Salalah in southern Oman is often compared to Kerala for its scenery. Here is where the Arabian peninsula tapers southward towards Africa, and geography and meteorology have conspired to gift this region with a unique microclimate. Every year from June to September, Salalah experiences a wet season – kharif. Monsoon winds from the Indian subcontinent blow up to southern Arabia and bless the desert with a bounty of rain. The parched beige desert is aglow with green. It is surreal and otherworldly, but it’s only Mother Nature at work.
Al Mughsail Beach, south of Salalah city, is framed by picturesque sea-cliffs. You can see the marks of the sea’s constant labour at the shore in caves it has scooped out of the rock. One of the main attractions here is the Blowhole. Through an underground channel, sea water rushes in at high pressure and jets out in a geyser-like spout on the cliff. Corresponding with the force of the waves, the spouts can rise several metres high.
The blowhole is the cynosure of the beach, and during kharif, tourists from all over the Gulf flock here to enjoy the benefits of Salalah’s unique climate. And the blowhole never disappoints, especially on a stormy day when the sea is choppy.
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