To the southernmost end, Kerala is now one of the most sought-after honeymoon destinations in India. Filled with natural beauty, hill stations, wilderness and rare geographical features the land is a literal paradise for couples and honeymooners. Even after living in this paradise for the last 23 years it was after my marriage that I got a chance to explore Alleppey, one of the best backwater destinations in Kerala. Filled with the beauty of complex waters and rich greenery Alleppey housed a number of Tour operators like Holiday mango travel offering the best honeymoon packages for couples and newlyweds. We were settled in the heart of Kerala, Kochi and so did not avail any packages as it was of no use. It was on the 10th of February that we started our trip to Alleppey. Not too far from Kochi Alleppey was located at a distance of about 2 hrs from my place. After having the breakfast we started the trip from our home by around 8 am. One of the best parts of the trip was the journey to Alleppey; filled with a number of coconut plantations the roadside to the place was beautifully maintained. On our way, we stopped in a number of places to have food or to drink the tender coconut water. After riding for about 2 hrs we finally reached our honeymoon destination by 10 am.
Without honeymoon organisers, it was quite difficult to organise the trip, as per my planning our first destination to visit was the backwater industries which exhibited the traditional part of the state. The land was known to house the coir industry and the handicraft industry which was the two main backwater industries in the land which provides job opportunity to a number of educated and uneducated youngsters in the land. After travelling from the main city for about 20 min we reached the coir industry which was located close to a river which housed a number of coconut plantations located on the bank of the river. One of the main attractions of the place is activities of the responsible tourism where the female workers teach you the ways in which the work is done in the coir industries.
After exploring the place enjoying the art we headed to the handicraft industry which was the next known backwater industries. The place housed a number of magnificent works which would fascinate any traveller visiting the place. As a part of developing responsible tourism in the backwater destinations, the handicraft industries exhibited a number of best arts in the place and taught me a number of simple ways in which you could make products from natural materials like the banana leaves, coconut leaf and more. By the time we finished exploring the backwater industries of the land it was already 2 pm and we were really hungry. One of the main attractions of the backwater industry is that the place provided a number of job opportunity to the youngsters and the women in the local. Most of the workers in the coir industries and the handicraft industries were females. Most of the backwater industries in Kerala played a great role in the betterment of females and play an active part in women empowerment in the land.
Travelling another 20 min we finally reached one of the boat-shaped restaurants in Alleppey which was well known in the area for traditional seafood. Kerala is a land of spices has great fame among the foreign travellers for its spice filled favourable cuisine. From the Kettuvallom restaurant, we ordered the special in the area which was the freshly caught 'Karimeen Polichathu' and the traditional rice with 2 different payasam. Filled with the flavours of Kerala and the true taste of traditional Alleppey the taste of the food offered were heavenly. Even after being in Kerala for the last many years the taste of the food in Alleppey was mouth-watering as it was entirely different from that we make back at home. After having the lunch we decided to explore the Alleppey beach which way yet another must-visit destination for couples and honeymooners. Filled with palm fringes the place was the best choice where couples could have some alone time with each other far from the disturbance of the loud city, crowd and the pollution.
After travelling for about an hour from the restaurant we finally reached the beach by about 4.30 pm. The main aim the visit to the beach was to spend some romantic time with each other amidst the coconut plantations and to watch the sun setting to the water leaving the sky red. After enjoying the sunset and exploring the beach we decided to get to the houseboat which was waiting for us. Houseboat stays and tours are one of the most romantic and exotic parts in a honeymoon tour to the backwaters of Kerala. By 7 pm we reached the houseboat. The beauty of the complex inland moonlit waters with the rich green paddy fields and backwater villages all add to the romantic ambience of the place. By 8 pm a traditional dance program of Mohiniyattom was organised as an entertainment. Kerala being a land of tradition and culture the land houses a number of different art forms which is cherished and preserved, Mohiniyattom is one among them. After enjoying the program we had the traditional Kerala dinner which was delicious. After having the food we headed to our rooms and slept as we had to ride back home the next day morning.
By 11 am the next day we checked out of the houseboat and rode back home after having the breakfast. Honeymoon tourism is something trending greatly in the backwater destinations of Kerala. To promote and facilitate this trend the Kerala government with the travel and tourism department have organised a number of tour packages and projects like responsible tourism with an aim to attract more travellers both honeymooner and nature lovers from domestic as well as foreign destinations. With honeymoon tourism bang developing greatly in Kerala, the state would be one of the best choices for couples from around the world who wish to cherish their honeymoon memories in the lap of nature exploring the culture, tradition and beauty of nature and the wild.