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Bored of Romantic Cliches? Take one of these 5 Road Trips Instead

Bored of Romantic Cliches? Take one of these 5 Road Trips Instead

The idea of romance and travel is something that gets every couple closer at every stage, from planning to actually going on the trip. In the words of HolidayIQ reviewer couple Arivind and Anusha, “Arvind loves driving and I love traveling,”. This couple loves taking the road less traveled by taking road trips instead of going to conventional romantic getaways. These are your options to try a different kind of romantic journey.

Bored of Romantic Cliches? Take one of these 5 Road Trips Instead:

  1. Goa
  2. Dandeli (Karnataka)
  3. Idukki (Kerala)
  4. Agumbe (Karnataka)
  5. McLeodganj (Himachal Pradesh)

1. Mumbai to Goa

Mumbai to Goa
source: Ruma Kundu, HolidayIQ reviewer from Kolkata visited Goa this year

Distance: Approximately 625 kms

Suggested Route: NH17

HolidayIQ reviewer Guneet says, “We travelled from Mumbai to Goa via Pune, Kolhapur, Amboli, Sawantwadi. The route is pretty good and overall journey was around 600 km." Ganesh adds, "According to me travelling on this route is most fantastic experience. The road crosses many rivers and mountains and many beautiful temples and waterfall."

“It's the source of what you want, peace, romance, dance, music and the roaring sea. Very good destination to explore.” shares HolidayIQ traveller Jenish Parmar. “One can get a lot of fun. It's very good trip for newly married and bunch of crazy friends. Baga, Candolim Beach where you can find water sports and good hotels at the sea sight.”

What to do:

  • Visit the butterfly conservatory in Ponda

  • Explore the Chapora island

  • Watersports at Baga or Calangute

2. Dabolim to Dandeli

Dabolim to Dandeli
source: Swetha Ravindra, HolidayIQ reviewer from Bangalor visited Dandeli in 2008

Distance: Approximately 190 kms

Suggested Route: NH 66 and State Highway 34

Land at Goa’s airport and take the road towards Dandeli.  HolidayIQ reviewer Debopam describes the journey by saying,  “long journey, but soothing weather, and nice view of the ghats. Traffic is smooth, infact there is hardly any traffic. A point to note is do not carry any liquor bottles from Goa, as there is strict checking when you cross border into Karnataka.

HolidayIQ reviewer Hridesh says, This is one of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuary/tiger reserve, I have ever seen. The jungles are unexplored and untouched. Being one of the Tiger reserves, tiger safari is a must. Adventure sports like rafting, zip lining, zorbing are a must do here. The best part is this place is less commercial, which makes you to connect with nature.

HolidayIQ reviewer Debopam described his anniversary visit by saying, “It was our first anniversary. The trip was truly memorable. The 2 days filled with adventure sports was my idea to celebrate the one year completion of another adventure called married life. The 9.5 km river rafting was something which we would never forget. What made it even more memorable was the delightful tree house, where we stayed.”

What to do:

Raft the River Kali

Take a Safari in the lush forests around Dandeli

Trek to the Kavala caves

3. Kochi to Gavi

Kochi to Gavisource: Jaison Netto, HolidayIQ reviewer from Kochi, visited Idukki last year

Distance: Approximately 170 km

Suggested Route: State Highways 5 and 8 and National Highway 183 

Gavi is in Kerala's biodiversity rich Idukki district. Florien, HolidayIQ reviewer, says, "the entire district is full of lush green, dense jungles and plantations, high mountains, grasslands, rivers, lakes and water bodies. From Cochin airport the nearest entry point to Idukki distt. is at Neriamangalam from where the tall rainforests begin." 

HolidayIQ reviewer Anooj shares, “If you want to be away from the maddening crowd and unwind yourself under the canopy of tropical evergreen forests, we strongly recommend Gavi in Idukki District in Kerala. Entry to Gavi is highly restricted as it is a part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala and prior permission from the forest department is required to enter Gavi.”

What to do: 

Trek Kalvari Mount 

Visit The Thommankuthu Falls which is named after Thomman, a tribal leader

Explore Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary

4. Mangalore to Agumbe

Mangalore to Agumbesource: Raj KS, HolidayIQ reviewer from Cochin, visited Agumbe in 2013

Distance: Approximately 115 km

Suggested Route: National Highways 66 and 169

Ride through the coastal belt of Karnataka until Manipal and then begin your ascent into pristine and mysterious rainforests of Agumbe, the lair of the King Cobra.

HolidayIQ reviewer Damodar describes his ride on this route saying, Mangalore-Manipal-Hebri-Agumbe-Shimoga is lined with natural scenic stop that can apply brakes on any vehicle that's travelling along this route, for taking breath-taking pictures! A quick halt at the foothill of Agumbe for delicious homemade food at local hotels will take care of your appetite for long hours. The Jain Temple located at the hilltop is best visited at the rise of the day, for it provides the best aerial view of the entire Western Ghat Range. There is the famous sunset point and a falls too, both of which are preserved carefully by nature, and worth paying a visit. We happened to spot nature photographers looking for their subjects to click photos too.

Soumik, HolidayIQ reviewer, lists out things to do in Agumbe, "Staying in the middle of the forest is an awesome experience. The Forest Never Sleeps !!! A walk through the forest at night is very thrilling, feels like a blanket of darkness covering you all around. The sound of the bugs and insects gives a chill. You can find various types of birds, butterflies, snakes(especially vipers and king cobras) and insects in this forest region. If you are visiting during the rainy season be careful of leeches. Torches, binoculars and raincoats are must. There is a Rainforest Research Station situated in the middle of the forest and a sunset point nearby. "


5. Delhi to Mcleodganj

Delhi to Mcleodganjsource: Ganesh Thakur, HolidayIQ reviewer from India visited Mcleodganj this year

Distance: Approximately 500 km 

Suggested Route: National Highway 44 and 503

HolidayIQ reviewer Nishant Abhinav shares, “Two couples left from Delhi around 7.30 pm with a motive to have dinner in Murthal before hitting the highway to Himachal Pradesh. Soon we were touching 120 Km/hr as the road conditions are very good on the highway, it was pretty exciting.”

HolidayIQ reviewer Akriti Sharma tells HolidayIQ why she likes Mcleodganj, “If you love to indulge in varied cuisines, culture and people, then Mcleodganj is your go-to destination. Take a stroll to the open markets of this place and you can see perfect confluence of people coming from different ethnicity making the environment so full of vibrancy and warmth. The crisp mountain air and serene spots nearby are added bonus. The Dalai Lama's Temple complex and Tibet Museum are must see places. If you like trekking, you can go for a one day short trek to Triund. Besides, you must visit the Norbulingka Institute at Dharamsala to get a good peek into the Tibetan culture and buy colorful artifacts.”

Things to do: 

Trek to the quaint village of Bhagsu 

Not for the faint hearted! Explore Triund

Marvel the architecture of St. John's Church 

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