It is scientifically recognised that water has a calming effect on the human psyche. Doctors of yore prescribed a vacation by the oceanfront as a remedy from exhaustion and stress. Today society is built on professions which are target-oriented and is one of the leading causes of chronic stress. There are a number of waterfront destinations in India and through this space we hope that you are able to zoom in on an idyllic water destination for you to recover in. Goa is what comes to most people's mind when you hear 'waterfront in India' and the city lives up to its reputation as the top waterfront destination in India. Goa is home to numerous beaches which have a reputation of being the party hot-spot in India. The beaches in Daman and Diu are similar to the beaches in Goa, in that the white sands, colonial architecture and a number of catholic churches as heritage sites. Daman and Diu also boasts of water themed parks which provide wholesome entertainment for the entire family. Apart from these beaches, beaches in Pondicherry, Covelong in Chennai, Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu and the pristine beaches of the Andaman Islands and Lakshwadeep are must visit for anyone who is partial to the sea.
Kerala is home to many waterfront resorts in India. Vembanad Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia and houses a number of waterfront properties. Kumarakom Lake resorts is one such resort situated on the picturesque shores of Vembanad Lake. Tranquil, unperturbed and if you are an amateur birder, you will enjoy your stay on this particular property. The World Backwaters, Thanneermukkom, Alleppey is another pacific waterfront property situated on the shore of the Vembanad Lake. You can enjoy lake-view accommodations, cruise on the lake, complete body massage which Kerala is renowned for, and poolside meals. If you time your visit around Onam, you will get to witness the famous Snake-boat Race for which Kerala is very famous. Wayanad, Kerala is home to BanaSura Sagar dam which is the largest earth dam in the Asia. The Sharoy resorts overlooking the reservoir offers trekking, wildlife safari, rafting, fishing and bird watching to name a few activities that will reconnect you to nature and help you relax in the best way possible.
Rajasthan is probably the last place that will come to your mind when you think about waterfront properties. Udaipur on the shore of Pichola makes a stunning getaway for you relax in. The white marbled palaces set on the banks of the glistening waters of the lake. You can spend your day going on treks to with local tribal guides, local heritage walks and sunset boat cruise on the lake. You can stay at the palace floating on the lake, should you chose to be a guest at the Taj Lake Palace, and see how for yourself what it is to live life king style. For the budget conscious, there are several other accommodation option available which are easy on your purse strings.
For the adventure seekers, Bheemeshwari, located 100 kilometres from Bangalore, on the banks of River Cauvery is your perfect getaway. Some of the activities you can participate are Zip-lining, rafting, trekking, rappelling and kayaking. Another popular waterfront destination is Hogenekkal Falls located in Tamil Nadu on the river Cauvery. Some of the activities at Hogenekkal include boating can also visit the Mettur Dam and Melagiri Hills which are home to some rare species of birds like the Egyptian vulture and honey buzzard. Raichak, situated 50 kilometres from Kolkata, on the banks of River Hoogly is yet another waterfront destination that should not be missed. For those you who prefer a quick weekend getaway, for quick of rejuvenation in the cradle of Mother Nature, Raichak is a definite option to be explored.
For those of you with a fondness for the cold, you can plan a trip to Dal Lake in Srinagar. Accommodations with a view of the lake are readily available with the tariff varying from the upscale to the affordable. You can enjoy rides on houseboats, swim in the crystal clear water of the lake and hire a shikara to view the Mughal gardens.