Sight of raindrops drizzling from the sky, smell of wet soil, cool splash of waterfalls, floating paper boats on water logged streets and sipping hot coffee on a rainy day left permanent marks in our list of childhood memories. While some love to enjoy the showers through windows, others find joy in heading for a long drive to some known and unknown destinations. Away from loud cities, sight and sound of showers become more audible, breathtaking and pleasurable. Nature dazzles with greenery to create a heavenly milieu for either a romantic escape or a lone leisure outing. In this series of our monsoon getaways, we bring forth such top 5 destinations in Maharashtra:
Frequent heavy downpours are a common feature of this small coastal town during monsoon. It is this continuous rainfall that turns Alibaug lush green and blanket the entire region with a misty outlook. A drive via Mumbai- Pune Expressway is the best means to reach Alibaug in Konkon region and enjoy a rejuvenating monsoon vacation amid clean beaches like Kihim, beautifully tucked cottages and freshly cooked sea food delicacies.
Distance: Around 93 km from Mumbai
Monsoon in Maharashtra is incomplete without a drive to Lonavala and its most spectacular Bhusi Dam. During monsoon Shayadri mountains and Western Ghats come alive with greenery, waterfalls and foggy shades of green, yellow, blue, brown and silver. This otherwise quaint hill town gives the best opportunity to enjoy all these. An overnight stay here is the best ever choice. Hotels in Lonavala are pocket friendly and aptly located, which let you enjoy the most gorgeous vistas of wet Sahyadris.
Distance: Approximately 82 km from Mumbai
Though lost in the veritable shadow of its popular counterpart, Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani remained a preferred name for those in search of a sleepy relaxing holiday in a less crowded locale. Its idyllic landscape speckled with colonial cottages, shiny rivulets, quaint hamlets and rolling hills get drenched in rain during monsoon and make the place utterly magical. A walk through its unknown small winding paths covered by rain-kissed trees and bushes gives you a prefect chance to get lost in nature’s beauty.
Distance: Approximately 230 km km from Mumbai
To plan a short trip to Malshej Ghat near Kalyan does not need heavy cash and long leaves. Vast stretches of green rugged hills, dripping water forming small and big waterfalls, floating clouds and chill wind blanket Malshej Ghat with seclusion and rejuvenation during during monsoon. Plan an overnight stay here, as after a visit to Ajoba Hill Fort and Harishchandra Fort, the cozy rooms of hotels in Malshej Ghat let the trip end on a pleasant note.
Distance: Approximately 154km from Mumbai.
While talking about hidden wonders, this is one name that reverberates again and again. Tucked near Igatpuri, Bhandardara has everything required for a monsoon trip in the lap of nature. Gushing waterfalls, tall misty mountains and unending stretch of green landscape delight you every now and then. The beauty of Wilson Dam, Arthur Lake and Umbrella Falls reaches the zenith as rain pours and spreads a magical veil over the region.
Distance: Approximately 185km from Mumbai