Lashing rains, a damp breeze in your hair and a steaming cup of chai are just some of the things that are synonymous with the annual monsoons, and offer a much needed respite from the blistering heat of summer. While going for a holiday during the rains comes with its own hassles, we present a list of must places to visit in monsoon in India that will even make a heavy downpour a memorable one.
Here is a list of places to visit in Monsoon in India:
Hailed as one of the wettest place on the planet, Cherrapunji has wondrous delights in store for the adventurous traveler. The average rainfall this region receives is a stunning 463.7 inches and temperatures do not generally cross the mid 20’s throughout the year. Hiking is the best way to explore the rich and verdant surroundings, and Cherrapunji has plenty of that to offer. Walk on the double decker living root bridge, a technique perfected over hundreds of years whereby living roots of trees have been converted into bridges, or witness the stunning Nohkalikai falls. It is the tallest plunge waterfall in India and is said to be particularly remarkable to witness during the monsoons.
Commonly referred to as the “Princess of Hill Stations”, Kodaikanal has always been a thriving tourist destination. Due to its altitude, the city remains cool throughout the year and the monsoon season is very rainy and misty. Pillar Rocks is a popular tourist attraction. The chilly weather and the floating clouds make it a picturesque sight indeed and is a must visit. Put your hiking boots on and trek up to Dolphin’s Nose which offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding plains away from the swarming crowds.
Located in the lush, forested area of Assam, Diphu will appeal to any traveller seeking peace and solace away from concrete jungles. Take a stroll through the Botanical Gardens, host to a myriad variety of plants and trees. Calm your senses and take in the sights and sounds of chirping birds and blossoming flowers in a rainbow of colors. If you’re in the mood to see something different, visit the Taralangso Cultural Centre and watch locals engage in various performing arts that reflect the culture of the land.
4. Araku Valley:
Away from all the commercial tourist holiday destinations, Araku Valley has much to offer, and is most popular with travellers who prefer something a little offbeat. You can choose from a variety of things to see such as the Borra caves famous for its stalagmites and stalactites. Around 4 km away from the caves are the Katiki waterfalls known for their natural beauty. Choose a picnic spot and witness nature at its best during the monsoons.
Towering mountains, brilliant blue skies and arid desert as far as the eye can see, Ladakh is as magnificent in its entirety. Being in a rain shadow region, Ladakh receives most of its water from snow fall and is hence relatively dry in the rainy season. Pangong lake and Nubra valley are some of its most striking sights and if you’re the adventurous type, rent a bike and ride on the treacherous though scenic roads throughout the region.
God’s Own Country is nothing short of breathtaking even during a deluge. With about 120-140 rainy days a year, the rain Gods make sure that the monsoons in Kerala are a truly spectacular sight. Take in the beauty around you with a drive along the verdant countryside or for a special experience, lie back in a traditional house boat while taking a ride on the infamous back waters. Treat yourself to some of the many Ayurvedic spas to de-stress and revel in the knowledge that this is truly paradise on earth. Alleppey, Munnar, Kovalam and Thekkedy are the top places to visit in monsoon in Kerala.
Lush greenery, gently sloping hills and an almost ideal climate, Coorg is an excellent getaway for the all- weather traveller in you. Often hailed as one of the rainiest places in India, Coorg holds wondrous delights during the monsoons. Gushing waterfalls and overflowing rivers are a common sight; however, beware of slippery paths and rocky areas when exploring the beautiful landscape. Rainfall is at its highest and most intense during June to August, and the weather is just perfect to curl up with a book and piping hot tea. For the more adventurous, nothing beats getting drenched in the rain at least once. Famous for being a honeymoon destination, Coorg is also popular among newly-weds and a light stroll on a rain soaked path is highly recommended for young lovers.
Popular all year round, Goa is particularly captivating during the Monsoons. Being off season, few tourists really enjoy the wonders that offbeat places in Goa have to offer during the rainy season apart from the numerous beaches. While most beaches are off limits due to high tide and rough seas, take a walk off the beaten path instead and visit some of its old churches in South Goa, or if you’re in a really adventurous mood, go crab hunting and fishing alongside the locals. Witness the transformation of your surroundings as the fauna turns into a brilliant green as far as the eye can see, and let its calming effect overtake your senses. Revel in the peace and tranquility that Goa has to offer for a few months in the year.
9. The Valley of Flowers:
Located in the state of Uttarakhand, this National Park is home to an abundant variety of alpine fauna and flora. While precipitation levels are generally low in the region, the period from late June to Early September is undoubtedly the best time to visit this idyllic region. You will be greeted with the awe-inspiring sight of thousands of flowers in full bloom that will most likely rival anything you’ve seen before. A challenging 15 km hike is one of the few ways to get there, so you might want to bring appropriate gear. Keep your eyes peeled and if you’re lucky enough, you may even sight the reticent snow leopard and Asiatic black bear, among others. The dense fog and rain only add to the stunning beauty of this terrain, making it one of the most picturesque places to visit in monsoon in India on this list.
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