The western ghats of the eastern coast of India
One of the friends while sitting on the terrace of my apartments started recalling his trip to Araku Valley during his college days. This was probably the 25th time he had told us about the trip with each version different from the previous one. Tired of his story another friend of mine told him, "If Araku is really that beautiful during monsoons, why not plan a trip and check if it really is as magical as you always describe it to be during monsoons". We friends looked at each other and each one knew this talk had come up at the right time, Eid was just a couple of days away and it was a long weekend.
5 minutes later everyone was checking the availability of tickets, looking up for car rentals in Vizag and places to visit...what we did not check was the temperature and climate. Getting 11 confirmed tickets was difficult at that time as it was a long weekend and Visakhapatnam is probably one of the best getaways in Andhra and Telangana. We somehow managed to get 7 confirmed tickets and rest 4 on waiting, without thinking much we booked them because we knew 7 tickets were more than enough for a group of young boys going on a fun trip and anyways the travel time was also just 12 hours. Everyone had taken an oath to travel light because of which many of us even did not pack an umbrella or even a raincoat (worst decision ever). We carried two tents which we had purchased long back hoping that one day we all friends would use it for camping one day.