Summer is just around the corner and indeed it brings memories. For some, memories of childhood while some others would like to create. The best part of summer season is the summer holidays at schools. Bringing fresh from the past memories, the holidays were for exploring new places and get rid of the scorching heat.
Many prefer visiting the mountains or beaches. But the basic premise of going on a trip during this season was to chill and have fun. Holding on to the essence of summer holidays, here are 5 perfect destinations for summer within India.
Coorg (Kodagu) – Karnataka
Duration – 3-4 days
Also known as the Scotland of India and holding a state rank of 2 out of 52 in Karnataka, Coorg is one of popular destination among tourists. The place holds a subtle climate with a temperature of 19-25 degree celsius. Though the best time to visit Coorg is October-March, but April-June also provides a great deal. First of all, the weather is cool. Secondly, due to off-season one may avail budget packages and avoid rush. Due to these reasons, Coorg is a sought-after destination during summers. Moreover, one may enjoy the exotic scenery of misty clouds surrounding the hills in the morning and later on visit Abbey falls, Talacauvery, Burude falls, etc.
All the adventure seekers must not worry. There is a provision for river rafting in barapole river amidst the frothy white rapid streams. Tourists may contact any travel agencies and book a package beforehand. On the other hand, one may also choose to travel on their own. Thanks to OYO rooms, one may avail quality hotels at an affordable price. Karnatak tourism also has an initiative to encourage tourists in their package which enables online booking and availability checkings.
Munnar – Kerala
Duration – 2-3 days
Located in the western ghats of Kerala, the place is covered with lush green forests and exotic tea estates. The ideal duration is 2 days but staying a little more would surely relax your soul. It is also called Kashmir of South India. The hills and valleys are a bliss with a brilliant weather throughout the year. The nearest airport is Kochi and takes around 3 hours and 15 minutes to reach there, generally by car.
The temperature varies within 15-24 degree celsius. The best calender months to visit Munnar is November-May adding it to the list.
It is the commercial center for largest tea estates of the world. Apart from that, there are numerous national parks namely Eravikulum National Park and Salim Ali Bird sanctuary which are the habitat or endemic species. Pothamedu view point and Attukal waterfalls are also prime tourist attractions. The haven of peace and tranquility indeed. There are various tour packages and some are even sponsored by Kerala tourism.
Furthermore, Munnar embraces Elephant safari into the forest and it is one of a joy ride on elephant moving within the forest on the back of elephant. Getting closer to endangered and yet exotic species.
Srinagar – Jammu & Kahmir
Duration – 4-6 days
Drawing an analogy of Kashmir and not including it into the list will be unjust. So, here it is. The crown of India and beautifully breath-taking summer destination of India. Sheltered by snow covered mountains and serenity attracts tourists from around the globe. Srinagar, also known as the summer capital of India indeed is a getaway.
It is ranked 2 out of 21 places to visit in the state category. Airport is located within Srinagar. The weather is as chilling as 13 degree celsius and does not rise over 19 degree celsius. The best time is to visit is April- October. There are exciting customized packages available at the discretion of tourists. Srinagar is famous for the Dal Lake and floating house-boats Shikara. One can also visit Mughal gardens and Shalimar bagh to embrace the beauty of the imagination of mughal emperors.
Rising up the altitude, you may also visit Gulmarg for the search of snow and snow-aided adventure sports like skiing and cable cars. The temperature is whooping minus degrees. Gulmarg Gondola is also one of the tourist attractions. Pahalgam tour is also worthwhile. You can identify Pahalgam as some scenes of Shah-rukh Khan starrer Jab Tak Hain Jaan were filmed there.
Darjeeling – West Bengal
Duration – 2-3 days
The eastern part of India also beholds a classy summer getaway. Nested at the foot of Kanchenjunga, Darjeeling is a town attracting tourist throughout the year. Previously, the summer capital of India under British Raj. Darjeeling has a lot to offer with its beautiful weather and mesmerizing view points.
Darjeeling has also listed its name in UNESCO world heritage sites. The nearest airport is Bagdogra. The weather is subtle with temperature range of between 8-18 degree celsius. Best time to visit is February-May. Major attractions are toy train, Tiger Hill, Batasia loop and the town center Mall.
Now, adventure seekers may ascend a bit further to visit Gangtok or even visit the Darjeeling rock climbers’ academy and try a hand on rock climbing. Darjeeling tea estates also contribute to world tea consumption. Darjeeling tea is truly famous and one should definitely try. Visiting the tea estates is also a bliss.
Tawang – Arunachal Pradesh
Duration – 2-3 Days
Well, this is a little off beat place to visit. The place is more enticing to trekkers. People for whom visiting a less-trodden path is adrenaline pumper, this is the place. The place for altitude lovers, doers and travel freaks. Its state rank is 1 out of 17 places in Arunachal Pradesh. Ideal duration is a 2 day stay. The temperature stays around 12 degree celsius during September-March. The Nearest airport is Salonibari Airport, Tezpur. A rough six hour drive from Tawang (pronounced. “Dawang”).
Tawang is also known as the hidden paradise. It is the place to go to find the inner peace because of its monasteries. A connection to spiritual self. So, if you have reached the top tier of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, then this is the place for self actualization. It is also said that when Dalai Lama took refuge in the Tawang monastery after fleeing from the Chinese army. The monastery is considered very sacred by the Buddhists.
Adding to the Himalayan vista is the Sela Pass. It rises steeply and is covered by snow almost throughout the year. Nuranang waterfall is also a big tourist attraction. The district also has handicrafts center to promote local handicrafts.
These are the selected 5 summer destinations within India. So, this summer, pack your bags up and move out to explore the beauty and magic with your own eyes.