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Sakal Times
Saturday, 6 October 2018

If you are a nature lover or enjoy adventure, here are a few places that can take your breath away

Why not go camping this weekend? To help you take a break from the monotony of life and experience nature and adventure, Toehold, a travel and photography platform, and Travelyaari, a bus ticketing platform, list  a few camping places that can de-stress and rejuvenate you.
  
Sattal — Jungle Camp, Uttarakhand
Located in the hills of Kumaon, Sattal — Jungle Camp is an ideal camping destination. Cocooned in lush greens and mighty mountains, at a height of 1370 m above sea level, Sattal extends a peaceful ambience just right for camping. Whether you go hiking through the forest, engage in bird watching or go trotting through the woods, you will find locations dotted with tents with campers enjoying activities like kayaking, rappelling, trekking, angling, etc. The best time to visit Sattal are March-June and September-December.

Bhandardara — Fireflies Camp, Maharashtra
Bhandardara sits by the Pravara River, and the natural environment — waterfalls, mountains, Wilson Dam, Arthur Lake and Randha Falls are tourist attractions. The place is increasingly gaining popularity for the Fireflies camp in Purushwadi area. Millions of fireflies come out in the open and create a fascinating view. Over 2,000 species of fireflies can be spotted in the woods of Purushwadi. This is a must visit during the month of June.

Karnala, Maharashtra
Karnala is situated a short drive away from Mumbai, and has been a Mumbaikar’s much-loved destination for a quick getaway. It hosts a bird sanctuary where you can spend some time sighting exotic bird species in their natural habitat. With lush lawns and palm trees, the ambience is beautiful, and you will naturally just take off on a jaunt towards one of the pathways leading out of camp to explore all the natural beauty around. For those seeking adventure, a trek to the Karnala Fort is highly recommended. You can enjoy watching the gorgeous waterfalls during the monsoon season. There are plenty of options/ sites to camp in Karnala, where you can spend some quiet time in nature’s lap and indulge in some fun camping activities.
 
Wayanad, Kerala
Wayanad in Kerala promises you adventure and excitement, and it is worth spending all your time and money for a weekend getaway. Wayanad is like a rustic hamlet and a gem of a place for nature lovers. Adventure enthusiasts can indulge in activities like camping, river-crossing, jumping, commando walking, zipline and mountain biking. You can also indulge in bamboo rafting in Kuruva Island, explore the wilderness of Wayanad at Tholpetty and Muthanga, explore the river trail through the Kabini River or trek to Edakkal Caves with their intriguing rock carvings, and shop in spice markets for cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, ginger and vanilla. During the rafting experience, you can even try steering the bamboo oars with the help of the boatman.

Dandeli, Karnataka
Dandeli, located in northern Karnataka, offers an incomparable mix of scenic beauty and adventure. The modern town blessed by River Kali is surrounded by deciduous forests and a renowned wildlife habitat where rare animals and birds roam free in deep valleys and its rugged terrains. Dandeli offers adventurous activities like river rafting, night camping, nature walks, boating, bird watching, tiger and crocodile spotting and angling, along with picnics, eco-tourism, and trips to nearby caves and temples.

Anjuna — Beach Camp, Goa
Well-known for its beautiful and serene beaches, Anjuna is one of the best camping locations in Goa. It is a nice little place in Goa where people tend to camp to enjoy the scenes and lifestyle of Goa’s hippy culture. Beaches, chapels and flea markets can be explored at will while camping on the Goan landscape. The happening nightlife of Goa is something you must also experience.

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