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“We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us”

Traveling is as important as other “high priority” things in life. And that’s not me, that’s the word of most doctors & psychiatrists. Because traveling fills the mind with positive energies, gives a break from all daily life challenges & chores, and makes people bond with their loved ones too. For those who love to travel, you guys just need another reason to leave with your bag. And those who still haven’t made any travel plans this year, can read this blog and leave for an enjoyable journey.

July means neither summer nor monsoon. Monsoon just starts its journey in major parts and temperature goes down from sultry to moderate. It is one of the nicest months to plan a tour and enjoy the beautiful locales. In general, the climate won’t bother you much for most parts of India.

Here are some of the top Indian places where you can go and chill in July.

Orchha:
Orchha
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It is located in Madhya Pradesh and holds historic importance. This is one of those places in India that receives minimal rainfall. The topmost attractions are the Orchha fort, Chaturbhuj Temple, Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary, Laxminarayan Temple, Dinman Hardaul’s Palace. This place is just 16 kms from Jhansi and you can take a whole day trip to this place from Jhansi. The fort would give you a glimpse into the old world.

Coorg:
Coorg
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Coorg is a pretty hill-station in Karnataka and it becomes prettier when it is raining. You will find lush vegetation, peaceful mountains, beautiful valleys, and an exotic collection of flowering plants here in between July and September. In fact, with the onset of July, the tourist season kicks off here. Abbey falls, Dubare Elephant Camp, Iruppu Falls, Mandalpatti View Point, Nagarhole National Park, or Brahmagiri Peak are the topmost attractions here.

Kerala:
Kerala
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Kerala is famous for its insanely beautiful backwaters and during this time of the year the Kerala Backwaters turn even more beautiful. You will find all kinds of adventure sports here in the backwaters and lakes. The backwater cruise, snake boat race, tea plantation, beach actions, and Munnar excursions – these would be your probable activities here and you won’t regret any part of it.

Shillong:
Shillong
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Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya and Meghalaya means abode of clouds. It is thus needless to say how beautiful this place would be in July. Shillong is known as the Scotland of East and during monsoon season this place attracts maximum tourists for its amazing wildlife and awesome natural beauty. In July, the rainfall would be minimal and thus this place would be no less than a paradise. You must visit the Shillong Peak, Laitlum Canyons, Elephant Falls, Museum of Indigenous Culture, etc.

Mahabaleshwar:
Mahabaleshwar
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Located in the Satara district of Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar is one of the small yet prettiest hill stations in India. You can say that the official tourist season here in July & August. In July, you can experience a refreshing view, mild showers, and a foggy climate which will take you to dreamland. Walking through lush plantations, trekking, or strolling in the morning rain are some of the famous romantic activities here. So, the couples and the writers would love this place. You can also check out Mahabaleshwar Temple, Wilson’s Point, Venna Lake, Lingamala Waterfalls, Three Monkey Point, etc.

Andaman & Nicobar Island:
Andaman & Nicobar Island
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The pristine white sand, heavenly turquoise water, clear waves, warm lagoons, and adventure activities make Andaman & Nicobar Island a “must-visit” place. July means the rain showers have just started and thus you will get to see some heart-warming views. But don’t delay it to August because then most of the beaches would be “out of reach” due to full-swing monsoon. The best places to visit here are – Radhanagar, Dolphin Resort, and Phoenix Bay Jetty. Also, you must try the lagoon swimming.

Udaipur:
Udaipur
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This place is known as the “land of lakes”. If you and your partner haven’t enjoyed any vacation recently, then, July or the whole of monsoon would be a great time to plan a visit here. Udaipur becomes cozy and romantic during rainfall and you shouldn’t miss the view. The view from Sajjan Garh is something that you will be etched in your mind forever. You can also visit other places like Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir, Lake Fatehsagar, Bagore Ki Haveli, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Ambrai Ghat, and Kumbhalgarh Fort.

The beautiful descriptions of these amazing places supported with breath-taking images must be a reason enough for you to plan your tour. So, go ahead and enjoy in July to come back to work with a refreshed mind.

At first, it seemed like we landed in Goa or Kerala but it was Sri Lanka. The streets/roads resemble so much so that you might want to check your boarding pass. Probably because of all the palm trees, weather & people that look no different than ours. A country with endless beaches, timeless ruins, unexpected weather, welcoming people, rolling turf and so much more making Sri Lanka irresistible.

Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, over the past few years has definitely scored a point on people’s bucket list. The undiscovered place that offers the best of nature and history. The country itself has 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Back in 2016, when I visited Sri Lanka, it was exciting & surreal. There were a lot of interesting things to know about the country like if you hail from India, you have to know this that Sri Lanka hardly has anything about Ramayana. The country is 90% Buddhist (which gives you one more reason to visit this place). Being a Buddhist myself, the country is packed with knowledge about Buddhism or Lord Buddha and it indeed is enlightening.

