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Beat The Heat: Soothe Your Soul At These Best Places To Visit In Summer In India

By Sanjay Gouda

Updated - Sept. 28, 2022 13 min read

Summer is upon us! With the mercury rising to unprecedented heights everyone looking out for a long getaway, away from the scorching heat of sun and hustle-bustle of the inland-city life. From the Western Ghats to the eastern extents of the Himalayas in the north-eastern states, and from the lofty peaks in the Himalayas to the Blue Mountains and the valleys of Ooty in the south, India has a lot of surprises to help you chill out. Bid adieu to the torturous heat of the sun as the following list reveals the 20 awesome places to visit this summer in India


Summer Destinations in North India

1. Kashmir — The Valley of Fun and Adventure

Kashmir, the summer capital, is best among the places to visit in India. Get ready to explore the world-famous Dal Lake and Tulip Garden of Srinagar. Ride the popular and thrilling Gondola in Gulmarg or trek to one of the alpine lakes in the upper Himalayan reaches, explore floating gardens, pristine Valleys and serene beauty where nature’s very special crafts await your presence.


Places to visit: Dal Lake, Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Tomb of Zin-ul-Abidin, Jama Masjid, Hazratbal Mosque, and Shankaracharya Hill
Things to do: Shikara rides in Dal Lake, bird watching at Hokersar, wildlife seeing at Dachigam National Park, and shopping from the floating markets of vegetables & flowers in Dal Lake 


2. Majuli — Cradle of Assam Civilization

Majuli, the cradle of Assam civilization is the largest river island in the world. Situated calmly along the waters of Brahmaputra, it is an unparalleled mixture of culture and heritage. if you are hunting an offbeat place somewhere in the peace of northeast, then you can’t go wrong with Majuli.


Places to visit: Molai forest, Phatobihu, Faato Bihu - Mohghuli Chapori
Things to do: Pay a visit to Kamalabari Satra and Dakhinpat Satra which is the center of culture, literature, art, music in Majuli, Go on a picnic with family at Tengapania, which is a popular picnic spot





3. Ladakh — A Thrilling Holiday Destination

Be ready to develop an unbreakable bond with this stupendous place. A cold barren desert where you can Hear the hills calling. Ladakh unveils its alluring facets as you decide to delve deeper. A perfect holiday destination that provides an escape from the heat. From contrasting landscapes of white sand dunes and green valleys to high mountain passes and centuries-old Buddhist monasteriesShanti Stupa to Khardung-La (highest motor-able pass in the world), azure lakes to river valleys Ladakh has many stupendous marvels to offers.


Places to visit: Chumathang, Old Monasteries, Cold Deserts and Moon Lands, Magnetic Hills, Nubra Valley, Shanti Stupa, Khardung-La
Things to do: Shower in natural hot water springs, Ride through the China Border, Watch the sunrise by the lake, Camp in the mountains, See the majestic Himalayas reflected in crystal clear lakes, Meditate in an open monastery


4. Tawang — The Urban Summer Destination

Located in the lap of Eastern Himalayas this less-explored town may prove to be your rendezvous with a different world altogether. Soak in the spirit of Buddhism at the monasteries-dotted canvas of Tawang, discover the exhilarant tribal culture and savor the exquisiteness of the soaring Himalaya


Places to visit: Tawang Monastery, Brahmadung Nunnery, Urgelling Monastery, Craft Center, Tawang War Memorial, Khinmey monastery
Things to doDon’t miss the opportunity to visit some spectacular high-altitude lakes, like Ptso and Sangster, with colorful rhododendrons blooming all around


5. Old Manali — The Jack of Holiday and the Queen of Summers

No list is complete without the very pristine valley of Manali. Resting amidst two Himalayan Ranges and witness to the gushing streams, Manali is the most popular and favorite summer escape among adventurers as well as honeymooners. Hosts of temples, springs, and adventures like paraglidingzorbingtrekking, and rafting lure the tourists to spend a memorable summer holiday here.

