“At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.” Well, if you want to bring out the poet in you, it’s time to go on a romantic honeymoon with your spouse. The important question arises, “What is the perfect honeymoon destination?” My answer would be, “Every place in the beautiful subcontinent of India is an ideal place.” But then, there are a few places in India which can make your honeymoon trip, the most memorable experience in your life.
Goa: Well, if you’re going to choose destinations for your honeymoon, why not choose ‘Heaven’ itself? Yes, I am talking about Goa, ‘The Heaven on Earth’. With its beautiful beaches, greenery, churches and temples, Goa would be the best honeymoon destination one can ever go to! Calangute, Anjuna, Baga and Colva are a few beaches worth visiting in Goa. Watching the sunset in the Baga beach in North Goa, is probably the most romantic thing in this world. Also in the Cola beach in South Goa, the sky, sea and land blend in harmony. Sounds like Heaven in Heaven! Water sports like water scooters, scuba diving, parasailing in these beaches, provide memories a couple would cherish forever. The churches in Goa like the Church of the Three Magi Kings, the Convent of Santa Monica, to name a few, which are a combination of the Indian and Portugal architecture, are worth visiting.
The couples could also visit the temples in Goa, praying to have a wonderful life together. The Ganpati temple, Mahalaxmi temple, Devaki-Krishna temple are a few temples to be visited. The best time to honeymoon in Goa is during the months of September to May. Also, the cherry on top is the Nightlife in Goa and couples could also visit Goa during the Goa Carnival. A pure combination of Sun, Sand, Sea and Surf, it should be on your list of destinations to go to.
Udaipur: Personally, Udaipur is the most beautiful place I have ever come across. The beautiful gardens, temples, grand palaces and mansions are all captivating. Known to us as the ‘City of Lakes’ it is one of the top 25 honeymoon destinations in India. The City Palace on the banks of Lake Pichola is one of the primary attractions. Also nearby is the Lake Palace which has been converted into the hotel under the Taj group. Doodh Talai is a garden which is very famous as the sunset point as honeymooners enjoy the sunset view here. Also one must visit other wonderful spots like the Nehru garden, Udaipur Solar Observatory. Couples enjoy the Camel and horse rides, puppet shows and the magic shows which are arranged by the hotels.
Mount Abu: Being the only hill resort in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is like an oasis one finds in a desert. The beauty of the Dilwara Jain temples dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras is breathtaking. Guru Shikhar, the highest peak in Mount Abu provides a view of the entire hill station. One primary attraction is the Nakki Lake which has the Toad Rock. The Toad Rock looks like a real toad which is about to jump into the lake! Sunset point is one spot which no couple would miss. Gaumukh temple, Honeymoon Point, Trevor’s Tan are some places which must be visited. Thus, because of its captivating beauty, Mount Abu is one of the top honeymoon destinations in India.
Jodhpur: Known as the ‘Blue City of Rajasthan’, Jodhpur is one of the most romantic places. The exquisite palaces, temples and forts add to its beauty. The beauty of the Umaid Bhavan Palace built of marble and pink sandstone is captivating. It has now been converted into a palace hotel. The Balsamand Lake is surrounded by a beautiful garden which acts as an ideal picnic spot. The Mehrangarh fort, Mandore Gardens, Jaswant Thada and Umaid Bhawan museum should also be visited. The romantic beauty of Jodhpur leaves an unforgettable impact on the honeymooners.
Kodaikanal: It is probably the ideal honeymoon destination for all nature lovers, with its valleys, waterfalls, lakes and trekking trails. The Kodai Lake which is an enchantingly beautiful star shaped lake is one place which can take your breath away. Going there with one’s spouse would be the most amazing thing ever. Not to forget the romantic boat cruises couples can go on! The Silver Cascade waterfall is another very romantic place worth visiting. The Green Valley View, which gives an overall view of the plains and the Devil’s Kitchen which is a deep hidden ravine valley are places of isolation and would give the couple some lone time to spend. Following a trekking trail along the Coaker’s Walk would be another unforgettable moment for the couples. Berijam Lake and the Dolphin’s nose are two enchanting honeymoon spots. No wonder it is referred to as the ‘Princess of Hill Stations’. The best time to visit Kodaikanal would be around April to October. Now that would be one Hill Station Honeymoon, the memories of which would stay with one for eternity.
