India is a magical land that offers a kaleidoscope of colours making its every corner worth visiting. But there are certainly a few places that set apart for being a lover’s paradise. A few places where you can go for romancing, leaving behind all the trials and tribulations of daily life. If you’re in the mood to take a break with your better half, choose from any of these 15 romantic destinations in India that will ignite the flames of love in your life.
1. Udaipur, Rajasthan
The pride of Rajasthan, Udaipur is straight out of a Bollywood movie, complete with fairy-tale castles, shimmering lakes, awe-inspiring architecture and royal past. Rated as one of the most romantic places in India, it is a great place to spend quality time with your beloved. No place in Udaipur can be as charming as Lake Pichola and no frame can ever go wrong at its Ambrai Ghat. You can enjoy boating in the evening, capture the sunset and canoodle with your special someone. Later, head to one of the innumerable rooftop restaurants for a fine-dining experience. Couples also love to click pictures against the backdrop of the Sajjangarh Palace, which looks more like the majestic castles we all dreamt of in our childhood! If you’re in a mood to go shopping, explore Shilpgram, where you can pick some rare artefacts that are drool-worthy!
2. Munnar, Kerala
What could be more romantic than frolicking with your better half on a charming houseboat as it winds its way through pristine backwaters in Kumarakom or Alleppey? Yes, Munnar gives you a taste of heavenly bliss with its picturesque coffee estates, majestic mountains and lovely lakes. Take romantic walks amidst lush green plantations, go for a couple spa session or simply sit quietly and admire the setting sun. You can also visit Devikulam, Anamudi and the Eravikulam National Park – the popular attractions here. Munnar will be a breath of fresh air (quite literally) from the hustle and bustle of daily life, something that you and your partner will truly enjoy!
A universal favourite for couples (especially honeymooners), Goa has a lot to offer, particularly if your choice is eclectic. It has the right mix of solitude and bang-on party spirit. Its charming beaches, lip-smacking cuisine and abundant options for letting one’s hair down will surely bring you both closer. Head to Butterfly Beach in South Goa for complete privacy, dolphin watching and romantic walks during sunset. There is no direct motorable road going to this beach and you have to trek through forests to reach here. You can also go on a spectacular boat ride to Butterfly Beach from Palolem if you want. Velsao Beach is another isolated place for couples who seek alone time and togetherness without the din of crowds. The silver sand, clean beach and lovely coast draw couples every year. Take your beloved for a trip to Bamanbudo Waterfalls, the gurgling sound of which is punctuated by cheerful bird chirps.
You may also find it romantic to travel to Chorao Island by taking a ferry from Ribandar. The island is surrounded by lush green mangroves and houses the popular Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. The Sinquerim Fort is another perfect getaway to indulge in Goa’s beauty. The sunset views and activities here are bound to make your day!
4. Darjeeling, West Bengal
Darjeeling has an underlying charm of its own that promises wonderful experiences for couples. Take in the pristine tea gardens, the majestic hills, the sheer romance involved in watching the sunrise on Tiger Hill and the breathtaking view of Mount Kanchenjunga that follows and of course, the local markets where you can shop for local handicrafts. Go on a romantic excursion to the Ghoom Monastery and take the lovely toy-train ride through the Batasia Loop which surrounds the War Memorial. Other romantic hotspots in Darjeeling include Senchal Lake and the Rock Garden which will bowl you over with their sheer beauty and tranquillity. Chunnu Summer Falls are also worth a visit. You can further explore the Happy Valley Tea Garden which covers 437 acres. Complete your trip by clicking enviable pictures at the Observatory Hills which offers spectacular views of the jungles, rivers and valleys along with the imposing mountains.
Puducherry or Pondicherry, as it is mostly known, is another romantic place where you can take fulfilling walks to the Promenade and watch the roaring waves. While strolling, appreciate the quaint town for its Portuguese villas, cottages and cobbled streets. Also known as Little Paris, Puducherry is quite an experience! You will love the spanking clean beaches here along with the heady aroma of local food. You can both go on a spiritually rejuvenating visit to Auroville which is a conceptual community. Visit the lovely churches in Puducherry along with the Goubert Market and the Harbor along the Promenade.
