The coronavirus pandemic has completely changed the way we plan our trips. Now, the focus has increased on finding calm, isolated destinations that satisfy both our wanderlust and our safety sense! With travel now opening up gradually, there are many mesmerizing destinations within India that are all set to allure travelers with a much-needed staycation while maintaining hygiene and safety standards.
As per the latest updates, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Goa have completely opened their borders and are all set to welcome tourists yet again. Meanwhile, popular tourist haunts such as Nilgiris, Kodaikanal, Ooty, and Yercaud in Tamil Nadu and Coorg and Chikmagalur in Karnataka are also ready to welcome tourists with minimal restrictions. Therefore, we advise our travelers to check the latest state-wise guidelines before planning their trip.
So, without any further ado, let us tell you about all the mesmerizing and isolated destinations in India that you can visit for a safe and hygienic stay during the pandemic:
1. Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
Dharamshala, along with the neighboring town of Mcleodganj, is known as the ‘Mini Tibet’ of India. It is the seat of peace and serenity and the center of Buddhist culture in India. Tourists can find a multitude of monasteries, delicious Tibetan food, and a calm atmosphere.
Nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas, Dharamshala offers stunning views of the snow-capped Dhauladhar mountain range through the Triund trek. Travelers must also visit the nearby Bhagsunath temple and Bhagsu waterfalls. For those looking for a budget-friendly and quick getaway from Delhi, Dharamshala must be the first on the list!
2. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
The Queen of the Hills has a charm like no other. It is often said that Mussoorie has a pull that makes travelers visit the city again and again. Flanked by thick Deodar trees, Mussoorie is perfect for travelers looking for a quiet and ‘do-nothing’ vacation.
Coupled with the nearby Landour cantonment, travelers can look forward to long evening walks in nature accompanied by furry mountain dogs, friendly locals, and delicious food. For those looking for a bit of adventure, there are numerous treks in the city like Pari Tibba, Gun Hill, Everest Hill, Benog Hill, etc.
For those who prefer beaches over mountains, Goa is THE ultimate destination. Goa has opened its borders for tourism and travelers can ditch North Goa for the quieter and more isolated beaches of South Goa, complete with black sand, calm shores, and a laid-back, hippie vibe.
For those looking for a road adventure, the road from Mumbai to Goa is flanked with small creeks, lush greenery, and many waterfalls. So if road tripping is on your mind, then prepare for this adventure by booking your Delhi to Mumbai flights on ixigo and even save up to Rs.1500 on your flight booking!
4. Coorg, Karnataka
Whether you are a foodie, in search of adventure or seeking tranquility, this is one destination that will not disappoint you! Often called the Scotland of India, Coorg is a misty land of hills and streams.
Mesmerizing mountains, cascading waterfalls, and abundant flora and fauna make it the perfect destination. Coorg is a traveler’s favorite for a quick weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life.
5. Wayanad, Kerala
If you are looking for an escape from the scorching sun, then head to Wayanad, or really anywhere in God’s Own Country. Not only does it enjoy year-round soothing temperature, but is also home to verdant woods, mist-laden mountains, and rolling plantations.
A hub for hiking, rock climbing, trekking, and camping, Wayanad is also blessed with abundant wildlife, making it a splendid isolated getaway during the pandemic. This one is a must for all travelers who love rainy weather!
6. Chikmagalur, Karnataka
One of the most famous holiday destinations for trekking and nature enthusiasts, Chikmagalur is situated at an elevation of 3400 feet, covered with splendid tea and coffee plantations.
The birthplace of coffee plantations in India, it is also home to numerous temples and cascading waterfalls. It is a serene weekend getaway in the lap of nature that will leave you rejuvenated!
7. Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Ooty can be very well summarized as India’s very own Switzerland. Situated at an elevation of 2240 meters, it is not only blessed with charming eucalyptus trees and misty clouds but also is home to gently-rippling crystal-clear lakes.
When in Ooty, travelers must visit Ooty Lakes, Doddabetta Peak, Nilgiri Mountain Railway, and Sim’s Park. Travelers from outside the state of Tamil Nadu can easily apply for an e-pass to visit Ooty and enjoy a safe and isolated vacation.
8. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
The ‘Princess of Hill Stations’ is blessed with cascading waterfalls, crystal-clear lakes, and rolling hills. Take a stroll through the verdant forests surrounding the town, go trekking, or simply sit back and watch the misty hills while enjoying the famous homemade chocolates. Time slows down for good while bicycling around Kodaikanal Lake!
The gradual opening up of these destinations has proved that nothing can truly keep us, travelers, away from exploring and going on adventures. These secluded locations have been enticing travelers for a long time, but with COVID, these pristine destinations are more valuable than ever.
Dear traveler, what are you waiting for? Plan your trip to any of these magical destinations today and don’t forget to be safe and practice all COVID-19 precautions. Happy traveling!