Planning your next holiday around running destinations is more than just a great way of seeing the beauty of India you also get to meet several other runners and create a host of new memories. Whether you’re planning a getaway for some serious running this summer, or looking to mix your holiday with some track time, here are some places for people who swear by their daily run, even on a vacation.
Located near Mahableshwar, this town is nestled at middle of five hills in the Sahyādri mountain ranges, and has been a popular hill station getaway since the British Raj. However, it’s gentle sloping roads, and the large table mountain plateau mean it offers one of the most stunning running vistas in the country. The table mountains or table land as it’s known is flat but run with cautions as it has pockmarks which could be perilous. Mount Malcolm, Mahabaleshwar Temple, Panchganga Mandir, Wilson Point, Sydney Point, Venna Lake, Lingmala Falls, Dhom Dam and Bombay Point are other prominent attractions of the town.
Dotted with cave temples, waterfalls and forts, this 6th century kingdom provides a rocky, picturesque landscape for a run – while the non-competitive nature of the event lets you take in your surroundings without the undue pressures of a race. The Badami run is one among many in the Go Heritage Run series — an event that combines heritage, travel and health through runs that people of all ages and varied levels of fitness can participate in. Home to some of India’s finest rock-cut architecture, Badami offers a glimpse into ancient history through majestic landmarks that dot the running route. It is also the closest town to the world heritage site of Pattadakal-Aihole. Badami was the capital of the Early Chalukyas, who ruled much of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh between the 6th and 8th centuries.
The list would be incomplete without Goa. Located in South Goa, Cavelossim is less frequented by tourists and is likely to let you have one of the perfect runs on a beach. At the southernmost tip of the Salcete beach stretch, Cavelossim has a flat head, which means you can run without worrying about the sideways incline. Besides Cavelossim beach, the winding roads of Goa, coupled with less vehicular traffic mean running on the road is a joyful experience, especially after the monsoons recede. Make sure you wear bright clothing to stand out as even in daytime, the tree cover can hide sunlight well. Head even further south to Canacona and Palolem for an even better road-running experience. Palolem beach offers great soft white sand that can be an effective way to start running barefoot.
As a city host to heritage sites on the Tentative List of World Heritage Sites, Warangal is a rightful earner of the badge of running vacation destination. With Hyderabad close by, connectivity to Warangal is not really a big ask. The seat of the former Kakatiya empire and one of 12 heritage cities designated by the government. Monuments from its rich past include including an impressive fort built in the 13th century with exquisitely carved pillars and arches. Thousand Pillar Temple belongs to the 12th century and is dedicated to Shiva, Surya and Vishnu. The thousand pillars are uniquely adorned and carved with rock cut elephants and the intricate stonework, perforated screens adorning the temple. In addition, there’s the the Swayambhu temple dedicated to Shiva, and the Ramappa temple and the Ramappa Lake itself. Warangal is also the destination of a Go Heritage Run, organised by GOUnesco
Kullu Valley, Himachal Pradesh
It has a unique pleasure of being the largest valley in the Kullu district, also known as Kulanthpiths:’the end of the habitable world’, in Himachal Pradesh, India, you will get to see the pretty views of the mountains, torrents and vast snow in the upper regions. Close to Manali and the Parvati Valley, Kullu’s relatively lower altitude compared to Manali, means it’s an ideal place to acclimatise and run a little before hitting the higher towns.
Close to Kullu, Bhuntar is at the confluence of Beas and Parvati rivers, which offer, at least in the low summer months, some of the best natural sights on a run in India, with the Himalayas in the distance and the river roaring.
Ooty, Tamil Nadu
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This year’s GHR Ooty is based around the The Nilgiri Mountain Railway, which is a veritable heritage wonder of India, having been established in 1908. In July 2005, UNESCO added the Nilgiri Mountain Railway as an extension to the World Heritage Site of the “Mountain Railways of India”.