Kerala vs Sri Lanka for honeymoon?

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My fiancee and I are traveling to India for our honeymoon, going to Delhi first to see the taj and to break up the traveling (we are flying from New York), but then we want to go south for relaxation and beaches. We heard about Kerala, and it looks great. But we have also done a lot of research into Sri Lanka which looks like it has more to offer in the way of animals and nature, but does not have the unique houseboat experience of Kerala. Sri Lanka has the elephant orphanage, turtle hatchery, and seemingly better tiger safari, as well as Adams peak, temple of the tooth, and undeniably amazing beaches... I'm not sure I want to give those up for the houseboat experience, but is it truly that amazing? Does Kerala have as much in terms of historical sites and animals and beaches? Will I regret not doing the houseboat? What are your thoughts?
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Good day & Welcome to IM

You can actually do Both If you like.

Kerala first for the backwaters experience and then you can fly from Kochi(Cochin) to Colombo.

From Colombo you can fly to Singapore and carry on your journeys.

vandy

BTW, pretty sure you can get Direct flight from Delhi to Kochi(Kerala)
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Welcome to IM, Aram. You are from my hometown state (was born and bred in Queens)

I ahv not been to Sri Lanka, so cannot cp\ompare, but....

I love Vandy's advice! Do both!!

Kerala is lovely, but honestly,that reports of the houseboat experiences vary. You can find many discussions on IM. Someone just posted they company they used with whom they were pleased. We took a boat ride but not an overnight houseboat. The routes through the backwaters are unique and lovely.

Kerala beaches are not known for stunning beauty ...IF you are envisioning something like Hawaii's beaches, you may be disappointed.

If you decide to stay just in Kerala, there is an elephant orphanage Kodanad in Kerala --Vandy can tell you more. You can wash the baby and grown elephants. For other wildlife IN Kerala State, not too far from where you would land (guessing it is Cochin) there is Periyar, where you will definitely see elephants.And you can stay on a lodge in the middle of the lake there. You can travel to nearby Munnar for lush hills and tea plantations--the latter, quite different from anything you'll see in the USA. Here's but one of many websites on the topic:

http://www.keralaindiatravel.net/ker...-see-elephants

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Wherever you chose, you will start your marriage in wonderful unforgettable places!!
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p.s.I realize you are not asking about Agra, but... don't miss the Agra Fort. If you plan to see it, and are short on time, you can skip the Red Fort in Old Delhi.
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I agree with Vandy - go to Kerala as well as SL as he has suggested.

Please mention the month(s) of the year you plan to go on your honeymoon - it will be easier to offer suggestions.

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Originally Posted by rebeccam View Post p.s.I realize you are not asking about Agra, but... don't miss the Agra Fort. If you plan to see it, and are short on time, you can skip the Red Fort in Old Delhi.
I will second this, and it's about 3 minutes drive from the Taj, so (in my opinion), it's a tragedy not to stop by. Lots of cool things to look at, and check the lookout towers, there are often big monkeys hanging out there, watching the crazy humans...
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I have flown from Delhi straight to Kochin, or to Truvandrum in Kerala. Truvandrum is closer to the beaches of varkala and Kovalum. Kochi has the fort and ancient chinese fishing nets. Kerala does have beautiul tea country (Ooty is nicer in my opinion) and the preiyar/thekkady game reserve. The house boats of kerala are amazing and are definately well doing for a nite or two of your honeymoon. That being said, and that i am biased towards kerala as that is where my family is from. I have been to SL and loved it. Took a direct flight out of truvandrum to colombo on SL airlines. Less than 45 minutes flight. SL beaches are far prettier than any of kerala's beaches (at least the ones that i've seen). It has all that Kerala has to offer (minus the house boat experience, but you rent rent rooms over a lake at the eco resort in Hikkaduwa). The tea highlands of Ella and Nuwara Eliya are simply stunning. From Ella you can potentially see all the way to the ocean. If you decided to go ask me for the name of the place i stayed in Ella. The observation coach train ride between the two towns or further is breathtaking. There is Yala national park for wildlife. The elephant orphange of Pinnewela, Adams peak, the ancient city of Ponnalaruwa, the historic fort town of Galle, the Kandy museum and temple of the tooth relic and the Kandy dancers, the 100 year old leatherback turtles that swim off the shores in Hikkaduwa. The beautiful beaches of Unawatuna and Mirrisa. I think SL has everything to offer in terms of beauty and wildlife that India has, but its just presented on a smaller scale. Easier to get around and not as much traffic as you would expect in India. In my opinion its still relatively untouristy, but that is changing quickly. I went for the first time 2 years ago. I returned again from SL in May of this year after spending 4 months there and loving every minute of it. If you have any more questions or need help let me know. Congrats and safe travels..
If you can do both, absolutely do both, otherwise i would pick SL.
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Thank you everyone! Everyone is so nice in this forum!!

