Travel Guide to Best Monsoon Destinations in India
With nature celebrating the onset of rains, there is greenery all around, flowers are in full bloom and lakes and rivers bustling with volumes of water. This is also the time to go out with families and friends to have a wonderful time enjoying rain and nature at its best. As monsoon season is round the corner in India people have got busy making plans to make the most of the season. That is why we thought of introducing this list of monsoon holiday destinations in India where one can have a memorable time in the lap of Mother Nature. Away from the hectic work schedules, these are the right destinations to soak your spirits in ultimate peace and calm while enjoying the pitter-patter of rain.
Goa, Photo: http://goo.gl/6TjPwj
Stunning palm-fringed beaches, azure waters and vast stretches of golden sands; Goa is truly an exotic destination for beach lovers, honeymooners and adventure seekers. Teeming with lush greenery, monsoon makes for the perfect time to discover the charm of this little state filled with unending romance in the air. Being an off-season, Goa at the time of monsoon, takes a good break from busy touristy season and offers you ample opportunities to revel a holiday at a leisurely pace. With soft drizzles trickling in, take a romantic walk with your partner along the beach, hire a scooter and go on a ride discovering the streets of this charming little town, hike up to the Chapora Fort to view the spectacles of Arabian Sea embracing the serene waters of Chopta River or just sit back and relax with a hot cup of coffee in your hotel’s balcony taking in the captivating vistas of monsoon showers. Monsoons also prove to be the best time to witness the beauty of milky white waters of Doodhsagar Falls cascading down in full flow. For birders, the season is apt to capture the breeding activities of some rare avifauna species at the Salim Bird Sanctuary. If you wish to get a taste of the local culture, be part of the colourful Sao Jao festival and soak your spirits in an unlimited fun and frolic event. To add on, nothing can be more alluring and tempting than enjoying the luxury of world-class resorts and hotels that offer huge discounts during the monsoon season. So, if you long for a memorable Goan Holiday, make it a point to visit this charming beach town during the upcoming monsoons.
Known as the ‘Coffee Country’ of South, Coorg is a quaint hill station nestled in the lap of Western Ghats in Karnataka. One of the most famous tourist destinations, the place is blessed with immense scenic beauty and nature’s vistas. Though, this hill country can be visited across seasons, monsoon bestows it with unmatched picturesque magic. With hills blanketed in thick clouds and mist, every inch covered in hints of green, streams flowing in full vigour and waterfalls gushing down at their thundering best; monsoons transform this beautiful hamlet in a picture postcard scenery. When you are in Coorg, nothing can beat the heavenly experience of walking through coffee plantations, taking in the serene aroma of coffee and enjoying the soft drizzles of monsoon rains. A leisurely drive through curvy roads taking in the magnificent vistas is also something that can be experienced at its best during monsoon showers. With rivers flowing in full might, this is also the best time for rafters to indulge in the adventure of river-rafting. If you are in Karnataka during months of July and August, do make it a point to visit this alluring hill town and I am sure you will fall in love with this place.
A paradise for nature lovers, Kodaikanal makes for a perfect hideaway during monsoons to witness nature’s beauty at its best. Nestled amidst the Palani Hills of Western Ghats in Tamil Nadu, the monsoon showers bless this place with picturesque panoramas of cascading waterfalls, enchanting lakes and carpets of Kurinji flowers covering the slopes in their purple hue. Needless to say, the exquisite scenic beauty of this tranquil hill town during monsoon months is a real feast to eyes. Whether you indulge in nature walks or go for hiking or cycling around, the sublime weather and unsurpassed scenic vistas of this gorgeous hill town are sure to take you in its complete awe of sheer hypnotising.
Munnar, Photo: https://goo.gl/6oaxU0
The lush green hill town of Munnar lies snuggled in the lap of Western Ghats in Kerala. Salubrious weather, lofty mountain peaks, sprawling tea gardens and tranquil setting of this picturesque hill town makes it a heaven for nature lovers, artists and poets who throng here to spend a quiet time in the lap of Mother Nature. The hypnotic beauty of this tiny hamlet increases double fold during the monsoon months when it’s every inch is teeming with greenery and carpets of bright flowers cover it in its multiple vibrant hues. Low flying clouds, misty mountain peaks, revitalizing climate and a sweet aroma of wet soil filled in the air just add to the scenic charm of this beautiful hill station.
