Summer has arrived and so is the season to travel and explore the beauty of India. As the mercury rises, one would want to escape to cooler places, quite literally and otherwise! While there are several places to visit, which usually are quite conventional and over-crowded, we bring to you a list of eight off-beat, and lesser known, exquisite destinations to check-off from your bucket-list.
1. Andaman Islands
Pristine waters, silver sands, clear blue transparent lagoons, Andaman Islands can easily be a summer’s delight for those who plan to explore beaches during this season. A group of 52 Islands, Andaman archipelago truly captures the beauty of the Indian Ocean, with its magnificent and picturesque beaches.
2. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Tawang is a small town in the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. Even during the peak of summer, which is May-June, this town is pleasantly cool. The town boasts of a host of beautiful orchids such as Tipi orchid and monasteries including Tawang Monastery. It is also less populated, so over-crowding would the last of your concerns, which is what makes it a wonderful place to visit.
Embraced by the heavenly Himalayas, Sikkim can be the ultimate destination to spend your summer-time. The shining waters of Teesta River, trekking in the Himalayas, water rafting, water-falls, and the paths that welcome you with over 200 kinds of flowers ensures that you spend as much time in the peaceful abode of nature.
4. Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
This place holds the distinction of being the wettest place on Earth! The reason is that it has only one season throughout the year – monsoon. Now, imagine experiencing the thrill of the rains during summer! This is the place to be, where you can see the jaw-dropping landscapes, lush-green wilderness, and orchids that grace the air with a tangy orange aroma to make your trip trippy!
5. Kadmat Island, Lakshadweep
Kadmat is also known by the name of ‘Cardamom Islands’. It is in the Lakshadweep and a haven of beautiful and scenic beaches along with the fun of water-sports. The Bnagram Islands nearby is also a stunning place to visit in case you want to get a glimpse of bioluminescent waves touching the shores!
6. Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu
If you are craving to visit a place such as Ooty and Coonoor, but already have been there, and done that then here is another place identical to it – Kotagiri. Located at the laps of Niligiri Hills, the place offers a memorable experience through trekking and rock climbing as well as witnessing the waterfalls, hills and tea plantations in the valley.
7. Chopta, Uttarakhand
Chopta offers exceptional entities to enrich your summer experience. It has Devriyatal, a famous water-body where you can camp, Chandershila trek to get absorbed in nature, snow-white peaks of mountains, green and pleasant meadows. You would feel right in the middle of heaven with its unreal and eyeful locations.
8. Saputara, Gujarat
Gujarat has a hill station of its own, which is what makes it a fitting off-beat location for your summer. The Sunset point will leave you mesmerized, the greenery of Dang forest will bewitch you in its charm, Gira Waterfalls, along-with Rose and Lake Garden will make you want to stay there forever! Truly, a captivating hill station that should not be missed!