Lakshadweep: These beautiful islands located in the Arabian Sea are one of the most sought after destination for honeymooners. The long stretches of sand, the sound of the waves and the cool breeze from the coconut palm trees, all the requisites of a good honeymoon can be seen in these islands. The beaches in here are also very romantic. The many lagoons present here are the prime attractions for many honeymooners. These lagoons are ideal for various sports like snorkelling, kayaking and fishing. Sounds fun! Kavaratti, its capital is again one of the most beautiful places in India. The beach resorts and beach cottages here, give all the romantic couples a once in a life time experience. Also kayaks and yachts can be taken on hire for a cruise around the island. The Lakshadweep islands thus live upto the expectations as the most romantic destination in India. The best time to visit Lakshadweep is during the months of November and May.
Coorg: Situated in Karnataka, Coorg is one of the favourite South Indian hill stations. Known for its coffee plantations, lush green hills and enchanting waterfalls, Coorg is one of the top honeymoon destinations in India. Nisargadhama is a manmade island in Coorg and is very famous as one of the best picnic spots. The ‘Scotland of India’ is known for its beautiful waterfalls like Iruppu, Abbey and Mallalli. Honeymoon in Coorg during the months April to November to make it memorable. Also don’t forget to visit the coffee plantations and the National Parks.
Kovalam: Located in Kerala, it is known as the ‘Paradise of South’. The beautiful beaches and ideal climate attracts newly married couples from all over India. There are three crescent shaped beaches in Kovalam. The largest being the Lighthouse Beach, followed by the Hawah beach which was the first topless beach in India and the third one being the Samudra Beach. Couples love sitting and relaxing under the palm trees and enjoy listening to the sound of the waves. Sounds very romantic. Kovalam attracts tourists especially from Europe and Israel. The beach resorts in Kovalam have everything the honeymooners want for a romantic stay. Recently, there is an increase in the number of tourists going to Kovalam because of the introduction of Ayurvedic salons in various resorts.
Andaman and Nicobar: These islands are the best place to have one’s dream honeymoon. The sparkling waters, the breathtaking beaches and beautiful resorts attract honeymooners from all over India. Where there are such wonderful beaches, trekking, scuba diving, snorkelling and deep sea fishing are all sought after. The best part of the honeymoon is when you can hire a tent and camp on the beaches. Seems like the genie has fulfilled the couple’s wishes! No wonder it is one of the top 25 honeymoon destinations in India. One should visit them during December to April.
Alappuzha: Located in Kerala, this city is known to us as ‘Venice of the East’. The backwaters, greeneries, beaches, canals and lagoons are primary attractions. The city is even more famous for its boat races. The calm and serene backwaters and the houseboat experiences have made this city a popular honeymoon destination. It is also the right destination for nature lovers with its wide variety of flora and fauna. October to May would be the perfect time to go there and have a romantic time with your spouse.
Ooty: Situated in the Nilgiri Hills, Ooty is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in South India. The Ooty Botanical Garden has more than thousand varieties of plants and exquisite flowers. Beautiful flowers would actually be the best gift to be given on a honeymoon. The Ooty Lake is the perfect picnic spot, not just because of its beauty, but also because of the boat houses which provide the most romantic boat rides. The Pykara River makes several beautiful waterfalls at many places, thus providing various picnic spots for honeymooners. A grassland area in the Nilgiris where one can find small hills and woods called the Wenlock Downs is the ideal place for a romantic walk. One spot which attracts tourists is the Emerald Lake, with its emerald colored water! Ooty is to be visited during the months of April to June and September to November.
Pondicherry: Known as the French Riviera of the East’, it is a sought after honeymoon destination. The Paradise Beach, Serenity beach, Lighthouse beach attract couples from all over. Honeymooners love to visit the Aurobindo Ashram and the stone statue of Joan of Arc. The Botanical Gardens is a place for the couples to relax.
