Tirupati, filter coffee, idlis, vada and dosas, are the usual words that come to one’s mind when South India is mentioned. Besides the mouth-watering delicacies and beautiful temples, South India is famous for its never-ending beaches, tranquil forests, lush green hills and sparkling backwaters, which serve as an absolute paradise for the newlyweds who are in search of some peace and privacy. Each place mentioned below is unique in its own way and offers a variety of things to do for you and your partner to bond over.
Known For : Paradise Beach | Auroville Ashram |Water Sports in Pondicherry
What better way to express love to your partner then in French, the language of love? Once colonised by the French, almost the entire union territory of Pondicherry has a French influence somewhere or the other. With cute little French cafes and bakeries and far stretched promenades along the beach, Pondicherry somewhat gives you the feeling of being in Paris sans the Eiffel Tower.
Known For : Vivekananda Rock Memorial |Thirparappu Falls | Thiruvalluvar Statue
At the southern tip of India, where the land ends, and the ocean begins, Kanyakumari is a place signifying your never-ending love for your partner, just like the ocean. Being on the tip of the country, Kanyakumari is a tranquil place and is one of the preferred locations for honeymooners because of the mesmerising views it has to offer.
Known For : Sim’s Park | Lamb’s Rock | Dolphin’s Nose
If you wish to have some much-needed privacy and peace of mind, post your wedding, then Coonoor is what you’re looking for. Take a stroll in the never-ending tea estates, go for a drive among the narrow winding paths or lose yourself in the mesmerising views and landscapes that Coonoor offers.
Known For : Kodai Lake | Green Valley View (Suicide Point) | Pillar Rocks
When in Kodaikanal, cherish the sunset from various peaks with your significant other; go boating in the Kodaikanal Lake and the Berjjam Lake or trekking in the Palni Hills. A quaint little hill station with a pleasant climate throughout the year, Kodaikanal is often chosen for mini honeymoon trips and romantic getaways.
Known For : Nilgiri Mountain Railway | Ooty Lake |Ooty Botanical Gardens
What better than cuddling with your partner while gazing at the beautiful views and a cup of tea or coffee to warm you up? Surrounded by the fascinating Nilgiri Hills, the hill station of Ooty has always been one of the most preferred honeymoon destinations in the country with its mesmerising views and cold, chilly climate.
Known For : Abbey Falls | Talacauvery | Nagarhole National Park
A quaint and misty hill station tucked away in the state of Karnataka, Coorg is surrounded by coffee plantations and rare flora and fauna. Coorg is a hidden paradise for nature lovers with its various trekking tracks, beautiful Abby Falls and camping under the stars facilities amidst the coffee plantations.
Known For : Periyar National Park | Periyar Tiger Trail |Bamboo Rafting
Like Kabini, Thekkady too has a wildlife reserve, known as Periyar Forest Reserve, where couples can enjoy a peaceful stay accompanied by a few elements of adventure which include jeep or boat safaris, wildlife spotting or bamboo rafting in the river. A stroll in the aromatic spice and tea estates is the cherry on the cake.
Known For : Jungle Safari | Elephant Safari | Boating
A place that once used to be hunting grounds for the Britishers, Kabini today is a wildlife reserve. Moreover, it is an ideal location for a peaceful retreat with numerous places offering couples’ spa therapy and a calming walk along the banks of River Kabini while gazing at the sunset.
Away from the buzzing city of Vizag, Rishikonda is famous for its rocky beaches and tall green mountains. Being in the interior of the city, the place offers privacy and tranquillity from the usual urban life. Watching the sun disappear into the horizon with your partner or just gaze at the calming waves while enjoying the back sea breeze.
Known For : Bekal Fort | Bekal Beach | The Bekal Hole Aqua Park
Popular for the Bekal Fort, the town consists of several small beaches scattered all over, where the couple can enjoy long walks in the sand, experience the waves thrashing at their feet or simply build sand castles and play in the waves. Being away from the usual hustle-bustle of the city, Bekal offers tranquillity and peace of mind to the couple.At the same time, it also has all the basic urban facilities one requires during their stay here. Bekal also offers rejuvenating couples’ spa therapy to relax completely from the hectic wedding rituals and activities.
Known For : Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary | Backwaters | Vellavali
Cruising through the steady backwaters of Kumarakom in luxurious houseboats equipped with everything one can ask for is a perfect romantic getaway. The houseboats serve authentic food, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. The boat passes through mesmerising green paddy fields and tall coconut groves. Visit one of Asia’s largest freshwater lakes, Vembanad, where you can see lily pads floating on its glittering emerald surface.
Known For : Water Sports in Kovalam | Lighthouse Beach | Hawah Beach
Stretching over a 17 km long coastline, Kovalam is a set of three beaches sharing the same coast – Lighthouse, Hawah and Samudra. Together they form a crescent shape. The Lighthouse is the king of them with the cool breeze, thrashing waves and swaying palm trees. Next, comes the tranquil beach of Hawah; which takes you away from the daily dull life. Samudra is a hidden treasure with it being the least explored beach in Kovalam. Water sports, Ayurvedic massages along the shore and camping at the beach facilities are available on all the three beaches.
Known For : Banasura Dam | Pookot Lake | Chembra Peak
Pristine and untouched, Wayanad is paradise for nature lovers. Sprawled all over the green and vibrant Western Ghats, Wayanad consists of the beautifully carved Edakkal Caves where you can dine-in too! The unique heart-shaped lake on Chembra Peak is a must visit with your partner. Go camping and locate constellations under the blanket of stars on the hills of Wayanad. Pass through the greenery of the paddy fields and tall ginger fields. Hear the melodic wind passing throw the hollow bamboos.
Known For : Houseboats | Backwaters | Alappuzha beach
Get away from the daily hustle bustle in the serene backwaters in your private, floating houseboats along with the picturesque views surrounding them. Enjoy some private time on the quaint little island of Pathiramanal or soak your feet in the thrashing waves of Alappuzha Beach or just go for a long walk at the Vijay Beach Park. Also, visit the Mavellikkara town which gives you a tour of the rich cultural heritage of Kerala.
Known For : Rose Garden | Echo Point | Elephant Arrival Spot
Lose yourselves while trekking in the green and lush tea estates of Munnar surrounded by melodic chirpings of the birds and the calming fragrance of tea. Visit the artificially constructed Kundala Dam and tour the lake in a pedal boat, Kashmiri Shikkaras or row boats. Also, bask in the scent of cherry blossoms, which appear twice a year in the region.
About Best Honeymoon Places in South India
No matter which place you choose, you will be assured of two things in each of these places- tranquillity and quality time. Even if temporary, these sites offer a much-needed break and change of scenery a couple needs after the wedding shenanigans.