12 Offbeat Destinations for an Unforgettable Summer Holiday

With summer vacations approaching we all are set to go on holidays. But while the Sun’s out and masks are off, we need to be careful not to go back to our old ways of traveling and hurt the places we love. Let’s travel in a sustainable way this time and help more than hurt a place. Start by picking the offbeat destinations that aren’t crowded; and stay with locals and contribute to the local economy. 

We have curated a list of 12 destinations that offer amazing experiences for a memorable Summer Vacation.

1. Peora, Uttarakhand

If you like the rustic charm of Himalayan villages, this is the place for you. Abound by dense pine forests, this tiny village is nestled amidst the picturesque valley in Kumaon just 10 kms from Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand. Wake up to the melodious chirping birds while the cool mountain breeze tickles you, treat your tummy to healthy pahadi meals, cycle through lush greenery on the secluded trails, pluck fresh fruits and stuff as many as you want in your pockets.

Nearest Airport: Pantnagar (112 kms)
Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam (77 kms)
Stay at: Bakhli Homestay, Peora

2. Ponnamveli, Cherthala, Kerala

If Kerala is on the cards this year, rather than staying in usual destinations, explore Kerala while staying in Ponnemvelli, a quaint little village just 9 kms from Cherthala. It is midway between the great backwaters of Alappuzha and the heritage town of Kochi. It is conveniently located 31 km from Kochi and Kottayam and 21 km from Alappuzha and Kumarakom the Kochi-Alappuzha National Highway. It is therefore a perfect off beat place to stay to explore Kerala.

Nearest Airport: Kochi (54kms)
Stay at: Ponnamvelly Homestay, Cherthala

3. Takdah, West Bengal

How about getting transported to the colonial era this summer? Takdah is a tiny hamlet located in Himalayan foothills in the Teesta Valley, West Bengal. This hidden gem is just about 21 km from Darjeeling. With the Darjeeling hills all around covered in well manicured tea gardens, and the forest trails to follow coupled with these old and heritage bungalows, Takdah is unparalleled in its beauty and provides you an old world charm. 

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra (70km)
Nearest Railway Station: NJP (64km)
Stay at: Ancient Glory Homestay, Takdah

4. Pangot, Uttarakhand

Go beyond Nainital this time. Just about 12 kms from Nainital, this tranquil town is a paradise for nature lovers and bird watchers. The forest is dominated by thick Oak, Pine and Rhododendron and more than 580 species of birds have been recorded in the area. Pleasant weather and mesmerizing views of snow capped mountains makes it an ideal place for a quiet relaxing holiday in the lap of nature. Adventurous activities, mountain biking and trekking can also be done, making it a base.

Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam (52 kms)
Nearest Airport: Pantnagar (86 kms)
Stay at: Pristine Wooden Cottages, Pangot; Birder’s Dream Homestay

5. Munroe Island, Kerala

Ever heard of Munroe Island? Secluded from the outside world even today, Munroe Island is located at the confluence of Ashtamudi lake and the Kallada river in Kerala. With huge mangrove plants and coconut farms along the shores of its lake, Munroe islands can offer you a unique experience. Take a canoe ride through the heart of the region traversing across its narrow canals and backwaters to the vast lake during sunsets or the sunrise.

Nearest Airport: Trivandrum (92kms)
Nearest Railway Station: Munroturuttu
Stay at: Kallada Homestay, Munroe Island

6. Chail, Himachal

If you have Shimla in mind for this Summer Vacation, rather than staying in the crowded hill station and adding on to the weight to its already depleting resources, consider staying at Chail – a small town located on the edge of the Chail sanctuary just around 42 kms from Shimla. Nestled amidst the Shivalik range of Himalayas, this tranquil little hamlet provides one of the best vantage points that you will get in all of Himachal with many unexplored trails around.

Nearby Airports: Jubbarhatti (62 km); Chandigarh (117 km)
Nearest Railway station: Kalka (80 km)
Stay at: Sweet Breeze Homestay, Chail

7. Gokarna, Karnataka

Try something different this year and head to Gokarna instead of Goa. It is a small temple town located on the coast of Karwar in Karnataka just 140 km from Goa. It is famous for its virgin beaches, dense forest cover, mesmerizing waterfalls, and temples. The serene beaches of Gokarna are perfect sites for watersport activities like surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing, and jet skiing.

Nearest Airport: Goa (140 kms)
Nearest Railway Station: Gokarna Road (6 kms from the main town)
Stay at: Euphoria Homestay; Ganesha Homestay

8. Kanatal, Uttarakhand

If walking along undiscovered forest trails, sitting by the mountain stream and chasing butterflies across meadows is your idea of a vacation, Kanatal is the place for you.  Located on Mussoorie – Chamba road in Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand in the serene surroundings of Pine, Oak and Rhododendron forest, this quaint hill station has an expansive view of Himalayas and has rolling green stretches. 

Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun (92kms)
Nearest Railway Stations:Rishikesh (75km)
Stay at: Rising Sun EcoStay, Kanatal

9. Sakleshpur, Karnataka

Located in the foothills of the Western Ghats in Karnataka, Sakleshpur and the surrounding area including Bisle Reserve Forest is one of the 18 most diverse spots in the world in terms of flora and fauna and thus is heaven for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers. It is a picturesque land of meadows, soaring mountains and luscious grassland and is blessed with a huge amount of tea, coffee, cardamom, pepper and areca plantations.

Nearest Airport: Mangalore (130kms)
Nearest Railway Station: Hassan (42 km)
Stay at: The Coffee Manor Homestay, Sakleshpur

10. Rimbik, West Bengal

Resting in the shadows of the majestic Kanchenjunga, Rimbik is a perfect place to stay if you want to go on Sandakphu trek or Singalila National Park trek. Nestled in Singalila National Park, Rimbick is a small village 56 km from Darjeeling. It is perched on a hill above river Rammam flowing from Sikkim to Bengal. It has beautiful landscapes and offers absolute peace and serenity along with mesmerizing sunrise views.

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra (140km)
Nearest Railway Station: NJP (120km)
Stay at: Heaven in the Woods Homestay; Rimbik Homestay

11. Bordi, Maharashtra

Not many know about this hidden jewel that ebbs and flows serenely, about 155 km away from the hustle of the city of Mumbai. Bordi’s prime attraction is the endless stretch of the clean and safe beach ideal for long walks, a quiet read or sketch, introspect or just laze around in the sand. Its vast unbroken horizon plays host to magnificent scenes of the setting sun.

Nearest Airport: Mumbai (155 kms)
Stay at: Bordi Heritage Homestay

12. Valiyaparamba, Kasaragod, Kerala

Spend this summer waking up to a mesmerizing sunrise,  kayaking to the nearby mangrove island, walking along the beach and gorging on delicious seafood. Valiyaparamba is a unique island in Kasaragod with a beautiful unexplored beach on one side and wide backwaters on the other. The island lies in the Arabian Sea under the canopy of coconut trees creating a serene and relaxing ambiance.

Nearest Airport: Mangalore (60kms)
Nearest Railway Stations: Kasaragod 60 km
Stay at: Song of the Sea Homestay, Kasaragod

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