Top 10 Summer Destinations in India

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Matheran

A popular getaway for people from Mumbai and Pune, Matheran is a quiet hill station located on the Sahyadri range, at an altitude of 800 mts. Meaning 'forest on top', Matheran was discovered in 1850, by a district collector of Thane, Hugh Poyntz Malet, and the foundations for its development was laid down by Lord Elphinstone, the then Governor of Mumbai.

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Shimla

A magnificent hang-over of the British Raj, Shimla's cool environs still remain the biggest magnet for Indian tourists. Shimla has taken the best of what the British created, and mixed it with the quintessentially Indian - and every summer thousands of people from the plains enjoy themselves to the hilt in this popular summer retreat.

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Srinagar

What better summer destination to recommend than the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir! Srinagar is set around the beautiful Dal Lake, where picturesque houseboats or shikharas, carry tourists on boat rides around the placid lake. This scintillating hill resort set in the Kashmir valley is an ideal summer getaway. Srinagar basically has an alpine weather, as the summers are mild and winters are cold.

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Munnar

Munnar offers summer tourists a mix of relaxation and adventure amidst beautiful landscapes. Munnar is a beautiful getaway landscaped with tea plantations, hills, lakes, forests and winding walks. Located at an altitude of 1,829 m, it is home to South India's highest peak called Anamudi, standing 2,695 m tall.

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Goa

Goa is one of the most idyllic holiday destinations in India. This evergreen destination is a holidaymaker's paradise. A diverse tourist locale, Goa is celebrated the world over for its laidback culture, sun kissed beaches, gothic churches and rocking nightlife. Despite the fact that it gets really hot in Goa during the summer, it remains one of the most sought-after destinations in India thanks to some exciting hotel packages on offer for the tourist during this period.

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Coorg

One of the best places in the country you can be at during the summer. Also known as Kodagu, this is a place said to haunt you forever with its timeless beauty. Coorg offers you a fascinating past, captivating natural beauty, great cuisine and aromas of the coffee plantations, oranges and honey. Set amidst verdant valleys, imposing mountains and teak wood forests, this is one of the most beautiful hill stations you can visit.

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Ooty

Ooty, short for Ootacamund or Udhagamandalam is one of South India's most popular hill stations, situated in the Nilgiri Hills at an altitude of 2,240 mts. Spread out along a high plateau, Ooty is set among the Nilgiris or Blue Mountains, covered with green forests and valleys, tea plantations, streams and mountains. Though crowded during summer, Ooty remains a favourite for travellers across the country.

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Manali

This is Himachal Pradesh's main summer destination for backpackers, trekkers and partygoers escaping the summer heat. A popular tourist destination at 570km from New Delhi and 280km from Shimla, Manali is the northern-most town of Himachal Pradesh's Kullu Valley. Situated on the national highway that leads to Leh, Manali is also the gateway to the remote and desolate valleys of Lahaul and Spiti.

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Mahabaleshwar

This picturesque hill station, also known as the Queen of Maharashtra's hill stations, is located in the Western Ghats, cradled in the Sahyadri ranges. An altitude of 1,372 m gives it the distinction of being the highest hill station in Western India. Its popularity is not only as a honeymoon spot and a great summer getaway, but also because of its historical and religious significance.

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Kodaikanal

A hilly retreat established by American missionaries around 1845 in order to escape from the high temperatures of the plains, Kodaikanal, or Kodai as it's better known, is a quiet hill station at an altitude of 2,195 m, on the southern ridge of the Palani hills in Tamil Nadu. It is popular amongst the locals as well as other tourists and has earned the nickname of Princess of Hill Stations.

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Top 10 Summer Destinations in India

Here is our list of top summer destinations, highlighting the best spots in the country to be at the height of the season, retreats that refresh and rejuvenate. Take your pick and head away to a blissful holiday.

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Top 10 Summer Destinations in India
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