6. Manali, Himachal Pradesh
You may be looking for adventure or you may be seeking peace in the lap of nature – either way, Manali is one of the top romantic honeymoon destinations in India. If you have ever dreamt of waking up in a private resort surrounded by stunning snow-capped mountains, you ought to plan a trip to this picturesque town in Himachal Pradesh.
The riverine valleys, dense forests, majestic mountains and astounding vistas create a perfect setting for couples looking to spend quality time with each other. And that’s not all; Manali offers a plethora of thrilling adventure activities as well. So, if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, trekking, hiking, camping, river rafting and mountain climbing are some popular options. Rohtang Pass and Solang Valley are also frequented by tourists looking to try different activities, such as skiing, snowboarding, snow scooter, paragliding, zorbing and ziplining.
7. Auli, Uttarakhand
Boasting untouched natural beauty in the form of picturesque valleys, snow-clad mountains and serene lakes and rivers, Auli is among the most preferred honeymoon destinations in India. This popular hill station nestled in the Himalayas is a favourite among honeymooners looking for relaxation, romance, fun and adventure. Auli is a haven for ski lovers and trekkers especially. Its clean environment and gleaming snow-covered slopes play perfect hosts to skiers and make the whole experience memorable. You can also enjoy breath-taking views of the hill station from various points, take a cable car ride from Joshimath to Auli, trek to a large alpine meadow called Gorson Bugyal, admire the beauty of Auli Artificial Lake, and visit Nanda Devi National Park. Camping, birdwatching and shopping are also some popular options here for honeymooners. Pine trees and apple orchards add to the beauty of the hill station and make it one of the most romantic getaways in India.
8. Nainital, Uttarakhand
A perfect honeymoon in the lap of nature is what Nainital promises. This beautiful hill station with scenic landscapes and serene lakes is a popular choice among couples looking to enjoy a laidback vacation. Located in Uttarakhand at the foothills of Kumaon Ranges, Nainital enjoys pleasant weather year-round. This is what makes Nainital one of the best romantic places in India for couples and honeymooners. From taking a cosy boat ride with your partner on the tranquil Naini Lake to exploring the Mall Road, Tibetan Market, and visiting Tiffin Point at sunrise, there are so many things to do in Nainital. What’s more, you can also take the ropeway ride to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Naini Lake and the surroundings. You can visit the G B Pant High Altitude Zoo if you are a wildlife enthusiast. Going for nature walks or camping can add something special to your relationship too.
Synonymous with fun and romance, Andaman is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in India. The union territory is dotted with some of the most pristine beaches with sparkling turquoise water and white sands. Around 1450 km from Chennai, Andaman is frequented by honeymooners and families alike. The union territory houses 572 islands, out of which 37 are inhabited. Havelock and Neil islands are the top favourites among beach lovers and adventure junkies. A day trip to Ross Island is a great idea as it still bears signs of our colonial past and you can spot many deer too. Apart from spending quality time with your beloved on the sandy beaches in Andaman, you can engage in different adventurous water sports, such as scuba diving, snorkelling, sea walking and kayaking. Or you can relish fresh seafood while soaking in the beauty of the surroundings. Remember to click amazing pictures of sunrises or sunsets.
10. Gangtok, Sikkim
If you are planning a romantic vacation in the North East, look no further than Gangtok. This beautiful hill station is situated at a height of 1650 m above sea level and is known for its pristine landscapes, deep valleys, stunning viewpoints, and amazing flora and fauna. Gangtok boasts a perfect blend of natural beauty and urbanisation, making it an apt honeymoon destination for different types of tourists. You can admire stunning views of the rising sun from Tiger Hill, soak in the serene beauty of Tsomgo Lake, experience inner peace and positivity at the beautiful monasteries, and enjoy river rafting, trekking and other adventurous activities with your partner. Ban Jhakri Falls Park, Gangtok Ropeway, Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden, Sikkim Himalayan Zoological Park and M.G. Marg are some unmissable attractions for couples honeymooning in Gangtok. The hill station undoubtedly is one of the most versatile and unique honeymoon destinations in India.
