South India, comprising the four states of Tamilnadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and the Union Territory of Puducherry is a travelers paradise. Hill stations, beaches, wildlife sanctuaries, waterfalls, temples, waterways, backwaters …you name it – you will have it. No wonder it has been a popular destination for the travelers throughout the year.It also has ideal spots for the newly married couples to enjoy their Honeymoon. Couples will find these destinations beautiful, enchanting and an unforgettable experience which they will rewind in the years to come. Let us see about three of the popular honeymoon destinations in South India – Munnar, Kodaikanal and Ooty :
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Munnar, situated in the border area between Kerala and Tamilnadu is one of the popular hill stations. Located at an altitude of 2400 mtrs above sea level it retains the typical pleasant hill climate throughout the year. During winter the temperature even goes below 5 degree celsius. Even in severe summers the temperature never goes above 20 degrees celsius in the day time and the nights are chilly.
It is a scenic hill station with lots of tea plantations adjoining the forests, wildlife parks, waterfalls and water reservoirs. The popular tourist spots are Mattupatti reservoir, Echo Point, Eravikulam National park and Kolukkumalai Tea estate. More adventurous can go for trekking inside the forests.
Adequate resorts, hotels and home stays are available in all sorts of budget. It is advisable to book for stay in advance before visiting the place. Lack of adequate restaurants is the only dampener. One has to settle for few local hotels with the local cuisine. Munnar is well connected by road from major cities and towns.
From Tamilnadu it can be reached from Madurai and Coimbatore (the nearest airport locations) and from Kerala it can be reached from Ernakulam (nearest Airport) and Allepey. Munnar’s charm is its laid-back small town atmosphere, climate, scenic locations – especially that of tea plantations and the unspoilt natural beauty. Honeymoon couples will particularly appreciate the less crowded town and the pleasant climate throughout the day.
Kodaikanal, affectionately called as Princess of Hill Stations, is one among the popular hill stations in Tamilnadu. Situated at an altitude of 2000 mts above sea level Kodaikanal attracts tourists throughout the year. The temperature varies between 20 -22 degree celsius to 7-8 degree celsius, with the winter experiencing more chilly climate.
Located in the Palani hills range in South Tamilnadu amidst the lush shola forests, Kodaikanal still retains a old world mystique charm. One can find British style mansions and bungalows available for home stay . Beautiful Villas with gardens are still used as summer retreat for the famous and rich.
Popular tourist spots are Silver Cascade, Bear Shola Falls, Lake, Pillar rocks, Valley view or Suicide point, Coakers walk, Bryant Park and Kurinji Andavar temple among others. Night safaris also available for some of the locations. While some of the places will be crowded, there are enough places in Kodaikanal where couples can have some privacy and enjoy the quiet and cool atmosphere. A cycling boat ride or a Kashmira boat ride in the lake and a quiet walk in the Coakers walk will be particularly good. Enjoying the pleasant mornings in the clouds and the dew will be an exhilarating experience.
Kodaikanal can be reached from Madurai (nearest airport) or from Dindigal. Direct bus services from Chennai (state capital) are also available. Nearest railway station is Kodai Road. Adequate resorts, hotels and restaurants are available in all sorts of budget. It is advisable to book for stay in advance before visiting the place. Kodaikanal is almost the default choice for Honeymoon trips by the newly wed couples (till it got displaced from Munnar recently). With its salubrious climate and different scenic locations, couples sure can bring back lot or nice memories.
Ooty or Ootacamund is the other popular hill station in Tamilnadu. Also called as Blue Mountains or the Queen of the hills, Ooty is the preferred choice of destination for the hill aficionados. Coming under the Nilgris hill range under the Western Ghats, Ooty is located at about 2400 mts above sea level.
Compared to the other hill stations Ooty is little bit crowded and busy, being the district HQ of the Nilgris district. Ooty serves as a business point for the Nilgris district and also for the adjoining Wayanad district of Kerala.
Before even going to Ooty most of this generation people would have seen this place in countless duets of all the Indian movies – the lake, pykara falls and lake, botanical garden, golf course, pine trees, dodabetta peaks and the tea estates all sure to bring a sense of deja vu.
But undoubtedly the romance of Ooty begins form Mettupalayam, the base station from where the NMR or the Nilgris Mountain Railways connects the plins with the hills. The NMR passes through scenic mountain views, numerous tunnels and bridges with breathtaking views, Ketti valley and the Coonoor tea estates. The 46 km journey takes about four-and-a-half hours to travel uphill and about three-and-half hours downhill. The train journey is a must for anybody who visits Ooty and it is strongly recommended for the Honeymoon couples.
Ooty can also be reached by road from Coimbatore (nearest airport) and Mettupalayam. It can also be reached from Kerala via Wayanad district and also from Karnataka through Mysore. Resgular bus services run from ooty to Mysore. Adequate resorts, hotels and restaurants are available in all sorts of budget. It is advisable to book for stay in advance before visiting the place.
Ooty was like the dream destination for every South Indian couple. Though in the recent times it may not be first choice for Honeymoon (with Munnar and other exotic destinations like Seychelles, Maldives fighting for the space), it is still worth trying for a visit to enjoy the climate and the surroundings.
Other hill stations in South India which also can be visited for Honeymoon are Wayanad in Kerala, Yercaud, Kolli hills and Yelagiri hills in Tamilnadu, Coorg in Karnataka and Horseley hills in Andhra Pradesh.