Rains are magical in India. Though most travelers do not count this as a good time to travel, but there is a certain charm in vacations during downpour. With our list of spectacular monsoon destinations in India, you will certainly change your opinion about the glorious rainy season. These are the places where you can enjoy vacations for relaxing, sightseeing and adventure accompanied with gentle winds, light raindrops and that delicious smell of Earth. The season of bliss, beauty and relief, savor one vacation in India of such pleasures.
Find 10 Best Places in India During Monsoon – June, July and August:
1. Coorg, Karnataka
One of the most beautiful monsoon destinations in India, Coorg is the not just one of the most beautiful hill stations of Karnataka but also India. Blessed with gorgeous scenery dotted with vast coffee plantations, it is the perfect getaway in the monsoon. During the rains, the Abbey and Jog waterfalls flow in their full might, creating an impressive picture. Also, if you are into adventure sports, then embark on a trek to the highest peak of Tadiandamol, which is known for its wonderful scenery. Bylekuppe, Madikeri Fort and other sights are equally pleasant. If you are lucky, you will get a glimpse of a rainbow.
2. Shillong, Meghalaya
Nestled in the abode of clouds, Shillong in Meghalaya is listed top among the best places to visit in India during monsoon. Known for its captivating beauty, the hill town looks all the more amazing during the monsoons. If you do not mind getting drenched, this place is a perfect getaway. Misty clouds, lush green everywhere and roaring waterfalls are the reasons for visiting. During the rainy season, you must visit the Elephant Falls and the Spread Eagle Falls. Both of these waterfalls fed by rains make for a remarkable sight. The blissful feel of the town relaxes your senses. Food, specially the local delicacies and the cheap drinks sets the pace for a pleasant holiday
3. Munnar, Kerala
Munnar is truly a paradise in Kerala. This hill station is one of the must visit monsoon destinations in India. Rains add magic and romance to the already beautiful hills of Western Ghats, a prime tea-growing region carpeted in emerald-green tea plantations. Mist envelopes the mountain tops, seasonal waterfalls present amazing sights and the ambiance is soothing. The best thing about a monsoon vacation is, Munnar is crowd-free, hotels and resorts offer great discounts. Embark on trekking trails, marvel at natural bliss, walk through tea gardens, and gorge on delicious Kerala cuisine. Your monsoon holiday in Munnar will be undoubtedly memorable.
4. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
The Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Monsoon is the best time to enjoy a visit, as the mountain flowers of every possible shade, bloom after the rain. Where else can you enjoy the beauty of more than 400 varieties of flowers in their full bloom? This valley is a part of the national park where you can reach only after a scenic easy trek. For a wonderful trekking adventure, the Valley of Flowers is an ideal destination. For the bliss of mountains, spectacular view of unique flowers in multiple shades, it is an amazing destination for a monsoon vacation.
5. Udaipur, Rajasthan
Udaipur in Rajasthan is next on the list of best places to visit in India during monsoon. It receives one of the lowest rainfalls in the country, just enough rains for a pleasant climate. The city is snuggled in the lap of the Aravalis and is dotted with a number of lakes. Titled as one of the ‘most romantic destinations in India’, imagine the romance that is possible during the rains. Visit the famous Monsoon Palace, and Sajjan Garh, which offers a panoramic view of the city. Visit the scenic Lake Pichola and the Fateh Sagar Lake, go for boat rides, and enjoy the popular sights and the royal hospitality.
6. Alleppey, Kerala
Alleppey is divine during the monsoon. ‘Gods’ Own Country’ Kerala is blessed during rains and Alleppey shares its bliss. The rain makes the backwaters all the more beautiful. To explore this spectacular place, you must embark on a backwater cruise through its lakes, river and canals. Monsoon also enhances the benefits of Ayurveda. According to the ancient traditions of Ayurveda, the best time to undergo these treatments is during the monsoons. The weather is perfect, moist, cool and dust-free, opening up the pores of our skin, making the therapy more effective. The cool salubrious monsoon weather also allows the body to recuperate in bliss.
7. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Kodaikanal, ‘The Gift of the Forest’ is a scenic beauty which further magnifies its charm during monsoon. The small hill town in Tamil Nadu creates a refreshing vacation. During the rains, Coaker’s Walk and Brynt Park offer picturesque trails while there are also serious treks to Dolphin Nose, Kurunji Andavar Temple, Pambhar Falls, Pillar Rocks, etc. Also, after the rains the waterfalls are a sight worth seeing. You can also have a very lucky experience, a rare phenomenon called ‘Brachem Spectre’ where you actually see yourself in the clouds. Feel fresh as the rains in this picturesque hill station.
8. Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
The second rainiest place on Earth, Cherrapunji is one of the places travelers’ must experience in the monsoon. Forests, farmlands, pastures and houses shine with a healthy glow. The grass grows overwhelmingly everywhere and creates a backdrop that is similar to the rolling hills of the Scottish Highlands.Clouds, play a game of hide and seek, engulfing the landscape in a beautiful whiteness, bringing down the visibility to a null. Waterfalls flow in their full strength, Nokhalikai Falls to be the most gorgeous of them all. Explore living root bridges, caves and countless waterfalls. Go for walks while enjoying the rustic beauty of Meghalaya. Fall in love with rains in Cherrapunji.
9. Wayanad, Kerala
Blessed with bountiful rains, Wayanad is a popular monsoon destination in India. A hill town in Kerala, snuggled in the lap of Western Ghats, it is blessed with picturesque beauty, waterfalls, wildlife, adventure and more. In recent years, tourist exclusively visit Wayanad to enjoy the rains. The unique lure of the hill station in the rainy season is the ‘Neelakurinji’ vivid blue flowers which blooms once in 12 years. Relish the lush greenery of the hills, mighty waterfalls, lakes, ancient caves. Embark on trekking and mountain expeditions. The hill station also celebrates a monsoon tourism festival, Splash, a 3-day event of fun and memorable experiences.
10. Mount Abu, Rajasthan
The only hill station in the desert state of Rajasthan, Mount Abu is a lush oasis. Inviting tourist to the green lap of the Aravalis, Mount Abu has a plethora of blessings. It is one of the best monsoon destinations in India. Prescribe yourself therapeutic remedy with a holiday here. Washed in the rains, the white-marbled Dilwara Temples look enchanting. Guru Shikhar, the highest point in Mount Abu has a number of interesting temples and amazing views to offer. Nakki Lake, Sunset Point, temples, gardens and the markets of the town are unmissable delights. An excursion to Achalgarh, ruins of the Mewar Dynasty on a rainy day is simply amazing. The royal charm mixed with the rain makes for a memorable time.