Monsoon in India is called the “Queen of Seasons” and very rightly so! Arrival of rains in India has been the one phenomenon which gets us excited simply by the thoughts of it. That “geeli mitti ki khushbu” after the very first rains, soothing greenery, cool monsoon breeze, and the water gushing down the waterfalls, dried up rivers coming back to life, peacocks dancing with their glorious feathers on display and many more images flash in our mind just by thinking about monsoon. Imagine an evening sipping on a steaming cup of masala chai with piping hot spicy pakodas in the comfort of your home while the black clouds loom overhead, ready to unleash their floodgates and wash away all the worries and stress for the time being.
While the rains may make anyone feel great when they are at home, it can be annoying when it disrupts their much awaited plans especially their holiday plans. However, you need not worry about re scheduling your holiday plans anymore because there are many places in India which bloom like a desert rose during the monsoon. Monsoon in India is a boon for nature lovers; the world comes alive and becomes more clearer and vivid with the constantly ongoing showers. India has an abundance of places which are very close to nature and monsoon lets you experience the other worldly character of these places.
Let’s have a look at some of the best places to enjoy monsoon in India and to help you book your India tour packages so that you can have fun even on the rainy days.
1. Shillong, Meghalaya
Meghalaya means the ‘Abode of Clouds’ and Shillong – the capital of Meghalaya- is called the ‘Scotland of the East’ due to the similarities with Scotland in the landscape – lush green hills, gushing waterfalls and serene lakes, but we feel the beauty of Shillong is one of a kind and truly unmatched. Receiving the highest rainfall during the monsoon in India, Shillong is a top pick for honeymooners and trekkers. Green hills covered in fog, sounds of rain lulling you to sleep and some of the most amazing and breathtaking sights in the world, all this and much more awaits you in Shillong.
Major Attractions: Elephant Falls, Eagle Falls, Mawlynnong, Shillong Peak, Umiam Lake, Ward’s lake, Mawsynram, Police Bazaar, etc.
2. Goa, Goa
Situated along the western coast and the mighty Western Ghats, Goa is the party capital of India. This smallest Indian state is pretty high on everyone’s travel bucket list during the New Year or summer and may seem like an odd option to visit during the monsoons. But the reason why one must visit Goa to experience monsoon in India starts right from the journey – even before you reach your destination, to witness the majestic Dudhsagar Falls meaning “milk ocean falls”. One of the tallest and beautiful waterfalls in the state, it can be enjoyed in its full glory during the rainy season. The Chapora fort cannot get any more beautiful than it is in the monsoons it is a sight to behold. Grab a rented scooter and enjoy the feel of rain splashing on your face through the serene roadways across Goa and see nature in its full glory.
Major Attractions: Dudhsagar Falls, Chapora Fort, Sao Jao Festival, Spice Gardens, Udaan Dongor Trek, River Cruise in Mandovi River, and various other Portuguese Forts, etc.
3. Coorg, Karnataka
Coorg in Karnataka, is the most famous Hill Station in South India. Visiting Coorg along with the arrival of monsoon in India will leave you enchanted and speechless. It is famous for its tea, coffee and spice plantations so a visit to Coorg won’t just be a treat for your eyes but for your nose as well. The forever misty weather of Coorg becomes more mythical with the arrival of the monsoon. You will be welcomed with the roaring sound of the streams, the aroma of green tea and coffee wafting around and 360 degree view of lush greenery all around. One of the most sought after honeymoon destinations in India and the paradise for nature lovers, Coorg should be among the top destinations for relaxing in the lap of nature during monsoon in India.
Major Attractions: Talakaveri, Bhagamandala, Nisargadhama, Abbey Falls, Dubare, Nagarahole National Park, Iruppu Falls, and the Tibetan Buddhist Golden Temple.
4. Munnar, Kerala
Also called the “Kashmir of South India”, Munnar is a top holiday destination in Kerala throughout the year, but monsoon makes this place simply unbelievable. You can’t imagine going on a vacation during monsoon in India without considering Munnar at least once. Beautiful waterfalls, emerald green valleys, overflowing lakes and the wildlife sanctuaries in Munnar all add to the charm of the valley after the onset of the rains leaving you thrilled and speechless. The road trip from Coorg to Munnar is famed for being one of the most scenic roadways in the world. So grab your partner along for the most romantic journey of your life or simply gather around your gang of friends and go on one of the most memorable journeys of your lives.
Major Attractions: Pothamedu View Point, Kundala Lake, Carmelagiri Park, Eravikulam National Park, Lockhart Gap, Mattupetty Dam, Attukal Waterfalls, Lakkam Waterfalls, Chinnakanal Waterfalls etc.
5. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
The Queen of Hill Stations in Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar is the most visited hill station in the state of Maharashtra. If you are looking for a quick getaway from Mumbai or Pune and want to enjoy the monsoon in India, don’t think twice and just head towards the pristine Mahabaleshwar. Nestled in the lap of Western Ghats, it is a top honeymoon destination and a perfect spot for the hikers and trekkers looking for their next adrenaline dose. Not just the destination, but the drive towards Mahabaleshwar is also worth it due to all the love that nature showers during monsoon. Be it shimmering lake, overflowing dam, or the originating point of river Krishna, the majestic hills and mountains, smooth flowing streams, waterfalls, or birds Mahabaleshwar has it all. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and be ready to zoom towards Mahabaleshwar this monsoon.
Major Attractions: Mahabaleshwar Temple, Arthur’s seat, Bhilar village, Monkey Point, Elephant Head Point, Venna Lake, Pratapgarh Fort etc.
6. Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Want to experience the playful and mischievous monsoon in India while marvelling at the majestic Himalayas? Then Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh is the place to be! Though it didn’t received much rainfall previously, the global climate changes has made the frequent drizzling a seasonal occurrence in this cold desert located in the longest mountain range in the world. Indians have been visiting the Himalayas to enjoy the snowfall for a very long time, but what an unforgettable experience it would be to experience the rainfall with snow-capped mountains surrounding us on all our sides!
Major Attractions: Key Monastery, Chandratal Lake, Kunzum Pass, Pin Valley National Park, Suraj Tal, Dhankar Monastery etc.
7. Pondicherry, Pondicherry
Pondicherry or Puducherry, also known as the “French Capital of India” is a quaint city on the eastern coast of India. The eastern coast of India has a different charm than the western coast when it comes to witnessing the beauty of monsoon in India. The Pondicherry monsoon has its own romantic charm, simply driving, or cycling through this heritage city or walking along the beaches during monsoon will refresh your mind, body and soul. What better way to spend time than revisiting the French, Portuguese and Tamil history amidst the cool breeze and rhythmic drizzling while in Pondicherry?
Major Attraction: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Meeran Mosque, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Ousteri Lake, Paradise Beach, Ousteri Wetland and National Park, etc.
8. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Lush tropical vegetation, clean white beaches, deep blue sea, and a pretty chilled and laid back life, this is what life in Andaman and Nicobar islands is all about. Monsoon in India arrives here even before it reaches the mainland India and the first downpour brings out the magical and mystical nature of these tropical paradises. The already lush islands get more vibrant, the exotic birds start chirping with joy and the aroma of special delicacies made specifically during the rains spreads all over the islands. Take a walk along the beaches or drive around the islands with no intentions of going anywhere and you will find that nature is at the peak of its beauty on these little clusters of islands.
Major Attractions: Radha Nagar Beach, Cellular Jail, Bharatpur beach, Barren Islands Volcano, Ross Islands etc.
9. Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
If you love rains or rainy season in general then it’s certain that you know about Cherrapunji for sure. Cherrapunji literally meaning “The Land of Oranges” and it is one of the wettest places on Earth receiving about 450 inches of rainfall annually. It rains throughout the year here! Famous for its incessant downpour and the famed living root bridges, the Cherrapunji cliff provides you with the stunning view of extensive plains of Bangladesh next door. So, head towards Cherrapunji and gain first-hand experience of what it means to be in one of the wettest places on the earth and also of being able to peak into the general life of two countries at the same time!
Major Attractions: Nohkalikai Falls, Double Decker Living Root Bridge, Wakaba Falls, Mawsynram Village, Rainbow Falls, Seven Sisters Falls, Mawsmai Cave, Krem Mawmluh, etc.
10. Mount Abu, Rajasthan
Ever dreamed of seeing monsoon in India in the deserts? Well, you can easily fulfil this dream! The serene and cool hill station of Mount Abu is surrounded by scorching deserts all around in the state of Rajasthan. Though the torrential nature of monsoon in India becomes a light drizzle in this place, it surely creates the lush green oasis full of life within the sandy desert. Enjoy the calming sensation of trekking under a cloudy sky, the cold weather and the rich greenery, drive around and visit heritage temples, forts, and some of the unique national parks around Mount Abu during the monsoon.
Major Attractions: Nakki Lake, Dilwara Temple, Toad Rock, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Guru Shikhar, Sunset Point, etc.
And that’s it for now!
Monsoon in India is a big deal, you either love it or hate it – there is no in between!
It may ruin your much awaited plans or give you an excuse to skip any event that you wish to avoid, it may make you feel nostalgic to see paper boats floating around in drains or kids joyfully jumping in puddles and dancing in rains, or may cause you distress when the mud and muck ruins your attire right before a special occasion, it can be romantic when you have your beloved by your side under one umbrella – walking, talking and simply soaking up each other’s presence, whatever feeling the rainy season invokes in you, don’t miss out on a chance to create special memories of them while visiting new places.
Grab on to your friends, family and loved ones and make plans travel around and see the monsoon in India as the heavens above open up their floodgates and cleanses and washes away the world, leaving it fresh and feeling new.
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