4 Summer Holiday Destinations For 2021

4 Of The Best Summer Holiday Destinations In India For 2021

It’s been a year of being confined to our homes and being made to miss out on even the simple weekend excursions and one-day trips. But now the summer months are rolling up, and with them come the urge to get away from the madness that this year has been. For some, it’s the beaches that are calling, while others find their solace in the hills. Nothing changes the fact that staying home is the safest thing to possibly do. But if you’re looking to take a trip during Covid, make sure you do it right.

Traveling To North East During Covid, 4 Summer Holiday Destinations For 2021

We’ve drawn up some summer holiday destinations for 2021; these aren’t the first choice that come to mind, but it is this seclusion that will keep you safe from crowds of tourists and enable you to have a safe, socially-distanced holiday.

Nagarhole National Park & Tiger Reserve, Karnataka

The summer is when tourists flock to Ranthambore National Park, bearing the heat in a bid to glimpse the ever-elusive tigers. But give Ranthambore a skip, and head down south to Karnataka instead. With the second-highest concentration of tigers in India, the Nagarhole Tiger Reserve is one of the best summer holiday destinations for 2021 for nature lovers. The park is named after ‘Naga’, meaning ‘snake’ and ‘hole’, which stands for streams. With the streams snaking its way across the land and through the reserve, the name Nagarhole seems quite apt. Nagarhole was converted into a sanctuary in 1955, and now sprawls across 644 sq kms.

4 Summer Holiday Destinations For 2021

The park was once a hunting reserve for the Wodeyar dynasty, once rulers of the Mysore kingdom. Today, its royalty has taken on another form: that of the magnificent tigers.  October to May is the best time to visit the park, with the tourist numbers dropping slightly post February. Apart from these striped big cats, you can also find a variety of wildlife here, including elephants, crocodiles, bears, leopards, deer, wild boars and several birds. The best way to spot the animals is by going on a safari, and the Forest Department conducts 4 of these each day. 

The first trip will be from 6 am to 7.30 am, the second will be from 7.30 am to 9 am, while the third and fourth trips will be from 2.30 pm to 4 pm and 4 pm to 5.30 pm respectively. The safaris leave from two locations – Nanchhi Gate (Kutta) and Veeranahosalli Gate. As a Covid precaution, the park is only allowing a maximum of 25 tourists per safari. Ensure you get the bookings done in advance. Keep in mind that going on a safari doesn’t mean you’ll definitely spot a tiger, since they are notoriously elusive.

How To Reach Nagarhole National Park

The Mysore Airport is the nearest airport to the Nagarhole National Park, around 94 kms away. Mysuru Junction is also the closest railway station; taxis are easily available from both these locations. The park is also easily accessible by road, and can be reached from cities like Mysore, Bangalore and Madikeri.

Covid Regulations For Karnataka

Karnataka currently does not have any mandatory testing or quarantine requirement for domestic tourists from other states. All tourists will be screened for symptoms upon arrival, and only those who exhibit Covid symptoms will be isolated and tested for the virus. The Apthamitra helpline @ 14410 should be used in case you exhibit symptoms.

Also read: 5 National Parks In South India To Visit During Covid

Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

One of the three gems in the Nilgiri crown, Coonoor is a mere 20 kms from Ooty, and yet is often overlooked. The beauty of heading to Coonoor is that you get to experience the same things that Ooty has to offer, without having to dodge other tourists. Even within Coonoor, we recommend sticking to Upper Coonoor, which is the uphill stretch of 1 km to 3 km northeast from the town center.

4 Summer Holiday Destinations For 2021

There’s plenty to do in Coonoor: trek through the hills, stroll through the tea estates, and take in the views around every corner. Visit Lamb’s Rock for a picnic and catch a sunset hitting Catherine’s Falls from Dolphin’s Nose. The 12-acre Sim’s Park is a famous attraction; established in 1874, the undulating landscape has well maintained lawns and over 1000 plant species from across different continents.