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Places to visit: Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Bhrigu Lake, Great Himalayan National Park, Manali Sanctuary, Van Vihar
Things to do: Don’t leave Manali without planning an excursion to Rohtang Pass, the unmatchable paradise covered with snow and offering breathtaking grandeur of nature



6. Dharamshala — Fun-filled and Awe-aspiring

Internationally known as the home of Dalai Lama of Tibet Dharamshala is another great India summer destination and ideal for those who seek to spend this summer among the picturesque hills and lush greeneries. Its temples and monasteries make it stand out among the places to visit in Himachal Pradesh.


Places to visit: Kangra Fort, Bhagsunath Temple, Bhagsu Falls, Namgyal Monastery, Dalai Lama Temple complex, HPCA Stadium, and tea plantations of Kangra valley
Things to do: Meditation & stay in Namgyal Monastery, boat ride in Dal Lake, and walks through the tea plantations


7. Gangtok – The shimmering capital city of Sikkim

Gangtok, an urban settlement and capital city of Sikkim, is another most visited summer destination in India. With adventure activities, leisure activities, and monasteries, Gangtok has every reason to be your perfect summer getaway.


Places to visit: Nathu La, Hanuman Tok, Rumtek Monastery, Khecheopalri Lake, and Phodong Monastery
Things to do: River Rafting in Teesta, riding a yak at Tsomgo Lake, paragliding, and ropeway cable-ride from Deorali


8. Kasol  A Soulful Holiday in the Lap of Himachal Pradesh

It may have become a bit of a cliche but there is a reason Kasol is so famous. It is the best place in India to just chill and do nothing. With its sleepy restaurants and cafes and hoards of Israeli tourists, Kasol makes for the best holiday spot away from the urban madness. It is the ideal summer getaway as the weather here is always pleasant. You can also explore nearby gems of the Parvati valley like Tosh, Manikaran, and Kheerganga.


Places to visit: Malana Village, Kheer Ganga Peak, Parvati River, Tirthan Valley, Pulga Village, Manali, Kullu
Things to do: Trekking and Rock Climbing, River Rafting


9. Shillong — A quaint town surrounded by rolling hills

Shillong is arguably the best option for those who wish to spend the summer holiday in the north-eastern states of India. The shimmering lakes, lush hills with pine trees, mystical waterfalls and adventure activities make Shillong a major tourist attraction. As an added advantage, Shillong is the only hill station in India that is accessible from all sides.


Places to visit: Ward’s Lake, Sweet Falls, Shillong Peak, Khasi Hills, Umiam Lake, Elephant Falls, Laitlum Canyons, and Mawjymbuin Caves
Things to do: Waterfall rappelling at Elephant Falls, cave exploration, shopping at Bara Bazaar, boating in Umiam Lake, and yacht riding at Umiam Lake Water Sports Complex


Summer Destinations in Central and East India

10. Pachmarhi — The Gorgeous Satpura ki Rani

Madhya Pradesh's only hill station, Pachmarhi is among the less discovered India summer holiday destination. In addition to sightseeing, trekking and leisure activities can be enjoyed here. The mesmerizing high hills, stunning waterfalls, forest gorges, prehistoric caves, and rock paintings are the prime attention of Pachmarhi. 


Places to visit: Apsara Vihar waterfall & pond, Pandava Caves, Jata Shankar Caves, Pachmarhi Lake, Bee Fall, Draupadi Kund, and Handi Khoh gorge
Things to do: Boating at Pachmarhi Lake, bathing in the Apsara Vihar pond, and exploring the Pandava Caves


11. Darjeeling – Home to Kangchenjunga, the world’s third-highest mountain

Surrounded by the emerald-green tea plantations and Towered by the majestic Kanchenjunga (8,586 meters above sea level), Darjeeling is among the best hill stations in India. Walk through the tea gardens of Dooars, Ride in the cute toy train through the Himalayas, watch the sun setting behind the Tiger Hill or simply relax in the Revolver Hotel of West Bengal, there is a lot to do on your trip to Darjeeling.


