Best Monsoon Destinations in the Western Ghats

By on September 08, 2021
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Best Monsoon Destinations in the Western Ghats

Monsoons mean adventure to explore varied landscapes. India Tourism presents a list of destinations to explore if you plan to travel around the Western Ghats

Goa

This state on the west coast popular for pristine beaches is more than just a party place. Monsoons are a great time to visit if you want to enjoy real solitude amid nature and take good advantage of the low-cost stays at hotels/resorts. Beaches remain open and active throughout the year despite reduced activities during the monsoons. Around this time, a bike ride along the green hinterlands of Goa can be a rewarding experience as you interact with some of the friendly locals. 


Khandala-Lonavala (Maharashtra)

The place is a perfect weekend getaway and the drive can be exciting as one travels through the spiralling ghats. Lonavala is famous for its chikki - a local sweet delicacy made of peanuts, dry fruits and jaggery - and chocolate fudge, both of which are perfect monsoon treats. For adventure lovers, many trekking options to Rajmachi fort and Lohagad  are available.


Matheran (Maharashtra)

Matheran is a hill station between Mumbai and Pune The most enjoyable experience is reaching the destination by a toy train from Neral near Mumbai. The journey is mesmerizingly beautiful with awe-inspiring sights as the train moves through the narrow gauge railway track.  It is the perfect place to spend a couple of quiet days and experience a tryst with nature like never before.


Wayanad (Kerala)

Wayanad has heavy rain showers, stormy winds, the merry sounds of rains battering rocks, lush green plantations and awesome weather, you can experience a perfect Indian monsoon to your heart’s content. Some major attractions during the monsoons are Pookode Lake, Banasura Sagar Dam, Meenmutty Falls, Eddakal caves, and Karapuzha River.


Kodaikanal (Tamil Nadu)

Kodaikanal is one of the most visited hill stations with its pleasant climate This is also a time when the region has active waterfalls which add to the fun of a monsoon holiday. Major tourist attractions in Kodaikanal are Berijam Lake, Silver Cascade waterfalls, Coakers Walk, Chattiar Park, and Kurinji Andavar temple.


Coorg (Karnataka)

Coorg is one of India’s most loved hill stations. Some of the must-see places in Coorg are Abbey and Iruppu Waterfalls, Nagarhole National Park, Raja’s seat, Bylakuppe - the second biggest Tibetan settlement in India, coffee and spice plantations. A trek through the verdant trails of Brahmagiri peak or Mandalpatti is recommended for nature enthusiasts.


Chikhaldara (Maharashtra)

Chikhaldara has deep mystic valleys and gorgeous waterfalls. If you are looking for some adventure, then the Melghat Wildlife Reserve that borders Chikhaldara on three sides is a spot for tigers, leopards, wild boars and other animals. Melghat Wildlife Project is also home to 700 species of plants. Visiting the Gavilgad fort and camping by Lake Sipna on the outskirts would be an ideal way to conclude your trip.





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