Possibly the best stage of one’s married life, an eternal honeymoon is everyone’s fantasy! That’s why choosing the perfect honeymoon destination is just as important as the candles, the rose petals and the moonlight go hand in hand. And no, you don’t have to fly a thousand miles to share those beautiful memories together.
A colorful milieu of multicultural nuances, India offers a wide spectrum of maddeningly romantic destinations, each with its own charm and unique character. So here’s a list of places we’ve put together that have seduced generations of love-struck couples and are sure to “make your heart beat…”
For us, Goa equals Romance. Period of time. With its vibrant culture of sun, sand and surf, miles of mesmerizing landscapes and an abundance of fine restaurants producing delicious seafood, this former Portuguese settlement is a great honeymoon destination. Choose your accommodation from the many romantic resorts of North Goa or South Goa and dive into some of the best moments of your life.
Kodagu’s beauty has earned it the epithet, ‘Scotland of India’ and honeymooning couples flock here around the dozen. Huge rolling plantations of coffee and cardamom make for perhaps the most thrilling views. Tucked away in the shadow of a sylvan, you can easily melt into the arms of your loved one at Abbey Falls. And if you have time left, spend some time at the Nagarahole and Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuaries to make your experience even more memorable.
Affectionately known as ‘God’s Own Country’, Kerala spreads pure bliss for the smitten. Grand churches, palm-fringed beaches and, of course, the meandering network of devious backwaters have simply enchanted those in love. Be sure to rent a houseboat for at least a few days and discover the joy of floating from village to village amidst a delightful kaleidoscope of changing landscapes.
Saffron of the Western Ghats, the fabulous destination of Mahabaleshwar, stands out as one of the few locations in the world blessed with evergreen forests. Huge stretches of strawberry plantations will make your heart leap for joy, while the revered Mahabaleshwar Temple will be perfect for seeking blessings. As the sun sets, take a leisurely boat ride across Lake Verna.
Do you want to spend your honeymoon in a pious Buddhist environment in an enviably beautiful place? Look no further than McLeodganj. Located in Upper Dharamsala, this place is the seat of the holy Dalai Lama and the peaceful Tibetan culture is deeply rooted here. The fog of the mountains will give you the perfect excuse to lose yourself in each other.
Have you always fantasized about honeymoons in France? Well, closer to home, the next best option is Pondicherry. Steeped in years of French colonial rule, the destination still preserves and fiercely guards its ancient heritage. Some of the popular romantic escapades are to walk hand in hand along the boardwalk, laze on the beaches, cycle through the city, sample delicious French cuisine in romantic restaurants and see the many ancient temples and churches.
If you’re looking for a destination extraordinaire from lovebirds, plan your honeymoon in Leh. The glory of the mighty Himalayas, captivating ancient buildings, ancient Buddhist monasteries and an indescribably ruggedly beautiful landscape – Leh can make a fantasy come alive.