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Top Luxury Golf Resort in India: Mixing Leisure and Business

The golf resorts in India have been built with the aim of introducing leisure with business facilities of high standards. These resorts attract tourists throughout the year. In recent times, quite a few hotels, golf resorts and clubs in India, have come up to offer a world class golfing experience to the guests. Most of these resorts are located in the outskirts of the city, for a peace loving mass of people.

For many years, India has been perceived as a tourist destination, thanks to the world class resorts now in India. The resorts have made India as a golf zone in the map. These resorts are built at some magnificent locations, with all the basic amenities to its guests. Here is the list of top luxury golf resorts in India for your kind perusal.

Eagleton-The Golf Village, Bangalore

Eagleton-The Golf Village, Bangalore
Eagleton Golf Resort - Bangalore
Designed by Australian golf architects, Eagleton-The Golf Village & DLF golf club is counted amongst the best golfing resorts in India. It is known for presenting a unique mix for the present day corporate that demands business with pleasure. It has an 18 hole, 72 par Championship golf course. Spread over 168 acres, the Eagleton golf course houses 7 water bodies and also some electric golf carts. There are 107 air-conditioned rooms featuring mini-bars and bathrooms with bathtub. This golf resort has also built a large driving range & training academy, which has produced fine golfers.

Jaypee Greens Golf Resort, Noida

Jaypee Greens Golf Resort, Noida
Jaypee Greens Golf Resort - Noida
One of the best 5 star luxury golf resorts in India, Jaypee Greens Golf & Spa Resort is set amidst 60 acres of perfect land along with the international championship 18 hole Greg Norman Golf Course at Jaypee Greens. The luxury golf resort is housed with 170 spacious, elegant and beautifully appointed rooms & suites. These rooms are classified as Deluxe Room, Deluxe Suite, Executive Suite and Premium Suite.

The Jaypee Greens Golf Resort has played host to the first unit of the Six Senses Spa (Thailand) in India. It is also the official host hotel for India’s first Formula One Races.

Palms Hotel, Mumbai

Palms Hotel, Mumbai
Palms Golf Resort in Mumbai
A unit of Royal Palms India Private Limited, Palms Hotel is a leading five star hotel cum golf resort in Mumbai, close to the Juhu Beach. It promises a grand lifestyle abounding with complete business and entertainment opportunities in a feel-at-home environment. At this five star Mumbai hotel, tourists feel delighted with the arrangements of fitness center, 3 swimming pools, beauty parlor and a 9 hole golf course.  For dining purpose, the Fountain Café is a 24 hour coffee shop that specializes in Indian and Continental flavor.

The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort, Goa

The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort, Goa
The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort - Goa  
Nestled on the western coast in South Goa, The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort, Goa, is a five star property known for its Baroque-Portuguese styled twin-storey structure. This elegant property is set on 86 acres of landscaped gardens. With a 1 kilometer-long exclusive beachfront resort, it is a wonderful beach resort in Goa. Golf and Spa are the most salient features of this Goan resort. There is an international standard, double-tee 9 hole links golf course in India. On the contrary, this is the only championship golf course in India. It has well-trained staffs, caddies and a fleet of deluxe golf carts.

Hyatt Regency Kolkata

Hyatt Regency, Kolkata
Hyatt Regency - Kolkata
A luxury business hotel in Kolkata, Hyatt Regency is the first five star hotels in the Salt Lake City acclaimed as one of Kolkata’s favorite. Featuring impressive architecture, it offers 255 rooms that are classified as Standard Rooms, Regency Club Rooms and Suites. Golfing at Hyatt is all about trying your hands at the gentleman’s game. There are 3 major golf clubs in Kolkata- The Calcutta Ladies Golf Club, The Royal Calcutta Golf Club and The Tollygunge Club.  Each of these 3 golf resorts is 16-18 kilometers from Hyatt Regency.

Cambay Golf Resort Jamdoli, Jaipur

Cambay Golf Resort, Jaipur
Cambay Luxury Golf Resort Jamdoli - Jaipur in India
 Located at a close distance from Jaipur International Airport, Cambay Golf Resort Jamdoli has become the favorite jaunt for golf enthusiasts. The range of interesting facilities provided makes it an ideal place for leisure travelers. It offers world class facilities to guests along with the thermostat A/C controlled rooms fitted with modern amenities. The main attraction of this resort is the nine-hole golf course.

