In India, monsoons are considered to be the lifeline of the economy since the agricultural practices are mainly supported by the rain water. Apart from this, the rains also enrich the environment making it greener and cooler, providing a much needed respite the scorching heat. The Western Ghats, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, is no exception to this fact. Tag along as I venture on to the best places to explore in the Western Ghats these monsoons.
Ponmundi Hills (Kerala)
Ponmundi is a hill station near Thiruvananthapuram which means ‘golden peak’. The mesmerizing hills carpeted with lush green forests are a treat for the eyes. Being a part of the Western Ghats, Ponmundi is a marvelous place to visit in monsoons. To satisfy your thirst for adventure, this place has a variety of thrilling activities to offer. There are twenty two hair pin bends on the drive through the narrow road which will surely raise goosebumps. Further, embark on the trek over the challenging terrain of Ponmundi hills to take your adventure a step further. The pleasant climate here during the rainy season is a great place for all travelers alike.
Known as ‘lovers paradise’, Munnar is an enchanting getaway destination these monsoons. It’s not everyday that you get drenched and soaked up in the lovely downpour. That is why you should visit Munnar amidst the Western Ghats of Kerala to experience the mystic charm of this place during the rainy season. With the nearby rivulets filling up to the brim and traversing their way ahead make up for an enticing view of the place. Top it up with a hot cup of tea which will rejuvenate you and get you cracking for another trail in this amazing place.
Kukke Subramanya (Karnataka)
Lying in the shadows of the Western Ghats, Kukke Subramanya is a trekker’s paradise. Visiting this place in monsoons enables you to explore the natural beauty of the surroundings of this place. As the rains become a frequent visitor in the region, astonishing waterfalls knocks the doors of Kukke Subramanya quite often. Planning a trip to this destination in monsoons will leave a long lasting impact on your memory.
Karkala is a holy Jain town situated at the foothills of the Western Ghats. The drive up to this place is splendid in the monsoons, especially when you witness the falling water around through the crevices of the hills. From the center of this picturesque little town rises the Gommata Betta Hill where a huge monolith of Lord Bahubali, the first Jain Tirthankara, sits comfortably. During the rains, this place appears photogenic with misty mountains and lush vegetation stretching as far as you can see.
Kakkabe lies at the base of the Western Ghats in the Coorg district. This region has a dense rainforest that comprises of a rich bounty of rare orchids, plants and chirruping birds. Scenic treks over the nearby peaks will also give you a magnificent view of the coastline. A visit to Kakkabe is recommended in the month of September to get the best of the monsoon experience in this quaint little town.
Varandha Ghat (Maharashtra)
Located between Konkan and NH4 in Maharashtra, Varandha Ghat is a lovely place that is wrapped with pristine lakes and gushing waterfalls during monsoons. This little known place is just the perfect choice to get away from the chaos of the city while you soak up the natural beauty around you. As you near this ghat the scenery turns beautiful, greenery increases and the cool mountain breeze lifts up your spirits. Take this classy tour to Varandha Ghat these monsoons. You won’t be disappointed.
One of the best hill stations to visit in the western ghats is Mahabaleshwar which is about 120 km from the city of Pune. On the way to Mahabaleshwar lies Panchgani which is another wonderful destination to fulfil your monsoon cravings. The combination of these two sites offer awesome photogenic views of nature, especially with the foggy environment during rains. Get along with some hot tea and the local cuisine, where strawberry is the main ingredient. To make the most of your trip, make way to scenic spots like Sunset Point and Arthur’s Seat which are some famous places to visit in Mahableshwar. All the adventure lovers should certainly visit this place during the monsoon season.
The monsoons turn the hill stations of Lonavala and Khandala into some kind of magical place altogether. These twin towns in the Western Ghats will engulf you in the dark clouds and petrichor. A lot of tourists flock this place during this time due to its pleasant weather. There is a subtle charm of these places which are enhanced by the rains to a great effect. There are a bountiful of restaurants and eateries here where you can enjoy hot & food along with water pouring in the background. Enjoy your time here so that you can take home some nice little memories with you.
Mumbai – Pune Highway Route (Maharashtra)
This drive is something you shouldn’t miss if you want to experience some of the best views of the Western Ghats in Maharashtra during the rainy season. The routes are quiet serene, with gentle green slopes, winding roads and smooth traffic. The six lane expressway is surrounded by beautiful small peaks on both sides and it offers the space and serenity to experience the Western Ghats at their best.
As the monsoon season is arriving soon, rev up your wheels and start preparing for your next trip as the Western Ghats awaits you.