A honeymoon is like another ceremony but fortunately a ceremony which you can peacefully enjoy away from relatives and traditions. It marks the beginning of another chapter in your life. If you have decided to go for your honeymoon in India, then fret not because there is no shortage of choices. The diverse geography of our country offers everything, from exotic islands and beaches to green hill stations and snowclad peaks. Choosing a destination is a daunting and tedious job, so we compiled a list of 21 places that suit every budget and every preference for the most beautiful vacation of your life together.
The ancient cathedrals, the enchanting sunsets, the bewitching beaches and a candle-light dinner under the palm trees near the blue waves crashing on the velvety sands is a paradise for those struck by cupids. A honeymoon at Goa is a complete bliss between October and April. The beaches of Goa are a must go, in the mornings to enjoy the sun and water activities, and at night for an electrifying night party. Anjuna, Calangute, Vagator, Sinquerim are some famous beaches in North Goa, and Colva, Palolem, Benaulim are some of the best beaches in South Goa. Dudhsagar Waterfalls, Vasco da Gama, Divar Island, Grand Island, Chorao Island are also some must visit places.
2. Andaman Islands
The picturesque landscapes and marooned islands of Andaman, the deep blue ocean and the cloudless sky, the sweet ocean breeze and the beauty of beaches, makes Andaman Island a perfect honeymoon point. Enjoy the rustic charm of Port Blair with your loved one at the marine parks and the beach resorts. The live music evenings, the Cellular Jail tour and the light and sound show are not to be missed. The Exotic Beach resorts at Havelock Island will give you the perfect getaway. The secluded and unspoiled beauty of Neil Island and the cascades, forests, and beaches of Little Andaman offer the best retreat. The untouched nature at Diglipur with its splendid views will always be a cherished memory.
Paradise on earth and timeless beauty, Srinagar is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in India. The capital of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar lies on the bank of Jhelum River and attracts couples throughout the year with its cool and pleasant climate. Go for a Shikara ride with your beloved on the Dal Lake where you can see the reflection of the surrounding mountain peaks, the Floating Vegetable Market and the community that lives on the lake, Mir Bahris. The Mughal Gardens, the Shalimar Bagh, the Char Chinar, and the Nishat Bagh are other famous attractions. April to September is the best time to visit Srinagar.
The mesmerising archipelago with its deep blue waters, diverse flora and fauna, fantastic beaches and luxurious resorts is an exotic honeymoon destination. You can either take a luxury cruise to Lakshadweep and spend some exciting moments on board, or you can island hop by water scooters, catamarans, boats, and long-tail boats. Go snorkelling together at Agatti Islands and scuba-dive together at Bangaram Island where you can see a vibrant variety of coral reefs. Try fishing at Kadmat Island and lounge under the sun at Kavaratti Island. Explore the architectural splendour at Kalpeni and the serenity of Minicoy Island. Try canoeing and kite-surfing together and return with the memories and pictures of the most exciting and memorable trip with your partner.
The grandeur of the Venice of the East, that is, Udaipur attracts a significant number of couples every year. The City of Lakes bejewelled with a large number of palaces makes Udaipur an exotic honeymoon destination. The City Palace, the Crystal Gallery, the Bagore Ki Haveli, the Fateh Prakash Palace, are some of the famous places thronged by tourists. For a quiet romantic evening, go for a boat ride in Lake Pichola and see the magnificence of the Jag Mandir Palace. The Mewar Light and Sound Show will be a fun addition to your getaway. Go for exotic camel and elephant safaris or adventure sports like paragliding if you both are adventure junkies.
The enchanting beauty of the green forests and meadows contrasted with the blue sky and snow of Manali is a magnet for tourists. Amidst the mountains and valleys, Manali is the most sought honeymoon destination. Manali has a lot to offer to honeymoon couples with its museums, temples, hippie villages, pine-fringed slopes providing trekking trails, adventure sports and more. Go for camping and adventure sports at Solang Valley and make sure to spend a day in a treehouse. You can book one of the luxurious and romantic resorts at Solang Valley and go on a yak ride together. Indulge in adventure sports with your significant other and return with some unforgettable experiences.
