The tradition of honeymoon is not just a mere vacation, but also a special time when newlyweds can celebrate their newfound relationship in seclusion. Known for its diverse geography and culture, India is one of the most sought after honeymoon destinations across the globe. If you are planning to spend your special time in this mystical land, listed below are some of the best honeymoon destinations in India:
Located at the shores of the Arabian Sea Coast, Goa is one of the most prized beach destinations in India. The state being the smallest in India is famous for its exotic beaches and is one of the most attractive destinations for honeymooners and romantic couples. Goa is also known for its preserved wildlife and nature reserves making it a honeymoon hotspot like no other.
2. Andaman Islands
Andaman & Nicobar Islands are a group of islands located off the East coast of India in the Bay of Bengal. The islands served as naval ports during the time of the British but now are known for their enchanting beaches and sparkling blue waters making them perfect for honeymooners. The Andamans are full of secluded romantic hideouts and serene beaches that make them a great spot for newlyweds.
While the moniker Venice of the East has also been given to other places in India, Alleppey or Alappuzha is a picturesque coastal town with several inland waterways, beaches and canals. The honeymooning couples often take a houseboat stay to experience a highly romantic moment amidst the backwaters of Kerala and enjoy the best of nature the country has to offer.
The city of Agra is home to the Taj Mahal, the eternal monument of love. The city is not just known for its historic significance, but is also termed as some of the most romantic honeymooning cities in India. The city houses a plethora of luxurious hotels and resorts that are perfect to experience a serene vacation with your beloved.
Also known as the City of Lakes, Udaipur is known to be one of the most visited honeymooning destinations in India. The city is full of manmade lakes and several palaces and forts that add a hint of grandeur to the romantic air that surrounds the city. The best one of them is indeed the Lake Palace or the Jag Niwas that is considered to be the most romantic hotel in the World.
The city has been termed as the Kashmiri Venice due to the several lakes that surround the Srinagar. Situated at an elevation 1,585 meters above sea level, the city of Srinagar is a perfect summer destination and is famous among honeymooners and newlyweds. Srinagar houses several romantic locations such as Mughal Gardens, Flower Gardens, Dal Lake and the most charming houseboat rides.
Located in the Idukki district amidst the Western Ghats, Munnar is a picturesque hill station in Kerala. The town is mostly comprised of green hills, tea, and coffee and spice plantations along with narrow winding roads that make it extremely romantic. The quaint town also contains several resorts and hotels that would help you experience the nature with luxury.
Kodaikanal was established as a hill town by the British due to its favorable climate. After the Indian independence in 1947, the town was converted to a tourist destination by the state government. Located at an elevation of 2,133 meters above sea level, Kodaikanal is a popular summer resort in India. The town is full of romantic hideouts such as Kodaikanal Lake, Croakers Walk, Silver Cascade Waterfall and several enchanting lookout points.
Known for being the tea capital of India, Darjeeling is also known as an enticingly romantic destination for the newlyweds. The romantic journey starts with a fairy tale ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its scenic locations. The city is also full of several honeymooning hotspots and facilities making it a great place for couples.
Located in Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie was established as a summer retreat for the British Officials in 1854. The town is situated at a height of 1,970 meters above sea level with tourism contributing a major portion of the town’s economy. Dalhousie is full with mesmerizing locations, scenic views of the mighty Himalayas and several luxury hotels that make your honeymoon a perfect one.
Known for its scenic views of the Arabian Sea, Kovalam is one of the most romantic beach destinations in Kerala. The coastal town boasts of its 17-kilometer long shoreline that is known for its pristine beaches. The Lighthouse beach and Eve’s Beach are the most popular beaches and are perfect for a romantic stroll with your loved one.
Pondicherry is a union territory of India and was known as a home to the few French Colonies in India. Known for its serene beachfronts and waterfront promenades, Pondicherry is also one of the most romantic hideouts for the honeymooners. The city houses a large number of luxury resorts and hotels that are perfect for a romantic vacation to this quaint coastal city.
Also known as Kodagu or Kodava Nadu, Coorg is a picturesque hill town located in the state of Karnataka. The town is known for its sprawling coffee plantations and waterfalls along with the green hills of the Western Ghats providing it with plenty of romance. It is also home to several streams and rivers and is also known to be the originating point of the Kaveri River.
