The Best Honeymoon Destinations in India – and Where To Stay!
Happy Shappy has partnered with the wandering vagabonds at Seatback Upright to bring you the inside scoop on where to head after your wedding celebrations are done – without flying off to international locations. These are the best honeymoon destinations in India — plus tips on where to stay!
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Seatback Upright’s Top Picks
Looking for that perfect destination to spend days on end with your better half? Fret not! We know just the right spots! With the diversity of location, landscape, and culture, India has a lot to offer! Here’s our list of favorite spots across India for your honeymoon getaway.
Shades of Turquoise – Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Turquoise sea, swaying palms, mangrove forests, coral reef and a villa right on the beach! Doesn’t it sound perfect? After all the wedding madness, if you are looking for some serious relaxation and bonding, this is the place to be!!
Our favorite place to stay: Barefoot at Havelock
Insider tip: Do visit the uninhabited islands of Tamarind and South button camp. One of the best snorkeling spots in and around Havelock. Enjoy a picnic lunch on a secluded beach!
For more adventure, venture on a luxury live board cruise and explore the pristine Andaman Islands, areas which are otherwise inaccessible, like the only active volcano in Asia – Barren Island.
God’s Own Country – Kerala
Kerala is also known as God’s own country. And it definitely lives up to its name!
Kerala enchants with its rich culture, surreal landscapes, lush greenery, foggy hills, pristine beaches, placid backwaters and sprawling carpets of tea gardens. A perfect mix of romance and relaxation! You can pick and choose between mountains, beach, and backwaters!!
Our favorite place to stay: Vivanta by Taj- Bekal
Though Southern Kerala is more popular, Northern Kerala is one of its best-kept secret.
A sprawling property with beautiful landscape, surrounded by backwaters and a beach!! Enjoy at the beautiful pool villas, private gazebo dinners, take a ride on the traditional house boats or indulge in a relaxing spa! You can walk for hours on the beach and not meet a soul. And when you get tired of the sand, you can turn your attention to the enchanting backwaters.
A late evening sail under the majestic sky with shiny diamond-like stars would indeed be a great way to kick start your romantic honeymoon amid the soothing music of water.
Coral Paradise of India – Lakshadweep Islands
Lakshadweep is an archipelago of 37 islands in the Arabian Sea. It is one of the few places in India which is still untouched by tourism. Pristine white powdery sand beaches, colorful underwater world, water sports, coral gardens, island hopping and lagoons of every shade of blue!
Our favorite place to stay: Bangaram Island resort
We would recommend the uninhabited islands of Bangaram and Thinakkara. Cottages right on the beach, with waves splashing few feet away from you! The only visitors on the beach would be hermit crabs and turtles!
No one understands luxury like the royals of Rajasthan. Rajasthan has a diverse culture and beautiful landscape. With so many forts, palaces and lakes you feel like royalty. Pamper yourself and your loved one by staying in one of the many beautiful palaces. After all, marriages are fairy tales! Go back to time and enjoy every bit of royalty!
Our favorite place to stay: Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
Located in Udaipur, ‘the Venice of the East,’ the setting is extraordinary, in the middle of Lake Pichola; the hotel has its private jetty from where they whisk you and your better half to and from the hotel. From the rose petal entrance to the charming moonlight boat ride, they make sure to make your stay special.
Meghalaya – An Abode Above The Clouds
Meghalaya, also known as the Scotland of the East, with its pristine beauty, perpetual clouds, mists, huge waterfalls, limestone caves, lush green and dense forests, amazing living root bridges, will make you fall in love instantly. You can get drunk in the sheer beauty of pristine nature all around you as you wander through enchanted lakes and magical waterfalls. If the outdoors is your #HappyShappy, this is one of the best honeymoon destinations in India.
Our favorite place to stay: Ri-Kynjai Hotel, Meghalaya
Literally meaning “tranquility by the lake”, Ri-Kynjai is situated in the lap of nature. Overlooking the mystic Umiam Lake Ri Kynjai offers spectacular views. You could relax at the spa or go trek the Khasi hills if you feel adventurous.
Chikmagalur – For The Love of Coffee
Fancy staying in a glasshouse? India’s quaint coffee country, Chikmagalur—a four hour drive from Bangalore, is a slice of paradise.
Our favorite place to stay: Primrose Villa
Primrose villa is tucked away in the Western Ghats. Each of the villas is spread across a luxurious thousand square feet, with glass walls and private gazebo. Sublime, rejuvenating, luxurious and romantic.
Fancy a personal butler? Breakfast in bed? Or perhaps a bonfire dinner under the starry night? They sure know how to pamper you!
Sip some freshly brewed coffee in bed and soak in the view of Western Ghats!
Gulmarg – Serene and surreal
If your idea of a honeymoon is up in the mountains where you can walk hand in hand, breathing in the fresh mountain air, snow all around, then Gulmarg is just the place for you. It’s not every day that you wake up to mesmerizing views of snow clad Himalayan Mountains.
Our favorite place to stay: The Khyber resort and Spa – Gulmarg
The Khyber is located in the midst of snow-covered Affarwat peaks of the Pir Panjal Mountain Range. Fine dining restaurants, a cigar lounge, a well-appointed spa and a heated swimming pool don’t spare a dull moment for you. Do try out their various dishes –freshly grilled meats, cooked just the way you like, on traditional coal-fired barbecues and Wazwan. (Wazwan) The feast of Kashmiri weddings along with some ‘kahwa’ tea.
Kumaon: Himalayan Retreat
Our favorite place to stay: Shakti 360 Leti
Shakti 360 Leti is located in the little known Kumaon region in the hill state of Uttarakhand, and one of the best honeymoon destinations in India! It is one of the most stunning holiday retreats. At 8,000 feet between breathtaking terraced valleys below and awe-inspiring snow capped Himalayan peaks. Here, the first rays of dawn bathe the stunning snow capped mountains into a bright crimson before spreading out in a kaleidoscope of colors.
Four glass, wood and stone cabins, and a larger communal dining and lounge area, perch on a stunningly remote mountain top that offers incredible views of the northwestern Himalaya.
Maharaja Express: Royal Indian Hospitality
Maharajas’ Express is one of the most extravagant luxury trains of India. The train runs five pan-Indian voyages traversing through some of the most amazing destinations, vistas and attractions of India. These locations are some important pieces of the country’s history as well as heritage. The train is equipped with world class amenities that include a luxury suite, fine dining, an on-board lounge and much more. Once aboard, continue to be pampered in a delightful mix of old-world courtesies, sophisticated style and international facilities.