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Honeymoon Destinations in India

Overview

The symbolic start of your life as a married couple, the Honeymoon is your chance to relax, enjoy each other, and sow the seeds for a long and happy life of togetherness.

Congratulations!!!  We wish you the very best as you plan your Honeymoon.  Best of luck to you and your partner.

Looking for that perfect honeymoon trip with your partner? Take a look at Rang7's list of the top honeymoon destinations in India. The list, along with detailed Travel Guides, includes places with unrivalled romance, relaxation, and chances to snuggle up with your loved one.  Whether you are looking for a private beach, a chilly hill-station, or a place with history and culture, these really are destinations for you to consider for trip of a lifetime.

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The following are some of the most popular and best Honeymoon Destinations in India.  They show, among other things, highlights of each destination along with the best time to honeymoon in that destination.  You can click on the "More" link of each destination to learn more detail about that honeymoon destination in India to help with your travel planning.

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Highlights

Alleppey (Kerala Backwaters)

Alappuzha also known as Alleppey, lies between the cities of Cochin and Trivandrum in Alappuzha District of Kerala. Alappuzha has picturesque beaches, backwaters, canals and lagoons that Lord Curzon described as Venice of the East. The beautiful settings, boat races and houseboat experiences let the town appeared on the tourist map. Alleppey's calm backwaters are one of the most visited spots in Kerala and have become a popular honeymoon destination and beautiful setting to view bird and animal life.

  • State: Kerala
  • Key Attraction: Backwaters, Kettuvallams or Rice Boats, Snake Boat Race, Pathiramanal Island, Kuttunad, Krishnapuram Palace etc.

The best time to honeymoon in Alleppey is during the months of October to May.  more

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Andaman & Nicobar

Andaman & Nicobar Island consists of 572 emerald green islands only 36 of which are inhabited. It stretches over a length of more than 700 kms from North to South in the clear blue waters of the Bay of Bengal. These island are covered with thick forest and very rich in flora and fauna.

  • State:  Andaman & Nicobar Islands (UT)
  • Key Attraction:  Romantic and beautiful unspoilt and un-crowded beaches, trekking, scuba diving, snorkeling, and deep sea fishing.

The best time to honeymoon in Andaman & Nicobar Islands is during the months December to April. more

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Coorg

Coorg or Kodagu is one of South India's favorite hill stations surrounded by beautiful landscapes in the majestic Western Ghats. This beautiful hill town has many tall hills and is also referred to as "Scotland of India" and "Kashmir of the South". Coorg is also known for its picturesque coffee estates and plantations. If you would like to enjoy the numerous waterfalls, visit during the monsoon season.

  • 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

The best time to honeymoon in Coorg is during the months April to November. more

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Dalhousie

Dalhousie is a quiet and beautiful hill town in and around five interconnected hills in the Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh. It is located at 6,600 feet and 119 kms from Dharamsala and 56 kms from Chamba. Dalhousie is dotted with lush green valleys, pine and deodar trees offers stunning views of mountains with snowcaps that allows the newly weds to have an enjoyable time.

  • State: Himachal Pradesh
  • Key Attraction: Lush green valleys and mountain views, Tibetan Market etc.

The best time to honeymoon in Dalhousie is during the summer months of April to June.  However, Dalhousie is a pleasent year round destination. more

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Darjeeling

Darjeeling, one of India's most beautiful Hill Stations is located in the Shivalik Hills in West Bengal. Darjeeling is known all over the world for its Tea production and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (the "Toy Train" and a World Heritage Site). Darjeeling was once one of the primary summer getaways for the British. The best month to visit Darjeeling is during summer (April to June). October to December are also great months to visit Darjeeling.

  • State: West Bengal
  • Key Attraction: Tea Estates, Senchal Lake, Himalayan Zoo, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Bhutia and Busty Gompa. 

The best time to honeymoon in Darjeeling is during the months of April to June. more

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Goa

The  former Portuguese colony of Goa is renowned for its beautiful beaches, greenery, Churches & Convents of Goa (World Heritage Sites), lost Hindu temples, and its laid back life-style. Goa is one of the most romantic and popular honeymoon destinations in India. 

  • State: Goa
  • Key Attraction: Beaches, ancient cathedrals and heritage buildings, water sports like water scooters, scuba diving, parasailing etc.

