Monsoon Road Trip 1 – Malnad Magic
|Nameless waterfall near Balehole|
Distance – 465 KMs
Road conditions – Excellent
Tips – This is a quintessential monsoon drive.
- You can savour charms of Charmadi ghat with its numerous waterfalls.
- Drive on winding mountain roads with water falls every few kilometres.
- Visit the famous Shankaracharya math and Sharada devi temple in Sringeri.
- Enjoy lovely valley views from sunset point in Agumbe.
- Get mesmerised with green landscape in the valley from Kundadri hill.
Recommended night halt – Tirthahalli
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Monsoon Drive 2 – Malnad Heritage trail
|Beautiful landscape in Kudremukh National park|
Distance – 400 KMs
Road conditions – Very Good
Travel Tips – Another lovely drive through Malnad region of Karnataka.
- Enjoy the experience of myriad waterfalls on Charmadi ghat.
- Visit the famous Manjunatha temple at Dharmasthala.
- Visit Jain shrines and 1000 pillared temple in Moodabidri.
- Check out 35 feet Bahubali statue in Karkala.
- Drive through pristine forests of Kudremukh.
- Visit Shankaracharya mutt and temple at Sringeri.
Recommended stay for night – Karkala
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Monsoon Road Trip 3 – Malnad Coffee Trail
|Rolling meadows of Sakleshpur|
Distance – 331 KMs
Road Conditions – Very Good with some broken patches.
Travel tips – Here is an opportunity to drive through the beautiful landscape of meadows and rolling hills…..
- Experience the rolling meadows of Sakleshpur.
- Visit Manjarabad fort built by Tipu Sultan
- Enjoy the glorious sight of Mallalli falls
- Drive amidst Rolling hills and cascades in Coorg,
- Visit the famous temple town of Subramanya.
Check this post in this Blog – Sakleshpur – Mesmerised in Monsoon!
Monsoon Road Trip 4 – Trails in Tea Country
|Chinnakanal Waterfalls, Munnar|
Distance – 550 KMs
Road conditions – Very Good
Travel Tips – An experience to cherish for! Driving on a winding road amidst green cape entails you to
- Visit a paradise called Munnar
- Check out Mini Niagara at Athirapally falls,
- Drive on one of most beautiful hill roads in the country between Athirapally and Valparai,
- Experience the serenity of Valparai and its wildlife.
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Munnar in Monsoon – Going gaga over ghats!
Monsoon Road Trip 5 – Enchanting Uttara Kannada
|Beautiful temple at Banavasi built by Kadambas|
Distance – 427 KMs
Road condition – Very Good
Travel tips – Another great malnad and coastal drive. Unexplored region. Excellent roads and unspoilt forest roads make this drive memorable.
- Drive through pristine forests of Uttara Kannada and experience numerous cascades on the way.
- Explore numerous waterfalls around Sirsi and lovely temple at Banavasi.
- Visit one of the nine jyotirlingas and lovely beaches at Gokarna.
- Experience river rafting in Dandeli.
- Go for bird watching in Dandeli including Hornbills.
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Monsoon Road Trip 6 – Malnad and Karavali combo
Distance – 507 KMs
Road condition – Very good
Travel tips – This is again a lovely drive through pristine forests of Western ghats and along the coast.
- Visit Jog falls in its full glory.
- Drive through bio diversity hot spot of Sharavathi valley.
- Pay obeisance to the second tallest shiva statue in the world at Murudeshwar.
- Enjoy the vistas at Maravanthe.
- Pray at centuries old Krishna temple in Udupi.
- Experience gorgeous valley views at Agumbe and Kundadri.
- Watch birds at Mandagadde bird sanctuary.
Recommended night halt – Udupi
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Monsoon Road Trip 7 – Drive through Hill Country
|Lovely landscape between Gudalur – Kalpetta|
Distance – 350 KMs
Road conditions – Very Good
Travel tips – We stumbled upon Gudalur – Meppadi road on one of our trips to Wayanad. It turned out to be a fabulous drive.
- Do a quick safari in Bandipur.
- Drive through forest of Mudumalai.
- Drive on winding roads through lovely tea gardens after Gudalur
- Enjoy boat ride in Pookot lake.
- Experience the beauty of meenmutty water falls.
- Visit centuries old Thirunelly temple in the middle of forest.
- Drive through Nagarahole national park.
Recommended night halt – Kalpetta (Wayanad)
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Monsoon Road Trip 8 – Drive through Unexplored Kerala
|Valley view from Calvari Mount in Kattappana hills|
Distance – 287 KMs
Road conditions – Very good
Travel tips – An unexplored circuit. Driving through some of the best preserved forests in the country. If you want to visit the reservoirs, you may have permission.
- Go for a quick safari in Gavi forest.
- Enjoy the meadows of Vagamon.
- Enjoy the views from Calvery mount in Kattappana
- Get awestruck at the sight of Idukki dam.
Recommended Night halt – Vagamon
Monsoon Road Trip 9 – Magic of myriad cascades!
|Amboli ghat in Monsoon|
Distance – 230 KMs
Road conditions – Very Good.
Travel tips – What else can one expect expect to get amazed at nature beauty when you drive on this circuit? It is pristine and it is beautiful. You will also get a chance to eat Malvan cuisine in Sawantwadi.
Recommended night halt – Sawantwadi
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Monsoon Road Trip 10 – Konkan Odyssey
|View from Ratnagiri Fort|
Distance – 517 KMs
Road Conditions – Very Good with some rough patches
Travel Tips – This is driving odyssey through green Konkan.
- Visit the mighty citadels on the Konkan sea coast at Ratnagiri.
- Enjoy the landscape of Konkan in monsoon.
- Explore the famous hill station of Mahabaleshwar.
Monsoon Road Trip 11 – Scenic Sahyadri
|On Tamhini ghats|
Distance – 260 KMs
Travel tips – This is a day trip. This is a sheer bliss of driving in monsoon. The landscape is awesome. Myriad waterfalls greet you on the way.
Monsoon Road Trip 12 – Sahyadri Splendour
Distance – 410 KMs
Road Conditions – Very Good
Travel Tips – This is for pleasure of driving in Monsoon in Sahyadri. It is a bliss to drive amidst green forests with waterfalls all around – check the picture above.
Recommended night halt – Igatpuri
The monsoon is still on and it is raining in Western Ghats. Time to go out into the rain and experience the bliss of nature!
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