Woody meadows, milky waterfalls, picturesque dams and ancient rock cut caves; the beautiful hill town of Lonavala situated amidst the serene Sahayadri Ranges in Maharashtra makes for a perfect weekend getaway for people seeking some peace and quietude. As the monsoon rains trickle in, the scenic beauty of the place gets beyond words. With mist and clouds enveloping the hills and soft drizzles of monsoon showers dripping in, it’s time for localites and tourists to have a fun picnic time along the Bushy Dam. For couples, nothing can be more romantic and dreamy than enjoying a boat ride on the picturesque Pawna Lake admiring the beauty of Lohagad and Tikona forts that look afresh and anew washed up in the rain water. With rains bringing a touch of rejuvenation and covering every inch in a veil of unsurpassed natural beauty, it’s also a perfect time for photographers to click some memorable pictures of their lifetime.
Located at a short distance from Pune, Malshej Ghat is a beautiful scenic spot dotted with numerous waterfalls with few of them located right next to the highway. A favourite hotspot for Mumbaikars and Puneites during monsoons, the place come to life with lush foliage and songs of birds filling the air. The immense scenic beauty of this quaint town bustling with its countless spontaneous waterfalls cascading down the green hills in full flow, for sure, casts a hypnotising spell on hordes of tourists visiting this charming hamlet to spend a wonderful day immersing their souls in complete rejuvenation and peace. Adding to the charm of this scenic spot is its green hills blanketed in thick covers of mist and fog that leave you spellbound for few moments. If you are an adventurer at heart, a trek to the Harishchandragarh peak is just for you and makes for a perfect monsoon adventure of hiking up the hill while getting drenched in soft monsoon drizzles, enjoying a pleasant weather, admiring unmatched scenic vistas and relishing on a delicious ‘bhuna bhutta’. Undoubtedly, a retreat to solitude, Malshej Ghat is a must visit during monsoons to witness the nature’s bounty bestowing it with multitudes of soothing panoramas.
The scenic hill station of Mahabaleshwar is tucked away in lush Western Ghats in Maharashtra and is a popular weekend hideout for people living in Mumbai and Pune. Surrounded with soaring peaks and lush greenery, Mahabaleshwar boasts of a picture postcard perfect beauty during the rainy months. With hills dotted with numerous spontaneous waterfalls and dark clouds enveloping the valley; Mahabaleshwar is truly a sight to behold during monsoons. Whether you are a nature lover or a honeymoon couple, the pristine beauty of this place will take you in its complete awe during your monsoon holiday in this picturesque hamlet. The breath-taking spectacle of clouded and foggy hills from Arthur Seat is an absolute delight for nature lovers and photographers. For honeymooners and young couples, Mahabaleshwar during monsoon months provide a perfect ambience to soak themselves in an aura completely filled with deep romance and magic. Be it an experience of boating in Lake Venna enjoying little drizzles of monsoon showers or a romantic walk amidst misty and foggy woods; Mahabaleshwar will present you with loads of sweet memories that you will cherish throughout your lives.
Located near Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, Araku Valley is an epitome of nature’s bounty and breath-taking scenery. Surrounded with Blue Mountains of Eastern Ghats, beautiful perennial streams, spectacular waterfalls, sprawling paddy fields and River Gosthani meandering its way through it, the awe-inspiring beauty of the valley offers a real feast to eyes. As the rains pour in, the scenic beauty gets double-fold with multi-hued flowers dotting the lush slopes, numerous spontaneous waterfalls cascading down the misty hills and aroma of coffee plantations filling the air. For adventures at heart, the valley offers myriad options for trekking with its scenic trails navigating you through verdant forests and gorgeous waterfalls. Enchanting you with some mesmerizing scenes, a visit to Araku Valley in monsoons will truly leave you asking for more.
A beautiful hamlet tucked away in Western Ghats in Kerala, Wayanad is a perfect monsoon escapade and is gradually taking up as one of the exotic monsoon tourism destinations in India. Sublime weather, immense scenic beauty and green & undulated terrains of the place lure thousands of national and international tourists seeking an exquisite monsoon vacation amidst tranquil and serene settings, simultaneously enjoying the pleasures of monsoon showers. To soak in real pleasure of rains, Lakkidi in Wayanad makes for a perfect hideout and offers several monsoon activities like mud football, river-crossing and trekking that you can indulge into. For an unmatched monsoon holiday experience and to witness the rain-soaked scenic beauty of Wayanad, the 3-day monsoon extravaganza organized by the Wayanad Tourism Organisation, makes for an ideal time to visit this gorgeous little town.
Nestled in the lap of Nilgiris, Coonoor is blessed with loads of natural beauty and is an ideal getaway for nature lovers and honeymooners. The quaint little town covers the veil of greenery during monsoons. With clouds floating over your heads, multi-hued flowers carpeting the valley, waterfalls brimming with volumes of water, bluish haze gripping the Nilgiris and an aroma of cloves and cardamoms filled in the air; nothing can beat the serene magic of Coonoor during rainy months. Be it the captivating charm of the toy train ride, enchanting vistas of mountain beauty and sprawling tea gardens, a rejuvenating walk through spice plantations or a beguiling rendezvous with tiny sunbirds and red-whiskered bulbuls; you are bound to be swayed away by the monsoon magic when in this picturesque hill town.