Kumarakom is one of the major tourist hotspots in Kerala and is also connected to the famous backwaters of Kerala. It is located by the banks of the scenic Vembanad Lake and is a major honeymooning hotspot in India due to its houseboat tourism. Unlike the other coastal towns in southern India, Kumarakom is also known for its moderate climate, which makes it a perfect romantic destination.
Nainital is one of the most popular tourist and honeymooning destinations in India due to its scenic views, luxury resorts and its location in the Kumaon foothills. The town is known for its enchanting ‘pear-shaped’ lake known as the Naini Lake, which provides the town with a distinctively romantic aura. It also contains several view points, picnic areas, gardens and trekking hotspots.
Ooty is one of the most visited hill stations in India and is located in the picturesque Nilgiri Hills of South India. The town came under the governance of the British in the late 18th century and was transformed into the summer capital of Madras during the 19th century. The town is famous for its UNESCO World Heritage Mountain Railways, Botanical gardens, rose gardens, lakes and several peaks that make it a romantic destination.
Sitting at an elevation of approximately 3000 meters above sea level, Tawang is one of the most quaint and romantic destinations in India. Located in the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang is famous for its Buddhist monasteries and views of the surrounding Himalayan Mountains and flowery meadows that are popular among honeymooning couples.
Located off the coast of Kerala, Lakshadweep are a group of islands that are a Union territory of India and are known for their sparkling beaches and serene shores. The archipelago is not only one of the popular honeymooning destinations in India, but also offers some of most undiscovered locations in the country with several uninhibited islands.
The former capital of Punjab and now the capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is one of the most popular honeymoon hotspots in India. Nestled amidst the Himalayan ranges and surrounded by alpine trees, Shimla has several attractions such as marketplaces, hot springs, churches, temples and colonial era buildings that make it a tourist destination like no other.
Placed at a picturesque location at a height of 2000 meters above sea level, Khajjiar is often termed as the mini Switzerland of India. The terrain mostly comprises of flowery and grassy meadows and pine forests surrounded by the breathtaking Dhauladhar ranges in the western Himalayas. The gently sloped plains, horse riding near the shores of the Khajjiar Lake and the views of the surrounding mountains and vegetation makes it an extremely romantic location for honeymooners.
Manali is yet another beautiful hill town in Himachal Pradesh, which is a favorite spot for the adventurers and newlyweds. The town is located at an altitude of 2,050 meters above sea level amidst the Himalayan mountain range and is also a popular skiing and trekking destination. The climate in Manali remains enjoyable during the summers and cold during the winters when the snowfall occurs. The availability of hotels and resorts makes it a much visited honeymoon and vacationing destination in India.
Leh is famous as the seat of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Buddhist sect that has taken refuge in India. Nevertheless, the scenic location amidst the Himalayan Mountains also makes it a favored tourist hotspot in India. It is known for its Tibetan monasteries and tons of romantic hideaways that make it perfect for a honeymooning vacation.
The largest city in Karnataka, Mysore is the historic capital of the Wodeyar dynasty and was also ruled by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. The city is known for its grand palaces, churches, waterfalls and several gardens and is often hailed as the cleanest town in India. Mysore also houses several lakes that provide a romantic setting for honeymooners.
Mahabaleshwar is an enchanting hill town, located in the Western Ghats in Maharashtra. The town is known for housing one of the few evergreen forests in the country and the pristine Venna Lake that gives the hill town a picturesque and romantic backdrop. It is also considered to be the source of the Krishna River that flows from the mouth of a cow shaped spout inside a Temple.
The town was established by the British in 1842, as a summer refuge for the British Officials. Situated at an elevation of 1,927 meters above sea level, Kasauli is a quaint hill town that is perfect for a romantic excursion with your loved one. The town is known for its narrow winding lanes and roads, which lead to some of the most picturesque spots amidst the majestic Himalayas.
The scenic hill town of Khandala is located at a short distance of around 80 kilometers from Mumbai. Being situation in the green hills of the Western Ghats, Khandala is a favored weekend destination and honeymooning hotspot in Maharashtra. The quaint town houses several places of interests such as Bhushi Lake, Duke’s Nose, Rock-cut cave of Karla and Bhaja and Tiger’s Leap etc.
