7 Amazing Places You Must See In India During Summer Vacation

Lakshwadeep Islands best summer destinations in india
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Summer vacations might be way ahead but summer vacation planning begins way in advance. Maybe you are searching for the best holiday destinations in India during summer vacations or the coolest places in India during the great heat.

If you follow this list, we’ll make sure that boredom is not one of the chapters in your kid’s vacation. And wherever you live in, you will be excused from the scorching sun as every place on this list just beats the heat!

Even if you plan to go at the very beginning of April, or in the wet June-July, we have a wide array of choices you can select from. Be it for a honeymoon or a family trip, we have the most amazing list of places which will brighten your day even with the little sun that comes there!

Best Places to Visit in Summer in South India With Family

Sr. No. Place Type
1 Ooty Hill Station
2 Lakshadweep Islands Beach
3 Munnar Hill Station
4 Kodaikanal Hill Station
5 Andaman Islands Beach
6 Wayanad Hill Station
7 Coorg Hill Station
8 Horsley Hills Hill Station
9 Periyar National Park Wildlife
10 Yercaud Hill Station

Summer Holiday Destinations in North India

Sr. No. Place Type
1 Ladakh Trekking, Monastries
2 Manali Hill Station
3 Dharamshala
4 Gulmarg
5 Mussoorie
6 Srinagar
7 Nainital
8 Rishikesh
9 Kasol
10 Shimla

Summer Holiday Destinations In East India

Sr. No. Place Type
1 Tawang
2 Kalimpong
3 Shillong
4 Darjeeling
5 Kaziranga National Park
6 Gangtok
7 Tsongmo Lake
8 Gurudongmar Lake
9 Rumtek Monastery
10 Sundarbans

Places to Visit in Summer in Western India

Sr. No. Place Type
1 Mahabaleshwar Hill Station
2 Mount Abu Hill Station
3 Sindhudurg Beach
4 Pachmarhi
5 Goa Beach

1. Ooty

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Udhagamandalam, or Ooty, is an astounding location in Tamil Nadu to spend your summer holidays in India.

This quaint town in the Nilgiri Blue hills has earned the name “The Queen of Hills” rightfully due to its austere viewpoints and the exciting activities to do there.

honeymoons or trekking Ooty, Tamil Nadu - weekend getaways near bangalore

But the most pleasurable part of your Ooty trip will be the famous toy train which will take you through the nearby lush hills.

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

How to reach:

By Air: Coimbatore (105 km from Ooty)

By Rail: Mettupalayam (47 km from Ooty); toy train connects Ooty

2. Lakshadweep Islands

Lakshadweep Beach best to visit places in India

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The untouched coral islands located in the Arabian Sea are one of the best assets India has. Literally meaning “a thousand islands”, there are various famous beaches which could beat locations from abroad.

Even though it has been only a few years since tourists have been allowed to visit, the location has boomed in its annual visitor’s number in great magnitude.

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This is primarily because of the clean, unharmed coral reefs which entirely make up the islands.

Apart from that, the bright sun and blue waters are one of the most special things about the Lakshadweep islands.

Places to visit: Agathi Island, Kalpeni Island, Minicoy Island and many more.

How to reach:

  • By air: Agathi Airport
  • By ship: Regular ships take you to every island in Lakshadweep, but apart from that, you can take a boat from Kochi city (Kerala) to reach the capital port of Kavaratti.

See Also: Places to go Scuba Diving in India

3. Munnar

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Everything is magical when it comes to Munnar!

The overlapping tea plantations, the rolling hills and the misty escapade, all are nothing short of a picturesque holiday destination!

There is a huge variety in the flora and fauna found there, with majestic elephants, Panther, Gaur, Elephant, Sambar, giant squirrel, champak squirrel.

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Whichever season you visit, there will be a slight chill in the wind which makes this place the Perfect Summer Vacation Holiday Destination.

Places to visit: Kundala Lake, Echo Point, Elephant Lake, Anamudi Peak, Tata Tea Museum, Chithirapuram, Devikulam, and Chinnakanal

How to reach:

  • By Air: Cochin International Airport (125 km from Munnar)
  • By Rail: Aluva Railway Station (110 km from Munnar)

See Also: Best Time To Visit Kerala

4. Kodaikanal

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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

How to reach

  • By Air: Madurai Airport (120 km from Kodaikanal)
  • By Rail: Palani Railway Station (66 km from Kodaikanal)

5. Andaman Islands

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Andaman and Nicobar islands
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Places to visit: Cellular Jail National Memorial, Radhanagar Beach, Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex in Port Blair, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, and Chidiya Tapu

How to reach:

  • By Air: Vir Savarkar Airport in Port Blair
  • By Ship: Haddo Wharf Port in Port Blair; ship services available from Chennai, Kolkata, and Vizag

See Also: Most Adventurous Road-Trips You Can Take 

6. Wayanad

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See Also: Places To Visit in Kerala

7. Coorg

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Places to visit: Abbey Falls, Nalknad Palace, Barapole River, Brahmagiri Peak, Iruppu Falls, Namdroling Monastery, and Nagarhole National Park

How to reach:

  • By Air: Bangalore (260 km from Coorg)
  • By Rail: Mysore (120 km from Coorg)

See Also: Places To Visit for a Weekend Getaway From Bangalore

8. Horsley Hills


Places to visit: Viewpoint for sunset, Gali Bandalu (Wind Rocks), Mallamma Temple, Chennakesava Temple, Kaigal Falls, and Talakona Waterfalls

How to reach:

  • By Air: Tirupati (160 km from Horsley Hills)
  • By Rail: Madanapalle (43 km from Horsley Hills)

10. Yercaud

Yercaud hill stations in Tamil Nadu
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Yercaud is a tranquil town in the state of Tamil Nadu, cradled in the Eastern Ghats, famous for its calm and relaxed backdrop.

