A honeymoon is always a memorable event in the life of the newly-married. While some stick to the old route of going to popular places such as Singapore, Switzerland, Paris, Venice, Ooty, Kodaikanal and Darjeeling, there are some who love to travel and explore some of the lesser-known destinations in the world. With adventure sports on the rise, many couples feel comfortable to try such things and strengthen their bond.
If you fell in love with the classic film Sound of Music, then you should simply head to Austria. Located amid mountain villages, Baroque architecture, snow-capped Alps, lakes and imperial history, this place is ideal for a couple who like to explore mountains and history. The zigzag roads, meadows and the umpteen numbers of lakes will make you fall in love all over again. A quiet carriage ride along the streets of Salzburg or pub-hopping in Vienna or relaxing at a hot spring in Bad Gastein will definitely give you loads of time to get to know each other better. Heading to the Alpine’s makes for a wonderful trip for taking photographs. The region is blessed with winding roads that take you to green pastures, waterfalls and snow-covered mountains. A drive down the Grossglockner is sure to make your trip a memorable one.
Best time to go: between April – May and September – October.
If you would like to spend your honeymoon in the heart of the wilderness, look no further as Kabini in Karnataka will offer you just that. This wildlife destination is very rich in flora and fauna. The Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary was once a hunting area for the British and there are several things that you can do as a couple such as going on a jungle safari, boating or visit the Nagarhole National Park. You might just cross paths with elephants, sambar and spotted deer, wild boars, sloth bears, gaurs, and if you’re lucky, tigers and panthers. Kabini is well-connected by State transport services.
Best time to go: July, August and September.
This island nation in the Indian Ocean is famous for its beaches, lagoons and reefs. With rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails and wildlife, there is plenty to do here. The colourful markets, temples, fusion cuisine is what Mauritius is all about. However, for adventure lovers, this place has much more than its white sandy beaches. You can climb the iconic Le Morne Brabant or visit the Seven Coloured Earths in Chamarel. Go skydiving over Cap Malheureux and you will surely have an adrenaline rush. Explore the Black River Gorges National Park to get close to nature or swimming with the dolphins in Tamarin Bay. Some of these activities are tailor-made for the newly-weds. Mauritius is popular for its food from the streets. The island also is known for its fine roads with stunning views along the way, wherein the drive from Bel Ombre to Baie du Cap has beautiful lagoon on its path. Street shopping is quite popular, too, so don’t forget to take a souvenir home.
Best time to go: April – June and September – December.
If you want to soak in the sun and get tipsy on refreshing cocktails, then Hawaii is your stop point. There is something for everyone in this scenic paradise. This romantic place is raw, colourful and naturally beautiful. Although Oahu is the most visited, the Big Island and Kauai are for adventure seekers. The volcanic mountains and beaches are ideal for hiking, snorkelling and scuba diving. Lounging by the beach all day sipping your drinks, booking spa sessions or even watching the sunset on the beach makes it for a romantic place for a couple. These place also have delectable food and are a must try.
Best time to go: June to August.