The first days after the wedlock are probably the most crucial and memorable, where two people who have just exchanged vows to love each other their whole life have started their journey. While a lot of people from India prefer to go abroad to experience the fresh scenic beauty foreign lands possess, most have no clue that they would get similar destinations that are scenically on par with those abroad. Some of the destinations in India are even named after places abroad because they replicate the beauty of that place to the fullest. There is probably no other country in the world that possesses such geographical diversity. From the mountains to the hills to the deserts and pristine beaches, these are the best honeymoon destinations in India. Planning a honeymoon trip abroad? You might reconsider after scrolling through this goggling list.
1. Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh
Snowcapped peaks on the horizon, green pastures topping a 2000m high plateau, dense forests, and a captivating lake, an image that would make the perfect panoramic picture, there is no better place to romance than in the little “Switzerland” of India. Known for one of the few destinations that contain all these diverse ecosystems in one spot, this hill station in the Chambiar district is one of the most picturesque destinations, one, that any couple would only dream of. The weather is tourist friendly barring the winter season and is most preferable during August. Wading through the lake and trekking is the main activity for adventure goers. The hotels are priced reasonably, considering the scenic beauty it possesses, and transport to Khajjiar is easily accessible from the nearest major town Dalhousie.
If your desire is to get closer and feel warmer with your better-half, then the foothills of Himalayas, Auli located in Uttarakhand, should be your honeymoon getaway. Famously known for its ski season between January end to March, this hill station also gives honeymooners the pleasure of riding on the longest ever cable cart that gives you the best ever view of the ranges, and a picturesque trek overlooking glistening lakes. The summer season during March to June is the best time to visit to get the fog out of this poster-card view. The location is 281Km or a five hour drive from the Dehradun Airport, but the hotels set on the precipice will be a sight that will compensate the rough drive.
3. Lakshadweep Islands
Known as the “Coral Islands” of India, Lakshadweep is one of the most pristine honeymoon getaways. This archipelago is your perfect destination if you want to take that romantic walk by the shores. Its crystal clear waters complimented by its rich marine culture will enhance your love for each other. The other attractions are wind surfing, kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving which takes you to the epitome of this island’s beauty. The Agatti Aerodrome is the lone airport on the island.
Located at the foothills of the Himalayas, in Uttarakhand, this popular hill station is a seasoned honeymoon destination. Most of the hotels in this area engulf the pear-shaped Nainital Lake, the perfect spot to start your journey of love. The car cables give tourist the best view of the snow-capped peaks and the Naini peak is the peerless view of this lake-side town. Sitting on an altitude of 2, 084 meters, the temperature is rather cold through-out the year and is best suited for city dwellers during summer.
Named after the confluence of three rivers, Munnar is a hill station in the Idduki district of Kerala. Its innumerable tea plantations complimented with its green pastures is a quick get-away for honeymooners hailing from the nearby cities. The hotels are at a reasonable range and the drive from the metropolitan city of Bangalore is only 7-hours. The tranquility of the hills and the radiant colors of the pastures only make this the perfect setting to have the perfect moment with your loved one.
6. Allepey, Kerala
The quietude of the backwaters only disturbed by the wading of the boat through the waters is something every honeymoon couple will vouch for. Best known for its backwaters amongst the tourist, this tranquil location in “God’s own Country” is probably one of the most sought after destinations in South India.
Soak in ancient India during the Rajput era with a trip to what it called the “Venice of the East.” The lakes, Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar, Udai Sagar and Swaroop Sagar glistening the reflection of the palaces are a sight that will instill romance between you love birds. If there is one destination that will give you a taste of pre-eminent ancient architecture as well as a feeling of living like a king, this destination will do just that. The candle light dinners at the hotels residing on the bank of the lakes will only amplify your love for each other.
8. Rishikesh, Utarakhand
Take your love to the hills to what is famously called the “Yoga capital of the World.” The serenity of the place will only enforce your attention towards each other, making sure nothing distracts you. Located on the foothills of the Himalayas, the view from any room you decide to reside in will be unparalleled. Other activities such as river rafting and trekking will only add to the adrenaline rush of the place.
9. Kovalam, Kerala
Head down south and enjoy the serene bliss of the Arabian Sea at Kovalam, Kerala. The constant sound of the waves lashing against the shore is sure to get you love birds snuggling and sharing the divinity of the place at sunset. The site was a prominent spot for the tourists during the Hippy era and till today continues to lure tourist from across the globe because of its laid-back, holiday vibe it emanates. The best time to visit this place is during winters or just after the monsoons. Hotel and lodging is easily available around the beaches.
If you both are partygoers and feel the need to kick start your journey together with a party, then Goa is the place. With the perfect cocktail of beaches, wilderness, parties and quietude, this destination is for sure the most fun loving spot across the whole country. A destination that sees the most tourists in India, the diversity of the beaches mixed with the commercial activities is certainly a ticket to one wild kick start to your marriage. Apart from the monsoons, Goa is generally tourist friendly with regard to the weather and hospitality.
11. Andaman & Nicobar Islands
This cluster of islands located at the junction of the Bay of Bengal is certainly a destination most honeymooners choose to express their love. The sight of these exotic beaches and marine culture will leave you both rejuvenated to take your next step as a married couple. The island is also famous for its adventure sports, such as snorkeling, scuba diving and wind surfing. The best time to visit this pristine island is between January and May.
