Just Add Water: Four Things You Should Do This Monsoon
Monsoons are upon us, and that just means traveling outdoors got more awesome! So whether you're a trekker, or just looking to chill; whether you just want to get away from the city for a weekend or the hills for an extended trip, Insider's got it all. Read on!
Try your hand (and feet!) at trekking!
It's the perfect time to trek the Western Ghats, for all levels of trekkers. Kodachadri is an easy trek with tremendous views - it's also the 10th highest peak in the state! Willing to go a little further? Kopatty will show you a different side of Coorg. And hey, why not make your first trek a night one? No better place to start than Kunti Betta.
If you're considering your first trek (you should!), check out the Insider Guide to getting started with this thrilling activity. It's addictive - you've been warned!
For trekkers with a little more experience
Up your game! Go on a night trek to Antargange (with caves!), explore something new with the Baamikonda-Kilchika trek or Nishani Motte treks. Good ol' Kudremukh still is considered a trekker's delight. And if you're looking to get away a little further, try the MM Hills getaway, or go all the way to Kerala for the Munnar to Kodaikanal trek!
Get wet: White Water Rafting (and more monsoon adventure events)
If you don't mind getting wet, white-water rafting, river tracing and rappelling (going down a cliff with a waterfall splashing all over you!) are excellent ways to infuse a little thrill to your weekend. There are several options like rock climbing, too! Check out Insider's detailed guide on rafting here!
How about a trek where you could spot elephants, bisons and even tigers? The trek at Brahmagiri has you covered. Catch tigers with a safari at the famous Kabini. Can't decide whether you like trekking or doing a safari more? Try both, at Konni, Kerala! And lastly, for rain and snake lovers (!), a little paradise exists close to Bangalore - Agumbe.
Take an extended trip
Managed to get your boss to sign your leave application? Good job! Insider's got some options to put that to best use. Get the best of backpacking in the hills at Kasol (Himachal). If you've been dreaming of Leh-Ladakh, Voyaki has an excellent trip in August. If you're not feeling up to the hills just yet, take a trip to the superb rock-filled Hampi. And if you want to do a trek, the Hampta Pass and Everest Base Camp Treks are excellent options.
How about something entirely different? Combine trekking, camping, music and comedy with Campfest!
On Two Wheels
Let's face it: monsoons aren't for everyone. In which case, check out some excellent things you can do with a roof over your head - comedy and music events, workshops and food experiences in Mumbai. Or just stay in and check out some Insider-recommended comedy videos and TV shows.
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