It’s raining, it’s pouring, staying at home in this weather is just so boring!

The gleaming drops of rain, the lush green meadows, the freshness in the air, the distinct earthy aroma, the true beauty of nature… all beckon you to greet the outdoors. A long drive to Lonavala, a visit to Kanheri Caves and a walk at Marine Drive – we all do this every year. It’s time to add some new places and activities in your monsoon wishlist and strike them off this monsoon season!

Welcome the first showers of this season at these exotic, less explored places:

1. Pawna lake

This serene lake near Lonavala offers a soothing weekend camping option for the tired city soul. It’s a cool place to relax as well as enjoy in the monsoon. The lush green beauty of nature here will leave you mesmerised.

Best monsoon activity in Pawna: Lake Tubing

Tubing at Pawna lake gives you the complete experience of lazy river without having to visit a water park. Grab a tube, step in the lake and float away your city stress. It’s a relaxing and rejuvenating activity that’s even more fun in the rains – totally splashtastic! This recreational activity is perfect for all ages.

2. Kolad

Kolad is a charming and lively village in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. It homes many farm stays and is easily accessible through roadways as well as railways, making it an interesting and convenient getaway option from Mumbai and Pune.

Best monsoon activity in Kolad: River Rafting

Kolad is the adventure capital of Maharashtra and offers one of the best white water rafting experience for all. Although the Kolad river rafting facility on the banks of Kundalika River operates round the year, it’s a big hit during the monsoons. One cannot simply miss it!

3. Vihigaon, Kasara

Vihigaon is a small hamlet, situated around 13km from Kasara. It is surrounded by wonderful paddy fields, small ponds and wooded hills. This village is undoubtedly the right place for experiencing a perfect rural sight.

Best monsoon activity in Kasara: Waterfall rappelling or Canyoning

Vihi waterfall in Kasar is a popular hub for waterfall rappelling. This 120 ft. high waterfall takes adventure sport to altogether another level. This extreme multi-sport gives you the experience of down-climbing, rappelling as well as river tracing in the deep valleys. The best part about canyoning is the feeling of success and accomplishment when you touch the ground.

4. Lonavala

Our very favourite weekend getaway destination, Lonavala, needs no description at all. This hill station is no less than heaven when it comes to life in monsoon. It’s a place where we are always taken by surprise by the natural sights of gusting waterfalls, misty mountains and beautiful lakes, and come closer to the nature.

Best monsoon activity in Lonavala: ATV ride

We miss out on an offbeat adventure activity in Mumbai – ATV Rides. But, finally we have a permanent track for ATV racing at Della Adventures, near Lonavala. Pick your ATV quad bike and take pleasure in the freedom of riding on dusty terrain in rains. This activity is fun for beginners, pros and young drivers alike.

5. Karjat

Scenic natural views, mighty mountains, monumental forts and ancient rock-cut cave temples make Karjat extremely famous among trekkers. It has a lot to offer to a wanderer’s soul. The best time to visit this city is from July to September – to witness the nature’s glory at its best.

Best monsoon activity in Karjat: Trek

Maharashtra is home to many forts that are located amidst picturesque landscapes and at great heights. One such fort is Rajmachi fort. You can reach this fort via two routes: Karjat and Lonavala. The karjat route starts with the well-known Kondana caves and waterfall, and proves to be an impressive trek right till the end. The Lonavala route is comparatively easier. No matter which route you choose, you are sure to be treated with amazing glimpses of the beautiful surroundings.

Monsoon doesn’t have to be dull, dark and depressing. Go, embrace the rains at these lively locations!


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