The place is famous for many aesthetic sightseeing spots, varied wildlife, and courteous people.

Located close to Salem city, Yercaud definitely comes up as one of the prime summer holiday destinations in South India

Places to visit: Emerald Lake, Deer Park, Pagoda Point, Killiyur Falls

How to reach:

By Air: Salem Airport (38 km from Yercaud)

By Rail: Salem junction (38 km from Yercaud)

2. Ladakh

Chadar Trek at Zanskar riverI know you simply don’t need an introduction to Ladakh, because we have written about it in so many articles so far! So we won’t bore you with more and more words! But one thing we will definitely say is if you haven’t seen Ladakh in your life, you really can’t call it a life!

Pangong Tso, Ladakh best summer destinations in india
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Places to visit: Zaskar Valley, Pangong Tso Lake, Khardung-La Pass, Spituk Gompa, and Hemis National Park

Things to do:  Snow leopards, Llamas, double-humped Bactrian camel, all these unseen animals are originals to the Ladakh region. In case you’re not much of an animal buff and more of an adventure buff, don’t worry, you can ride a bike through the valleys of Ladakh.

Zanskar Ladakh
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How to reach:

  • By Air: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh
  • By Rail: Jammu Tawi Railway Station (700 km from Ladakh); busses are also available from there.


4. Tawang

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Having one of the most famous Buddhist monasteries of the country, it has become a very well visited place. But nothing beats travelling to the place in the summer, when the heat is destroying your city, you can always seek hostage in this amazing hill station.

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Places to visit: Paradise Lake at Sea Pass, Tawang Monastery, Gorichen Peak, Taktsang Gompa, Nuranang Waterfall, and Pankang Teng Tso Lake

Things to do:  Trekking, site seeing, monastery visits.

Nuranang Waterfall, TawangHow to reach: 

  • By Air: Salonibari Domestic Airport at Tezpur (317 km from Tawang)
  • By Rail: Tezpur Railway Station (315 km from Tawang)

5. Srinagar

Tulip Garden Srinagar
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Not just according to Jawaharlal Nehru, but also according to the world, “If there is a paradise on Earth, it is here, it is here, it is here!” I would say that this is also an understatement for the place because it is just impossible to comprehend the beauty of this place!

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Places to visit: Dal Lake, Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Tomb of Zin-ul-Abidin, Jama Masjid, Hazratbal Mosque, and Shankaracharya Hill

Things to do: House boats dot the surface of the Dal Lake and everything is just picture perfect when yiou are lying in the house boat looking at the stars and enjoying life.

Himalayas Pahalgam,near srinagarHow to reach:

  • By Air: Srinagar Airport
  • By Rail: Udhampur Railway Station(229 km from Srinagar); Srinagar Railway Station is under construction

6. Gangtok


Waiting for a perfect summer getaway? This will be perfect for you. If you want to spend your child’s vacation at a place which will enlarge their horizons, this is it. You can take him/her to gangtok, the capital of Sikkim and show them the various monasteries and settlements and the beautifully illuminated city in the night.

Kanchanjungha - Gangtok best summer vacation places in india
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Places to visit:  Nathu La, Hanuman Tok, Rumtek Monastery, Khecheopalri Lake, and Phodong Monastery

Things to do: have you ever ridden a yak? If you answered yes, then your life is amazing, if no, this is your chance to make it amazing!  Apart from this, you can also river raft, enjoy a cable car ride and many more!

 How to reach:

  • By Air: Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal (124 km from Gangtok); 20 minutes’ helicopter ride from Bagdogra
  • By Rail: New Jalpaiguri Railway Station in Silguri (148 km from Gangtok)

7. Andaman Islands

Who says that summers should not be spent in tropical places? The equatorial climate here at Andaman makes pleasantly cool most of the times. Perfect as a honeymoon location as you and your lover can sit on the jet ski and race through the oceans bidding goodbye to all your worries!

Andaman Islands best summer vacation places in india
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Places to visit: Cellular Jail National Memorial, Radhanagar Beach, Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex in Port Blair, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, and Chidiya Tapu

Things to do: Snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, sea walking, glass-bottom boating, riding the seaplane.

How to reach:

  • By Air: Vir Savarkar Airport in Port Blair
  • By Ship: Haddo Wharf Port in Port Blair; ship services available from Chennai, Kolkata, and Vizag

Here is the list to save you from the heat of your work as well as the literal heat. Be cool this vacation with Travelerswiki and let us know how your amazing vacation was in the comments below. 


Written by Sruthi Nair

As a travel buff, I believe that one life is not enough to see all the places in this planet! Why search for heaven up above when it is right beside you? I call myself an ardent believer of following your (dream) destinations! Join me on this journey of discovering more of this amazing Earth one article at a time.

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