Salalah is often touted as a mini-Kerala by expatriates for its incredible natural beauty and fabulous weather conditions. As Indians could avail of a visa on arrival, all you need to do is to reach the Oman border.
The visa would be stamped immediately and you could enter the mesmerizing world of Salalah. Interestingly, Salalah has become the favourite weekend holiday destination for people from the UAE. The famed spring season in Salalah lasts until September 21.
The beaches in Mirbat
The serene beaches of Mirbat are truly wonderlands of natural beauty. Here, you could enjoy thrilling rides on traditional dhow boats. Visitors are often seen enjoying a relaxing stroll on the white sand on the beach. Besides, the seafood delicacies are quite famous. The Mirbat garden too could be included in the itinerary.
This region dons a lush green carpet of incredible flora during the Kharif or the spring season. However, travellers should be careful while riding on narrow roads with steep curves.
The huts in Dhofar Wadi Darbat remind you of the quaint cottages in the picturesque locations at Munnar and Vythiri. These have been built perfectly in sync with the beautiful nature. You could enjoy the enchanting views of the misty morning from these cottages that are completely built using timber. Visitors can book the cottages in advance.
This mysterious place is located around 27 kilometres from Takha on the way to Mirbat. The place is known for zero gravity. The vehicles could climb the mountain paths even in neutral gear at this spot. It is quite mind-boggling that the laws of gravity do not affect this particular spot.
The blow holes
The blow holes on the land near Mughsail Beach, just 45 minutes away from Salalah is another interesting natural phenomenon. The seawater sprays up from the holes that are formed in the sand. It is quite a sight when the water is blown up to a height of thirty metres.
When the sea is extremely rough, the water is driven into the rock cave under the shore and then escapes upward through these blow holes. Meanwhile, the rocks that are covered in greenery and the beautiful sea are unmissable too.
The white sand shore and the contrasting blue ocean make Mughsai Beach one of the most visited destinations in Salalah. This beach is around fifty-seven kilometres away from Salalah. The trip would be enjoyable if you could ride an off-roading vehicle to this destination. Meanwhile, the roads have tall mountain ranges and hills on both sides.
This is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing family vacation or barbecue parties. Besides, you could rest at the small huts on the roadside. If it isn’t raining, do not forget to enjoy a stroll on the beach. Moreover, if you are lucky, you could spot rare species of birds in this region.
Itheen Park is known for its beautiful greenery and can remind one of Idukki and Wayanad districts of Kerala. This place is just ten minutes away from the Salalah airport.
The white shores of Taqah Beach are also home to various species of birds. A play area has been arranged here for the kids. You could reach Taqah in under 30 minutes from Salalah.
Boating through the Wadi or valley is the main attraction here. The visitors could hire mechanical boats or pedal boats. This place is perfect to arrange elaborate barbecue parties. Wadi Darbat is just an hour away from Salalah.