On World River Day: Booking.com shares 5 lesser known riverside vacation destinations in India


Beach vacations, hill station holidays, cultural tours, are some well-known travel ideas, but have you ever explored a riverside getaway? On the occasion of World River Day, which is celebrated annually on the fourth Sunday of every September, Booking.com has curated a list of some lesser known riverside destinations that you can visit on your next holiday. From unadulterated scenic beauty and adventure to relaxation and new experiences these riverside destinations offer it all.

Papikondalu (Andhra Pradesh) - River Godavari

Nestled in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, Papikondalu is a sheet fest to the eyes in terms of its scenic beauty. Its beauty is often compared to that of Kashmir as the area around is quaint and bountiful with nature. The beautiful scenery of Papikondalu, the waterfalls at Munivaatam and the peaceful atmosphere at this tribal area makes it a great destination to relax and rejuvenate. The mighty Godavari river twists and turns along the Papi Hills and is a visitor’s delight. To get the real essence of Papikondalu, travelers can explore a boat journey either from Rajahmundry or Bhadrachalam. 

Williamnagar (Meghalaya) - River Simsang

Located on the banks of the Simsang river, this beautiful corner of Meghalaya is home to beautiful gorges, sprawling meadows and lush hills. The neatly planned township of Williamnagar was named after the founding chief minister of Meghalaya, Captain Williamson A Sangma, and it is the headquarters of the East Garo Hills District.  The simple pleasure of just lazing on the banks of the river and soaking the sun, especially during winter, is quite an experience. Simsang also offers opportunities for fishing. Travelers visiting during winters can coincide their trip with the Nathok Wari, a fishing festival organized by the villagers nearby.

Harsal (Uttarakhand)  - River Bhagirathi

Nestled on the banks of the Bhagirathi River, Harsil is a small village and an important army area in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. Surrounded by the majestic Himalayas on all sides, this is an ideal destination for travellers looking to discover unadulterated beauty and soak in the rich culture. While in Harsal, travelers can also visit the sacred temple of Gangotri or spend a day in Sattal which is known for its seven lakes.

Pasighat (Arunachal Pradesh) - River Siang

Situated on the banks of Siang River, the main tributary of Brahmaputra, this place is a photographer's delight. The snow clad peaks, rocky mountains and a variety of flora and fauna offer nature lovers ample opportunities to explore. While in Pasighat travelers can visit Gekar Sinyi, a beautiful natural lake surrounded by a landmass of hard rocks, the Jawaharlal Nehru Museum which has a rich collection of textiles, handicrafts etc that reflect the tribal culture and heritage of Arunachal Pradesh and the Polo Park, a small botanical garden located on top of a ridge.

Nilambur (Kerala) - River Chaliyar

Nestled at the bank of Chaliyar River, about 70 kilometers from Calicut lies Nilambur, a place known for teak plantations and tribal settlements. Its close proximity to the Nilgiri Range blesses this small sleepy town with ample rainfall, waterfalls and lush green rain forests. Enriched with charming landscape, a unique blend of culture, exquisite art forms and a peep into colonial rule makes Nilambur a destination worth adding to your travel bucket list. While in Nilambur, travelers could also visit Adyanpara waterfalls and Nedumkayam rainforest.