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Best Places to Visit in May in India

May is the hottest month of the year, especially in some parts of India. In the month of May, people usually do not like to step out from their house due to extreme heat. After examinations, educational institutions & schools get closed for summer vacation. So, May is the perfect month to visit a hill station or cooler parts of India to chill out. Tourists used to plan their trips for hill stations to visit in the month of May. So in case you are thinking of giving yourself some respite from the scorching sun, we bring to you a list of hill stations that are among the top places to visit in the month of May in India. 

1. Ooty – Switzerland of India

Ooty is a 36-square-kilometre town in Tamil Nadu, located north of Coimbatore. It is the administrative centre of the Nilgiris district. Ooty lies tucked away in the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu surrounded by the four alluring Nilgiri hills. Ooty is nature’s beauty at its best when it’s lazy and misty.  A hilly haven enveloped by verdant green forests, expansive tea estates, glittering lakes and pretty gardens, Ooty has everything that makes for a desirable Holiday destination. Founded as a British Raj summer resort, it is also known as the ‘Mini Switzerland’ in India. Ooty beautifully harbours the residual feel of the colonial past. A perfect place where you can spend your month of May with your family. Ooty's civilization also shows the colonial period's considerable impact, as seen by its Christian population. The British influence may be seen in the form of British mansions with corrugated iron roofs and broad verandahs. The Hindu Temples here reflect the story of the land's rich Dravidian heritage and architectural magnificence. Its historical ties are revealed by these temples with intricate carvings and steep staircases. The picture perfect sightseeing of Ooty will let you capture amazing photographs and give you long-lasting memories. Rich greenery, grassy slopes, tall trees of Eucalyptus & misty clouds make the perfect scene for nature lovers. 

Places to Visit in Ooty

Ooty lake, Botanical garden, Deer park, Ketti Valley, Catherine waterfalls, Doddabetta peak, Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Wenlock Downs, Pine forest, emerald Lake

How to Reach Ooty

Ooty is served by Coimbatore domestic airport, about 88 KM away. Many cities are connected by air with Coimbatore, you can fly from Delhi to Coimbatore, Mumbai to Coimbatore, Chandigarh to Coimbatore, Hyderabad to Coimbatore are available.      

2. Mount Abu - Oasis of Rajasthan

Mount Abu is a well-known town located in Rajasthan's Sirohi district. It is the lone hill station in Rajasthan and serves as the state's summer capital. In a state which is otherwise scorching with heat, this place provides relief from the blistering summer and is known as Rajasthan's oasis. Surrounded by the Aravalli range's verdant green slopes, Mount makes for a wonderful destination and an ideal place for honeymooners. The 'hill of knowledge' is another name for this peak. Mount Abu is the tallest mountain in the Aravali range of Rajasthan, as well as north-west India, with an average height of 1,219 metres. Mount Abu looks to be no less than a wonder in this desert state, with a vivid blend of primitive dwellings of tribal people along with opulent residences including British-style bungalows and royal holiday hotels. This location, which is covered in large expanses of verdant woods, tranquil lakes, and cascading waterfalls, showcases magnificent sights all year. Mount Abu is well-known not only for its scenic splendour, but it is also a religiously significant site for Jains. Mount Abu's structural architectural wonders, among other locations to see, have drawn history fans and architecture aficionados from all over the world.

Places to Visit in Mount Abu

Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Peace Park, Sunset point, Guru Shikhar Peak, Nakki Lake, Dilwara Jain Temple

How to Reach Mount Abu

Udaipur airport is the nearest airport. The distance between Udaipur Airport (UDR) and Mount Abu is 119 km. Various cities are connected to Udaipur by flight. Delhi to Udaipur, Mumbai to Udaipur, Jaipur to Udaipur, Chandigarh to Udaipur are some of them.

