Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and we can already feel the love in the air. While we are sure that you must have loads planned for the love of your life, nothing can compare to a romantic getaway together. Afterall, couples who travel together, stay together! To help you pick the perfect destination to celebrate your love for each other this Valentine’s day, we bring to you 15 of India’s most romantic getaways. Read on to find out more!
1. Radhanagar Beach – Andaman
If you are looking for a chilled out beach scene this Valentine’s Day then Radhanagar Beach in the Andaman Islands is the place to go to. It was crowned as the ‘best beach in Asia’ and the ‘7th best beach in the world’ by the Time Magazine, so that’s something! Away from the crowds, this is probably one of the most serene beaches out there. An exquisite and romantic spot nestled between pristine blue waters and lavish palm trees, the white sandy beach of Radhanagar is a marvellous natural land formation.
2. Cola Beach – Goa
This exotic beach is tucked away in south Goa, untouched and uninhibited. Cola Beach is an untainted stretch of land which lies 5 km north of Agonda beach. Here you can sunbathe on the crystalline sand and swim in the unblemished waters or just spend the day strolling through the woods that lead up to the beach. Cola beach is unlike any other Indian beach, as far as cleanliness and noise levels are concerned. It is a completely secluded and pristine piece of land which makes it one of the most beautiful and romantic getaways in the country.
3. Auli – A skieer’s Haven
Perched on the snow-capped hills of Chamoli district in Uttarakhand, Auli is a ski holiday destination and a honeymooners paradise. The place offers majestic views of the Himalayan range and spotless blue skies that will leave you awestruck and at a loss of words with their scenic beauty. During winter, the slopes are covered in a blanket of snow, and patches of deodar trees turn the slope into a visually stunning ski zone. Auli is considered to be one of the best ski destinations in India, and is a must visit place for all adventure lovers and couples. The magnificent sunrise seen from behind the Nanda Devi peak is an incomparable experience that fills your heart with joy and the clear night sky with countless stars is perfect for stargazing with your better half.
4. Cherrapunji – Where bridges live!
The world’s wettest place has a lot to offer than just rainfall. Cherrapunji in Meghalaya is a scenic hill town in the Khasi hills of Meghalaya. Nohkalikai Falls near Cherrapunji are among the highest and one of the most pristine plunge waterfalls in India. A trip to Cherrapunji without visiting the Living Root Bridges is an incomplete one. This marvellous utilization of natural resources capture the ingenuity of the people of Meghalaya. Cherrapunji’s rustic appeal and romantic natural setting makes it one of the most fascinating and romantic getaways in India.
5. Udaipur – the City of Lakes
Also known as the City of Lakes, Udaipur is built around the cerulean waters of many lakes. The city is a blend of history, culture and modernism with numerous holiday and heritage resorts in and around. Founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1553, Udaipur served as the capital of the marvellous historical kingdom of Mewar. This beautiful blue city has a lot to offer to both travellers and tourists with its numerous ancient historical spots and pristine temples that are spread around the city’s vicinity. Being easy to reach and having abundant accommodation Udaipur is every lovestruck couple’s desert paradise.
6. Alleppey – The Gateway to God’s own country
Lined with untouched palm groves and beautiful backwaters, Alleppey in Kerala was the gateway to Kerala from the sea before Kochi became the harbour of choice for travellers and traders. This quaint little town is perfect for a leisurely vacation, with its picture-perfect backwaters over which you can ferry a ride in boats and yachts, or live in one of the houseboats. You can enjoy a morning toddy with fresh seafood prepared right in front of your eyes in these houseboats and have a romantic Valentine getaway like no other.
7. Kovalam – The calmest beach in India
Kovalam beach near Thiruvananthapuram is a bustling place full of people from all walks of life. The calm seas and dark sand of the beach paints a romantic portrait for couples. You can have a relaxing swim in the shallows of the Arabian Sea or ride a speedboat over the gentle waves further away from the coast. Don’t miss the shopping experience at the stalls near the beach that sell handmade crafts. The local vendors also cook and sell fresh seafood at the beach which is absolutely divine.
