Top Five Monsoon Destinations.
Monsoons are a great time to pack your bags and make your way towards the clouds as the rains bring out the spirit of adventure within us. Widespread greenery and the cooler weather is just the incentive one needs to escape from the monsoon woes of city life. Let us check the top 5 destinations that will bring a sense of serenity to our rushed lives and the feeling of being one with nature:
Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra
Malshej Ghat is a hill station (Ghat) which is cushioned in the Western Ghats and is located at a height of 2200 feet. This beautiful hill station comes alive with the first showers of the season and there is nothing but green all around. It is about 150 kms from Mumbai and 130 kms from Pune. Gushing waterfalls and the burst of fauna is a sight to see. If you are lucky, you may see the famed flamingos on the way to Harishchandragarh, a popular trekking destination.
There is surely more to Goa than the many beaches that dot this beautiful holiday destination and the famous churches. One visit to Goa during the rains and you would love to repeat the same every year. The beaches get a real makeover during rains and so does the picturesque landscape. One place that should be a part of your itinerary is the legendary Dudhsagar waterfall that lies in Mollem, South Goa. It looks as if milk is flowing down from the mountains and hence the name Dudhsagar.
Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
This is truly the place to be during the monsoons especially for wildlife lovers. The crowd is surely much lesser than at other times so make the most of a 3 hour jeep safari that takes you into the depths of this dense forest. Rafting in Corbett is also possible during the rains as the Kosiriver is brimming over during the monsoons and presents a great opportunity. With the rains, it is also easier to spot the wildlife that is in abundance in this fascinating place.
Munnar is a must-visit place during the monsoon, contrary to public opinion, if you intend to have a quiet and truly relaxing time with nature. The hills of Munnar come alive during this time and the cool air and mist will engulf you every time you step out of your hotel. Make sure you carry a raincoat or an umbrella to avoid a sudden shower. With minimal traffic of tourists and some amazing discounts available, Munnar is irresistible during monsoons.
Darjeeling, West Bengal
Darjeeling is synonymous with the exotic tea plantations that dot the hills and receives a fair share of rains during this season. The dense fog, lush green forests and the fragrance of tea plantations are an unbeatable combination for the monsoon traveler. The rains may be quite heavy for your liking, but will be compensated by the amazing feeling of relaxation near the foothills of the great Himalayas.
Monsoon getaways can be short trips planned over the weekend or a slightly longer one if you want to stretch it further. Either way, it’s a wonderful time to be outdoors and commune with nature which is at its best during this time of the year.