There must be a reason why the monsoons are considered the most romantic time of the year, right? Bollywood certainly has been telling us so for decades now! If you like the pitter–patter of the rains and the old-school romantic charm of the monsoons, let us give you a quick round-up of all the places in India which put up quite a show during the rainy season with rainbows and all! Living in cities, the polluted conditions don’t make for the ideal factors that lead up to a rainbow, so you may have to travel a bit to spot clear ones. But hey, you can be well-assured that it’ll be worth every penny! By Shubhanjana Das
1. Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya
Assuming you already know what Cherrapunjee is famous for (other than it’s untamed natural beauty, of course), you can already figure out why this small place makes it to the list. The air is always thick with water and the clouds ready to burst into the land, all of which ticks the first essential factor required for a rainbow to form. When the sunlight peeks in, make your way to a view point for the endless number of waterfalls and you might just spot a clear, perfectly arched, vivid rainbow.
Often known as the ‘Cherrapunjee of Karnataka’, Agumbe is a small village surrounded by dense forests. Agumbe encounters torrential rain during the monsoons. Places like sun-set point, Barkana falls and Koodlu theertha are some of the spots you can view picturesque rainbows from. Although, we understand it may be easy to get enchanted by the breathtaking view of the rainbow, which doesn’t last long, but don’t forget to carry salt as a weapon against leeches.
Chinnakallar is the second in line in the southern part of India to be associated with Cherrapunjee because of the amount of rainfall it receives. Situated in Tamil Nadu, Chinnakallar even has a hanging bridge along with quite a number of elephants who rule the area. It is situated 25 kms from Valparai and is best visited during monsoon for spotting rainbows.
Lonavala maybe well-known for a lot of things, but we are willing to bet that rainbows weren’t the most popular one. This place sits enveloped in the lush greenery of the Sahyadris in the Western ghats and shows its true colours only during the monsoons. Colours that go beyond just the green of the forest or the azure of the sky.