May is usually the least chosen month for any tropical vacation. However, India is quite diverse that you can find destinations, which are at prime beauty, even during May.
We are covering 20 best destinations in India, which would be at prime beauty to visit during May 2020.
1. Spiti – A Vacation Amidst Mountains
Spiti is not your average tourist destination. This is a rugged landscape of nothing but nature and serenity. Spiti is filled with monasteries, temples, mountain villages connected via motorable mountain passes, national parks, and others. Top places to visit in Spiti in May are Kye Monastery, Trilokinath Temple, Pin Valley National Park, Lahaul Valley, Chandratal Lake, and others.
Top activities to enjoy in May are river rafting, trekking, safari, mountain pass biking, and others. The temperature of Spiti in May ranges between 18 degrees C and 25 degree C. Spiti has a very harsh winter and thus, the warmer summer allows the mountain landscape to get a greener look and flourish with wildflowers and beautiful scenic sights.
2. Bir Billing– A Vacation for Adventure Lovers
Most of the mountain destinations will be at adventure-mode during summer. The slopes of the hills would be apt for many Activities like trekking, hiking, camping, and most importantly, para gliding. If you are an outdoor adventure guy, Bir Billing is the right place. Technically, Bir and Billing are two different destinations, 14 km away from each other.
Apart from the adventure activities, Bir Billing is best visit in May for enjoying Chokling monastery, Sherab Ling Monastery, Tea factory, and others. While paragliding is the most experienced activity in this destination, young visitors are more inclined towards enjoy other exotic activities like river crossing, rappelling, and others. May has a mild warm climate in this destination. The temperature ranges between 25 and 11 degrees C, suitable for spending considerable amount of time, outdoors.
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3. Kerala – A Land of Backwaters, Ayurveda and Western Ghats
With 600 km of coastline, May is the right time to hit the beaches for some sun time in this tropical region. It is one of the very few destinations in this list, which are not at high altitudes. May is quite humid and hot, but Kerala has the right resources to keep you cool like, Thekkady, Munnar, Kovalam beaches, Alleppey backwaters, and others. Top activities to enjoy in Kerala during May are houseboat ride, ayurvedic massage to cool your body, touring tea estates, Kathakali dance performances, and others.
Apart from these, the state is a famous May destination because of its collection of festivals. Top festivals to enjoy in May 2020 in Kerala are Thrissur Pooram Festival, Edathua Perunnal, Palayur Church festival, Palakkad Kannambra Vela, and others. The May month provides a warmer and humid temperature ranging between 22 degrees C and 35 degrees C. However, the coastal landscape provides cool breezes throughout the day, to keep the place cool.
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4. Mcleodganj – Spirituality and Serenity
Mcleodganj is always associated with Dalai Lama. Yes, it is an important Buddhist spiritual destination in India. However, during the month of May, the destination becomes an adventure paradise. Top adventure activities to enjoy during summer here are trekking, hiking, boating, paragliding, flying fox, rappelling, mountaineering, and others.
Top places to visit in Mcleodganj during May are Church of St. John, Tibetan Museum, Bhagsu Nag Temple, Namgyal Monastery, Dal Lake, Triund, and others. The May month’s temperature ranges between 22 degrees C and 38 degrees C. Since the land is located at the foothills of Himalayas, you can enjoy a serene lush nature throughout your vacation.
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5. Lansdowne – Lesser known Weekend Getaway from Delhi
Delhi is not one of the best places to enjoy India during May. However, a little away from Delhi, there are numerous destinations best to enjoy the summer. One such destination is Lansdowne, just 6 hours of driving away from Delhi. Lansdowne is geographically a smaller hill town. But, the beauty is beyond explanation with summer tourist attractions like Bhulla Lake, Snow Viewpoint, Kalagarh Tiger Reserve, Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple, Darwan Singh Museum, St. Mary’s Church, and others.
Top activities to enjoy in May in Lansdowne are boating, camping, trekking, nature walking, hiking, and others. The temperature ranges between 15 and 30 degrees C, and the evenings will be mildly foggy and cool, giving it a romantic ambiance.
6. Kausani – The Land of Peaks
The best way to get away from the scorching sun of May is to hide away in the high altitudes. Kausani is one such interesting destination, which is 1,800m above mean sea level. You can spot numerous peaks from this hill town. Top notable peaks are Nanda Devi, Trisul, and others. Watching sunset and sunrise from any of the viewpoint, bird watching, exploring pear farms, and stroll through dew drenched tea estates are some of the romantic activities to enjoy in Kausani. Yes, it is one of the serene honeymoon destinations for summer visitors in India.
Top destinations to visit in Kausani are Gandhi Ashram, Rudradhari Falls, Baijnath Temple, Anasakti Ashram, Adi Kailash, Sunderdhunga, and others. The temperature falls as low as 9 degrees C and rises to a maximum of 26 degrees C.