Club Kensville Golf Resort, Ahmedabad

Club Kensville Golf Resort, Ahmedabad
Club Kensville Golf Resort - Ahmedabad
Nestled in the heart of the Signature 18 Hole Golf Course, Club Kensville Golf Resort is a perfect blend of colonial architecture & design with impeccable services. One of the major reasons to stay at Club Kensville Golf Resort is that the large lush golf course is a place where the corporate elites love to play a game or two. With amenities such as caddies, golf kits, gloves, shoes and clubs etc available here, the golf players need to look any further, other than their target.

The Chalets, Naldehra,Shimla

The Chalets, Naldehra
The Chalets, Naldehra - Shimla
Nestled at an altitude of 3,044 meters, The Chalets, Naldehra, promise to provide a relaxing and rejuvenating experience to the guests. The 19 guest rooms in the hotel comprise of six long chalets, six apartments, three family chalets and two double bedrooms. Built with imported goods, these accommodation units are equipped with a range of modern amenities. If you are a golfing enthusiast, you can have a great time at The Naldehra Golf Course, which is located at a walking distance from this place.

Kaziranga Golf  Resort, Assam

Kaziranga Golf Resort,Assam
Kaziranga Golf Resort - Assam
An initiative of the B & A Group, Kaziranga Golf Resort is regarded as the Experiential Plantation Bungalow. The resort has 16 well-equipped guest rooms that are classified as 16 Superior Cottage Rooms and a Presidential Suite. In terms of recreational facilities, it also houses 18-hole championship golf course, golf academy, driving range, swimming pool and a wellness centre.

The O Golf Resort, Pune 

The O Golf Resort Pune
The O Golf Resort Jamdoli -  Pune
Located just 30 minutes away from Pune Railway Station, The O Golf Resort Pune features exquisitely designed rooms that are classified into four categories- O-Deluxe, O-Club, O-Suite and Presidential Suite. The O Golf Resort has received the rating of No. 1 Golf Resort in India. The Oxford Golf & Country Club is considered as a symbol of Pune’s prestige, pride and splendor. Several golf refreshment centers are located at the corner of this resort.

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Best Luxury Hotels in Ahmedabad: Luxury that’s Just Star Less

Ahmedabad is huge industrial hub located in Gujarat. It has been facing increased tourist activity ever since the spotlights were turned on this city in a global front. The meteoric rise in the number of visitors coming to Ahmedabad has led to the corresponding increase in the number of hotels within the city.

The hotels available in the city are segregated as Luxury and budget hotels. The luxury class constitutes of two types- 5 star hotels and 4 star hotels. 4 star hotels provide similar amenities just like the 5 star hotels at slightly lesser charges. Here’s the list of luxury hotels in Ahmedabad for your kind perusal.

Courtyard by Marriott, Ahmedabad

Courtyard by Marriot is another famous luxury hotel in Ahmedabad. It is situated in close proximity to the international and domestic airport of Ahmedabad. The hotel offers the best of modern and luxury amenities fitted in king size guest rooms. It offers cutting edge hospitality and services. The preparation of pure vegetarian delicacies is the specialty of this restaurant.

2. Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ahmedabad 

Crowne Plaza, Ahmedabad

Built under the aegis of InterContinental Hotels Group, Crowne Plaza is a famous five star hotel located on the SG Highway- the growing business hub of Ahmedabad with easy access to airport and key industrial areas such as Sanand, Changodar and Gandhinagar.

This brand new hotel has 200 spacious guest rooms including Club Floors, Suites and the Crown Plaza Club, each equipped with contemporary design and state of the art amenities. Here you’ll have to maintain your exercise regime in the modern gymnasium or outdoor swimming pool. It would not be an overstatement to say that Crowne Plaza is Ahmedabad’s best address for business and celebrations.

3. Taj Residency Hotel, Ahmedabad 

Taj Residency, Ahmedabad

Indeed a forerunner in the luxury hotel industry, Taj Residency is renowned for the high level of luxury facilities and services that is provided. These hotel rooms are designed to cater to both business and leisure guests. These rooms comprise of two separate portions such as The Lounge and the Bedrooms. The hotel caters to every whim and fancy of the guests and is at the top of the luxury hotel list. Guests can relax in the coffee lounge present in the hotel and can engage in business meetings over a cup of coffee. 

4. Lemon Tree Hotel, Ahmedabad 

Lemon Tree Hotel, Ahmedabad

Lemon Tree Hotel, Ahmedabad

A popular four star hotel in Ahmedabad, Lemon Tree Hotel is located close to the railway station. The hotel is located in a prime region and houses 99 rooms that are very well furnished and equipped with the best of modern amenities. The room categories available are Standard Rooms, Superior Rooms, Executive Rooms and Deluxe Rooms. There is also a room for physically challenged individuals equipped with all the amenities they require. There is a restaurant in the hotel known as Citrus Café, where you can try your hands at multiple cuisines and Cappuccino coffee. 