Some people prefer Coonoor in the winter months, while most others prefer heading here in the summer. But coupling up the reduced travel due to Covid with its seclusion as compared to Ooty, and you should only see a few other tourists here.

How To Reach Coonoor

Coimbatore has the nearest airport to Coonoor, around 2 hours away. A taxi ride from here to Coonoor will take you around 2 hours. Three pairs of Fully Reserved Special Trains from the Nilgiri Mountain Route run daily from Coonoor to Ooty, and you can also take a train to Coimbatore and head here from there. There are several buses that reach Coonoor, and you can also drive there; the drive is scenic and gorgeous to behold.

Covid Regulations For Tamil Nadu

No Covid report is mandatory; passengers will be screened for symptoms, and symptomatic passengers will be tested. Passengers will be quarantined for 14 days if they display Covid symptoms.

Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

A small town in Arunachal Pradesh that is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery, that’s Tawang for you. In a bid to reach more popular destinations like Shimla, Mussoorie and Dharamshala, the many little treasures of Northeast India lay hidden. Tawang is one such treasure, though it is steadily losing its offbeat status. The journey to Tawang itself is a gorgeous one; you drive on winding roads surrounded by trees and hills. You can also stop by Jang and Jaswantgarh, from where you can see the Nuranang Waterfalls in all their glory.

 

4 Summer Holiday Destinations For 2021

Tawang itself has plenty to see, the most prominent being the Tawang Monastery which is the largest in India and the second largest in Asia. It is known as the Tawang Ganden Namgyal Lhatse, and was founded in 1680. The monastery is stunning to behold, and the rolling hills that surround it only add to its beauty. There are also several other monasteries dotted around town, each as pretty as the next. Head to the War Memorial that commemorates the lives lost in the Sino-China war, and the Bumla Pass to see the McMahon Line which separates China and India.

4 Summer Holiday Destinations For 2021

Visiting in the summer months means pleasant weather and clear skies. If you happen to feel like there’s too many tourists around, escape the crowds by heading off on trails and hiking through the hills. There’s shady pine groves interspersed with a burst of color from the blooming rhododendrons.

How To Reach Tawang

The nearest airport to Tawang is the Salonibari Airport in Tezpur, Assam, around 317 kms away. You can also fly to the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati, 480 km from Tawang, since it offers better connectivity to the rest of the country. There are helicopter services to take you from Guwahati to Tawang, but their schedule is unreliable and we recommend advanced bookings. The nearest major railway station is the Rangapara Railway Station located in Tezpur, around 314 kms away. You can get a taxi or a bus to Tawang from here.

Note: All tourists are required to obtain the Inner Line Permit to gain entry to Arunachal Pradesh. The ILPs are issued by the Issuing Authorities of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh with offices at Delhi, Kolkata, Tezpur, Guwahati, Shillong, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur and Jorhat. You can also easily apply for it online, but ensure you do so at least 10 days prior to the start of your journey since the ILPs can take upto 5 business days to get approved.

Arunachal Pradesh Covid Guidelines

According to their SOPs released in September, all tourists entering Arunachal Pradesh will be tested for the coronavirus. Those who show symptoms despite testing negative will have to go into institutional quarantine.

Vengurla, Maharashtra

You can’t have a summer holiday without a beach, but let’s just stop you before your thoughts go running off to Goa. Unless overcrowded beaches and the opposite of social distancing is your idea of Covid-safe summer holiday destinations for 2021, take a look at this little destination instead. Located a stone’s throw away from Goa, and yet free from all the crowds that plague it, Vengurla should be on your list for an offbeat beach vacation. 

Vengurla is sheltered by a ring of green hills, and has not one but 5 gorgeous beaches to explore. The waves aren’t too strong or overwhelming either. When you tire of the fine sands and ceaseless waves, explore the tiny town. Don’t underestimate it; this sleepy town has colonial Portuguese architecture that has lasted the years. Take a drive to Fort Tiracol, half an hour from Vengurla. Once a defense fort, this 17th-century structure is now a grand heritage hotel. If you want that luxurious treatment and have the budget to spare, definitely book your accommodation here.

