Western Ghats! The sudden whisper of this place brings to fore a long stretch of road surrounded by lush green ambience. A beautiful valley on one side of the road and the cascading waterfalls on the other side take you directly in the lap of nature.
Surrounded by the lush green surrounding, Western Ghats mesmerise all with their enchanting green forests and rich waterfalls. And when it comes to driving along these Ghats in monsoon, words fall short to describe the experience.
The merging of clouds and fog, the gushing sound of pristine waterfalls and the unending stretch make you feel afresh, excited and rejuvenated and your heart goes all out to explore more!
Let’s look at the two best routes on Western Ghats where road drive can become a lifetime experience! Nature’s bliss with an awesome landscape is a treat for eyes on these majestic roads. The myriad waterfalls greet you all through the way leaving you amazed.
The green Konkan enchants you throughout your driving odyssey. You can discover the landscape, art, culture and history of this magnificent land which is vivid and spectacular. The mighty citadels on the Konkan sea coast at Ratnagiri are must-to-visit. This place is also known for its beautiful beaches.
Those with an eye for magnificent forts can explore Ratnadurga Fort which is spread over 120 acres and is surrounded by the Arabian Sea from three sides. The fort is located very close to the Ratnagiri town, about 4km from the Ratnagiri bus stand. One could start the Ratnadurga fort tour with a visit to the Bhagwati Mandir which is thronged by devotees all round the year. A fascinating tunnel connects the north and south divisions of the fort.
The list of attractions doesn’t end here! The Lighthouse which was built in 1867 on ‘Siddha Burj’, one of the old bastions in the country, stands still with enormous magnificence and grace.
One can get a real pleasure of driving in monsoon in Sahyadri. It is a bliss to drive amidst green forests with waterfalls all around. Drive under the canopy of waterfalls as rains keep pouring off and on. The frequent glimpse of thick fog playing hide and seek with sun can leave you stunned. The myriad shades of lovely cascades force you to stop after every few metres of drive to capture the scenic views in your frame.
A Night Halt at Igatpuri
The enchanting beauty of Igatpuri is still pristine and fresh, as it is untouched by the disastrous consequences of civilisation. You can enjoy the pristine morning greeted by magnificent sunrise in Igatpuri. The sky’s shades are painted with a tinge of gold, orange and yellow hues. The grass remains wet with morning dew and birds keep chirping their songs. The experience of feeling the morning bliss is ultimate and beyond any definition.