Explore different shades of monsoon for your next trip!
- JWB Post
- June 24, 2014
If you have been among the ones longing to enjoy the beautiful lush greens, getting soaked in the rain, the cool breezy weather then are few getaways that you cannot afford to miss.
Get close and personal with the rains at ‘Wayanad’, Kerala:
Located between the Kannur and Kozhikode districts in Kerala, Wayanad is a sparkling green emerald sprawled across the slopes of the Western Ghats. The monsoons persevere here — 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 treehouse. During the occasional dry spells in between, venture out and enjoy everything else the region has to offer. Wayanad ploughs tourists with some interesting prehistoric archaeological sites, tea plantations and thick forests, and is home to some of the oldest (and most insulated) tribes in India.
Experience the pallet of nature at the ‘Valley Of Flowers’, Uttarakhand:
Popularly referred to as the playground for fairies and nymphs, the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is an enchanting spot that unveils its beauty only during the monsoon months of July and August. Formed by retreating glaciers, it remains blanketed in snow and ice through the remainder of the year—it’s only after the thaw, that it gets inundated with a sudden profusion of colour. With around 300 varieties of flowers—including geraniums, wild roses and asters—set against the stunning backdrop of the Garhwal hills with gurgling brooks and streams meandering through, it’s enough to take your breath away. Made popular by the book of the same name written by mountaineer and botanist Frank Smith back in 1937, the valley has managed to remain untarnished even to this day. Be prepared to trek the 15 km trail that gets you there.
Sail in the island to the 15th century at Majuli, Assam:
Another superb monsoon getaway, this one comes with a caveat—make sure you get around to going before it’s too late—a high rate of erosion will soon be responsible for this river island’s demise. Surrounded by the vast and beautiful Brahmaputra, the 452-square-kilometre Majuli, is India’s largest river island. Make your way by boat, and the minute you step foot on its silt-laden shores, prepare to be transported back in time—scattered with rice paddies and flowering meadows, there is an old-world charm to the island that definitely warrants a visit. Moving inland, there are some beautiful ancient satras (monasteries) dating back to the 15th century (there were originally 60 satras , but today only 22 remain), and a community called the Mishing people, who inhabit the island.
Set the adrenalin rushing through your veins at Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra:
Located at an altitude of 700 metres, Malshej Ghat is one of the less frequented, albeit most charming hill stations in Maharashtra. Gushing with 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 splashes with gusto and exotic flamingos migrate to its green environs. If you’re the outdoorsy variety, there’s no limit to the exploring you can do here—from placid lakes and angry waterfalls, to superb hiking trails and an extensive bird life that will thrill even the most avid birders. For the more culturally inclined, this was the birthplace of the legendary Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (yes, the Bombay airport’s named after him), and also houses some ancient Buddhist caves and the Shivneri Fort.
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