Plan your extended weekends wisely, here are some quick getaway spots you can enjoy
From Mumbai: Koyna Dam
With monsoon causing the water levels to rise, it is the perfect time for a visit to the catchment area of the Koyna River. An approximate six hour long scenic drive brings you to Shivsagar Lake, a lake formed after the Koyna River was impounded by the dam. Head to the Nehru Garden nearby which offers a great view of the lush surroundings and the dam. The dam helps with hydroelectricity generation, which is its main function. Along with a lazy stroll along Nehru Gardens, you can also visit the Koyna wildlife sanctuary. At the sanctuary, make sure to visit the Ozarde waterfall. To end your exploration, enjoy a boat ride to see the confluence of Koyna, Solsi and Kandati Rivers.
From Ahmedabad: Adlaj Stepwell
The architectural jewel Adalaj Stepwell, located on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, pays an ode to an interesting event in history. The five-storey stepwell was commissioned by Rani Roopba, the queen of Rana Veersingh, in the 16th Century. The story behind the making of this legendary stepwell is as fascinating as its architecture. Although it was Rani Roopba was got the construction started, it was completed by the Muslim ruler Mohammed Begda. After defeating the local chief, Begda proposed marriage to the queen who in turn, asked for the construction of the water vav, in order to buy time. Amidst the construction process, Begda proposed to Rani Roopba once again. The next day, Rani Roopba jumped into the well, ending the saga of building the well in a tragedy. It is one of the finest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture. Walk through the column-lined passages to discover an evident fusion of Hindu craftsmanship and geometric pattern of Islamic architecture
From Chennai: Upper Bhavani Lake, Ooty (Udhagamandalam)
Ooty, labelled as the Queen of Hills is an idyllic getaway with green slopes, misty valleys and eucalyptus-dotted pathways meeting your sight at every turn. For all those heading for a holiday in hills of Ooty, explore a few off beat attractions along with the usual ones to get more out of your visit. ET Panache Travel reader Aparna Mehrotra recommends Upper Bhavani Lake. Located about 60 kms from Ooty, the azure-blue water body is wrapped by Nilgiris and rust-toned hills minute the crowds, makes for a rejuvenating spot. The circuit to Upper Bhavani also includes Lakkdi Lake, Emerald Dam, Avalanche Dam and other lakes. Each of these water bodies has its own unique properties. At the Upper Bhavani Lake, you can go boating or horse riding. This is a haven for those with a keen eye in photography.
For Upper Bhavani Lake, you have to drive down to a check post. From here on forest department buses will take you ahead as private vehicles are not allowed. A visit to the lake requires a permit from the Forest Ranger.