Monsoon romance: 6 destinations to fall in love with rains
Monsoon is here finally and there's respite from the brutal summer. Escape your city's bustle this season and enjoy the rains in these six must-see monsoon destinations.Updated: Jun 28, 2015 12:25 IST
The sun is tired of spewing fire and it's pouring in many parts of the country. If you haven't yet, this is your chance to escape to one of these hand-picked destinations to unwind like never before, and enjoy the rains without all the irritants that monsoons come along with in the cities.
The valley at Peora. (Instagram/afnabeel)
This small village in Uttarakhand is the perfect do-nothing destination. You could stay at the Dak Bangla, lounge around in the verandah overlooking the valley and marvel at the imposing Nanda Devi mountain. If nothing else, taking a stroll around and exploring the village will be one thing you wish you could do every day.
Awaken the artist in you. Pull out a canvas, pick up a brush, dust off the palette and paint to your heart’s delight. Write a story or read one. Just laze around and fall in love with the snow-capped mountains and the pine tree-lined pathways.
Peora is located about 70km away from Kathgodam, the nearest railway station. The nearest bus stop is at Haldwani, which is about 90km away. Almora is the closest big town, 28 km away. Dehradun is the nearest airport, situated about 290km away.
Mukteshwar, a trekking destination is about 30km from Peora. Other hills stations like Almora, Ramgarh and Nathuakhan are situated closeby.
Tea plantations and Anamallai hills in the backdrop. (Flickr/Thangaraj Kumaravel)
A small tea-cultivating town on the Anamalai hills in Coimbatore, Valparai looks much like Ruskin Bond’s Dehra. The meadows, the pasture, the tea gardens and the streams make Valparai an ideal monsoon getaway.
Don’t be surprised if you spot wild animals strolling about a tea estate. Valparai shares its boundaries with the Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary. The place is abundant with waterfalls, within a 50km radius. The reservoirs around offer magnificent views of cloud covered hills.
For boarding and lodging, you can choose between homestays, hotels and the more expensive tea-estate resorts.
Valparai is a three hour drive from Coimbatore, which is 105km away. Pollachi and Coimbatore railway stations are the nearest. Pollachi is located 65km from Valparai.
Here are some of the waterfalls and reservoirs around – Athirapally (30km), Charpa (33km), Vazhachal (35km), Peringakuthu (40km).
A pathway through the forest. (left, Instagram/nish_check) , The clouds floating over the Khasi hills. (Instagram/duhheh)
Dubbed the wettest place on earth, this town perched on the Khasi hills in Meghalaya (in the East Khasi Hills district), offers breathtaking views of waterfalls streaming through the valleys. Walk alongside clouds, and while you are at it, sport a knup, a turle shell-like traditional Khasi umbrella made of bamboo and banana leaf.
One of the valleys in Mawsynram is home to the best-maintained living bridges and tree roots curled up as ladders . One of nature’s most exquisite artistry, stalagmites, are tucked inside the Mawjymbuin Caves.
The town lies 15km to the east of Cherrapunji. You can choose between resorts and hotels in Cherrapunji but we suggest you try the homestays there.
Mawsynram lies 15km to the east of Cherrapunji and is about a 2-hour-drive from Shillong.
Nohkalikai and Mawsmai waterfalls, Mawsmai caves, Cherrapunjee.
A stream flowing under a living root bridge. (Flickr/Gaurav Singh)
Mawlynnong is another of the marvels of the Khasi Hills in Meghalaya. Thatched huts line clean pathways criss-crossing through green gardens.
This picturesque village was dubbed the cleanest village in Asia in 2003. The inhabitants have imbibed a culture of cleanliness and this can be seen from the streets, the houses and the bamboo leaf dustbins lining the streets. This village is also known for its beautiful gardens.
Feel closer to nature. Stay in a thatched roof hut or a tree house, walk down a living root bridge. And since Mawlynnong is about a two-hour drive from Cherrapunji, a long weekend spent in Mawlynnong, Mawsynram and Cherrapunji is worth it.
Mawlynnong is about 90km from Shillong and 92km from Cherrapunji. Nearest airport is in Shillong. From Guwahati it is a slightly longer drive (about 175km)
Thatched huts, tree houses, gardens, living root bridges, Nohkalikai and Mawsmai waterfalls, Mawsmai caves, Cherrapunjee.
The serene Ganpatipule beach on a rainy day. (left, Flickr/Juhi Sidharth), A view from the Ratnagiri fort. (Flickr/Paramantapa Dasgupta)
Can anything be better than walking on cloud-kissing hills overlooking the sea? The Konkan coast is in full glory during monsoon. While Goa and Tarkarli are the most popular destinations of Konkan, this small hamlet in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, though less trodden, is quiet and serene. If you are looking for a tranquil location to unwind over a weekend, this is the place for you.
Ganpatipule derives its name from an ancient Ganpati temple tucked away on the shores of the Arabian Sea. Walk along the pristine white sand beach. Enjoy the lipsmacking Konkani cuisine (especially the fish preparations) and down a few glasses of Kokum sherbat.
The ideal place to stay is the Maharashtra Toursim Development Corporation's guest house which is the only resort located on the beach. All the others are inland and you may have to walk a few minutes to reach the sea. Visit the Jaigad fort, perched on a cliff, and marvel at the brillient view.
A seven-hour-drive from Mumbai, nearest railway station Ratnagiri from where autorickshaws are available.
While all the places in and around Ganpatipule are picturesque, there are other tourist attractions like the Arevare seaface, Marleshwar temple and waterfall and the Jaigad fort.
Sunset seen from a hill-top in Ramakkalmedu. (left, Flickr/Sreenath Somarajapuram) The statue of Kuruvan and Kuruthy. (
In God’s own country, is a tiny hamlet very close to Munnar. Canvassed in greenery, the hill-top hamlet in Idukki district of Kerala, is also famous for the wind effect. Ramakkalmedu receives gusts of wind at 25km/hr and hence has many wind farms.
The Kuruvan and Kuruthy statue atop the Ramakkalmedu hills honours the aborigines of the hamlet. Standing there, you can have a spectacular view of the plains of Tamil Nadu.
Distance from Munnar is about 56 kilometers. The nearest railway station is Changanacherry, which is about 93 km away. Madurai in Tamil Nadu is the nearest airport, about 140 km.
Kuruvan and Kuruthy statue, Thekkady, Munnar, Vagamon, Vineyards of Kambum, spice garden tour, wind farms.
First Published: Jun 24, 2015 07:40 IST