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Old 9th May 2011, 16:47   #1
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Hi,

8-10 of us plan to "enjoy the monsoon" and need help for a good location. The objective is to do nothing, but just enjoy the rains (watch the breeze, cloud forming, birds rushing back, rain actually starting, then pouring, then drizzling etc.,). Some small activities like plantation walks or some small trek would be great. Visit to some waterfall etc., would be bonus.

We are dreaming having this in some remote estate in the mid of western ghats, far away even from the town crowd. Decent food and hot coffee is a must, so would be host's enthu to give us a glimpse of the life in the hills during peak monsoon. We are thinking of places around Thirthahalli/Agumbe or Waynad. Some of plan to drive and some might take a bus.

Please share info about any good homestay where we can enjoy.

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Good options are:
1) Wayanad
2) Coorg
3) Munnar - Recently came across www.theteasanctuary.com in this thread; http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...ays-bliss.html (Bangalore Munnar Kodaikanal Valparai - 10 days of bliss)


Few places I would like to visit this Monsoon;
1) Paithal Mala - paithalmala.com
2) Aralam Wildlife Sancturay - Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary
3) Chikamagalur
4) Vagamon - www.vagamon.com/

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How does this look? Welcome to Fringe Ford

Cheers,
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P.S: I haven't been there myself
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Wait until say late June-early July when monsoon is in full bloom and here's where you can head to :

1) Coorg
2) Agumbe - Kudremukh
3) Wayanad
4) Chikmagalur
5) Munnar - Allepy

All these places expect you to just enjoy the weather!
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Kerala is best: Ghat areas of Kerala is ideal to enjoy monsoon of all type. In Kerala high altitudes: Wynad, Idukki(Big Dam, water falls), Munnar areas(Tea gardens, coolest climate) and most of western/southern ghat areas are best.

Mid June is best season but till August is rainy.
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You want to do this monsoon business inside the forest surrounded by elephants at night? Try this place: https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-e...-otr-meet.html

Very cheap prices if you stick with spartan government bunglow. You can also pick Texwoods resort if luxury is needed.

If you want to be transported to 50 years back in the past, surrounded by farms, try this: https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/4x4-e...alley-otr.html

Don't need 4x4 to visit here. You can go in car until a point, after that the hosts will pick you up.
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Samurai,
Acknowledged your will power on those monsoon expeditions: trees, mud, leaches and pythons. hmm unstoppable head-banging
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Nothing to beat Malnad and club it with Karavali. You can look at my travelogue.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...-monsoons.html (Malnad In Monsoons)

Plan it in August and you can enjoy Jog falls in full flow.
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Sharavati valley near sagar is one of the best places for monsoon treks.
If you are interested in treks, do check out this place.
Welcome to Sharavathi Nature Trails.........

I have done a 2 day trek in monsoon here, and it was a superb experience!
Rain, rain and more rain, full of greenery, beautiful waterfalls, and leeches of course! One of the best treks i've done!

If you are interested, I will share my photos of the trek.
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Travel on the Hubli Karwar road. Look for waterfalls and treks on google maps or google earth. It is superb even post monsoon.
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Thanks everyone for having generously shared links, photos and info. Looks like for this monsoon we will stick to western ghats in Karnataka as there are enough and more places.

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Sharavati valley near sagar is one of the best places for monsoon treks.
Thanks figo_united, the treks look awesome. Will surely consider.

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Nothing to beat Malnad and club it with Karavali.
Thanks Fauji. Bananki seems like a tailor-made place if they can take about 10 of us. Visiting Kavishaila would be a big bonus that cannot be ignored.

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If you ..

Samurai-san, I'm blown away. The elephant thing sounds too scary, and the Nidhi Tiwary one sounds cool. I didn't get any info on the hosts (website or contact details). In the travelogue you've pointed to Dwaraka-san. May be I'll PM him.

I had read the travelogue when it appeared, but had completely forgotten. It was a hair-raising experience to read thru it again.


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Prasad,
Bananki can take care of ten of you. Give a call to them. They have enough accomodation. The traditional food by them is awesome
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Prasad,

You should also visit Mani Dam near Tirthahalli - very few people visit - which is very picturesque during Monsoon. I am not sure you want to do trekking during rains. An easier trek closer to Tirthahalli is Kavaledurga. If you have time, do the beautiful Kodachadri trek which will also give an opportunity to visit Hittalamane water falls. I believe Kundadari - which you can drive up - is awesome during rain.

Visit Bheemanakatte which is close to Tirthahalli to enjoy a nice view of Tunga river.
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I highly recommend the Government run nature camp near Hebri on the foothills of Agumbe ghats. It is called Sitanadi nature camp. We stayed there for a long weekend during summer this year. It is simply mind blowing! Forest trekking, several waterfalls nearby, Agumbe sunset point is at around 15km from the camp and add to it a decent hospitality from Forest department workers(!).

Only drawback is you need to book by calling them and they insist on advance payment to confirm the booking. Book in advance as priority is always given to babus.

Booking number of the Hebri Range Forest Office - 08253-250005. Speak in Kannada for detailed response. PM me if need any further info.

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If you have time, do the beautiful Kodachadri trek which will also give an opportunity to visit Hittalamane water falls.
In case you are going to kodachadri, do not miss the arishinagunDi falls too, along with the hidlumane falls that Fauji already mentioned. it is so beautiful when in full glory!
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