long weekend getaways

Valentine’s day is the day to celebrate your love with that special person in your life and what better a way to celebrate than taking them out on a romantic getaway? The best part is that February 14th falls on a Friday. Do you know what that means? It means that this can very well be your long weekend getaway for quality time, if you plan your leaves on time.

Given below is a list of 10 destinations you can spend Valentine’s Day at:

1. Ooty

Mesmerizing Nilgiri hills, dense eucalyptus trees and tea plantations, serene lakes make Ooty a romantic paradise in the south. With its picturesque panoramic views and pleasant climate, Ooty provides couples with the right setting to celebrate Valentine’s day. Boating at the Ooty lake, visiting botanical and rose gardens, going to the top of Doddabeta peak are popular activities here. 

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2. Jammu & Kashmir

Majestic mountains, beautiful valleys and serene lakes make Jammu & Kashmir the perfect backdrop to celebrate Valentine’s day. Staying in a houseboat and experiencing the Shikara boat ride in the Dal lake in Srinagar is amongst the most romantic things to do in this Paradise. The houseboats have a bed and kitchen and can offer you a pleasant stay. You can also visit Gulmarg and see the beauty of snow-clad mountains up close

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3. Alleppey

Alleppey is also known as Alappuzha. Spending Valentine’s day at the backwaters is a romantic thing to do for sure. While you enjoy your stay at the houseboat you will also get to enjoy food from your very own personal chef in the houseboat. You can also explore the local markets and indulge in some local delicacies.

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4. Havelock island

This is the most popular and the largest of all the islands in Andaman and Nicobar. It is located 57 kilometres from the capital Port Blair. Every inch of the island screams beauty – the blue waters, the white sand beaches, the coral reefs. The most famous beaches of this island are Radhanagar and Vijaynagar. This island has the best diving sites in Southeast Asia. While here, you can try the under-sea walk and scuba diving. One must-do activity is to ride on the glass bottom boats which will let you experience marine life up close.

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5. Agra

Agra city is located on the banks of the Yamuna river. It situated 206 kilometres from New Delhi. Visiting the Taj Mahal would be the best thing to do on Valentine’s day as it is, after all, it’s a symbol of love. It was built by Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz to profess his love for her. This monument is an architectural beauty and is recognized as a World Heritage Site. Apart from the Taj Mahal, the city is also famous for its majestic gardens, Kinari bazar and Mughal food.

Itimad-ud-Daulah or Baby Taj in Agra, India

6. Nainital

Nainital is one of the best hill stations of North India. Located far away from the chaos of the cities, this place is known for its beautiful lakes and scenic views. Deriving its name from the Naini Lake, Nainital also has religious significance in Hindu culture. A boat ride in the Naini Lake, a stroll along the Mall road area, a visit to Naini peak to experience snow views are some of the romantic things to do at this glorious hill station. 

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7. Minicoy

Minicoy is the second largest island in Lakshadweep. The locals call it Maliku. This island is completely different as compared to the rest of the Lakshadweep islands in terms of its culture.  Minicoy is known for its coral reefs, white sand beaches and the fresh blue water of the never-ending ocean. It’s a great Valentine’s day destination for those who love water sports like snorkelling and scuba diving.

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8. Mt Abu

Mt Abu is the only hill station in the state. This is why it is considered the Oasis of Rajasthan. Atop a range of mountains with beautiful waterfalls and lakes, Mt Abu offers a scenic place flush with eco-tourism opportunities for your Valentine’s day celebration. Popular attractions include religious places like Guru Shikar and Dilwara Jain temples and adventure activities like rappelling and rock climbing.

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9. Araku Valley

Located in the state of Andhra Pradesh, this place is a hill station with beautiful valleys. It is situated at 111 kilometres from Vishakapatnam. The dense forests, rich landscapes, beautiful waterfalls and amazing weather make Araku Valley the perfect destination for Valentine’s day trip. While in Araku, don’t forget to shake a leg on the tribal dance known as Dhimsa, orchestrated by the local tribes dressed in colourful clothes.

10. Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari is the southernmost tip of India. They called this town Cape Comorin during the British rule. Kanyakumari is the perfect beach destination for a couple looking to relax on Valentine’s day. This place is home to the Triveni Sangam, the meeting of three waterbodies; the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Kanyakumari is also home to ancient temples. The view of the sunrise and the sunset over the ocean is something one can never forget in their lifetime.

Now that we’ve recommended these gorgeous destinations to pamper your loved one at, why don’t you start planning the getaway now? If you’re worried about how to plan this getaway in just a week, Hire a Scout! Leave the planning to them and start packing for your trip.

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