The best time to honeymoon in Goa is during the months of September to May. more

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Jodhpur

Jodhpur "The Blue City of Rajasthan" is located on the edge of Thar Desert. The palaces, forts and temples have made Jodhpur a popular and quaintly romantic honeymoon destination. The summer heat of Jodhpur is brutal and extreme 45 deg C to 49 deg C.  Autumn through winter months are the most suitable time to visit Jodhpur.

  • State: Rajasthan
  • Key Attraction: Balsamand Lake and Palace, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mehrangarh Fort and Museum, Jaswant Thada etc.

The best time to honeymoon in Jodhpur is during the months of September to March. more

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Kasauli

Kasauli is a quiet little hideaway and picturesque hill station in the Shivalik Hills near Shimla, and 38 km from Kalka. The magnificent with beautiful panoramic views and breathtaking beauty of Kasauli make a perfect destination for honeymooners. The summers are cool and refreshing, winters are chilly but bearable.

  • State: Himachal Pradesh
  • Key Attraction: Bird Watching, Manki Point, unspoilt natural beauty, trekking etc.

The best time to honeymoon in Kasauli is during the summer and post-monsoon months of April to June and again from October to November. However, the rest of year is also a beautiful time to visit Kasauli. more

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Kodaikanal

The Tamil meaning of KodaiKanal in English means “A Gift of the Forest”. With its deep green valleys, waterfalls, lakes and trekking trails, the picturesque town of Kodaikanal spread around the man made Kodaikanal Lake is a perfect gift for a newlywed couple, making it an ideal honeymoon destination.

Kodaikanal is located in the Palini Hills of the Western Ghats of Tamil Nadu and is referred to as the Princess of Hill Stations. Though the hill station can be visited all around the year, the best months to visit Kodaikanal are from April to June and from September to October.

Kodaikanal offers a number of tourist places to visit, all which are embedded in nature’s bowl and that which provides in small locations a semblance of privacy to its visitors.

The Kodaikanal Lake is a man made star shaped lake spread over 60 acres and where one can enjoy boating in rowboats and pedalos, cycling and angling among others. Silver Cascade is a waterfall worth visiting and caused due to overflow from the Kodaikanal Lake, although it is not recommended for bathing. The Green Valley View or Sucide Point gives a panoramic view of the plains, whereas the Devil’s Kitchen is a deep hidden ravine valley and consists of the Guna Caves.

Kodaikanal is even famous for the Kurinji flower which blooms just once every 12 years. It is found in the premises of the Kurinjiandavar Temple. Other places to enjoy a special “us” time in Kodaikanal would be following a trek trail along Coaker’s Walk or a to visit Byrant Park which is a landscaped botanical garden established by a British officer and hosts the annual flower show in the month of May. The forest around the Berijam Lake is also worth visiting for its protected nature spots such as Fire Tower, Silent Valley, Lake View and Medicine Forest. Special permission from the forest department is however required to visit the forests around the lake.

As a honeymoon investment for future information and knowledge, Kodaikanal is known to have some of the best residential schools in the country.

State: Tamil Nadu

Key Attractions: Kodaikanal Lake, Byrant Park, Green Valley View (Suicide Point), Devil’s Kitchen, Kurinjiandavar Temple, Lutheran Church, Bear Shola Falls, Coaker’s Walk, Berijam Lake, Kodaikanal Golf Club, Shembagamur Museum of Natural history, Kodaikanal Solar Observatory, Dolphin’s Nose, Pillar Rocks, Potter’s shed- a cottage industry that promotes local made pottery and crafts.

The best time to visit Kodaikanal for a honeymoon is during April to June and September to October. But with the weather being pleasant all round the year a visit Kodaikanal for a honeymoon can beplanned at anytime of the year. more

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Kovalam

Kovalam, meaning a "grove of coconut trees", is a beach town known for its beautiful beaches, sunsets, fresh and tasty seafood, ayurvedic massage centres, and yoga courses. Kovalam is a perfect destination for nature lovers and adventure lovers.  It is also known as the "Pradise of South". Kovalam is located at a distance of only 17 kms from Trivandrum.

  • State: Kerala
  • Key Attraction: Beautiful beaches, seafood, ayurvedic massage, fishing, sun bath, and parasailing.

