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12 Best Places to Visit in August in India

Dancing with the rain…..

Travelers who find rain alluring and adding to the beauty of places often wonder how splendid it would be to watch raindrops dancing on the woods or how the rain clouds will engulf a hill in their embrace. India is a land of nature’s abundance that turns divine when rain kisses it. And to explore this land mid-monsoon is the best treat one can receive. With the benefits of off-season such as cheaper travel and more privacy, August attracts tourists to capture vistas beyond their imagination. The month calls out avid explorers to charge towards their next travel destination to capture it in its most alluring form when it reaches its full glory.

Listed below are some of the 12 best places to travel in August to make your monsoons a delightful affair:
  • Munnar
  • Cherrapunji
  • Jaipur
  • Goa
  • Delhi
  • Alleppey
  • Lonavala
  • Coorg
  • Ladakh
  • Valley of Flowers
  • Athirapally
  • Udaipur
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Munnar – Smells like tea, no?  

Munnar Kerala

Nestled among the Western Ghats in Kerala, Munnar is one of the most revered hill stations of India. With its rolling hills, tea gardens and clean air, it is a perfect escape for every traveler. Do you know what makes this hill town even more graceful? It is the rain dancing on its landscape. Monsoon turns the town into a lush-green paradise with gurgling rivers and huge cascading waterfalls making Munnar one of the best places to visit in August.

Top Things to Do in Munnar
  • Take a stroll amidst the Kolukkumalai Tea Estate
  • Spot the creatures of the jungle in Eravikulam National Park
  • Trek to the Anamudi Peak- the Himalaya of the South
  • Catch a live Kathakali performance at the Thirumeni Cultural Centre
  • Speak with yourself at the popular Echo Point
  • Witness the Attukad Waterfalls in their full glory
How to Reach?

The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport, located at a distance of 110 kms. The major railheads located near the hill town are the Ernakulam and Aluva Railway Station.

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Cherrapunji – Where the rain never stops!

Cherrapunji, Meghalaya

An enchanting paradise hidden in the state of Meghalaya, Cherrapunji is one of the world’s wettest places. Though it rains almost throughout the year, rain only enhances the beauty of this town.

Completely set away from the city life, the town nurtures the gifts of nature in the form of dense mystic woods, white cascading waterfalls, living root bridges and lush green valleys. Popularly known as Meghalaya’s ‘Scotland of the East’, Cherrapunji fascinates its explorers by showing them the series of the ‘Grand Canyon’ that rules out the charm of any other place they have visited.

Top Things to Do in Cherrapunji
  • Witness the majestic Nohkalikai Waterfalls in its full glory
  • Do not forget to visit the unique Double Decker Living Root Bridge
  • Witness the iconic Seven Sisters Waterfalls
  • Visit the mysterious yet adventurous Mawsmai Caves
  • Visit the cleanest village in Asia, Mawlynnong Village, also known as God’s own garden
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the valleys from Mawkdok Dympep Valley
How to Reach?

The nearest airport from Cherrapunji is the Cherrapunji Umroi Airport while the major one being, the Guwahati Airport. Guwahati Railway Station is the nearest railhead, located at a distance of 147 kms from the town.

Also Check out: Popular Tour Packages for Meghalaya Cherrapunji

Jaipur – A Land of Grandeur, Colours and Vibes!

Amer Fort Jaipur, Rajasthan

The capital city of Rajasthan, Jaipur does justice to what the state stands for. Unspoiled royalty, ancient glory and majestic forts and palaces adorn the city, making it one of the most important travel destinations of India. The city tells legends about Rajput valour and how it shaped the present India. Home to colorful bazaars, unadulterated villages, well-kept havelis and undying hospitality, Jaipur makes it to the list of places to visit in August. With scanty rainfall during this month, Jaipur allows travelers to explore every nook of its city.

Top Things to Do in Jaipur
  • Visit the magnificent Amer Fort
  • Visit the residence of the royal family of Jaipur, City Palace
  • Sign up for a heritage walking tour taking you through the alleys of the old city
  • Visit the largest of the five Jantar Mantar in India
  • Sign up for a blue pottery workshop in Sanganer
  • Learn the art of block printing directly from the masters in Bagru
How to Reach?

Jaipur has its own airport, Jaipur International Airport. The nearest railhead is the Jaipur Junction which connects various important cities of India to Rajasthan. Regular bus services are available for Jaipur in various cities of North India.

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Goa – Bliss, sands and oceans!

