Exploring the Romantic Side of South India
Southern side of India has earned international reputation for its temples, dances, cuisine or culture. It is blessed with everything to call itself a paradise, whether backwaters, sea, rustic charm or hills. But less people know this land beyond its cultural part when it comes to choosing it as a honeymoon destination. Let us find those amazing natural gifts where one can spend some peaceful and romantic time to begin a new journey together.
A quintessential French colony, Pondicherry is a perfect blend of French and South Indian culture. Bathed in the serenity of Rishi Aurobindo, the peaceful old French Quarters lead to the Sea beaches which have something for everyone. Honeymooners who wish to visit here can choose from the following activities.
Hit the Beaches
Pondicherry has 5 beaches to choose from. They are Rock Beach (lovely rock views), Serenity Beach (surfing and boating), Paradise Beach (golden sands and boating); Mahe and Auroville beaches for stunning sunrises and sunsets. Water sport enthusiasts can try Karaikal Beach for boating, camping in the shore, backwater sailing and canoeing.
For the Candle Light Moment
Whether a short coffee break or a romantic candle light dinner; nothing can beat the cuisines of Pondicherry. Being a French colony for a long time, the city is full of bakeries whose aroma is captivating. Some of the renowned bakeries in the city are Baker Street, Auroville Bakery, Farm Fresh, Zuka Choco-la and The Indian Kaffe Express.
Restaurants here provide a perfect blend of French and Tamil cuisines. If you choose to go French, pick from Ratatouille (classic side dish with pasta), Coq Au Vin (French Chicken dish) and Bouillabaisse (traditional Fish dish). Café des Arts, Bohemian style restaurant is a must visit. Tamils must try dishes include Soya Dosa, Tandoori Potato, Assad, Coconut Curry, Podanlangkai, Curry and stuffed vegetables and Palpayasam (sweet milk + rice pudding). Some of the most reputed restaurants here are Kasha ki Asha, Villa Shanti, Le Club and Rendezvous.
Synonymous to backwaters and exotic houseboats, Alleppey is called “Venice of the East”. It is one of the top picks for any new couple, who yearn for a classic Kerala experience away from the polluted and noisy city. Spending a day or two in a houseboat, sailing with your loved one is perhaps the best thing to do. Other activities to choose from while here are:
Wake up with an Uduppi Breakfast
Begin your day with the heavenly Uduppi Kerala food which is the specialty of Alappuzha. Top items in menu are pala appam, Puttu, Vada and chickpea curry served on a fresh banana leaf.
Marari and Alappuzha Beach
Full of coconut palm trees, just about 11 km from Alleppey; Marari beach is known for its Ayurvedic centres and luxury beach resorts. Amid mesmerizing natural beauty and quiet waters, new-weds love to spend romantic moments. Those who opt for some thrilling adventure like parasailing, surfing and speed boating can head towards Alappuzha beach.
Meet the Birds of Pathiramanal
Though a tiny island spread over and area of 10 acres, Pathiramanal is an ideal spot for bird watching. Home to a large number of rare and endangered winged creatures, this quiet place can be considered for a tour amid beautiful nature.
A Romantic Beach Walk
Alleppey’s beach line is a popular place for peaceful walks while watching the stunning sunsets. For some lazy moments, relax on the beach and admire the beautiful blue sky.
Famous as Scotland of India, Coorg is all about immaculate coffee plantations and natural vistas. Undoubtedly one of the best places in South India it fascinates every eye with its long winding roads and cool climate. Let’s find out the romantic things one can do while on a visit to this place.
Trek Together for that Ultimate Mountain View
Take a step together to the highest peak of the region Thadiyandamol. You can also choose between Brahmagiri or Pushpagiri range for trekking. After the great journey together you will achieve a magnificent view that will be etched in your mind forever.
Go Hiking in the Waterfalls
Coorg is a blessing of Mother Nature in every form. Just like mountains, its waterfalls too are a beautiful art of god. Abbey Falls and the Iruppu Falls can provide you plenty of options for clicking romantic pictures; specially if visited after monsoons. Quite near to these waterfalls are the thick plantations of coffee whose aroma will attract you from a kilometer.