5. The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest Hotel, Ahmedabad 

The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest, Ahmedabad

Set on the fringe of Gir Forest, The Gateway Hotel Gir Forest is an opulent accommodation option, nestled at the edge of the world famous Gir Forest and Hiran River. This 4 star jungle hotel has 28 air-conditioned rooms which include 26 Standard Rooms, 1 Executive Suite and 1 Deluxe Suite. The travel counter arranges safari ride for the wildlife enthusiasts. 

6. Radisson Blu Hotel, Ahmedabad

Radisson Blu, Ahmedabad

Located in the heart of Ahmedabad City, Radisson Blu is home to 116 air-conditioned guest rooms which include mini bar and safes. The in-room facilities include LCD TVs with satellite channels, tea & coffee makers and high speed wireless internet. The hotel has two on-site restaurants wherein you can savor local and international delicacies. Besides, visitors can relax in the fitness centre or in a relaxing spa. 

It would not be an overstatement to say that Fortune Landmark Hotel has acquired most enticing architecture. The hotel has the most contemporary design and reflects culture, tradition and lifestyle of Ahmedabad. The hotel is laced with 95 well-appointed rooms which includes 18 Fortune Club Rooms, 64 Standard Rooms, 12 Executive Suites and 1 Presidential Suite. These rooms are equipped with all state of the art amenities including twin-bed, tea & coffee maker and high speed internet access. 

8. Eastin Hotel, Ahmedabad

Eastin Hotel, Ahmedabad

One of the latest additions in the list of 5 star hotels in Ahmedabad, Eastin Hotel is located on the main SG road in Gujarat. The 156 guest rooms are segregated as Superior Rooms, Deluxe Rooms and Suites. The design and style of the rooms is contemporary with a modern residential influence. There is a signature restaurant in Ahmedabad that serves Pan Asian cuisine and a café restaurant for breakfast and all day dining. 

9. The Pride Hotel, Ahmedabad

 The Pride Hotel, Ahmedabad

Located amidst the elite business area of Satellite and the most exciting tourist & shopping destinations of S.G. Road, The Pride Hotel is a world class 5 star luxury hotels in the heart of Ahmedabad city. With a unique environment in and around, the Pride hotel acts as a catalyst to your fun-filled tour in Ahmedabad. The hotel offers you a memorable stay while you’re here to admire the beauty of this traditional city. 

10. The Cambay Grand Hotel , Ahmedabad

The Cambay Grand, Ahmedabad

Nestled along the Sarkhej-Gandhinagar Highway, in proximity to the major business center,  The Cambay Grand is a 5 star luxury property that caters to both business and leisure travelers. It has exquisite Orient Spa for the soul stirring experience of wellness with the rejuvenating treatments. It also possesses state of the art meeting rooms and banquet halls that can seat up to 1000 people. It is an ideal destination for the elite class. 
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The Best Luxury Wildlife Resorts in Ranthambore

The combination of abundant wildlife with some of the finest jungle resorts and luxury tents that have come up at some of the finest national parks across India has enabled enthusiasts to enjoy wildlife safaris in India in unruffled luxury.

One of the finest national parks in India, Ranthambore in Rajasthan is one such place where one could enjoy jungle safari and behold Royal Bengal Tigers on prowl along with various other wildlife species during one of the jeep safaris and come back to the comfort of some of the finest luxury wildlife resorts and jungle camps in India.

But before proceeding to the list of the best luxury tents and wildlife resorts in Ranthambore, here’s why you should choose to visit this national park in Rajasthan if you are planning wildlife safari holidays in India.

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With its unique topography, Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary offers the highest probability of tiger spotting in India. Most of the visitors claim to have spotted tigers during their maiden jeep safari in Ranthambore. But spending a few days and close to 4 excursions in the wild makes it almost certain that you will catch a glimpse of the famed Royal Bengal Tigers of Ranthambore.

Although tigers are the main draw of this wildlife reserve, there are plenty of other mammals, reptiles and bird species to be found in this tiger reserve. Yet another major attraction inside this national park in India is the sprawling ruins of Ranthambore Fort, recently inscribes as one of the World Heritage Hill Forts of Rajasthan. The park gets its name from this once mighty fort of Rajput maharajas.

