If you haven’t travelled through India during the monsoon season, you are definitely missing out on a lot. With the rains taking over, you can find lush greenery, gushing waterfalls and scenic landscapes in several monsoon destinations in India. Though the monsoon season won’t be on the top of your list of your favourite seasons for travelling, it does come with unmatched perks of cooler weather, additional sightseeing and an extra tinge of adventure.
Planning a monsoon trip in India is rather easy, however, scouting for the best monsoon destinations in India can be a bit of a task. Here is a list of some of the best destinations in monsoon in India that you can plan a trip to.
7 Best Monsoon Destinations In India
1. Coorg, Karnataka
One of the best monsoon honeymoon destinations in India, Coorg’s beauty is known to enhance manifold during this season. The city is rich in flora and fauna and keeps you enchanted with its gushing waterfalls, lakes and widespread tea plantations. Abbey Falls, Jog Falls, Madikeri Fort and Raja’s Seat are some of the must-visit spots and the views of the lush greenery from these locations are even more impressive owing to the rainfall.
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2. Udaipur, Rajasthan
Udaipur makes for one of the most picturesque monsoon holiday destinations owing to the greenery that surrounds its serene lakes and royal palaces. The weather is also much cooler during the rainy season, making it easier for you to visit its iconic landmarks such as Jag Mandir, City Palace, Bagore Ki Haveli and Lake Pichola. If you are planning to visit this magnificent place, The LaLiT Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur offers you a regal experience and continues to keep the rich heritage of this magnificent city alive, by featuring splendid architecture, unmatched hospitality and a stunning view of Lake Fateh.
3. Lonavala, Maharashtra
A popular hill station located near Mumbai, Lonavala attracts tourists from all over the country during the monsoon season. It has amazing waterfalls, trekking trails and a spectacular landscape which is best explored during the rains. While you’re there, make sure to visit Pawna Lake, take a hike to Tikona Fort and check out the ancient Karla and Bhaja Caves. Got a sweet tooth? Make sure to try ‘Chikki’, which is a local dessert and comes in a variety of flavours.
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4. Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
A UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to 950 AD, Khajuraho is renowned for its stunning temple architecture and waterfalls which are even more spectacular during the monsoon season. To witness the picturesque beauty and famous attractions of this legendary town, you can book your stay at The LaLiT Temple View Khajuraho, one of the best hotels in Khajuraho surrounded by the most popular attractions of the city – Western Group of Temples located just 200m away from it. The hotel also houses some of the best restaurants in Khajuraho offering delicious multi-cuisine and attractive cocktails. Besides enjoying a light and sound show near this temple, you can also explore Raneh Falls Canyon, and Pandav Falls or go for a jungle safari at Ken Gharial Sanctuary.
5. Shillong, Meghalaya
Shillong receives the heaviest rainfall during the monsoons. Being one of the best destinations to visit during rains, Shillong is known as the ‘Scotland of the East’ as it is enveloped by lush green hills. Featuring several waterfalls and scenic tourist spots, Shillong offers splendid panoramic views of the valley. Visit the Spread Eagle falls and Elephant falls to explore unmatched beauty that the place has to offer. You can choose to go for a trek on the David Scott Trail to channel the adventure-lover within you, and if you’re a shopaholic, you can shop for beautifully crafted handmade shawls and stoles!
6. Valleys Of Flowers, Uttarakhand
Being one of the most magnificent places to visit during the monsoon, the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is a nature-lover’s paradise. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the valley features more than 400 varieties of flowers in never-seen-before colours. When the flowers bloom, it becomes the perfect place to rejuvenate yourself amidst the freshness of the mountains. You can also go 5 kms towards Sri Hemkunt Sahib Gurudwara and experience peace and tranquility to its best.
Goa is known for picturesque beaches and nature trails. Besides these, if you’re in Goa you can go on heritage tours and visit the famous tourist spots like Vasco church, Aguada fort and Baga beach. You can also take a boat cruise on the Mandovi river to experience breathtaking sunsets. The local markets are replete with accessories, handicraft items and cashews, you can go on a shopping spree after exploring places.
With the monsoon season coming to its peak, now is the perfect time to take a break and head to these locations for a memorable vacation. So, where to next?