January 28, 2020
“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.” – Brad Paisley
New Year Eve is a chance for opulent parties – hitting the streets, cutting loose, saying goodbye to the eventful year that just ended and welcoming the new one that is approaching. However, it’s not all about the grandiose; this can be your chance to get away from the crowd, get close to that special someone and have smaller and more intimate moments.
If you are looking for something different and quieter, perhaps you can plan a vacation and get away for a few days. This is your chance and what better way than to have your loved one by your side when the clock strikes 12.
Have you thought of spending New Year’s in ‘God’s Own Country’ amid misty hills, swaying coconut groves, verdant forests, vivid gorges and fresh air brewed with aromatic spices that waft and linger silently?
Kerala is an extremely romantic destination for couples. It wraps around a dazzling jade interior which envelops you instantly into a sense of calm. Amorous, charming and soothing, Kerala can ensnare anyone to spend idyllic days with your better half.
You will find that Kerala offers everything you need to start off your memorable New Year – generous hospitality, closeness with your better half, sense of serenity, soul-stirring atmosphere, pristine views and delectable cuisine.
Thekkady effortlessly conjures up illustrations in shades of green with endless foliage which lines your way to this hideaway situated on the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
You have to navigate your way through the winding roads and foggy hills up to an altitude of 2700 feet above sea level, where the Club Mahindra resort in Thekkady will welcome you with open arms.
You can choose between different traditionally styled accommodation options that are dotted amid the thickly tree-laden plantations of cardamom, cinnamon, coffee and pepper. With the breeze, drifts the aroma of spices and the solitude is broken only by the sounds of nature. The resort is designed to offer the experience of both adventure and nature. Not just that, the entire experience is made comfortable yet luxurious.
The emerald landscape is blessed by gods and allows people to rekindle their love. Although away from the hustle and bustle, there’s plenty you can do here. The element of excitement is added to your New Year Eve experience as you spend it in the secluded forest of Thekkady.
Typical days during your relaxed New Year’s vacation will start with being woken in the morning by the pleasing sights and sounds of nature. Open the curtains, let the sun shine through and take in the mesmeric backdrop of cascading waterfalls, valleys of green carpets and frosted-hazy hills. After freshening up, you can enjoy a hearty meal for breakfast.
To get closer to your loved one, you can go on a nature walk and saunter through the plantations. The savoury scent from the magical shrubs will tantalize your senses and the lush views will leave you speechless.
Take a boat ride down the Periyar Lake which will unfold landscapes that will take your breath away. During the ride, encounter densely forested hills, tree stumps that ascend haphazardly out from the water surface and an assortment of flora and fauna. If a boat is too sober then choose a bamboo raft which will definitely deliver an exciting experience.
Another offbeat activity for you venture on is a safari. It is available throughout the year. Ride through the winding slopes and thick jungles and spot a variety of wildlife all along the way. For those more adventurous couples, you can opt for the jungle trek. Choose your activity level and trek through the steep hills and thick verdure and spot different animals along the trail.
After a long and bumpy ride or a tough and tiring climb, you can go in for an Ayurveda massage for couples. Ayurveda is the natural and traditional healing system in India which has been practised for over 5000 years and Kerala is the birthplace of this science. In fact, a massage is said to be one of the most romantic things to do in Kerala for couples! Indulge in the intimate setting and reap the benefits of the invigorating skill and touch of the adept masseurs. It will be an experience where you and your beloved can re-discover the meaning of romance.
The inviting and serene swimming pool is an ideal way for couples to simmer down. You can wade through the water or have some fun by splashing water on one another. After a little fun and frolic, the inviting lounge chairs and sun beds allow you to soak up the sun while sipping on a chilled beverage. At such a moment it feels like it’s just you and your sweetheart and nothing else matters.
Although it feels like time is at a standstill, it’s almost approaching sundown. Wrapped in the arms of your love, watch as the day comes to an end and the sun begins to set, moving toward the rift between the misty hills and leaving behind a sky bursting with hints of coral, crimson, peach and purple.
After nightfall, as the temperature gets cooler, you can cuddle under a shared shawl and sit in the front of the blazing bonfire. A date outdoors helps spark that romance.
Before calling it a day, devouring the delish and scrumptious meals cooked at the in-house restaurant. Kerala is well-known for its cuisine be it the banana leaf steamed delicacies, spiced fish fry, the variety of seafood or the trail of coconut flavours. When you are here be sure to try it!
Last but not least, wait under the silvery star-speckled sky, in the arms of your loved one and celebrate when the clock strikes 12.
Next morning, start the beginning of the New Year by watching the sunrise together. The cool breeze, the view of the golden light emerging through the cavities of hills and illuminating the surroundings and your loved one by your side is more than perfect feeling! It will be a memory that you both cherish for the years to come.
During the following days of your stay, you can enjoy other activities like an elephant ride. Where you will sit on an elephant and enjoy a stroll through the jungle. Or if you are feeling lazy, there are a number of indoor activities to choose from.
A lifetime worth of experiences, feelings, memories and sights are offered to you in every corner of Kerala.
After you leave, every time you think of those moments with that special someone, you will get a jittery feeling in your belly like there is a swarm of butterflies fluttering around, a rush of electricity will run through your body, your palms will get sweaty and you will encounter various emotions; an upshot of spending quiet time in a land that is truly blessed with pure nature.
Your sojourn will be deep-rooted in your memory and hold on tight to it; everything around you is constantly changing, but the memorable moments of your holiday spent together will last forever.
Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd. (MHRIL), a part of Leisure and Hospitality sector of the Mahindra Group, offers quality family holidays primarily through vacation ownership memberships and brings to the industry values such as reliability, trust and customer satisfaction. Started in 1996, the company's flagship brand ‘Club Mahindra’, today has over 250,000 members , who can holiday at 100+ resorts in India and abroad.