Kerala Journals

Honeymoon in Kerala: God's own country

An October 2001 trip to Kerala by Smitha Guru

Quote: Legend has it that Kerala arose from the ocean for Parashurama (a Hindu God). It is indeed a place that the Almighty took a lot of leisure time to create, lovingly giving it wonderful details, beautiful backwaters, graceful rows of coconut trees, and more to make it a very memorable, romantic destination.

Honeymoon in Kerala: God's own country

Overview

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The highlight of our honeymoon trip was spending the time in the boat all by ourselves, away from the rest of the world, catered to by three discreet people and having an excellent cook. It was a relaxing time that every honeymooner craves. While the accommodations were not luxurious in the sense that it did not include a spa, etc., they were very comfortable and the beautiful scenery all around us provided us with luxury for eyes. The twilight and sunset was to die for.Quick Tips: Don't be afraid of travelling to India - you don't have to be only of the adventurous kind to enjoy this beautiful and diverse country. Travel to the southern part of India (away from the Taj Mahal) and you will se...Read More

Rainbow Cruise

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Hotel | "All-inclusive private boat"

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For the first 4 days of our honeymoon, we opted to go on a boat cruise and stay on a private charted boat that had an "all-inclusive" rather than a swank resort. Our travel was all booked through Thomas Cook. We travelled from Chennai to Cochin in the train. The II-AC has very comfortable berths (always opt for the higher priced seats if you are not used to pigging it out - train travel in India can be daunting most of the times). There was a car waiting for us at Cochin. After seeing various sights in Cochin, the car took us to the boarding place for our boat - a place called Kottayam. The boat itself was like a private cruise. It was built in the old Kerala style, but the accommodation w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 19, 2004

Rainbow Cruise
Rainbow Cruise
Kerala, India

Golden Tulip

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Hotel | "Golden Tulip, kumarkom"

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We stayed at the Golden Tulip Resort in Kumarkom for 1 night after our 3 nights aboard the rainbow cruise. The resort seemed very luxurious and comfortable. The rooms, built in Kerala style out of natural materials, were more like suites/cabins with two rooms adjacent each other in a unit. The area was very well lit in the evenings to give it a very romantic glow. The swimming pool, lined with the coconut trees, overlooked the backwaters and looked very comfortable (we did not swim in it). The only point that got me a little uncomfortable was the style of the bathrooms - it was an outdoor bath and toilet (European style)! The backyard has a little garden area with had high wall...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 20, 2004

Golden Tulip

Kerala, India