The deluge of the rains should not prevent one from stepping out of the city. In fact, the monsoon season is when the temperatures cool down and the crowds thin out – making it a perfect time to visit some very wonderful destinations.
Chilling in Yercaud
At an elevation that makes it one of the highest points on the southern Eastern Ghats, Yercaud is going to guarantee some cool fresh air along with panoramic views. The hill town has a rich local history and is located 215 kms from Bangalore across the border in Tamil Nadu. The Yercaud Lake is one of the landmarks of this town. Bird watchers love to converge here and attempt to spot rare and exotic bird species. The Servaroyan Temple and the Bear’s Cave are other popular attractions.
Rafting in Coorg
Coorg’s forests come alive when it rains. The rivulets and streams swell and gush and the roar of waterfalls is more distinct during the season. Rafting enthusiasts love the land of the Kodava for this reason. The drive to Coorg is one that takes the entourage into the clouds of the Western Ghats, leaving the horizon-less flat top of the Deccan behind. There are many adventure sports facilities around the towns of Madikeri and Virajpet. Expert rafters can head off to the currents of the upper Barapole River while those who are just enjoying an introduction will find many easy levels on the Cauvery River.
Apart from hitting the rapids, one can also have some laid-back fun with a stroll through a typical Coorg plantation. Enjoy some of the most iconic dishes of the region in an authentic setting – the pandi (pork) curry is one of the favourites here.
Trekking in Skandagiri
Skandagiri is one of Bangalore’s favourite trekking spots. Night treks here were popular but it is quite visually stunning during the day too. The summit of the trail is an old hill-top fortress which offers visitors breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys. The drive from Bangalore is quite short –around 62 kms – and it is also very scenic. This makes Skandagiri an ideal one-day or overnight getaway.
Soaking in the Wilds of Masinagudi
Located deep in the forests of the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve, Masinagudi boasts a verdant and pristine setting for a host of activities. It can be a base for wildlife excursions and safaris. Bandipur Tiger Reserve is very close by and Masinagudi is home to a population of leopards, elephants and other endemic species.
A charming drive is in store for those who choose this road trip – the 250-km route starts off with the countryside scenes of the high plateau before melting into misty roads flanked by forests. A stop for quick bites at Mysore is recommended.
Find the Best Ride
The best way to enjoy these picturesque drives is to rent a car. In a self drive rental, one can truly experience the joys of a road trip. Complete privacy and total control over the pace of the journey is guaranteed. It is quite easy to rent a car in Bangalore nowadays. On app-based platforms like Zoomcar, registered users can book a vehicle in mere seconds. A wide range of cars – hatchbacks, sedans and SUVs, and 24/7 on-road support make rentals the best way to have an uncompromised journey.