Summer had its tenure for this year and with no surprises it was nothing but typical. The heat and humidity dehydrating the lives of beings with dryness and drought creating adversity than usual. With all the warmth there is always rise indicating the beginning of the new.
Yes, the monsoon has arrived just in time to beat the summer setback and the geography showing better signs of rainfall this year than in 2016. As temperature made its downfall making way for the drizzles there is more to expect in the Q3 of 2017.
Backpackers, getaway gangs, solo riders and the nomads should have already started planning for the season on where to, how to and what to. Besides, South India had never failed its seekers on showcasing its splendor through the Western and Eastern Ghats, backwaters, greeneries and more. Here are some places to trial this monsoon in Southern India.
Coorg, located in the Western Ghats in the southwest part of Karnataka with an altitude ranging from 3000 feet to 5740 ft above sea level was named the Scotland of India by the British Planter community for its lush green mountains, mistiness and cool climate.
Climate: The climate in Coorg is always pleasant throughout the year however during monsoon, the range is from 14 to 29’C
Reaching Coorg: Road: 107 kms from Mysore, Train: 120 kms from Mysore railway station, Airway: 160 kms from Mangalore International Airport
Places to visit:
Abbey and Iruppu waterfalls, Brahmagiri Peak, Mandapatti view point, Dubare Elephant camp, Nagarhole national park, Mandalpatti view point, Bylakuppe - Tibetan Monastery
2. Jog falls:
Located in the Shimoga district of Karnataka, 350 kms from Coorg and 430 kms from Bangalore city. The height of the falls is 253 m and the second highest waterfalls from India.
Reaching Jog falls: 350 kms from Coorg and 430 kms from Bangalore city, 190 kms from Mangalore airport.
Located in the Idukki district at an altitude of 4760 to 8842 ft in the south west part of Kerala along the Western ghats.
Climate: The climate in Munnar during monsoon ranges from 14 to 25C.
Reaching Munnar: Nearest train station is Aluva station and then 120 kms by road, roadways: 127 kms by road from Cochin city, airways: 110 kms by road from Cochin International airport
Places to visit: Blossom Park, Pothanmedu view point, Attukal Waterfalls, Top station: Highest view point in Munnar, Kundala Lake, Anaimudi, Indo Swiss Dairy Farm, Lockhart Gap – For Adventurists, Cheeyapara waterfalls, Munnar Church (seen in the movie - Life of Pi)
Allepey named as Venice of the east is located in the Alappuzha district, Kerala. The mystic backwaters and the lush greens justifying the God's own country tagline of Kerala.
Climate: The climate in Allepey during monsoon ranges from 17 to 30C.
Reaching Allepey: Nearest train station is Aluva station and then 120 kms by road, roadways: 127 kms by road from Cochin city, airways: 110 kms by road from Cochin International airport
Places to visit: Allepey and Kumarakom backwaters
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Alert Note: Very few houseboats will be operated during monsoon.
Located at 7350 ft above sea level, Ooty lies at the junction of the Western and Eastern ghats in the Nilgiri district of TamilNadu.
Climate: The climate in Ooty during monsoon ranges from 14 to 25C
Reaching Ooty: Metupaalayam railway station, 50kms to Ooty by road, Coimbatore railway station to Ooty, 90 kms by road, Coimbatore International Airport, 86 kms to Ooty road, From the nearest city, Coimbatore, Ooty is 85 kms away
Places to visit: Ooty lake, Botanical Gardens, Nilgiri Mountain train ride, Doddabetta - highest peak in the Nilgiris with 8650 feet above sea level
Alert Note: Rainfall may interrupt your sight seeing.
6. Nandi Hills:
At 4850 ft above the sea level, Nandi hills is located along the Western Ghats in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka.
Climate: The climate in Ooty during monsoon ranges from 17 to 27C
Reaching Nandi Hills: 60 kms from Bangalore city by road, Airways: 40 kms from Bangalore International Airport
Places to visit: Sunrise view point, Tipu Sultan Fort, Lake Amruth Sarovar, Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple and Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple, Muddenahalli Museum
Alert Note: Do not travel on overcast conditions, if you are up for the signature spot, Sunrise viewpoint.