Let’s accept that summer is the least preferable season for all of us. Whether you are parents or teachers, you are equally impatient for summer vacations to arrive so that you can travel to a place that has the least effect of the sweltering heat of the sun. Almost everyone awaits summer vacations to travel to the coolest of places to relax, rejuvenate themselves, and keep their minds out of the constant strain of everyday problems. So, what’s on your mind for this vacation? Is it Ooty, Kashmir, Mount Abu, Darjeeling or Goa? If it’s any of these places, you are sure to have it crowded during summers because these are the most sought-after places that people want to go to. So, here we have a list of some places where you could spend the best summer vacation in India – places that would be less crowded, yet a great destination for vacations full of fun and excitement.
Spread across the Western Ghats, Coorg is the perfect getaway destination that offers timeless beauty! Set amidst magnificent mountains, lush green valleys and teak wood forests, this hill station is referred to as the ‘Scotland of India’ due to its scenic beauty and pleasant weather. The River Kaveri adds an element of magic to the beauty of Coorg. This is a great place for trekking, white water rafting, golfing and angling. A number of waterfalls including the Iruppu Falls, Abbi Falls, Mallalli Falls and Chelavara Falls are a must visit. You can also visit the Madikeri Fort, Talakaveri, Bhagamandala, Padi Iggutappa Temple, Somwarpet and Little Tibet. If you are a lover of flora and fauna, you must visit the Nagarhole Park, Dubare Elephant Camp and Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. Enjoy the great cuisine and aromas of coffee plantations, oranges and honey while you are here!
Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Kodaikanal, a small hill station located in Tamil Nadu, at an altitude of 2195 meters, was established in 1845 by American missionaries to escape from the high temperatures of the plains. Referred to as ‘Princess of Hill Stations’, it offers breathtaking scenes of the blue-green reaches of the Vaigai plains. You can look out for the rocky outcrops, captivating waterfalls and dense forests. The charming city of Kodaikanal is famous for homemade chocolates, plums, pears and eucalyptus oil. The best places to visit while you are here include Kodai Lake, Bryant Park, Green Valley View, Pillar Rocks, Guna Caves, Coaker’s Walk, Kurinji Andavar Temple, Telescope House, Solar Physical Observatory, Silver Cascade, Dolphin’s Nose, Thalaiyar Falls, Kukkal Caves and the Shenbaganur Museum of Natural History.
Rishikesh, Uttar Pradesh
Titled as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’, Rishikesh incorporates a large number of yoga centers, ashrams and temples. It is the best place for those who are spiritual seekers. Apart from the meditative side, Rishikesh also offers great adventures like white water rafting, cliff jumping and bungee jumping! Surrounded by the fast-flowing River Ganga, you can challenge yourself for some rafting across the longest courses ranging from 11 to 27 kms. It hosts India’s highest bungee jump that goes to 83 meters up in the sky! So, you can say that Rishikesh is the perfect blend of relaxing, meditation and adventure!
Located in the Idduki district of Kerala, Munnar is one of the most pleasant summer vacation destinations in India. At an elevation of 6000 feet above sea level, this town is located where three rivers Kundaly, Nallathani and Madhurapuzha converge. An extensive stretch of emerald green tea plantations, unique species of flora and fauna, and the scented cool air filled with the aroma of spices, makes Munnar a pleasurable vacation spot. You must visit Pothamadu, a sprawling land of tea, coffee and cardamom. Go for a family picnic at the Sita Devi Lake in Devikulam. Also visit the Tata Tea Museum, Indo Swiss Dairy Farm, Anamudi Peak, Attukal and Nyayamakad. A paradise for bird watchers waits at the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Eravikulam National Park and Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. Go for trekking, mountaineering, fishing and long walks at Munnar.
Charming and fresh Auli, a skiing destination located in the Himalayan Mountains of Uttarakhand is truly a traveler’s paradise. With a magnificent view of the Nanda Devi and the spectacular sight of the Nanga Parbat and Nilkanth Hathi, you will be pleasing your nerves at Auli. This hill station has a striking contrast of white snow-capped mountains and lively green shades of the lowland! Walk through the forests of oak and deodar, and the apple orchards and enjoy the abundance of forestry and floral beauty. Auli is one of the best places for trekking, camping, rock climbing and water rappelling too!
Summers are already here! So, choose your destination and get your bags packed! And, remember to get your tickets booked with Expedia discounts right away to get the best deals on flights. You can also book with them for buses or cars, if you prefer travelling by road. Get your rooms booked before you travel with the latest OYORooms coupons available at DiscountMantra - India’s best online offers and coupons store, to get the lowest rates on the best AC rooms with WiFi facility, breakfast, TV, spotless linen and hygienic washrooms included. You can also subscribe to the newsletters to get the latest offers and coupons from various online stores delivered to your inbox.