After the soaring heat of May and June, July slips in with a promise of tranquility, rain showers and natural abundance. This year, do not limit the experience of enjoying the rains to your balconies; get your backpack on and gear up to enjoy some of the coolest monsoons destinations in India without upsetting your budget. Here’s a list of some breath-taking places you can explore under 10K this July.
Come monsoon, and Goa adorns a serene and fresh look. It is a myth that most of Goa closes down during monsoons. While the rush of international tourists settles during this season, Indian tourists flock the place in good numbers, lured by the great travel deals one can bag.
Best from: Mumbai
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Hotel: INR 1,200 – 1500 per day (approx.) Homestays, B&Bs and hotels – you name it and Goa has something to suit every pocket. A few good options for budget hotels in Goa are The Queeny Hotel, The Citadel Hotel and Ruffles Beach Resort.
Food: INR 600 per day per head (approx.) Goan cuisine offers a perfect blend of Indian and Portuguese cooking styles. Some popular restaurants where you can enjoy a great meal at a reasonable price include Cafe Lazydays (Continental, Sea Food), Gene Garden (North Indian) and Cafe Del Mar (Goan cuisine).
Transport: A number of deluxe buses ply between Mumbai and Goa at INR 450 (one-way trip). Upon reaching Goa, you can rent a bike at just INR 200 per day. For local travel, you can also choose public transport like buses, autos and shared cabs.
Total cost for 3 days: INR 4,500 (Stay) + INR 1800 (Food) + INR 1600 (Transport) = INR 7900 per person.
Thick greenery, picturesque surroundings and abundant rainfall make Wayanad a perfect monsoon getaway. Moreover, the place is quiet and free of touristy crowds. Little wonder that Wayanad has emerged as a popular tourist destination in South India in the recent past.
Best from: Bengaluru/Kerala
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Hotel: INR 1300 per day (approx.) There are a number of family budget hotels in Wayanad. Some popular choices are Sanctuary Grand Hotel, Hotel Brahmagiri Mananthavady and Wayanadia Resort Hotel.
Food: INR 600-700 per day (approx.). While South Indian food is the staple cuisine, you can also savour multi-cuisine food at the Jubilee Restaurant or the Chembra Heritage. Or simply visit Udupi for some authentic South Indian food.
Transport: Your bus or train journey from Bengaluru or Kochi to Wayanad will just cost you INR 500 (one way). Once in the city, you have a number of options like buses, taxis, autos or local trains to choose from. Even if your budget is as low as INR 250 – 300 per day, you can manage local travel comfortably.
Total cost for 3 days: INR 3900 (Stay) + INR 2100 (Food) + INR 1900 (Transport) = INR 7,900 per person.
Book Your Stay at Wayanadia Resort Hotel
Best from: Delhi/Lucknow
If you have a soulful vacation in mind, Nainital is just the place to be. Enjoy a walk in the woods or simply quench your inner self as rain showers hit the ground and grey clouds take a bow.
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Hotel: INR 1600 per day (approx.) Monsoon spells great deals on hotels since it is conventionally off-season in Nainital. You can choose from a number of budget accommodations like Himalayan View Pangot, Leena Holiday Resorts or Apical Resort.
Food: INR 600 per day (approx.) Restaurants in Nainital bring to you a wide spread to choose from. Savour Thai and Italian cuisine at the Machan Restaurant. Binge on Asian delicacies at the Sakley Restaurant, or enjoy Mughlai/Punjabi food at Sher-e-Punjab.
Transport: Whether you are travelling to Nainital from Uttar Pradesh or Delhi, your to and fro journey will cost you approximately INR 900. You can travel in and around Nainital through readily available local transport, which should not cost you more than INR 500 per day.
Total cost for 3 days: INR 4800 (Stay) + INR 1800 (Food) + INR 2400 (Transport) = INR 9000 per person.
Book Your Stay at Apical Resort
4. Mount Abu
Best from: Ahmedabad or Jaipur
Mount Abu is the only hill station in the desert region of Rajasthan. It has great mythological relevance, and is known for the famous Dilwara Temples. Mount Abu is a prominent tourist destination in the Aravallis, and is especially popular during monsoon and winter season.
Hotel: INR 1350 per day (approx.) Mount Abu is a popular weekend getaway, and therefore, has a number of decent 3-star hotels available within a reasonable budget. Some well-rated hotels in Mount Abu are Hotel Royal Heritage, Hotel Ambika and Babbars Den.
Food: INR 800 per day (approx.) From street food to authentic Rajasthani food, Mount Abu is a heaven for foodies. Treat your taste buds with hot mirchi wadas, dhoklas or crisp kachoris. Or you can opt for a Rajasthani spread complete with gutte, kadi and dal-baati-churma.
Transport: You can book your two way journey between Ahmedabad/Jaipur to Mount Abu in just about INR 1000. For local sightseeing, you can rent a car for INR 800 – 1000 for a day, or use readily-available auto-rickshaws. Bikes and scooties are also available for rent at just INR 250-300 per day.
Total cost for 3 days: INR 4050 (Stay) + INR 2500 (Transport) + INR 2400 (Food) = INR 9400 per person.
Book Your Stay at Hotel Royal Heritage
Best from: Chennai
Kodaikanal is one of the most pristine hill stations in Tamil Nadu. Known for its evergreen forests, Kodaikanal wears a mystic look during the monsoons. Apart from the regular tourist spots, you can trek along the lake to enjoy some peaceful moments.
Hotel: INR 1400 per day (approx.) Kodaikanal has several inns, cottages and 3-star hotels like B’s Hive, Hotel Green Park and Hotel Valley View Inn, which promise a pocket-friendly and comfortable stay.
Food: INR 700 per day (approx.) Enjoy authentic cuisine packed with flavours of the Middle East at Altaf’s Café or have a wholesome meal at Hotel Astoria, famous for its thalis. You can also savour Gujarati food the Patel Restaurant or enjoy delicacies from the sea at Hilltop Towers.
Transport: A number of trains shuttle between Chennai and Kodaikanal. You can book a two-way journey well within INR 800 (approx.). Full-day local tour packages to popular places can be booked for INR 350 (approx.).
Total cost for 3 days: INR 4200 (Stay) + INR 1850 (Transport) + INR 2100 (Food) = INR 8150 per person.