[Read more about Ranthambore National Park]

The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Sawai Madhopur

Oberoi Vanyavilas
Lagoons and lush surroundings characterize the authentic feel of this luxury jungle resort
One of the finest luxury wildlife resorts in India, the Oberoi Vanyavilas Ranthambore is collection of lavish luxury tents, dramatic water bodies and well manicured gardens. Set amidst the landscape dotted with mango and lemon tree, the spacious tents at Oberoi Vanyavilas feature embellished canopies, attached washrooms fitted with bathtubs and private garden.

Pool at the Oberoi Vanyavilas
Guest could chill at this suave pool amidst the wilderness of Ranthambore at Oberoi Vanyavilas
Sylvan furnishing, spa, individual climate control, Wi-Fi internet, private decks and multi-cuisine options add to the flavor of the stay at India’s leading luxury jungle resort. For complete indulgence chauffeur driven Limousine service is available to pick you up at the Jaipur Airport (180 km) or from Sawai Madhopur Station (5 km) which is the nearest rail head.

Aman-i-Khas Resort, Ranthambore

A Luxury Tent at Aman i Khas, Ranthambore
Each of the luxury tent at Aman i Khas Ranthambore has a unique motiff
An oasis of tranquility, Aman i Khas - which literally translates to “peace that is singular” - lives up to its literal meaning. Set amidst the dense cover of forest that ensures that you are disturbed only by the occasional bird song, this luxury wilderness camp offer one of its kind stay in 10 richly appointed tents. Each tent feature king size beds, writing desks, spacious bathing area fitted with shower, tubs and toilet.

The facilities on site include dining area where freshly prepared food - most of produce are grown on the resort’s own Organic Farm - ranging from Indian to Western and World cuisines and a traditionally designed spa center.

Outdoor Fireplace, Aman i Khas, Ranthambore
The outdoor fire place is where cultural performances could be enjoyed by the guest at this luxury wilderness lodge
Aman i Khas provide 2 jeep safaris where a naturalist accompanies the guests daily to explore the abundant wildlife of Ranthambore National Park. The resort also arranges guided nature walks as well as guided excursions to nearby Banas Riverbed where quite a few water fowls and birds gather.

Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge, Ranthambore

Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge, Ranthambore
This heritage wilderness camp in Ranthambore once was abode of the maharajas of Jaipur when they came down for game safari here
Located amidst the verdant greens and natures spellbinding beauty, Taj Sawai Madhopur Lodge is located at a distance of 20 minutes drive from the Ranthambore National Park. Being an 80 year old lodge, it is stylish set up with a dash of history reminds tourists about the hunting expeditions of erstwhile Indian Maharajas.

The hotel has a sprawling lush green area that includes enchanting lawns and gardens. The lodge is housed with the necessary modern amenities that will guarantee you a pleasant stay. The luxe factor in this heritage wilderness camp at Ranthambore include spa facility, fitness center, outdoor pool and Wi-Fi internet among others.

Sher Bagh Resort, Sawai Madhopur

The Outdoor Pool, Sujan Sher Bagh, Ranthambore
Dinner by the outdoor pool lit by fire and lanterns is an intimate experience at Sher Bagh, one of the finest luxury wildlife resorts near Ranthambore National Park
Dating back to the 1920's, Sher Bagh - belonging to the renowned Sujan group - the luxury tents was a preferred accommodations of the Princes and Grand Seigneurs of the time.

Each of the lavishly appointed luxury tents is furnished with 19th century "Campaign Style" furniture. Every night you could have spiriting time out by the camp fire and the way to it is lit by the arboreal lanterns evoking a strong sense of a bygone era.

The Outdoor Fireplace, Sherbagh, Ranthambore
The Outdoor Fireplace at Sher Bagh is a great place to chill out after wildlife safari in Ranthambore National Park
Sujan Sher Bagh has 12 luxury double room tents, each having their own verandah and en-suite bathrooms. The dining tent serves a full English breakfast, a light Italian lunch and a traditional Indian dinner by candlelight.

The Jungle Spa at Sher Bagh, Ranthambore
The Jungle Spa at Sher Bagh, Ranthambore is a good place to rejuvenate and reclaim your self
The luxe factors at the Sujan Sher Bagh, Ranthambore include outdoor dining, Jungle Spa, the Library Bar and wireless internet among others.

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Best Beaches in India for Honeymoon

Beaches are often considered the most romantic places to head to when it comes to romance or honeymoon. India, with its fair share of tropical islands and coasts is home to several beaches and in this post we will talk about the best beaches in India for honeymoon.

What is it that makes beaches such sought after destinations to plan honeymoon?

