Best Monsoon Destinations in Asia

By Reshma Dewda on Jul 26, 2015
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Imagine the cool monsoon breeze rocking you in a slumber with you tucked into a cosy blanket listening to the pitter-patter of the raindrops against your window. The monsoon is a beautiful time. The dust and heat settle and the rain gods reward our patience with showers of relief. With bright, fluorescent greens all around that heighten the lure of nature, the outdoors beckon us to explore, wander and revel in their charm.

Monsoons mean hot cocoa and colourful umbrellas, petrichor and bird songs. Oh what a wonderland it creates! If monsoon had a home, it would definitely be South East Asia. This part of Asia gets transformed into a lush, green Utopia in the rains. So whether its virgin rain-forests of Malaysia or the paddy fields of Indonesia, monsoons in Asia will make you fall in love with life in all its glory. Looking for a monsoon getaway? Head straight to these marvellous monsoon destinations in Asia.


Monsoons in India are mad, monstrous and godly at the same time. They bring glorious smiles, unplanned disorientation and wash this charismatic landscape with lush green hues. All over India, people go through the sweltering heat of summers with only one hope in their mind; that the rain gods will be kind enough to appear early. So much depends on the monsoons; the crops, the festivals and even the economy! And boy do the prayers work! When the rains come, they transform the topography of this majestic nation into something that is right out of a mythical fairytale. Some of the best places to visit in monsoon in India are:

1. Kerala:

Monsoons are kind to Kerala and bless this land with unprecedented sights and scenes. Even though rains are quite heavy in this part of the country, they bring with them fantastic natural beauty and a fresh breath of air, living Kerala up to the name gods own country.

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2. Goa:

Goa is a paradise in rains. The coconut trees dance in a happy trance and the sea is roaring and swelled with water. Even though you cant head out to the beach during this time, youll want nothing more but a lazy boat ride on the backwaters to admire the enigmatic scenery. Can't go to the beach in monsoon? Don't worry there are many other things to do in Goa in Monsoon.

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3. Karnataka:

Karnataka becomes drenched in beauty during the monsoons. Waterfalls in Karnataka are a sight to behold in the months of July-August. Head to Coorg to romance amidst the coffee plantations and waterfalls or to the mighty Jog falls in Shimoga district that dance in gaiety during the rains.


4. Meghalaya:

Home to Cherapunji and Mawsynram, the wettest places on earth, monsoons have a special meaning in this state. Shillong, surrounded with valleys, adorns gorgeous waterfalls and a panoramic view of the rolling hills. North-east India with its untouched beauty and virgin forests is truly a rain-lovers heaven.




When there are monsoons in India, Indonesia is mostly dry with light, intermittent rains that do not come in the way of exploring this stunning country. Indonesia, once the underdog of tourism, has since proved that it offers excellent opportunities for travel and sight-seeing. On the one hand Sumatra will mesmerize with its majestic Lake Toba and on the other Bali will encourage you to soak in its warm sun and soft sands. That's why April to October is the best time to visit Bali . Jakarta is turning out to be a shopaholics dream come true and the Ayer islands are perfect for scuba diving and snorkelling. Indonesia is humble, pretty and full of possibilities!

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Thailand has a heavy monsoon which is mostly concentrated in its mainland. Monsoons shed the glamorous facade of Bangkok and even though the rains here come in short, heavy spells, theres no way you can stay away from its allure. The safer places to visit in Thailand during the rains are Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao where rain is not so much an irritant rather than an enhancer of beauty. Get ready for unbelievable offers on hotels and shopping during this time and beauty like you have never experienced before!

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Malaysia is one of the most exciting monsoon destinations in Asia. It has everything; a virgin rainforest, jaw-dropping scuba dive-sites, indulgent retail therapy and even a world famous Orang-utan rehabilitation centre! During the traditional monsoon season of the rest of Asia, Malaysia's east coast is still dry which means that its world-class beaches are still accessible. So you can choose your adventure: trekking, rock climbing, scuba-diving or shop-hopping! Malaysia is a travellers dream-come-true anytime of the year.


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Blessed with two monsoons, bustling Singapore does not stop for any season! The biggest reason to head toSingapore during monsoons is its celebrated Great Singapore Sale which offers mind blowing discounts, giving you an opportunity to look as chic and well-groomed as the Singaporeans so effortlessly do! So head to this garden city to enjoy its entirety and discover the countless indulgences and surprises awaiting you!

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This monsoon, head to South East Asia to connect with yourself and feel one with nature; experience spiritualistic clam mingled with childish stupor as you splash your feet and breathe in the beauty!

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