TripAdvisor,the travel planning and booking site,announced the results of its Attractions Trend Index, revealing the top 15 attractions in India that have seen the greatest increase in traveller interest this autumn, based on year-over-year search activity on TripAdvisor.
“It is no secret that India is varied in attractions ranging from the historic to natural, as well as to manmade attractions that enthrall travellers. TripAdvisor’sAttractions Trend Indexreveals beautiful sites across the country that have captured the attention of travellers this autumn.” said Nikhil Ganju, Country Manager, TripAdvisor India.
“These attractions are perfect for Indians planning holidays around the country and who want to make the most of their trip by enjoying a variety of activities,” he added.
Top Trending India Attractions,Autumn 2016
|India||Reason to Go and What to Book||YoY Percent Change|
|1. Athirappilly Waterfalls – Thrissur, Kerala
|One of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, this site is a must visit for its serene ambience and majestic beauty. Travellers can experience the nature in full glory with aprivate day tour for INR 2,782 per person
|2. The Saturday Night Market – Arpora, Goa||Aone stop shop for shopaholics, this sprawling market comes into play every Saturday evening from 6pm into late night. It also houses cuisines from across the globe and hostslive music concerts.
|3. Nathula Pass – Gangtok, Sikkim||Offshoot of the ancient silk route, visiting Nathula Pass is a breathtaking experience. The pass connects India with Tibet and is also one of the four officially agreed Border Personnel Meeting points between the Indian Army and People’s Liberation Army of China for regular interactions between the two armies.||159%|
|4. Banasura Sagar Dam – Vythiri, Kerala||Locatednorth west of Kalpetta, the backdrop of Banasura Hillsis the ideal picnic spot for travellers with its picturesque beauty. It is the largest earthen dam in India and the second largest in Asia and is a popular spot for trekking and speed boating.||136%|
|5. Lohagad Fort – Khandala, Maharashtra||One of the many hill forts of Maharashtra, Lohgad fortis a popular historic structure andwas occupied by several dynasties at different periods of time.The place is surrounded by lush green grassland and offers panoramic views and perfect for first time trekkers.||135%|
|6. Periyar Lake – Thekkady, Kerala||This beautiful lake surrounded by Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is ideal for travellers to enjoy the great scenic charm and rich bio diversity.||115%|
|7. Vagamon– Kottayam, Kerala||Known as the green country, this hill station is a perfect escape for some relaxation and rejuvenation. With beautiful meadows and pine forest,travellers can enjoy the scenic drive and indulge in a cloud hugging experience.
|8. Mattupetty Dam – Munnar, Kerala||Situated in the famous hill town of Munnar, Mattupetty Dam is a popular picnic spot and is enveloped withacres of tea and spice plantation. Travellers can experience the green Paradise of Kerala through a private day trip bookable on TripAdvisor for INR 4542.
|9. Kovalam Beach – Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala||Set on the edge of the southern coast of Kerala, Kovalam is a well-known beach town lined with swaying coconut trees, shimmering sand and tall lighthouses. Travellers can indulge themselves in herbal body toning massages, catamaran cruises, sunbathing and much more.
|10. Soochippara Falls (Sentinel Rock Waterfall) – Kalpetta, Kerala||Also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, Soochippara Falls locally means water flowing through a needle rock and offers scenic views of some of the best tea estates in Wayanad. Travellers can also enjoy a relaxing swimming session at the base of the cascade.||107%|
|11. Cherai Beach– Kochi, Kerala||Rightly called as “The Princess of the Arabian Sea”, this golden beach of Kerala is ideal for sunbathing and swimming. Travellers can occasionally spotdolphins here and it is famous for thick coconut groves.
|12. Mughal Garden – New Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi||Mughal Garden is famous for 159 celebrated varieties of flowers, some of which are extinct and rare. Its design is inspired from the old Islamic architecture and the gardens are perfect destination for picnics.
|13. Sahakari Spice Farm– Ponda, Goa||The aroma of a variety of genuine spices will lure the tourists and rejuvenate their senses at this spice plantation. It is also popular for its magnificently designed places of worship.
|14. Gandikota Fort – San
Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh
|With a breath taking view of India’s own Grand Canyon, Gandikota Fort, built in 13th century is a magnificent complex with 2 temples, a mosque, a small village and jail complex. Travellers can enjoy beautiful sunset view and also visit the old temples of Lord Shiva located at the distance of 12 kilometers from here.
|15. Chembra Peak – Kalpetta, Kerala||A perfect blend of natural beauty with adventure sports, it is wonderful destination for trekking with a splendid heart shaped lake which is believed to have never dried up.
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Notes to editors:
The Attractions Trend Index rankings were determined based on the percent increase in search sessions on TripAdvisor desktop and mobile for Indian Travellers between 2015 and 2016 for the period of September 1- October 15. Attractions were required to have a minimum of 2,000sessions during the 2015 period and at least four out of five bubbles on TripAdvisor to qualify.