12. Tarkarli, Maharashtra
Home to an “International Scuba Diving Center,” Tarkarli is one of the most pristine and unblemished beaches in Maharashtra. On a clear day, one can spot the sea bed even when 20-meters deep in the ocean. Just 3km from the airport, this immaculate destination known for its eccentric panoramic view of the beach, sail boats and hamlets located by the shore is a sight that will stay imprinted in your head for the rest of your married life. MTDC is the main resort of this village and would cost you a little over a gran a night.
13. Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
This fine mix of crystal clear fresh lakes with the mountains is an experience by itself. Having your loved one by your side is just going to augment the experience. The boat house by the Dal Lake and the Mughal gardens is one of the most favorite attractions of the land. The eccentric beauty of this land will ensure your love for each other is invigorated and visiting it apart from the winters is best suited for holidaying.
14 Jodhpur, Rajasthan
This princely state is engulfed by scenic landscapes and historic palaces and temples. This “lonely planet,” as it is referred to, has become a popular destination over the years and has become the face of India in numerous blockbuster films. Being the pinnacle of Indian architecture, the sight of Jodhpur in the night is the perfect backdrop for a romantic setting. The area faces extreme heat during the summers, and is generally hot throughout the year as well.
15. Ranthambore, Rajasthan
If you have always dreamt of spending a night amongst the wild, then Rathambore is the prime spot. A land that was once used as a hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur, this is now declared a world heritage site by the UNESCO. The place gets you one with the wild, with its safari’s and local guides who will take you to the prime locations of the wild. The whole experience of living in the forest for a day will certainly make you both feel young and invigorated.
16. Coorg, Karnataka
A 5-hour drive from Bangalore will take you to this “Scotland of India,” a pleasant hill station that is now regarded as one of the best in the country. Packed with waterfalls, temples, green meadows and tea plantations, this lush green land will initiate your journey of love with all the calmness required. The weather is pleasant through the year and that being the main factor; it is always a destination that will never let you down.
If you have craved to see snowcapped mountains and never have, experiencing this with your hubby is a memory that will last a lifetime. Known as the best skiing destination in the country, this land covered completely with snow will make you feel like you’re living in a fairytale when you traverse by the cable cars. There is sufficient lodging for tourists and the weather is extreme but favorable after the winters with June being the prime time to visit this charming land.
18. Ooty, Tamil Nadu
It was once an administrative town for the British during the summers but now is one of India’s leading hill stations. With the Nilgiri Hills being the main attraction, tourists are lured to this destination because of its pleasant climate through the year, its tea plantations, straggled grasslands and picturesque precipices. At every nook and corner of this land is beauty, one that will match the love that you will share in this place.
19. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
A hill station that is predominantly supported by tourism, Kodaikanal is yet another refuge in South India from the scorching heat of the cities. Famous among tourists for its “Magic mushrooms,” the stillness of this town complemented by its poster-card view is what attracts tourist year after year. Take your love to the lake, where boating is the activity most vouched for or to the Dolphin’s nose which will give you the best panoramic view of the town. The weather, like most hill stations is pleasant throughout the year.
20. Kanyakumari, Tamilnadu
Here at the tip of the 7th largest country in the world stands Kanyakumari. The sunset and sunrise overlooking the Arabian Sea is one of the prime locations for lovers. On some lucky days one can see the moon rise and sunset at the same time. This setting is just going to inflame your love for each other as a married couple. The weather is humid throughout the year and apart from the summers; the rest of the year is suitable for travelers.
21. Puri, Odisa
A perfect concoction of the holidaying experience as well as the spiritual experience, Puri is one of the most visited spots by tourists, predominantly the spiritual ones. This place harbors the Jagganath temple that sees thousands a year flock to it to pray and the Puri beach is one which will get you sunbathing with its beauty. If you’re a couple who wants to mix spirituality with fun and love, this is the place to visit.
22. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
All thanks to the Tawang monastery, this place has been kept serene for years together. A prime honeymoon spot for North-eastern people, the Sela pass which is covered with snow almost all year through and the pristine Jang waterfall are the main attractions of this place. The tranquility of the place is unmatched and perfect to start your adventure together.
23. Daman and Diu
Located off the coast of the Arabian Sea, this union territory in India is the closest one can get to actually being to Portugal. The serene beaches and well planned township is what will entice you both to get closer to each other. This is not very popular as compared to the other tourist destinations and it will work in your favor if you prefer the non-commercialized environment. The silence engulfing the beach is probably the most exhilarating experience.
24. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
The capital of the state was once declared the summer capital of India by the British and one look at this serene destination and you’ll know why. One of the must-go places in India for honeymooners, this hill station has both picturesque landscapes and meadows as well as architectural history. The best time to visit Shimla is during the summers as getting to this destination is a breath of fresh air from the scorching heat of the cities.
25. Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Nestled in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, the diversity Manali displays is breathtaking. From temples to the national park to the very landscape of this place, tourists for years have flocked to this serene destination. It’s endemic flora and fauna is a spectacle by itself and is for certain one of the most popular destinations for newly-weds. The temperature is cold during winters and pleasant during other seasons, only giving you both another reason to cuddle through your stay.