From the lap of beachfront luxury to the thrill of adventure under sea or just the privacy by the vast sandy expanse of sea with sun over the horizon painting it red, golden and yellow, the allure of beaches invariably invokes the inherent romance and stoke the passion of the lovers.

Reason enough, we'd say, that you should also plan your honeymoon at one of the romantic beaches on the planet. Earlier, we had covered the most romantic islands in the world. Later we also covered the most beautiful islands of the world.

Now is the ripe time to talk about the best beaches in India for honeymoon to guide our audiences to make an informed choice for the beautiful beginning to their married life. So without further ado, check out the list and take your pick:

Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, Andamans
Radhanagar Beach in Andaman is one of the most romantic beaches in India well suited for romance and honeymoon
Awarded as ‘Asia’s best beach’ by TIME Magazine in 2004, Radhanagar Beach is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and tranquil Indian beaches.

Around 12 km from the ferry pier of Havelock Island, this beach has turquoise blue waters and clean white sand. For the romantic souls, there is seclusion.

If you wish to indulge in water activities, you can partake in snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, game fishing and more.

Both of you can also enjoy a leisure walk, sunbathing while whispering sweet nothings into each other’s ears. Beach No. 7 on the western coast, it is away from city life adulterations.

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Agonda Beach, Goa

Agonda Beach, Goa
The seclusion and privacy makes Agonda one of the best beaches in Goa for honeymoon and romance
Summarizing the romantic feel of Goa at its best, Agonda beach is scenic, wide, heavenly and serene, making it ideal for a honeymooning couple. Although it is a beach with high tides and is not safe for swimming, but you can enjoy beautiful sunset views, leisure walks and long lazy days along the sandy expanse.

There is not much of tourist activity here and so it is ideal for a newly-wedded couple but if you want, you can enjoy boat trips. Actually the main attraction of this beach is that you do not have to do anything, you can simply lie down and relax, admiring the scenery spread all around.

As hawkers are not allowed on this beach stretch of 3 km, you can remain undisturbed. There are beach shacks nearby where you can relish tasty food and drinks.

Varkala Beach, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Varkala Beach, Kerala
Varkala Beach in Kerala could even be visited during monsoon
Known for its untainted beauty, Varkala beach in Kerala is a peaceful alternative for a honeymooning couple to the otherwise other busy beaches of Kerala. Its picturesque setting with cliff stretches and amazing views of the vast Arabian Sea prove to be the major highlight.

The paved footpath along the cliff lined by small shops, coconut palms and beach shacks is a nice to enjoy a walk, holding hands. Also known as Papanasam beach, it has also been termed as one of 10 top seasonal beaches in the world by Discovery channel.

Identifiable by black sand, Varkala beach is perfect for swimming, sun-bathing, viewing sunset from the cliff-top and enjoying Ayurveda massages.

Couples can also partake in sightseeing of the nearby attractions including Ponnumthumut Island or rent a bike for exploring the nearby villages that are not spoilt by tourism or a dreamy boat ride on the placid waters of Kapil Lake.

Candolim Beach, Goa

Candolim Beach, Goa
Candolim is yet another fine beach in Goa where you could head for honeymoon
Counted as one of the most popular beaches in Goa, Candolim beach in North Goa enjoys a nice location of being close to Baga, Calangute and Aguada beaches. A relatively quiet serene beach, it attracts with its swaying palm trees, calm sea waters, sand dunes and cleanliness.

There is no dearth of happening spots, tasty food and other tourist attractions, as they are placed quite nearby. Owing to its tranquil and soothing surroundings, Candolim beach is ideal for you to spend some nice moments in intimacy. The beach offers ample opportunities for water sports such as parasailing and water skiing.

Elephanta Beach, Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Elephanta Beach, Andaman & Nicobar
Elephanta Beach is one of the less visited beaches of Havelock Island making it ideal for honeymooners
Elephanta Beach, around 30 minutes away by a boat ride from the Havelock Jetty, is a haven for snorkeling and scuba diving enthusiasts, offering them an amazing chance to indulge in their favorite activity.

Famed for its rich marine life and striking corals, Elephanta beach is just perfect for those newly-wedded couples who have an adventurous streak in them. Even human activity has not affected the scenery of this beautiful beach.

Lying northwards of the well-known Radhanagar Beach, Elephanta beach is away from any regular tourist activity. One of the major attractions here is glass-bottom boat ride.

