Top 10 Honeymoon Getaways in India

Sometimes the most enjoyable moments of life can turn into nightmares if not planned properly. Why I’m saying this because the other day I was chatting with one of the school friends who recently made his honeymoon trip. Upon asked he described his plight of how it turned into a nightmare due to lack of planning. So, I thought to shed some light on this and help newly married couples to start their second innings of life by spending some quality time together.

Honeymoon Trip

1. Kerala: I’m always fascinated with Kerala. Serenity, nature, stunning lakes and rivers, beautiful lagoons and, of course, backwaters. Kerala is always a top pick for its outstanding climate and natural beauty. Munnar, Kochi, Kollam, Kumarakom and Vagamon are the popular honeymoon spots in Kerala. October to March is the ideal time for this.

2. Ooty: Located in the Nilgiris district in Tamil Nadu, Ooty, otherwise known as Udhagai or Udhagamandalam, is a popular spot among the honeymooners. Showcasing its picturesque hills stations and scenic greenery, Ooty allows couples to enjoy a perfect romantic escape away from the hustle and bustle of the maddening crowd. The best time to visit Ooty is between October and June. To name some of the most striking attractions are the Nilgiri Toy Train Ride, Boating at Pykara Lake, Angling in Ooty, Glen Morgan Tea Estate and Botanical Gardens.

3. Shimla: Ask locals where they would spend their private moments with their spouse; most would say Shimla. Magnificent climate, snowcapped mountains, stunning surroundings, green hills, breathtaking Himalayan views, adventure activities and swaying field embellish capital of Himachal Pradesh. Take an evening walk through the greenery, holding and caressing your wife’s hands or visit the fashion shops or The Mall and give her a beautiful dress. She will just love it. The main attractions that you would like to see in Shimla are the Mall Road, the Ridge Road, Jakhoo Hill, Dorje Drag Monastery, Hip Hip Hurray Amusement Park, Shimla State Museum, Summer Hill, Christ Church, Tara Devi Temple, Chandwick Waterfalls and Daranghati Sanctuary. Both summer (April to July) and winter (October to February) are the best time to plan a honeymoon trip to Shimla.

4. Goa: One of the top international tourist spots, Goa mesmerizes honeymooners with its magnificent lush green gardens, pristine beaches, an assortment of bars, pubs and restaurants and majestic Portuguese buildings. If you are obsessed with luxury, Goa has a wide range of 5 star hotels and resorts located right on the beach. Stay in a luxury hotel, pamper your taste buds with mouthwatering sea foods and give your senses the much needed adrenaline boost by indulging in windsurfing, parasailing and deep sea fishing. Visit these attractions – Agonda Beach, Basilica, Dudhsagar Waterfalls, Betalbatim Beach and Fort Aguada. Enjoya a romantic sunset at Palolem Beach. March to May and October to February are considered as the best time to visit Goa.

5. Andaman & Nicobar Islands: How can I miss the most exotic honeymoon destination of India? Andaman & Nicobar Islands are blessed with stunning natural beauty, superb marine life, an array of adventure sports, luxury hotels and vibrant lifestyle. The sandy beaches are pretty impressive and alluring. You will love spending some quality time with your loved ones exploring its serenity. If you are a great sea food lover, it is just the perfect place. It has further got the best nightlife with bustling clubs and bars. Anthropological museum, zoological survey of India museum, National memorial, fisheries museum, forest museum and navel marine museum are the popular museums to visit. January to May is the right time to hit the islands. You can even come in October and November to go windsurfing, water skiing and the likes.

6. Lakshadweep: Another island. Another honeymoon spot for you. Pristine sandy beaches, thrilling water sports, beautiful gardens, breathtaking views of blue sea, extensive sun-bathing and unmatched natural scenery create a perfect romantic ambiance for all newly married couples. Agatti, Kadmat, Kavaratti, Bangaram and Minicoy. October to April is an ideal time to head to Lakshadweep.

7. Kullu & Manali: It is time to take a break from beaches and islands and hit the snowcapped mountains and do some adventure stuff. Kull & Manali is a more common destination for locals and foreigners alike for its magnificent green grass landscapes, cascading waterfalls, soaring mountains where you will go trekking, paragliding, angling, skiing, hiking and biking. River rafting is another thrilling stuff for you. Grab a villa for two and stay uninterrupted. October to February is the right time to visit Kullu & Manali.

8. Darjeeling: Another hill station is Darjeeling. It fascinates travelers with its pleasant cold climate, striking tea gardens, greenery, natural beauties and pine trees. The traditional local market and the toy train journey play a crucial role inviting more and more visitors to this part of India. Besides that there are several world class attractions to visit, such as Tiger Hills, Rock Garden, Batasia loop, Peace Pagoda, Kanchenjunga Mountains and Singamari Ropeway. The ideal time to come here is September to January.

9. Nainital: Nestled in a valley comprising a pear-shaped lake, Nainital is a popular romantic getaway in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas of Uttarakhand. It enthralls visitors with fantastic climate, tranquil atmosphere, water sports, beautiful lakes, rock climbing, fishing, boat riding and many more. Beat the heat of summer and plan a trip to Nanitital in the months of March, April, May, June, October and February. Kausani, Aerial ropeway, Jim Corbett National Park, Nanital Lake, Naina Devi Temple and Snow View are to name the topnotch attractions in Nanital.

10. Mahabaleshwar: Mahabaleshwar is the best option if you are obsessed with waterfalls, boat riding, romantic spots, mouthwatering cuisines, temples, lakes, caves, green hills, mountains and adventurous activities. Mahabaleshwar is only several kilometers from Pune and Mumbai. If you have enough time, plan a trip to these places as well. November to June is the right time to plan a honeymoon trip here.

