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Chasing the Monsoon as it Travels up the Peninsula

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Once torrential streams, in the Western Ghats, are down to a trickle, parched plains look to the heavens for relief, the farmer prays for rain. Its that time of the year when all of them are answered.

Chasing the Monsoon as it Travels up the Peninsula:

  1. Bangaram Island Resort, Bangaram (Lakshadweep)
  2. Vivanta by Taj, Kovalam (Kerala)
  3. Chitrasala Homestay, Kumily (Kerala)
  4. The Tall Trees, Munnar (Kerala)
  5. Government Guest House - Sulthan Bathery, Wayanad (Kerala)
  6. Coorg Regency, Madikeri (Karnataka)
  7. Cozy stay in Mangalore, Mangalore (Karnataka)
  8. KSTDC Mayura Gerusoppa, Jog Falls (Karnataka)

1. Lashing the atoll of Lakshadweep

Lashing the atoll of Lakshadweepsource: en.wikipedia.org

The monsoon clouds gather strength off the coast of this beautiful island. Spectacular views of dark clouds give way to torrential downpours, a preview of what’s coming to the mainland.  In between periods of lashing rain, enjoy the greenery and burst of life all around!

Jyothsna: It's one of the most spectacular and scenic beaches with beautiful lagoon view surrounding all around the island. The underwater view from fibre glass boat is simply breathtaking. You can do many activities such water snorkelling, scuba diving, boating and other water games.

Enjoy the underwater view from the fibre glass boat

2. Rough seas but relief for the locals of Kovalam

Rough seas but relief for the locals of Kovalamsource: worldtravelfamily.com

Kovalam gets relief from the summer’s heat in early June. This is the official start to India’s monsoon. Kovalam, a village famous for its luxurious beach resorts, gets rough seas during this time. There is, however, a certain romance during this season. Also, it’s a blessing for the local fisher folk as this is when most fish spawn off Kerala’s coast.

Vikas: It is very beautiful and surrounded by sea, its beauty cannot be expressed in word, full of greenery, beaches in Kovalam are one the best beach in India, very clean beaches, hotels are excellent.

Get an Ayurvedic experience

3. Rain, life giving rain in the wilderness, Gavi

Rain, life giving rain in the wilderness, Gavisource: www.keralatourism.org

Leaving the coast behind, entering the hinterland and up the Western Ghats, a playground of the monsoon. This section of your chase passes through evergreen rainforests, home to some of the rarest wildlife species on earth. Gavi is a pristine hill station, surrounded by coffee and tea plantations, forest patches and shola grasslands. All come into their own during the romantic monsoons.

Anooj: If you want to be away from the maddening crowd and unwind yourself under the canopy of tropical evergreen forests, we strongly recommend Gavi in Idukki District in Kerala. Entry to Gavi is highly restricted as it is a part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala and prior permission from the forest department is required to enter Gavi.

Watch elephants in their natural habitat at the Periyar Tiger Reserve! 

4. A different taste to your tea this monsoon, Munnar

A different taste to your tea this monsoon, Munnarsource: www.team-bhp.com

Heading north from Gavi, through majestic forests and hardy human settlments you enter the beautiful Idukki district and reach Munnar. It rains here perpetually during the monsoons. The forest streams and waterfalls suddenly burst into torrential magnificence. This is a great time to enjoy Munnar without its usual tourist swarms and great hotel discounts. The romance of the area will keep you longer than you intended to stay.

Shoury Bansal: It's a very nice place with lush green hills of tea & spices. Also there are very beautiful waterfalls. We have also visited Eravikulam national park. It's the coolest place in Kerala. Home made chocolate and spices are fabulous.

Catch a glimpse of the Lion Tailed macaque at Eravikulam

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5. Rejuvenating rain, Sulthan Bathery

Rejuvenating rain, Sulthan Batherysource: www.cntraveller.in

Perched between the Nilgiris biosphere and the Western Ghats, Sulthan Bathery is endowed with spectacular natural heritage and rich history. The rain rejuvenates the forests, coffee plantations and rice fields of the region. Giving rise to spectacular views of the valley and the majestic water bodies.

Pritvi: The Wayanad district came into being on 1st November, 1980 comprising the three taluks of Vythiri, Mananthavady and Sulthan Bathery. The places of interest around Wayanad include Chembra peak, Lakkidi, Muthanga wildlife sanctuary and the Banasura sagar dam. Muthanga wildlife sanctuary is located 16 kilometers east of Sultan Battery and is very close to the Kerala-karnataka border.

6. Rain in the land of the brave Kodava People

Rain in the land of the brave Kodava Peoplesource: www.travelwithneelima.com

Sulthan Bathery to Coorg is a route that passes through thick low altitude tropical forests which boast of beautiful waterfalls and excellent wildlife sighting. Coorg bursts into life during the monsoon. Forests, valleys and coffee plantations house all kinds of flora and fauna, waiting to be explored. River rafting is the best attraction during the monsoons. The humid, wet and cool weather is rejuvenating and inviting, boosted by the excellent monsoon hotel deals.

Rakesh: If you really want to enjoy the monsoon must visit in the month of July. Monsoons are different here it gives feel like your are under shower. Pack your bags with light clothes like sport shirts and shorts and move when its raining. All the water falls are live and weather is very pleasant.

Try the river rafting

7. Rain in the port city of Mangalore

Rain in the port city of Mangaloresource: www.bellevision.com

Leaving behind the Western Ghats and on to the coastal plains toward Mangalore. The Port, the beaches and the fishing Dock called “Bandar” are a true spectacle during the monsoons. Black umbrellas everywhere, human resilience is personified seeing people go about their usual business are the heavens tear open.

Madhu: The city is blended with variety of cultures (Tulu, konkani, malayalam, Kannada ). Loved the nature, Beaches, Temples and the food – fish, neer dose, goli baje, buns, kalthappa.

Try the local cuisine!

8. The valley that embraces the monsoon like nowhere else, Sharavati Valley

The valley that embraces the monsoon like nowhere else, Sharavati Valleysource: www.travelhi5.com

From Mangalore the road traverses the Western Ghats into this remote wilderness. The lair of the king cobra, this valley has both romance and mystery and comes to life during the monsoon. The waterfalls and trekking trails are a thrill to experience in their torrential monsoon attire.

Renukaprasad: It is surrounded by backwaters of River Sharavathi. Take a ride on a coracle and explore the beauty of the island across the lake or go for kayaking and boating. Nature enthusiasts can take long walks in the surrounding forests and take pleasure in watching various birds and butterflies fluttering around.

 Visit the Jog Falls during the monsoon

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