Summer tour destinations

The summer time is here and it is time to plan a perfect summer-tour. Here are the most exotic tourist destinations of India that will rejuvenate your senses and give you the most exciting touring experience you ever had.

Summers have always been associated with tours and trips. Amid the hectic schedules of the parents, the exam fever of the children and the scorching heat of the summer, the summer tour rightly serve the purpose of a break from the monotonous routine.

The concept that tours are tiresome and costly has changed. Today, an average Indian saves money from his annual income and plans to give this family a summer treat at the year-end. Numerous travel agencies offer attractive tour-packages at various costs and this has encouraged the layman's interests to go on summer trips. The culture of leave-travel allowances has further made summer trips easier. Today, no mediocre Indian family spends their summer without a summer tour.

South India

South-India, constituted by 4 states namely Kerala, Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh, is rich in cultural legacy and age-old traditions. The South-Indian cities and villages are famous for their natural heritage, well-natured people, welcoming climate, traditional art forms, cultural crafts, temple architecture and diverse cuisine. Symbolic of India's 'unity in diversity', the South-Indian terrains offer innumerable tourist delights and an amazing lot of flora and fauna. These characteristics of South-India make it one of those places in the world that flourish with tourism and tourists.

Tourist-spots In South-India

Kerala is one of the world's best tourism brands. The state of Kerala is endowed with natural beauty that fills the mind and the body. Often referred to as the "God's own country", Kerala is indeed a paradise for tourists all over the world. The backwaters and beaches are the most attractive and sought after tourist spots of Kerala. Kerala is also endowed with green hills, valleys, deltas, and dense forests. Tourists from all over the world prefer to tour to Kerala to enjoy this natural beauty.

The states of Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh are famous for the temples located there. These temples, symbolic of a past era of religiosity and culture, amaze us. Even today, the younger generations in those temple-cities continue to imbibe the traditional values which they stand for. The place Kanchipuram, popular for its silks, the golden beach and the century-old temples of Mahabalipuram, the Thanjavur, Chettinad and Trichy are all landmarks of the South-Indian landscape.

The beauty of South India's natural heritage is vivid from the hill ranges of the Vayanadu and Idukki districts in Kerala. The Chembra hills, the sandalwood forests of Marayoor, the Kuruvadweep, Edakkal caves, Eravikulam national park, the Anamudi Hills, the green tree plantations of Munnar and Peerumedu, the lake at Periyar, the elephant herd of Muthanga and Brahmagiri, the hill station of Coorg, Ooty and Mysore; nowhere in the world can a tourist opt for such a diverse tourist-package.

Sea-Shores and Hill-ranges

From Karnataka to Kerala, the scenic beauty of sea-shores and hill ranges beckon tourist attention. The Bakel fort at Kasargod, the Kovalam beach at Trivandrum, and Neyyar are beyond the expression of words. The beautiful place Ranipuram, near Coorg and the Ponmudi hills at Trivandrum, are synonyms of heavenly beauty. Alappuzha, famous for its backwater tourism, the Kumarakom lake at Kottayam, the Kappad beach, the Athirapally waterfalls and the backwaters of Kochi are South-India's most sought after water tourism spots. The silent valley, the Thenmala hills, the Ooty hill station and the Kodaikanal hill ranges are the perfect hill stations to tour.


India's first-ever ecotourism project was initiated in the Kollam district of Kerala. Kerala has evolved into the aptest location for the development of various eco-friendly tourism projects. Kerala has almost 82 eco-tourism spots to her credit and tourists are rushing to Kerala from all parts of the world to enjoy the scenic beauty of nature and make themselves a part of it.

Camping at hill-stations

Most tourists flying to South India, prefer the South-Indian hill stations to tour in summers. If one wishes to stay away from the crowds and rush at the usual spots of Ooty and Kodaikanal, he can opt for Kotagiri or Yercaud. Karnataka offers the popular tourist spots of Kemmanagundi, Dandeli, Kudremukh and Madikeri. There are many more spots in South India like Madhura and Hampi but the scorching summer heat make most of us resort to hill stations.

Goa: The Sea at its best

Nothing can be as exciting as playing family beach-ball in the golden seashore of Goa, or having a Portuguese cuisine dinner at one of those most authentic restaurants on the Goan streets. Away from the comfort of the air-conditioned cabins of your office room, the Goan sea-shore is an enchanting experience for all the beach freaks. What can be more tempting than watching the golden-red sun, rise and set on the Goan sea horizon with your loved ones by your side?! So, Goa is an apt tourist spot for all those who wish to spend their summer surfing the sea.

North-Indian tourist-delights

North India shares India's cultural wealth equally with South India. While the rich potpourri of temples and backwaters are specialities of the South, these are replaced by historical monuments, forts and palaces in the North.
For those who find travelling easy, North-Indian forests, hills and villages can be truly delightful. The most comfortable tourist spots of the North Indian terrains is the Kumaon hills of Uttarakhand, the snow-covered hills of the Himachal, the ever-divine Kashmir, West Bengal, and Sikkim. Other options are Nainital, Simla, Mussoorie, the tea estates of Darjeeling, Gangtok, Chamba and Manali.

Touring outside India

Globalization has made the world contract into a small bird-nest. Affordable packages to Kathmandu, Singapore, Bali, Bangkok, Paris, and many foreign countries are made available by various travel agencies. But it is interesting to realize that the tourists all over the world fly to our beautiful country to spend their vacations while we fly off abroad in search of the best tourist destinations. We still have a lot to explore in our own country, for our India is rich in culture, traditions, and scenic beauty. Though the foreigners have realized the incredibility of our nation and her heritage, we still need to come to our senses and realize the value of natural treasures which we are endowed with.

Make your trip safe and easy

For a tension-free and enjoyable tour, one needs to stay away momentarily from all responsibilities of work. It is also important to leave your homes in safe hands while you go away to enjoy. Hence, these travel tips:

1. If you are leaving for a long tour, then ensure the safety of your home and property. The slightest worry about home and office can ruin the whole fun.

2. It is essential to forget the work schedules for the time being. Realize that this is your well-deserved break and live it to the fullest.

3. Plan your vacation trip beforehand. A well sorted-out plan is required to make the trip easy.

4. Be aware of the summer-heat. Carry with your sunscreens, sunglasses, and water, at all times. The heat burns can ruin your trip.

5. Book your accommodation beforehand.

6.The Indian railway has introduced special trains for IRCTC. Make use of this facility.

7. Travel agencies and flight companies put forward numerous packages at different rates. Be wise to choose the one that suits your need and budget. Be careful not to get bluffed by fraud packages.

8. For maximum discounts on Economy class flight tickets, book them a few weeks before.

9. If planning to visit foreign countries, make sure you are ready with the passports and other formalities.

10. Be extremely careful about the health of your family members, especially children and the aged.

Happy Journey!


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