The bewitching sunrise coupled with the splendour and majesty of the hills, the lush tea plantations and the charm of the picturesque city make Darjeeling the most popular hill station of India. Rightly called the Queen of Himalayas, Darjeeling is an excellent honeymoon destination for newly-weds. Witness the magnificent spectacle of the sun rising behind the Kanchenjunga peak at Tiger Hill and visit the Nightingale Park and the Rock Garden. Your honeymoon is incomplete without the fun train ride which lasts for two hours on and offers you the beautiful view of the paddy fields and streams. Board the cable car for a thrilling ropeway ride and water-rafting in Teesta and Rangeet river. Sip a cup of the renowned Darjeeling Tea with your significant other as you both indulge in the traditional Tibetan cuisine.
8. Ooty and Coonoor
Nestled in the Nilgiris, Ooty is a popular honeymoon destination for couples. The marvellous beauty of the hill station with its pleasant climate and picturesque beauty sets Ooty apart. The Queen of Hill stations has a colonial charm coupled with the magnificence of its hills. Couples relish the cosy boat rides on the Ooty lake and the serenity of Emerald dam and lake which is surrounded by the aromatic tea plantations. Camp near the serene Avalanche Lake and go for boating at the Pykara Falls and Lake. The cascade of Catherine Falls will take your breath away, and the magnificent view from the Doddabetta peak is a stunning spectacle. Couples throng to the Rose Garden and the Botanical Garden and love to go for a stroll together at the shooting point. Make sure to go for a romantic ride on the Ooty toy train with your loved one and visit the Mukurthi National Park. Return with some cherished memories and the famous coffee, tea and home-made chocolates of Ooty.
Real heaven on Earth, this snowclad beauty has always been a famous place amongst tourists and an excellent location to spend your honeymoon. Words are not sufficient to capture the natural beauty of Leh. You can spend your honeymoon in a cosy cottage in Leh which will give you remarkable views. Apart from the spellbinding natural landscapes, Leh is an abode of culture and heritage. Indulge in scrumptious Ladakh and Tibetan cuisine, the unique handicrafts, and the extraordinary monasteries like Lamayaru, Thiksey Gompa, Diskit, Likir Gompa, and many more. Plan and try to be a part of the colourful cultural fests that take place in Leh throughout the year. For adventure loving couples, Leh has its share of adrenaline-pumping activities like blissful treks, camping, rafting and more.
The unique charm of Mussoorie is evident from its popularity as a honeymoon destination. The peaceful and misty environs, nestled in the foothills of Garhwal range, Mussoorie is a perfect retreat from the world. Go for an early morning casual stroll with your beloved on the Mall road and the Happy Valley for the sweetest walk to remember. Visit the Tibetan Temple, Municipal Garden, and Gun Hill point. Make sure to take the cable car ride to the Gun Hill point. Have a thrilling bike ride on the serpentine Camel's Back Road which will offer you stunning views of the Doon Valley. Go for bird watching and trekking at the Benog Wildlife Sanctuary and witness the most beautiful scenery from Lal Tibba. The azure waters of the Mussoorie Lake and the Lake mist is one of the most romantic and serene views. Get drenched at Kempty falls and return with beautiful memories and unusual handicrafts from famous markets like Kulri Bazaar, Landour Bazaar, and Library Point.
11. The Rann of Kutch
Famous for its natural beauty, the vast expanse of the Rann of Kutch is formed of salt marshes and has been a popular location not just for a honeymoon but also for many Bollywood movies. Sandwiched between the desert and the Arabian Sea, the white desert is a visual treat for travellers. The vast salt expanse under the full moon looks ethereal, and when the sun sets, the golden rays light up the place and turn it into a blanket of gold. Here you can see some exotic migratory birds like the flamingo at the Wild Ass Sanctuary or the Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary. The handicrafts, textiles, artefacts, and tapestries are also a must see at the Kutch Museum. Relish the local cuisine here and explore the remains of the oldest civilisation, the Indus Valley Civilization. Visit the ancient palaces and castles and stroll around the Dhordo Village. Tour the Banni Village, the Bhujodi Village, and the Ajrakhpur Village. Spend a night in a tent on the white desert and make sure to have a delicious Gujarati Thali.
