India’s most beautiful places come alive during the monsoons. It also evokes a sense of respite and relief (from the summer heat) and the very first drop of rain makes you want to go outdoors. Here’s a list of the perfect getaways that are the best to savour the magic of monsoons in India. These places are good to visit throughout the year but monsoon has its own charm.
The monsoon season in India starts from June and lasts till around September.Some of the must visit places during the monsoon in India are Andaman Nicobar Islands, western ghats, Leh Ladakh and unexplored Northeast India. Some popular tourist places may not be accessible during the rainy season due to landslides.
Gangtok in Sikkim: Home to the Kangchenjunga, the world’s third-highest peak, Gangtok is the capital city of Sikkim. Main tourist attractions include Enchey Monastery, Tsomgo Lake, Ridge and Nathula Pass.
Darjeeling in West Bengal: Popular for its tea plantations, Darjeeling also known as The Queen of the Hills. Darjeeling receive heavy showers during the monsoon. Darjeeling-Rangeet Valley Passenger Cable Car is one of its major attractions, other main attractions are Darjeeling monastery, adventure sports like river rafting and mountain treks.
Shillong in Meghalaya: Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya, receives the heaviest rainfall during the monsoon season. Cherrapunji and Mawsynram are among the two wettest places on Earth. Shillong is surrounded by picturesque valleys of Khasi and Jayanti hills, adorned by numerous waterfalls. Not just Meghalaya, but its neighboring states are also blessed with natural beauty, rolling hills, big water falls and deep valleys.
Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu: The popular hill station is situated among the Palani Hills of Western Ghats. Also referred to as the “Princess of Hill stations”, its full of mighty rocks, enhancing waterfalls and beautiful lakes. One of the major attractions is the Kodai lake. Other picturesque city of Tamil Nadu’s are Doddabetta, Coonoor and most famous Ooty.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands: The Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands is one of the best monsoon and Eco-friendly tourist’s destination in India. Its beautiful silver sandy virgin beaches, mountains, thrilling adventures water sports attracts tourists from all over India and even from abroad.
Munnar in Kerala: Popular hill station of Kerala and one of the best honeymoon destinations in India. Mountains, deep valleys, and dense forest makes Munnar a popular destination during the monsoon. In general, Kerala becomes more beautiful during the monsoon season. Its spectacular green scenery, backwaters, houseboats makes it a major tourist destination in India. Other popular places in Kerala that you can explore during monsoon are Pallivasal, Kundala, Alleppey and Periyar national park.
Coorg in Karnataka: Coorg or Kodagu is located in Karnataka, and an amazing hill station. Coorg is another popular honeymoon destination that offers a fascinating view of beautiful hills, water falls, coffee plantation and is popular for its cuisines and hospitality. Other popular places in Karnataka that you may visit during the Monsoon season are Mullangiri, Ayyanakere, Gokarna and Bandipur national park. Checkout the amazing Jog water falls, located near Shimoga District in Karnataka.
Goa: Goa is a popular destination through the year. During rainy season, Goa offer’s picturesque scenery, fantastic waterfalls, hills covered with green layers and wildlife sanctuaries. Dudhsagar Falls located near the Goa-Karnataka border is a major attraction. Goa is also famous for its delicious sea food cuisines.
Ranikhet in Uttarakhand (formerly Uttaranchal): Ranikhet offers several picturesque location, is surrounded by hills, and is blessed with a pleasant climate, lush green forests and offers majestic views of the Himalayas. Breath taking views of valleys, snow-capped mountains, dense forests and high-altitude lakes are the major attractions. Other must visit hill stations in Uttarakhand include Nainital, Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Kausani and Chamba.
Mumbai the financial capital of India…during the Monsoons