11. Ooty, Tamil Nadu
There’s nothing better than spending quality time with your beloved amidst tranquil surroundings, and this is what Ooty offers. This beautiful hill station in the Nilgiris is one of the most romantic places in India with lush greenery all around. The place attracts nature lovers with amazing views of Nilgiri Hills and other scenic locations. You can explore the lush, emerald green tea gardens, Government Botanical Garden and Rose Garden with your partner, enjoy the magical toy train ride through the Nilgiri Hills, and admire the beauty of Catherine Falls. Ooty Lake is one of the most popular and romantic places here. You can hire a boat and take a peaceful ride across the lake. Avalanche Lake is yet another picturesque and romantic location nestled amidst verdant greenery. Don’t forget to shop for some yummy handmade chocolates, organic honey and pretty antiques when you are in Ooty.
12. Alleppey, Kerala
Drawing tourists with its picture-perfect backwaters, stunning beaches and refreshing greenery, Alleppey is among the top romantic honeymoon destinations in India. This beautiful town in Kerala, which is also known as the ‘Venice of the East’, is blessed with serenity and nature’s bounty. From waking up to the melodious sounds of birds and admiring the magical backwaters to enjoying an Ayurvedic massage and soaking in the stunning views of the setting sun, Alleppey offers a plethora of options for all couples. What’s more, you can go on houseboat cruises with your partner, spend quality time at Marari Beach and enjoy kayaking, parasailing and birdwatching. There are plenty of temples and churches in Alleppey too, teeming with architectural beauty and history, in case you are history buffs.
13. Coorg, Karnataka
Surrounded by the majestic Western Ghats and brimming with abundant flora and fauna, Coorg is one of the best romantic places in India for a tranquil honeymoon. This beautiful hill station is dotted with coffee and spice plantations, pepper vines, waterfalls, streams and rice paddies, making it a great choice among nature lovers and couples. You can take a walk with your partner through the lush plantations and smell the inviting aroma of cardamom and coffee all around. If you are planning a honeymoon in Coorg during the rainy season, Abbey Falls is a must-visit. This spectacular waterfall has verdant green surroundings. It particularly comes to life during the rainy season when water gushes down from a height of 21 m. Apart from this, you can also go on a wildlife safari with your partner and enjoy stunning views from Raja’s Seat Park. Coorg is also home to some beautiful temples where you can offer prayers and seek blessings.
One of the most scenic and unique honeymoon destinations in India, Leh-Ladakh is nothing less than heaven on Earth. The place boasts the highest motorable passes in the world and unmatched natural beauty in the form of snow-capped mountains, meandering rivers, and rugged valleys. The serene environment coupled with nature’s opulence is perfect for newly married couples looking for some romantic time together. You can enjoy camping near the Pangong Tso Lake that constantly changes colour, experience tranquillity at Shanti Stupa, go on a camel safari in Nubra Valley in Ladakh, and try high altitude trekking, rafting and other adventure activities with your partner. Leh Palace and Spituk Monastery are worth exploring too and make for awesome photography under azure blue skies.
15. Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh
Perched at an elevation of 1970 m above sea level, Dalhousie is one of the most beautiful and romantic honeymoon destinations in India. This tiny town in Himachal Pradesh offers enticing views of snow-clad mountains, pine-clad valleys, sparkling rivers and vast meadows. The place is perfect for honeymooners looking to spend some romantic moments amidst natural and breath-taking surroundings. Dalhousie is also replete with old-world charm, as the churches here mesmerise tourists with impeccable Scottish and Victorian architecture which was popular during the colonial era. When in Dalhousie, you can also explore Khajjiar or the Mini Switzerland of India, which is only 20 km away. Satdhara Falls, Khajjiar Lake, Dainkund Peak and Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary are some of the attractions in Dalhousie and Khajjiar that you cannot miss. Couples can also enjoy paragliding, horse riding, zorbing and trekking at Khajjiar.