So, getting married soon? Or is your best friend tying the knot? Afraid that you will be having those weekend’s ‘girls’ night out’ only very rarely from now on? Don’t worry, we have some of the best places in the country for unwinding with your girlfriends… before the wedding!
Jaisalmer is a beautiful destination if you are looking to chill out with your buddies, and yet wish to spend time with them in isolation. The best time to visit would be during the November to March months as you can enjoy camel rides, desert safari and sip a cold beer in the late evenings.
While at Jaisalmer, you can visit the fort, Tilon Ki Pol Gadisar Lake, Desert Culture Centre and Museum and Patwon Ki Haveli. Nothing can beat the awesomeness of a sunset camel ride and the glorious view it offers, so don’t miss it! Create good memories on the sands of time, and relish them several years from now.
If Chennai is a bustling city, Pondicherry is a quaint and quiet little town with romance in the air. You can visit the French colonies, stroll along the beaches, haunt the chocolate shops, and of course, visit the Auroville Ashram, just 15 kilometers away. The Ashram was founded in 1926 and is one of the best-known ashrams in the world; it was once the residence of Sir Aurbindo, the Indian freedom fighter.
Then you have the Gingee Fort, declared a National Monument in 1921, and an architectural feat you shouldn’t miss. Other activities you would enjoy doing, apart from visiting the magnificent churches are Jawahar Toy Museum, strolling along the old cobbled streets, having coffee at the beachside cafes, munching on dark chocolate and plenty of other things that girls love doing.
If you are looking for a great destination to hang out with your girl group, Andaman, and Nicobar Islands would be a good one. It is peaceful, as it doesn’t have too many tourists, but you still have several wonderful things to see and do. Neil Island, Cellular Jail, Jolly Buoy Island, Radhanagar Beach (to witness the sunset), Havelock Island and Ross Island are just a few of the places where you can hang out.
You can rent a bike and ride along the coastline from Corbyn Cove beach to see the Cellular Jail in Port Blair. Or you can go trekking at the Elephant Beach on Havelock Island to enjoy the wild. Finally, don’t forget to go scuba diving at Havelock Beach.
Aleppey in Kerala is the place to be if you want to spend a couple of days chilling out with your BFF. Rent a houseboat and capture the essence of the backwaters while relishing well-prepared Kerala meals and other lip-smacking dishes prepared in the traditional manner.
The backwaters of Aleppey is perfect for bird watching and you can easily combine that with kayaking or canoeing. You can also head to Kuttanad and enjoy the dense paddy fields, observe duck farming, interact with the natives, watch the toddy tappers and just explore the typical village life.
Goa is the standard destination for both bachelors and bachelorettes. It is a fun place where you can just enjoy, hang out with your friends, grab your favorite drink and just laze around. This well-preserved Portuguese colony has a lot to offer in terms of fun and entertainment. Of course, the beaches and churches of Goa are a must visit! The churches are all noted for their architectural magnificence, so visit as many of them as you can.
You can indulge in jet skiing, parasailing and catch a glimpse of the scintillating sea life. If you love junk jewelry, then head to Ingo’s market (only on Saturday nights) where you can find all sorts of earrings, necklaces, rings and a lot more. A German started the market several years ago and the stalls are open 6 months a year.
Gokarna in Karnataka is fast becoming the most attractive destination for bachelorette parties. If Goa is too crowded, and you prefer to enjoy your time with your girlfriends in a quiet place, here’s where you go. There are stunning beaches, trekking spots and plenty more on offer at Gokarna. Don’t forget to camp at the Paradise Beach on a starry night. The inexpressible beauty of the beach and the sound of rushing waves are just too awesome to miss.
Enjoy an amazing adventure with your friends while on a tour to Manali. River rafting, paragliding, skiing, and trekking are some of the activities you will enjoy at the destination. Camping in the Solang Valley, heading to visit the Tibetan Monastery and spending time at the Rafaela Waterfalls are other activities enjoyed by tourists. The unspoiled environs, enduring high peaks, and the scenic landscapes pose as incredible frames with your BFFs gracing them.
You can visit one or more of these destinations to spend some time alone with your girlfriends. You can spend quality moments with them, pose for pictures you can file away for forever and have plenty of fun and entertainment. Soon you will be ready to walk down the aisle or be the bridesmaid for your best friend.
Sunu Philip is the Inbound Marketing and Creative Head for Paradise Holidays, Cochin – a Kerala based tour operator. She loves reading, exploring new places and trying out new cuisines!