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Best places for honeymoon in India

Discussion in 'Travel advice' started by RismaUm, Oct 17, 2016.

  1. RismaUm

    RismaUm New Member

    I would like some suggestions in knowing what are the best places for a honeymoon in India. I am getting married on the 21st October, and my honeymoon will be in the first week of November, and my fiance and I are planning to spend about two weeks on our honeymoon wherever it maybe.

    We have not decided what kind of place we would like to go to i.e., beach, and just keeping the options open and waiting for what suggestions are given.

  2. djtravels

    djtravels Member

    I see that you're from Delhi, in which case, I will begin with places that are far instead of those nearby that you can visit anytime later. So, let's forget about nearby hill stations.

    The first place I would recommend that you go to is Kerala. It has exotic beaches, amazing architectural marvels, exotic hill stations, mesmerizing ayurvedic spas, and the fabled back waters. There is so much to do in Kerala that the two weeks would go by in a jiffy.

    In terms of itinerary, you could try visiting these destinations:
    Kovalam (for the beaches),
    Cochin (for the architectural marvels),
    Munnar (for the hill stations),
    Thekkady (for wildlife safari/sightseeing, hiking, become forest ranger for a night),
    Verkala (again more beaches),
    Aleppey (for the fabled back waters - ride in boat houses, enjoy Kathakali and other cultural treats, etc.

    I think that if you spent 2 days per destination, the total comes up to be 12 days. And then, you can keep 2 days for backup.

  3. briannagodess

    briannagodess Well-Known Member

    Hi there, welcome to the forum!

    For newlyweds or those still planning their perfect wedding, deciding on a honeymoon destination has always been quite nerve-wracking. With plenty of options in the country, you're bound to get confused and so the question that always comes up is, 'Which is the best honeymoon destination for us?' Of course, the honeymoon destination is always important as it is part of the memories that both husband and wife will have forever. The good news is that, India, with its varied landscapes and terrains, have different destinations perfect as honeymoon options. Yes, you won't even need to leave the country to have that perfect honeymoon for you and your better half. So let's begin listing the best honeymoon destinations in India:

    For enjoying the sun, sand and beach

    1. Andaman Islands - One of the best beach destinations in India is the Andaman Islands. With its pristine beaches, teeming with marine life and untouched by commercialism, you're going to enjoy every bit of your honeymoon here. Its remote location, since it can only be reached by flight or by ship, makes it less crowded than other destinations. Thus, if you're looking for privacy and seclusion, you can definitely get those in one of the many islands of this union territory. The capital of the territory is Port Blair and if going by air, this is the first island that you'd encounter. You can visit various attractions here like the Cellular Jail, Anthropological Museum and Samudrika Marine Museum. If you and your partner love water sports, the Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex is also located here where you can indulge in activities like jet skiing, boating and parasailing. If you're just here for the beaches, then head on over to Havelock Island. There are plenty of resorts here that offer guests with the ultimate comfort and a satisfying view of the sea. There are seven beaches here but the best-rated ones are the Vijay Nagar Beach or Beach No. 5 and Radhanagar Beach or Beach No. 7. The attractions don't stop here though as you can venture further into other islands like Barren Island, where the only active volcano is south Asia can be found or to Interview Island, where you can indulge in a wildlife safari. With the different islands of Andaman, you can mindlessly spend your two weeks here and it's sure to pass by so quick.
    • Must visit places - Cellular Jail, Anthropological Museum, Samudrika Marine Museum, Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex, Havelock Island, Barren Island, Interview Island and many more.

    2. Lakshadweep - This is another union territory of India, located kilometres away from Cochin. To reach the island, you need to go by air or by ship. By air is more preferred as it has more schedules as compared to the few ships plying from Cochin to Lakshadweep. The difference of Lakshadweep to the Andaman Islands is that it is less touristy in a sense. Hotels here are simpler and you won't get as much tourist infrastructures like internet or high end restaurants. But that's the beauty of it, you can surely enjoy your honeymoon because of this seclusion. Since tourists need a permit to enter the islands, there is some difficulty in accessing it. But once you get past these issues, you can relish your honeymoon with your loved one. There's Minicoy Island, if you'd just like to bask around in the water and the white shores. There's Bangaram Island too, yet another secluded island, free from any inhabitants. If both of you enjoy water sports, then you can opt for Kadmat Island as you can indulge in water sports here like kayaking, boating, snorkelling and scuba diving. Of course, a visit to the capital which is Kavaratti Island is also a good option as it is the most developed part of the union territory. Here you can find attractions like the Ujire Mosque and Marine Aquarium. Although Lakshadweep is less commercialised, its serenity and quietness is suitable for most honeymoon couples who want these features for their vacation. Beaches here are crystal clear with soft, white sands and these are sure to be etched in your mind forever.
    • Must visit places - Minicoy Island, Bangaramn Island, Kadmat Island and Kavaratti Island.

