The monsoons are here, and it is time to plan that trip into the clouds. Get away from traffic jams and flooded roads and relish the uplifting beauty of the rains. Here are 7 destinations where you can enjoy the subcontinent’s season of life.
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Lonavala is one of the famed hill stations where weary Mumbai and Pune residents go and rejuvenate. During the monsoons, the mountains are verdant and mystifyingly shrouded in clouds while the forests teem with life, an annual rebirth after the scorching summer. From nature photographers and group travellers to those who seek solace in nature, Lonavala is one of the most loved rainy season destinations. Other attractions here include the numerous forts which speak of this regions strategic importance in medieval times.
Masinagudi, Tamil Nadu
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One of the ranges of the Mudumalai National Park, Masinagudi is a favourite destination for wildlife enthusiasts. Home to flagship species like the tiger, leopard and elephant, Masinagudi is also habitat for many rare bird species. Monsoon is an abundant period for predators and moonlight safaris are a great way to witness animals up close. The hair-raising thrill of seeing a big cat prowl in the dark is incomparable and for such experiences alone. There are many Masinagudi resorts that will help you have the trip of a lifetime.
Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
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With a charming colonial past that lives on in its architecture and heritage, Kodaikanal is also one of the most picturesque hill towns of South India. Perched in the high hills of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal features a beautiful lake and terraced farms that stretch far and wide. The forest area near the town is home to many species. The monsoon months are a joy here with cool temperatures and foggy landscapes adding another dimension to the laid back vibe.
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Coorg is a colourful and unique district of Karnataka, boasting a distinctive culture and a famous cuisine. Enjoy a getaway in one of the estates of the hilly region and listen to tales of tigers and leopards stealthily visiting plantations in the dark of the night. An untamed forested land with a fierce heritage, Coorg provides the stage for a beautiful monsoon vacation.
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Much has been chronicled about the green heights of Munnar, a land of tea plantations and mountainous terrain. Walk across the plantations as the monsoon mist comes and goes. Munnar region provides an escape from the heat and sludge of the plains and is home to many species of animals, including the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. The town provides a quaint backdrop where one can take walks and indulge in tasty local fare.
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With the Western Himalayas looming beyond, Ranikhet stands pretty as one of Uttarakhand’s favourite hill towns. The Queen’s Meadow blooms with Himalayan fauna when the rains touch these northern ranges. A golf course and lake are some of the town’s attractions. Wake up to the fuzzy coolness of the monsoon mist and explore the charming lanes of the old town as you escape the din of the city.
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A desolate beauty greets those who wander into the Rann of Kutch. Gujarat’s western district juts into the Arabian Sea and becomes a marshland during the wet months. The Banni Grasslands are part of a rich and delicate wildlife ecosystem, and a monsoon trip to Kutch will lead to many discoveries and unique sights.
These monsoon destinations make for great trips with the family. If you are looking at closer locations because of time constraints then Nandi Hills, Bangalore and a host of Bandipur resorts provide excellent rainy day getaways. A corporate day outing in resorts in Kanakapura Road can help in breaking some ice and create more bonding. The rain drops are falling, step out now.