Are you searching for the best honeymoon places in India? If you and your better half are adventure trippers, then what better a way than to go on a honeymoon that combines adventure with romance on the go! We got down to list the 5 best honeymoon places in India that you should consider for a romantic self-drive holiday.
1) Mysore – Devala – Coonoor
Ideal Season: June to August, November to January
A rejuvenating drive through the enchanting Nilgiri mountains of South India will do the trick for newlyweds. Begin the drive from the culture-rich city of Mysore and drive 150 km south to Devala. The road cuts across the dense, lush green forest regions of Bandipur and Mudumalai National Park. Navigators should have their cameras ready when you come upon the famed pine forests of the picturesque valley of Devala. If both of you are history buffs, check out the former gold mines that Devala is famous for.
From Devala to Ooty, the 150 km ride is a smooth one and the roads are good, but the ghat section is steep and tedious. At Gudalur, take a little detour to explore the scenic Needle Rock View Point. The road then passes through the stunning landscapes of Pykara, where one can see the Pykara Lake. The last stretch from Ooty to Coonoor is a short 21 km one and passes through scenic valleys and acres of tea plantations.
2)Chennai – Valparai
Ideal Season: October to March
The heavenly hill station town of Valparai lies in the picturesque Annamalai ranges, its verdant environs making for the perfect, idyllic and romantic honeymoon destination for a driving holiday. Begin from Chennai early in the morning and take the Vellore road which bypasses Salem to reach Pollachi. From there on, the road has many hairpin bends until Valparai. The roads from Attakatti, which is around 40 km from Pollachi to Valparai are very scenic and picturesque with breath-taking mountain scenery and acres of tea estates.
Travelers should know that after 2 p.m. the visibility in the region drops and a mist settles in the valley, so they should be careful while driving. There are many ‘Mist’ zones and warming on the road indicating travelers to be careful. Ideally, travelers should begin early in the morning so as to reach Valparai before nightfall.
3)Manali – Leh
Ideal Season: June to September
Journey best done in a 4WD MUV/SUV, but sedans/hatchbacks also work
If you and your spouse are road trippers, then a thrilling honeymoon 2-day road trip from Manali to Leh is the perfect way to flag off an equally long, exciting adventure. Begin the trip from Manali and move north to the Solang Valley. Admire the 20 ft.-high snow walls at the glacier point of Rani Nala and the picturesque Rohtang Pass before descending to the villages of Khokhsar (dhabas to eat), Sissu (spectacular waterfall) and Tandi (confluence of Chandra and Bhaga rivers). Move on to Keylong, where one can find all essentials needed to continue the journey. Next up are the towns of Jispa and Darcha, the latter being the northernmost, last civilized village in Himachal Pradesh.
Stop at the stunning Deepak Tal and Suraj Tal lakes (the second-highest lake in India) before proceeding into the Baralacha mountains, finally crossing into Jammu and Kashmir. After crossing Bharatpur and Sarchu (tent camps), arrive at Pang which has breath-taking mountain scenery. Cross the second highest motorable road in the world, Tanglang La, before descending onto the villages of Rumste and Upshi, which are the last points before Leh.
Stay: Khokhsar, Sissu, Gondla, Patseo, Tandi, Keylong, Jispa, Upshi
Eat: Marhi, Rohtang Pass, Khokhsar, Sissu, Keylong, Jispa, Darcha, Deepak Tal, Zingzing Bar, Bharatpur, Sarchu, Pang, Rumste, Upshi
Fuel: Manali, Tandi (106 km from Manali), Upshi/Karu (36 km from Leh)
ATMs: Manali, Keylong
4)Delhi – Manali – Spiti
Ideal Season: Mid-April to September
Another interesting road trip in the north for avid travelers is from Delhi to Spiti Valley via Manali. Begin early in the morning from Delhi to reach Mandi by lunchtime, where you can explore age-old Shiva temples loaded with legends and myths. Thereon, enjoy the sights of the Pandoh dam, the gushing waters of the Beas, the spectacular Kulu Valley, and the quaint towns of Raison and Katrain as you drive alongside the Beas to reach Manali.
The next, day, begin early and drive through Gramphu and Chhatru to reach the stunning Chandratal Lake. Enjoy the views of the lake before heading back on the Gramphu-Batal-Kaza road to reach Kaza, the headquarters of the Spiti Valley. Travelers should know that acclimatization to the changes in altitudes will be difficult, so they need to pack proper medication and take enough breaks on the road.
5)Bangalore – Dindigul – Meghmalai
Ideal Season: December to March
A road trip from Bangalore to the picturesque High Wavy Mountains or Meghmalai makes for an excellent choice for a honeymoon road trip with your spouse. Begin from Bangalore early and head south-west towards Salem, bypassing the towns of Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri. Proceed towards the Dindigul, where you can stop and admire the many temples that the town is famous for. Head on the Meghmalai road towards Theni and Chinnamannur, and take the left turn at Seelayampaty.
Thereon, it’s a single hilly toad with many hairpin bends, so travelers need to proceed with caution and be careful while driving. Drive for 48 km after the Seelayampaty turn to reach Meghmalai.
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