June 18, 2011

Top 5 Monsoon Getaways

Who wouldn't love to spend a rainy evening over a coffee with a light music in the background, seeing life through the greenery of nature - a state of extreme relaxation, you feel the cool raindrops falling on your heart where mind is at peace with itself. Yes, it's the monsoon is the right time to explore the beauty of India. It's when you get a chance to go back to your childhood, play your heart out in the pouring rain like a little kid, and spend time with your friends and family. So, plan your season, we suggest you some great places to visit during this monsoon - explore the pages ahead.

1. Jog Falls

Set in the wild and peaceful surroundings, Jog falls is the eye candy in the Shimoga district of the southern state of Karnataka. The highest plunge waterfall in India, the beauty of Jog falls is fully exposed during monsoon where the rain and fog play with the view of the waterfall making it disappear and re-appear every few minutes. Placed 332 kilometers away from Bangalore, the fearful descent of the mighty waters that is enveloped in a dense cloud of vapor is a real treat to the eyes which one can never forget.

2. The Valley of Flowers National Park

There is no better time than the monsoon season to trek down to the Valley of Flowers which is renowned for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and

outstanding natural beauty. Situated in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, bordered by Nepal and Tibet, the glory of the valley comes alive with the monsoon rain. This richly diverse area is also the home to many rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep. This high-altitude Himalayan valley has around 300 different varieties of alpine flowers, the beauty of which is doubled by the mountainous snow capped background. The park stretches over an expanse of 87.50 kilometers and is located in Chamoli Garhwal, close to Nanda Devi National Park, which is around 595 kilometers from Delhi.

3. Periyar National Park

Unlike the other tourist locations in India, the Periyar National Park located down south in Kerala, stays open during the rains for everyone to enjoy its beauty. The tranquility of nature is kept safe as safaris are only carried out by boats. Set high in the mountains of the Western Ghats, the park often called by the name Thekkady and has 780 square kilometers of dense hilly forest, with 350 square kilometers of this being core park land. Approximately, 75 percent of the entire protected area is covered of unaffected evergreen or semi-evergreen rain forest. It's a home for a large number of wild animals and sightings of wildlife is the main attraction here especially elephants that engage in playfulness by the Periyar lake.

4. Dudhsagar Falls

Considered to be one of the popular waterfalls in India, Dudhsagar Falls is located on the Mandovi River in the state of Karnataka, and is just 60 km from Panaji, Goa

. Listed as India's 5th tallest waterfall and is 227th in the world, the ferocity of its fall during the monsoon makes it the most spectacular natural phenomena in Goa. Placed 10 kilometers from Kulem Railway Station, Dudhsagar falls a location of peace and serenity and is the best place to evoke the adventurous spirit in you.

5. Lonavala and Khandala

The splendor of nature shown in abundance, Lonavala and Khandala are the most famous hill stations in the state of Maharashtra. Lonavala is known for its beautiful valleys, lush greenery, hills, milky waterfalls, and pleasant cool winds. There are many other attractive destinations such as Karla, Bhaja, and Bedsa caves nearby Lonavala, which is often adorn with the name as 'Jewel of Sahydri'. Khandala, which is relatively smaller and calmer, is known as the pride of the Sahyadri Mountains for its waterfall and the beautiful mountain ranges. The two hill stations situated at the Sahyadris Mountains are a true feast for the eyes during the rainy season. Lonavala and Khandala are 104 km from Mumbai and 64 km from Pune on the Mumbai-Pune highway

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