Goa Beach

Palm-fringed beaches, wide stretching ocean and rainy skies make Goa one of the best places to visit in August in India. The ultimate travel destination for the youth, Goa is the perfect escape to a laid-back vacation.

The remnants of French and Portuguese can be felt in the buildings and culture of the state. Goa is not only popular for its exotic beaches and pristine ocean but also for its hippie culture that enables tourists to enjoy each moment of their vacation. When in Goa, do not miss out on the crazy night life where the shacks and restaurants are lit up to offer their best services to the travelers.

Top Things to Do in Goa
  • Enjoy a relaxing beach holiday at the best beaches of Goa
  • Witness Dudhsagar Falls which is at its full glory during monsoon
  • Witness the lively Bonderam Festival at Divar Island
  • Devour some finger-licking Goan cuisine
  • Visit the beautiful Chapora Fort that made its appearance in many Bollywood movies
  • Sign up for a luxurious river-cruise at Mandovi River
  • Visit the most popular night clubs, Mambo’s and Tito’s for the best nightlife experience
How to Reach?

The nearest airport is the Dabolim International Airport. Madgaon and Thivim are the major railheads in Goa. Various bus services are operated by the State Transport Corporation for easy accessibility.

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Delhi – Old world charm among the citylights!

Delhi

The national capital of India, Delhi is a land where old meets new. The narrow alleys of Old Delhi tell stories of the glorious past of the country while the modern developments help make life easier and faster.

The city is home to some of the most important Mughal monuments such as Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Humayun’s Tomb among many others. Delhi also offers a chance to take the plunge into various Indian cultural and art forms at its hubs like Mandi House and Indian Habitat Centres.

During monsoons, Delhi gets covered in a lively chaos that brings out a different charm to the otherwise modern city making it one of the best places to visit in August.

Things to Do in Delhi
  • Visit the remnants of the Mughal Empire – Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and Jama Masjid
  • Take a stroll at the India Gate
  • Visit the popular National Rail Museum
  • Go on a shopping spree at various shopping hubs such as Janpath, Connaught Place and Karol Bagh among others
  • Sign up for a heritage walk that takes you around the alleys of Old Delhi
  • Do not forget to take up a food walk to devour some lip-smacking street food of Delhi
How to Reach?

Delhi has one of the most important airports of India, Indira Gandhi International Airport. The national capital offers great connectivity via Metro. The major railheads in Delhi are Old Delhi Railway Station, New Delhi Railway Station and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station.

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Alleppey – In the lap of God’s Own Country

Alleppey Kerala Backtwaters

A beautiful backwater destination, Alleppey is also known as the ‘Venice of the East’. Various picturesque canals, exotic beaches and azure lagoons adorn this land making it one of the top tourist destinations of the country.

Evergreen coconut grooves and hidden natural bounties make you appreciate this land of ultimate beauty. Waking up in the middle of water in a luxurious houseboat is a once in a lifetime experience that should not be missed.

Travelers can not only savour the bliss of nature but also enjoy dance shows, music festivals, lip smacking local food and take up therapeutic spa treatment on their trip to Alleppey. With so much to offer, the month of August hosts one of the most important festivals of India, Onam Festival which is celebrated at a huge scale.

Top Things to Do Alleppey
  • Stay at houseboats and enjoy the backwaters
  • Visit the Royal Travancore Krishnapuram Palace
  • Attend the Onam Festival and enjoy the snake boat race during August
  • Enjoy a relaxing ayurvedic spa treatment to rejuvenate your mind and soul
  • Visit the Ambalapuzha Temple, the oldest temple of Alleppey
  • Relax at the Marari Beach
  • Explore the local cuisine
How to Reach?

The nearest airport to Alleppey is the Cochin International Airport, located at a distance of 75 kms. Kerala State Run Transport Corporation offers bus services to Alleppey from various cities of Kerala. The Alleppey Railway Station is the nearest railhead.

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Lonavala – Misty hills, rainy skies and long roads!

Lonavala

Lonavala is an alluring hill town situated among the Western Ghats in Maharashtra. A romantic escape from the chaotic city life, it is one of the most visited hill stations of the western India. Green meadows, clean air and picturesque views leave you spell-bound with nature.

When the rain falls over the hills, it changes the perception of travelers as its beauty increases ten folds. Lonavala, engulfed in rain and mist, calls upon people to enjoy the sound of raindrops falling on trees, lush-green meadows and rainy skies. Lesser crowds along with alluring beauty make this hill station a must-visit in the month of August.