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7. Chail – A Vacation Amidst Clouds
At a whooping height of 2250 m above mean sea level, this serene hill station is considered as the summer paradise of North India. You can enjoy all cliche hill station activities here. During May, the climate will be warm and you can find lush wildflowers everywhere and clear panoramic view from viewpoints. The most iconic attraction of Chail during May is staying in glass cottage. Apart from this, top activities to enjoy during May are mountain biking, trekking, horse riding, night camping, hiking, and others.
Top destinations to visit in Chail during May are Chail wildlife sanctuary, Sidh Baba temple, Kufri, Himalayan Nature Park, and others. The temperature ranges between 15 degrees C and 24 degrees C during May.
8. Tawang – Adventure and Rejuvenation
Whether it is an adventure vacation or a serene spirituality-filled rejuvenating vacation, Tawang is the right place. The temperature of the month will not rise beyond 18 degrees C and can fall as low as 3 degrees C. Thus, if you are looking for a chilling place to relax during peak summer in India, Tawang is the right destination. Top attractions to visit in this destination are Madhuri Lake, Tawang Monastery, Tawang War Memorial, Gorichen Peak, Sela Pass, Bap Teng Kang, and others.
Top summer activities to enjoy in Tawang are skiing, bird watching, mountain biking, hiking, trekking, and others. If you are looking for a spiritual experience, stay in any of the monastery or Gompa to experience meditation, and other activities.
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9. Shillong – The Land of Scenic Beauty
There is a reason to why Shillong is called the Scotland of East. The nature is very serene in this region with gardens, waterfalls, trails, hills, and much more. The place is a fairy tale destination for summer visitors. You can feel and experience summer like Scotland here. Top activities to enjoy in Shillong are exploration, waterfall visits, caving, zip lining, boating, strolling, rock climbing, rappelling, and others.
Top places to visit in Shillong are Elephant Falls, Shillong Peak, Mawlynnong, Lady Hydari Park, Don Bosco Museum, and others. May is also the time to take part in Bob Dylan Festival. The temperature of May month ranges between 15 and 24 degrees C.
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10. Mahabaleshwar – Enjoy the Valleys
May is the last month of strawberry harvesting in this hill town. Strolling through harvest-ready strawberry fields is one of the most exciting activities of May. Apart from this, other top activities to enjoy here are boating, trekking, biking, sunrise view, horse riding, rock climbing, and others.
Mahabaleshwar is famous for its beautiful valley-filled landscape. The temperature is mildly warm between 20 and 30 degrees C. Thus, you can explore the region with ease. The drive from Vashi or Sion to Mahabaleshwar is very mesmerizing during the summers, especially May. Top destinations to visit in Mahabaleshwar during May are Lodwick Point, Venna Lake, Mahabaleshwar temple, Elephant’s Head Point, Mapro Garden, Morarji Castle, and others.
11. Sandakphu – A Hidden Destination for Trekking-Enthusiasts
Sandakphu is a small region, very closer to Darjeeling. Darjeeling is an important summer destination, since the British rule in India. However, the young tourists are showing more interest in Sandakphu, recently. Sandakphu is the highest peak of Singalila mountain range. The temperature will not be higher than 12 degrees C in May.
Top attractions to enjoy in Sandakphu are Glenburn tea estate, local Pashupati market, Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, and others. After trekking, stay back in Darjeeling for a couple of days to enjoy the valleys, meadows, and scenic beauty of the land.
12. Horsley Hills – To Escape the Humidity in Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh is one of the many destinations where the temperature hits 40 degrees C or even more during peak summer season. However, nature has given many escape points in this state and one such paradise is Horsley Hills. This hill town is famous for adventure activities and serene nature views. Top attractions to visit in this hill town are Gali Bandalu, Horsley Hills Zoo, View Point, Dumukurallu Waterfalls, Mallamma Temple, and others.
Top activities to enjoy here are trekking, hiking, camping, shopping for Chenchu tribal souvenirs, rappelling, and others. This Andhra destination is best visited via road from Bengaluru. The route will be scenic and energetic. The temperature of this hill town ranges between 20 and 30 degrees C, during May.
13. Kotagiri – For Slow paced Travelers
Often called as poor man’s Ooty, Kotagiri is a laid back hill town and one of the oldest inhabited hill towns in the Nilgiri region. Just 30 km away from Ooty, This hill town is famous for greenery, waterfalls, plantations, viewpoints, and much more. Top activities to enjoy in Kotagiri are nature walking, trekking, rock climbing, plantation stroll, watching sunset, picniking, and much more.
Top destinations to visit in Kotagiri are Catherine Falls, Kodanad View Point, Rangaswamy Peak and Pillar, John Sullivan Memorial, Elk Falls, Longwood Shola, and others. The temperature is quite cool during summer season. During peak summer month of May, the temperature ranges between 20 and 30 degrees C.
14. Dandeli – The Land of Wildlife
Dandeli is a north-west Karnataka region famous for holding the country’s largest national wildlife sanctuary. The land is home to more than 300 species of birds, exotic mammals, reptiles and so on. During summer, the grasses and small watering holes dry out. Thus, it becomes easier to spot exotic animals like black panthers, tigers, leopards, and others. May is also the right month to enjoy water rafting, jeep safari, kayaking, mountain biking, canoeing, and others inside the wildlife sanctuary.
