The Western Ghats, better known as the Sahyadris, are a 1,600-kilometre-long mountain range that run parallel to the western coast of India. You know you’ve reached the beginning of this UNESCO World Heritage Site when you encounter iconic hills and murmuring rivulets stitched together seamlessly, forming a glorious backdrop to some of the most beloved tourist destinations.
While the Ghats remain a truly amazing sight to behold throughout the year, there’s something about the monsoon here that draws you in and refuses to let go. The way the heavy mist playfully conceals the mountains and entirely new shades of green catch your fascination is something that happens only when grey skies burst open and tumbling pellets of water engulf everything in their path.
The range, which sweeps along the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu, is home to numerous places that transform into a utopia when the winds of monsoon start blowing. Here are some that effortlessly take the top spot on that list:
1. Munnar, Kerala
As a land of abundant natural beauty, Munnar is rather vulnerable to the magic of rains. From lush green backwaters to secluded golden beaches, scenic cascading waterfalls to water-guzzling tea plantations, everything works in your favour when you vacation here in June or mid-October.
2. Valparai, Tamil Nadu
Located in the heart of the Ghats, this biodiversity hotspot is surrounded by dense forests that pave the way for mountainous tea estates. Highlights of your visit will include Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, Vazhachal Waterfalls, Manampalli Forest, Loam’s View Point, and Sri Balaji Temple.
3. Agumbe, Karnataka
This traditional village in the Shimoga district experiences continuous rainfall that enhances the splendour of its rainforests. But more than the wilderness wherein lodges the majestic King Cobra, it is the unforgettable sunset on the Arabian Sea’s horizon that makes Agumbe one of the best places to visit in Karnataka.
4. Ooty, Tamil Nadu
A popular hill station snuggled amidst the Nilgiri Hills, Ooty is more beautiful in the monsoon than any other season. The blossoming wildflowers, roaring lakes, towering peaks, and convivial climate make the place look like something out of a movie.
5. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
Standing before the endless expanses of strawberry fields may sound like a mundane proposition, but in Mahabaleshwar, it is something you must do. The quaintness of this hill station located south of Mumbai provides the perfect ambience for you to relax and forget all about the chaotic world outside.
6. Mollem, Goa
Goa is not all golden-sand beaches and tantalising seafood. It is also torrential waterfalls and reclusive forests, best advocated by a small village named Mollem. Journey through Mollem National Park and Dudhsagar Falls to see a side of Goa that you have rarely heard of.
7. Coorg, Karnataka
One of the most breathtaking Karnataka points of interest, Coorg’s landscape remains miraculously untouched by mankind’s urban dreams. Situated at a height of 1,170 metres, strolling among the coffee plantations here feels like taking a walk through the clouds. From the remarkable view of Abbey Falls to the warm hospitality of the locals, everything about Coorg is therapeutic.
Of course, any good holiday is incomplete without the perfect resort to go with it. That is why Club Mahindra’s Madikeri & Virajpet resort in Coorg are the most popular choice among tourists. These resorts offers spacious rooms of various sizes – from a studio to 2 bedroom. To round out the holiday experience, it also houses modern amenities like a spa, swimming pool, gymnasium, and three restaurants in which you can enjoy every local delicacies and the world cuisines.
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