Places to visit in India in August - Must Visit Monsoon Destinations

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Come August and the rains are in their prime all across India. India as a country is blessed with beautiful landscapes, vast coastlines, extravagant waterfalls and enormous mountain ranges. Today, people are open to go off-track and visit the offbeat destinations across India, and what better time than when the rains pour over India in all its glory. The rains bring out various shades of green, blue, orange and pink that will leave you feeling absolutely dazzled. You will find many reasons to travel during monsoon: cheap flights, off-season hotel discounts and scrumptious food options.

Places to visit in India in August are plenty and we have lined up 15 such destinations for you: 

1. Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya - Famous for double decker tree bridges

Cherrapunjee - must visit in august

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Cherrapunjee is believed to be the world’s rainiest and wettest place. Even though it rains here throughout the year, visiting Cherrapunjee in August is an experience in itself. The town has mighty mountains surrounding it that form misty valleys and fulsome waterfalls, something that would look like straight out of a movie scene. Attractions in Cherrapunjee include Daiñthlen Falls, Kynrem Falls, and Mawsmai Cave among others. Hotel options are a few in Cherrapunjee, ranging from homestays & Airbnb’s to basic three-star category hotels. 

Cherrapunjee travel tips:

  • While visiting Cherrapunjee in August, make sure you carry good quality rain wear and shoes.
  • Carry an insect repellent.
  • Always drink bottled water.

How to reach Cherrapunjee: 

  • By Air: The nearest airport is located at Guwahati at a distance of 3 hours’ drive. You can hire a private taxi or choose to drive from Guwahati.
  • By Rail: Guwahati Railway Station is the nearest railhead. 
  • By Road: Private and State run buses operate from Shillong and Guwahati to Cherrapunjee.

2. Jog Falls, Karnataka - Monsoon splendour

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Sharavati river dives down 253 meters (829 ft.), making Jog Falls the second highest plunge waterfall in India. Jog Falls, along with Rocket Falls, Raja Falls, Rani Falls and Roarer Falls makes the surroundings look wild and beautiful. Visit Jog Falls in August and the falls will shower you will cool, crisp water sprays. While most people visiting the Jog Falls prefer to do a day-trip, you can also plan to stay near the falls. Hotels are available at Shimoga and Sagara.

Jog Falls travel tips: 

  • Visit the falls after noon (as the sun’s beams directly hit the water creating rainbows)
  • Do not visit after sunset (you could easily lose track of the path)
  • There are no public toilets near the falls
  • Carry your own food and water as there are no eateries available near the falls. 

How to reach Jog Falls:

  • By air: Nearest airport is located at Mangalore at 243 kilometres. You can hire a taxi from Mangalore to reach Jog falls.
  • By rail: Shimoga is the nearest railway station located at 101 kilometres from Jog Falls. From the station, taxis are available to reach Jog Falls.
  • By road: State run busses ply from Bengaluru, Mangalore, and Shimoga to Jog Falls.

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3. Lonavala, Maharashtra - Green paradise in August

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Lonavala is a hill station nestled in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra and a popular weekend gateway for people from nearby towns and cities. This hilly town comes to life during the monsoons making it one of the favourite places to visit in August in India among the tourists. Places to visit in Lonavala during August include Tiger’s Leap, Bushi Dam, Karla and Bhaja Caves (believed to be the oldest Buddhist religious site in the county), and Adlabs Imagica. Lonavala accommodation options are plenty if you wish to spend a few days relaxing in the lap of mother nature.

Lonavala travel tips: 

  • Carry umbrellas and rainwear while travelling to Lonavala.
  • Carefully read and follow the safety instructions while visiting dams and waterfalls. 
  • Do not forget to eat Chikki (a type of a sweet) while visiting Lonavala.

How to reach Lonavala:

  • By air: The nearest airport is at Pune and the nearest international airport is located at Mumbai. Regular buses, trains and taxis ply from both Pune and Mumbai.
  • By rail: Lonavala has a railway station and regular trains run between Lonavala-Mumbai. Local trains run between Lonavala and Pune.
  • By road: Lonavala is situated at 65 kilometres from Pune and 85 kilometres from Mumbai. Taxis and buses are available from both these cities. You can even drive down the Pune-Mumbai Expressway, considered by many one of the most scenic drives in India.

4. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand - Most scenic trek in August

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Valley of Flowers is a national park located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. During the months of monsoon, this place is filled with alluring flora and charming meadows. The best way to experience this place’s beauty is to trek through it. The diverse range of alpine flowers attracts many tourists to visit the Valley of Flowers during August. As you trek thought this picturesque landscape, you will also chance upon viewing some rare and endangered animal species like Asiatic black deer, musk deer, red fox and brown bear. People trekking this route usually stay in tents during the night. Read more on Valley of Flower trek.

Valley of Flowers travel tips: 

  • The Valley of Flowers trek requires you to walk about 10 kilometres per day, be mentally and physically prepared.
  • Eat light but frequently and drink water at regular intervals.
  • High altitude sickness can occur, keep medicines handy in case of emergency.
  • Always stay with your group, do not wander on your own.
  • Keep dry fruits and biscuits handy.

How to reach Valley of Flowers:

  • By air: Nearest airport is Dehradun. From Dehradun, you can hire a taxi that will drop you at Govind Ghat (292 kilometres) where you commence your trek of Valley of Flowers
  • By rail: Rishikesh Railway Station is the nearest railway station. From Rishikesh, you can hire a taxi that will drop you at Govind Ghat (273 kilometres) where you commence your trek of Valley of Flowers
  • By road: Govind Ghat is connected to various towns of Uttarakhand by a motorable road. Buses and taxis are available. 

Also Read: Best Family Vacation Destinations in India

5. Athirapally Falls, Kerala - Best place to visit in August

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Remember the mighty waterfalls from Baahubali?? Well, that epic scene was shot right here at the Athirapally Falls in Kerala. Located in the Thrissur district, the magnificent waterfalls are located on Chalakudy River at the entrance of Sholayar Hill Ranges. The Athirapally Falls drop 80 feet and have many parallel waterfalls alongside it. It is during the monsoon that these waterfalls become one, giving rise to one gigantic waterfall, a Niagara Falls lookalike. Embark on a 15 minutes walk from the entrance gate and you will reach the top of Athirapally falls. Should you choose to stay near the Athirapally Falls, homestay options are available.

Athirapally Falls travel tips: 

  • Swimming is possible, but not advisable during the monsoon.
  • Visit the nearby Athirapally Forest and get a chance to witness the great hornbill, Malabar pied hornbill, and Indian grey hornbill in their most natural habitat.

How to reach Athirapally Falls:

  • By air: Nearest airport is located at Kochi at 55 kilometres. From Kochi, you can hire a taxi.
  • By rail: Chalakudy Railway Station is the nearest railhead at 30 kilometres.
  • By road: You can take a state highway 21 to reach the gate of Athirapally Falls. Alternatively, you can also hop on a Kerala State transport bus. The nearest bus stop is Athirapally Bus Station.

6. Dudhsagar Falls, Goa - Mighty waterfall in August

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Located on the Karnataka-Goa border are the Dudhsagar Falls, literally translated as "Sea of Milk". These impressive waterfalls are seen all through the year, but it is during the month of August that its beauty and grandeur increases manifolds. Situated inside the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, the waterfalls plunge almost 1000 feet in the pool of water which later meets the Arabian Sea. Another way to see the falls is from the train that passes right through the falls, it's a sight to behold in August. A few jungle resorts are available near the Dudhsagar Falls, else you can choose to stay in Goa and visit the waterfalls as a day trip. 

Dudhsagar Falls travel tips: 

  • There are no eateries near the waterfalls, so it is advisable to carry light snacks and water bottles.
  • Carry a rain poncho or a rain coat.
  • Swimming is allowed but not advisable during heavy rains. 
  • If you choose to trek along the railway tracks, watch out for oncoming trains.

How to reach Dudhsagar Falls:

There are two ways to reach Dudhsagar Falls from Goa: By trek or by 4x4 vehicle. 

  • By trek: There are many trails that lead up to the waterfalls, the most popular one starts from Castle Rock railways station flowed by the one that starts from Kollem railways station. These trails run along the train tracks and are maintained by Goa Forest Department. During the months of monsoon (July to October), few of the trekking trails are closed as these trails require a crossing of the Mandovi River.
  • By 4x4 vehicle: The most popular way to reach Dudhsagar Falls is by a 4x4 jeep. These jeeps manoeuvre through the slushy jungle roads to reach the waterfalls. The last 1 kilometre of the journey needs to be covered on foot. 

