June 20, 2023
CM Content Team
Monsoon is one of the most awaited seasons in India. A major part of the country receives rainfall from June to September. As soon as the first drop of rain hits the ground, the sense of relief it brings among people is inexpressible. People welcome the rain with utmost glee as it brings a much-needed respite from the scorching heat of the summer.
Apart from making the air and the weather cooler, the fresh showers engulf the vast and diverse land of India in a kaleidoscope of colours, and lush greenery. Nature comes alive and the wildlife make merry in the rains. All these transformations scream one thing – ROAD TRIP!
No matter which city or town you are from, there are many best places to visit during monsoon with family. From quaint countryside to bustling hill towns and beaches, the options are endless. Here, we list down some of the best road trips to take during monsoon in India.
Distance – 150 km (approx.)
Travel time – 4 to 5 hours
Best route – ECR through Mahabalipuram
Pondicherry or Puducherry is a beautiful coastal town on the eastern side of the Indian peninsula. It has a very French aura about it, which is accentuated by the various ancient buildings that have French-style architecture, and churches.
A popular weekend getaway spot for people of Chennai and other nearby cities, Pondicherry draws many tourists all year round from all over the world. But, travelling to this stunning town during monsoon is a unique experience that you must have at least once in your life.
Whether you want to get away from the city chaos or relax by the beach and spend quality time with your loved ones, Pondicherry will surely meet all your holiday needs. While the city itself will win your hearts over with its unique charm, and tourist attractions, the drive from Chennai to Pondicherry can be one of the best monsoon road trips.
The best way to travel from Chennai to Pondicherry is to drive through the ECR or East Coast Road. As the name suggests, it is a coastal road that runs parallel to the Bay of Bengal. Along your journey, you may come across a long stretch of lush green meadows and rice fields.
After a beautiful ride along the Bay of Bengal Coast from ECR, once you enter Puducherry town, you can check-in into Club Mahindra Puducherry, one of the most premium resorts in Puducherry.
Distance – 240 km (approx.)
Travel time – 5 to 6 hours
Best route – Mysore-Masinagudi Route through Mandya, Mysore, and Masinagudi
Popularly known as the ‘Queen of the Nilgiris’ Ooty is endowed with plenty of natural beauty, replete with lush green valleys, gushing waterfalls, and verdant meadows. While you may visit this beautiful hill town anytime of the year, monsoon is a wonderful time to embrace nature being at its best.
So, if you are looking for the best places to visit during monsoon in India, you go on a road trip from Bangalore to Ooty. The long stretches of lush greenery along the road and the thrilling turns on the hills, made even more interesting by the rains makes the trip even more enthralling, and uplifts your mood.
As you start from Bangalore, you can take a few stops to stretch, and soak in the view of the green forests. If you are lucky, you may even sight a few wild animals along the Bandipur forest route.
You can beat the tiredness and rejuvenate for Ooty adventures by enjoying a comfortable stay at one of the resorts offered by Club Mahindra, i.e., Club Mahindra Danish Villa or Club Mahindra Derby Green. These resorts are rated among the best family resorts in Ooty.
During your stay here at these resorts you can enjoy premium amenities and warm and friendly services that will make you feel like you are home! The ideal location of these resorts ensure that they are the perfect base for your sightseeing.
Distance – 588 km (approx.)
Travel time – 12 to 16 hours
Best route – Mumbai-Pune Expressway NH4 through Pune, Satara, Belgavi, Goa
The party capital of India, Goa is one of the best beach holiday destinations in India. Thousands of tourists from all over the country and overseas visit Goa to revel in its natural beauty, relax by the beach, enjoy partying and indulging in water sports.
Sure, you can travel to Goa by flight or train, but a road trip to Goa has its own charm.
So, if you are planning a road trip during the monsoon in India, Mumbai to Goa would be a great choice. The journey from Mumbai to Goa takes you though some of the most beautiful sights you may see in India. And, the condition of the road deserves a special mention, it is smooth and whether you are driving a car or riding a bike, you would love the trip.
The range of amenities you can find along the way would surely make the ride enjoyable for you and your family members.
What better way to enjoy the quintessential Goan hospitality than staying at one of the resorts offered by Club Mahindra or one of their affiliate properties. If you are staying in south Goa, you can stay at Club Mahindra Varca, Club Mahindra Emerald Palms, Club Mahindra Acacia Palms, which are rated among the best resorts in India.
All these resorts boast premium amenities and act as the perfect base for all your Goan adventures.
Distance – 164 km (approx.)
Travel time – 3 to 5 hours
Best route – NH27 through Sukher, Kachhwa, Swaroopganj, Pandoori, Mount Abu
Nestled in the Aravalli Mountain range, Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan. The landscape here is in stark contrast to the rest of the state. While the rest of Rajasthan is known for its magnificent royal monuments like forts and palaces built by the Rajput Rajas and Maharajas, Mount Abu is known for its pristine and untouched natural beauty.
An idyllic hill town, Mount Abu is one of the greenest areas in Rajasthan and a true oasis in the desert. Perched at a height of 4004 feet above sea level, and surrounded by forests, lakes and hills, Mount Abu is often called the ‘Shimla of Rajasthan.’
The greenery here becomes even more endearing during the monsoon season and makes the entire city even more alluring and charming.
If you want to escape to a hill station and be close to nature, you can plan a monsoon ride from Udaipur to Mount Abu. As you drive from Udaipur, you would notice a visible change in the terrain along the way and as you reach Mount Abu, you ease into its calming vibes.
Although the drive from Udaipur to Mount Abu is not too far and the well-constructed roads make the drive smooth, you may feel tired being stuck to your seat for a few hours and would want to relax and enjoy a peaceful sleep before getting ready to explore Abu.
So, once you arrive in Mount Abu, you can drive straight into Hotel Aravali, an associate of Club Mahindra. It is one of the most premium resorts in Mount Abu by Club Mahindra that gives you a sneak-peak into the vibrant and colourful culture of Rajasthan and a taste of the local cuisine that would make your holiday memorable!
As you set out on a road trip during monsoon in India, make sure that you keep a tab on the weather conditions and forecast. Ensure you drive within the speed limit and take necessary safety measures as the rains tend to make the roads slippery, especially in the hilly regions.
At the same time, put your optimistic foot forward, have fun and enjoy an unforgettable monsoon road trip in India.
Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd. (MHRIL), a part of Leisure and Hospitality sector of the Mahindra Group, offers quality family holidays primarily through vacation ownership memberships and brings to the industry values such as reliability, trust and customer satisfaction. Started in 1996, the company's flagship brand ‘Club Mahindra’, today has over 250,000 members , who can holiday at 100+ resorts in India and abroad.