3. Kodaikanal - Princess of Hill Stations

Kodaikanal is a hill station based in Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu, The town literally translates into ‘The Gift of the forest’ in Tamil. Known as the "Princess of Hill Stations’, Kodaikanal has a rich history as a tourist attraction and getaway. Prepare yourself to be soaked in the freshness of tingling mountain breeze, refreshing luscious greens, sparkling lakes and wonderful valleys as soon as you reach Kodaikanal. Kodaikanal is at a height of 7200 feet above sea level, tucked within the Palani Hills' undulating hills, and if you visit this hill station, you'll see that it's all you had expected it to be om the stresses of city life, and this hill station allows you to relax and reconnect with nature by going on bike or hiking routes or taking a stroll through the town's enormous woods. You can even take a hiking or cycling route past the forest greens with clouds brushing past your cheeks. This hill station offers quite cheap food and lodging options too.

Places to Visit in Kodaikanal

Coakers Walk, Mannavanur Lake, Kodaikanal Lake, Berijam Lake, Pine Forest, Poombarai Village, Dolphin's Nose, Thalaiyar Falls.

How to Reach Kodaikanal

The Closest airport to Kodaikanal is Madurai, which is about 120 kilometres away.
Flights are available from Delhi to Madurai, Kolkata to Madurai, Mumbai to Madurai, Hyderabad to Madurai, Chandigarh to Madurai.

4. Gangtok - Enormous Kanchenjunga

During the month of May, the weather in Gangtok is quite pleasant as opposed to scorching heat in some parts of the country. During the season, the temperature ranges from 18 to 25 degrees Celsius. If you want to avoid the heat and see the natural beauty in full bloom, May is the perfect time to visit Gangtok. Gangtok is the heart of Sikkim's tourism sector, nestled between the Himalayan peaks and surrounded by a year-round soft peaceful climate. These lesser-known outskirts, which are home to a diverse range of languages and thriving festivals, are where the country's soul may be discovered. Gangtok is a living and energetic slice of northeastern heaven, with just the perfect mix of everything from a fusion of cultural traits to urbanization. The spell binding Mount Kanchenjunga, the world's third tallest mountain peak, is seen from here. Gangtok is rich in natural beauty and offers a variety of natural attractions.

Places to visit in Gangtok

Interesting tourist attractions in Gangtok are Tsomgo Lake, Ban Jhakri falls, Tashi viewpoint and other places to visit include many famous religious sites such as the Enchey Monastery, Ganesh Tok, Do Drul Chorten Rumtek Monastery

How to Reach Gangtok

The nearest airport is located in Pakyong town about 31 km south of Gangtok. Flights like Delhi to Pakyong, Mumbai to Pakyong, Chandigarh to Pakyong are available.

5. Shillong - Scotland of the East

Shillong is one cool and beautiful hill town that you can visit in the month of May to get some respite from the heat. Closely resembling the beauty of Scotland, this dreamy hill town of Meghalaya, is the pride of the North East. The place is known to be the perfect blend of exotic nature, music, culture. Newlyweds love to keep this as a honeymoon spot because of the serenity and solitude it offers along with the soft buzz of the city life. Cuddled in the middle of coniferous pine trees and pineapple bushes, the rising and falling topography of Shillong can make anyone fall in love with the place. The Shillong Peak offers the highest point from where you can see the rest of the surrounding greens, the Ward’s lake makes you slip into the delight of leisure as you boat around the area. It gets its name from the Shillong Peak's Lei Shyllong, a deity revered there. This hill station, which stands at 1496 metres, is recognized for its weather, attractive settings, and customs. Bir Billing

Places to Visit in Shillong

Don Bosco Museum, Police Bazar, Shillong Peak, Elephanta Caves, Ward’s lake Lady Hydari Park

How to Reach Shillong

Cheap flight tickets are available to Guwahati International Airport which is
Closest to Shillong at a distance of 100 kms.  Mumbai to Guwahati, Delhi to Guwahati, Chandigarh to GuwahatiHyderabad to Guwahati.

