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10 Most Relaxing Holiday Spots in India

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Most holiday hotspots in India are crawling with tourists throughout the year. HolidayIQ Travellers suggest places that are less frequented but are equally fascinating.

1. Lakshadweep

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The island boasts of a water sports institute and a diving school. Bangaram is the only uninhabited island open to tourists. A short distance from Agatti Island, it can be reached by speedboat. Scuba diving, coral formations and a variety of fishes are the main attractions of Bangaram. HolidayIQ Traveller Devashish says, "Lakshadweep, an archipelago like none other. Beautiful, tranquil and calm turquoise waters. Amazing view of Corals and Scuba diving and snorkelling traverses you to a new world, the amazingly beautiful Aquatic life, all simply mesmerising."

2. Varkala

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Varkala is a famous centre for Ayurvedic treatments. Natural therapies and spa treatments have become very popular here. Backwater cruising at the estuarine stretch between Edava and Kappil is another popular activity in Varkala. There are many Varkala holiday packages that focus on similar treatments. HolidayIQ Traveller Urvashi says, "I have visited Varkala in the month of October. It is 60 km away from Trivandrum. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in India. The atmosphere is very cool. Beach is also known as "papa vina sam". Mostly you will find a foreign crowd here. Beach is very beautiful. If you are newly married and bachelor then goes and enjoy."

3. Almora

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Almora is a scenic hill station in the northern state of Uttarakhand.Almora is known for its indigenous handicrafts, local cuisine and its rich culture and tradition. The beauty of the place lies in its uniqueness. Almora, for several decades, has been an important location for shooting Bollywood movies because of its exquisite landscape. HolidayIQ Traveller Himanshu says, "If I talk about experience, it is very good. Have spent less time here but a nice time to spent. A Beautiful and nice place to visit near places are jageshwar, Kasar Devi, Ranikhet have to get more time to spent. If anyone wants to come here have to take more time to spend there."

4. Gangtok

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People flock to Darjeeling as if their lives depend on it and Gangtok, as a result, is left comparatively less crowded. Doesn't change the fact that this place is beautiful and full of life. HolidayIQ Traveller Pradeep says, "Good experience having lots of relaxed time. We found good restaurants. Lovely scenic place to visit. The driver was very good & cooperative with all family members. Taking us to the best location & guided us properly for the best ever safety journey."


5. Wayanad

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Wayanad, which is also known as the ‘green paradise’ lies in between the mountains of the Western Ghats. It is called the ‘green paradise’ because it forms the border of the greener portion of Kerala. HolidayIQ Traveller Suresh says, "Wayanad as a destination is really good. Surrounded by Hills with lush green carpet everywhere. There are a lot good places around. It is a great place visit. Good people and relatively better roads. Overall, a real good place to relax out of regular busy work."

6. Gokarna

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Gokarna is a village in Karnataka, in the district of Uttara Kannada. It’s situated on the coast of Karwar and lies between the rivers Gangavali and Agnashini. HolidayIQ Traveller Naveen says, "Apart from few beaches and a temple there is very little to do. The beaches are also poorly maintained. The bus ride is dreadful as the roads are bumpy (could not sleep despite travelling in AC). Unless you are just planning to lay back with a beer on one of the beaches this place is not for you."

7. Kumarakom

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Kumarakom, the tourism destination of Kerala and an ideal place to experience the backwaters of Kerala, is actually a cluster of islands close to the city of Kottayam. It is situated near the Vembanad Lake, which is Kerala’s largest freshwater lake. HolidayIQ Traveller Vishwajeet says, "Good spot for couples to spend their time. The rates of rented boats are high as compared to other states. Very simple lifestyle of people living around. Love to visit the site one more time. "

8. Jaisalmer

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Jaisalmer is also famous for its folk music and dances which have been widely appreciated around the globe. Among tourist attractions, the Jaisalmer Fort is the most famous one. Built in 1156 by the Bhati Rajput ruler Jaisal, Jaisalmer Fort is situated on Trikuta Hill and had been the scene of many battles. It is inhabited even now and about a quarter of the population of the city live in the fort premises. HolidayIQ Traveller Nitesh says, "Jaisalmer is a beautiful city to visit, people were very helpful and friendly. There are many tourist who visit Jaisalmer. It had a peaceful atmosphere, amazing desert safari and traditional program. Wonderful food and good place for shopping. Very old and famous fort and temples craving was excellent."


9. Mount Abu

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Mount Abu definitely gets an extra advantage as a tourist spot because this is the only single hill station in Rajasthan. Visitors come here from nearby parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat to get away from the summer heat and relax and unwind in the pleasant weather and comfortable climate of the place. The greenery all around adds to the beauty of the hill town. HolidayIQ Traveller Naseem says, "I had been there for three days with my family. I enjoyed each and every day. Summer is a perfect season to visit Mount Abu. Mount Abu is around 25 km from Sirohi railway Station, taxis are available outside the station. We enjoyed places like Nakki Lake, Guru Shikhar peak, Toad Rock, Sunset point, Dilwara Temple etc. I liked boating in Nakki lake, hot air balloon. There is also horse riding near Nakki lake but did not do due to fear. "

10. Pachmarhi

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Renowned as the summer capital of the central provinces during the British regime, Pachmarhi still has remnants of the colonial past. The Victorian churches, bungalows,  and cemeteries render a colonial atmosphere to the town. HolidayIQ Traveller Pankaj says, "Although Pachmarhi is a year-round destination with a pleasant climate the best time to visit Pachmarhi - a beautiful hill station is between October and June. Since the summer temperatures rarely exceed 37 degrees the months of May and June are the peak tourist season in Pachmarhi and one need to get the bookings done well in advance."

The views above are collated from opinions expressed by travellers on www.holidayiq.com

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