Plan your long-weekend vacay here
Rains are pleasant but they also make movements difficult. You can’t go out to play, and it may take ages for your friends to reach you during a Mumbai deluge. But a long weekend is nearby and you can make the most of it by escaping this havoc while enjoying the monsoon season. Here’s a lowdown of places you can visit during a long weekend holidays…
Monsoon is the best season to visit this part of the Sahyadri region. The biodiversity would enchant your family, and the serene picnic spots and trek areas are in abundance. Sahyadri Wildlife Sanctuary and Jyotirlinga Temple are some of the most popular places to visit here. It is this time when the abundant flora and fauna of the sanctuary comes alive and rare animal breeds can be spotted.
One of the most beautiful monsoon destinations in India, Coorg is blessed with a variety of flora and fauna in the thick forest cover. Coffee plantations, waterfalls, hill treks and visit to famous spots would keep your days occupied. Just 270 km from Bangalore via road, it’s also called the Scotland of India.
This hill station would be the favourite place of gods in God’s own country. The tea plantations and misty valleys add to the beauty of this hill station. It’s peaceful and serene with moderate rainfall, and can be reached via road from Cochin. Trekking and adventure sports services are also provided by many resorts here.
Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
This small hill station in Tamil Nadu is covered with greenery and has an abundance of flora and fauna. The waterfalls and smaller lakes nearby are a bonus to the trip. You can also organise a picnic or go out for forest walk. It’s 120 km from Madurai and can be easily reached by road.
Shillong is one of the best places in India to visit during the monsoon. Nestled in a green valley and covered with clouds, the town gets more picturesque with rains. Nearest airport is Guwahati, 150 km away.
Lonavala and Khandala are popular but Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra has its own charm. This small hilly region becomes as centre of scenic beauty during monsoon. Dip into your strawberry cream and bite into your chikki while enjoying the waterfalls and treks here. It’s 120 km from Pune and 250 km from Mumbai via road.
Mount Abu, Rajasthan
The only hill station in the desert state, Mount Abu is truly a gem of Rajasthan with beautiful Dilwar Temples and lush green fauna. The city boasts of numerous lakes, temples and hill points where tourists can enjoy. And don’t forget to eat the Rajasthani specialities when you’re there. It can be reached via road from Udaipur.
If you’re in love with sea, you can’t ignore this beauty spot. This pristine beaches and heritage city becomes more beautiful during monsoon. The coffee plantations, French museums, war memorials, and botanical gardens would keep you busy.