Top Things to Do in Lonavala
  • Enjoy the panoramic view of the Western Ghats from Tiger’s Leap
  • Witness the most beautiful sunset at the Lion’s Point
  • Visit the magnificent Rajmachi Fort which offers serene vistas of the nearby valleys
  • Take a leap into the history by visiting the Karla Caves
  • Visit the relics of Lohagad Fort which used to be a prison during Shivaji’s reign
How to Reach?

The nearest airport from Lonavala is the Pune Airport, located at a distance of 62 kms. Lonavala has its own railhead that operates regular trains from Pune and Mumbai at frequent intervals. Various bus and taxi services are also available to reach the hill town by road making it more accessible to tourists.

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Coorg – Serenity at its best!

Coorg Hill Station

A hill town that moves slowly and absorbs every ounce of beauty nature bestows on us, Coorg is one of the most visited hill stations of South India. With the onset of monsoon, the hill station gets covered in lush-greenery.

The town gets covered in a thick sheet of forest due to the rainfall received during monsoon. The melancholic trails with a clear sky and gushing waterfalls are a treat to mind and soul. The travelers find solace in the sound of raindrops falling on trees that feel like hymns to the ears and fill hearts with serenity.

Coorg is undoubtedly a treat to a traveler’s heart in the month of August when rainfall blesses each element of nature the town possesses.

Top Things to Do in Coorg
  • Visit a unique gift of Gothic and Islamic architecture, the Omkareshwar Temple
  • Trek to Chamomale Hill to witness spectacular vistas of the hill town
  • Visit the Namdroling Monastery to learn the principles of Buddhism
  • Visit the St. Anne’s Church built back in 1792
  • Witness the beauty of Iruppu Falls at its peak
  • Visit the remains of Madikeri Fort for a sneak peek into the history
How to Reach?

The nearest airport from Coorg is the Mangalore International Airport. The nearest railhead is in Mysore at a distance of 114 kms from Coorg.

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Ladakh – A Cold Desert with a warm heart!

Leh-Ladakh

A high-altitude cold desert, Ladakh is a trending road trip destination among avid travelers. This town boasts of lip-smacking local cuisines, soft pashmina shawls and the hospitality of the locals. Ladakh falls in the rain shadow region of the Himalayas, protecting it from the heavy rainfall during monsoons.

The journey to the destination is filled with long roads, blue skies and peaking hills. Scanty rainfall during monsoon makes it one of the best places to visit in India in the month of August. Home to the Tibetan Buddhist Culture, Ladakh shelters various colourful monasteries with massive architectural grandeur. The destination is a combination of adventure, nature, culture and spirituality.

Things to Do in Ladakh
  • Witness the rock carvings at Namikala Pass, one of the tallest passes of the country
  • Witness the confluence of Zanskar and Indus Rivers at Sangam Point
  • Pay tribute to the Indian soldiers at Hall of Fame
  • Indulge in adventure activities such as rock climbing, trekking, river rafting among others
  • Visit the second coldest inhabited place in the world, Drass Valley
  • Ride to the World’s Highest Motorable Pass, Khardungla Pass
  • Visit the highest saltwater lake in the world, Pangong Lake
How to Reach?

The nearest airport from Ladakh is the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, located only 3.8 km from the main city. Ladakh can be reached by road via Manali-Leh Highway and Srinagar-Leh Highway. Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh Transport Corporation offers regular bus services to travelers for easy accessibility.

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Valley of Flowers – A paradise of smiling flowers!

Valley of Flowers National Park

Valley of Flowers is a splendid National Park located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The National Park has earned its place in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites because of its long-stretch of alpine plantations. The region is open only for a short time between the months of June and October.

During this period, different varieties of flowers and herbs bloom in the park, making it one of the best places to visit in North India in August. A shutterbug’s paradise, Valley of Flowers is a picturesque destination with meadows of flowering plants.

According to belief, Lord Hanuman found Sanjeevani Booti for Lakshmana here, adding a touch of spirituality to the region. It is one of the best trekking trails of the nation starting from Govindghat and ending in the flowery meadows of the valley.

Top Things to Do in Valley of Flowers

  • Trek to the Valley of Flowers starting from Govindghat to come across rocky hills, gurgling streams and magnificent valleys
  • Visit the Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara to seek blessings of God
  • Opt for a village walk near the National Park to indulge in the local lives of people
  • Go for a photo walk capturing the beautiful flowers of the valley to make the trip an unforgettable memory
How to Reach?

The nearest airport to the National Park is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. The nearest railhead from the destination is in Rishikesh, at a distance of 300 km. Uttarakhand State Transport Corporation offers regular bus services to provide easy accessibility to tourists.

