The favourite season of India – Monsoon! Doesn’t only bring us lots of rains but also some tremendous amounts of magnificent and calming naturic beauty too. While the fragrance of soil and tasty snacks brewing up in our houses encourages one to be happy dancing like peacocks in rains, the greens spread everywhere gives away utter positivity and peace to our minds. The cheerfulness of kids when playing and getting drenched in the rains even rejoys the child within adults. And as soon as the moist clouds fill the skies families wish to go out together for small time rides on their vehicles or for the car rides to hill stations or other beautiful places to enjoy the views and have famous snacks of moonsoon like tea, corn, etc. While sitting in front of an alluring landscape and not to forget the most necessary part of trips these days, clicking pretty pictures for one’s social media handles and creating lots of memories. So, in order to help you get the best experiences and even more attractive pictures with enticing backgrounds. Here I have some great suggesstions for adding up to your travel plans this moonsoon.
WESTERN GHATS, KARNATAKA
Western Coastal regions of karnataka with an average annual rainfall of 3456mm is one of the most rainy regions of the country. Karnataka is a home to several famous and beautiful waterfalls, namely Hebbe waterfalls, Abbey falls, Magod falls, Dudhasagar falls out of which the most famous waterfall is Jog Falls, is a waterfall on the sharvati river located in the Western Ghats Siddapur taluk, near Shimoga district. It is the second highest Plunge waterfall in India. It is a major attraction for tourists. While, karnataka’s greenery, rich biodiversity and culture catches an eye of every nature lover, it’s long list of tremendously amazing hill stations, forest reserves, destinations such as Nandi hills, Coorg famous for pleasant nature all around, Agumbe for pristine waterfalls, Chikamagalur famous for it’s huge Coffee producing estates. It is said that Western Ghats in karnataka is the birth place of almost all the rivers like Tunga, Harangi, Sipa, Kali, Bhadra and many more.
Lonawala is one of the most famous hill stations in Maharashtra. It lies within the shayadri range with an altitude of 625 m above the sea level and is 95 kms away from Mumbai in the Southweat direction. It’s covered with pretty dense forests all around with uniquely structured waterfalls flowing from amidst the greens and damns. Lonavala haves a variety of adventurous places to serve you an absolute and most satisfactory fun holiday. The popular tourist attractions here are Bhaja caves, Bushi dam, Karla caves, Rajmachi fort, Ryewood lake, among others. Lonavala is also very popular for the treks like the Andharban trek that starts from a village called Pimpri and ends in Bhira. It’s also very famous for production of ‘chikki’ – hard bars made up of nuts and jaggery. There exists another destination with exhilarating views here, Tiger’s Leap is an unusual name given to this place due to the resemblance of the shape with that of a tiger leaping into the valley. This point, which provides an interesting view of the valley below, is just a short distance away from INS Shivaji. It’s popularly known for appealing sunrise and sunset views seen from here. Another venturesome sites here are Ambey valley a beautiful township situated near about 24km from Lonavala, and ‘Imagica’ which is one of the largest and a very famous amusement park in the country, being a must visit place for children especially.
Another one of the most famous hill stations in Maharashtra is Mahabaleshwar know for it’s cloudy, pleasant weather all throughout the year. You could find a good range of visitors up here during every time of the year. Though, Moonsoon is generally considered the best due to the presence of moisture filled air and a picturesque village feeling you get. Even this place has a lot to serve you with. Firstly, you get to taste the best ‘Vadapavs’ here, the most favourite snack of Mumbaikars. Mahabaleshwar is enriched with stunning strawberry farms which are sold on main street market which is also charmingly constructed with colorful figures and public attractions. From the beginning of journey to Mahabaleshwar until the time you enter the main town there are some stupendous valleys, waterfall and majestic peaks. There are approx five hill top points which are mainly visited by tourists here, visiting these places inculcate a sense of freshness in your mind, the calm breeze, the mind blowing views are all rejuvenating for one’s soul. There are also other activities which you can do here are boating in the lake with mountains surrounding it, buy lots of tasty candies, feed monkeys playing on the hill tops, etc.
Munnar’s sceneric beauty comes to life due to moonsoon rains. It is popularly known for it’s elegant tea plantation estates. The landscape of the place reminds you of those pretty, magistic paintings which would seem unreal to the eyes, but memorises your heart inside. It is the most preferred holiday destinations by travellers in Kerala. It is situated in Idukki district of kerala. It is worth a while to take a cycle tour here and enjoy stupendous views of valleys around. This place has a lot more activities to offer such as camping under the starry night sky; staying in a tree house covered with grassy tea gardens; wildlife sight seeing in Eravikulam National Park; Shikara ride in Kundala Lake; rock climbing in Fun Forest Adventure Park. Other eye catchy sights include Cheeyappara and Valara Waterfalls; Echo Point, Photo Point, and Pothamedu View Point; Rose Garden and Blossom Park excude some soothing and delightful vibe to visitors. Here you can also spot Nilgiri Tahr and the rich wildlife at the Eravikulam National Park of Munnar. There is also a kids-friendly attraction, Wonder Valley Adventure and Amusement Park and more such wonderful adventures to experience, thus making it a adequate choice for your next holiday.
VALLEY OF FLOWERS, UTTARAKHAND
With a stunning backdrop of the imperial Himalayan ranges, the Valley of Flowers National Park presents an splendid view and an unforgettable experience for visitors. It is Spread over an area of 87 sq km in the Chamoli district, the Valley of Flowers National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms one of the two core zones of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve.
The valley is believed to have been discovered in 1931, when three British mountaineers – led by Frank S Smythe – lost their way and reached by chance upon this spectacular valley. Attracted by the beauty of this place they named it the “Valley of Flowers”. As the name suggests, Valley of Flowers is a destination where nature blooms in full glory offering a breathtaking view. Exotic flowers (over 600 species) like orchids, poppies,primulas, marigold, daisies and anemones are spectacles to eyes. Sub-alpine forests birch and rhododendron cover parts of the park’s area. The trek to the valley haves some very amusing and cascading waterfalls and wild streams. It is Situated at an altitude of around 3,600 m above the sea level, the valley is also home to rare and amazing wildlife species like the gray langur, the flying squirrel, the Himalayan weasel, and black bear, the red fox, the lime butterfly, the snow leopard and Himalayan monal, to name a few. There exists an abundance of flowers here in july and september.