13 Stunning Places to See This Monsoon in India
When it comes to monsoon, India is probably one of the best countries to get the best of it. Especially the southern part of the country comes to life, beckoning nature lovers, couples and adventure junkies alike to embark on one of its kind journey. However, we dare not ignore the beauty of other parts of India during monsoon season. Where it rains cats and dogs in North and North East, central India and the west enjoy their moments with the pitter patter rains on regular intervals. On the other side, the Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir and the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh get some sunshine after staying under the layers of snow for months. What diversity does this lovely country has and how the monsoon brings something special for its every part is truly a thing to think about. Here are some of the places where monsoon works its magic and turn them into stunning destinations for holiday in India.
Munnar, Photo: https://goo.gl/UrcqVh
Munnar in monsoon becomes heavenly. This popular hill station of Kerala is ideal for a monsoon break in India as the rain helps it get dressed in one of the nature’s best attire. The great mountains, deep valleys,dense forest and variety of wildlife all comes to live in the rainy season making it one of the most stunning places to see in India. Munnar receives heavy rainfall between June and September.
How to Reach: 3 hours 40 minutes(130.1 km) via road from Cochin if you take the NH49. The nearest railway stations are Aluva and Ernakulam. The nearest airports are Cochin at 110 km and Madurai, which is 140 km away.
Attractions: Spot exquisite wildlife at Anamudi region in the western ghats; enjoy nature walk along the beautiful lakes in Devikulam and visit the Attukal waterfalls.
Badami, Photo: http://goo.gl/AHS1kz
Badami is probably one of the finest places to see in monsoon in India. Imagine a 1500 year old temple surrounded by lake and sandstone cliffs and a sublime waterfall marking a bright streak on cliff-face – that’s Badami for you in monsoon. However, the waterfall is a contrast to this everlasting landscape that only gets to be adorned with it during the monsoon months. It is also true that it is not just the waterfall that brings a change to this vista in and around Badami but the rains do make the scrub jungles turn green and weather quite pleasant.
How to Reach: The nearest airport to Badami is in Belgaum which is located at a distance of 190 km from here. Many domestic flights from major cities of India land in Belgaum hence it’s easy to reach this place. Buses from Bangalore, Mangalore and Tumkur are available for Badami. The nearest railway station to Badami is in Hubli which is situated 100 kms away from this city. Hubli runs state bus to Badami directly and you can also hire a prepaid taxi to reach this city from Hubli directly.
Attractions: Temples and Waterfalls.
Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra
Malshej Ghat, Photo: https://goo.gl/VTlX9l
At a height of 700 mts, Malshej Ghat situated in Pune district near the borders of Thane and Ahmednagar districts is an exceptional place to visit in monsoon in India. The monsoon months of August and September are best to visit Malshej Ghat as it is when this place comes to live with greener hills and visit of exotic flamingos. Malshej Ghat is known for innumerable waterfalls. An ideal way to enjoy here to drive through the place which offers picturesque view of the splendid valleys and placid lakes.
How to Reach: The nearest International Airport is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai, which is about three hour drive from Malshej Ghat. The nearest Railway Station is Kalyan Railway Station, which is about 85 Kms away and is well connected to many major cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad.
Attractions: Waterfalls, trekking, hiking, bird watching and there are some good resorts nearby to relax and rejuvenate as well.
Maravanthe, Photo: http://goo.gl/I93lhF
Maravanthe is an exceptional place in India with the visual treat of Arabian Sea in one side and River Souparnika on the other side of the Highway Road. Situated right next to the Nationa Highway 17 that connectsMumbai to Kochi, Maravanthe is one of the best places to see in India. It has a small beach village that looks spectacular during the monsoon, the perfect green scenery with a contrast of blue waters make it a place that one should never miss in India. It is indeed a lovely beach destination for holiday in India and has potential for tourism.
How to Reach: Drive through NH 17
Attractions: Sunset, visit to islands and boat rides are some of the things that you can do in Maravanthe.
Pushkar, Photo: https://goo.gl/EyIZCW
Monsoon gives Pushkar a whole new look. This popular destination in India is ideal to visit year long, however, monsoon make Pushkar a place that cannot be forgotten even. It is that time of the year that the brown Pushkar gets a shade of green. The ghats can be seen surrounded by green lofty mountains and not the brown ones and the pleasant weather along with it adds unbeatable charm. Also, in many places, peacocks can be heard, which of course is one of its kind experience.
How to Reach: The nearest railway station is Ajmer, which is some 17kms from Pushkar. Buses and three-wheelers are available from Ajmer to Pushkar.
Attractions: Camel rides, desert camping and sightseeing.
Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
Valley of Flowers, Photo: http://goo.gl/QMUnQo
Monsoon is the best season to visit Valley of Flowers National Park in Uttarakhand. Spread over 87.5 sq km, this bio-diversity hotspot is known for its scenic beauty comprising alpine flowers and meadows, white streams, snow-clad peaks and pristine air. As soon as the monsoon reaches the valley, it starts to become more picturesque with blooming of about 500 species of flowers. Trekkers from around the globe trudge 14kms in the valley to witness one of the most picturesque monsoon destination in India.
How to Reach: The nearest airport is in Jolly Grant, Dehradun, which is 295 kilometers w away, and the nearest railway station is in Rishikesh,w hich is 276 kilometers away. The closest you can get to The Valley of Flowers by road is Govind Ghat, wherefrom a trek of 13-kilometers begin base camp at Ghangaria and another 3 km trek from here leads to the valley.
Attractions: Alpine flower species, trekking.
Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir
Ladakh, Photo: http://goo.gl/fGXPFo
While the entire country is getting drenched in the monsoon rains, Ladakh enjoys rainless season with plenty of raining tourists. From June to September, Ladakh becomes the haunt for tourists who take the opportunity to enjoy the unique beauty of this high altitude region. The temperature becomes bearable and the snow melts down, thus even the far tucked regions also open up for the travellers during June to September. Although Ladakh is stunning through the year but the monsoon season in India gives this place an extra edge by making it easily accessible to all.
How to Reach: Leh city has its own airport, which has regular flights to and from different cities in India. One can also travel to Ladakh via Srinagar-Leh Highway and Manali-Leh Highway.
Attractions: Monasteries, Desert, Valleys, Alpine lakes.
Coorg, Photo: http://goo.gl/KhcaHd
Coorg, in southern Karnataka is an ideal destination to visit in monsoon. It receives rains from June to September, during which it become ever-so-beautiful. There are number of waterfalls like Irpu, Abbi, Mallalli, Chingara and Cheluvara that are a delight to watch while it rains. Also, during the monsoon numerous trekking and camping options like Tadiyandamol and Brahmagiri get quite popular.
How to Reach: The nearest airport is at Mangalore, which is approximately 135 km away. Mangalore airport has good connectivity with direct flights from different parts of the country.
Nearest railway stations to Coorg are Mysore, Mangalore and Hassan. Buses from Bangalore, Mysore, Hosur, Chennai are also available for Coorg.
Attractions: Trekking, camping, nature walks, waterfalls.
Udaipur, Photo: https://goo.gl/mz5cA9
Reckoned to be one of the most romantic cities in India, Udaipur enjoys a pleasant monsoon season as well. The rains in the monsoon enhances the beauty and charm of this already super scenic destination. The landscape that turns greener along with the pristine lakes and palaces offer breathtaking views of the city during the monsoon season. And since the weather remains pleasant, it becomes easier to visit different places in Udaipur as well, so it is not only the nature but the royal architecture that will enamour one during the rainy season here.
How to Reach: Udaipur has its own railway station. The nearest airport is the Maharana Pratap airport in Dabok which is at a distance of 22 km from the city of Udaipur.
Attractions: City palace, monsoon palace, lake palace, Fateh sagar lake and Lake Pichola.
Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Spiti Valley, Photo: http://goo.gl/Jx7a0o
The gorgeous Spiti Valley in Himachal is yet another best places to go in monsoon in India. Also known as “Little Tibet” this place is mystical and has mesmerising beauty. There’s truly something magical in the air of Spiti that makes one fall in love with this place. Spiti is undoubtedly one of the best offbeat places to visit in monsoon in India as it also remains unaffected with rain like Ladakh. The place is ideal for the adventurers as it allows opportunity for many adventure activities like trekking, rock climbing, mountain biking etc.
How to Reach: The nearest railway station is in Shimla and one can reach Spiti from Shimla by road via Kinnaur. The nearest airport is the Kullu airport, which is 236kms from Spiti.
Attractions: Exquisite flora and wildlife at Pin valley national park, Lhalung monastery.
Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Kodaikanal, Photo: https://goo.gl/jU6vMZ
Nestled amidst the Palani Hills of Western Ghats. Kodaikanal is a place of charming beauty. Blessed with a beautiful lake and waterfalls, it is a perfect destination for monsoon getaway in South India. The central lake looks even more pretty in the rainy season when the surrounding turn greener and replete with variety of flowers. Kodaikanal is perfect for a lazy vacation in India. One can enjoy strolls around the hill town that kind of looks like a slice of heaven after the rain.
How to Reach: Madurai is the nearest airport, which situated 120 km from Kodaikanal. Coimbatore is another major airport which is situated at a distance of about 170 km away. The nearest railway station is at Kodai. Coimbatore junction is another major railway station that operates trains for several other major cities in India. Buses from Chennai, Pondicherry, Dindigul, Tiruchirapalli are available for Kodaikanal
Attractions: Nature walks, boating, trekking.
Goa, Photo: https://goo.gl/zui4Ed
Goa is a popular monsoon destination in India. There was a time when people didn’t know what to do on the days when there is heavy rain but the continues quest has reaped some fruits for those who have unconditional love for this holiday destination in India. Now visiting Goa in monsoon offers unique experience. The Dudhsagar Falls has turn out to be the biggest tourist puller in the monsoon season Goa. Apart from it the delicious cuisine and the architecture beauty are the other attractions for travellers during the monsoon.
How to Reach: The nearest international airport is located at Dabolim, which is situated at a distance of almost 29kms away from Panaji. The nearest railway stations are located Madgaon and Vasco-da-gama.
Attractions: Waterfalls, architecture, cuisine, cheap alcohol.
Lonavala, Photo: https://goo.gl/1Mm0Zh
Tucked in the Sahyadris, Lonavala is famous as any Bollywood celebrity in India. The place holds the importance of being one of the best weekend escapes from Mumbai and Pune due to its salubrious climate and breathtaking natural beauty. During the monsoon, Lonavala turns in to surreal destination that is truly a visual treat. The place has some of the best waterfalls of the country that come to life in the rainy season.
How to Reach: The nearest airport to Lonavala is in Pune city which is located nearly 62 km from the town. Lonavala railhead lies in between Mumbai and Pune railway line and hence one can easily reach this place by train. All major trains which run on Mumbai-Pune line come to this city directly. Buses from Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Pune are also available for Lonavala.
Attractions: Waterfalls, nature walks, trekking.
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