Honeymoon & Travel

10 lesser-known Honeymoon Destinations in India that are Surreal

Medha Chawla, 07 Oct 2018

Planning for your honeymoon and not able to zero down on one destination? Well, look no further! Your own country has a lot of surreal hidden gems that will make you rethink about your International trip. Being such a vast and culturally-rich nation, India’s geographic beauty is expansively extravagant. While popular destinations like Manali, Shimla, Ooty, Jaipur, etc have been exploited by bustling tourists, there also lie some untouched and lesser-known honeymoon destinations in India that boast of ethereal beauty and promise a secluded high-on-romance honeymoon.

Here we introduce you to 10 most offbeat and beautiful honeymoon destinations in India. From hill stations to isolated beaches and lush green forests—we have covered them all! 

Best Honeymoon Destinations In India

1. Pondicherry

Pondicherry is undeniably one of the most surreal hidden gems of India. Popularly known as ‘The Little Paris’, Pondicherry is highly reminiscent of French allure. Right from the artsy architecture to the road signs and the food in restaurants - everything is French. You will instantly fall for the mind-blowing beauty of tree-lined streets, Insta perfect mustard-colored colonial villas, serene beaches, majestic churches and chic boutiques. For a couple who is looking for an utterly romantic honeymoon that’s a perfect blend of tranquillity and thrill -  Pondicherry is the place.

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Activities to do: Visit the famous yellow-colored colony, take romantic strolls by the beach, witness breathtaking sunrise with your beloved partner, scuba diving, Relax at peaceful Yoga and Wellness centers, relish French cuisine.
Best time to visit: October to March
Ideal stay duration: 7 days
Estimated budget: INR 20,000 for 6 days and 5 nights (excluding travel fare)
Nearest airport: Chennai
Nearest railway station: Villupuram

2. Gulmarg

The ethereal beauty of Gulmarg aka Meadow of Flowers, a quaint hill station in Jammu & Kashmir is mesmerizing. The charm of pristine snow-covered hills and the blooming wildflower-filled landscapes will surely keep the fire of romance ignited between you and your spouse. Gulmarg is also known as the ‘heartland of the winter sports’ and the best destination for skiing in India. The thrill-maniac couples can visit Gulmarg for their honeymoon during winters. Otherwise, it is an all year round destination.

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Activities to do: Gondola rides, trekking, hiking, witness the nature’s stupendous beauty, visit holy places, enjoy the views of twin peaks Nun-Kun and Nanga Parbat from Khilanmarg, satiate your taste buds with traditional Kashmiri food, skiing.
Best time to visit: March to November
Ideal stay duration: 5 days
Estimated budget: INR 10,000 and above for 5 days and 4 nights (excluding travel fare)
Nearest airport: Srinagar
Nearest railway station: Jammu

3. Lakshadweep

A cluster of 1 lakh islands, Lakshadweep promises a secluded, luxurious and a high-on-romance honeymoon. The turquoise sea waters, coral reefs, swanky resorts and a tranquil blend of adventure and peace, head to Lakshadweep for a memorable island honeymoon

Activities to do: Lazy sunbathing, snorkeling, scuba diving, witness the ethereal beauty of nature, have a cozy time with your partner on the secluded beaches.
Best time to visit: October to March
Ideal stay duration: 5-6 days
Estimated budget: INR 20,000 and above for 4 days and 3 nights (excluding travel fare)
Nearest airport: Agatti Island

4. Gangtok

This capital city is yet another breathtaking gem of India. Gangtok welcomes newly-weds with nature’s splendors, luxury, and comfort. With a tranquil glacial lake, vivid markets, quaint monasteries, treks, scenic views of Himalayan Range and adventurous treks - it is becoming one of the most bustling honeymoon destinations in India for all right reasons.

Activities to do: Trekking, Enjoy the picturesque views of Mount Kanchenjunga from the Tashi View Point, visit Lake Tsomgo - the glacial lake, Trekking, Witness the rich culture of Sikkim, visit color monasteries and go on a shopping spree, Gondola rides and luxuriant stay at a resort.
Best time to visit: March-April (Spring season), October-Feb(Winter)
Ideal stay duration: 5-6 days
Estimated budget: INR 20,000 and above for 6 days and 5 nights (excluding travel fare)
Nearest airport: Bagdogra
Nearest railway station: Jalpaiguri 

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5. Rann of Kutch

Imagine watching the vast expanse of white desert glittering at night under a moonlit sky! Expect your honeymoon in Rann of Kutch to be a cultural extravaganza bundled with romance, music, zeal and serendipity. However, make sure your honeymoon dates fall between the 4 months long Rann Utsav!

Activities to do: Attend Rann Utsav (Will truly be an enchanting experience), Witness the world-famous Salt Marsh Desert, witness the rich heritage of Kutch at Prag Mahal, lazy sunbathing by the beach, take a handicraft village tour.

Best time to visit: November to February
Ideal stay duration: 3-4 days
Estimated budget: INR 9,000 and above for 4 days and 3 nights (excluding travel fare)
Nearest airport: Bhuj
Nearest railway station: Bhuj

6. Dalhousie

This is yet another surreal hill station nestled in the Himalayan range that will give you International feels but in a shoe-string budget. Lush green pine trees, glistening rivers, snow-covered mountains, colonial architecture, and cool mountain breeze will evoke just the right set of emotions on your honeymoon. Btw, Dalhousie is also home to Khajjar, which is popularly known as the mini Switzerland of India.

Activities to do: Enjoy the scenic views of snow-capped Himalayas, explore the streets lined with colonial architecture, go for adventures like hiking and parasailing, visit Khajjiar, have fun at stunning waterfalls.
Best time to visit: March to October
Ideal stay duration: 3-4 days
Estimated budget: INR 7000 and above (excluding travel fare)
Nearest airport: Pathankot (75 km away)
Nearest railway station: Chakki Bank

7. Andaman

This Indian island is where you need to head for a honeymoon straight outta dreams. Secluded beaches, azure blue waters, luxuriant resorts, picturesque natural beauty are a few swoon-worthy attractions that Andaman offers. More and more couples are ditching international destinations for Andaman’s serene beaches and the ultra-luxury it offers. In fact, it is also a great honeymoon destination for foodie couples.

Activities to do: Experience sheer luxury at lavish resorts, Scuba diving, Snorkelling, Quiet and secluded beaches, relish delectable seafood, visit museums and historic places.
Best time to visit: October to May
Ideal stay duration: 8-12 days
Estimated budget: INR 18,000 and above (excluding travel fare)
Nearest airport: Port Blair
Nearest railway station: Not connected

8. Coorg

Often hailed as the ‘Scotland of India’, Coorg is a beauteous yet not-so-renowned honeymoon destination in India. This small town is gifted with nature’s abundance and scenic wonders - lush green forests, waterfalls, enchanting hills, valleys shrouded with flowers, lakes, coffee plantations, and magnificent temples. All of it ensure a rejuvenating and romantic honeymoon.

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Activities to do: Visit India’s largest coffee plantations, indulge in romance amidst green hills and scintillating environs, Have carefree and fun time at waterfalls, River rafting at Dubare river, Microlight flying, Kayaking, Night mountain drive, and a lot more.
Best time to visit: October to March
Ideal stay duration: 5-6 days
Estimated budget: INR 10,000 and above for 5 days and 4 nights
Nearest airport: Mangalore
Nearest railway station: Mysore

9. Pahalgam

With lofty mountains, sparkling rivers, charming green meadows and romantic environs, this lesser known destination in Jammu and Kashmir is a dreamy paradise for newlyweds. It is one of those surreal places where you would want to begin your matrimonial journey.

Activities to do: Visit Lidder river, Sheshnag lake, enjoy the breathtaking scenic beauty, see the ethereal beauty of snow-capped Himalayas.
Best time to visit: March to November
Ideal stay duration: 3-4 days
Estimated budget: INR 8,000 and above for 4 days and 3 nights (excluding travel fare)
Nearest airport: Srinagar
Nearest railway station: Udhamur

10. Puri

If you also thought of Puri as a mere world-famous Hindu religious destination, you surely need to think again! A perfect destination for a beach honeymoon, Puri is a treasure trove of serene beaches and natural beauty that can put the over-hyped beaches of Goa to shame.

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Activities to do: Visit the serene beaches, take romantic strolls, watch the sunset at the beach, take divine blessings at Jagannath Temple, go on a shopping spree in the vibrant markets.
Best time to visit: October to March
Ideal stay duration: 3-4 days
Estimated budget: INR 8,000 and above for 4 days and 3 nights (excluding travel fare)
Nearest airport: Bhubaneswar
Nearest railway station: Bhubaneswar

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