Honeymooning in Valiyaparamba Backwaters
If you’re completely at sea about where to head to for your honeymoon as there are so many exotic locales to choose from then glancing at some images of Valiyaparamba backwaters will make you settle for the spot instantly. Valiyaparamba is as picturesque as it can get
A cluster of island on the Arabian Sea, Valiyaparamba is indisputably one of the most stunning stretches of backwater in the state of Kerala. This unspoilt, verdant and virgin island offers you the perfect backdrop for an exclusively private honeymoon. Valiyaparamba is extremely popular with tourists and honeymooners because of its boat cruises. The jaw-dropping surroundings of Valiyaparamba will certainly make your honeymoon dreams come to fruition.
The backwaters of Valiyaparamba fall under the Kasargod district of Kerala. The backwaters are flanked by numerous imposing islands and fed by four rivers. The islands are relatively unexplored as tourists’ footprints throughout the year never reach a crescendo. The nearest town is Kasargod situated at a distance of 48 kms.
The most convenient way to get to Valiyaparamba is from Bekal situated a few kilometres away. It takes about an hour to get Valiyaparamba from Bekal. The major railheads close to Bekal are Kanhangod and Kasargod situated at distances of 16kms and 14 kms respectively. Both the stations are well connected by trains from Chennai and Pune.
The nearest international and domestic airports are Kozhikode and Mangalore respectively. KSRTC buses regularly ply from Kanhangod and Kasargod towns.
Best Time to Visit
Valiyaparamba is hot and sultry during the summers but winters are cool and pleasant. However, the entire area experiences heavy rains during the monsoons. If you want to get the best out of your sightseeing tours, then plan a post wedding trip between October and March.
Where to Stay
If you want to easily commute to Valiyaparamba and tour the nearby sightseeing places, then you should put at a hotel or resort in Bekal. Although hotel rooms to suit all pockets are available, you should make reservations for a luxury suite if you’re looking for thorough privacy and solitude. Some highly recommended accommodation options for newlywed couples are ‘The Lalit Resort and Spa’, ‘Vivanta by Taj’, ‘Gitanjali Heritage’, and the ‘Fort Point Hotel & Cottages’.
Things to Do
Boat trips and cruises on the Chandragiri River that take one to the nearby islands and angling are popular honeymoon activities. As a honeymooning couple, you’d certainly not want to miss catching spectacular views of sunset from Chandragiri Fort.
Sightseeing Attraction for Honeymooners
Some Other Places of Tourist Interests
- Bekal Fort- A 300-year old stronghold counted as one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kerala offers majestic views of the surroundings of Bekal. If you’re visiting between January and March, you’ll be catch glimpses of ‘Theyyam Performance’-a ritualistic dance performed by an elaborately liveried and varnished dancer. Visit the temples to seek divine blessings and savour ‘Payasam’ a local delicacy made from rice and coconut milk.
- Chandragiri Fort-This fortification is situated close to Bekal and more than 1100 years old. Take snapshots of breathtaking sunset vistas from the top of the fort.
- Nileswaram-Primarily a cultural site, it gets its name from ‘Nilakanta Ishwar’ or Lord Shiva. The Nileswaram palace is the major tourist draw here.
- Bekal Fort Beach-This beach lies in close proximity to the Bekal Fort. Straddling an area of nearly 35 acres, you’ll simply love to take a stroll on the pristine white sandy beach with the palm trees providing a lovely backdrop. This is another place from where you can catch awe-aspiring panoramas of sunset.
- Kappil Beach
- Pallikere Beach
- Malik Dinar Mosque
- Mallikarjuna Tempe
Apart from fishing, handloom and coir industries are major sources of livelihood in and around Valiyaparamba. So, you can shop for coir and handcrafted products. You can also pick up items like conch shells, incense sticks, amulets and charms, and trinkets.