8. Gulmarg – the true Queen of Hills
This quaint valley is a beautiful ski holiday destination. Gulmarg falls in the state of Jammu & Kashmir and has a picturesque landscape which leaves you fascinated and spellbound with its natural beauty. Gulmarg is best visited towards the end of the winter season, just before the snow begins to thaw. To make the most out of your Valentine’s getaway to Gulmarg you should hire horses and take a wild ride in the meadows. It will definitely be an experience of a lifetime!
9. Kumarakom – India’s own little Venice
Kumarakom located near the city of Kottayam in Kerala is a beautiful village town famous for its backwater tourism. Perched on the banks of the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. The houseboat experience that this place offers is unparalleled, making it one of the most romantic road trip destinations in the country. This place is a photographer’s paradise and you can expect the best photos in the world to make up the memories of your Valentine’s getaway.
10. Bangaram Atoll – Lakshadweep
This immaculate island in Lakshadweep is an actual paradise. There is a briny pond in the middle of the island and the white sandy beaches that surround the island make it a glorious holiday destination. Bangaram Atoll is a warm and romantic lovers getaway as most of the populace that frequents this place is young and vibrant. This stunning island in the Arabian Sea is a wonderful experience on its own.
11. Umngot River – the river with a soul
The unbelievably clear waters of the Umngot River in Meghalaya is a natural marvel. You will be rendered speechless by the clear waters. The river forms the natural boundary between Ri Pnar (of Jaintia Hills) and Hima Khyrim (of Khasi Hills). Located about 90 km away from Shillong, the river falls on the route to Dawki which passes through beautiful curvaceous roads that provide stunning views of valleys and waterfalls along the way. You can even go for a quick swim in the shallows as the current is not very strong. This beautiful river will fill you with love for nature if you choose this romantic getaways for your Valentine.
12. Khajjiar – India’s Mini Switzerland
Khajjiar, aka the Mini Switzerland of India, is warmly snuggled in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. Khajjiar lies on a small plateau with a stream fed lake at the centre of the town. This place will take you closer to nature and natural beauty more than any other place in the world. The lush green meadows and dense forests give the place a magical backdrop making it a extremely romantic getaway. You will fall in love with Khajjiar instantly!
13. Pahalgam – Betaab Valley
Betaab Valley near Pahalgam derives its name from the Sunny Deol – Amrita Singh debut Bollywood blockbuster – Betaab. It serves as the base camp for many treks and exploration hikes around the area. This immaculate valley is one of the most romantic road trip destinations in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The best time to visit this place is between the months of October and April.
14. Gokarna – Goa’s cooler younger brother
A small temple town in northern Karnataka is home to the famous Mahabaleshwar temple. The town is laidback and has a rustic appeal to it. It is unlike any other beach town and it is probably the most offbeat road trip destination in the entire country, owing to the open culture that the town has adopted due to the influx of foreign tourists who are tired of the usual beach holiday destination. Gokarna offers scenic beaches with the Western Ghats overlooking them, a phenomenon that is not found anywhere in the country.
15. Ladakh – A heaven in Kashmir
If there is heaven on Earth then it is Kashmir, and if there is heaven within that heaven, then it is Ladakh. The arid mountains covered in snow and the dark Indus River winding through the landscape look like they have been hand painted by nature. This scenic place is lined with many little surprises and quaint monasteries. You will have a very romantic getaway exploring the culture, climate and landscape of this gem of a place. Pack your bags and don’t think anymore, just drive to Ladakh!
So do we have you inspired? Are you aching to pack your bags and book tickets to one of these romantic getaways? We hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and a lifetime of love ahead. Don’t forget to let us know what you think of these getaways for Valentine’s day!