Monsoon holidays in India are surely a lifetime experience as the exotic locations leave you spellbound with its beauty. Monsoon blesses the land with emerald verve and showers relief to flora and fauna. The wet and foggy mornings, dark clouds and drizzles make the place, a fairyland. The summers are hot and the rainy season has moderate to heavy rainfall. The hills and mountains get carpeted with lush greenery, the lakes overflow with sparkling water and ready for water related activities. The diversified country turns into paradise in the rainy season which falls in June-September in most of the places. Not all places are good with rain, so here we suggest top monsoon places to enjoy in India.
Munnar is truly a paradise in God’s own country Kerala. Incredibly vast tea gardens, lush green hills, romantic atmosphere and pleasant climate, make this hill station one of the favourite tourist places in India during monsoons. The hill station is packed with terrace farming and plantations. The best activity during monsoon in Munnar is a romantic walk in a coffee plantation during a mild rainy morning or evening.
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Goa will be amongst the best places to visit in rainy season in India. During monsoon season, the beaches will be rich and fresh. Luckily for you, there’s a lot more to Goa than just beaches – such as wildlife sanctuaries, river cruises, vintage heritage sites from the Portuguese era, hiking trails through thickly forested hilly regions and great food. There’s some spectacular scenery to explore in the area, vibrant monsoon festivals to attend, and plenty of good fishing during this time. It’s the perfect place to get soaked in the rains and enjoy some truly delicious Goan delicacies.
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When the monsoon comes to India, many tourists head for the mountains – in particular to Ladakh. During monsoon season the lakes will be filled with water and you can camp near them. Many mountain passes and trekking paths will be opened only during monsoon season. The Indus River is filled with water during monsoon season and rafting is possible during this time. The locals are incredibly nice and peaceful people and the Buddhist monasteries are simply wonderful. The best activity of all is the Ladakh festival that happens in September.
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Andaman and Nicobar Island
There are plenty of activities that you could undertake during monsoon in Andaman and Nicobar Island. During rainy season people visit this island for enjoy water related sports like scuba diving, snorkelling, Kayaking, surfing and others. This place will never seize to amaze you and you are sure to fall in love with its incredible beauty.
Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra
Malshej Ghat is a mountain pass in the Western Ghats range in the Pune district of Maharashtra. The site is nestled in the lofty rugged hills of the Western Ghats. The place is filled with flowering plants and unique animals during monsoon season. During the rainy season you can enjoy a lot of water related activities in the lake and waterfalls. The site is home to hundreds of different kinds of flora and fauna especially the avian population such as quails, rails, crakes, flamingos and cuckoos. The best part of monsoon season in Malshej Ghat is watching the pink flamingos standing in one leg. They are migration birds that come from Siberia. Apart from flamingos many other birds can be found here during the monsoon season.
Coorg, also known as Kodagu is rated as one of the top hill station of Southern India. It is known for its dense forests, flora, fauna, coffee plantation, lakes and waterfalls. The waterfalls, lakes and rivers become very beautiful and you can find a lot of tourist activities near them like picnic, boating and others. Most important rainy season activity is exploring the wildlife at Pushpagiri wildlife sanctuary. If you like thrilling activities you can hike at Kotebetta and visit the Jog falls in Karnataka which is the second highest in India.
Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Kodaikanal Known as the “princess of hill stations” and has a long history as a retreat and popular tourist destination. It is one of the best monsoon destinations in India. Situated in the Palani hills of Western Ghat it offers enchanting waterfalls, lakes and lush greenery and spectacular views of the ghats and hills. The Kodaikanal Lake and Bryant Park are the reason for spreading colorful joy when rains, garden flowers and rainbow meet at a spot.
A perfect destination for a group of friends and family is this small hill station of Pune. The mountain ranges, waterfalls and other attractions will be at its prime beauty during monsoon season. It is advisable to visit this tiny hill station during or post monsoon, as that ignites the beauty of nature more profoundly. The best activities during monsoon in Lonavala are enjoying the stream in Tiger Point, enjoying the caves of 2nd BC and the waterfalls at Bushi dam. For a quick escape from the bustling city, plan a trip to the quaint hill town of lonavala.
Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
Valley of Flowers is a vibrant and splendid national park reposing in West Himalayas. Nestled in Uttarakhand, this alluring place is famous for its charming meadows of alpine flowers. It is during the monsoon rains that the park’s 300+ species of wildflowers come alive, making it the perfect time to visit. The area is also home to many rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep. Valley of Flowers remains covered with a thick blanket of snow during the winter season. The park is only open from May to October, with July and August being the best time to see the wildflowers in full bloom. This is the best time to explore the splendor of this magnificent valley of flowers national park.
