India is dotted with a plethora of beautiful destinations around its terrain where many from far and near come to visit. With gems such as Lakshadweep, Kotagiri, Khajjiar and more, India is a magical country that invites you to indulge in its experiences. What more you may ask? Read our article on travel destinations worth visiting in India to know more.
Located in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, this place is a must-visit for those with a love for mythology and adventure alike.
According to legend, Ravana received the Atma Linga, which gave the gods great power from Lord Shiva and planned to bring it to Lanka. However, Lord Shiva put a condition that if Ravana were to place the Linga anywhere, it’ll be immovable. Fearing that Ravana would get too powerful with it, Lord Vishnu and Lord Ganesha tricked Ravana into placing the Linga at Gokarna. Realizing that he’d been fooled, an enraged Ravana tried to uproot and destroy the Linga and in the process, one piece fell at the location that would become Murudeshwar.
When in Murudeshwar, you’ll be humbled by the massive architectural marvels. Right beside the Arabian Sea are the 240-feet tall Rajagopuram with its intricate carvings and the most popular attraction of Murudeshwar: a 121-feet tall statue of Lord Shiva. Make sure that you visit the Murudeshwara Temple just beside them too.
Apart from temples, Murudeshwar has a picturesque beach too, where you can have a leisurely stroll and feel the salty breeze whip through your hair. If you’re looking for something more, try your hand at snorkeling and go on boat rides too.
Nearest Airport: Mangalore International Airport (about 161 km away)
Nearest Railway Station: Murudeshwar (about 3 km away)
Road: Murudeshwar is well connected to major cities including Udupi, Karwar, and Shimoga
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Why go to the Maldives when we have our very own Lakshadweep? This archipelago, with its pristine beaches and surrounded by azure waters is everything that tickles the wildest fantasies of a thalassophile.
While the name translates to ‘one lakh islands’, Lakshadweep has only 36 of them, of which 10 are inhabited and you can visit only 5 of them. Being a tropical destination in its truest sense, you can laze around the beach in Kavaratti. The adventurous souls can go scuba diving, which is the main attraction of the Agatti and Bangaram Islands.
Among the best places to travel in India, Lakshadweep is the only place in the country where you can see coral reefs. They’re a threatened species, so make sure that you don’t touch them or bring them home as a souvenir unless you want to get in trouble with the law.
Nearest Airport: Agatti Airport, Agatti Island
Traveling to Lakshadweep: As Lakshadweep isn’t connected by rail or road, you’ll have to board a cruise ship from Kochi
Northeast India is breathtakingly beautiful but remains painfully unexplored. So make sure that this is one of the places you visit.
Mouling National Park in Arunachal Pradesh is for the wildlife traveler who ventures into trails rarely taken. You’ll be isolated here, from humans that is. This wilderness is said to have been explored so little that it’s believed that there are many plant and animal species here that are yet to be discovered.
You’ll be surprised by the natural and climatic diversity of Mouling National Park. It’s a biodiversity hotspot, thanks to its unique location. Go to the higher altitudes, you’ll be amidst a coniferous forest that experiences snowfall. If you decide to explore the lower altitudes, you’ll be in a humid tropical rainforest that has many waterfalls! Whether you love the tropics or the cold, you have them both here at Mouling National Park.
Patience is a prerequisite for a wildlife traveler. With that and a bit of luck, you may spot the elusive Bengal tigers or clouded leopards. Up on the trees and in the sky, look out for the hornbill or the Sclater’s monal. You can also meet with the Adi tribe here and for an added dose of adventure, cross the cane-and-bamboo bridges they’ve built across the treacherous Brahmaputra River.
Nearest Airport: Pasighat Airport, Pasighat (about 150 km away)
Nearest Railway Station: Murkongselek (about 180 km away)
Road: The nearest major city is Guwahati. From there you go to Pasighat and then you reach Yinkiong and then enter Mouling National Park.
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For those looking for romantic places to travel in India in 2022, set your sights on Kausani, a picturesque town in Himachal Pradesh. Just one glimpse of the verdant meadow and soul-soothing hills in the background, and you’ll realize why this place earned the nickname of ‘The Switzerland of India’.
This town is at an altitude of 1,951 meters above sea level, and the alpine climate of Khajjiar makes it pleasant all year round. But it’s in the summers when Khajjiar lights up. The deodar forests and the meadow that they encircle take on the prettiest hues and shades of green. And what you’ll not miss is the Khajjiar Lake, right in the middle of the meadow.
There isn’t much to do in Khajjiar. It’s a picnic spot that’s on the route between the popular hill stations of Dalhousie and Chamba. But all the same, the beauty of Khajjiar is sure to draw you towards it.
Nearest Airport: Kangra Airport, Gaggal (about 117 km away)
Nearest Railway Station: Pathankot Junction (about 96 km away)
Road: Khajjiar is well connected by road with Dalhousie and Chamba, which in turn are linked to major cities
Also read: 8 Best Places To Visit In Khajjiar
Surely you’ve heard of Ooty, but just 30 km away from it is the hill station of Kotagiri. As this town has been away from the tourist radar, Kotagiri has been saved from the vices of commercialization. This has the obvious downside of having fewer things to do, but for those seeking an isolated holiday, it’s a blessing.
The weather here is pleasantly cool all year round, thanks to its elevation of 1,800 meters and the fact that it’s surrounded by the Nilgiri Mountains. A tea lover would totally fall for Kotagiri, thanks to the many tea plantations here.
Kotagiri is a trekker’s paradise too, as you can traverse your way through the forests to the Catherine Falls, and along the way, you’ll get great views of the Nilgiris. If overnight camping is on your bucket list, you can do so at the Rangaswamy Peak. But you’ll have to get a permit for the same. If you’re in Kotagiri on a leisurely vacation, just stroll along the tea plantations or visit the Kodanad View Point.
Nearest Airport: Coimbatore International Airport
Nearest Railway Station: Coimbatore Junction
Road: Kotagiri is well connected with major cities including Ooty, Coimbatore, and Erode
How Can I Get Lakshadweep Permit?
You can choose to go to Lakshadweep either by ship or flight from Kochi. Whether you’re a citizen of India or not, you are obliged to apply for a permit from the office of the Competent Authority Secretary to the Administrator, UT of Lakshadweep, in Kochi. For citizens, all they have to provide are name, address, date and place of birth.
Why Khajjiar Is Called Mini Switzerland?
Willy Blazer, the former Vice Chancellor of Switzerland, noticed the striking resemblance of Khajjiar with his home country and called it ‘Mini Switzerland’.
How Many National Parks Are In Arunachal Pradesh?
Namdapha and Mouling are the two national parks in Arunachal Pradesh. In addition to these, this northeastern state also has one orchid and eight wildlife sanctuaries.
Who Built Murudeshwar Temple Karnataka?
The Murudeshwar Temple in Karnataka was built under the patronage of the late Rama Nagappa Shetty, a prominent entrepreneur and philanthropist.
Is Kotagiri Better Than Ooty?
Kotagiri being a less commercialized destination than Ooty, has fewer things to do and fewer amenities to take advantage of. But on the other hand, it’s quieter than Ooty, so you’ll have a more peaceful holiday. Depending on what you’re looking for, you could choose either!
How Far Is Coorg From Ooty?
Coorg is around 239 km from Ooty by road.
Do People In Arunachal Pradesh Speak Hindi?
Yes, many people in Arunachal Pradesh speak Hindi.