The best time to honeymoon in Kovalam is during the months of December to March. more

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Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep, meaning "A hundred thousand islands" in the local language, consists of a group of 36 coral islands located in the Arabian Sea, 300 kms off the coast of Kerala.  The spectacular marine life and being able to sleep by the sea with only night sky covering you is the primary attraction to these islands. Surrounded by the Lakshadweep Sea, the many lagoons and are ideal for water sports. Tourist permit are required for visiting Lakshadweep.

  • State: Lakshadweep (UT)
  • Key Attraction: Islands, pristine and romantic beaches, snorkeling, fishing, and water sports.  

The best time to honeymoon in Lakshadweep is during the months of November and May. 

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Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar in the Satara district of Maharashtra, has pleasant weather throughout the year and its lush green landscape and temples make Mahabaleshwar a perfect honeymoon destination. Mahabaleshwar is home to several waterfalls. Heavy rain occurs during the monsoon that restrict several activities but the waterfalls are at its best during this season.

  • State: Maharashtra
  • Key Attraction: Arthur’s Seat, Elphinstone Point, Kate’s Point, Lodwick Point, Waterfalls, Wilson Point, Panchaganga Temple  etc.

The best time to honeymoon in Mahabaleshwar is during the months of October to May.  However, if you like the rains, the monsoon season is also attractive to visit Mahabaleshwar. more

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Manali

Manali, the "Land of the Gods", is a beautiful and romantic hill resort nested in the lap of the majestic Himalayas, only 40 km away from Kulu. Manali is surrounded by fruit orchards, splendid mountains, deodar and pine forests, caves and temples which make Manali an excellent destination for a honeymoon. The best seasons for visiting Manali are March to April and after the monsoons between September and November. But if you would like to experience snowfalls you can visit during Winter.

  • State: Himachal Pradesh
  • Key Attraction: Gompas, Temples, Himalayan scenery, Rohtang Pass and trekking

The best time to honeymoon in Manali is during the summer months of April to June and again post-monsoon during the months of September to November.  If you are looking for a cold and cuddly honeymoon with snow, then Manali is also an attractive honeymoon destination from December through to February. more

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Munnar

Munnar is a misty and lush green hill station on the high ranges of the Western Ghats in Idukki District of Kerala. The cool climate, calm atmosphere, scenery hills, surrounding greenery attracts honeymooners throughout the year. Munnar is a refreshing place to visit at most times of year. If you like the monsoon rains, Munnar offers its own unique charm during this season.

  • State: Kerala
  • Key Attraction: Anamudi, Attukal, Christ Church, Devikulam, Echo Point, Pothamedu, Rajamala, Valara etc.

The best time to honeymoon in Munnar is during the months of September to May.

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Mussoorie

Mussoorie is situated at the foothills of the Himalayan ranges above the Doon Valley in Dehra Dun district of Uttaranchal. It provides great views of snow capped Himalayan mountains, the Doon Valley and Shivalik ranges, green valleys and sprawling pine covered hills. The charm of Mussoorie always influenced the heart of honeymooners. Mussoorie has been unofficially given the title 'Honeymoon Capital of India'. Mussoorie  located at a distance of about 270 km from Delhi and 35km north of Dehra Dun.

  • State: Uttarakhand
  • Key Attraction: Camel's Back Road, Childers Lodge, Gun Hill, Christ Church, Kempty Falls, Lal Tibba, Tibetan Temple etc.

The best time to honeymoon in Mussoorie is during the summer months of March to May and again during the post-monsoon months from September to November.

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Mysore

The heritage city of Mysore in Karnataka is romanticized with its historical grandeur and glory. Mysore which is located at the base of Chamundi Hills is just about 145 kms from Bangalore, is an ideal honeymoon destination providing a sense of serenity and peace among the beauty of its palaces, temples, gardens, lakes and zoo. The city of Mysore being close to Bangalore, is benefitted with a tropical climate and thus the best time to visit Mysore is all round the year.

The cultural city is most famous for the Mysore Palace and has been ranked second among the 31 Must see Places in the World. The palace is at the height of its glory when it is completely lighted on Sunday nights and mainly during Dussehra festival. It is the residence of the Wodeyars, who are the royal family of Mysore.

Among the many gardens of Mysore, the Brindavan Gardens are most famous for their evening musical fountains, a romantic sight and a delight to watch.  The Jagmohan Palace has been converted to an art gallery and other places worth visiting are the Chamundi Palace and Chamundi Temple at the hilltop.

