Best Places to Visit in May in India to Beat the Summer Heat (2020 Updated)

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Best Places To Visit in India In May

What if summers weren't there? What if during May, you could sit in your verandah, admiring the sunset, slowing down for a while in your life? What if you could feel a soft cool breeze making its way past you, blowing your hair, refreshing your senses? Well, sorry to burst the bubble, but while you are in your searing city, imagining this wild can be synonymous with lunacy.
But since you're now conditioned for joy even in the slightest of comfort and beauty, thanks to the intolerable heat in the town.

Here is the list of 31 Best Places to Visit in May in India to Beat the Summer Heat (2020 Updated)

1. Manali, Himachal Pradesh - The infamous Rohtang Pass opens up in May!

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Known For : Solang Valley Rohtang Pass Adventure Activities in Manali

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Already visited by most of us, Manali one of the best places to visit May in India. Forever charming, this place never fails to make you go awestruck. The infamous Rohtang Pass also opens up during this time. The Beas Kund Trek, Hadimba Temple, Vashisht Baths, Hampta Pass Trek, Van Vihar, and the Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art are some places that you should not miss if you are planning a trip during the month of May.

Best Time: October to June

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2. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh - Celebrate the colourful Moatsu Festival

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Known For : Sela Pass Tawang Monastery Madhuri Lake

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Situated at a height of 10000 feet, Tawang's beauty reaches out to your soul. With Tibet to its northern side, Sela range of West Kameng to the east, and Bhutan to the southwest, Tawang is beautifully located. Moatsu, a festival celebrated during the month of May should not be missed if you are keen on getting to know a little bit more about the culture and traditions of Tawang. The festival is held for three days and celebrates the end of the sowing period for crops. It is one of the best places to visit in May in India due to the wide range of activities that open up.
When:First week of May each year

Best Time: September to March

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3. Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh

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Known For : River Crossing Serlosar Lake

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This place is a plethora of delights. A paradise for nature lovers, Tirthan Valley is located nearly 3 kms from the entrance of Great Himalayan National Park. Adventurous activities are in abundance, something you expect from Himachal now. Famous for trout fishing and surprisingly high influx of foreigners, it is one of the best places to visit in May in India.

Best Time: Mar to June, October to November

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4. Gangtok - Dzongu, Sikkim - Witness the most important Sikkim festival, The Saga Dawa festival

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Known For : Nathula Pass MG Road, Gangtok Rumtek Monastery

Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, has a lot of places to visit in May in India that make you go wow. Nathula Pass, Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir and Changu Lake are simply wonders. These places are a little away from and a lot higher than Gangtok, but each moment of this trip will be worth it. The Saga Dawa festival is one of the most important festivals for the people of Sikkim which celebrated in May. The festival is celebrated with much enthusiasm in the capital city of Gangtok. Festivity occurs across Gangtok in the form of processions, prayers, and extending alms to the needy. The customs and rituals, carried out in remembrance of the Buddha, are said to bear fruits for the observers in the future.
When:29th May, 2019

Best Time: Throughout the year

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5. Ooty, Tamil Nadu - Queen of the Nilgiris

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Known For : Nilgiri Mountain Railway Ooty Lake Emerald Lake, Ooty

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Ooty, the queen of hill stations and the capital of Nilgiris district, is one of the most popular tourist destination, especially as a honeymoon destination. Coffee and tea plantations, numerous gardens and the Ooty Lake are good places to visit in May in India. The marvellous views of the mountains are the best part of this trip.

Best Time: Throughout the year

6. Horsley Hills, Andhra Pradesh

One of the most scenic places in the state, the hills provide a good break from the town and its heat. With plenty of time and ways to be with nature, Horsley Hills are a paradise. The way to the hills is panoramic too, with Mahogany, Jacaranda, Sandalwood, Gulmohar and Eucalyptus trees lining the road. Just when you begin to feel life has slowed down too much since you've come here, brace yourself for the lesser known thing about this place - adventure sports, which includes zorbing, rappelling, rock climbing and trekking.