Places to visit: Tea Gardens of Dooars, Tiger Hill, Peace Pagoda at Charlemont Hill, and Gorkha War Memorial
Things to do: Paragliding, bird watching, and fishing


12. Kalimpong – Backpacker’s paradise

A calm and quiet summer getaway Kalimpong and Darjeeling are the best entries from West Bengal in our list of India summer destinations. But what gives Kalimpong an edge over Darjeeling is that it is untouched and less visited by people. Sitting on a ridge overlooking the Teesta River, the hill station is a perfect summer destination owing to its magnificent views, pleasant climate, and proximity to other tourists attention.


Places to visit: Zang Dhok Palri Phodang, Mac Farlen Church, Tsonga Gompa, Morgan House, Dr. Graham’s Homes, Hanuman Tok, and Science City
Things to do: Paragliding, bird watching, and fishing


Summer Destinations in South India

 13. Munnar — A Perfect Summer Escape

lush green paradise dotted with spice plantations, sprawling tea gardens and endless treat of breath-taking waterfalls and lakes. Yes! such a fairytale place exists on this planet in the name of Munnar. Spend a lovely night at a hill cottage facing the mist-laden hills, wake-up to the chirping birds and walk through the clouds when you are at this astonishing hill station of Kerala


Places to visit: Attukal Waterfalls, Anamudi, Pothamedu View Point, Echo Point, Eravikulam National Park
Things to do: Spend some riveting moments at the Elephant Park, feeding, bathing and watching the playful creatures


14. Devikulam — A Cool Holiday in the Sweltering Summers

Strikingly hypnotic, Devikulam is a blissful tourist destination in Kerala. Sanctified with serenity, foamy mists, cold streamssilky pine trees, enchanting views, entrancing climate, and numerous sightseeing is truly a treat to the eyes. A gentle boat ride in the lake, stroll through the woods, and the tranquility of the splashing waterfalls will definitely enliven you. 

Places to visit: Pillar Rocks Viewpoint, Guna Caves, Silver Cascade Falls, Sacred Heart College Museum, Wax Museum
Things to do: Devikulam has everything from beautiful waterfalls to sparkling lakes – the Bear Shola Falls, Berijam Lake and Devikulam Lake, visit Shenbaganur Museum to learn about the history and architecture of Devikulam , visit the famous temple in Devikulam which is Kurinji Andavar Temple to seek blessings from Lord Murugan, rent a boat and cruise in the serene lakes to for a incredible experience.

15. Coorg — Scotland of India

Flaunting the tropical wonders of the Western Ghat of Karnataka, this Scotland of India is a regnant summer refuge with ligneous slopes, rich biodiversity, mesmerizing cascades, as well as its a treasure of inimitable heritage. Coorg posses a heart-warming expansion of spice and coffee plantations. A perfect summer destination for a wildlife enthusiast. Explore nature's most beautiful wildlife reserves of Nagarhole, Dubare, and Pushpagiri.


Places to visit: Tadiandamol Peak, Brahmagiri Hill, Iruppu Falls, Golden Temple, coffee estate
Things to do: Coorg hosts mind-blowing adventures, ranging from camping, trekking and rock climbing to microlight flying and white-water rafting


16. Kodaikanal — The Princess of Hill Stations

Kodaikanal is to Bangaloreans what Darjeeling is to Kolkatans or what Nainital is to Delhiites. Waterfalls, valleys, meadows, grasslands, forests, and lakes of the quaint hill station of Tamil Nadu make it one of the most desired India summer holiday destination from the peninsula. From cycle rides to yoga, boat rides to treks Kodaikanal has a lot of adventures activity within its heart to offer to its tourists.