Top Things to Do in the Second Half of August

August brings panic and havoc in some Indian states, including Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Assam and Bihar due to heavy downpour that leads to landslides and floods; on the other hand, it never lets down an avid monsoon traveler. The following top things to do in the second half of August will surely paint your trip green and make it a reason to remember.

A Memorable Tour of the Backwaters:

kerala-houseboat
It is so mesmerizing

It is August. It is fun time in Kerala. God’s Own Country transforms into a fairyland with the advent of monsoon. And guess what’s the most enchanting? The tranquil backwaters. They are idyllic; create a perfect romantic stay amid the pleasant environs. An array of coconut and palm trees superbly adorns the surroundings. Rent out a beautiful houseboat for two for an immaculate ride. Revitalize your body, heart and soul and attain absolute peace of mind.

Trekking in Ladakh:

Ladakh
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Will you prefer an adventurous expedition after a relaxed tour to Kerala? Or would you like to escape the rain and catch something quite audacious? If so, I would recommend you to explore the dramatic landscape of Ladakh. While the entire nation is soaking up in the rain, Ladakh enjoys the season in its own way. For trekking enthusiasts, the region aka land of high passes opens up many doors and offers ardent trekkers a challenge. Trek to places, such as Padum Trek, Markha Valley and Stok Kangri and see what these areas have preserved for you.

Bird Watching in Keoladeo National Park:

Bird Watching in Keoladeo National Park
Beautiful!

If you are thinking Rajasthan is all about majestic castles and impressive forts, you are not absolutely correct. The largest Indian state is also home to national parks that display rich flora and fauna of the nation. Keoladeo National Park, earlier known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, is a perfect place to come and see thousands of birds. The Keoladeo Ghana National Park is home to more than 300 species of birds. The incessant chirping sounds of birds make the place so mesmerizing. This is the best place for all wildlife explorers and nature lovers in monsoon. Come in August to see local birds.

Important Dates & Popular Festivals in India in Latter Half of August

Half of August has already gone. It saw people celebrating many popular festivals, including Nag Panchami, Monsoon Festival in Delhi, Snake Boat Race in Kerala, Raksha Bandhan, etc. If you didn’t have an opportunity to plunge into these activities, never worry. I bring to you an array of things to do in the remaining half of August. This monsoon month has no dearth of famous festivities to keep visitors busy. Let’s have a quick glance at the following to see what latter half August has preserved for you.

Independence Day:

What better way to start with than celebrating Happy Independence Day? Observed annually on 15th August, Independence Day is observed across India in remembering India’s independence from the British. Be a part of nation’s biggest celebration at the historical site of Red Fort. The Prime Minister of India gives his speech on this very day, highlighting India’s past glory, paying tribute to the great leaders of the past and raising various important issues. If you can’t make it to the Red Fort, Delhi, you can even be a part of similar events taking place in state capitals.

Independence Day

 

Janmashtami:

Head out for Mumbai to see how the festival of Janmashtami is celebrated with much zeal and devotion. It is the festival that marks the bird of Lord Krishna. The locals not only prepare mouthwatering dishes, but celebrate it in a unique way. In each street and corner of the city people form a huddle and then climb on each other’s shoulders in order to break the matki that is hung high up. It is, further, followed by the dance and music – govinda aala re aala jara matki sambhal brijbala. This year, it falls on 17th and 18th August.

Janmastami

Jhapan Mela:

This August drive for 132 kilometers from the capital of West Bengal till you reach Bishnupur, a nondescript town in West Bengal and feel what it is like to be with snakes and tribal people. Jhapan Mela, commences on 17th August this year in Bishnupur, is obviously a lesser known Indian festival where snake charmers from different corners of the state unite to mesmerize the onlookers with their fascinating tricks. Guess who takes part? Giant snakes like King Cobra. Isn’t it great to witness this enchanting snake exhibition than visiting a serpentarium? The festival came into public eye by a tribe named Jhampanias, worshipper of Goddess Manasa – Lord Shiva’s daughter.

Jhapan Mela

Gogamedi Fair:

Rajasthan remains on top of the list of India holiday for its majestic forts, impressive castles, beautiful lakes and spectacular deserts. Here’s another reason to visit Rajasthan in August. Gogamedi Fair is a popular festival in the largest Indian state of Rajasthan. Music and lively traditional dance is the center of attraction. Apart from that visitors will find local attractive handicrafts, livestock and village crop. Buy a handicraft item and admire the excellent craftsmanship of the local Rajasthani people. Get ready for 19th August this year. It takes place at Gogamedi village to commemorate Gogaji, a Chauhan Rajput.

Gogamedi Fair

Athachamayam Festival at Tripunithura:

The date is 29th August. Athachamayam Festival marks the beginning of Onam, the yearly harvest festival of God’s Own Country. Kerala, known for lush greenery, tropical climate and tranquil backwaters, attracts more and more visitors during this monsoon festive season. The surrounding of Thripunithura is reverberated with vivid, colorful folk arts, awe-striking jig and live parades of caparisoned floats, elephants and artists.

Athachamayam Festival at Tripunithura

Ganesh Chaturthi:

This is one of such festivals that the entire nation is waiting for. Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayak Chaturthi, is a 10-day festival celebrated as the birth of Lord Ganesh. Maharastra is the ideal place to witness this massive festival. Statues (both small and big) of Lord Ganesh are installed on podiums of each street. The festive carnival ends on the day of Ananta Chaturdashi. Ganesh Chaturthi is observed with great devotion.

Ganesh Chaturthi