Kerala is known as God’s Own Country for good reason. When you think of this south Indian coastal state, you can’t help but dream up images of its endless coastlines, coconut groves, azure waters and delicious cuisine. Sitting on the southwestern coast of India—also known as the Malabar Coast— and cradled by the Arabian Sea on the west and the Western Ghats on the east, the state has a rich culture and heritage with palaces, ancient ports, temples and museums aplenty. Besides Kerala’s serene beaches, its backwaters, gushing waterfalls and lush green vegetation are a big draw. It’s no surprise, then, that the state is one of the most popular tourist destinations, reputed not just among Indians but also with visiting tourists. It’s also the main reason why Kerala continues to rank high among the long list of Indian wedding destinations.
Whether you have your sight trained on a wedding in an exotic locale, or even a traditional, vibrant one, Kerala has much to offer on this front. A large part of Kerala’s coastal area remains untouched, which means that a beautiful beachfront wedding is yours to explore. At the same time, there are a good number of top-notch hotels by some of the best names in the hospitality industry. Besides wedding-centric packages offered by many of the hotels here, wedding-related services including caterers, florists and decorators are readily available. This means that your wedding, if organised in tandem with a wedding planner, will be that much more stress-free and enjoyable. Kerala cuisine includes something for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. But no matter what you opt for you’ll be treated to delicacies prepared using some of the world’s best culinary spices that Kerala is known for. Ayurvedic treatments and massages also make Kerala a unique destination. Need we say more?
The cities and towns of Kerala There are a bunch of interesting things to see and do in the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram, or Trivandrum as it is still commonly referred to. The most famous of the lot is Kovalam beach that, true to the meaning of its name, has endless groves of coconut trees. This long, sandy stretch presents of choice of five-star hotels and smaller, but tasteful, boutique resorts.
Kochi, Kerala’s commercial capital, is no doubt more chaotic and urbanised than the rest of Kerala. But the well-connected city also houses the international airport. It’s is an especially popular choice for those who want a city-centric wedding with a good old dose of Kerala’s beaches, culture and cuisine.