Places to visit: Kodaikanal Lake, Bryant Park, Coaker’s Walk, Pillar Rocks, Dolphin’s Nose rock, Shembaganur Museum of Natural History, and Bear Shola Falls
Things to do: Experience Brocken Spectre at Coakers’ Walk, ride a rowboat or pedalo at Kodaikanal Boat Club, cycle around the Kodai Lake, take a trek to Kukkal Caves, and practice yoga at the Kodaikanal Yoga Centre


17. Ooty — One of few toy-train cities in India

Ooty is another perfect summer hot-spot in Tamil Nadu to spend your summer holidays in South India. Situated in the Nilgiri Blue Mountains hills, the hill station is often called the Queen of Hills. The famous toy train takes you through the nearby lush hills. The little hill station also offers a lot of places to visit and adventure activities to its visitors.


Places to visit: Doddabetta Peak, Ooty Lake, Emerald Lake, tribal Toda huts, Deer Park, Upper Bhawani Lake, Avalanche Lake, St Stephen’s Church, and Kalhatty Waterfalls
Things to do: Ride the Nilgiri Toy Train, horse riding, boating in Ooty Lake, mountain biking in the Blue Mountains, and hang gliding at Kalahatti (20 km from Ooty)


18. Pondicherry — A Laidback Holiday Specialist

A French colonial and Union Territory town Pondicherry is an absolute beach destination enclosed by the southeastern Tamil Nadu state where its rich heritage and quaint French bakeries are the star attraction. It has preserved its French legacy in its French Quarter, with tree-lined streetschic boutiques, and mustard-colored colonial villas.


Places to Visit: Pondicherry Beach, Promenade, Pondicherry Museum, Park Monument, French War Memorial, Chunnambar Boathouse, Pondicherry Botanical Garden
Things to do: Enjoy a beautiful Sunrise, Take a boat ride to the Paradise Beach Island, Experience the divine dawn and go birdwatching, Go Scuba Diving for an underwater date with colorful corals, Sunbathe on a sun-kissed day


19. Coonoor — Beckons a Pleasant Summer Holiday

Picturesque enchantments, splendid buildings, kitty cottages with astonishing views of nature Connoor has many hidden gems within its lap to offer its visitors. Away from the hustle-bustle of the mad city life, Coonoor is an ultimate retreat and a serene destination to go this summer. 


Places to VisitDoddabetta, Sim's Park, Coonoor, Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Catherine Falls, Dolphin Nose View Point, Tiger Hill
Things to do: St. Catherine’s falls is a popular attraction in Coonoor, for a magnificent view of the falls visit the top of Dolphin’s nose, yet another place to visit in Coonoor is the Droog Fort which was used by the Tipu Sultan, for Golf lovers, Wellington Golf Course will fulfill your sporting spirit


20. Yercaud — Holiday Perfect at Tamil Nadu's Perfect

Situated in the gorgeous Shevaroy Hills in the Eastern Ghats of Tamil Nadu, Yercaud is a great trekking destination in summer. It's a calm and picturesque hill station with an extensive widespread of orange groves, coffee and spice plantations all across the hill town. Not only among the most beautiful places to visit in India in summer, but Yercaud is also gradually becoming a tourist hotspot.


Places to Visit: Shevaroy Hills, Kiliyur Falls, Lady's Seat, Kiliyur Falls, Gents Seat, TreeTop Adventure, Children's Seat
Things to do: Go on a hike to Kiliyur Falls to witness the majestic views of the lush green rolling hills and take a soothing bath under the falls, go on a refreshing walks on through the hills, pay a visit to the beautiful Shervaroyan temple, Japanese Park, Pagoda Point, The Grange, Anna Park, and White Elephant Tooth Rock, take a long drive for panoramic views of spice and tea plantations


So, without giving it a second thought, choose one of these destinations and make it a happy summer of your life.


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