Mysore: The cultural capital of Karnataka is famous in South India as one of the best honeymoon destinations. The Mysore Palace is the crown jewel which adorns the city. The Palace which is completely looks very beautiful, especially during the nights. The world famous Brindavan gardens are well known for their beautiful musical fountains and this is one romantic spot all the couples usually go to. The Jaganmohan Palace, Chamundi Palace and Karanji Lake are other places which can be visited. March to June is the ideal time to visit Mysore.
Srinagar: The Summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir as we all are very well aware of, is famous for its lakes, houseboats, rivers, and beautiful snow covered mountains. The Dal Lake attracts honeymooners all over India. There is not one single hotel in this world which can compete with the houseboats in the Dal Lake. Since the Dal Lake remains frozen during winter, April to October would be the best time to go there. Also one must visit the Shalimar Bagh which is known for its exquisite sculptures, designs and architecture. Emperor Jahangir dedicated this to his wife Nur Jahan, and ever since it has attracted lovers. Other places worth visiting are Hari Parbat, Gulmarg, Hazratbal mosque, to name a few. Romantic couples could also go there in winters and have fun in the snow. This ‘Paradise on Earth’ is thus one of the sought after honeymoon destinations because of the lush valleys, clear lakes and ideal climate
Dalhousie: This is one place newly wedded people must go to. It is a calm and beautiful hill station situated in Himachal Pradesh. This hill station has seven springs, known as the Satdhara. The springs are known to have medicinal properties. The serene environment gives some intimacy to the romantic couples. Khajjar is again a must visit place. It is shaped like a saucer and is surrounded by pine trees, lush meadows and sparkling lakes. Sounds like the right place for honeymooners. The Bakrota hills, Gandhi Chowk, Tibetan markets are few other places to stop by. April to June would be the right time to visit Dalhousie as the view of the snow covered mountains from here would be breathtaking at that time of the year.
Manali: It is a beautiful hill resort situated in the Himalayas. The Rohtang Pass is a delight to all honeymooners as it has enchantingly beautiful snow covered mountains. Also paragliding and skiing with your partner in these mountains sounds romantic. The Solang valley which is famous for its picturesque beauty is a wonderful picnic spot and also offers all the local delicacies. The Jagatsukh temple, Hadimba temple and the Tibetan monasteries are a must visit. Surrounded by orchards, forests, beautiful caves and temples, Manali is the ideal destination for an ideal honeymoon. One should visit Manali during the summer months of April to June and also during the months of September and November.
Kasauli: It is a quiet hill station located in the Shivalik hills near Shimla. The Monkey point is the most exotic spot here. It is basically a small temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Since it is the highest elevated spot in Kasauli, it gives a beautiful view of all the hills around Shimla. Hawa Ghar, also known as the sunrise point and the sunset point located 100 kms away from the Kasauli club house are two things which should not be missed. Breathtaking experience for the honeymooners! The Manki Point and Christ Church are two places worth visiting. The best part about this hill station is that the summers are cool and refreshing, winters are chilly but bearable. April to June, October and November are the ideal months to visit Kasauli.
Mussoorie: Known as the Queen of Hill Stations, Mussoorie is located at the foothills of the Himalayan ranges. It offers a splendid view of the Dehradun valley and the Shivalik ranges. Lal Tibba, the highest point in Mussoorie offers some breathtaking views. Kempty Falls and Lake Mist are two primary attractions for honeymooners. They are also famous for their boating rides. Camel’s Back Road is very famous for the calm and serene walk it offers. Sounds like the perfect place for romantic couples. The best time to visit Mussoorie is from March to May and again from September to November. No wonder Mussoorie has been unofficially declared as the ‘Honeymoon Capital of India.
Nainital: It is a beautiful hill town situated on the foot hills of the Kumaon range. Honeymooning here is like a dream for all the newlywed couples. The Naini Lake is a heaven for water sports like Yachting, Snorkeling Kayaking and Canoeing. A boat ride on this lake also sounds very romantic. There are many other scenic lakes cum picnic spots in Nainital. One can also enjoy the view of the snow capped mountains from the Naina Peak, Dorothy Seat or the Land’s End. Couples can also take a Cable Car in order to have a better view. Honeymooners should also visit the Jim Corbett National Park, which is a protected area for the endangered Bengali Tigers. Tourists can enjoy the Elephant Safaris and the trekking routes that it offers. This is going to be your best honeymoon destination as it has facilities for horse riding, boating, yachting, hiking and mountain climbing! The best time to visit Nainital would be April to December.
