With Raksha Bandhan and Independence Day around the corner, it is time that you hop on the rails and plan your holiday. It will be a long weekend from August 11 to August 15, if you take an off for August 12 in between. You get five days and four nights, enough to discover a mesmerising new tourist destination in India.
Here are six destinations that are perfect for a visit in August,
Located in Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is a beautiful hill station with striking viewpoints, serene lakes, densely forested valleys and gushing waterfalls. The weather remains pleasant due to the abundant rainfall that the hill station receives in August.
You can indulge in a wide range of activities here, including boating, hiking, cycling, exploring Guna Cave or going on a night safari. Tourist spots to discover at this green destination are Berijam Lake, Mannavanur Lake, Kodaikanal Lake, Bryant Park, Dolphin’s Nose, Chettiar Park, Pine Forest, Pillar Rocks and Green Valley View.
Jodhpur is an ideal tourist place to witness palatial luxury and get acquainted with history. From temples and forts to vibrant markets and royal palaces, it is an ideal spot to visit in August, when the maximum temperature barely touches 34°C.
You can visit Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada, Chamunda Mata Temple, Balsamand Lake, Mandore Gardens and Kailana Lake. Tourist activities include cycling, shopping handicrafts, tasting rich flavours of Rajasthani cuisine and exploring Rao Jodha Desert Park.
Situated in Meghalaya, Cherrapunji will show you the wonder of root-bridges. Locals have trained the roots of rubber trees to grow in a specific way, helping them build bridges.
Cherrapunji is where you must awaken the adventurer inside you. From boating and ziplining to wildlife rides and river canyoning, there is a lot that can give you an adrenaline rush. Nohkalikai Falls, Thang Kharang Park, Mawsmai Cave and Khasi Monoliths are some of the major tourist attractions here.
Coorg is called the ‘Scotland of India’. This green hill station in Karnataka is famous for its spices and coffee plantations. Apart from the greenery, it is the pleasant weather and tranquil environment that attracts tourists here.
This hill station is the best escape for adventure buffs because you can go for river rafting, trekking, jeep safari and bird-watching. In the Dubare Elephant Camps, you can even play with elephants. Places to visit here include Mallalli Falls, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Raja’s Seat, Abbey Falls, etc.
Munnar is Kerala’s one of the most famous hill stations. Every stretch has a tea estate where native women can be seen picking tea leaves. Places to visit in Munnar are Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Atukkad Waterfalls, Kundala Dam, Anamudi Peak, Kundala Dam and Chinnakanal Waterfalls.
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