Weddings take up just so many days that sometimes we hardly have enough official leaves left for the honeymoon! Caught in the same situation?! Here are 7 gorgeous, romantic locations for honeymoon in India that are even better than going international! And no, we are not talking about the typical Goa and Srinagar honeymoons!
1. Coorg, Karnataka
A charming little town in South India, it is set amidst verdant valleys, orange orchards and teak wood forests - just the perfect setting for a honeymooning couple. Must do: The Abbey falls located amongst lush coffee plantations are a breathtaking sight. The Golden Temple at Bylekuppe is another must visit. The interesting architecture of this Buddhist temple is a major tourist attraction. You can even indulge in some delicious Tibetan food in the numerous Tibetan restaurants in this area. For the adventure junkies, white water rafting at Barapole river is a thrilling experience!
How to reach: The nearest domestic airport is the Mangalore Airport, about 160 km away. Deluxe buses for Coorg run daily from Bengaluru, Mysore and Mangalore. You can even take the train to Mysore station which is about 95 km away from Coorg. Those based in Bengaluru can reach Coorg by road too. The beautiful drive is about four-and-a-half-hours long. Stay at: The Tamara Coorg (Rs 15,750/night), Ambatty Greens Resort (Rs 9,947/night)Image: The Tamara Coorg on Instagram
2. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
For a honeymoon that’s full of royalty, nothing beats the majestic city of Jaisalmer. From history to entertainment, this gorgeous city has a lot to offer and will keep your honeymoon packed with excitement!Must do: You cannot miss the Jaisalmer Fort. The five-level structure boasts of the rich heritage of the city. The museum houses a collection of artifacts that are a must see. A trip to Jaisalmer is incomplete without the desert safari that’ll leave you craving for more. Jaisalmer is also the home to many more architectural wonders such as the Raj Mahal and Patwon Ki Haveli.How to reach: Jaisalmer Airport is located 5 km from the city and is well connected by air with New Delhi, Jodhpur and Jaipur. However, the airport is managed by Indian Air Force and operational only from September to March. Jodhpur Airport (285 km from Jaisalmer) is the next best option. Jaisalmer railway station is well connected with major cities such as Jodhpur, Jaipur, Agra, New Delhi and Mumbai. It’s a 13 hours journey by road from New Delhi.
The ultimate destination for the couple who loves nature! Breathtaking views, lush green hills and gorgeous waterfalls, this place can aptly be termed as heaven on earth.Must do: A yak ride at Tsomgo lake or adventure activities such as paragliding and trekking are a major attraction. Views from the second highest mountain pass, Nathu Lal pass, are absolutely stunning. Explore the little local food joints and do visit the Banjhakri waterfalls for an afternoon picnic with your loved one. Trust us, you’ll never want to leave this stunning place.How to reach: Bagdogra airport in West Bengal is the nearest airport to Gangtok. The 124 km drive from here has the Teesta river as the backdrop. New Jalpaiguri in Siliguri is the nearest station situated around 148 km from Gangtok. The station is well-connected to major cities like Kolkata and New Delhi. Stay at: The Elgin Nor-Khill (Rs 10, 694), Bamboo Retreat Hotel (Rs 6,300)Image: Prosenjit_c on Instagram
4. Shekhawati havelis, Rajasthan
A historical region located in the north-east part of Rajasthan, Shekhawati is famous for its rich heritage and havelis featuring beautiful fresco paintings. It’s also known as an open air art gallery! Most of the old havelis in the Shekhawati region are now converted to guest houses and luxury hotels.
Must do: Soak in the Rajasthani life and culture riding on marwari horses. Visit Sikar to explore tons of havelis and temples such as Bansidhar Rathi Haveli, Ram Chokhani Haveli or the Jeen Mata temple. Drown in all the royalty at Shekhawati that every newly married deserves!How to reach: Sanganer Airport, Jaipur and Indira Gandhi International Airport are both located 150 km and 250 km from Shekhawati respectively. You can even travel by trains from Delhi, Jaipur and Bikaner to the Jhunjhunu railway station. By road it’s a 5-hour drive from New Delhi.Stay at: Alsisar Mahal (Rs 4,748/night), Castle Mandawa Hotel (Rs 9,478/night)Image: Clicks by Dev on Instagram
5. Horsley Hills, Andhra Pradesh
Nestled in the state of Andhra Pradesh, this quaint little hill station is located 144 km from Tirupati. Horsley Hills is just the perfect romantic location for a short sweet honeymoon filled with oodles of greenery!Must do: Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary is a great place to be if you’re both nature lovers. It is primarily an elephant reserve and home to almost 78 Indian elephants. Take a romantic walk through the hills or go for a trek. Spend a day visiting the Tirupati temple.How to reach: The nearest airport is Bangalore International Airport, which is 144 km from Horsley Hills. The nearest Railway Station is at Madanapalle, 27 km away. It has train connectivity from Tirupati, Hyderabad, Chittoor and Guntakal.
Newlyweds opt for Thailand and Malaysia even though we have something wayyy prettier back home. Pristine blue waters and crystal clear sands, the Andaman and Nicobar islands define the term exotic.Must do: You know what’s a perfect way to kickstart your new life? Lazing around all day on the beach with your hubby! Ross and Smith islands are a great spot to sunbathe. You must also explore the sea life and go snorkelling or scuba diving for an experience of a lifetime!How to reach: There are direct flights from Delhi, Kolkatta, Chennai and Bhubaneshwar to the Port Blair Airport. Alternatively, you can also opt to reach the Island by ship. Passenger ship services are available to Port Blair from Chennai, Kolkata, Visakhapatnam and back. However, that takes around 3-4 days. Stay at:Munjoh Ocean Resort, Havelock Island (Rs 12,000/night), Fortune Resort Bay Island, Port Blair (Rs 7,000/night)Image: Mindtheg_p on Instagram
7. Alleppey Backwaters, Kerala
Palm-fringed canals, still lagoons and tranquil waters, Alleppey is also famous for it’s historic snake boat race and the boat cruise along the backwaters.Must do: Take a private houseboat and experience the backwaters of Alleppey. It’s magical during dawn and dusk. The Sree Krishna temple has exquisite mural paintings on display and is a must visit. Alappuzha beach is a great place to relax and unwind after the wedding festivities. Unwind with a long and relaxing Ayurvedic massage in God’s own country!