Chasing the Monsoon
The term Monsoon was first used in English in British India, which includes present day’s India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The Southwest Monsoon winds are called ‘Nairutya Maarut’ in India. The four-month long Monsoon season, which runs from June to September, brings 70% of the country’s annual rainfall.
Southern India in the monsoon is absolutely magnificent places on earth that lures you with her pungent smells, a proud and vibrant culture, lip smacking foods and rich landscape. However, the South West monsoon puts a whole new spin on ‘when it rains it pours’. When the rains hit the Arabian Sea, making inroads into other parts of India, using Kerala as the gateway, you can’t just sit idle. What better way to Enjoy the monsoons than travelling! This monsoon we give You a list of places you could visit in South India and fun things to do.
Meteorological Center in Trivandrum
Visit the Meteorological Center here, understand how the monsoon starts, its arrival, its impact and get latest updates on the weather forecast personally.
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Drive down to Kovalam and enjoy breakfast with the first touch of monsoon. Experience peace and calmness in the afternoon with Yoga and Meditation classes.
Visit the Trivandrum City
Visit the Napier Museum and get an insight on the Mughal and Tanjore art. Get enchanted in the Padmanabhaswamy temple with the Dravidian style architecture and the rich history and mysteries of this temple.
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Allepey House Boat
Enjoy the beauty of the waters to the fullest in the beautiful house boats. Learn more about the maintenance and care of these with the owners. Visit the paddy fields or go Fishing! Enjoy your stay at an island in the backwaters. Visit the Coir museum, a beauty spot on the map of Allepey. Experience life among the chirping of birds in the Pathiramanal Island.
Stay at a resort famous for mussel farming and learn more about the impact of the monsoon on the mussel cultivation. Enjoy the stay at eco-friendly cottages with a treat of fish and mussel dinner.
Cherrapunji of South India
Visit the city of Agumbe – famous for its waterfalls. Get amazed by the beauty of the Barkana falls, as it never fails to fascinate people with its wide variety of flora and fauna. Enjoy the peace n tranquility of the Koodlu Theertha falls as it is situated away from the hustle and bustle of the city life.
An Ancient Royal Dynasty
Visit the city of Banvasi, It once was the capital of the Kadamba rulers, an ancient royal dynasty of Karnataka. Enjoy it’s pineapples in the Pineapple fete held in the first weekend of every month. Visit the famous Yana Caves which is famous for it two black crystalline limestone formations named as Bhairaveshwara peak and Mohini peak. Also treat yourself with the famous Khanavalis of Banvasi.
Get Refreshed in the Jog Falls
Get up close and drenched in the Jog Falls.The monsoon season is the best season to visit Jog falls, as the beauty of the place is enhanced with the hills covered in mist. Ideal place for photographers.
Discover the unseen Goa
Drive past the rolling hills and waterfalls and relax in some less crowded beaches. Visit the local market which showcases some vibrant ingrediants. Learn to cook a new Goan recipe and also visit the less discovered Divar Island or the Fontainhas. Be a part of the Sao Joao Festival on 24th June 2017!
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Blog by : Umaima Khan