7. Kudremukh, Karnataka - Close to the Nature's Face

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Known For : Kudremukh Trek Kudremukh National Park Hanuman Gundi Falls

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Kudremukh, in Karnataka, is a small town located in the Chikmagalur district in Karnataka. Kudremukh literally means 'horse-face' and refers to an impressive scenic sight of a side of the mountain that looks similar to the face of a horse. Natural grasslands and dense shoal forests characterize these hills.

Best Time: October to May

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8. Shillong - Cherrapunjee - Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

The beautiful mountains of this region are a joy to watch. There are coal mines that can be spotted, legal and illegal, while you travel to Cherrapunjee from Shillong. Shillong in itself, is a really beautiful town, the capital of Meghalaya as well. It is perhaps the only place in India where taxi drivers themselves sit on someone's lap and drive. Here, even the traditional societal roles of a man and woman are reversed, with women doing most of the business. Scenic viewpoints, caves en route to Cherrapunjee, views of Bangladesh from both Cherrapunjee and Mawlynnong, Asia's cleanest village. These are just some of the things that will make your jaw drop.

9. Munnar - Thekkady, Kerala

Munnar, situated at a height of 6000 feet, comes under the Idukki district. Unending expanse of tea plantations, picturesque valleys and mountains and exotic species of flora and fauna offer the tourist a good overall experience. Thekkady, again in Idukki district, is a really beautiful hill station. It is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India with elephants being the highlight. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is the prime attraction for which tourists throng the place.

10. Sandakphu - Darjeeling - Kalimpong, West Bengal

A wonderland for trekkers, Sandakphu is the highest point in the Singalila range, at a height of 11,929 feet. Nature is at its pristine best here, and when you reach the peak, you'll realise it was worth it. The peak is a vantage point from where one can see four of the world's five highest peaks - Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Lhotse. 58 kms away is Darjeeling, famous for its toy train, tea and hills. 50 km away from Darjeeling is Kalimpong, which is as beautiful as Darjeeling, but less crowded. Deolo Hill, Cactus Nursery and Golf Course are some of the attractions here.

11. Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh - The land of god

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Known For : Reckong Peo Kalpa Sarahan

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Kinnaur, also known as ""Land of god"" is about 235 Km from Shimla and is known for its serenity and beauty of the lush green and rocky mountainscape having Satluj, Baspa and Spiti river snaking through it. Sarahan, a beautiful hamlet located near Kinnaur, is situated at an average height of 2165 metres above sea level. It comes under the Shimla district and is famous for its apple orchards, pine forests, slate roofed houses and small streams. Bhimkali Temple Complex, Bhaba Valley and Bird Park are some of the major attractions here.

Best Time: April to October

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12. Bir Billing, Himachal Pradesh - Paragliding in the land of Tibetan monasteries

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Known For : Paragliding in Bir Billing Tibetan Colony Chokling Monastery

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Bir is a small town located in the state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India. Bir Billing is a popular destination for adventures sports such as paragliding, treks and also as the town for meditation.

Best Time: Throughout the year

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13. Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh - Witness the celebrations of Buddha Jayanti

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Known For : Bhagsu Falls Namgyal Monastery Tsuglagkhang Complex

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Mcleodganj is a hill station near Dharamshala, popular among trekkers. Its culture is a beautiful blend of Tibetan with some British influence. May is one of the best time to visit Mcleodganj for sightseeing and also to explore treks through the Triund and Indrahar Pass and explore flora and fauna of the region. If one wishes to, they can also participate or witness the celebrations held on Buddha Jayanti in May.
When:12th May, 2019

Best Time: October to June

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14. Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh - Trekking mecca and a virgin paradise

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Known For : Chandratal Lake Key Monastery Kunzum Pass

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Long winding roads and picturesque valleys presenting glimpses of cold deserts and snow-crowned mountains, with intermittent greenery and picture-perfect villages welcome you when you set foot into Spiti Valley. Bordered on all sides by the Himalayas, Spiti Valley, located in Himachal Pradesh, has an altitude of 12,500 feet above sea level, and gets around 250 days of sunshine in the year, making it one of the coldest places in the country. With the thick Himalayan snow cutting Spiti off from the rest of the country for around 6 months a year, the summer months are the only time Spiti is directly accessible via motorway.

