While the rains and the accompanying cool weather make us want to curl up in our beds with a book and a cup of hot tea, this time of the year also happens to magnify the scenic beauty around us. It may seem counter-intuitive but the monsoons are one of the best times to go on a road trip. Here are the 5 best monsoon road trips you can take in India.
Mumbai/Pune to Lonavala, Maharashtra
Lonavala is an easy weekend getaway from Mumbai or Pune and the expressway leading to it is regarded as one of the best roads in India. The beauty of the picturesque surroundings and lush green foliage are magnified tenfold under the cover of rain and riding to Lonavala and the surrounding hill stations is one of the best monsoon road trips you’ll ever experience.
Bangalore to Agumbe, Karnataka
Agumbe, also known as the “Cherrapunji of the South”, is one of the wettest places in Karnataka and is home to some of the most pristine tropical rainforests in India. The ride from Bangalore to Agumbe is fantastic and it will also take you through Kudremukh which is a wonderful place to see on its own.
Amboli Ghat, Maharashtra
The tranquil hill lies in the Sahyadri Mountain range of the majestic Western Ghats near Sawantwadi, Maharashtra. Amboli Ghat is one of the most beautiful mountain ghats in India and it has it’s fair share of twisting and looping roads that the ghats are so famous for. This region receives heavy rainfall and is surrounded by thick forests, cascading waterfalls and amazing nature landscapes which makes it a wonderful driving route.
Ranni to Idukki, Kerala
Anything in ‘God’s own country’ should be beautiful by definition, but that would be an understatement when it comes to this stretch of road and, of course, the paradise that is Idukki. Roads in perfect conditions that wind through thick forests as you race towards a stunning destination is every biker’s dream come true, and this road is nothing short of exactly that.
Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra
Another brilliant place in the mesmerising Sahyadri range of mountains, the experience of riding a bike in the Malshej Ghat is a surreal experience. Myriad waterfalls line the facades of the surrounding hills as you wind your way through dense green forests glistening with water. The roads too are in perfect condition and the 400 km ride from Mumbai to Malshej Ghat is the best of the best monsoon road trips in India.
Suggested Read: 7 Places to visit near Bangalore during the monsoons
Which one of these monsoon road trips would you want to go for first? Let us know in the comments below.