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It is that time of the year again; love is in the air! For those of you who can’t get enough of Valentine’s Day, it is the time to pump yourself and gear up to surprise your valentine. And, what better way to do it than to get out of the city for a week of ‘just us’ time. Here is the list of top 5 places that you can take your valentine to and make the most of the bubbly hearts and tingling sensations.
Kerala is a picture perfect vacation destination with the finest of hills, beaches, and backwaters in the world. This is the best that couples can wish for, far away from the madding crowd and straight into the lap of serenity and calm.
The Kerala Backwater stretches from Kochi in the north to Thiruvananthapuram in the south. You can enjoy the exceptionally breathtaking landscape of paddy fields and mangrove forests and soak up the goodness of that rural lifestyle that Kerala has to offer. You can spend the Valentine’s week in a houseboat or a wooden canoe, try local cuisine, go for night fishing, get ayurvedic massages and get a real insight into the quiet life along the stretch in ‘God’s own country’.
Known as the 'Scotland of India', Coorg is a perfect getaway for lovebirds who want to spend their “couple time” in the hills. For coffee enthusiasts, this is the perfect place to treat your taste buds and wander into the coffee plantations. You and your sweetheart can also go for a terrific birding experience. Coorg is a birder’s paradise and you can spot numerous bird species here. And, to give goosebumps to the adventurous side of you- drench yourself under the waterfall, go trekking, fish in the backwaters of the Kaveri, visit an elephant camp and feed the elephants.
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We would recommend Puducherry, former French colony, to couples who want to experience the simplicity that this self-sustained cosmos has to offer. Start your trip by visiting the Aurobindo Ashram and enjoy the spiritual wellness, but make sure you book in advance because there are only a few rooms available. Apart from this, Auroville city is another ‘must visit’ place so that you experience the different kind of life of the people over there. You can interact with people from across the globe, who are now the residents of the Auroville city and practice crafts like pottery and leather work. Make sure you request for a temporary account and an Aurocard before you go because instead of paper currency, the residents are given account numbers to connect to their personal central accounts. Oh, and don’t forget to walk hand-in-hand along the 1.5 km long stretch of Puducherry beach and get mushy seeing the sunrise or sunset if you like!
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For those of you who take immense interest in History can plan a special getaway by visting the Jaipur, the ‘Pink City of India’. Take a pick from the City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jaigarh Fort and Nahargarh Fort to soak in the moment of historical delight with your special one. You can perhaps choose to go for elephant safari on a private estate right behind the Amber Fort. If you want an icing on this cake, you can perhaps even make bookings to stay at a camp. So, roll up your sleeves and get going to Jaipur and paint the town red with love.
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You can come to Manali to experience the winter in the snowcapped hills and cosy up with your love away from the city hustle-bustle. If you crave for adventure, you can try trekking, rock climbing and other adventure sports. The breathtaking view will transport both of you to the feel of Switzerland that is quite appropriately exoticised in YRF films! Also, if you have some time in hand, do visit the Tibetan Monastery and indulge in some handloom and handicraft shopping if you like.
We really hope you make the most of the time and celebrate your V-Day accordingly. And, make sure you do not forget to share your experiences with us; have a picture perfect holidaying time!
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