Best Time: Mid May to Mid Oct

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15. Kausani, Uttarakhand

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Known For : Rudradhari Falls and Caves Gwaldam Trek to Pinnath

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Embellished with all the right ingredients including lush green valley, verdant pine tree forests, meandering creeks, tranquility and majestic Himalayan peaks, Kausani is one of the most spellbinding hill stations in Uttarakhand.

Best Time: April to June, September to December

16. Almora, Uttarakhand - A cozy heritage town nestled in the Himalayas.

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Known For : Zero Point Jageshwar Katarmal Sun Temple

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Cradled in the wilderness of Himalayan ranges, the sprawling town of Almora shaped like a horse-shoe is a hill station that boasts of a pre-British heritage and an adyllic vibe.

Best Time: Throughout the year

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17. Chail, Himachal Pradesh

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Known For : Chail wildlife sanctuary Palace Hotel Cricket Ground

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Chail is a quiet hill station close to Shimla, known for the world's highest cricket ground and the heritage hotel, Chail Palace, in the midst of pine and deodar trees.

Best Time: Throughout the year

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18. Kotagiri, Tamil Nadu

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Known For : Elk Falls Longwood Shola Trekking

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Kotagiri is a smallest and oldest hill station, nestled in the lap of Nilgiri Hills bounded by surroundings that exhibits peace and tranquility. A hill town that was first noticed by the British as their summer home away from the heat of plains, today, it is again gaining popularity among tourists.

Best Time: December to May

19. Dandeli, Karnataka - Goa's adventurous extension

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Known For : River Rafting in Dandeli Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary Magod Falls

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Bestowed with the lush green forests and laying on the banks of the Kali river, Dandeli is truly a fascinating mix of wildlife, scenic beauty and adventure sports.

Best Time: October to May

20. Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh - Queen of the Satpuras

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Known For : Bee falls Jata Shankar caves Pandava Caves

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The only hill station in Madhya Pradesh, Pachmarhi is often known as the queen of the Satpura ranges.

Best Time: Throughout the year

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21. Auli, Uttarakhand - The skiing destination of India

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Known For : Skiing in Auli Gurso Bugyal Camping in Auli

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Dotted with the apple orchards, old oaks and pine trees there is no dearth of natural beauty in Auli. Apart from skiing you can also go for numerous treks in the hills of Garhwal Himalayas and enjoy the spellbinding views of the snow-draped mountains. Auli is a popular hill resort in the Himalayan range dating back to 8th Century AD.

Best Time: Throughout the year

22. Mount Abu, Rajasthan - A beautiful hill station in Rajasthan

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Known For : Dilwara Temples Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary Nakki Lake

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The only hill station of Rajasthan, its cool atmosphere and lush green surroundings make it a major tourist spot within the state. The most important attraction, however, is undoubtedly the Dilwara temples, which are the most stunning pieces of architecture in the country. One can also take part in the famous Summer Festival of Mount Abu that takes place in June every year. This two-day festival showcases an array of classical and folk music performances that highlight the live culture and tribal life of Rajasthan.
When:May 17th - 18th, 2019

Best Time: October to March

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23. Leh Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir - India's Own Moonland

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Known For : Pangong Lake Magnetic Hill Zanskar Valley

A land like no other with superabundance of attractions to visit and phantasmagoric and fabulous landscapes, amazing people and culture, Ladakh is truly a heaven on Earth.

