I was talking to my colleague the other day about mountain vacations versus beach vacations and he said he hated beaches. He did not mind the water but the sand and cleaning up after put him off beach vacations. “You are missing out on the fun of waterside relaxation my friend”, I told him. “Not at all!”, he replied. “I have my fill of the waterside at Lakesides and Riversides”
I realised I don’t think lakefront when I think of a waterside vacation and it is a shame because we have such amazing lakes and rivers. Following that conversation, I made a list of lake and river destinations that I have enjoyed. These are great for people like who like waterside but not crowded beaches.
Three waterside destinations for those who don’t like beaches
Vembanad Lake, Kerala
The longest lake in India, it is bordered by three districts in Kerala. It is not just a lake but a Wetland ecological system. Vembanad is also the nerve centre of the Kerala backwaters, the unique tourist experience that has put Kerala on the world travel map! Vembanad Lake can be experienced in many ways. You could go for a boat ride along the backwaters, enjoy bird watching at the numerous bird sanctuaries, live in a houseboat or just relax at a resort along the banks. Sumptuous Kerala cuisine is an added bonus! Don’t miss the malabar parotta and fish curries at this king of waterside destinations!
Lake Pichola, Udaipur
Imagine combining the Rajasthani hospitality with the sereneness of a lakeside destination. Udaipur, the city of lakes boasts of many lakes but the grandest of them is Lake Pichola. Many hotels dot the periphery of the lake, like Trident Udaipur and provide a luxurious experience. The mild winters of Rajasthan, some great food and culture and amazing shopping experience opportunities – what else would you want from a vacation? To top it all, Udaipur is well connected by road and air to major cities and a long weekend break is easily doable.
Shivpuri is THE river rafting destination in India. If you want to combine the adrenaline rush of water sports with a relaxing time on your break, Shivpuri is the place to head to. Camps dot the banks of the Ganges, giving you options to live in tents right on the river bank or cottages and hotel rooms, all surrounded by the crisp mountain air where the sounds of water gushing through are never far away.