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Choosing a honeymoon destination in India

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Honeymoon is one of the most exciting and cherished early events of married life for every newly-wed couple. So whether you choose to soak up the sun on a beach or enjoy drinks together in the quiet beach shack, or just want to lay down in the lush greens thinking about the future, it’s worth spending a little effort to get your plans right!

India is bestowed with many spectacular destinations perfect for your honeymoon, ranging from tranquil beaches, serene hill stations through to bustling metro cities. Your honeymoon is an opportunity to try something a little different and create experiences and memories to share for a lifetime.

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A view of blooming flowers at Nishat Garden in Srinagar. (File Photo: IANS)

Here are a few exciting honeymoon destinations –

Srinagar

Which place can be more romantic to spend some moments of love together than Kashmir? The mesmerising beauty of Srinagar will indeed bring more passion to the both of you. Lush green valleys, high mountains and thick pine forests make up the beautiful Srinagar, the capital city of Jammu and Kashmir. Most of the hotels here around the Dal Lake offer beautiful view of the valley.

If you plan your honeymoon staying in the Shikaras (houseboats) embellished with the finest carved walnut wood and hand-embroidered carpets in Dal Lake, you could not have planned it any better. Beautiful lakes, snowcapped mountains, lofty glaciers and charming rivers coupled with Shalimar Bagh, Chashma Shahi and Nishat Bagh are unmissable.

The valleys of Srinagar will offer you the breath-taking views most beautiful mountain ranges with a refreshing environment that you just won’t want to leave!

If you two are a little more active, amongst the scenic views, there are an amazing range of adventure sports available. In no time, you could find yourself indulging in skiing, paragliding, trekking, mountaineering or white water rafting.

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Alappuzha: Participents during the Nehru boat race at Vembanad Lake in Alappuzha of Kerala on Aug 12, 2017. The 65th edition of the race, named after former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. (Photo: IANS)

Kerala

Kerala, popularly known as “God’s own country”, offers you a land with enchanting natural beauty, lush green forests, palm-fringed backwaters, pristine beaches, exotic flora and fauna, and wild waterfalls.

Not only can you hear the rippling sound of backwaters alongside your houseboat, but enjoy the green countryside in places like Kovalam, Alleppey, Munnar, Wagamon, Devikulam, Cochin, Idukki, Nelliyampathy, Varkala, Kumarakom, Thekkady and Wayanad within the serenity of Kerala state.

Cochin or Kochi is the ancient harbor city of Kerala and counted as one of the most popular historical cities of Kerala. Cochin is visited mostly for its uniquely beautiful beaches and backwaters. Cochin is a modern city and you can enjoy having some retail therapy there.

Alleppey is one of the attractive backwater destinations of Kerala towards the south of Cochin. It is the most sought after destination for the backwater cruises in Kerala. Alleppey is a mysterious maze of canals surrounded by lush green vegetation on the banks. It is no less than a paradise of your dreams on earth, where spending some quality time will be always memorable for you. Alleppey is also centre for the well known coir handicraft products of Kerala.

Kovalam, located at the distance of 16 km from Trivandrum is one of the finest beach destinations of South India. It is a clean, long, beautiful and serene beach that is surrounded by swaying palms.

Goa

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Goa

Amongst other superb honeymoon destinations across the world, Goa has something special to offer to newlyweds. The former Portuguese colony is truly a honeymooner’s paradise, with lush hills, cool blue waters, coconut groves, and of course the world-class beaches to experience. Goan hotels often offer honeymoon packages so you’ll be sure to find one to fit your budget.

A long list of beaches to choose from including Agonda, Anjuna, Arambol, Aguada, Benaulim, Bogmolo, Morjim, Dona Paula, Mabor, Calangute, Candolim, Colva, Cavelossim, Vagator, Miramar, Palolem, Sinquerim and Varca beach.

You can also indulge in a broad range of activities including various adventure and water sports, cruising the Arabian Sea, shopping at the flea market and much more.

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Some planning tips for honeymooners –

  1. Budget: The destination you choose for your honeymoon will greatly influence your budget. While estimating your honeymoon budget, you need to consider much more than just accommodation. Other expenses can include transportation costs (flights, trains, car rental and taxi fares), local sightseeing, meals, tips, activities, entertainment and night life.
  2. Research: Start with the internet. You can get good deals on hotels and tour packages if you will plan and make bookings in advance. But don’t forget your local travel agents as you can grab some good deals there.
  3. Planning – You can find great honeymoon packages offered by travel agencies and tour operators. They’ll have a range of pre-planned honeymoon itineraries so that you can focus on enjoying the trip instead of organising it.

So, what are you waiting for? Choose your destination and get rolling to explore the moon with your honey!

DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.

 

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