Monsoon is no doubt the most refreshing seasons among all. The land is washed and forests are back to their lush greenery. In such wonderful weather who wouldn’t want to take a road trip.
If you can’t plan a long vacation then how about a weekend getaway at the best places during monsoons? They are budget friendly weekends with thrill and fun guaranteed. If you are thinking about planning one then take a look at these narrowed places which are best for road trips in the rainy season.
1. Vishakhapatnam to Araku Valley
Araku Valley in Andhra Pradesh is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. Situated amidst the Eastern Ghats, the roads are surrounded by coffee plantations, cool breeze and picturesque viewpoints. You can start from either Hyderabad or Vizag and you will be constantly accompanied by the scenic treats throughout your journey. The curvy roads and mid halts to taste the delicious Bongu chicken will make your trip even more enjoyable.
Distance: 106 km which can be covered in 6 hours if you start from Bangalore.
Places to Visit In Araku Valley:
There are few places in Araku valley which can be covered in a couple of hours.
- Chaparai which is 15 km from Araku Valley. See the Chaparai waterfall which is a famous shooting spot for Telugu films.
- Borra Caves which are 35 km before reaching Araku Valley. Shop for unique bamboo cups and mugs here
- Padmapuram Botanical Garden
- Galikondalu viewpoint
2. Chandigarh to Kasauli
Kasauli is the lesser ranges of the Shivalik ranges. A very popular weekend getaway for the Delhiites. This place gives bounties of Himalayan ranges, with a clean environment, curvy roads, and mesmerizing view. Kasauli is 6400 feet above the sea level. The hilly rides are very comfortable and safe during monsoons as well. Along the way, you can stop and eat the fresh corn sold by the local people. Do try the Meat – Rice at the locals dhabas. There are many food options for vegetarians as well.
Distance: 58 km from Chandigarh, If you start from Delhi it is approx 300 km.
Places to Visit in Kasauli:
- Timber Trail
- Monkey Point
- Christ Church
- Sunset Point
- Mall Road
3. Shillong to Cherapunji
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Cherapunji lies in the heart of Meghalaya. The place holds a position in the Guinness Book of the World Records as the wettest place on Earth. It rains cats and dogs in Cherapunji. Every season is a rainy season here, however, the rain may vary from light, moderate to heavy. It mostly rains during g the night so during the day this place is heaven with hills covered under clouds and foaming waters.
Distance: Cherapunji is 58km from Shillong, capital of Meghalaya. A steep road covered with mist and clouds leads to Cherapunji.
Places to Visit in Cherapunji :
The place has many natural waterfalls and valleys that are breathtaking.
- Nohkalikai Falls – Tallest plunge waterfall with an enthralling view.
- Double Decker Living Root Bridge- Two-tier bridge which is almost 100 ft long.
- Seven Sisters Falls- Also known as Nohsngithiang Falls falling from a height of 1033 The fall is 70 meters wide.
- Mawsmai Falls- Highest waterfall in India which is must see.
- Thangkharang Park – Located at the edge of the cliff, the park gives a view of the Kynrem Falls.
4. Pune To Mulshej Ghat
Located at 120 km from Thane, Mulshej Ghat is a great place to explore during monsoons. The natural waterfalls that pour from mountains throughout the journey are bliss to watch. The best route from Mumbai is through Kalyan. There are no signboards directing to Mulshej Ghat so one needs to be careful while driving. You can get local food on your way like tea and vada pav. This one-day road trip is truly a refreshing one.
Distance: The distance from Pune to Malshej ghat is 140 km.
Places to Visit in Malshej Ghat:
- Ajoba Hill Fort
- Malshej falls
- Pimpalgaon Joga Fort
- Harishchandra Fort Trek
- Konkan Kada
- Sindola Fort
5. Chennai to Puducherry Via East Coast Road
The most popular and picturesque East Coast Road that runs along the Bay of Bengal coastline is the route you should choose while travelling from Chennai to Puducherry. The beautiful road and scenery by the side make the trip a lot more enjoyable. Pondicherry is one the most preferred Union Territory for a weekend getaway. Also, known as the French Capital Of India, the architectures are worth watching.
Distance: If you travel through East Coast Road( ECR) the distance is 156 km.
Places To Visit:
- Kovalam Beach
- Portuguese Catholic Church
- Alamparai Fort
- French Quarters
- Serenity Beach
- Shri Aurobindo Ashram
6. Ranni To Idukki
Idukki is Kerela’s best-preserved gem and has not been explored much. Idukki is a district in Kerela which is home to many forests, waterfalls, hiking trails, wildlife and spice gardens. If you wish to travel further from Idukki, you can move ahead to Munnar, Ponmudi, Thekkady and many more. You can also take a trip from Bangalore, which will make your trip of about 530 km.
Distance: Ranni to Idukki distance is 56 km.
Places to Visit in Idukki:
- Idukki Arch Dam
- Kulamavu Dam
- Hill View Park
- Thommankuthu Falls
- Periyar National Park
7. Bangalore To Agumbe
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Agumbe is a small village in North West Karnataka famous for many reasons. Agumbe is a place to get the highest rainfall in south India whereas second in India. Located in the Malnad region amidst thick forests, Agumbe is the abode of the venomous snake “King Cobra”. This is the town in Malgudi days where Kasturi Akka had her house. The quietness and rawness of the village are still preserved here. The place is not big with many shops or crowded with people so it’s a perfect getaway from your city life.
Distance: Distance from Bangalore to Agumbe is 370 km
Places to Visit in Agumbe:
- Kooodlu Theertha Falls
- Agumbe Ghat
- Jogigundi Falls
- Kundadari Hills
- Barkana Falls
- Onake Abbi Falls
After reading about such amazing places you must be eagerly waiting for the weekend to attack these places. Enjoy your monsoons and make your road trips indelible.