The month that lies on the brink of summer and spring, March is one of those times in a year when a vacation is practically irresistible to score. With the winter just shedding its coat, misty mornings and a pleasant weather throughout the day are what make for the ideal getaway. Here are a few places to visit in March in India where you can plan your retreat to prepare for the summers.
A gem in the north-east, Sikkim is the perfect place to visit in March in India for those looking forward to getting away from their harsh metropolitans. Ravangla, Sikkim’s only tea estate, is flanked by the Kunchendzonga peak, is one of the hidden treasures of the valley, as are the 200 species of orchids and rhododendrons. With easy to moderately difficult hikes, that can be easily traversed by children and older people alike, to the majestic Tsongmo Lake, and the rapid water sports in the Teesta and Rangeet river, Sikkim has something to offer to people from every walk of life. March is one the perfect months to visit the place for its breezy weather and slightly nippy air for those who want to experience Sikkim in its full glory.
Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
One of the most beautiful and serene islands in the Andaman cluster, Havelock is a paradise for those looking for a serene escape. A popular honeymooners’ destination as well, one of the most talked about part of Havelock, is beach number 7, also known as the Radha Nagar Beach. Awarded in 2004 as the ‘Best Beach in Asia’, by Time, the swimming elephants are the most popular attraction here. With temperature not hovering over 20 degrees and cool ocean breezes flowing throughout the day, the beautifully made villas and picturesque houses are the cherries on top.
Ooty, Tamil Nadu
If a lost world colonial charm is your idea of a dream vacation, look no farther than Ooty. Complete with a toy train ride to the quaint little hill station. All English everything, from the colonial style bijou, fenced flower gardens, evergreen hills and the thatched roof churches of course. The sleepy hamlet has a memorable stupor, and a sense of timelessness, with lush botanical gardens, lakes, tea plantations and waterfalls. When here, don’t forget to check out popular spots like Tiger Hill, Ooty Lake and the Dodabetta Peak.
Although the appropriate travel time as suggested by frequents to Ranthambore is September to February, March is the month for wildlife buffs to visit the place. The most popular destination here is the Ranthambore National Park and the Ranthambore Fort. The Park, that started as a tiger preservation site for Project Tiger in 1973, has now become the biggest and most populated tiger reserve in the country. The onset of summer is when the forest is at its barest and tiger spotting is the easiest. Located within the park is the Ranthambore Fort, which is one of the six forts in Rajasthan to be a part of the World Heritage Sites. Home to the most elusive leopards and the fishing cat, the Ganesh Temple is thronged by thousands of pilgrims during the annual Ganesh Festival. For those who can’t make it to the festival, any Wednesday is perfect to witness the deity dressed in decadence and worshipped in finery by the locals.
Coorg is often called an affluent hill station, nestled in the lap of luxury and raw natural beauty. During the period of March to May, the tea and spice plantations start blooming, and the valleys are filled with the fragrance, making Coorg not only a treat for your eyes but also for all your senses. A paradise for beginners in trekking, Coorg also proves to be an elitist destination with 3 golf courses in Mercarra, Polibetta and Bitangla. Often referred to as the ‘Scotland of India’, Coorg calls for a spot on your bucket list for its mesmerising natural beauty.
Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Kodaikanal is an exceptionally laid back hill station to visit in March in India in the lush Palani Hills of the Western Ghats. With a slight fog looming in mornings and evenings, it is a popular honeymooners’ destination and the sleepy traveller’s paradise. Nature walks in the overly green fields, cycling in the long stretched roads and having brunches at viewpoints are some of the things you can do during your retreat here. Don’t miss the sparkling waterfalls when in Kodai.
Mount Abu, Rajasthan
The only cool and calm spot in the desert state of Rajasthan, Mount Abu is chiefly a pilgrimage cum family vacation place to visit in March in India. The Jain Temples of Dilwara, that were built almost a thousand years ago, and about 80 other temples in the city make it a religious spot. The temple architecture of Dilwara and the Nakki Lake is what attracts people from around the world as well. March to April is the ideal time to visit, since the summer festival attracts pilgrims from the country, making it impossible to leisurely enjoy the old world charm of the city.
Shillong continues to be the cultural and educational hotspot of the north-east and is also quite popular among researchers. With what can be called as raw life pulsating through Meghalaya‘s capital, Shillong is the best place to visit in March in India, when the clear blue skies form the perfect backdrop of the Khasi Hills that flank the city on its east. Be it shopping on the Bara Bazar and the Police Bazar, or long walks among the pine trees and waterfalls or an enriching visit to the Don Bosco Museum, a vacation in Shillong in itself is a complete experience.
At a height of 6000 feet, you can be assured about tranquillity and a safe distance away from the doldrums of city life in Munnar in Kerala. Situated at the confluence of Nallathanni, Kundaly and Madharupuzha rivers, the weather all around the year is just perfect to go for an exhilarating trek or a laid back elephant ride, or even boating. Tea and spice plantations dot the landscape and the tea museum here is an absolute must visit for all travellers to Munnar. The aromas of this tiny town will faintly remain in your mind for the months to come.
Replete with enchanting waterfalls, historical caves, comfortable resorts and homestays, this popular town is famous for its spice plantations and wildlife. Among the prettiest areas of Kerala, Wayanad has a multitude of options for its visitors. Walking through the sprawling spice plantations, taking that trek into the pre-historic caves and experiencing a resort holiday is one of the many things you can do to get a taste of Wayanad. A great place to spot wild elephants, cool breeze, beautiful scenery, Wayanad is guaranteed to please your travel senses. Overall, a perfect weekend idea from cities of South India. Although the temperature in Wayanad remains nearly constant throughout the year but the best time to visit Wayanad is October- May. The weather is extremely good during this period of time.
So, let’s choose something out of the box and make the best of summers. March is near_make your vacations clear.