Ten Best Nature Destinations
Coorg the Coffee Country: Coorg, the former summer refuge of Brits, lying in the Western Ghats is laden with unsurpassed natural beauty where you can find some of the most verdant coffee plantations of the world. Let loose yourself in the coffee plantations and have the most relaxing holiday ever.
Darjeeling where Tea is just not another drink has the right climate and topography to produce the finest teas in the world. The verdant tea plantations grown on the the terraced slope of low hills with woman plucking tea leaves is a bewitching sight. A holiday to Darjeeling takes you back on another era.
Nasik is not only famous for the Kumbha Mela, but also a place that produces India`s finest wines. A tour to the Nashik vineyards is an enthralling experience no matter if you are not a wine connoisseur. A trip to Nasik vineyards is a must for getting enlightened on wine appreciation basics.
Strawberry fields, Mahabaleshwar
A 6 hour`s drive from Mumbai takes you to the Strawberry country of Mahabalaeshwar. You can join the farmers in plucking strawberries from the bushes and visit nearby Strawberry processing units.
Apple Orchards of Manali
A one-of-its-kind tour of the beautiful orchards in and around Manali, seeing the raw and ripe apples dangling from the trees is an amazing experience. The view of acres of lush green apple orchards looks stunning and just out of picture perfect post cards.
Cashew Orchards of Goa
A trip to the cashew orchards makes you realize that Goa is not all about beaches. A tour to the cashew orchards start with drinking the delicious feni. Visiting Cashew processing units as well as the feni distillation units is also part of the fun.
Flower Orchids of Gangtok
The Orchid Sanctuary in Deorali is just few kms from Gangtok. It houses more than 200 varieties of exotic orchids. The summer months of April and May offers an awesome view of the place. A visit to the orchid sanctuary Orchidarium on the road to Rangpo is also highly recommended.
Kinnow Orchards of Hoishiarpur
The weekends from Chandigarh can take you to Kinnow Farms at Hoshiarpur just 130 kms away. A holiday spent in the verdant Kinnow Farms is a rare opportunity to have an insider’s view of the rural life in Punjab.
Konkan Mango Tours
The Ratnagiri and the adjoining districts in the Konkan region of Maharashtra are bestowed with acres and acres of orchards of world famous Hapus ( Alphonso) mangoes. A visit to these orchards is an adventurous experience with a ride in bullock carts, plucking a few yourselves and much more.
Chiku orchards of Bordi- Dahanu
Just 145 kms from Mumbai a trip to Bordi-Dhanu is a perfect Mumbai weekend trip to explore the multitude of Chiku farms that dots these places. Dahanu has been home to a large number of Chikoo farmers. A trip to the Chiku plantations is a great way to get close to the nature.