The temperature during the month is usually recorded around 33 degrees C. Apart from the Dandeli wildlife sanctuary, top places to visit in Dandeli are Kulgi nature camp, Shiroli Peak, Kavala Caves, and others.
15. Kadmat Island – Coral Island for Summer Honeymoon
Lakshadweep is a hidden beauty due to the popularity of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Lakshadweep has a beautiful tropical climate cooled down by the coastal landscape. The best of all the islands in this group is the coral island, Kadmat. Kadmat has a reputation of being the site for watersports lovers. Lakshadweep islands have the same climate range throughout the year. The temperature ranges between 25 and 35 degrees C.
Top attractions in Kadmat Island are Mohiyudeen Mosque, Kavaratti, Andrott Island, and others. Top activities to enjoy here are scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, sailboat cruise, and others. This is also the best place to enjoy Southern Indian Buddhist culture. For those looking for a luxury experience, you can find cruises from Kerala to Lakshadweep to enjoy a week-long journey on the mighty ocean.
16. Shimla – Honeymoon Destination infused with Tibetan Culture
It is a very obvious fact that Shimla is quite beautiful, thanks to the lush valleys, viewpoints, high altitude villages, and so on. The average temperature of Shimla during May is 15 – 20 degrees C. Thus, May is one of the few months when you can enjoy many outdoor activities without getting trapped in snow. The main reason to visit Shimla during May 2020 is the Shimla Summer Festival, which is famous among tourists.
Top activities to enjoy in Shimla during May are water rafting, paragliding, camping, trekking, hiking, and others. Shimla is more pleasing during May, thus sightseeing is one of the main activities to enjoy. Top destinations to cover are Shimla Ridge, Jakhoo Hill, Mall Road, Christ Church, Observatory Hill, Manorville Mansion, Summer Hill, and others. The best honeymoon activity to enjoy in May is taking a ride on the mountain toy train from Kalka to Shimla.
17. Mount Abu – The Rajasthan Destination for summer
Visiting Rajasthan during summer is quite an adventure, given the temperature of the desert state. However, the entire state is not a desert region. The only hill station of the state, Mount Abu will be at prime beauty during May. May is the time of Summer Festival of Mount Abu. You can find dance, music and other cultural celebrations, boat races, skating, horse race, fireworks at night, and so on.
Apart from summer festival and the activities that come with it, there are numerous destinations to enjoy in Mount Abu like Dilwara Jain temples, Achalgarh Fort, Nakki Lake, Mount Abu Wildlife sanctuary, and many others. During the May month, the temperature ranges between 23 and 35 degrees C. If you are planning to visit Rajasthan, take the Palace on Wheels train which covers most famous destinations of Rajasthan in their itinerary.
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18. Kashmir – The Apples and Valleys
Snowfall ends in Kashmir by March. Thus, by May, the land will be filled with lush greenery, vibrant wild flowers, flowing springs, and others. With no snow covering the beautiful landscape, May is the right time to enjoy many adventure and romantic activities like paragliding, trekking, camping, Shikara ride on Dal Lake, Gondola rides, stargazing, and others. If you still love to enjoy snow activities, visit Thajiwas glacier or Pahalgam.
The temperature during May ranges between 11 and 18 degrees C. Top destinations to visit in Kashmir during May are Pangong Tso, Bahu Fort, Leh Manali highway, Doodhpathri, Vaishno Devi temple, Amarnath, Gulmarg, and others.
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Kudremukh is a beautiful hill station in Karnataka. Kudremukh is one of the hidden beauties and is liked by honeymooners for its solitude bliss. Recently, trekkers find this hill station to be their paradise, thanks to the numerous surrounding hill regions, which will be at prime beauty during May. The climate of May is cool in the evening and pleasingly warm in the morning. The temperature ranges between 21 and 32 degrees C.
Top activities to enjoy in Kudremukh other than trekking are sightseeing, picnicking, camping, watching sunset from any viewpoint, and so on. Kudremukh might be a small hamlet but the number of attractions in this land is enormous. Top destinations to visit in Kudremukh during May are Gangamoola, Kudremukh national park, Kudremukh peak, Hanuman Gundi falls, and others.
20. Ooty – The Queen of Hill Stations
Ooty will be rid of the foggy screen in May. Thus, viewpoints will be more beautiful than ever before. Many routes and trails will be open for tourists and in short, Ooty becomes an adventure and honeymoon destination in May. The best part of all is the Summer Festival of May, which includes flower shows, dog shows, fairground activities, and others. Apple orchards will be ready for harvest during May.
Top activities to enjoy in Ooty during May are stroll through Botanical Garden, Tea Museum visit, ride in Nilgiri Mountain Toy Train, watching sunrise from viewpoints, and others. The temperature of May ranges between 12 and 20 degrees C.
Apart from these, there are numerous May paradises in India. If you are visiting a destination closer to the mean sea level, be prepared for scorching sun and humidity.
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