**Kerala – “God’s Own Country”**

**Best Romantic destinations to visit in Kerala**


**1. MUNNAR**

The most sought after tourist destination in South India is the mystic town of Munnar. The name comes from the confluence of the 3 rivers in the Western Ghats range. It is an exquisite hill station favored by globetrotters due to its never-ending tea plantations and cool climate.
The picture-perfect town in God’s Own Country gives tranquility with its aromatic plantations and peaceful ambiance. The sprawling natural resort has gushing falls, rolling hills, and pristine valleys, with soothing greenery and picnic spots. It is a haven for shopaholics with rich spices and souvenirs. This blissful location has everything to keep you entertained.


Dotting the southern coastline is the land of intrinsic natural beauty. Alappuzha, known as Alleppey is the hub of Kerala’s backwaters, taking credit to a vast network of canals and lagoons. It is famous for its soothing houseboat in Alleppey cruises on the rustic backwaters.
This honeymoon getaway gets the title ‘Venice of the East’ due to the many shopping stalls lining the streets with the river and canal backdrop. Be sure to attend the annual Snake Boat Race, a thrilling experience. The city is well known for its beaches, temples, crisscrossed rivers, and Ayurvedic wellness center. The houseboats coupled with the tropical villages makes the place worth a visit.


Chalakudy is the most happening town in Thrissur District of the Kerala State in India. It is now a prime destination for tourists, especially those who love nature. The best season to visit Chalakudy is December to March and also in monsoon season. Chalakudy is blessed with scenic beauty and the refreshing weather has all the amenities of a suburb and is well connected by National Highway and Railways.
Chalakudy serves as a base camp for all those native and foreign tourists who are bound for Vazhachal and Athirappilly waterfalls. Some of the famous tourist places to visit in Chalakudy are Chalakudy River, Athirappilly Falls, and Vazhachal Falls etc.

**4. WAYANAD**

Wayanad, the green paradise is nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats, forming the border world of the greener part of Kerala. Clean and pristine, enchanting and hypnotizing, this land is filled with history and culture.
Wayanad was formed by carving out areas from Kozhikode and Kannur districts. Wayanad has the highest number of tribals in Kerala, who have their own dance styles including famous fire dance. A major portion of the district is covered by coffee.

**5. VARKALA**

Let the beautiful coastal town of Varkala melt your worries and tensions away. Varkala’s peaceful seaside cliffs adjoin the Arabian Sea, setting the scene for several water sports and wellness spas. The waters lapping at Papanasam beach are considered to have holy, sin-cleansing properties and the nearby Ayurveda treatment center will cleanse what the ocean missed.


Thiruvananthapuram, the jewel in the emerald necklace that Kerala is for the Indian sub-continent, must surely have Parasuramanbeen a “must see” destination for ages, long before National Geographic Traveller classified it as one. Surely long before Sage Parasurama, according to local legend, threw his divine battle ax from Kanyakumari to Gokarnam to west Kerala, God’s own land, from the Varuna the sea god; before the times of Mahabali the democratic and just ruler of this wonderful land who was sent down to the netherworld through deceit.

**7. KOVALAM**

Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and true to its name the village offers an endless sight of coconut trees. It is a beach town by the Arabian Sea in Thiruvananthapuram city, Kerala, India, located around 16 km from the city center. Kovalam has three beaches separated by rocky outcroppings in its 17 km coastline, the three together form the famous crescent of the Kovalam beach.


From the town of Nenmara in Palakkad district, the cloud-caressed peaks of the majestic Nelliyampathy hill ranges are a sight to behold. The height of the hills ranges from 467 m to 1572 m. To reach Nelliyampathy, one has to take the road starting from Nenmara that proceeds to the Pothundy Dam. There are about 10 hairpin bends that have to be negotiated on the way to Nelliyampathy.
The Pothundy Dam is a picturesque locale with facilities for boating and is a nice option as a picnic place. As the Ghat road winds its way up to Nelliyampathy, at certain places there are viewpoints from where the vast stretches of Palakkad district are visible with its extensive paddy fields forming a verdant carpet. It also offers a splendid view of the Palakkad Gap, which is a geographical phenomenon in the Western Ghats formation in this region, bringing into view, parts of the adjoining State of Tamil Nadu.


The history of the district is inevitably intertwined with the history of the city of Kozhikode. The district has a generally humid climate with a very hot season extending from March to May. The rainy season is during the South West Monsoon, which sets in the first week of June and extends up to September.

**10. KOCHI**

Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as ‘God’s Own Country’. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea.

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