Yarada Beach, Visakhapatnam

Yarada Beach, Visakhapatnam
The lovely Yarada Beach is one of the most romantic beaches in South India
Placed quite close to the main Vishakhapatnam city, Yarada beach is a stunning beach which is not much popular amidst tourists. With its little tourist as well as local activity, it offers you an ideal location to know each other better on your honeymoon. A secluded environment and stunning sunset views prove to be quiet magical.

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Take entry from the Yarada Beach and treat your eyes to the clean sea waters, golden sand and lush greenery. Not ideal for swimming, it has a number of eateries nearby serving lip-smacking local food.

Encircled by rocky hills from three sides, Yarada beach is a completely pleasing landscape, away from regular tourist chaos.

Marari Beach, Alappuzha, Kerala

Marari Beach, Kerala
Marari is one of the finest beaches in Kerala and a hotspot for Ayurveda
Lying in the sleepy fishermen village of Kerala Mararukulam, Marari beach is not a typical tourist beach that bustles with activity all round the year, making it an ideal location for a honeymooning couple.

One of Kerala’s lesser-known beaches, this beautiful beach offers you a chance to relax and enjoy some private moment with your better-half. Although not recommended for swimming, you can definitely plan a number of day-trips such as visit to the coir-making units, bird watching at the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary or a romantic houseboat boat rides on the tranquil waters of the Kerala backwaters.

The beauty of it is that you can even plan your honeymoon in Kerala during monsoon. No wonder Kerala is considered one of the most evergreen tourist destinations in India which could be visited round the year.

[Here's some tips on monsoon holidays in Kerala]

If you are visiting this deserted spot with white sands and lush coconut palm trees during August, do not miss the Snake Boat Races, held every year.

Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam

Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam
The crescent shaped Lighthouse beach is one of the finest in Kovalam
Kovalam in Kerala is one of the most popular beach destinations in India for honeymoon. Getting its name from the old Vizhinjam Lighthouse placed nearby, Lighthouse Beach is one of the most popular out of the three Kovalam beaches.

The southernmost crescent-shaped beach, it has an inherent unearthly magic to itself. During your visit to the Lighthouse Beach, do not miss visiting the closely placed Hawah Beach and Samudra Beach.

Though one of the most famous beaches amidst the tourists, but its pristine beauty and nearby attractions make it a must visit. Climb up to the 30 meters red and white lighthouse and treat your eyes to the lush palm grooves, sprinkled all around.

If you have an adventurous streak in you, partake in surfing, swimming, paragliding and para sailing. Have an Ayurvedic massage, if you wish to relax.

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Palolem Beach, Goa

Palolem Beach, Goa

Surrounded by thick coconut palm grooves, Palolem beach is one of the most striking beaches in South Goa. Semi-circular in shape, this tranquil beach is around a mile in length. One of Goa’s lesser known beaches, Palolem still is a clean beach that has little tourist activity, perfect for you and your partner to enjoy long walks, hand-in-hand.

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The beach also offers a number of activities to indulge in. you can hire a boat for fishing or can opt for a dolphin spotting trip. Kayaking is another interesting alternative, if you both wish to try.

Shop for jewelry and souvenirs at the nearby shops, gorge in fresh seafood dishes or simply plan a trip to Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary.

Devka Beach, Daman and Diu

Devka Beach, Daman and Diu

Located around 3 km northwards of Nani Daman, Devka Beach is a laid-back and serene beach. Have a leisure walk on white sand while the crystal-clear cool sea waves touch your feet slowly; collect shells and colorful stones, if you wish to.

In case, you like to swim, be careful of the rocky formations at the surface. You can also visit the beachside amusement park, which is just a stone’s throw away.
Some of the major attractions include camel and pony ride, colorful musical fountains, beautiful walkways, various eateries, shops and more.

Auroville Beach, Pondicherry 

Auroville Beach, Pondicherry

For newly married couples who are seeking love and privacy, Pondicherry, also known as Puducherry is another amazing option, untouched from hassling tourist activity. A popular place for honeymoon in India, Pondicherry is home to the very beautiful and peaceful Auroville beach.

You can spend some of the most enjoyable and memorable moments of your life here together. Around 12 km from the main city, this beach is offers some very amazing sunset views, that will surely leave you spell-bounded.

This beach also consist a 4 m status of Mahatama Gandhi and a War Memorial, built in the memory of soldiers who dies during World War I.

Do not miss visiting the French-style architectural marvels in the city.

Bangaram Beach, Lakshadweep 

Bangaram Beach, Lakshadweep
Bangaram in Lakshadweep is one of the popular honeymoon destination in India

The ever-so-beautiful and pristine Bangaram beach is a part of the Lakshadweep Island. Regarded as one of top 10 mystical beaches, it is best to visit Bangaram during the monsoon rains through a helicopter ride.