    3. Goa - If somehow the two beach destinations above are too far or too expensive for your budget, you can always go to Goa. Despite being famed as the party capital of the country, the truth is, Goa has beautiful beaches, that are serene and perfect for honeymoon couples. Barring the cult favourites for crowds, Baga and Calangute, almost all the other remaining beaches are more quiet and secluded. But to truly enjoy your honeymoon, venture into the southern part of Goa. The further you reach the south, the more peaceful the beaches are. For staying in, you can opt for hotels near Benaulim Beach, Cavelossim Beach or Palolem Beach. This way, you can enjoy strolling in the beach during sunrise and sunset. Or maybe indulging in water sports around Palolem. During day time, do visit more remote beaches like Cola Beach, Butterfly Beach and Hollant Beach. If you would like to indulge in sightseeing, there are also plenty of attractions around South Goa for that. Heritage sites like Cabo De Rama Fort and Rachol Fort & Seminary can give you a glimpse of the bygone era. Natural attractions like the Dudhsagar Waterfalls and Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary can also be included in your itinerary.
    • Must visit places - South Goa (Benaulim Beach, Cavelossim Beach, Palolem Beach, Cola Beach, Butterfly Beach, Hollant Beach, Cabo De Rama Fort, Rachel Fort & Seminary, Dudhsagar Waterfalls and Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary).
    Cola Beach in Goa

    Very cozy hill stations

    4. Munnar - With its sprawling tea plantations and fresh greenery, Munnar is also one of the top destinations in the country for honeymoon couples. But more than that, this hill station in Kerala offers plenty of natural attractions to rejuvenate a couple's spirit. Charming attractions, lush beauty, views all around, what more can you ask for? Munnar can certainly set the mood for romance just because of its alluring beauty. One of the main attractions here is the Attukad Waterfalls, which you can only reach after trekking. Its powerful waterfalls combined with the surrounding forests is such a refreshing sight to see. There are also many view points around the hill station where you can see the valleys below and the surrounding mountains. There's Shooting Point, the best place for taking photographs and there's Top Station, a place amidst the clouds. You can even enjoy boating around the Kundala Lake with your loved one. Of course, it's also a must to visit the tea gardens around Munnar and sip these freshly produced teas while admiring the views around you. You can also indulge in wildlife safaris in Munnar, either in Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary or in Rajamalai National Park. With the breezy chill around Munnar, it's just an added excuse for a cuddle from your loved one.
    • Must visit places - Attukad Waterfalls, Shooting Point, Top Station, Kundala Lake, Tea Gardens, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajamalai National Park and many more.

    5. Manali - Despite being a hill station, Manali is dubbed more as an adventurer's paradise. Yes, it offers the serenity and pleasant climate of a hill station but it even has more activities to make your honeymoon more memorable. If you're visiting during the summer season, at the end of May, Rohtang Pass offers you the opportunity to play with real snow. How fun is that? You can indulge in snow skiing and snow scootering here or maybe just build your very first snowman. If ever you're visiting during the winter, there's Solang Valley where a myriad of activities can also be done like skiing and sledging. Even in summer, activities like paragliding and zorbing are rampant here. You can also explore the different temples around Manali like the Hadimba Temple, Vashisht Temple and Maa Sharvari Temple. When it comes to natural attractions, Manali also has plenty of them. Starting with the Beas River, then there's the Jogini Waterfalls and the Rahala Waterfalls. With hotels and resorts especially catering to honeymoon couples, you can certainly find the best accommodation option for you in Manali.
    • Must visit places - Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Hadimba Temple, Vashisht Temple, Maa Sharvari Temple, Beas River, Jogini Waterfalls and the Rahala Waterfalls.
    Hadimba Temple in Manali

    6. Nainital - With its seven lakes, Nainital offers nothing short of romance to honeymoon couples. The most popular lake here is the Naini Lake and you can even opt to stay in a hotel facing the lake. This way, the first thing that greets you in the morning is its beauty. Indulging in a boat ride around the lake is also a romantic activity that you and your loved one can enjoy. If ever Naini Lake is too commercialised for you, there are other lakes that you can visit like Sattal, Bhimtal and Khurpatal. For historical places, there's the Raj Bhawan, also known as the Governor's House, and Gurney's House, where acclaimed conservationist Jim Corbett lived. Another must visit here is the High Altitude Zoo, where you can spot the various wildlife of the region. Then, there's the Nainital Ropeway, where you can enjoy the views of the surrounding mountain peaks and valleys.
    • Must visit places - Naini Lake, Sattal, Bhimtal, Khurpatal, Raj Bhawan, Gurney's House, High Altitude Zoo and Nainital Ropeway.
    Naini Lake in Nainital