My honeymoon is in February of 2012, which I understand is prime conditions for India. All of your suggestions and input are really great.

You all don't think its too much for a honeymoon to fly/travel so many times... Delhi and Agra and Kerala and Sri Lanka? Also, will getting VISAs for both countries and flying from Colombo to Kerala be more crazy than Delhi to Kerala, because technically it is an "international" flight?

As much as I want to pack it in when we go (because we have never been before), I worry about being too adventurous and not spending time just relaxing with my new wife and decompressing. All our friends are saying "go to Hawaii" and we do want beach relaxation, but the thing about us is we want it for a few hours and then we both will go stir crazy and need to go do something, and the "something" in India looks so amazing. I first was thinking Goa is the best place, but I understand it is too westernized and also has become "druggy." (sorry if I have offended anyone here!!). Kerala backwaters might be too relaxing... too much just sitting and taking in the scenery, and I wonder if it is awkward being alone in a small boat with the person crew who accompanies you for a few days. Can you stop the boat and go roaming around? I am a big walker.. I like to let my legs take me around.

The most important things to me, after doing much research, are: staying at a nice beach resort, which will also allow me to take day trips to see the culture. I want sun, but I am also interested in historical sights. Another big one is the FOOD. I also really want to go to India/Sri Lanka for the Animals. I'd love to ride on an Elephant, but Id be much happier going to an orphanage where we can't touch them if I knew it was really supporting their rehabilitation (I've heard this is the case with Pinnawela). I worry so much about elephant training places that are set up just for tourists. And the turtle hatchery in Kosgoda, Sri Lanka, sounds amazing. What better way to celebrate our marriage than by helping introduce baby turtles into the wild? I have also heard you can see whales in certain parts of Sri Lanka.

I would obviously be interested in Lakshadweep Islands and Maldives, but I fear they might be pricey.
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Just a follow-up...

From what I understand, in Kerala, the top beaches are Kovalam, Marari, and Varkala.

Is this correct?
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i havent been, but a relatively unspoiled, untouristy beach area is north of Calicut at Kannur area.
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Originally Posted by rebeccam View Post Kannur area.
I looked it up and it looks very cool. But do you think there is enough wildlife? Its also about a 4 hour drive from Cochin, where I would likely stay if I went to Kerala. Hummm... this is hard.

Any more ideas on Sri Lanka? Anyone leaning one way or the other here?
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Also.. if I go Kerala, I'm thinking the best place might be Trivandrum. What do you all think?
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Realize Saffina already wrote about Truvandrum, but I didnt know how to delete my post after I realized. Sorry!
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Talking Its your honeymoon - not your bootcamp

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Originally Posted by aramdavid View Post As much as I want to pack it in when we go (because we have never been before), I worry about being too adventurous and not spending time just relaxing with my new wife and decompressing.
How many days is your honeymoon ? From takeoff in NY, to clearing customs back in the NY ?
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I love Kerala, and I don't care for genocidal governments, so, for me, it's a no-brainer!

Leaving aside my political views, though, as Vandy says above, you can mix and match!

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