One of the less popular wildlife sanctuaries of the Northern India, Binsar in Uttarakhand has all the makings of a perfect monsoon getaway. It is about 33 km north of the Almora. Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its wide variety of flora ranging from 25 types of trees and 24 types of bushes to seven varieties of grasses. The clouds hang low over this Himalayan valley and give you a feeling of walking in them. With an unexpected worldly vibe, Binsar has to be on your list this Monsoon.
If you are tired of doing the same old and want to step away from the crowded tourist destinations, then you have to head to Bandipur this rainy season. It helps protect several species of India’s endangered wildlife and also provides refuge to other threatened and vulnerable species of flora and fauna. A wildlife sanctuary beyond park, it is nestled amongst the green dales of the Nilgiri Mountain Ranges. Drenched in raindrops and misty clouds, wildlife, flora and unique fauna appear even more striking.
Dudhsagar Falls, Goa
The magnificent Dudhsagar Waterfall is perched in the high peaks of the Western Ghats and is a sight to behold especially in the monsoons when it is in full and furious flow. It is India’s tallest waterfalls with a height of 310 m and an average width of 30 metres. It forms the border between Karnataka and Goa and also surrounded by lush green forests that are delight to trek through.
Lonar Lake is a saline soda lake located at Lonar in Buldhana district of Maharashtra. It was actually created by a meteor impact during the Pleistocene Epoch and it is the only hyper velocity impact crater in basaltic rock anywhere on earth. The religious temples and beautiful hills and trees that surround the lake, make it an ideal monsoon getaway.
Udaipur’s three lakes, The Fateh Sagar, Lake Pichhola and Swaroop Sagar give the city a fairytale-like quality in the monsoon. The Mewar dynasty built Sajjan Garh specifically with the intention of watching the storm clouds roll into the city. The crowning glory is the Lake Palace, surrounded by the deep, rich, dark green of the city that’s reflected in the waters. Udaipur in the monsoon blissfully conjures up century-old love stories.
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With its evergreen forests feature, this tiny hill station of Maharashtra has lured many visitors. Its beautiful streams making its way from the Western Ghats are eye-catching. The Venna Lake is one of the major tourist attractions of Mahabaleshwar. The lake is surrounded by trees on all sides. If you have not visited Mahabaleshwar, do not miss it, as it has the beauty of Venna Lake surrounded with trees, and famous for its view of two reservoirs, Balakwadi and Dhom. The point is around 1280 mts high.
Mount Abu, Rajasthan
Mount Abu, the only hill station of Rajasthan is located in the Aravalli range of Sirohi district. It is advised to visit Mount Abu during rainy season to enjoy the monsoon and nature at its best to enjoy waterfalls, lush green mountains and the romantic mist. It is a retreat in monsoon for visitors from the scorching heat of Rajasthan and neighbour Gujarat. The Nakki Lake and the Sunset of Mount Abu are the sightseeing destinations of this hill station.
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Ranikhet, one of the most beautiful monsoon destinations in India is situated in Uttarakhand. The home to Garhwal Himalaya is a scenic splendor because of its flower national park valley which has fragrance of endemic alpine flowers and additional flowers. This picturesque location is surrounded by hills, blessed with a pleasant climate, lush green forests and famous for majestic views of great Himalayan Ranges.
Darjeeling, West Bengal
The perfect monsoon getaway of India is the well known for tea industry along with a popular tourist destination, also known as The “Queen of Hills”, is situated at the foothills of the great Himalayas in West Bengal. Some of the attractions of Darjeeling are Darjeeling-Rangeet Valley Passenger Cable Car, Darjeeling monastery, trekking and river rafting. One of the favourite destination of Bollywood directors, this is a must visit place in monsoon season.
When it comes to top places to visit in India during monsoon, Kausani stands proudly as one of the favourites. The awe-inspiring hill station is blessed to embrace the spot to witness panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks like Trishul, Nandadevi and Panchchul. There are only few places in Himalayas which can be compared to the beauty of Kausani. Individuals looking for perfect clear views of the Himalayas must explore this small gem of Uttarakhand. If you want to have a glimpse of breathtaking beauty of Nature then visit this place in monsoon season, months of July till mid September.
The only hill station of Gujarat, Saputara holds a large number of visitors in monsoon. It is popularly known for sightseeing and its emerging exquisiteness during rains. The Saputara Lake surrounded by greenery makes it pleasurable to sail in a paddle boat and Hatgad fort adds enthusiasm in the trekking lovers.
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When it rains heavily in other parts of India, plan a wonderful trip to Pushkar not to let the sultry sun give you a tan, but to explore the beautiful and soothing side of Rajasthan. It is only during monsoon that Pushkar’s famous lake sheds its dry look. Imaging what is more romantic than an awakening peacock call, an early morning camel ride, a stroll around the market. Pushkar should definitely be on your bucket list of places to visit in monsoons in India for enjoying spicy Rajasthani dishes and listening folk songs.
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