Break the monotony

For those stuck at home for months, a change of environment is not only welcome, but also much required according to psychologists. Staycations and workcations (stay/work + vacation) seem to be the best travel solutions for 2020. (Even UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is on a two-week family staycation in Scotland!) Here are some destinations for that refreshing getaway you deserve


This hill station located in the heart of Tamil Nadu is a visual treat with its cascading waterfalls, lake and green fields. Though generally a trekking hotspot, the breathtaking views from the hotels and the Punganoor Lake make for a pleasant weeklong stay.

Distance 150km from Bengaluru; 250km from Chennai; Key properties: Kumararraja Palace, Sterling Yelagiri

Diamond Harbour

The highlight of a trip to Diamond Harbour is said to be the soothing experience of sitting on the banks of the Hooghly, watching boats sail by. It was an important Portuguese trade port that was often troubled by frequent pirate raids. Now, it is one of Bengal’s most serene weekend getaways

Distance 50km from Kolkata; Key properties: Ganga Kutir, The Ffort Raichak


An underrated destination for Mumbaikars. Its greenery and variety of birds help you escape the bustle of the city. There are numerous mud-and-thatch houses around that give it a quaint touch. The Vadivali Lake is surrounded by the scenic Western Ghats, setting the mood to kick back and relax.

Distance 100km from Mumbai; Key properties: Firdaus Baug, Le Farm


A charming town in Uttarakhand, filled with colonial-style buildings amid oak and pine forests. There is nothing much to see in Lansdowne. But what it does ensure is that one gets to nestle in the lap of nature, in a home far from home. A lake, a museum, cosy cafes and a great sunrise point complete the package.

Distance 250km from Delhi; Key properties: Blue Pine Resort, Lans Castle

Araku Valley

This valley in Andhra Pradesh has rich offerings of coffee plantations, forests and waterfalls amid misty hills. It is also the perfect location to take a drive on long, winding and picturesque roads. No trip to Araku is complete without trying out Bongulo chicken, the local delicacy.

Distance 110km from Visakhapatnam; Key properties: Ananthagiri Haritha Hill Resort, Mountain View Resorts