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In June I'm in India and I'd like to spend a couple of days in India before flying home. So first I thought that Delhi is a good choice, but then I read that the temperature can rise well above 50° C in June. So I ruled it out and thought about beaches. But then I learned that there will be heavy rainfalls almost every day. Not the thing I expect from a day at the beach.

So where in India could I go in June to avoid the hot temperatures but also the heavy rainfalls. It should be worth to do it in a couple of days on my way from India to Europe.

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    India is a huge country where will you be in India, your starting city – vedic Feb 25 '14 at 11:58
  • I'll be in the state Andhra Pradesh – RoflcoptrException Feb 25 '14 at 11:59
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    Go towards Ladakh. Not many people go there, so it will be pleasant and free from the holiday public. Go to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pangong_Tso. It is awesome. Some tourist agencies provide package deals to Pangong Tso, use one of them. – DumbCoder Feb 25 '14 at 13:26
  • @DumbCoder Ladakh and Andhra Pradesh are very far apart. Impractical given the itinerary of a "couple of days" asked her. – Ankur Banerjee Feb 26 '14 at 2:47
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    @Ankur Banerjee - I gave an option, else I would have put it down as an answer. And not impractical per se, for you might be. – DumbCoder Feb 26 '14 at 9:06
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It may be not better than much closer places, but a time honoured retreat from the heat has long been Ootapramund aka "Oooty", a "mere" 6 to 12 hours / 550 km from Madras (aka Chennai).

How does an average June high of 18.3 and record June high of 22 C sound ? :-).

Google maps view here - Ooty at about centre. Missionary children used to be sent there to boarding school.

I'm told it has the only rack railway in India, and one of the two best "toy trains" in India - real trains but small and following steep and winding alpine routes - and suitably hard to get tickets on.

Wikipedia - Nilgiri Mountain Railway

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  • Wikipedia: The Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) is one of the oldest mountain railways in India. The NMR was declared by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in July 2005. This connects Ootacamund with the town of Mettupalayam, at the foothills of the Nilgiri Mountains. It is the only rack railway in India, and uses the Abt system.

Map and example bus route and timetable here. Many others available.
They claim the distance is 549 km, but others say otherwaise. YMMV* :-).

http://www.mapsofindia.com/bus-schedule/ooty-chennai.html

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This site https://www.cleartrip.com/tourism/bus/ooty-to-chennai-bus.html
say Ooty to Channai by bus takes 5.3 to 12 hours. depending on operator etc. This varies from the (more likely) 12 to 12 hours suggested in the link supplied by @vedic.

  • There are 5 bus operators providing Ooty to Chennai bus services. K.P.N, SRM Transports, NAS Travels, Shama Sardar Travels, Alsafa Travels are the top bus operators providing 3, 1, 1, 1, 1 daily buses on this route respectively. The journey takes between 5.3 - 12.0 hrs to complete depending on the operator and the bus type.

    One can also avail of A/C Sleeper (2+1), A/C Semi Sleeper (2+2), Non A/C Seater (2+2), A/C Seater push back (2+2) on this route. The first bus leaves at around 18:00 Hrs and last bus at 19:00 Hrs. The most preferred boarding points for Ooty to Chennai are Ooty, Bus stand with 7, 1 buses departing daily. The average ticket price between Rs. 599 and Rs. 975.0 depending on bus type and operator.

Wikipedia - Ootacamund

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*YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary :-)

  • Ooty to Chennai distance is approximately 720Kms. 1 different operators provide bus service from Ooty to Chennai with 3 daily buses. KPN Travels, operates more number of buses from Ooty to Chennai route. Ooty to Chennai bus timings vary with different operator, it takes around 12hrs to 12hrs to complete this journey depending on the operator and the type of bus. The first bus takes off around 06:00 PM and last bus at 06:45 PM. Ooty to Chennai bus fare ranges from Rs.730 to Rs.975. redbus.in/bus-tickets/ooty-chennai.aspx – vedic Feb 25 '14 at 16:43
  • BTW OP didnot mention the city, only state Andhra Pradesh and OP could probably be in Visakhapatnam which IIRC is about 1000km from Ooty. – vedic Feb 25 '14 at 16:50
  • @vedic - THanks. I've added a quote from the page I cited. THey disagree with each other (no surprise :-) ) - your 12 to 12 hours sounds more likely. | I note that the distance you found is also longer- and probably closer to correct. Best use of YMMV I've ever met :-). | The Ooty bus leaves from Charing Cross. That name sounds familiar somehow :-) – Russell McMahon Feb 25 '14 at 20:44
  • I recommend taking a flight to Coimbatore rather goto Chennai. Coimbatore is lot closer to Ooty. – oneworld Mar 12 '14 at 22:46
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During June you would probably want to head over to himalayas and only option from Andhra Pradesh would be taking a flight to Leh , Srinagar, Jammu.

Leh is excellent option if you have 5 or more days especially since you require first day rest to get used to high altitude. Its great experience if you can manage it.

Srinagar is more suitable for 2 - 3 days trip. There you can experience stay in houseboat in Dal Lake or Nagin Lake.

June is peak time due to school holidays and these are the most popular destination for domestic traveller so you probably would need to start booking at the earliest to avoid possible disappointment later.

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