Places to visit during summer

5.Kerala

Language- Malayalam, Hindi, English

Beautiful Kerala
This South Indian state is a paradise tucked between the stretch of the lush Western Ghats and the cerulean expanse of the Arabian Sea. We offer several luxury tour packages for Kerala which allows you to enjoy the leisurely boat ride along the unique backwater waterways. Plush beauty, serene backwaters, golden sand shores, bustling wildlife sanctuaries, colorful arts, dances, crafts, and many more delights offer matchless experiences.

Places to visit in Kerala-

One of the major highlights of the Kerala tour packages is an excursion to the top tourist attractions in the state. During your tour, don’t forget to explore these best places to visit in Kerala.

Bekal Fort- Built in the shape of a giant keyhole, the 3-century-old fort is one of the must-visit places during a holiday trip in Kerala.

Fort Kochi– One of the major highlights of trips to Kerala India is an excursion to Fort Kochi. It is an ultimate destination to rediscover and revel in the splendid history of the state. Watching the working of the splendid Chinese Fishing Nets is an absolute must here.

Mattancherry Palace– None of the Kerala trip is complete without a visit to the Mattancherry Palace, a token of friendship and harmony.

Kerala Backwaters– Pride of ‘God’s Own Country’, the Kerala backwaters are a chain of brackish water lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea Coast. Planning a Kerala backwaters tour allows you to treat your eyes to the astounding vistas of the pandanus shrubs, palm trees, coconut groves, villages, paddy fields and much more.

Mattupetty Dam- home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, the Mattupetty Dam is nestled away amidst the rolling hills of Munnar. Don’t forget to explore this scenic attraction while spending your holiday in Kerala.

Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary– A haven for bird watchers, the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary houses a myriad range of exotic and colorful birds. Many of the Kerala packages include an excursion to this sanctuary to cherish a memorable experience.

Periyar National Park – Cradled amidst a scenic location, the Periyar National Park is the best place to spot Bengal Tigers. Home to a large number of rare and endangered wildlife species, the park makes your Kerala trip special with a boat ride on the Periyar Lake.

Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple – Famed for both is religious importance and architectural brilliance, the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple is reckoned as one of the richest temples in India.

Vembanad Lake– Famed as the longest lake in India, the Vembanad Lake exudes a magical charm and is one of the best places for a Kerala houseboat tour.

Padmanabhapuram Palace- An epitome of ancient art and architecture, the palace is adorned with lively paintings, ancient murals, vibrant windows, carved ceiling made of teak wood and chairs with Chinese carvings.

Alleppey Beach- Reckoned as one of the most stunning backwater destinations in Kerala, the Alleppey Beach is an excellent place to bask in the bliss. Embark on an Alleppey houseboat and explore the scenic marvel at your own pace.

Sabarimala Sree Ayyappa Temple- Dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, the temple is perched at a hilltop in the Western Ghats.

 
How to Reach Kerala by air-

There3 international airports in Kerala. So planning trips to Kerala India by flight is quite easy. Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), the capital city is well-connected to most of the gulf countries and with major cities of India, such as Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai. The other two airports are at Kozhikode (Calicut) and Kochi (Cochin).

How to Reach Kerala by rail-

You can book Kerala packages that take you to the state by train without any worries. A network of about 200 railway stations allows you travel to the state easily. The primary railway stations in Kerala are at Ernakulam (Cochin) and Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram). These can be easily sought-after to reach any of the tourist places in Kerala. Reaching Kerala by train from any of the cities in India is possible and is an exciting option.

How to Reach Kerala by road-

Many of the Kerala holiday packages allow you to reach here by road. A good network of roads connects the state to neighboring states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Regular cars, buses and taxis ply and to and from neighboring cities. Make it convenient to reach Kerala by road.


6.Sikkim

Language- Hindi, English and Nepali
Himalayas

One of the most beautiful northeastern states is Sikkim; this second smallest state in the country has lots to offer to its visitors. There are number of destinations that can be picked for an ideal summer holidays in India: Pelling, Ravangla and Gangtok are some of the best places to travel with family in North East, situated in the West district of Sikkim.


How to Reach Sikkim by Air-

Bagdogra near Siliguri, 120 km from Gangtok is the nearest airport to the state. Regular flights connect it to the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata from where daily flights are available to New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and all the major cities of India.

How to Reach Sikkim by Road-

National Highway no. 31 serves as a connecting link between the state capital Gangtok and Siliguri, one of the major towns on the northern fringe of West Bengal. Gangtok is also well connected to Kolkata (721 km) and Darjeeling (139 km) with a good network of roads. Kalimpong is another well connected destination with Gangtok. However the NH no. 31 is the most famous route between Gangtok and Siliguri. There are regular buses plying between Siliguri to Sikkim and vice versa. Tourists can reach various towns of Sikkim through easily available cabs/taxi.

Sikkim
How to Reach Sikkim by Rail-

The nearest railhead to Sikkim is in New Jalpaiguri near Siliguri at 117 km from Gangtok. Overnight trains can be boarded from Kolkata to Sikkim that reaches New Jalpaiguri Station in the morning. Another railway station at Siliguri is also well connected with Gangtok in Sikkim. From railway stations, taxi’s and cabs are easily available for tourist service.

Note:-Formalities for Foreigners

Foreigners cannot enter the state of Sikkim directly. They have to get an inner line permit for traveling to Sikkim. This permit is easily available with Indian Mission and embassies abroad. This entry permit allows a stay of seven days for traveling and sightseeing in Sikkim. However this limit extends to ten days in case of Group trekkers.

7.Leh-Ladakh

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Leh-Ladakh
The “Land of High Passes” in the heart of the difficult terrain of Kashmir is the land of adventure, unbelievable sights, and ancient roots of Tibetan Buddhism, heartwarming culture, and life-changing experiences. Leh Ladakh Tour is on the minds of all kinds of travelers-the nature lovers, the adventure enthusiast, people seeking to get away from the hustle-bustle of lives and many more.

The festivals of Ladakh truly deserve a mention. The colorful Cham Dance, masked dances by the monks is a spectacle that one does not forget easily. Stay in the monasteries, enjoying Ladakhi hospitality at one of the homestays are also some of the most fun parts of a Ladakh tour. The cuisine of the land is too heavenly like its beauty and bliss.


How to Reach Leh by Air-

Leh has its own airport, which is served by direct flights from Delhi, Mumbai and Srinagar. Flights via Delhi and Srinagar can be availed from any pat of the country to reach Leh. Owing to its importance as a tourist destination, frequency of flights to Leh from various Indian cities have also increased. From the airport, local cabs can be hired to reach anywhere in Leh.

How to Reach Leh by Road-

Manali-Leh road has been serving as the second best road to Ladakh. Himachal Pradesh Tourism, HRTC and J&K SRTC operate daily deluxe and ordinary buses between Manali and Leh. Government buses, both deluxe and ordinary, run from Kargil and between Leh and Srinagar on regular and frequent intervals. Cars and jeeps are also available for Leh-Srinagar and Leh-Manali route.

How to Reach Leh by Rail-

Pathankot, Chandigarh and Kalka are the closest railway stations to Leh. Important trains from various Indian cities serve these stations. One can board a train till either of these stations and then hire a cab to reach till Leh.