Are you a person that loves or hate the heat of summer? India can be incredibly hot during summer so even if you are a person that adores the summer warmth, you will definitely enjoy the places I have selected in India that can cool you down a bit. The cool breeze, refreshing environment and lots of fun activities are enough to help you beat the heat and get revitalized.
This summer vacation, pack your bags and head out to such a place in India that will rejuvenate both your body and mind. I have listed my 5 favorite refreshing places in India where you can chill and are stunning as well.
1. Chilling Manali
The snow covered mountain ranges spreading with a mesmerizing view and fresh air makes Manali truly beautiful. The enthralling flora and fauna, abundant greenery, whistling sounds of the flowing water is simply charming. Manali, a place as serene as goes the chilly weather, is just ideal for you to spend your summer vacation.
This beautiful city offers quite a number of stunning places to visit. You can pay your homage to the Hadimba temple, located amidst the lush greenery. I also went to the Jagatsukh temple which was as composed as the scenic beauty of the mountains.
I would suggest if you want to have a good laugh, try Zorbing in Solang Valley. Get yourself trapped inside an oversized huge ball and roll down the hills without an idea of where the ball could go. I also did paragliding in Solang Nala which is a different experience overall. If you want to test your adrenaline rush, endeavour out for river rafting or you can indulge yourself in skiing in the Solang valley and shop profusely in the Manu market. If you enjoy hiking then you just cannot miss the trek to Beas Kund to challenge yourself. A wonderful hike!
Being a foodie, I was looking forward to try out food in an old heritage restaurant in this hill city. I went for a hearty breakfast at the Drifter’s Café after reading a great blog about the best places to eat in Manali. They have some great pancakes, but also Indian and Italian. They have a great terrace where you can enjoy the view and read a book from their library. A lovely place to relax and enjoy the Manali scenery.
2. Misty Coorg
The serene landscapes, enticing waterfalls and misty mountains make the coffee plantations in Coorg a memorable place to visit in India. Also known as the ’Scotland of India’, at Coorg, you will also be fascinated with the wildlife sanctuaries.
When I went to the Abbey Falls, I was taken aback by the musical gushing sound of the Kaveri River falling down the rocks. You can go to the Brahmagiri Peak, which is highly picturesque due to the evergreen flora and fauna. You have the chance of spotting the jungle cat, lion-tailed macaque, spotted dear and many others. The Iruppu falls, the Nagarhole National Park, grand view of the valleys at Raja Seat’s and a visit to the Bylakuppe are some other great attractions in Coorg.
The Raintree multi-cuisine restaurant is a must try restaurant according to me as it offers delicacies that are prepared with perfect blend of local spices that is an absolute pleasure to relish. Check out here to know more about the restaurant
A beautiful place to stay is the coffee homestay of Usha and her family. Enjoy a walk through the pepper, cardamom and fruit plantations, join the family for a traditional kodava dinner and explore the beautiful surroundings of Coorg.
3. Scenic Munnar
Munnar is a well-known hill station located at the Western Ghats that is rich in flora and fauna. The favourable pleasing climate and the widespread tea plantations are among the major attractions of this place. It will not only captivate you with its beauty but will also allow you to rejuvenate and chill.
Bring a visit to the Muniyara Dolmens, the Echo Point, Mattupetty dam or the rock paintings at Marayur. Eravikulum Natural Park is an abode to animals like the Indian Muntjac, Golden Jackal, Leopard, Gaur and many others.
The green covered tea gardens in the hills are just the perfect place to take a stroll during the evening. When I saw the Sita Devi Lake nearby the tea gardens, I chose to sit down for quite some time trout fishing. At the Tata Tea Museum you can witness the art of tea making and indulge yourself in the activity too.
I simply loved the authentic taste of the south Indian food at Saravana Bhavan. I ordered a plate of appams and dosa that was super delicious. Hotel Sreenivas is another restaurant serving scrumptious vegetarian food.
4. Exotic Gangtok
Gangtok is an attractive mountain city in Sikkim that never fails to surprise me with its beauty. It is just the right place to go during the summers. It is pure bliss to stay in the mountains getting nestled in the clouds with a backdrop of the Kanchenjunga.
On my visit to Gangtok, I went to the Indo-China route while I took delight of the evergreen vegetation. The Chhangu and the Tsomgo Lake are two of the best points of the city where you will have a wonderful bird’s eye view. Tashi View Point and Rumtek Monastery are other sight-points where you can observe the best of the Gangtok scenery.
I went for the river rafting at the Teesta River, which was an experience of a lifetime. Though I haven’t gone for the Yak Safari, I have heard from a lot of friends that the Yak Safari to the Tsongmo Lake and paragliding are breathtaking experiences.
Nothing can beat the Tibetan food at the Taste of Tibet restaurant. You can go there for momos, noodle soup, fried pork and a bottle of beer while gazing at the busy MG Marg market.
A lovely place to stay in Sikkim is the farmhouse of Thendup and his wife Pema. The house is cozy with a lovely garden and veranda where you can soak up the beautiful views. Thendup can take you on a hike, you can help on the farm or Pema can teach you some typical local dishes.
5. Heavenly Kashmir
This name can never go out of my mind when talking about a great summer paradise in India. It is no other than Kashmir that comes to my rescue when I think about holiday places to escape from heat and sweat. It is said that heavens fall in the divine land of Kashmir. Starting from hills and gardens to lakes and houseboats, it has it all in its store to help you. Even the weather is so pleasant that it makes an ideal place for hideaways.
During my trip to Kashmir, I tried to visit as many places as possible. Do experience staying in a houseboat on the lakes of Srinagar for example. Apart from this, you can go skiing and trekking at Gulmarg. While I was in Phalagam, I went horse riding and also visited the Kargil.
Kashmiri feast known as wazwan comprises of delicious mughal cuisine. There is a restaurant called Mughal Darbar that specializes in making apt Kashmiri dishes using local spices. It is a warning that you do not compromise on the food. It is perfection at its best!
Although Indian summer comes with blistering heat, intolerable sweat, humidity and irritation, there are some divine and exotic locations that can soothe your body, mind and soul with their refreshing and relaxing environment.
With this list of 5 refreshing places in India to rejuvenate this summer, select your favourite awaited destination.