The monsoon’s finally set in, providing some much needed relief from the scorching heat. It’s time for those grey evenings, staring out of your window watching the rains lash down, with a cup of hot coffee by your side. Or, steaming hot kaanda bhajji and cutting chai with friends. Rainbows, colourful umbrellas, full body raincoats, paper boats in puddles, drives on the sea-link, foam sprays on Marine drive; Oh, we have all been waiting for this. Here, let me give you a great idea to upgrade your monsoon experience. Come, visit our beautiful homestays, get drenched in the rains, enjoy delicious hot cuisine and make the most of the rainy season.
#1. Best kept secret of Aamby Valley
This magnificent palatial home in Aamby Valley, Lonavala is nothing short of a 5-star hotel. With the living room opening out into a lush garden, you are bound to be breathless at the view of the valley from here. Imagine watching the rains lash down at the valley, while you sit in the comfort of the living room sipping hot chai. *longingly looks at suitcases*
You can also avail of outdoor activities like zorbing, zip-lining and paintball. Trust me, you do not want to give paintball a miss. As for food, your taste buds are in for a treat as there are 3-4 multicuisine restaurants here. Be sure not to miss out on Mabruk, the Lebanese restaurants. For a getaway with family and friends, its an offer you simply can’t refuse.
#2. Little Paradise on a Beach front, Murud
Located about 10 kms from Murud, in Agardanda, this beachvilla will take your breath away. Here, the only sound that disturbs the peace is that of the sea waves crashing on the shores, barely 50 meters away. The property has no neighbours, so the stretch of 200-300 meters of beach is almost private. It has 2 units, wooden structures, both with a porch from where one can keep staring at the rains. You will find yourself fixed on the porch the whole day long with a book for company.
#3. Forest bungalow in Lonavala
Nestled between trees and ensconced within nature with a view that overlooks the lake. Add rains to the scene. Nope, I’m not talking about a movie scene. This stone-structured 1980 home is the epitome of beauty and serenity. Decorated with the choicest of ancient Parsi furniture, you are assured of a regal experience. There is a housekeeper and a cook to look after your needs, so you can lie down and take in the peace and quiet.
#4. Farmhouse in Karjat.
You can have a perfect family and friends getaway here. Built on an extensive farmland, this home is replete with amenities and luxuries. The living room opens on three sides, so it is always breezy and cool. However, make sure you close the windows during the rains! Challenge your friends to a basketball match, or play football in the backyard.
Football + Rains= Heaven.
The perfectly manicured lawns are great to lounge on and soak in the vacation experience. There is also a shaded trellis where you can relax and cook a delicious barbecue meal while the rain pours down. Who doesn’t love barbecue, right?
#5. Lakeside villa in Kamshet
If you are longing for a soothing holiday, away from civilisation, we have just the place for you.Tucked away in the Sahyadri hills, touching a beautiful lake & surrounded by lush greenery: Oh, what I wouldn’t give to have this. Enjoy a swim with a breathtaking mountain sunset view or take a refreshing walk in the rains or just relax in the gazebo with a book to leaf through. Completes the whole picture, right?
Get your paintbrushes, sketchpencils and cameras as you are simply not allowed to leave this haven without capturing it in some way.
Go on, pack your bags!
# 6. Farmstay next to river, Igatpuri
Come monsoon, and Igatpuri, barely 120 kms from Mumbai bursts into shades of green. making it one of the best locations during monsoon. This farm house is enjoys proximity to the Darna River. Once you are in the house there is a feeling of re living the bygone era where houses were well lit with natural lighting, large windows with ample air circulation.
#7. Campsite in Kamshet
This campsite is specially for the adventurous and the nature lovers. Set against the Western Ghats and the perennial Andra lake, you are bound to be awed at the sheer magnificence of Mother Nature. Aquatic and terrestrial activities are available, and farm-based agro educational tours can be arranged for children. Sleep in a tent or under the stars have yourself a memorable trip. P.S: Don’t forget to keep clicking!
#8. Hilltop farmstay in Chiplun
If you want to stay away from civilisation and enjoy a quiet, serene vacation, then this homestay in Chiplun is just the place for you. Wake up to chirping birds, enjoy a traditional Maharashtrian breakfast and then go on a Jungle safari and a boat ride arranged by the host. In the evening, you can lie down on the terrace and be awed by the sheer magnificence of the open, star-studded night sky.
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About the Author:
Aatreya Bhat spends a major part of the day reading, writing and jamming. The rest of the day, he spends explaining his name to others. He loves reading political books and is a big fan of the caped crusader. Skydiving and experiencing a Manchester derby at the Trafford will always top his bucket list.