In Mysore one may actually enjoy a stay at one of the many heritage hotels which are palaces that have now been converted into hotels

The visit to Mysore would be incomplete without puchasing one its local speciality being the Mysore silk sarees, sandalwood products and sandalwood and rosewood carved furniture and articles.

State: Karnataka

Though Mysore can be visited all round the year, the best months to visit Mysore is from March to June more

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Nainital

Nainital is a beautiful hill town located on the foothills of Kumaon range, 36 km from Kathgodam in Uttarakhand. Nainital offers panoramic view of the beautiful Himalayan snow peaks on one side, the Naini Lakes on the other topped with lush greenery and splendid sightseeing options. Nainital is a year round destination except during the cold winter lasting from January to March.

  • State: Uttarakhand
  • Key Attraction: Naini Lake, Naini Peak, Hanuman Garh, Zoo Gardens, Fairs and Festivals, Adventure Sports etc.

The best time to honeymoon in Nainital is during the months of April to December.  However, Naintal is an attractive honeymoon destination even during the cold winter months.

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Ooty

Ooty, the short-form used for Ootacamund, is nestled in the Nilgiri Hills or "Blue Mountains" and is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in South India.  A pleasent climate, beautiful lakes, and spectacular scenic hills makes it a perfect honeymoon destination. Ooty is also known as "Queen of the hills". It is located 105 kms from Coimbatore and about 297 kms from Bangalore.

  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • Key Attraction: Beautiful hills, Botanical Garden, Ooty Lake and outdoor activities (boating, trekking, horse riding, etc.)

The best time to honeymoon in Ooty is during the summer months of April to June and again during the post-monsoon months of September to November.

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Saputara

The only hill station in Gujarat, Saputara is located on a plateau in the Dang forest in the Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats.

Dense forest, green valleys and small streams with ice cold water, Saputara is one of the lesser know hill stations, but perfect for a quite romantic getaway.

Saputara means Abode of Serpents. It is named as a snake image on the banks of River Sarpanagan is worshipped by the local Dang tribals who live in the Dang forest.

The heavy forested area has helped to develop a number of small wildlife sanctuaries in this area as well as offers one a number of other places to visit such as mountain points, valleys, waterfalls etc.

The best time to visit Saputara is during the months of March to November. The month of June especially brings about a blooming change to the region owing to the rainy season and the cold climate that Sauptara is blessed with.

State: Gujarat

Key Attractions: Saputara Lake, Wildlife Sanctuary of Mahal Bardipal Forest, Gira Waterfalls, Vandsa National Park, Purna Sanctuary, Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Ropeway, Gondola Ride, Rose Garden, Step Garden, Lake Garden, Saputara Museum

If you are a couple who loves to indulge in all mountainous activities try following one of the many trekking trails with unwinding pathways and that leads one to the deep forest. Gandhi Shikhar is the highest point in Saputara.

Also if you are planning to go to Saputara as your honeymoon destination, the good news is that the Gujarat government has invested to develop infrastructure for various aero sports such as hot air ballooning, para gliding.

Saputara is just about 4 kms from the Maharashtra border and thus a popular weekend getaway from Mumbai as well as Surat in Gujarat. more

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Shillong

The romantic hill city of Shillong, is the capital of Meghalaya situated in the north eastern part of India at an altitude of 1496 m above sea level. The place is full of waterfalls, hills, lakes, Museums and churches and is set in pine forests and green mountains. This beautiful city is called "Scotland of the East" due to its striking similarity with the Scottish highlands.

  • State: Meghalaya
  • Key Attraction: Sohpetbneng Peak, Bishop and Beadon Falls, Elephant Falls, Sweet Falls, Golf Links, Ward's Lake, Umiam Lake, and Cherrapunjee

The best time to honeymoon in Shillong is during the months October to November and again from March to April. more

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Shimla

Shimla is located in the north-western ranges of the Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh.  Its pleasant climate, cool atmosphere, picturesque locations, and good accommodation facilities make Shimla one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in India. September to December or April to June are considered to be the best month to visit Shimla. However, be forewarned that during the Summer season, the town does tend to become a bit overcrowded. 

  • State: Himachal Pradesh
  • Key Attraction: Christ Church, Jakhu Hill and Hanuman Temple, The Mall, The Ridge, Viceregal Lodge etc.
  • Best Time to Visit: September to December or April to June.
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Sikkim

In the Himalayan mountains under the watchful eye of Mount Kanchenjunga, the state of Sikkim is flourishing with nature’s beauty. Located in the east above the state of West Bengal, Sikkim is surrounded by international borders of Nepal, Bhutan and China occupied Tibet.

