Best places for a romantic vacation

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The season of love is here. For couples who are planning a honeymoon trip or a romantic vacation need not think twice after looking at our list of destinations. Pick your place according to your travel choices and make it a memorable vacation.

Andaman Islands

With breathtakingly beautiful coastline, lush forested interior, fantastic diving possibilities and a far-flung location, the Andaman Islands are a perfect place to woo your partner with promises of a lifetime. Let the shimmering turquoise waters remain in the backdrop as you and your partner get enveloped in multiple layers of affection.

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Gulmarg

 

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Let your diamond ring bring some warmth in Kashmiri paradise Gulmarg’s snow-carpeted hills. With chilly winds blowing and a beautiful landscape around, the proposal will undoubtedly go a few notches up, making a memory of a lifetime for you and your partner. Surrounded by snow, the hills and a gondola for magnificent views, you and your partner are sure to spend some special time.

Udaipur

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The Rajasthani city of Udaipur was dubbed ‘the most romantic spot on the continent of India’ in 1829 by a British officer. Its ornate palaces, temples and havelis straddle the shore of Lake Pichola and the white-marble Lake Palace seemingly floats on the lake’s gentle waters. Now a luxury hotel, it is a storybook setting for an ideal romantic vacation.

Coorg

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Nestled amid evergreen hills that line the southernmost edge of Karnataka is the luscious Kodagu (Coorg) region, gifted with emerald landscapes and hectares of plantations. A major centre for coffee and spice production, this rural expanse is also home to the Kodava people, who are divided into 1000 clans. The uneven terrain and cool climate make it a fantastic area for trekking, birdwatching or lazily ambling down little-trodden paths winding around carpeted hills. All in all, Kodagu is rejuvenation guaranteed.

Kodaikanal

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Kodai rambles up and down hillsides with patches of shola (virgin forest), unique to South India’s Western Ghats, and evergreen broadleaf trees like magnolia, mahogany, myrtle and rhododendron. Kodai is popular with honeymooners and groups, who flock to its spectacular viewpoints and waterfalls. The renowned Kodaikanal International School provides some cosmopolitan flair. Visit midweek for peace and quiet.

Kovalam

Once a calm fishing village clustered around its crescent beaches and backed by a sea of cascading palms, Kovalam now competes with Varkala as Kerala’s most developed resort. The touristed main stretch, Lighthouse Beach, is flanked by hotels and restaurants stretching back into the hillside from the shore; just north, Hawa Beach is popular with day trippers. Kovalam remains a convenient and immensely popular place for fun by the sea; there are promising waves (and a surf club), as well as some charming guesthouses and a flourishing ayurveda and yoga scene.