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Top 5 Monsoon Getaways in India


Chikmagalur
Wake up and smell the coffee, literally, at Chikmaglur—the coffee outpost situated near Bangalore. You can choose among sprawling resorts or quaint homestays for your sojourn. Sign up for a coffee plantation tour, hop on a bicycle to explore the sprawling estates or hoof it through the verdant wilderness. After a long day, end the evening with what else, but a cup of steaming hot coffee.


Alappuzha (also called Alleppey)
Drift in the calm backwaters of Kerala on a kettuvallam, or a Kerala-style houseboat and feel the dew drops on your palms. Alleppey’s palm-fringed mirror-like-lagoons spring alive each monsoon. It is the best time to snake past a grove of water hyacinth with raindrops breaking the surface of the water with ripples. This is also the season of indulgence—perfect for Ayurvedic treatments. Let your body soak in fragrant oils and come back relaxed and rejuvenated.


Shillong
Lose yourself in misty mountains by escaping to the verdant capital of Meghalaya—Shillong. Tee off in its lush green golf course—the 18-hole Shillong Golf Course, one of the oldest in the world—which offers a stunning panorama of the peaks surrounding it. On rainy days, set-off to see the glorious waterfalls that surround this lovely hill station. With quirky names like Spread Eagle Falls, Sweet Falls and Elephant Falls, be rest assured your weekend vacation will be quaint and memorable.


Udaipur
With a starring role in the James Bond movie Octopussy, Udaipur is the perfect royal retreat for you. Life is centred on the stunning man-made Lake Pichola—a glittering drop in the city centre that swells with the first drops of rain. Check in to one of the elegant hotels dotting the cityscape and spend time exploring the city’s royal past. Spend the day in the mesmerising universe built by Maharana Udai Singh, the City Palace, a resplendent reminder of Udaipur’s living glory.


Palampur
Nestled in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra Valley, Palampur is an idyllic valley speckled with pine trees and lush tea gardens. Framed in by the stunning snow-capped Dhauladhars, this hamlet has nature in abundance. A haven for adventure sports, it’s one of the best sites in the world for paragliding and a favourite among trekkers, making it an ideal monsoon escape.

Written By : Sitara Kapoor

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