Divided into various districts, each small town and village of all districts are the life form of an artist paintings; snow covered mountain peaks, green valleys, various flowers in bloom, cobbled pathways, the state is dotted with tiny hamlets, lakes, monasteries and acres and acres of forest covered areas.

Some of the major towns in Sikkim are Gangtok, capital of Sikkim, Gyalshing, Pelling, Yukson, Jorethang and others. The state has over 200 big and small monasteries and the cultural expressions of Buddhism and Tibetology (the main religions of the state) are present everywhere.

The view of Mount Kanchenjunga is most breathtaking and as some would say, “so romantic”. The best view of this third highest peak in the world can be obtained from Tashi View Point and one can even take a helicopter flight from here. Other activities one can enjoy are trekking as many of the trek routes are just being discovered or are still not discovered, mountain biking, para gliding, river rafting and yak safari. The yak safari is definitely not to be missed, especially for some wonderful photo shoots

The best time to visit the state of Sikkim is during the months of March to August. The months from October to December on the other hand have a snow white beauty of its own.

State: Sikkim, whose capital is Gangtok

Key attractions: Mount Kanchejunga, Tashi View Point, Tsongmo Lake- home of the Brahminy Duck bird species, Monastries; some popular monasteries are Rumtek Monastery, Enchey Monastery, Premyangtse Monastery, Tashiding Monastery, Nathu La pass- on Indo Chinese border, Gurudongmar Lake which gets frozen during winter season, Dongri Trek, Deer Park, Himalayan Zoological park, Menmecho Lake, Sa-Ngor Chotsang Centre, Rinchenpong, Rashi Hot Springs, Ravangla, Lachen, Yumthang Valley, Maenam Hills

Try out the mouth watering momos stuffed with meat and Thupkas that is noodle soup which is the local delicacy at one of the many small cafes over a candlelight dinner.  more

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Srinagar

Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, is called the city of lakes. It is situated in Kashmir Valley on the banks of the Jhelum River. Srinagar is famous for its lakes, houseboats, traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dry fruits. It is also rich in natural bounties from cascading rivers, beautiful mountains, idyllic climate, clear lakes, lush valleys and stunning gardens also known as "Paradise on Earth". It is a perfect destination for honeymooners.

The best time to honeymoon in Srinagar is during the summer months April to June.  However, the winter months from December to March are also very romantic in Srinagar with snowy destinations including Gulmarg.

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Varkala

Varkala is beautiful and friendly seaside beach resort town in south of Kerala, approximately 50km from Thiruvananthapuram or Trivandrum. Varkala, with its forts and temples, is the only place in southern Kerala where one can find cliffs adjacent to the Arabian sea. Numerous water sports and spas are there on the sides of these cliffs.

  • State: Kerala
  • Key Attraction: Anjengo Fort, Janardanaswamy Temple, Papanasam Beach, Water Sports etc.

The best time to honeymoon in Varkala is during the months of September to February.

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Wildlife and National Park Honeymoon Destinations

For those couples with love for nature and wildlife, the romantic moments of their life can be combined with their hobbies and interest to provide an explosive package for a perfect honeymoon destination in India.

While many of the National parks around the country are widely commercialized, especially for the sight of India's national animal, the tiger, there are lesser known National Parks around the country where one can sight a wide variety of flora and fauna includign many rare and endangered species. Also since some of these National Parks are less popular than the others, the crowds here are lesser and the surrouding forest and greenery provides one with peace, privacy and tranquility.

Most of the National parks around the country are closed during the four month monsoon season and therefore the best time to visit the National Parks as honeymoon destinations would be during the months of November to April.

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Other Information

Other Honeymoon destinations for you to consider:

  • Agra - Home to the Taj Mahal
  • Jaipur - Romantic city with Palaces, Amber Fort, and colorful Rajasthani culture
  • Khajuraho - Breathtaking temples and erotic sculptures
  • Mount Abu - Beautiful vistas and stunning Jain Temple at Dilwara
  • Pondicherry - Beach town with charming French influence
  • Tirupati - Home to the famous Tirupati Tirumala Venkateswara Temple
  • Udaipur - Lakes, City Palace, and Forts

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