Shimla: Located in Himachal Pradesh, this city, with its pleasant climate, beautiful locations and great accommodation, is yet another popular honeymoon destination in India. Enchanting view of the majestic Himalayan peaks is what attracts tourists from all over India. Young couples love the indoor skating rink in Lakkar Bazaar and the open air ice skating above the Rivoli bus stand. Affordable accommodation is another reason for the increase in the number of honeymooners coming to Shimla. What adds to the honeymoon are exotic places lie Prospect Hill, Chadwick Falls, Jakhoo Hill, etc to name a few. Shimla can be visited at any time during the year.
Mcleodganj: Located in Dharamshala, it is one of the places which all nature lovers would love to go to. It is enriched with temples, monasteries and beautiful valleys. One very amazing place here is the Musrur, which has fifteen exquisitely carved monolithic rock temples. The Bhagsu waterfall and Bhagsunag temple are often visited by tourists. Artifacts of Tibetan and Buddhist cultures are displayed in the Kangra museum. The Dal Lake and Pong Dam Lake are two perfect picnic spots. Trekking and rock climbing are two activities which honeymooners love to indulge in.
Agra: Agra has always been known for its rich heritage and varied culture. The mere fact that Agra is a home to one of the most romantic places in the world makes it one of India’s best honeymoon destinations. Yes, I am talking about the exquisite beauty- The Taj Mahal. As Shah Jahan built this out of love for his dead wife, it is believed to be the ‘Symbol of Love’. The Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri are two places worth visiting. Various gardens like Soami Bagh, Ram Bagh and Mehtab Bagh are perfect picnic spots for romantic couples. The Kailash temple and the Mahakali temple are generally visited by couples to pray for a happy life ahead. The Jama Masjid and Sikandara, where the tomb of Akbar lies are other famous spots in Agra.
Darjeeling: Located in the beautiful city of West Bengal, this town is known all over the world for its Tea production. It is surrounded by lakes, plantations, woods and forests. A walk in this beautiful hill station with your spouse would be the most romantic thing ever. The Senchal Lake is again a popular picnic spot with a golf course, a clubhouse and a lodge. Watching the sunrise is probably something which every couple wants. Well this town doesn’t disappoint them. The Tiger Hill here is internationally famous for its beautiful sunrise. The Himalayan Zoo, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and the beautiful monasteries are prime attractions. April to June would be the best time to go vacationing in Darjeeling.
Shillong: The romantic hill city of Shillong, with its simplicity and natural beauty is another sought after honeymoon destination. The Shillong Peak is an ideal picnic spot and offers a panoramic view of the country side. The city is known for its waterfalls, lakes, museums, churches and mountains. The Lake Hydari Park is also an ideal picnic spot and it also has a mini zoo situated near it. Honeymooners love to visit the Wards Lake which is an artificial lake with a garden and boating facilities. Sounds romantic! Other spots worth visiting are the Bishop and Beadon Falls, Elephant Falls and Umiam Lake to name a few. The ideal time to visit the ‘Scotland of East’ would be from March to April.
Sikkim: The beautiful state of Sikkim is one of the top 25 honeymoon destinations in India because of its snow covered mountain peaks, green valleys, enchanting flowers, lakes and beautiful monasteries. The Tashi view point provides the best view of Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. Honeymooners enjoy by indulging themselves in various activities like trekking, mountain climbing, Para gliding and river rafting. The Tsongmo Lake is an oval shaped lake and is the home for Brahminy ducks and various other migratory birds. It is believed to be sacred. The monasteries in Sikkim are also worth visiting. The Nathu La Pass which lies on the Indo Chinese border and the Gurudongmar Lake which remains frozen during winter attract tourists. Then in the west part of Sikkim, people go on the Dzongri trek. March to August is the perfect time for couples to go to Sikkim.
So, why stop with a Big Fat Indian Wedding? Have the best Honeymoon too, as it cannot happen twice!