Land of everlasting bliss, Kerala, God’s Own Country is one of the best winter destinations in India. Blessed with tropical weather, the entire state is untouched by the brunt of winters. From the misty hill stations to the warm seashores, soothing backwaters to adventure packed wildlife sanctuaries, Kerala has a number of options to plan an exciting winter holiday. Forget the winters, get ready for vacations in amazing harmony of your body, mind and soul.
1. Kovalam – Escape to land of sun, sand and sea
The beach haven of God’s Own Country, Kovalam is one of the best winter destinations in India. Snuggled on the shores of the Arabian Sea, the golden sands, palm-fringed beaches are a true haven. Relaxing and perfect for a vacation, tourists from all over the world seek to spend winters here. You forget the cold and bask in warm sunshine and bliss.
The beaches of Kovalam, mainly Hawa, Lighthouse and Samudra are beautiful with their own distinct charms. Enjoy the play of waves, go swimming, or simply bask in the warm sunshine. Try watersports, like surfing, kayaking, catamaran cruising, fishing, water skiing, etc. Famous for its Ayurvedic massages and many yoga resorts, here you can indulge in a pampering massage.
2. Munnar – Embrace the chilly mists
The blessed hill town in the Western Ghats, Munnar is one of the best places in Kerala. Winter enhances the charm. Settled at 1600 m, it’s enveloped in mists in the season. The tea gardens look inviting, waterfalls amazing and a walk in the roads feel like a walk amid clouds. Trekking is a thrilling adventure to try. The lush beauty, excitement of the wild and the possibility of wildlife-spotting at Eravikulam National Park give you enough reason to choose Munnar.
Voted among the most romantic places in the world, Munnar is a favorite honeymoon destination in India in winters. Bask in natural bliss, leave for exciting excursions, and do pamper your senses to unrivaled comforts at the lavish accommodations.
3. Vagamon – Getaway from cities to nature’s own
Off the tourists’ tracks, Vagamon is named among the most beautiful places in Kerala. Settled at an altitude of 1100 feet in the Western Ghats range, it’s truly blessed by nature. The town is snuggled amid the three rolling green hills, Kurismala, Murugan and Thangal. Enjoying pleasant weather in winter, enjoy the picturesque natural beauty, adventure and amazing experiences.
An exciting getaway for couples on honeymoon in Kerala, the town offers some of the charming accommodation. Trekking amid the pine forests, paragliding and sightseeing keep you busy. Explore the famous tourist sites including Ayyampara, Five Rocks, Poonjar Palace, Illikal Peak, Murugan Mala, etc. A few days of bliss here, and you return home revitalized.
4. Kumarakom – Sail away on houseboats in the romantic weather
Nestled on the banks of Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is one of the most favored tourist destinations in Kerala. Imagine lush palms bow towards the endless network of waters, backwaters, the water reflect the clouds and greenery. Kumarakom bird sanctuary is a haven of birds of all kinds, some migratory ones flying from Siberia as well as Europe.
Sail away on a lavish houseboat on the blessed emerald backwaters. The wooden Kettuvalams come equipped with all kinds of modern amenities that pamper guests, especially the honeymoon couples looking for a secluded time to create some cherishable memories. Winter is the perfect time to visit. You can indulge in some Ayurveda treatments to revitalize and harmonize your body, mind and soul.
5. Alleppey – Pamper yourself to the blessings of Ayurveda
India’s very own Venice, Alleppey is one of the best places to visit in India. Titled ‘Venice of the East’, this town is Kerala is blessed with backwaters and is closely located along the Arabian Sea. A beautiful world of its own, the water world is amazing for houseboat cruises, therapeutic treatments and a truly memorable honeymoon.
The backwater destination of Kerala is known for the network of waters but few people actually know that there is also a beach, a century-old pier, a number of religious places and many more. Enjoy the pleasant ambiance at your accommodation. Try exciting experiences like fishing, kayaking, or bird watching. A holiday in Alleppey in winter is one of the cherished memories of Kerala.
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6. Kochi – Learn about the multi-ethnic roots
Kochi is the perfect introduction to Kerala. As in history, the city is one of the most significant places in Kerala. Fort Kochi is a famed historic town that has multi-ethnic roots. The Harbour town keeps you intrigued for days and winter is truly delightful for a visit, the weather is at its best. Explore the relics of Jews, Dutch, Portuguese, and English in form of architecture, food and history.
The places to not miss in Kochi include Mattancherry Palace, Jew Town, Jewish Synagogue, Fort Kochi, fascinating Chinese fishing nets, and other interesting sights. Spend time exploring history. The city culture has delightful multi-ethnic cuisines, amazing dance performances of Bharatnatyam, Mohiniyattam or the warrior martial arts of Kalaripayattu dance forms.
7. Wayanad – Bliss of the Forests
Snuggled in the green cover of the Western Ghats, Wayanad is one of the charming hill towns in Kerala. The misty hills and meadows of one of Kerala’s beautiful tourist places, Wayanad is all more picturesque come the winter season. Perched at an altitude of 2100 m, it is favored by honeymoon couples, nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.
One of the best things to do in Wayanad is trekking. Chembra peak and the heart-shaped lake en-route makes an exciting trek. The pre-historic Edakkal Cave, Banasura Sagar Dam, Kuruva Island, Pookode Lake, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Thirunelli Temple, Lakkidi, Soochippara waterfalls are some of the most beautiful sights to not miss.
8. Poovar – Where the River meets the Sea
An unexplored haven in Kerala, Poovar is one of the places to not miss in Kerala. Lying close to the Vizhinjam harbor, the village connects with the sea during high tides. Tourists come here to enjoy the beautiful combination of lake, river, and sea. Unspoiled and quite close to the capital city Trivandrum, Poovar is perfect for a short backwater tour in Kerala.
Known as the most tranquil backwaters, merging out to the Arabian Sea with a dreamy golden sand beach, Poovar is paradise. Blessed with plentiful nature, there are a hundred of species of flora, birds, exotic flowers, banana and coconut groves. For romantic couples, Poovar is one of the most beautiful honeymoon destinations in Kerala.
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