Spend Some Time with Elephants
Dubare elephant camp is the training camp for the elephants, operated by the Government. Here you can spend a good time with the elephants, feed them, bathe them and even take a joyride on their back..just the two of you!
Take the Blessings of Buddha
Namdroling Nyingmapa Tibetan Monastery near Kushalnagar is highly revered by the Buddhists of this place. It is counted among the top ten monasteries in India. Inside, you will see three 40-feet tall golden statues of Buddha. Attend prayers here and also witness the customs of Buddhist worship.
Romance like a Maharajah in Raja’s seat
In the town of Madikeri, Raja’s Seat used to be the favourite spot of the Kings, where they would spend time with their queens. Those romantic moments have been captured in the natural surroundings with a beautiful companionship of Sun God.
Islands of Lakshwadeep
An archway to marital bliss, nothing can beat the virgin beaches and pristine jungles of Lakshwadeep. Far in the South and away from polluted cities, here you will not be disturbed by anyone except the chirping birds and sea waves. Every part of this spectacular island will evoke a sense of romanticism as you spend a good time with each other exploring the aquatic land.
Snorkel in Agatti Island
Alongwith some of the best accommodation options, Agatti Island is a great place to try some snorkeling. Dive deep into the sea and explore the world of colourful fishes. It is always interesting to know other creatures that co-exist with us in this world. If you are not a snorkeling person, then take a tour of the sea on a glass bottom boat.
Go Fishing in Kadmat Island
This bewitchingly beautiful island has a stunning lagoon on one side and fishing spot on the other. Romantic souls can walk hand in hand in the beaches and spend sometime trying their fishing skills.
Treat Yourself with Mouthwatering Seafood
Kalpeni is a beautiful island which is a hub of the fishermen. You can spend hours here watching them taking their boats and going till the mid of the Sea. The whole area is dotted with numerous small and big restaurants that serve exotic sea-food. While looking at the captivating nature, relish the seafood delicacies like pickled octopus, roasted lobster and various other kinds of fishes.
Secluded Twosome Minicoy
If nothing suits you and the only thing you wish is to spend time with each other, then Minicoy Island is a very good option. This crescent shaped island has very few visitors; hence the beaches are less crowded compared to others. Hand in hand, walk around on the shoreline and also watch beautiful sunrise and sunsets.
Ooty Tamil Nadu
Known as the “Queen of hill stations”, Ooty has always been one of the most popular destinations of a holidayer. This part of Tamil Nadu being cooler than other parts reflects the hilly magic that is combined with old world colonial charm. If considering for honeymoon, newlyweds will be spoilt for options that will create an incredibly romantic vibe. Let us see how to get the most out of your vacation.
Trek to Doddabetta Peak
Climb the highest peak of Nilgiri hills at 2637 meters. Dodabetta peak is home to some of the endangered species of flora and fauna; also spectacular scenic beauty. If you are not a regular trekker, then don’t worry, the trek is not so difficult and the cool atmosphere here will not let you feel tired. Amid the surrounding hills, forestlands and waterfalls enjoy a cup of tea to make the moment magical.
Boating in Pykara Lake
Pykara, a quaint village has a beautiful river which is around 19 km from Ooty. Since a very long time, this place has been a huge attraction for new couples. They love boating here, while surrounding themselves with pine trees and lush greenery.
Ride the Nilgiri Mountain Railway
Ooty Toy Train, as it is known; will transfer you back to days when you were a child. But this time, you will be with your special someone. As the train runs amid the Nilgiri Hills, the steep turns, green hills and heaven like breeze will refresh your mind and body. Beauty of this journey will be etched in your mind for a very long time.
Camping in Mukurthi National Park
If you are a jungle enthusiast and camping in the middle of the wild interests you; then Mukurthi is the best option in Ooty. Sprawling over an area of 80 square kilometers, this first Bio Reserve in India gives every facility to campers. Amid the paradise like nature light a campfire and sing romantic songs to each other. The jungle is home to tigers, wild dogs, leopards (Indian), deer and a good number of birds.