Did you miss out making the most of the rains this year? Perhaps work or other commitments made it difficult for you to sit back and enjoy the delicious smell of wet mud while sipping on some hot tea and snacking on fresh pakoras. If you’re disappointed about not making the most of the monsoon, do not be. There is still some time left to enjoy this beautiful season before it ends. Here are nine hill stations you can escape to, before September ends.
Beautiful spice farms and tea gardens, and misty hills in mesmerising shades of green make this southern hill station a must-visit. Munnar is home to the highest peak in the Western Ghats - Anamudi. Take a trek up to witness some gorgeous views and make the most of nature and wildlife photography opportunities here. Take a plantation tour, walk along the Devikulam lakes, and gorge on delicious Kerala cuisine. Aside from the Attakul waterfalls, you might catch a few seasonal waterfalls if you look around. The best thing about visiting at this time of year is that you may not have to share this paradise with too many people.
If you’re looking for something more touristy, visit Wayanad, which is just 8 hours North of Munnar. Known for its monsoon tourism, this place has something for everyone from honeymooners to trekkers and campers, nature lovers to wildlife enthusiasts. The brilliant blue flowers – Neelakurinji that bloom once every twelve years lure many to these hills. Wayanad also offers numerous sports for the adventurous such as camping, hiking, bamboo rafting and more.
Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
A magical place to visit during this season is Kodaikanal, whose name means ‘The Gift of the Forest’ in Tamil. It is situated in the Palani Hills of the Western Ghats and is a pleasure to witness in the rains. Come here for a relaxing getaway amidst granite cliffs and stunning waterfalls and stay for the forest trails and rainswept valleys. For the adventurous, there are several treks to choose from, like Dolphin Nose, Pambhar Falls, Kurunji Andavar Temple and more.
Located in the Kodagu district, this densely forested hill station is a biodiversity hotspot and is popular amongst river rafting enthusiasts. Sip freshly brewed coffee on a plantation walk in the hills which are adorned by seasonal waterfalls. Explore the Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, trek up to Kotebetta or visit the impressive Jog waterfalls. If you enjoy a cultural immersion, do catch a Kodava (local folk dance) performance and relish various Coorgi delicacies.
Mahabaleshwar, located in the Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats is just eight hours from Mumbai. It witnesses torrential rains, which draw visitors to its foggy hilltops and lush green surroundings. The fresh strawberries with cream from the local fields of Panchgani, the hillside peeking through low hanging clouds and the air itself make it one of the most popular romantic getaways in the country. A visit to Pratapgad fort and Lingamala waterfalls is a must when travelling here.
Mt. Abu, Rajasthan
The only hill station in the arid state of Rajasthan, Mt. Abu surprisingly offers hilly landscapes, cool climate and picturesque walks. Washed clean in the monsoons, the marble walls of the Delaware Jain Temple glimmer softly and is a must visit when holidaying here. This hill station is perfect for the spiritual or historical kind. Take a trip to Guru Shikhar temple, the highest point in Mt. Abu, or visit the colourful markets to get a glimpse of the local culture and meet new people.
Darjeeling, West Bengal
Walk through tea estates, while feasting your eyes on Mt. Kanchenjunga and other snow-capped peaks of the Eastern Himalayas. During the monsoon, the smell of fresh tea leaves is in the air and toy train rides are like vivid dreams come true. Embark on trekking trails, marvel at natural bliss and reward yourself with a rejuvenating break to these majestic mountains.
To make your last-minute monsoon holidays easier to book, get a Club Mahindra GoZest package, which is not only affordable but perfect for taking short, spontaneous trips! More importantly, you can pick a suitable Club Mahindra resort to ensure a comfortable stay, complete with indoor and outdoor activities, spa treatments and authentic local cuisine for you to dine on.
So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head out before the monsoons come to an end!