Here in this blog, we have listed Top 10 Places to Visit in Sri Lanka, if you’re planning an itinerary. It’s that place if you haven’t been to, you should.

1.  Sigiriya
Sigiriya
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One of the top tourist attraction in Sri Lanka is Sigiriya. The place is located in Northern Matale District in Sri Lanka. Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress and is famous for its palace ruins on top of 200-meter high rock surrounded by the remains of extensive gardens, reservoirs & other structures. It is renowned for Ancient Paintings, frescoes. Also, Sigiriya offers a 2.5 hours once in a lifetime opportunity Village Tour including a food & tour guide. The tour starts with a boat to reach the village and then a bullock cart to explore the village. One cannot miss the food that the localities have to offer. Being an Indian and especially from UP, I absolutely loved the dal & rice and the green leafy salad. We strongly recommend this place.

2.  Anuradhapura
Anuradhapura
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One of the 8 UNESCO World Heritages in Country, is the sacred city of Anuradhapura. It is the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilization. This city was established around a cutting from the “tree of enlightenment” brought there by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns. The place is dense, extremely humid in summers, but with the splendid site with monasteries, palace ruins & monuments.

3.  Polonnaruwa
Polonnaruwa
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Yet another UNESCO World Heritage is Polonnaruwa. Interestingly, it was the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura 993. As the most beautiful archeological site in Sri Lanka, it was inscribed in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1982. The place within itself has a few more places that you cannot miss. Do visit gal vihara, sathmahal prasada (royal palace), royal audience hall, royal bath, golden pinnacle stupa, alahana piriwena.  All the places are located within a distance of 10 minutes, so either a bus or walk would do.

4.  Dambulla
Dambulla
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Again, the place is located in Matale District, Central Province in Sri Lanka. Dambulla houses, Dambulla Cave Temple, the biggest, best-saved, cave temple complex in the nation. The place has over 80 caves few of which are used by monks as meditation locations. The major attraction is spread over 5 caves, which includes paintings & statues about Buddha’s life. You cannot miss this place if you’re planning to visit Sri Lanka, you’ll be amazed to look at the intricate details of the paintings and statues.

5.  Yala National Park
Yala National Park
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The second largest national park in Sri Lanka and the best places for sighting Wild Elephants is, Yala National Park. Located 300kms from Colombo, is spread across 979 square kilometers, with parts of the park reaching to the water and touching the Indian Ocean (the view of never-ending blue water is breathtaking) This national park is home to 215 bird species, Leopards, Monkeys, Crocodiles, wild Boars & Bears. The Park is divided into 5 zones. Zone 1 and 5 are open to public & tourists and the other zones are reserved for only professional research & documentary filming. The safari is safe & goes through checkpoints. If anything can compete with it is its wildlife! The park closes for September for Leopard’s breeding season.

6.  Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Get up close and personal with elephants at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. The highly commercialized place in Sri Lanka initially opened for protecting abandoned or orphaned elephants in the jungle. There are about 100 elephants, of all ages. The conservation organization is obviously beautiful and interesting but is a big source of income, with Rs 100 million per year. But it’s all worth it when you see baby elephants being fed and bathe in a stream of water cutting through the forest and the city.

7.  Ella
Ella
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It’s said the views from the train ride are surreal. They surely were. Ella also has breathtaking viewpoints & waterfalls. Ella and few other places in Sri Lanka have spread out of tea plantations. Ella’s tourism has soared in recent times and why not, it’s got the best-picture-perfect views.

8.  Kandy
Kandy
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Known as the sacred Buddhist site, popular for The Temple of Tooth Relic (the sacred tooth of Buddha) was the last capital of Sinhala Kings. It is also Sri Lanka’s second largest city. The places you cannot miss in Kandy are The Temple of Tooth Relic, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kandy Lake, The White Buddha Statue soaring above, and not to forget to take the world’s most beautiful train ride to Ella! Kandy is just 4 hours away from Nuwara Eliya. Talking about…

9.  Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya
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Often referred to as ‘Little England’ because this place has a British Village Vibe to it. Treat yourself with tea plantations, vegetable plots, hills for scenic views. This magical stop has quaint colonial buildings & cascading waterfalls to offer to its visitors. Stroll around Lake Gregory for relaxation. The weather is usually chilly, stay aware of the rain forecasts (it literally can rain anytime). Don’t miss out the sample of Ceylon Tea. Enjoy this Little UK!

10. Colombo
Colombo
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Last we have the current capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo! This place is a haven for history lovers and culture vultures. Plan a walking tour to city’s historic Forts & Pettah Districts. Shop at Paradise Road, a sure paradise for shopping lovers. Colombo has a plethora of temples and kovils, few of them that you must visit are the Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple, having a spectacular grandeur and Kathiresan Kovil. Take some time out of your itinerary to take a stroll around the Galle Face Green, the landmark of the city.

These were the Top 10 places that we strongly recommend if you plan to visit Sri Lanka. Hope this helps you while planning an itinerary. Happy traveling!

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