12. McLeod Ganj
Monasteries, serene landscapes, adventure activities and quaint cafes bring McLeod Ganj to our list of honeymoon destinations. Explore the monasteries, temples, lakes, and cascades with your spouse like the Namgyal Monastery, the Tsuglagkhang which is the residence of Dalai Lama, the Bhagsu Falls and Bhagsunath Temple, and the Tibetan Museum. Go on a romantic boat ride on the Dal lake, and shop at the famous Kotwali Bazaar, Jogiwara Road, and Mcleodganj Central Square. Go for a trek together and camp under the clear starry sky. Take a yoga and spa session together to rejuvenate yourselves. Go for a fun cooking class and master the art of Tibetan cuisine together. Make sure to go to the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts and see the colourful Tibetan culture. The lovely and comfortable cafes at McLeod Ganj serve fantastic coffee and momos to make your conversations even more special and memorable.
One of the most famous romantic escapades in India, Shimla offers some exciting and endearing memorable locations and adventures. Witness the sun rising from the Chadwick waterfalls and take a tour of the lush and romantic Green Valley. Go for skiing or horse-riding at the emerald meadows of Kufri. Visit the beautiful Gurudwaras and temples of Chail and enjoy stunning views from the Naldehra Peak. The Jakhoo Hills, the Scandal Point and the Summer Hill are also some picturesque locations here to enjoy with your spouse. Go for ice-skating at the scandal point and enjoy fine dining at the exquisite restaurants after a shopping spree at the Lakkar Bazaar. Go for rafting at Tattapani and take the Kalka-Shimla toy train ride. The military museum and the Tudor Library are some exciting places to explore.
Bring together the serenity of nature and the fun of adventure, Dhanaulti is also a good honeymoon option. Far away from any hustle-bustle, it offers a relaxing, romantic getaway. Visit the Surkanda Devi temple, the Dashavatar Temple and see the beautiful murals at the Deogarh Fort. Have a romantic rendezvous at the Eco Parks, Amber, and Dhara and casually stroll under the cedar and deodar trees. The potato farm is an unusual attraction where you can witness a beautiful sunset. Camp with your spouse at Camp Thangdhar or the Kanatal Adventure Camp for adventure activities like river crossing, rock climbing, rappelling, zigzag bars, trekking, commando net, badminton, and mini basketball. Visit the marvellous Tehri Dam and the splendour of Chanderi. Have some mouth-watering Garhwali food at the Glasshouse restaurant on your visit to the Apple Orchard Resort. And for those looking for some extra adventure, the Dhanaulti Adventure camp at the Apple Orchard Resort is the place to be. Take part in the Highest and longest zip line tours, mountain biking, rappelling, and camping with your significant other for your first trip together.
The quaint little hill-station of Kasauli surrounded by the woody pine and cedar forests with its beautiful Victorian architecture and serene ambience is your best bet for a secluded and sweet honeymoon. Stroll with your beloved on the misty Lover's Lane for some breath-taking views and enjoy the enrapturing sunset at the sunset point. Breathe in the fresh mountain breeze at the Monkey Point and explore the intricate architecture of the Gurkha Fort. Hike at the Kasauli Brewery and visit the Gurudwara Sri Guru Nanak Ji and the Baptist Church. Take a toy train from Dharampur to Barog and shop at the Tibetan market and indulge in the Tibetan cuisine. The Gilbert Trail is a serene place to walk with your spouse, and for trekkers, the trek along the Lower Mall Road up to Manki, Jabli, and Sunset Point will be a memorable experience.
Another top-rated hill station, the Lake District of Uttrakhand that is Nainital is famous honeymoon location. Couples flock to this place for boating in the placid lakes, wildlife tours and birdwatching are a couple of fun activities you can indulge in together. Go for boating on the azure Naini Lake, Sattal which is a combination of 7 lakes, Bhimtal, and Naukuchiatal which is a lake with nine corners. Land Ends and Tiffin Top are some high places to enjoy the gorgeous panoramic views. You can ride a horse to these places through the woods of pine, deodar, and oak. Enjoy a thrilling cable car ride with your partner and visit the Cave Garden and the Nainital zoo. Trek to Naina peak and explore the splendid architecture of the city together.
