Standing at the helm of my houseboat, with the wind in my hair and my hand tightly clasped in his--the very thought of Kerala sets off an avalanche of beautiful memories of my time spent there. Truly ‘God’s own country’, Kerala is a place to visit when you are looking to build some romantic memories or planning your honeymoon in India.
Stay at a luxury resort to enjoy the beautiful beaches, smell the spicy perfume of endless tea gardens or go sailing down the palm fringed backwaters of Alleppey; there are innumerable options to pick from. To make your planning a little easier, we gather up the top 7 resorts in Kerala, perfect for a romantic getaway. Take your pick!
The Zuri Kumarakom, Kottayam—A luxury delight on India’s longest lake
The Zuri Kumarakom is a five-star luxury lake hotel and resort on the lush shores of Vembanadu Lake. The resort pays special attention to honeymooners, offering customised services and villas. Wine and cake on your arrival, pampering spa treatments, private pool with your villa, and even candle light dinners on the beach—the hotel goes the extra mile.
Cost: Approx Rs. 27,000 per night*
Location: V 235 A1 to A54, Karottukayal, Kumarakom, Kottayam 686 563
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The Windflowers Resort and Spa, Wayanad—Script your love story at this spectacular tea coffee estate
A resort that reverberates with an English planter’s love for all things nature, this luxury getaway offers beautiful villas and suites, an award winning spa, a striking infinity pool, and even a sauna. Lounge around in your villa and make use of the outdoor Jacuzzi, take off on a plantation trek or hit the sit out with a glass of wine and enjoy the awe-inspiring views of the majestic Chembra Peak.
Cost: Rs. 12,600 per night approx.*
Location: V1/108 A, Ammaro, Achooranam Village, Pozhuthan, Vythiri
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Banasura Hill Resort, Wayanad—Renew vows in midst of a tropical forest
Picture this—there are earthen structures with thatched roofs, surrounded by hills on all sides and the peaks are covered in dewy mist. This is what awaits you at Banasura Hill Resort, a nature resort in Wayanad, spread over 35 acres and pulsating with flora and fauna. With well-lit rooms, big beds, artistic earthen interior décor and all modern amenities, Banasura Hill Resort offers a beautiful experience.
Cost: Rs. 8,000 per night approx*
Location: Vellamunda, Wayanad
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Windermere Estate, Munnar—Let love blossom amidst birds and butterflies
Experience the best of Munnar when you stay at the beautiful Windermere Estate. Set in the middle of cardamom plantations sheltered by heavy evergreens, the resort conducts a 4 km long nature walk through the cardamom fields, every evening. If you are too tired for a walk or trek, head over to The Glen, for a nap under the pine trees in the numerous hammocks, or sit down around a bonfire at the The Boulder for a musical evening.
Cost: Rs. 9000 per night approx*
Location: Bison Valley Road, Pothamedu, Munnar
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The Siena Village, Munnar—The perfect idler’s retreat
Cozy up in front of a fireplace and enjoy a glass of sparkling champagne or sit in the balcony watching the clouds drift past your window; at Siena, there is always romance in the air. Siena is a beautiful retreat set against the breath-taking backdrop of the Anayirankal dam, 20 kms away from Munnar town in Chinnakanal. Enjoy the sophisticated accommodation, rejuvenating Ayurveda services and exciting outdoor activities on your stay here.
Cost: 8500 per night approx.*
Location: Chinnakanal Suryanelli Road, Munnar
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Mountain Courtyard, Thekkady—A stylish plantation resort for chic couples
Set in Spring Valley, about 3 kms from Thekkady, Mountain Courtyard offers beautiful vistas and a luxurious experience to its visitors. The resort offers superbly done-up guest rooms, with delectable cuisine, and round the clock service. Spread over 4 acres in the verdant greenery of the valley, it is a great place to enjoy magnificent views and go for long romantic walks with your special one. Do try the very relaxing couple’s massage here.
Cost: Rs. 7000- Rs.9000 per night approx*
Location: 66th Mile, Spring Valley, Kottayam-Kumily Rd, Thekkady
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JCT Houseboat, Alleppey—Sail away on a dream trip!
You have not experienced Kerala until you have explored the backwaters of Alleppey on a houseboat. Forget the urgency of everyday life, as you quietly sway to the tune of the gentle waves. Depending on how many days you want to spend on the boat, you can choose different Kerala packages. A cruise from Cochin to Alleppey, covering Munnar, Thekkady and Guruvayoor, lasts 7D/6N. You can also opt to sail from Cochin to Kovalam, covering Alleppey and Kumarakom in 5D/4N. The whole experience of floating along the lake, as you encounter a floating supermarket, a dispensary and even little children learning how to swim before they can even walk, will leave you enchanted. Make sure your camera is charged!
Cost: Rs. 13000- 23,000 per night approx.*
Location: JCT Houseboats & Tours, Opp. K.S.R.T.C Bus Station, Thathampally P. O, Alappuzha
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*Prices may vary