We love Goa and Kerala for a romantic getaway… if you could just getaway from every other couple in the country with the exact same idea!
So we made a list of 5 Alternative Romantic Getaways from the Taj Hotels that are just as beautiful and far from the madding crowds.
Vivanta By Taj Madikeri, Coorg
Perched up in a verdant hill range at an altitude of 4000 feet, the hotel is nestled within a 180 acre living rainforest that conceals delightful surprises. Vivanta By Taj revels in eco-friendly design and material that meld nature and luxury, evident across all 63 cottages, suites, villas and rooms. Each well appointed dwelling space has a wide-angled forest view. Our favourites include the Luxury Bliss Villas, spread over 3,300 sq ft with an indoor pool and retractable sunroof.
Couples can choose from a range of activities – pitching a tent, going bird watching, pottery, slush sports of even zip lining and high-rope courses. If you’d rather keep the tempo down, the team at the hotel will help you discover romantic locations where you can dine from a menu created with love.
Taj Baghvan, Pench National Park
The Pench National Park is a distinctive honeymoon destination. The Taj Baghvan – Safari Lodge is perfect for the adventurous couple. Located on the banks of a stream, surrounded by deep forests on the edge of the sprawling Pench National Park, you will soon find yourself listening out for the distinctive call of the eagle or any of the 300 species that resides within the park. Grab a pair of binoculars and venture out with skilled naturalists or just enjoy a lazy afternoon at the lodge.
The Lodge has individual bungalows that feature large courtyards, shady private sit-outs, outdoor showers and lovely roof-top sleep-outs known as machaans.
The lodge has a range of mouthwatering culinary experiences and great dining locations. Choose from the deck overlooking the nullah (dry riverbed), a favoured route of the Pench tigers, or have your meal brought to your machaan so you can dine in the privacy of your own suite. Picnics can also be made for an outing to Khoka Lake.
Taj Mahua Kothi, Bandhavgarh
The Taj Mahua Kothi is another spectacular safari lodge near the breathtaking Bandhavgarh National Park. Mahua Kothi is the perfect opportunity to combine the rustic, safari experience with gentle luxury. Sprawled over 40 acres, the accommodation and facilities blend unobtrusively into the natural growth of the forest.
Dining in Mahua Kothi is an experience on its own: fresh local ingredients, homemade accompaniments, fruit and vegetables grown on site, heritage recipes, traditional dining customs and quaint village traditions make for unforgettable mealtimes.
Couples can unwind and pamper themselves with hand-blended, all-natural products from the Jiva Spa, relax with a game of marbles or chaupad or indulge in an in-room ayurvedic massage.
Vivanta by Taj – Dal View, Srinagar
High up on Kralsanri Hill with a panoramic view of magical Dal Lake, surrounded by the majesty of the Zabarwan Mountains, Vivanta By Taj – Dal View is the perfect secluded honeymoon escape. It is a modern, contemporary space that glows warmly with the hospitality of Kashmir. 1730m above sea level and spread across 6 acres, the resort hosts 82 gracious rooms and suites most of which feature private sit outs with magnificent views of the lake and the mountains.
The subtle, delicate, complex flavours of the region are presented with the excellence the restaurants at Vivanta By Taj are renowned for. With a view of the lake, enjoy imaginative cuisine in the indoors or outdoors – flavour, aroma, texture, the sounds of live cooking, the artistic presentation – all in perfect harmony. The team at the hotel can also arrange a private dinner table on the lawns or by the infinity pool under the moonlight.
Usha Kiran Palace, Gwalior
Set amidst nine acres of landscaped lawns, the regal history of this palace is evident in its artistic stone carving and delicate filigree work. The Usha Kiran Palace is the perfect offbeat honeymoon spot! With 40 rooms, suites and villas, you’re spoilt for choice but our favourite is the exclusive Luxury Villas with their private pools and sunbathing areas.
Relive the ancient glory days of Usha Kiran Palace where every single element of this historic royal residence has been restored to perfection. Dine like a king and queen choosing from the finest Indian and international menus. Then unwind at the Jiva Spa where the best in Indian rejuvenation therapies await you – aromatherapy massage, time-honoured Indian treatments, body scrubs and wraps.