Best Time: Jun to Sep

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24. Enjoy delicious Ramzan food in Hyderabad

Hyderabad in one of the best places to visit in May in India for foodies to enjoy its world's famous Hyderabadi Biriyani and Haleem! This is available everywhere and anywhere in Hyderabad, and hence you can go and try it at any place as the basic recipe remains the same everywhere. This yummy meaty main course with the right amount of spices and flavour is every non-vegetarian's paradise.

25. Trekking in North India - Open up to visitors in April

Going on treks in India in May is one of the best ways to explore its mountains, beaches and biodiversity. As the glaciers and ice melt from the mighty snow peaks of the Himalayas in the north, there is a spectacular range of treks in India for adventure lovers. The Himalayan treks vary in difficulty from the difficult and almost impassable Upper Himalayas in Uttarakhand to the long winding trekking trails of Himachal Pradesh. In the month of April, it best to visit places in Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir (but not Ladakh) and Uttarakhand as the trekking opens up fully to visitors here.

26. Kerala - God's Own Country

Kerala - home to the languid backwaters, long coastlines, sprawling tea gardens, and colourful dance forms, is also famously known as 'God's Own Country'. Located on the Malabar coast of Southern India, it is a tiny sliver of paradise that is also one of the best tropical tourist destinations one can look for. Whether you want to bask in the sun and sand of the palm tree-lined Kovalam beach or want to take a hike to Munnar hill station, or even if you're going to walk down the bustling streets of Kochi, Kerala has everything on offer to take your pick from!

27. Lansdowne, Uttarakhand - Quaint little hilly town

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Known For : Bhulla Lake Tip N Top St. John's Church

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Lansdowne is a quaint little hill town located at a distance of 258 km from Delhi in Pauri district of Uttarakhand. Laden with oak and pine forest and dotted with buildings of the colonial era, this hill station is a haven for bird watchers, casual hikers and weekenders from NCR.

Best Time: Throughout the year

28. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra - The land of Strawberries

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Known For : Elephant's Head point Chinaman's falls Dhobi waterfall

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A hill town in Western Ghats, apart from its strawberries, Mahabaleshwar is also well known for its numerous rivers, magnificent cascades and majestic peaks.

Best Time: October to June

29. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh - The Hill-Station with Rich Colonial History

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Known For : The Ridge Kufri Chail

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Situated at a height of 2200m, Shimla is the capital and the largest city of Himachal Pradesh in India. Set amidst beautiful hills and mystical woods, Shimla has been a very popular hill-station among Indian families and honeymooners since the last 50 years.

Best Time: October to June

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30. Jammu and Kashmir - Paradise on the Earth

Popularly known as the "Paradise on Earth", Jammu and Kashmir is world famous for its scenic splendour, snow-capped mountains, plentiful wildlife, exquisite monuments, hospitable people and local handicrafts. Your trip to Jammu and Kashmir will be a memorable one as the state will not only appeal to you with its scenic beauty and snow-covered mountain ranges, but the adventure sports will take you to a different world.

31. Chikmagalur, Karnataka - The coffee land of Karnataka

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Known For : Kudremukh National Park Mullayanagiri Baba Budangiri

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Famously known as the ‘Coffee Land of Karnataka’, Chikmagalur is situated in the foothills of the Mullayangiri Range in Karnataka and stands at an altitude of 3400 feet. If you love the aroma of freshly brewed coffee in the mornings, you are going to love Chikmagalur, which has a perpetual fragrance of coffee lingering in the air. Famous for its tall mountains, lush green forests and its tranquil environment (apart from its coffee production), Chikmagalur is a very popular tourist destination and is a quaint getaway from the busy life of the city.

The name Chikmaglur comes from the Kannada word Cikkamagala, which means - younger daughter’s town. According to legend, Chikmaglur was given as dowry to the youngest daughter of Rukmangada, the chief of Sakharayapattana, a town in the region.

Best Time: Throughout the year

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