6. Mahabaleshwar – The land of Strawberry Fields

Nestled amidst the rocky Sahyadri range of the Western ghats, this pretty hill station is a romantic locale especially for honeymooners. When Mumbaikars need a weekend break this place is one of the best. Misty mountains, gushing waterfalls, rolling greens, pristine rivers all put together define Mahabaleshwar. If you wish to capture a stunning 360 degrees view of the valley at head height, then visiting Elephant’s point is a must-go. The rock uniquely forms the shape of an elephant's head which makes you marvel at the natural miracle of nature. Apart from this you need to experience boating in Venna Lake, The Sunrise in Wilson Point and The sunset point. Another sweet attraction of Mahabaleshwar is the offerings of numerous strawberry farms as it accounts for almost 80 percent of the entire strawberry produced in India. Picking and tasting the juiciest strawberries in Strawberry fields, relishing fresh shakes and ice creams made from them is the most thrilling thing to do. You can also carry some delicious jam bottles home.

Places to Visit in Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar Temple, Arthur Seat, Elephants Head Point, Venna Lake, LodwickPoint, Rajpuri Caves and Pratapgad.

How to Reach Mahabaleshwar

You can book a flight to the closest Pune Airport, which is approx 130 kms from Mahabaleshwar. Flights are available from Mumbai to Pune, Delhi to Pune, Chandigarh to Pune, Hyderabad to Pune. You can hire a taxi from there or take an auto to reach the nearest bus stand to commute from there

7. Chikmagalur - Majestic Western Ghats

Chikmagalur is an attractive hill station in Karnataka and a perfect summer retreat. that epitomizes greenery and peaceful surroundings with its lush natural beauty. It allows everyone to escape from the city, raucous noises and disturbing environment with the most refreshing Chikmagalur tourist sites. This humble town is surrounded by the majestic Western Ghats with sightseeing and hiking being its main attractions for the tourists. The dense vegetation has a plethora of beautiful sights to offer each of its guests, allowing them to experience nature, unmatchable splendour. Additionally, the ethnic cuisine and native communities make the place even more interesting. The numerous hills positioned at significant heights provide spectacular views of the magnificent landscape. A family planning a summer vacation in the hills, a writer in search of solitude, friends looking to have some fun against the background of the towering trees, Chikmagalur is perfect for all of them. Chikmagalur tourism spots are highly recognized among individual and group tourists worldwide due to ample room for a variety of adventure activities.

Places to Visit Chikmagalur

Mullayanagiri, Hebbe Falls, Jhari Waterfalls, Sringeri Mutt, Z Point, Baba Budangiri, Hirekolale Lake

How to Reach Chikmagalur

The nearest airport to Chikmagalur is Mangalore Airport,(113 kilometres) away. You can book cheap flights from Chennai to Mangalore, Kolkata to Mangalore, Mumbai to Mangalore and other important Indian cities. From the airport, you may take a pre-paid cab to Chikmagalur.

8. Kausani - The jewel of Uttarakhand

There can’t be a better time to visit Kausani than the month of May. Kausani is the pearl of Uttarakhand, with deep green valleys, abundant pine tree forests, undulating hills, and unsurpassed tranquillity. Located on a ridge at a height of roughly 18,90 m, Kausani provides unobstructed views of the mountain peaks and the open sky beyond. Its breathtaking 300-kilometer-wide Himalayan backdrop, includes the snow-capped peaks of Trishul, Nanda Devi, Nandakot, and Panchachuli. Having a plethora of tourist attractions. Kausani is so lovely that you will be enchanted by it for a long time. Tourists can enjoy various activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, rappelling, trekking, camping, shopping and Birdwatching. For all those who like the charm of small, tranquil places Kausani is a delight. It’s a small village and can be covered within one day.

Places to Visit in Kausani

Anasakti Ashram, Rudradhari falls, Kausani Tea estate, Kausani PlanetariumSumitranandan Pant Gallery, Baijnath Temple. Dandeshwar Temple.

How to Reach Kausani

The closest airport is Pantnagar airport, about 170 km away. Delhi to Pantnagar, Mumbai to Pantnagar, Chandigarh to Pantnagar, Jaipur to Pantnagar flights are available.

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