How To Reach Vengurla

Goa’s Dabolim Airport is the nearest airport to Vengurla, while Kudal and Kankavli are the nearest train stations. It is also easily accessible by road, lying at one end of the Vengurla – Belgaum state highway. Catch the NH 66 to reach it.

Covid Regulations For Maharashtra

Passengers flying into the state from Delhi, Rajasthan, Goa and Gujarat have to show an RT-PCR Covid-negative report. Passengers who haven’t taken the test will have to undergo one at the airport. Passengers entering via rail will also have to show a negative report. If the passengers fail to procure one, they will be screened for symptoms. All passengers who display symptoms will have to take an antigen test, and will have to pay for their own treatment at a Covid care if tested positive. People entering by road will be screened as well.

Tips For Taking A Summer Holiday During Covid

  • Ensure you book your stay at a place that follows Covid protocol and regularly sanitizes their property. Call them to discuss their Covid SOP, and only confirm your booking once you’re satisfied.
  • Avoid exchanging currency, and download cashless transaction apps on your phone before you leave for your holiday.
  • Carry spare masks and change them every 10 hours. If you’re using reusable masks, ensure you properly wash it every night.
  • Properly dispose of any garbage in offbeat locations, especially tissues and used disinfectant wipes.
  • Avoid using public transport as much as possible.
  • Constantly stay updated with state travel regulations as these can change overnight.

FAQs For Summer Holiday Destinations For 2021

Where Should I Go In summer 2021?

Heading to destinations that have harsh summers means fewer tourists and better deals, since it is their off season. Ideally avoid any mainstream tourist attractions, and head instead to offbeat locations in summer 2021.

Should I Plan A Vacation For 2021?

This question has no right answer; staying home is the safest thing to do, but travel is certainly being made an option. If you plan a vacation for 2021, abide by all the state travel restrictions and book your accommodations at safe places following Covid protocols.

Is It A Good Time To Book A Vacation?

Summer season sees a hike in tourist numbers since many head out for holidays. As a result, you may find expensive rates and be joined by other travelers. Ideally book a vacation at a location within your state in case interstate travel is suddenly restricted.

Which Is The Coolest Place In India During Summer?

The Himalayas are undoubtedly the coolest destinations in India in the summer, with the higher altitudes seeing snow the year round.

Which Hill Station Is Good For A Summer Holiday?

Hill stations enjoy pleasant weather during the summers, which is why people tend to flock to them to escape the heat. As mentioned, head to hill stations that are offbeat, like Kalimpong (West Bengal), Paderu and Horsley Hills (Andhra Pradesh) and Kanatal (Uttarakhand).

Which Is A Romantic Destination For A Summer Holiday?

Any destination can be romantic if you want it! But that being said, Andaman, Coorg, and the secluded beaches of Vengurla can be romantic destinations for a summer holiday.

Is Kerala Good To Visit For A Summer Holiday?

Temperatures in Kerala in the summer hover around 30-35°C, and can sometimes go as high as 40°C. It is still a good destination for a summer holiday if you stay indoors in the afternoons, and continue to enjoy your holiday the rest of the time. The hill stations continue to enjoy pleasant weather.

How To Stay Safe When Taking A Holiday During Covid?

Ensure you constantly follow Covid rules like wearing a mask, sanitizing and maintaining social distancing. Monitor your health continuously, and look up Covid care centers in your holiday destination in case you contract the virus.

Is Rajasthan Good To Visit For A Summer Holiday?

Rajasthan faces very hot summers, with temperatures crossing 40°C. If you plan on exploring and doing a lot of sightseeing, we do not recommend visiting Rajasthan in the summer.

Which Is The No 1 Tourist Place In India?

Agra is the most visited tourist place in India, with 5.7 million people visiting the Taj Mahal alone in the year 2018.

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