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For an adventure enthusiast couple, there are a number of activities on offering including diving, angling and snorkeling where you can explore the beautiful marine life together.

Swaying coconut trees, blue lagoons and exotic coral reefs, cast a magical spell making Bangaram one of the best beaches in India for honeymoon.

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Places to Visit in Uttar Pradesh in India

Before the bifurcation when it used to be the largest state in India, Uttar Pradesh used to be India's most diverse tourist destinations. Sans India's finest wildlife sanctuary Jim Corbett National Park and some of the bost breathtaking treks in Himalayas and imporatnt Hindu Pilgrimages like chardham yatra (which now falls in the newly formed Uttarakhand), Uttar Pradesh still manages to attract a numer of tourists every year.

Often referred to as U.P, Uttar Pradesh is a popular state located in the northern part of India. The literal meaning of Uttar Pradesh is ‘Northern Province’. The charm of Uttar Pradesh lies in the interwoven beauty of nature, culture, spiritual and historical places as well. This state is often referred to as the heart of North India.. 

Its tourist attractions revolve around its historical cities, pilgrim centers, wildlife sanctuaries and adventure destinations. Plan a holiday to one of the most culturally and spiritually vibrant regions in India with our list of places to visit in Uttar Pradesh: 

Agra - The erstwhile Mughal Stronghold 

Taj Mahal, Agra - UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Taj Mahal, Agra - UNESCO World Heritage Sites
One of the most popular tourist places in India, Agra is famous throughout the globe for the architectural supremacy of Taj Mahal. It is nestled on the banks of River Yamuna and houses some supreme Mughal architectural monuments.

From 1526 to 1658, Agra was the stronghold of the Mughal emperors with several spectacular buildings such as Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri. The Indo-Islamic patterns of decorations and constructions enthrall tourists from all across the globe.

Agra houses 2 UNESCO inscribed World Heritage Sites along with several Mughal era monuments and well manicured gardens.

Also check out our post on world heritage sites in and around Delhi if you are interested in a heritage tour near the Indian capital.

Agra is a part of the famed golden triangle tour circuit of India comprising of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.

Lucknow - Be witness to Nawabi Culture 

Bara Imambara Lucknow Experience the nawabi culture and heritage
Bara Imambara Lucknow - Experience the nawabi culture and heritage
Also known as the ‘City of Rich Traditions’, Lucknow is world renowned for its lip-smacking kebabs and Nawabi culture. The royal city is situated on the banks of River Gomti and is visited by scores of tourists throughout the year. The tourist attractions of Lucknow include monumental buildings built by Nawabs, European buildings and beautiful gardens.

Besides architectural legacy, the city also showcases the interwoven charm of modernity with parks and old monuments. Some popular tourist attractions include Rumi Darwaza, Lucknow Museum, Bara Imambara and Chota Imambara. 

Varanasi - The City of Spiritual Belief  

Varanasi - The City of Spiritual Belief

Also known as Benares and Kashi, Varanasi is the holiest city in Uttar Pradesh and counted amongst the holiest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The city is fondly known as the ‘City of Ghats’ nestled on the banks of river Ganges which is believed to have the powers of washing away all of one’s sins.

Sarnath - Famous for Buddhist Ruins 

Dhamekha stupa,Sarnath
Dhamekha Stupa,Sarnath
Sarnath is one of the most popular places where Gautama Buddha first taught about Dharma after his enlightenment. It is one of the four holy Buddhist pilgrimage sites sanctioned by Lord Buddha himself. It is also famous for its monasteries and pagodas. People visit Bodh Gaya to acquire knowledge about Buddhism and meditation. 

Kushinagar -  Place of Buddha’s passing away 

Kushinagar -  Place of Buddha’s passing away

Located near Gorakhpur in the eastern Uttar Pradesh, Kushinagar is where the last memories of Lord Buddha are found. He fell ill and passed away in Kushinagar. His mortal remains were conserved in 8 commemorative Chorten, and then further distributed by King Ashoka. 

Ayodhya - The birthplace of Lord Ram

Ayodhya - The birthplace of Lord Ram

Ayodhya is well-known for being the birthplace of Lord Ram. It is one of the most important pilgrimages situated in the North India. As per Hindu epic Ramayana, Ayodhya holds a special place in the hearts of Hindu pilgrims. The city of Ayodhya is replete with temples and museums. The museums showcase antiques such as pottery and coins etc. 

