You’ve enjoyed it from your terrace, in your room nicely tucked in with those Maggi noodles, on a long drive… now soak in the monsoon magic with these getaways you can explore this season. Consider these destinations that don their rain-soaked avatars with effortless charm.
The Monsoon Ayurveda Treatment in Kerala
Green paradise in Wayanad: Located between the Kunnur and Kozhikode districts in Kerala, Wayanad is a sparkling green emerald sprawled across the slopes of the Western Ghats. The rainy season starts in June and lasts all the way till mid- November, during which the already lush landscape takes on an even more vibrant shade of green and everything, is washed squeaky clean. The most enjoyable way to experience it is by checking into a jungle resort; even better if it has a tree house. During the occasional dry spells in between, venture out and everything else the region has to offer. Wayanad wows tourists with some interesting prehistoric archaeological sites, tea plantations and thick forests, and is also home to some of the oldest tribes in India.
Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand: Popularly referred to as the playground for fairies and nymphs, the valley of Flowers in Uttrakhand is an enchanting spot that unveils its beauty only during the months of July and August. Formed by retreating glaciers, it remains blanketed in snow and ice through the remaining part of the year- it’s only after the thaw that it gets inundated with a sudden profusion of color. With around 300 varieties of flowers – including wild roses, geraniums and asters- set against the stunning backdrop of Garhwal hills, with gurgling brooks and streams meandering through, it’s enough to take your breath away. Be prepared to trek the 15 km trail that gets you there.
Cascaded beauty at Malshej Ghat: Located at an altitude of 700 m, Malshej Ghat is one of the less frequented, albeit most charming hill stations in Maharashtra. Surrounded by waterfalls cascading down its steep cliffs, Malshej Ghat is beautiful all year round. But the best time to visit is during the monsoon months, when the water gushes with gusto and exotic flamingos migrate to its green environs. If you love being outdoors during the rains, there is no limit to your exploration here. From placid lakes and gushing waterfalls, to fun hiking trails and an extensive bird life, the place can thrill one and all.
Bamboo Forest Trail: Located in Maharashtra’s easternmost district, named Chandrapur, Tadoba National Park referred to as “The Jewel of Vidharba” is the only central Indian park that is open during the monsoon. Apart from offering an amazing opportunity to explore the bamboo forests of Tadoba, this place promises a rendezvous with tigers and their cubs during the rains.
- Dress Appropriately: Opt for loose fitting, light clothing like shorts as opposed to heavier knits that take a long time to dry.
- Wear Sturdy shoes: Always wear well-soled shoes/sandals.
- Do not forget that umbrella and your raincoat
- Travel prepared: Avoid those creepy crawlies with mosquito repellant, anti-itch creams and disinfectants.
- Keep an eye on the news: Avoid areas that may be dangerously hit by rains.
Keep the Monsoon Magic alive… 🙂