Another of India's most beautiful regions is the Kerala backwaters. This maze of inland narrow canals, wide rivers, and vast expanses of water stretches all the way from Kochi in the north to Trivandrum in the south.
Time seems to stand still along the tranquil, palm fringed backwaters. Occasionally, you'll get a glimpse of the rural Kerala lifestyle, set against a fertile green landscape of paddy fields, mangrove forests, and thick clusters of coconut palms.
Where to Stay
One of the most romantic ways to experience Kerala is by hiring a traditional houseboat, meandering along the backwaters, and sleeping out in the middle of a lake. It's so quiet, you'll feel like you're the only people on earth. The houseboats are very comfortable, and come complete with well furnished bedroom, bathroom, deck, driver, and personal chef. The more luxurious models even have air conditioners. Romance abounds at night under the stars when you can dine, bathed in warm lantern light, on delicious freshly prepared south Indian cuisine.
If a stay on land is more preferable, the luxurious Zuri Kumarakom Resort & Spa on the banks of Vembanad Lake in Kumarakom has all the ingredients necessary for romance on your India honeymoon. The Lagoon View Cottages have outdoor sitting areas on the shore of the lagoon, and an outdoor rain shower. The Lake View Pool Villas are more indulgent, and have private gardens with independent pool and jacuzzi. The hotel even offers a houseboat with on board jacuzzi for those who wish to combine both experiences! Not to be overlooked is the hotel's award winning Maya spa, which gives some very rejuvenating Ayurvedic and Oriental treatments. Superior rooms start from $150 per night. Lagoon View Cottages start from $250 per night.
Another intimate alternative is a private homestay such as the harmonious Vembanad House, on the banks of Vembanad Lake. Rooms cost 5,000-6000 rupees ($110-132) per night, for a double including breakfast.