Shimoga District: Jog Falls
The tallest and the most enchanting waterfalls in India, the Jog Falls are an absolute delight for nature lovers. With its milky white water thundering down at great speed, the Jog Falls with their luxuriant surroundings, offer a spectacular scenery that cannot be described in words. During monsoons, with heavy rains bestowing these falls with volumes of water and clouds covering the surrounding peaks in their whitish-greyish hues, you are bound to get mesmerized with the unmatched scenic charm of the place. Monsoons is also the time when the region is teeming with immense wildlife and colourful birds providing perfect ambience for birders and wildlife enthusiasts capture few glimpses of these beautiful creatures in their cameras.
Alleppey, Photo: https://goo.gl/cfU667
Alleppey, the backwater capital of Kerala attracts thousands of tourists every year to have a wonderful vacation cruising on the serene backwaters of Lake Vembanad and revelling themselves in the abundant natural beauty of the place. With the onset of monsoons, the sheer scenic beauty of the backwaters increases multi-fold with greenery all around, birds chirping and freely flying in the sky and palm-fringed lake shores looking all the more beautiful. Criss-crossing several canals and waterways, as you cruise in your traditional Kettuvallam relishing fresh Keralite seafood and enjoying the dripping of monsoon showers on the lake; you are bound to have the most exotic experiences of your lifetime. With an aura so serene, calm and magical; you are sure to fall in love with the place. Needless to say, for those who love chasing monsoons, Alleppey is the place to be and I guarantee, nothing can beat the fun and excitement of marvelling on the scenic vistas of this place teeming with freshness and rejuvenation in the air.
The idyllic coastal city of Puducherry is often referred to as the ‘Europe of India’ and is thronged by many tourists especially beach lovers every year. Dotted with many pristine beaches and boasting of an old world colonial charm, the place is a favourite destination for many foreigners wanting to spend a beach holiday away from the hustle-bustle of more commercialized Goa. For those who love rains, monsoons are the best time to experience the splendid scenic beauty of this place teeming with lush greenery and grey clouds enveloping the sky. Also, as the monsoon showers trickle in, the weather gets mild and pleasant making it prefect for couples to indulge in romantic walks along the beach. A cycle tour across the town under soft drizzles, exploring its colonial streets has its own magical charm; for a break just sit back in a café and relish a hot-coffee taking in the captivating vistas of showers dripping in.
Well! those who have seen the famous Malgudi Days, cannot forget the quaint little village of Agumbe where the series was shot. Located on the edge of Western Ghats in Karnataka, this is one of the places in India that receives highest rainfall. If you want to have a date with monsoons, Agumbe is the place to be for an enchanting monsoon experience. With entire village covered in mist and air filled with a misty-aroma, nothing can beat the experience of exploring this picturesque town on foot, taking in the magical views of lush ghats. Monsoons also provide ample opportunities to trekkers and wildlife enthusiasts to have a rendezvous with endemic wildlife species of Western Ghats. The Agumbe Rainforest, home to the varieties of King Cobra is a special draw for naturalists and photographers to embark on a thrilling journey of spotting a cobra; and needless to say, rains make the experience all the more thrilling and exciting as this is the time when all the reptiles of the forest are having a gala time. Also, monsoons is the time to marvel the scenic beauty of the forest that is teeming with numerous rivulets and waterfalls, making it more picturesque and charming. If you also plan for the Agumbe Rainforest experience in monsoons, make sure to be well equipped with raincoats, umbrellas and most importantly, high boots and salt to deal with leeches that are in abundance during the season.
Bekal, Photo: https://goo.gl/VpaEf9
Located in Kasargod district of Kerala, Bekal is a serene and tranquil town known for its enchanting river, palm-swaying beaches, magnificent Bekal fort and majestic hills. Surrounded with the beautiful Western Ghats, the town boasts of an immense scenic beauty that increases double-fold during the monsoons. With grey clouds enveloping the hills, varying shades of green covering every nook and corner, colourful birds cruising in the sky, air filled with sweet aroma of rain-soaked soil and the entire town taking in the veil of fog and mist; even words fall short to describe the beauty of this place. For those who want to spend a laid-back holiday, sipping in a hot cup of coffee, enjoying the pitter-patter of the rain and just soaking themselves in the serene natural beauty, Bekal is the place to head to for a blissful monsoon experience.
The above list just gives you a small insight into few of the gorgeous monsoon destinations in India, but, to actually feel the beauty of these places you have to be there in reality. Do plan for a visit to few of these places this monsoon season and share your experiences with us; we shall eagerly be waiting to hear from you. Wish you happy monsoon and hope you have a wonderful time.