    As romantic as a cruise

    7. Udaipur - Known as the Venice of the East, Udaipur has always been in the list of honeymoon destinations around India. The lakes here are not just romantic but has a long history behind them. There's the Lake Pichola, which was built around the 13th century by Banjara. Its beauty was so captivating and even Maharana Udai Singh was attracted to it that he had built his palace on its banks. Now, the lake is a popular tourist attraction in the city and a visit to Udaipur won't be complete without enjoying a cruise along it. Around the lake, there are several islands that you can visit which has several structures in them like the Lake Palace and the Jag Mandir. On the banks of the lake, there's the City Palace, one of the largest and grandest palace complexes in the state. Its blend of different architectural styles is apparent and adds to the unique beauty of the complex. Other must visit lakes here are the Fateh Sagar Lake and the Jaisamand Lake. And excursion away from the city centre can take you to the Monsoon Palace with beautiful views of the surrounding forests. Just outside the palace, you can enjoy a wildlife safari and you might be able to spot some of the wild animals of the region. So if you and your loved one enjoy historical places that ooze with romance, then Udaipur should be at the top of your list.
    • Must visit places - Lake Pichola, Lake Palace, Jag Mandir, City Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Jaisamand Lake, Monsoon Palace and many more.
    Lake Pichola in Udaipur

    8. Alleppey - Kerala is well-known for its houseboat tours and Alleppey is one place where you can enjoy that. A houseboat cruise takes you around the backwaters of the state, while you get to enjoy viewing the real rural life. Nothing can be more romantic than that, sipping a cup of tea while enjoying the lush greenery around you. If you rent the higher end houseboats, you can even have a jacuzzi all to yourself. Meals are also prepared for you by your own private chef and you can indulge in Keralan cuisine. Around Alleppey, you can visit beaches like the Alappuzha Beach, Marari Beach and Andhakaranazhi Beach. There are also some religious sites around the city that you can visit like the Edathua Church, Ambalapuzha Sri Krishna Temple and Saint Mary's Forane Church. But really, the beauty of Alleppey is its serenity and quietness, making it an ideal honeymoon destination. If your idea of a vacation is just relaxing, Alleppey fits that bill.
    • Must visit places - Backwaters Cruise, Alappuzha Beach, Marari Beach, Andhakaranazhi Beach, Edathua Church, Ambalapuzha Sri Krishna Temple and Saint Mary's Forane Church.
    Houseboat in Alleppey

    For the couples who love adventure or maybe just something different

    9. Ladakh - If you want your honeymoon to be quite different, then why not head on over to Ladakh? Away from tourist infrastructures, modernity or any comfort, you're sure going to have a one-of-a-kind honeymoon when you choose this destination. For starters, a road trip to Ladakh is quite exciting especially if you take the Manali route, where you'd pass through the highest passes in the country. You would be greeted by different landscapes as well but mostly barren lands and small villages. Serenity? Check! Beauty? Check! Adventure? Check! Ladakh was once an important trading post for the country but has since then become less important after the closing of the border. Yet the different attractions in Ladakh provide one a glimpse of the rich culture and heritage of the region. Such structures like the Leh Palace, Stok Palace, Diskit Monastery and Spituk Monastery are perfect examples of the once grandeur and importance of Ladakh. On the other hand, if you reach places like the Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri, you would be spellbound by the beauty of these natural attractions. Venture further into Ladakh to places like Nubra Valley, a high altitude desert and Zanskar Valley, where river rafting is possible, and you're sure to have the time of your lives.
    • Must visit places - Leh Palace, Stok Palace, Diskit Monastery, Spituk Monastery, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri, Nubra Valley and Zanskar Valley.
    Nubra Valley in Ladakh
    10. Rann of Kutch - After the monsoon season, the Great Rann of Kutch begins to take its beautiful salty appearance. For eight months in a year, barring the monsoon months, you can enjoy this seasonal salt marsh. Make sure to bring an identification proof with you when visiting the region as you need a permit to enter it. During the month of December, the annual Rann Utsav Festival is also held in the Great Rann of Kutch. During this festival, you get to see the locals preparing cultural shows and handicrafts for tourists. You can also enjoy staying in the locally made huts by the government for the tourists. This is also the time that you can view the full moon on the Great Rann of Kutch, which is a sight to behold with your loved one. Outside of the Great Rann of Kutch, you can visit other places like Lakhpat, where the Lakhpat Fort is located and Mata No Madh, where you can visit various temples. Definitely an offbeat destination, yet as romantic as any other place, Rann of Kutch shouldn't be disregarded when it comes to honeymoon places around India.
    • Must visit places - Great Rann of Kutch, Lakhpat and Mata No Madh.
    Great Rann of Kutch

    There you go, I hope this helps you!:)
  4. Venisha

    Venisha New Member


    As djtravels suggested you can visit Kerala Or Tamilnadu
    Places you can cover in kerala - Cochin, Cherai, Munnar, Thekkady, Kumarakom, Alleppey, Kovalam & Kanyakumari
    Places to visit in Tamilnadu - Kanyakumari, Kodaikanal, Pondicherry & Mahabalipuram