Best monsoon destinations: Monsoon can be the best time to travel, not just because of beautiful, rain-drenched landscapes but also cheap air fares. Here are a few picturesque destinations to checkout in South India
Asian News International
Monsoon getaways in India are sadly underrated. Common notion is that all the vacay-worthy spots are gloomy during the monsoon season. What if we tell you, that some places are best savored during the rains. Looking for cheapest destinations to travel to?
These are not only beautiful but also super budget-friendly so that you don’t end up spending too much travelling or hotel booking.
Gokarna: Beaches are only sought after by many when the sun is out and the sands are hot. What this means is you can take advantage of this culture-rich beach destination at a fraction of the price. Trek hillocks for splendid beaches, sip at quirky cafes or just unwind at one of the many hotels which are always a walk away from the beach! This hippie-hotspot is a scenic drive or just an overnight bus away.
Coorg: As cliched a plan to Coorg may sound, it is just one of those unbeatable experiences in the monsoon. Victorian style home stays nestled in the middle of hilly estates is the best place you can be when it’s pouring out and all green. Trek one of the numerous hills or a little sightseeing and coming back to your cosy cottage to sip your favourite drink for the evening along with the signature pork is what you call – Quality Time.
Yercaud: It is one of those places, which you don’t hear people talk about. Placed among the castling Shevaroy hills, Yercaud is one the perfect offbeat monsoon destinations of all time. Visit numerous waterfalls which come alive for the season, take a stroll around the famous Yercaud Lake which is complete with a park or just soak in the views offered by the many vantage points. This hilltop is also a popular hiking destination, if you’re feeling adventurous. These experiences, among many make this place a top rated weekend monsoon getaway.
Chikmagalur: A city nestled among the Western Ghats, it is one of the most sought after weekend destinations among many travellers. During the monsoon, experiences are even better all around this hill city. Striking off the famous Mullayanagiri trek from your bucket list is only the start of what you can do here. Comfortable and budget friendly stays among the hills, which often come with a view puts icing on the cake!
Wayanada: One of the many gems that the ‘God’s own Country’ has on offer this whole district is a nature lover’s paradise. Winding roads sided with either estates or forests leading to paradise like landscapes like the Banasurasagar reservoir or the many wildlife reserves rich with flora and fauna is where you want to be when the rain is doing its magic. Activities like treks or any other adventure sports are plenty on offer.
Varkala: Probably one of the most underrated and non commercialized destinations in all of Kerala, has naturally become a hippy paradise. Pristine shorelines, age old Hindu temples and the Anjengo fort makes this place well worthy over a monsoon weekend. Cliff side cafes which play world music, stalls selling the rather popular baggy clothes and the whole backpacker vibe the town gives out. All this cannot be missed as there are many affordable travel and beach side accommodation, which makes you look forward to a rainy weekend by the beach.