Tiny water droplets falling on the window pane, making the lush greens outside seem more than alive and you know it’s going to be a trip of a lifetime.
This monsoon, as the mountains begin to call out to you and the clouds pave way to beautiful destinations, take the journey of your dreams with your special someone and make memories of a lifetime, while still not digging a big hole in your pocket.
Check out this handpicked experience near Bangalore that you and your partner should embrace with a soft “Chalte Hain” to each other:
The road trip & sunrise:
The road to Kodaikanal and then Vattakanal is full of breathtaking green views on both sides with immense clouds changing colours along the way, each one more exhilaratingly gorgeous than the previous one. Enjoy the long drive and its views and stop by at local food stalls on the highway. You can start from Bengaluru at night so that you get to the hilly terrain at dawn and share a breathtaking moment with your partner while the sun is rising.
Trust me, there’s no better way to experience the sun rising between orange and dark blue hues, standing in the middle of nowhere surrounded by a den of tall coconut trees and of course, the one whose company makes everything better.
To avoid the hustle and bustle of the more touristy Kodaikanal, for this experience, we picked Vattakanal – a secluded hilltop with the view of the lake, the valley and the unforgettable sky. There are a lot of accommodation options in Vattakanal but if you want to stay as close to the nature as you are to your partner, get one of the wooden cottages in the valley and enjoy staying in the middle of clouds and the mighty jungle, away from everyone.
Don’t worry, you will still be a 5-min walk away from all the supplies and you can even ask for a live BBQ at night for some mouth-watering paneer tikka and chicken seekh kebabs.
Things to do:
There are a lot of local cafes to try delicious meals at. Cafes in Vattakanal have the best Iranian delicacies, thanks to the big crowd of tourists from that side. Try a sumptuous meal with your partner by the green valley as the rain washes away all your worries and set you two love birds free.
Trek to Dolphin’s nose:
Take a stroll into the jungle to the top spot of Vattakanal – the infamous Dolphin’s nose. It’s quaint, it’s peaceful and it’s everything you’d want a spot in the hills to be. Brave your fear of heights and dare to sit with your feet hanging above 6,600 feet drop down a steep cliff. Imagine the thrill, the beauty and the zeal to be there, in that moment, experiencing it all with the one you’d want along all the tough trails of your life. It’s a bucket-list thing and you should definitely check it off this season.
If you or your partner are more of townies, take a ride down to Kodaikanal – the quintessential hill town set in an area of granite cliffs, forested valleys, lakes, waterfalls and grassy hills. At 2,000 meters above sea level, the town centers around man-made, star-shaped Kodaikanal Lake, bordered by evergreen forest. Hire a boat or hike around the 5k Lake Road path around the shore and live your Instagram travel goals.
If you are done with the city and want to spend quality time with your partner, head to Vattakanal and live the perfect summer vacation. You know, I’ve always got your back, right? So just ping me your travel plans and enjoy upto Rs 1000 off on bus booking and upto Rs 3000 off on Hotel booking. What are you waiting for, buddy? Share this sweet itinerary with your bae and say what you should’ve already said by now, “Chalte Hain”.