7 Summer Holiday Destinations & Ideas for You

India has many places that appeal to both, first timers as well as the avid traveller , and the summer holidays are an excellent time for families to explore them . If you don’t want to visit the same old places that have been explored to death there are different ways to explore the country. Here’s a roundup of some interesting places to visit that offer some exciting things to do. 

1. Cruise the backwaters of Kerala

A visit to scenic Kerala is incomplete without a ride in the backwaters. While the winter months are the most pleasant, summers see cool nights too. So, what’s unique about a backwater cruise? You can rent a houseboat for a few days or even a couple of hours. The ride gives you a picturesque view of rural Kerala, and takes you through a network of lagoons, lakes, and canals and is the perfect opportunity to get out your camera and snap some picturesque shots. 

2. Travel up to Ladakh
Exploring Ladakh is an exhilarating experience. You can take one of two roads to get to Ladakh: Srinagar-Leh highway or Manali-Leh highway. The journey here is like no other and involves spectacular sights and a glimpse into the lifestyle of the local people. 
Other places to ride to would include Arekere in Karnataka and Kadach in Gujarat.

3. Go river rafting in Rishikesh
White-water rafting is a unique experience, and you must try it when you’re in Rishikesh – especially if you are an enthusiast of adventure sports. You can even choose from different routes, depending on how challenging you want it. Other places that you can try river rafting include Dandeli (Karnataka) or Kolad (Maharashtra).

4. Explore wildlife in Rajasthan
India is home to various species of birds and animals. If you are planning a trip to Rajasthan and love wildlife, pay a visit to Ranthambore National Park. The chance of spotting a Bengal tiger during the summer season is quite high, especially when they visit the local watering holes more frequently when temperatures soar. 
Other national parks you could visit are Kanha (Madhya Pradesh), Gir (Gujarat), Bandipur (Karnataka) and Kaziranga (Assam).

5. Take a road trip to Goa-Gokarna
Road trips, especially from Mumbai, Hyderabad or Daman can be fun if you’re with the right bunch of people , and Goa-Gokarna is a popular destination. You could first go to Gokarna and spend a few days exploring some peaceful beaches before moving on to Goa. South Goa has quieter beaches while the ones in North Goa are much livelier – if you’re up for that kind of fun. While road trips can be exciting, if you are travelling with small children, ensure that you are full prepared to face any challenges on the way. After all, you would not want to deprive your children of a wonderful family travel experience due to unforeseen circumstances.   

6. Chill at a hill station
What better way to beat the summer heat than by visiting a hill station? Suggested places that you can visit can include Gulmarg, Manali, or Kasol . Apart from the pleasant weather, these places offer a breath-taking view of nature. You could even make a road trip out of your holiday and drive there.

7. Soak in the culture of Odisha
The temple monuments of Puri will make you feel as if you’re revisiting historical times. In fact, during Durga Puja, the place comes alive with full festivities and revelries. Odisha is known for its serene beaches – such as Rushikulya, Astaranga, and Chandipur – that are worth a visit. You can even visit other exciting ventures like the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary, Chatikona Marke and Udayagiri & Khandagiri Caves 

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