Close your eyes and picture this for a moment–you’re sitting with a hot toddy on the balcony of your room that overlooks the hills. Your view is occasionally disrupted by the passing fog, silence is slowly replaced by the pitter-patter of rain, and your nose tingles with the fresh smell of petrichor. You’re enjoying monsoon’s blissful offerings. Occasionally, you step out for a walk to soak in this natural beauty. But why not turn this imagination into a reality this season? From boutique villas nestled amidst tall trees to homestays with cosy interiors and captivating views, it’s time to take a break from the daily hustle and bustle and head to these 7 monsoon getaways for peace of mind.
1. Ayatana Coorg (Kodagu, Karnataka)
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Looking for a serene, nature-oriented escape? Bookmark Ayatana Coorg. Tucked away in the lush hills, this 100-acre tranquil sanctuary is surrounded by pristine landscapes. You’re privy to captivating views from your cantilevered balconies. Lavish cottages, an exquisite Presidential Suite, alfresco dining overlooking a mesmerising waterfall, a vibrant restaurant and bar, and a rejuvenating spa–Ayatana Coorg promises an enchanting and relaxing getaway this season. Adventure seekers can also try the zipline over the beautiful waterfall that thrives during this time of the year.
2. Evolve Back’s Kuruba Safari Lodge (Karnataka)
Located beside the Kabini River, this safari lodge balances traditional elements and modern luxury. Stay options are inspired by the design of the tribal villages or Hadis, and ensure utmost privacy while connecting you with the natural surroundings. Depending on your interests, facilities to relax and rejuvenate are available in plenty–take a dip into the infinity pool, spend time in the reading lounge or give your body some TLC at the Ayurvedic spa centre Vaidyasala. While there’s lots to do at the property itself, there are many outdoor visits you can embark on around it. For instance, a guided walking tour to the rainforest or a thrilling coracle ride down the Kabini River lets you soak in the flora and fauna. Learn about the culture and traditions of the neighbouring Jenu Kuruba tribe through stories and personal interactions over a cup of special Jaggery Kaapi seasoned with ginger and pepper. If the weather permits, you can book a safari at Nagarhole National Park. And once you’re back after a tiring day, a mix of local and international preparations await at the resort’s two restaurants, Honey Comb and Kuruba Grill. But if you’re looking for something intimate, a candlelight cruise is also an option.
3. Woods At Sasan (Gir, Gujarat)
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While this wellness and nature retreat is ideal during the summer months–especially for those who want to venture into the jungle–Woods at Sasan has its own charm during monsoon. Immersed in lap of nature, the wilderness amidst the air filled with petrichor’s sweet smell soothes your senses. Choose among the four types of spacious and sustainably crafted studios, pavilions and villas, each with a private outdoor terrace, floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors for an unmatched view of the surrounding gardens or forest. What’s more? You can unwind with a range of nature-immersed and playful experiences at the retreat through its specially curated Baarish experience–Woods at Sasan is offering head and foot massages, yoga, and soulful music experiences to nourish your mind, body, and soul. When it comes to food, you’re spoilt for choice as the property has 4 restaurants offering local delights as well as global cuisines.
4. The Dunnottar Bungalow (Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu)
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Situated on the banks of the Kodai Lake, this heritage, five-bedroom bungalow once belonged to the Scottish Lord Chamberlain in the pre-1947 era before being restored by the Puliyadi family. Set amidst eucalyptus groves and pine trees, the charming colonial-style cottage welcomes you with cosy interiors that make you feel at home. Spend your days immersed in the scenic views, enjoy an evening tea in the cool weather, read a book by the bonfire, cycle around the lake or engage in some fun indoor games–there’s lots to do at The Dunnottar, making it ideal for a family vacation or a relaxing getaway with friends.
5. Amger (Goa)
Step into the world of grandeur at the sprawling, luxurious villa that overlooks lush paddy fields. With its huge arched windows and doors, Juliet balconies, a grand Balcao and verandah, and the original Mangalore tile-and-wood roof, Amger is the perfect spot for all vintage lovers. The tropical escape comes with four bedrooms, each with a balcony/private sit-out. While the villa isn’t attached to a beach, you don’t quite miss it when you have a private pool and gazebo at your disposal. However, if you wish to hit the sand and sea, Assagoa Beach isn’t too far. The in-house chefs can arrange an indoor dinner table setup with Goan, Indian, Asian and Italian spreads. And if you’d like to partake in off-beat experiences outside the villa, the team recommends a local floating fenny experiential, which includes a 3-hour outdoor tasting/dining venture immersed in a shallow lake. The table-in-the-water experience is truly something to cherish for a long time.
6. Solana by SaffronStays (Rishikesh, Uttarakhand)
Mist-laden valleys, lush meadows and the loud gurgle of the river–these are the elements that make your monsoon getaway magical and memorable. And Solana by SaffronStays promises just that. The 3-bedroom pool villa sits above the clouds and offers 360° views of the hills. The wooden doors and ceiling beams blend with the green outdoors to offer a rustic, earthy feel. A grand arched pathway with trees on both sides and a vast lawn is perfect for a leisurely stroll for you and your pet. You can spend an enchanting night gathered around the bonfire or delight yourself in the splendid view of the city line below.
7. Maharaja House by Lohono Stays (Karjat, Maharashtra)
The sound of the gushing river, the gentle rustling of leaves and the melodious birdsong—the beauty of nature will tingle your senses at the beautiful Maharaja House. Connected by a glass-walled bridge over a large private pool, the home is split between two wings. The residential part features 4 bedrooms spread across two stories and comes with an elevator, a blessing if you’re travelling with your grandparents. The recreational wing has a spacious living room and a glass-panelled lounge and bar that faces a breathtaking view of the mountains and river. The dining space doubles up as a cosy movie-night setup for a relaxing evening with loved ones. The food is the icing on the cake though! Take your pick from flavoursome Indian meals to Middle Eastern Tapas; opt for a 9-course tasting menu featuring fresh ingredients sourced locally or treat your taste buds to a delicious raclette board (produced at the farm there), paired beautifully with wines.