The unmatched beauty of Kodaikanal makes it an attractive honeymoon destination. The lush greenery of the Devil's Kitchen or the Guna Cave makes it a charming scenic spot to spend time with your loved one. The stunning Bear Shola falls is a breath-taking cascade which is another accessible location. For those couples who crave adventure, a trek to the Perumal Peak is an exciting option. The colonial architecture of Carlton, the Lilly's Valley Resort, the Vattakanal Falls and the beautiful Dolmen Circle are some of the famous tourist attractions. Stroll on the Coaker's Walk together and enjoy the beautiful greenery of the pine forests. Have an outing at the Kodai Estate and stay at the blissful Cinnabar Farm. Make sure to take a night safari together and go camping for a memorable honeymoon.
Rich cultural heritage intertwined with scenic landscapes define the unparalleled charm of Wayanad. Go for a romantic trek to the Chembra peak and explore the Edakkal caves at Ambukuthi Mala where you can find writings from the Stone Age. The Iruppu Falls here is a significant tourist attraction and is also a famous pilgrimage spot. Spend a day together amidst the rich flora and fauna of the Nagarhole National Park and go for boating on the Pookode lake. The Soochipara Falls and the Thushagiri Falls are some awe-striking cascades here. The Valliyoorkkavu, the Mazhuvannur Maha Siva Kshethram, and the Pazhassi Tomb are some favourite pilgrimage points. Go for birdwatching at the Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary and explore the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. You can also go to one of the Ayurvedic Resorts here for a pleasant experience and have a unique honeymoon.
The relatively less populated city of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh with its mesmerising views of the mountains and the valleys is an idyll honeymoon destination. Tawang, being the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama, is a sacred place for Buddhist and has a large number of monasteries. The majestic mountains, sapphire sky, silver cascades and pristine lakes have blessed Tawang with bewitching beauty. Make sure to visit the Tawang Monastery also known as the Golden Namgyal Lhatse is the second largest monastery in the world and gives you a peek into the Buddhist way of living. Go to the P.T Tso lake and the breath-taking Madhuri lake for a perfect evening. If you both love trekking, Gorichen Peak is a must see. Explore the beauty of the Nuranang falls and visit the paradisiacal Sela Pass. Tucked away from the fast life and crowds of other hill stations, Tawang offers you a peaceful honeymoon getaway which makes it unique.
The sprawling greenery of Munnar, the culture, the food, the plantations and the great adventure options make Munnar an ideal honeymoon location. See the intoxicating beauty of nature from Top Station and go for mountain biking together. The scenic beauty of Attukal Waterfalls, Mattupetti Dam, Rose Garden, Echo Point and Photo Point is a perfect backdrop to take a picture at with your significant other. Go for elephant riding at Carmelagiri Elephant Park and explore the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary together. Try Shikara Boat Riding on the pristine Kundala lake and hike together to the Anamudi Peak. Indulge in adventure activities like rock climbing, ATV Bike riding, trekking, and camping. Munnar has a plethora of options for your honeymoon. Stay in one of the tree houses and get mesmerised by the beauty of the Blossom International Park. Spend an evening together watching Kathakali And Kalaripayattu for a cultural treat. Give favour to your taste buds with the authentic Keralite cuisine at Saravana Bhavan and rejuvenate your spirits together at one of the ayurvedic spa resorts. A honeymoon here will surely be memorable.
Known as the Scotland of India, Coorg is one of the best places to inaugurate marital bliss. The aroma of coffee enveloping the misty mountains is indeed a delight. Have a little picnic together on the banks of River Cauvery and trek to the Brahmagiri peak. Visit serene places like Abbi Falls, Bhagamandala, Omkareshwar Temple and spend some time at Raja Seat. Add an element of adventure by visiting the Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary which is a refuge to endangered species and an excellent place for birdwatching. Go to Dubare Elephant Camp, the Padi Igguthappa Temple, and the majestic Tibetan Monastery. See the stunning Iruppu waterfalls and before you head back, relish the different flavours of coffee at one of the coffee plantations. Opt for a homestay amidst the exotic landscapes and lush greenery for an unforgettable experience.
Vacation at one of these beautiful places will undoubtedly be etched in your memory forever and inaugurate the new chapter in your life in a memorable way.