Jhansi- Association with Independence Struggle 

Jhansi- Association with Independence Struggle

A city that mirrors the Bundelkhand culture, Jhansi is the Indian district of the state of Uttar Pradesh. The region is quite popular for the heroics and gallant queen Maharani Laxmi Bai during the British Raj. Some popular places to visit in Jhansi include Dindayal Sabhagaar, Open air theatre and museum with huge collection of documents, paintings and sculptures. 

Vrindavan-The Playful Times of Lord Krishna 

Vrindavan-The Playful Times of Lord Krishna

A small town in the district of Mathura, Vrindavan is believed to have been the region where Lord Krishna appeared as a cowherd boy and spent his childhood days. The town has about 5000 temples dedicated to the worship of Radha and Krishna. This sacred place is very dear to the Vaishnavas and staunch worshippers of Lord Krishna. 

Dudhwa National Park  - Well-Known Tiger Reserve   

Dudhwa National Park - Well-Known Tiger Reserve

Spread over an area of 490 square kilometers, Dudhwa National Park is located in the terai belt of Uttar Pradesh. Established in 1958, declared wildlife sanctuary in 1977 and adopted as Project Tiger in 1988, this park is of moist deciduous nature.

These highly dense forests have a large number of species such as Sal, Asna, Jamun, Sehore and Shisham. Many wildlife species can be found here such as Swamp Deer, Nilgai, Tiger, Jackal and much more. 

Fatehpur Sikri - The Ghost Town of Mughals 

Buland Darwaza, the 54 mt. high entrance to Fatehpur Sikri complex
Buland Darwaza, the 54 mt. high entrance to Fatehpur Sikri complex
A premier example of Mughal architecture, Fatehpur Sikri is a popular tourist destination in the northern part of India. Although visiting one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ is high on the cards during a holiday in India, Fatehpur Sikri is located nearby.

It beckons people looking for future glimpses into the history of the famed Mughal dynasty. Some of the famous structures in Fatehpur Sikri include Buland Darwaza, Horse Shoe Gate, Jama Masjid and Fatehabad. 

Allahabad- The City of God 

Khusro Bagh in  Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
Khusro Bagh - Historic garden built by Mughal king
The largest city in Uttar Pradesh, Allahabad is situated in the northern part of India. It is the holiest place that witnesses the world renowned ‘Kumbh Mela’ which took place after every 12 years, the largest Hindu fair in India.

The two sacred rivers, the Ganga and the Yamuna, pass through Allahabad which stands as a venue for many sacred fairs and rituals. Some popular places to visit include Anand Bhawan, Allahabad Fort, Minto Bagh, Khusro Bagh and Allahabad Museum. 

Mathura- The birth place of Lord Krishna 

Mathura- The birth place of Lord Krishna

A religiously significant city of India, Mathura is considered as an important destination for the people having interest in religion. The city of Mathura is often considered as the land of Lord Krishna and one of the most sought after attractions for its followers and disciples.

The city is also commonly referred to as Braj Bhoomi. Home to Lord Krishna, it accommodates a large number of temples dedicated to him. 

Gorakhpur - Namesake of Saint Gorakhnath 

Gorakhpur - Namesake of Saint Gorakhnath

Nestled on the banks of River Rapti, Gorakhpur is also home to the Gorakhpur temple, several historic Buddhist sites and the Gita Press. The town is named after the ascetic saint ‘Guru Gorakshnath’, a saint that popularized “Hath Yoga” that concentrates on mastering natural powers. Several prominent poets and politicians are based in Gorakhpur. 

Piprahwa- Where Siddhartha Gautama’s Ashes are preserved 

Piprahwa- Where Siddhartha Gautama’s Ashes are preserved

Located near Birdpur, in the Siddharthnagar district of Indian State of Uttar Pradesh, Piprahwa is quite famous for black pepper (Kala Namak) that is grown in this area. It is quite famous for the Piprahwa Stupa, which is a large round mudbrick structure and has been built by the Sakya clan to retain some of the ashes of their clansman ‘Sakyamuni’. During the 19th and the early 20th century, the stupa was part of Birdpor, the estate of the British colonial Peppe family. 

Shravasti- The Ancient Capital of Kosala Kingdom 

Shravasti- The Ancient Capital of Kosala Kingdom

The ancient capital of Kosala Kingdom, Shravasti is a sacred place for Buddhists because it is here that Lord Buddha performed some of his greatest miracles. These miracles include the creation of multiple images by Buddha art. It has been among the favorite themes of Buddhist art.

The aforementioned towns of Uttar Pradesh have its own glory and charm which enthralls tourists coming from different parts of the globe.

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