5 Places in The Western Ghats to Explore During the Monsoons
In India, the monsoon season is the much-awaited time of the year. The fresh bout of showers is farmers’ lifeline and tourists’ delight. As the farmers get ready to sow their seeds, travelling enthusiasts start making plans for their next trip. While there are many places in India that you can visit during the monsoon, none better than the western ghats.
These mighty ghats, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, come alive during the monsoon. Stretching from Gujarat it runs through many states parallel to the west coast of India till the southernmost tip. From enthralling trekking trails to long drives, and replete with lush greenery, the scenic views for company, there are many places to visit in Western Ghats that would give you a memorable experience.
Fondly called as the ‘lovers’ paradise,’ Munnar is one of the best places to visit in Monsoon in India. Nestled comfortably amidst the Western Ghats in Kerala, the alluring beauty of this place is like no other you may have seen anywhere in India.
During the monsoons, the rains fill up the nearby rivulets to the brim and decorate the hills with beautiful waterfalls, making your drive up to the hills thrilling and mesmerising in equal measures. You can spend as many days as you want admiring the natural beauty that surrounds you all around and yet you would never be bored.
Where to Stay – Club Mahindra Munnar and Club Mahindra Mount Serene
Ponmudi Hills, which literally translates to ‘Golden Peak’ in the local language, is a quaint hill station near the capital of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram. Being part of the mighty Western Ghats, these mesmerising a thick coat of greenery during the monsoon, which is a treat to the eyes.
People come here to quench their thirst for adventure as there are many thrilling activities to do. The narrow hairpin bends are sure to give you the thrill while driving your up to the top, making it one of the best monsoon getaways in the Western Ghats.
Also, there are many trekking trails, which may be quite challenging for amateurs. But it is worth taking on the challenge as the pleasant climate and the stunning view of the top would be worth it.
Perched at the base of the Western Ghats in Coorg district in Karnataka, Kakkabe is one of the lesser known hill stations, making it an excellent monsoon gateway where you can enjoy natural beauty sans the crowd. This region is known for being home to dense rainforest that boasts some of the rarest plants, orchids, and avifauna that you may not find anywhere else in India.
If you are an adventure lover, you will surely love visiting this place as there are many scenic trekking trails here. From the top, you get the most amazing view of the vast coastline and valley below. It is best advised to visit this place between September and October to enjoy the best monsoon travel experience.
One of the most popular tourist places in Western Ghats, Mahabaleshwar is a bustling hill station located in the Satara district. It is a popular monsoon gateway for people living in Mumbai and Pune as they came here to revel in its abundant natural beauty that seems photogenic from every angle.
There are many spots here that are a must visit, including Arthur's seat, the Parsi Point, Elephant head point, the Mapro gardens where you can gorge on some delicious strawberry-laced milkshakes, juices, ice creams and more. The place is every nature lover’s delight during the monsoon season.
Where to Stay – Club Mahindra Sherwood and Club Mahindra Saj Mahabaleshwar
Every year, the monsoon paints the hill stations of Lonavala and Khandala green and adorns it with many cascading waterfalls. These twin towns in the Western Ghats are often engulfed in dark cover of the clouds, which is a sight to behold.
Many tourists from all over Maharashtra and nearby states come to enjoy the pleasant weather. Also, there are many things to do in Monsoon, which keeps the tourists enthralled and busy all day. There are plenty of restaurants and eateries that serve delectable food. You can enjoy the rain while sipping some hot masala tea and gorging on fresh pakora. Visit the many popular touristy points to get a stunning view of the valley and the hills around, which also make for a perfect background to click some epic pictures.
You can visit these places in the Western Ghats anytime of the year, but monsoon gives you a different experience altogether; it is like the showers double up the joy. So, pick a destination and plan a trip soon.