If you want to experience the golden sands of the Thar Desert with a hint of Rajasthani grandeur, then Jaisalmer is your pick. The city is also nicknamed the golden city and is one of the most romantic and off-beat honeymooning destinations in India. Jaisalmer is known for its captivating dunes, temple complexes, forts and a huge list of tourist activities that’ll keep the romancing couples engaged.
The true ‘Queen of the Hills’, Mussoorie is a hill town located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Its close proximity to the state capital Dehradun makes Mussoorie a popular destination for locals and tourists. Located at a height of 2,005 meters above sea level, the town is filled with tons of romantic locations such as waterfalls, high lookout points, lakes and promenades.
Matheran is yet another scenic town located in Maharashtra at around 800 meters above sea level. The hill town is hailed as the only vehicle free city in India and transport in the city is mainly done on horse carriages or cycle rickshaws. Matheran is full of attractions such as forts, lookout points, laterite roads that lead to unknown places, colonial houses, bungalows and extravagant species of flora and fauna.
The second most popular hill station in Tamil Nadu after Ooty, Coonoor is also a famous honeymoon hotspot in India. It can be accessed via the UNESCO World Heritage Nilgiri Mountain Railways that provides one of the most mesmerizing train journeys in India. The town is filled with tourist activities and attractions such as trekking, lookout points, old forts, waterfalls and many more.
Located in the state of Uttarakhand, Ranikhet is a cantonment town managed by the Indian Army. It is situated among the picturesque Western Himalayas at an elevation of 1,859 meters above sea level. Ranikhet is full of romantic excursions that take you through pine forests, foggy mountains, parks and tons of picnic spots. It is also known for its ancient temples and panoramic views of the Himalayas.
Mukteswar is located in the Nainital District and is a marvelous hill town, perfect for a romantic getaway. The town is famous for its historic temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, which sits atop at the highest spot in Mukteswar. A journey to Mukteshwar also takes you through flowery meadows, green hills and also provides views of the majestic Nanda Devi Peak in the Himalayas. The town also contains tourist attractions such as cafes, adventure sports, hotels and luxury resorts.
Jammu and Kashmir has also been referred to as the ‘Paradise on Earth’ due to its undulating beauty and scenic location. The town of Gulmar was named by the ruler of Kashmir and the name translates to ‘meadow of flowers’. The picturesque hill town is full of scenic locations, adventure sports and romantic hideouts and is famous as a skiing location in India.
Famously known as the ‘Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh’, Lambasingi is one of the most unexplored hill towns in India. The town is one of the coldest places in southern India with temperatures as low as zero degrees Celsius during the winters. Lambasingi mostly comprises of small houses, pepper and coffee plantations and is one of the most captivating honeymoon hotspots in India.
Lonavla is another famous hill town near Mumbai and is located in the green hills of the Western Ghats. The hills came under the Mughals and Marathas but were developed as a town by the British Governor Lord Elphinstone in 1871. The hill town is known for its scenic views of the Sahyadri Mountains and is in close proximity to Khandala, another picturesque hill town in Maharashtra.
Chamba is situated on the banks of the ancient river Ravi, which is a tributary of the Indus River. The beautiful hill town is set at an elevation of 996 meters in the foot hills of the mighty Himalayas. Chamba is full of romantic spots that will entice the newlyweds along with temples, old bridges, shopping districts and is famous for its miniature paintings.
Located in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, Alibaug is a picturesque seaside town, famous for its quaint beaches, vineyards, wineries and forts. The town can be reached via a ferry from the Gateway of India in Mumbai that takes about an hour. Unlike the overly crowded beaches of Mumbai, the beaches in Alibaug are known for their white sands and promenades that provide several spots for a romantic excursion.
38. Araku Valley
Araku Valley is a picturesque hill station, located in the Eastern Ghats in the state of Andhra Pradesh. At an elevation of 911 meters above sea level, the town is known for its extant coffee plantations that infuse an intoxicating aroma in the air. The hill town is also home to several reserve forests and provides some enchanting views of the Eastern Ghats mountain range in India.
