5 Top Summer Destinations in India

summer destinations in india

Published Date: April 26, 2023

True that India is endowed with magnificent mountain ranges and endless coastal lines. Though it has more than seven thousand five hundred kilometers of coastal shores, its snow-clad mountains become the pick of the lot when it comes to summer. 

The great Himalayas and the Pir Panjal range cover most of the northern part of India. And the elongated eastern & western ghats cover most of the southern part of India. This mountain ranges houses numerous beautiful places to visit in India in summer

Accordingly, let’s explore what the five top summer destinations in India are!

Five Popular Summer Destinations in India

  1. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
  2. Wayanad, Kerala
  3. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
  4. Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu
  5. Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir

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Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

Once called the British summer capital, this beautiful place lies ~7000 feet above sea level in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. This place embraces a part of the Himalayas and Doon Valley. There are many spectacular viewpoints and attractions here. You can enjoy a year-round cool climate and hence called the “Queen of Hills” and “Best of the summer vacation places in India.”

Also, you can explore the best colonial architecture and a wide variety of eateries. 

Things to do: Zip Lining & Sky Walking

Places to visit: The Mall Road, Kempty Falls, Lake Mist & Gun Hill 

Wayanad, Kerala

Indeed, one of the great choices for spending your summer holidays in India, perhaps in South India. This place in Kerala is a complete holiday package wherein you can relax at comfy stays, explore lush green plantations, and relish south Indian cuisine. What else do you need for your summer vacation?  

Owing to its rich wildlife biodiversity, Wayanad plays an integral part in the Nilgiri biosphere reserve. Try spotting elephants, leopards, and bears.

 Things to do: Animal spotting at Wayanad wildlife sanctuary 

Places to visit: Soochipara waterfalls, Chembra Peak, Edakkal caves & Sagar Dam.

Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Besides Mussoorie, Shimla was also the British’s summer capital once upon a time. This place is among the newly married couples as they choose this for their honeymoon. This place stands on both the list of summer destinations in India and winter tourist places. Because it has the most beautiful landscapes, snow-bound hill stations (Kufri), and countless restaurants.  

Things to do: Kalka-Shimla train travel, Walking through Chail cricket ground & discovering the heritage facts/ architectural beauty. 

Places to visit: The Mall Road, Jakhu Hill, Annandale & Hanuman Temple.

Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu

Popularly called the Udhagamandalam hill station, this place is an absolute treat for your summer holidays. Yes, it has everything including waterfalls, lakes, gardens, viewpoints, plantations, cafes, etc. The toy train ride is something that’s most famous as you can admire in and out of serene Nilgiris hills. Thus, ranking in the list of top tourist places in India for summer!    

Things to do: Witnessing the sunrise at Doddabetta Peak & a 360-degree panoramic view of Nilgiris   

Places to visit: Pykara Lake, Dolphin’s Nose, Emerald Lake, Botanical Garden & Rose Garden. 

Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir

If you’re an adventure seeker, then Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir is the best place. You cannot miss this destination when looking for must visit places in India in summer. Because it lies on the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas, which has snow almost throughout the year. The vivid landscapes and stunning valleys never fail to grab your attention. 

One of the best things to do in India in summer is the Gondola ride here at Gulmarg. This ride in this lovely spot is the second-longest & -highest in the world.

 Things to do: Skiing, Trekking, Snowboarding & Mountaineering.

Places to visit: Gondola, Alpather Lake, Apharwat Peak, Drung Waterfall & Kongdori.


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FAQs About the Best Places For Summer Holidays in India

1) What are the best places to visit in India during summer with friends?

Shimla, Darjeeling, Srinagar, Shillong, Majuli, Coorg, Yercaud, Coonoor, Kodaikanal, Wayanad, etc.

2) What are the best destinations in India in summer to experience snow?

Many places in Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, and Jammu & Kashmir will have snow in summer in India. 

3) Which city is cool in summer in India?

Coorg, Manali, Darjeeling, Auli, and Ooty are some of the top places to visit in summer in India to experience a cool climate. 

If you are someone who is interested in finding the best summer destinations in India, then consult with Starline Travels, the leading tour company