While there are some of the most captivating spectacles in India to chase the monsoon but Kerala, with its special appeal and distinct charm, beats them all. Skirted by the lush greens of paddy and emerald hues of coconut palms, the destinations in Kerala not just emanate different aromas of nature but also the various tinges of soothing silence. Awed by its sheer beauty, TravelScapes takes you through the scintillating landscapes of this God’s own country, listing the top choices to definitely visit during the downpour
Located in the Idukki district of Kerala and renowned for its Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Thekaddy is ideal to visit for many reasons. Watching the rains in the forests, the rain drops bouncing from leaf to leaf and playing in the puddles while enjoying the aroma of fresh air is probably few of the rare experiences that one may look forward to in this quaint town. The scenic backdrops, the sightseeing experiences and the bird-watching activity at Periyar can lend your soul into a serene tranquility, something that shall stay with you for a long time to come. Making it the most memorable visit for the tourists, the Periyar Reserve comes to life during monsoons when the lush green trees brim with joy. Be it the peace that can be found in experiencing the true colors of nature or a surprise seeing an exotic seabird perched not so far from you, Thekaddy is surely a treasure-house of unspoiled pleasures.
Popularly famed as the “Venice of East” and for its backwater cruises floating lazily along the lush green and swanky fields fringed with coconut trees, Alappuzha or Alleppey is an enchanting town with calm ambiance. Giving special effects to its charm, monsoon season here is a divine experience in itself, making the place all more beautiful. The line of several houseboats cruising on the calm backwaters is another amazing not-to-miss spectacle. Try splashing about in the rains during the monsoon time – you’ll enjoy every moment of it! Adding to the excitement is the Alappuzha beach that beckons you to leave all inhibitions behind and indulge in a variety of water sports such as surfing and parasailing. Alternatively, an exciting game of volleyball in the showers seems to be an absolutely fun choice too.
From gushing waterfalls coming to life with rains to gentle slopes and lush green tea plantations, Munnar, a beautiful town nestled ideally in the lap of nature, is delight to the senses. Even though an exotic destination to visit throughout the year, the actual impressiveness of Munnar is especially brought out during the first showers of the monsoon, making it a picturesque paradise that truly turns the scene from ominous to surreal, in just the blink of an eye. And the best part of visiting Munnar in pouring rains? Its tucked away from the crowd and regular humdrum. Also to calm your adrenaline rush, Munnar offers a bouquet of serene splendours which include Attukal Waterfalls, Lockhart Gap, Eravikulum National Park and more. The soul-awakening views of the rain-soaked hills and the lush green tea gardens painting this scenic town into the hues of green are sure to enthral you every time you visit Munnar, time and again.
One of the most picturesque boroughs in Kerala while also being a top choice for monsoon getaways, Wayanad is blessed with beauty in abundance. Located at southern tip of the Deccan Plateau, Wayanad enjoys the refreshing greenery and inimitable radiance everywhere and its promising ambiance during the monsoons has been tantalising visitors for years now. Displaying tumultuous beauty of the showers during the period of June to September and October to November, this serene wonder in the god’s own country makes you come back for more. You can splash around in puddles near the Pookode Lake or put on your adventure shoes while going to Edakkal Caves or spot the wildlife and absorb the greenery at Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary.