Gone are the days when Indian couples only used to travel abroad for their honeymoon. In fact, we’re witnessing a reverse trend. Couples from different parts of the world are flocking to India to make their honeymoon a memorable experience. And why shouldn’t they be doing that? After all, India has it all: tranquil mountain hideaways, fairytale desert settings, serene beaches, exhilarating jungles, bustling uber-urban metropolises, there’s nothing missing.
The honeymoon marks the start of a new era of your life as a married couple. It is a perfect opportunity to relax, to know each other (especially in the case of an arranged marriage) and sow the seeds of a blissful marital life. And India is indeed a perfect place for a married couple to kickstart the journey of their new lives.
Below, we have tried to identify the top five honeymoon destinations in India:
It’s not for nothing that Coorg is often labelled as the “Scotland of India” and the “Kashmir of the South”. Also known as Kodagu, Coorg is a pristine hill stations nestled in the Nilgiris. Bereft of the city chaos, it is a wonderland place for those seeking some private time in the lap of nature. Coorg is also known for its picturesque coffee estates and plantations. The waterfalls in the area are in their full glory during the monsoons.
- State: Karnataka
- Key Attraction: Lush green hills, access to National Parks and Coffee plantations. Nearby destinations include: Abbey Falls, Iruppa Falls, Madikeri Fort, Nagarahole National Park, and Brahmagiri Hills
Located in the northern part of Himachal Pradesh, Manali is an ancient town surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas and is also famous for its deep valleys. If you want to mix some adventure with romance during your honeymoon, Manali is the place for you. Manali is also surrounded by fruit orchards, majestic mountains, deodar and pine forests, caves and temples which make Manali a place to be at for your honeymoon.
- State: Himachal Pradesh
- Key Attraction: Gompas, Temples, snow-capped peaks, Himalayan scenery, Rohtang Pass and trekking
The ‘Queen of Hills’ Mussoorie sits atop the Doon Valley in the Dehradun district. It offers a panoramic and breathtaking view of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks, the Doon Valley and the peaks in the Shivalik Ranges. Add to this the sprawling pine forests. The charm of Mussoorie has been a great lure for the honeymooners. Some people even call it the ‘Honeymoon Capital of India’. Mussoorie is about 270 km away from Delhi.
- State: Uttarkhand
- Key Attraction: Camel’s Back Road, Mall Road, Childers Lodge, Gun Hill, Christ Church, Kempty Falls, Lal Tibba, Tibetan Temple etc.
The erstwhile Portuguese colony of Goa is one of the hottest tourist destinations of the country. It is world-renowned for its mesmerizing beaches, flea markets, greenery, Portuguese remnants, churches, watersports, and Bohemian lifestyle. It is one of the most romantic and popular honeymoon destinations in India. Watersports are also a big draw. You may also want to indulge in some dirt-cheap shopping at Anjuna beach flea market.
- State: Goa
- Key Attraction: Beaches, parties, ancient cathedrals and heritage buildings, water sports like water scooters, scuba diving, parasailing etc.
Festooned by expansive tea gardens, dense jungles and pristine lakes and lofty hills, Ooty is a honeymooner’s dream come true. Famous places to visit would be Ooty Lake, Botanical Gardens and Wax World. Ooty is also very popular for its lakes. Don’t forget to visit the Porthimund Lake, Upper Bhavani Lake, Emerald Lake, and Avalanche Lake. The pleasant climate only enhances the charm of the place. Ooty promises a really beautiful honeymoon to the couples who like to be in the lap of nature.
- State: Tamil Nadu
- Key Attraction: Beautiful hills, Botanical Garden, Ooty Lake and outdoor activities (boating, trekking, horse riding, etc.)