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Athirapally – A Saga of Majestic Waterfalls!

Athirapally Waterfall Hill Station

Athirapally is a destination that has made its presence in many Bollywood movies. A surreal location that even gets justified behind the lens is the beauty of Athirapally. Majestic white cascading waterfalls, dense mystical forests and tea plantations adorn the land and make it one of the top tourist destinations in India during monsoon.

The showers of rain add a sparkling allure to the town with the sound of rain pouring on its vast landscape. The rainfall in this blissful town feels like music to the ears because of the boundless beauty Nature has bestowed on the land. Covered in majestic vistas of hills, waterfalls and rainy skies, Athirapally is a destination that cannot be missed on your trip during monsoon.

Things to Do in Athirapally
  • Witness the opulence of one of the largest waterfalls in India, Athirapally and Vazhachal Waterfalls
  • Stroll amongst the tea plantations of Malakkappara Tea Gardens
  • Indulge in river rafting in the challenging waters of Athirapally
  • Opt for Nature Walks that lead you to paths among woods, valleys, hills and gardens
  • Capture the beautiful vistas of the destination for an unforgettable experience
How to Reach?

The nearest airport to Athirapally is the Kochi Airport, at a distance of 71 kms. Chalakudy is the nearest railhead located at a distance of 28 km from the town.

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Udaipur – A romantic affair in the City Of Lakes!

Udaipur Rajasthan

‘City of Lakes’ is a boundless beauty amidst the desert state of Rajasthan. The city offers beautifully constructed lake palaces, temples, ghats and houses. The Rajput culture is depicted in the lifestyle of people who enjoy fairs and festivals that reflects the heritage beauty of this city.

Udaipur receives less rainfall during monsoons that makes it one of the best places to visit in August. It is an ideal monsoon destination when the lakes swell up with the rainwater and offer beautiful hues of color-changing skies.

Things to Do in Udaipur
  • Boat ride on the serene waters of Lake Pichola
  • Visit the photogenic garden of Udaipur, Saheliyon ki Badi
  • Visit the famous Karni Mata Temple via ropeway to seek blessings from the Goddess
  • Go on a shopping spree at Hathi Pol Bazaar
  • Visit the beautiful Jag Mandir Palace located on an island in Lake Pichola
  • Visit the majestic City Palace
  • Seek blessings from the Almighty at Jagdish Temple
  • Savour the local cuisine of Udaipur
  • Catch a beautiful sunset at the Monsoon Palace
How to Reach?

Udaipur has its own airport, Maharana Pratap Airport. Udaipur Railway Station, located 3 km from the city centre, is the nearest railhead to the city. Rajasthan Transport Corporation offers regular bus services to facilitate easier accessibility.

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As we end this journey to some of the best places to visit in India in August, I would like to urge travelers to seek the beauty of our nation during each season. The sound of rain falling on the earth is music to ears and can heal even a broken heart. The magical vistas of the Indian landscape turn into a fairytale when rain pours. Rainy skies pouring down over rounding hills and adding to the beauty of waterfalls and rivers is a magnificent experience open for all but sadly experienced by few. So, head over to the above-mentioned destinations on your next monsoon trip to experience the beauty of India at its peak!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.What are the best places to visit in India in August?

India is home to many pristine destinations that can be visited in August. Some of them being-

  • Ladakh
  • Alleppey
  • Meghalaya
  • Jaipur
  • Delhi
  • Coorg

Q.How is the weather in India during monsoon?

India experiences rainfall during the months of July and August. Rainfall offers relief from the high temperatures during summers. Some parts of the country receive heavy rainfall while other parts receive moderate or scanty rainfall.

Q. Can I find snow during the monsoon in India?

You can find snow at high altitudes like Drass Valley and Gulmarg during the monsoon in India./p>

Q.Is it advisable to visit Goa in August?

It is ideal to visit Goa during the month of August as the state gets covered in lush-greenery and is a treat to the eyes. The beaches do not get closed even during rainfall so that tourists can enjoy a beach holiday with rain. It is advisable to avoid water sports if the downpour is heavy.

Q.Is it safe to visit Cherrapunji in August?

It is absolutely safe to travel to Cherrapunji in August. Always carry your rain gear and remain updated with the daily weather reports of the town to plan your travel plans accordingly.

Published: 17 Apr, 2021

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Sheetal Vaid

Sheetal is a passionate traveler of paths less travelled. If curiosity to see places was a person, it would have been her for sure. Impromptu plans run her life. She only has one motive in life, i.e., happily roaming the world. Get on board with her journey to a life filled with places, people and magic!