Come monsoon, tote bags are packed, rain jackets are removed from dusty and damp lofts, and gumboots are splurged on. All for a spontaneous weekend road trip in the rains, without which the season would seem incomplete. And if you haven’t yet gone on one, we’d urge you to give it a try. To make it a tad easier for you, we curated a list of places across India that are absolutely spectacular during the rainy season. Here’s your cue to take that Friday off and plan a much-needed long-weekend getaway.
The Machan, Maharashtra
Located in one of Maharashtra’s much-adored hill station, Lonavala, The Machan is an eco-resort in the midst of lush green hills and waterfalls. With tree houses 40 ft. above the forest floor, the resort offers a unique and serene experience away from the din of city life. Immerse yourself in a tropical monsoon experience with masala chai, pakoras, and one too many spa sessions. You can also satisfy the adventure bug in you by going on the many treks and guided trails conducted by the resort.
Getting there: The Machan is a two-hour drive from Mumbai and Pune.
Vythiri Resort, Kerala
For those looking for a complete escape from the city and a buzzing social calendar, the Vythiri Resort, located in the Wayanad district of Kerala, is a must-visit. Spend the weekend in the midst of lush green canopies and diverse flora and fauna. This eco-friendly jungle escape offers a host of experiences to truly relax, rejuvenate, and take in the rains with their Ayurveda centre, spa, swimming pool, and other offerings. Indulge in the local cuisine, visit the natural wonders of the region or simply stay in and cosy up with your favourite read.
Getting there: The resort is about 45 km from Kozhikode airport and makes for a picturesque drive.
Amrapali- House of Grace, Goa
While many believe monsoons may not be the best time to travel to Goa, we think otherwise. The sunshine state is breathtakingly beautiful during the rains and offers a host of experiences from treks to café-hopping in the city. And the Amrapali-House of Grace might be the perfect place to stay to experience this. An independent boutique hotel located in the heart of Goa, it offers everything you need to rejuvenate and treats you with a waterfront view.
Getting there: Amrapali- House of Grace is a 30-min drive from Goa International Airport, Dabolim.
Taj Madikeri Resort and Spa, Coorg, Karnataka
Perched atop a hill and surrounded by gigantic rainforest trees, monsoon clouds, and fog, lose yourself in the serene landscape of the Taj Madikeri Resort in Coorg. Seek solace and warmth in the beautifully constructed property and familiarise yourself with the vast expanse of the forest. Take a dip in the temperature-controlled swimming pool or plan a romantic dinner with your beau against the backdrop of a downpour. You can also go off-road biking and on the many nature walks that have been curated for guests on the property.
Getting there: Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa, Coorg is about 90 km from Kannur International Airport, and the drive to the property is definitely worth the while.
The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
For those wanting a quieter monsoon experience, with just the right amount of rainfall (or lesser), travelling to the city of lakes might not be such a bad idea. Explore the palatial structures of Udaipur amid light rainfall and gentle winds, and indulge in soul-satisfying, traditional Rajasthani cuisine that will leave you feeling warm and content. Located on the banks of Lake Pichola, Udaivilas offers a taste of the royal life with its luxuriant gardens, vaulted domes, and more. You can choose to explore the heritage sites of the city or stay in and visit the Oberoi Spa for a rejuvenating experience.
Getting there: The Oberoi Udaivilas is about a 45-minute drive from Maharana Pratap Airport.