Nine destinations

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1. Gokarna


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The name Gokarna is derived from two words, Go and Karna, and literally translates to ‘cow’s ear’. It is said that Lord Shiva was born here out of an ear of a cow. Another plausible reason for the naming of the place could be its geographic location. The area where it is located is the confluence of rivers Gangavali and Agnashini and resembles the shape of a cow’s ear.

HolidayIQ Traveller Duriabh from Bangalore shares, “So if you are seeking to runaway to solitude, hide in the night as one, feel the sea humming in your ear, this would be a good option. The off-season months hardly have one or no tourists but during seasons this place gets a little more lively. In both the cases you can enjoy a peaceful relaxing vacation. The sunset behind the hills by the sea, that tint of scarlet in the sky …oh my oh my when will I again come by ….”

How to reach Gokarna | Where to stay in Gokarna

1424 Ratings | 894 Reviews | 20 Sightseeing | 233 Photos

2. Somatheeram Ayurveda Resort, Kovalam


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Somatheeram, the world’s first Ayurvedic resort, is one of the best tourism spots in Kerala, India. Located at Chowara Beach on a hillock, 9 km south of the famous Kovalam Beach, it has over 15 acres of greenery all around.

HolidayIQ Traveller Dev Singh from Patna shares, “This resort is to all those to recommend which is a professional Ayurveda cure want. We have rarely seen such a well maintained and run area. Comparable to Robinson Club, only small and fine. If you relax and purposefully relax wants, is right at home here. For children the hotel is not convenient. To the sea it is about 10 minutes on foot, depending on the location of the bungalows. A magnificent vacation!”

37 Ratings | 17 Reviews

3. Prashar Lake, Mandi


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At an altitude of 2730 m above sea level, is considered to have been a sacred place of Sage Prashar. There is a three-tiered Pagoda-style temple on the banks of this lake, where different cultural festivals are celebrated by the villagers. The lake is surrounded by snow-covered mountains and River Beas.

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4. Chikmagalur


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Chikmagalur is surrounded by unending high hills, waterfalls and rivers like the Bhadra, Hemavathi, Tunga, Netravathi and Vedavathi and wildlife. The climate of Chikmagalur is pleasant all year round.

HolidayIQ Traveller Anitha Prabhu shares, “Very refreshing. Quite beautiful place away from the city. Beautiful Coffee and Tea plantations. Lovely view of the hills and the hill locked valleys. Lots of waterfalls and rivers for people who enjoy water. Lots of beautiful temples to visit. Just good to relax and enjoy with family.”

How to reach Chikmagalur | Where to stay in Chikmagalur

4712 Ratings | 2927 Reviews | 67 Sightseeing | 597 Photos

5. The Ayurvedic Healing Village, Palakkad


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There is no better place to get inside nature and rejuvenate with natural medicine than the sweet scented forests of Kerala’s pala trees. Time spent at this unique jungle paradise will allow you to experience the authentic healing practices of ancient India, while relaxing in the lap of modern holistic luxury.

HolidayIQ Traveller AVS Rao from Bangalore shares, “Kairali Ayurvedic Resort is really a wonderful experience for our family. Located and surrounded by Greenery, nothing but pure Greenery, you will feel as if you are in a well established resort in middle of the forest, minus animals,certainly you hear melodious sounds from birds and squirrels. No body to disturb.Relaxed well. Best Experience: Every day Morning Yoga and Evening Meditation is top of my experience with Kairali Ayurvedic resort, forgetting every tensions and relax ourselves to the core of blis.Walking around the Ayurvedic Resort is a truly unforgettable.Good small library.”

17 Ratings | 11 Reviews

6. Canacona, Goa


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Canacona is a municipal council located in the South Goa and one of the quietest towns in Goa. It is home to soft white sand beaches with clean surroundings.

HolidayIQ Traveller Ramanathan Ps from Bangalore shares, “If you like a neat clean quiet and less touts in Goa it is your place. Palolem Beach is just 10 minutes drive from here. The river is joining beach is also beautiful at Rajbagh Beach.”

How to reach Canacona | Where to stay in Canacona

386 Ratings | 218 Reviews | 17 Sightseeing | 3 Photos

7. Manori, Maharashtra

Most of the people living in the region earn their living through fishing. Koli and Marathi are the most popular languages spoken by the natives of this region. It is a quaint little town around Mumbai and sparsely populated which makes it ideal for peace seekers.

HolidayIQ Traveller Great_traveller Indian from Mumbai shares, “If you think travel in Mumbai is all about crowds and clamor, Manori is the destination to prove you wrong. This is the place where you wont find too much of crowd nor the disturbance of hawkers shouting vehemently as in other beaches. Its just a sojourn to indulge one’s soul in nature and keep off the routine tensions of life at the bay …quite literally!”

How to reach Manori | Where to stay in Manori

141 Ratings | 83 Reviews | 6 Sightseeing |14 Photos

8. Varkala, Kerala


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With the rise in Varkala tourism, the healthcare industry here has flourished well. 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.

HolidayIQ Traveller Swapnil Pednekar from Thane shares, “Small little town, that is worth a visit! I came in mid October so it was a little before peak season which was perfect for people who enjoy a more shanti vibe. The seafood and food in general was great, beaches were not crowded, and you can get a nice rooms close to the beach for very cheap. Great place for family’s, solo travellers looking for a bit more peace, or couples.”

How to reach Varkala | Where to stay in Varkala

562 Ratings | 332 Reviews | 19 Sightseeing | 36 Photos

9. Kalimpong, Darjeeling


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Kalimpong town is a religious centre of Buddhism. The Buddhist monastery Zang Dhok Palri Phodang is home to many monks who take their religious teachings to people who seek peace.

HolidayIQ Traveller Nilotpal Saha from Siliguri shares, “A visit to a calm and peaceful town. Kalimpong has got its own natural scenic beauty. People are warm and friendly.”

How to reach Kalimpong | Where to stay in Kalimpong

999 Ratings | 587 Reviews | 21 Sightseeing | 155 Photos

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