The capital city of the royal state of Rajasthan, Jaipur is one of the most romantic places to visit in India. The city was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II during the 18th century and is home to marvelous and well preserved hill forts, royal palaces, temples, gardens and other specimens of Rajput architecture. Best visited during the winter season between November and February, Jaipur is also a center of performing arts and rajasthani cuisine and culture.
Wayanad is located in the state of Kerala and is located at an average altitude of 900 meters above sea level, amidst the Western Ghats. The location among the picturesque hills, provides Wayanad with the romantic aura that inhibits the city along with several lakes, rivers, reserve forests, coffee and tea plantations. It can be reached via the winding mountain roadways that provide some great views of the surrounding nature.
Lansdowne is a cantonment hill town, which was developed and named after Lord Lansdowne, who served as the viceroy of India during the British Raj. Located at an elevation of 1,700 meters above sea level, Lansdowne is known as one of the most untouched hill towns in India. The town is famous for its colonial era architecture, lakes and temples and is one of the dreamiest places for honeymooners.
Famously known as the starting point for the Amarnath pilgrimage for the Hindus, Pahalgam is located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The hill town sits at an elevation of 2,740 meters above sea level and provides some marvelous views of the surrounding Lidder Valley in the Himalayas. The town is known for its several romantic excursions such as the Betab valley, Kolhoi Glacier and others.
Pulicat is an ancient port town, located in the state of Tamil Nadu. It came under several rulers during the ancient and medieval times and was finally passed to the Vijayanagara Empire, the Portuguese, Dutch and the British Empires. The town is known for its beautiful Pulicat Lake, Churches, Temples and colonial buildings.
Considered to be the second metropolitan city in Rajasthan, Jodhpur is a medieval town that served as the capital of the Rajput Kingdom of Marwar. The town is known for its several majestic forts, palaces, lakes and temples and some of the most tourist friendly people in India. Jodhpur is also known for its rich culture and cuisine that make it a top spot for a romantic honeymoon.
A coastal town located in the state of Maharashtra, Tarkarli is a famous tourist and honeymoon hotspot. The town is known for its beautiful coastline with blue waters and white sand. It is also a famous scuba diving hotspot and allows people to see as deep as 20ft on a clear day. One can also find plenty of water sports along with views of marine creatures such as dolphins.
Although Rishikesh is known for its religious centers, it is also a famous spot for newly wed couples and adventurers. The town is full of quaint river banks, meditation training centers, yoga centers and several secluded river beaches that are perfect for a romantic night out. Rishikesh is also known as an adventure sport hotspot with facilities for river rafting, trekking, hiking and bungee jumping.
Known as a newly discovered skiing destination, Auli is situated at a massive elevation of 3,049 meters above sea level. The town is located in the state of Uttarakhand and is surrounded by pine forests and the mighty peaks of the Himalayas. Auli is full of romantic hideouts, luxury hotels, ropeways, lakes and viewpoints that make it a sought after tourist destination.
The capital city of Meghalaya, Shillong sits atop an elevation of 1,500 meters above sea level. The hilly location and the scenic beauty of shillong have also earned it with the title of ‘Scotland of the East’, due to the resemblance in their terrain and climate. The town is full of picturesque locations such as waterfalls, lakes and rolling hills that make it a perfect place for honeymooners.
49. Daman and Diu
A Union Territory of India, Daman and Diu are a former Portuguese colony and are also a famous vacationing hotspot in India. The town is known for its quaint coastlines, colonial architecture, Churches and several monuments and temples. The Old Portuguese fort in Diu Island also makes it a famous tourist location and perfect for romancing couples.
Gokarna is a picturesque and secluded coastal town located in the Indian state of Karnataka. The town is named after the ancient Shiva temple that makes it an important pilgrim destination for the Hindus and is situated at the confluence of the Aghanashini and Gangavali Rivers. Gokarna is known for its pristine beaches located beside the green hills of the Western Ghats and is a mesmerizing honeymoon hotspot in India.
These places are not only perfect for a romantic excursion, but will also help tourists and newlyweds understand the cultural diversity of India. Make sure you visit these places for a perfect romantic getaway.