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Top 15 attractions in India that have seen the greatest increase in traveller interest this autumn

Suman Prasad

TripAdvisor, the travel planning and booking site, recently announced the results of its Attractions Trend Index, revealing the top 15 attractions in India that have seen the greatest increase in traveler interest this autumn, based on year-over-year search activity on TripAdvisor.

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 a private day tour for INR 2,782 per person.

YoY change: 507%

2. The Saturday Night Market – Arpora, Goa

A one stop shop for shopaholics, this sprawling market comes into play every Saturday evening from 6 pm into late night. It also houses cuisines from across the globe and hosts live music concerts.

YoY change: 166%

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.

YoY change: 159%

4. Banasura Sagar Dam – Vythiri, Kerala

Located north west of Kalpetta, the backdrop of Banasura Hills is 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.

YoY change: 136%

5. Lohagad Fort – Khandala, Maharashtra

One of the many hill forts of Maharashtra, Lohgad fort is a popular historic structure and was 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.

YoY change: 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.

YoY change: 115%

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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.

YoY change: 115%

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8. Mattupetty Dam – Munnar, Kerala

Situated in the famous hill town of Munnar, Mattupetty Dam is a popular picnic spot and is enveloped with acres of tea and spice plantation. Travellers can experience the green Paradise of Kerala through a private day trip bookable on TripAdvisor for INR 4542.

YoY change: 114%

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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.

YoY change: 112%

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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.

YoY change: 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 spot dolphins here and it is famous for thick coconut groves.

YoY change: 107%

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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.

YoY change: 95%

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.

YoY change: 94%

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.

YoY change: 91%

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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.

YoY change: 88%

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