a look at the luscious skies when it turns all yellow with the sunlight serving a backdrop to the layers of different hills as far as your eyes go.
Vagamon can be the perfect adventure destination for couples. As it offers paragliding, different kinds of off-road safaris, and a phenomenal tour at the waterfall for all-round camping and trekking getaway. To get closer to nature you can pay a visit to the Ulipooni Wildlife Sanctuary and have a close look at what magic lies there.
Vagamon is just 100 km away from Cochin and thus Cochin International Airport and railway stations would be the best options to reach. Local taxi drives, cabs, etc. are always available.
KARWAR- BESIDE THE TIDES
When you are opting for the south as your honeymoon location, you might be looking for a beach getaway and here you are with the best option. Karwar is a destination in north Karnataka and has all those scenic sunsets and long beaches for all those romantic long walks while having hand in hand with your partner. Long chats while waves swipe your feet leaving a starfish or two by your company.
After spending some quality time at the Rabindranath Tagore beach, you can head towards the Rock Stone Garden to have a sneak peek in the old Kannada tribe. Visiting Warship Museum, Oyster Rock Lighthouse can make your must-visit bucket list. And apart from having delicious food you can spend a lazy afternoon at the Kali River Garden.
Karwar lies in between the Konkan Railway Route.
HAMPI – A SNEAK PEAK IN THE PAST
For all those couples who loved their history lessons and want to understand the beauty of the past along with understanding the legends who served a part in the evolution to humankind. Hampi is a set of beautiful cultural monuments which are among the famous world heritage sites. A land covered with water field paddy fields along with long palm trees.
Apart from the appetizing food that this part of Karnataka offers you can pay a visit to the Virupaksha Temple, Krishna Temple, Hemakuta Hill Monuments, along the Pattabhirama Temple Complex. And these are just a few of what Hampi offers. When you reach here, all you need is a google map to jump from one century to another hopping from one monument to a temple, just old buildings or majestic complexes.
The closest airport to Hampi is Hugli Airport and via railways, you can go through Hospet Junction which is just 13 km away from the city.
DEVIKULAM – FOR THAT INNER PEACE
If we have included Munnar in this list, Devikulum is just 5 km away from the city and makes a must-visit. But the beauty of Devikulum would always be one step ahead of Munnar. Many people would be aware of Munnar but a few people would go ahead and pay a visit to Devikulum and that is what makes it more delightful for all the couples who are looking for a lesser touristic place.
Apart from photographic views, Devikulum has a lot of places that you can visit. Apart from the Devi Lake which is a must-visit, Thoovanam Falls, Mattupetty Dam, Kundala Lake, and Hill View Park. Blossom International Park as the name suggests can be the best place for that lazy afternoon with your bae, among colorful flowers and fountains.
POOVAR – FOR THE SCENIC SUNSETS
You have heard about Trivandrum for its beauty but there is a hidden gem in this region, Poovar which is very well known for its golden beach is one of that hidden gem. Poovar marks the end of Kerala but it feels like all the Keralite beauty has been collected and spread here which makes it a perfect offbeat location for a perfect honeymoon getaway.
Poovar beach is a must-visit but apart from that swimming and because there are no other activities allowed here either by the government or private parties it is a perfect place for swimming and go for a bit skinny dipping experience just out of the Poovar Island Resort. A visit through the backwater of Kerala with a day cruise would be just what you need to complete your honeymoon.
KOVALAM – AN OFFBEAT VICINITY
For anyone who prefers a beach trip with their partners in the Keralite lands, Kovalam is a perfect beach location. It is not that famous among the tourists hence it can be more peaceful for any honeymooners. For all the wonderful newlywed couples, some long chat sessions at the beach are a must and the silences will be filled with high tides at the Kovalam beach to provide that bliss and serenity to your soul.
Apart from having corn at the beach, there are a lot of other things that you can do in Kovalam. A huge lot of adventure sports, along with a houseboat ride. Provide a different taste to your taste buds by visiting a german bakery. Apart from having an Ayurvedic Massage, perform some yoga at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrama to get all your chakras aligned. And for those perfect romantic evenings to bring you closer to each other there is Jeevan Music Cafe.
There is no way to rewatch Kovalam via airways, however, the best option would be a train journey to the Trivandrum Railway Station from where Kovalam is just 15 km away.
ALLEPPEY – BELOW THE SKY, ABOVE THE WATER
If you are more of a water baby and so is your partner. You would prefer to spend most of your honeymoon time above the water surface as well as surrounded by it. Alleppey would be the perfect destination for you. Alleppey’s backwater tours are what you are looking for which might sound costly but they are not at all costly. Planning out a personal boat ride for yourself and just setting a tour, lost in the waters, covered by the palm trees and mangroves in between. Ain’t that romantic?
Apart from just floating on the waters here, there are other adventures that you can conduct and make your trip rejuvenating. Experience village life at Kuttanad, or participate in Kayaking or snake boat races. Enjoy the seafood delicacies, or indulge in spiritualism while visiting a bunch of temples located all around the region. And when you get tired by all this, take a long spa session.