7. Wayanad, Kerala - Best tourist attraction in August

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Kerala is known for its abundant, tropical rains and hence visiting Wayanad during August can be quite a thrilling experience. Visitors can expect anything from mild drizzles to heavy rains. But it is during the monsoon that the forests look absolutely enchanting and tantalizing. There are plenty accommodation options in Wayanad, and the most famous of them is the tree-house. Few of the places that you can visit in and around Wayanad include: Chembra Peak, Pookode Lake, Lakkidi View Point, Edakkal Caves, Thirunelli Temple and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary.

Wayanad travel tips: 

  • Carry appropriate rain wear along with an insect repellent.
  • Carry a rain poncho is you wish to go exploring the jungles. 

How to reach Wayanad:

  • By air: The nearest airport is ay Kozhikode which is around 65 kilometres away. On arrival, you can hire local taxis to reach Wayanad.
  • By rail: Nearest railhead is Kozhikode from where you can opt for taxis or local buses. 
  • By road: Kerala has an extensive network of roads. You can hop on a local bus, or drive to Wayanad. 

[ Check out: Things to do in Wayanad & Best Places to Stay in Wayanad ]

8. Bishnupur, West Bengal - Must visit historic place in August

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Bishnupur is a town in West Bengal famous for its temple architecture. The temples here are made of terracotta that date back to the 16th century. What makes this place a must visit during the monsoons is the various colours the rains bring out. Bishnupur looks so fresh during the month of August with its rain-washed orange and intricate terracotta buildings against the lush green mountains. Apart from visiting the temples, you can also buy beautiful terracotta crafts and Baluchari sarees here. There are a few tourist lodges present here if you wish to spend more than a day at Bishnupur. 

Bishnupur travel tips: 

  • Carry an umbrella and rain ponchos.

How to reach Bishnupur:

  • By air: The nearest domestic and international airport is located at a distance of 205 kilometres at Kolkata. 
  • By rail: Bishnupur Railway Station is well connected to other towns and cities with the state. 
  • By road: Regular buses ply from Bishnupur to Panagarh which is 45 kilometres away. 

9. Coorg, Karnataka - Best place to visit in August in South India

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Kodagu, popularly known as Coorg is located along the World Heritage Western Ghats range. Talk of Coorg and the first thing that comes to my mind are the misty mountains and coffee plantations. Coorg has gained popularity in recent times due to its all-year-round pleasing weather. Visit Coorg in August to have an enthralling monsoon experience. You will have clouds hug you as you walk among the beautiful spice & coffee estates. Coorg hotel options are many and cater to various types of budgets.

Coorg travel tips: 

  • If staying at a resort or a coffee estate, do not wander around the unmarked areas as there is always a danger of coming face to face with a wild animal. 
  • Carry warm woollen clothing as nights can get colder. 

How to reach Coorg:

  • By air: The nearest airport is the Mangalore International Airport at 160 kilometres. You can rent a car or hire a taxi to reach Coorg. 
  • By rail: Mysuru Railway Station is the nearest railhead and is located at a distance of 95 kilometres.
  • By road: Driving to Coorg is an experience in itself. You can start the journey from Bangalore (265 kilometres along the National Highway 75) or Mangalore (150 kilometres along the National Highway 275). Many private and state transport buses are also available. Nearest bus stop is located at Madikeri. 

10. Munnar, Kerala - Hill station you must visit in monsoon

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A popular hill station of Kerala, Munnar is known for its high-altitude tea plantations. Poetically speaking, Kerala monsoon is often called the ‘season of love’ and the rains bring out various hues of greens that you have only seen in photos. By August, the rains have receded in Munnar, giving rise to many waterfalls and lush landscapes making it a must visit place in August in India. Munnar has many tea-plantation tours where you can learn the process of tea making. Many hotel options are available in Munnar, while homestays are also gaining popularity.  

Munnar travel tips: 

  • Apart from the usual rainwear, carry warm clothes as the nights usually colder. 
  • If you’re hiking through jungles, carry insect repellents. 
  • Leaches are plenty in this region, so always wear full pants and shirts. 

How to reach Munnar:

  • By air: The nearest major airport is located at Kochi at 110 kilometres. You can rent a car or hire a taxi from Kochi to reach Munnar
  • By rail: Aluva Railway Station is located at a distance of 110 kilometres.
  • By road: Several state transport buses connect Munnar to major towns of Kerala. You can even drive up the National Highway 85 to reach Munnar from Kochi or National Highway 44 to reach Munnar from Bengaluru. 

11. Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu - A beach vacation in August

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Pondicherry is a Union Territory town of India. Located in the state of Tamil Nadu, what makes Pondicherry popular among the tourists is the French colonial settlements which makes the town look very quaint and charming. Pondicherry is located along the coast of Bay of Bengal and has a beautiful beach where one can easily spend a day wondering at the gushing water. Visit Pondicherry in August and the town will greet you with its beautiful hues of white, green and blue. Airbnb’s’ and many other hotels are available in Pondicherry. 

Pondicherry travel tips: 

  • The climate is generally humid. Carry light cotton clothes while visiting Pondicherry.
  • Carry a sunscreen, an umbrella and a hat at all times. 
  • Only drink bottled water. 

How to reach Pondicherry:

  • By air: The nearest major airport is located at a distance of 170 kilometres at Chennai. Taxis are available from Chennai Airport to reach Pondicherry.
  • By rail: Villupuram Railway Station is located at a distance of 35 kilomtres and is connected to major Indian cities like New Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Chennai. You can hire a taxi or autos from Villupuram.  
  • By road: Several buses ply between Chennai and Pondicherry. Alternatively, head out to National Highway 32 should you choose to drive to Pondicherry from Chennai. 

[ Check Out: Things to do in Puducherry & What to See in Puducherry in 2 Days ]

12. Leh, Jammu & Kashmir - Adventurous trip in August

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Quietly tucked in to the laps of Himalayas, Leh is a visitors’ paradise. Leh has an Indo-Tibetan touch to it with its many stupas, age-old palaces, fragmented mud-houses and piping hot and delicious food. Leh is the capital of the Ladhak region of Jammu and Kashmir. Summer months start from June and last up till September. A few must visit places in Leh include Thikse Monastery, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa and Magnetic Hill among many others. Pangong Tso Lake is a major crowd-puller of this region. There are many homestays as well as affordable hotel to choose from in Leh. 

Leh travel tips: 

  • Leh is located at an altitude of 3,500 metres above the sea-level and hence many tourists may experience shortness of breath and other breathing problems. Talk to your doctor and take necessary precautions. 
  • If reaching Leh by air, it is advisable that you rest on Day 1 to let the body acclimatize to the weather conditions. 
  • Carry body moisturisers, sunscreen lotions and sunglasses.
  • Avoid discussing political issues with the locals as these topics are termed very sensitive.
  • Always drink bottled-water. Local water is quite polluted. 
  • Some places restrict photography, always check before clicking pictures. 

How to reach Leh:

  • By air: Leh has a commercial airport and daily flights operate from Delhi and Mumbai.
  • By road: There are two primary routes: Srinagar to Leh and Manali to Leh. Most people reaching Leh by road choose to either drive or hire a taxi. Biking to Leh is also a popular tourist activity and most of these biking tours start from Manali. 

[ Check Out: Things to do in Leh ]

13. Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra - Popular Weekend getaway during August

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Malshej Ghat is a mountain pass located near Pune in the state of Maharashtra. Sitting comfortable along the mighty Sahyadris, this place is a favourite weekend gateway during the monsoons. As you pass through this region, you will see numerous waterfalls set against the beautiful lush green setting. Popular activities at Malshej Ghat include trekking to Harishchandragad Fort, visiting centuries old temples, and getting completely drenched under its many waterfalls. There are a very few basic accommodations available at nearby villages. 

Malshej Ghat travel tips: 

  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Chances are that you will get wet, hence carry an extra set of clothes.
  • Do not get too adventurous near the waterfalls. The area gets slippery during monsoons.
  • Carry a rain coat or a rain poncho. 
  • Carry light snacks and water.

How to reach Malshej Ghat:

  • By air: The nearest airport is located at Pune at a distance of 100 kilometres. Visitors can hire a taxi from the airport. 
  • By rail: The nearest railway station is located at Kalyan at 85 kilometres away. One can hire a taxi or take a state run bus to reach Malshej Ghat. 
  • By road: If coming from Pune, one can take the Pune-Nashik highway. If coming from Mumbai, you can take the Eastern Express Highway to reach Thane and proceed towards Kalyan. Distance between Pune and Malshej Ghat is 100 kilometres while the distance between Mumbai and Malshej Ghat is 135 kilometres.

[ Check Out: Forts in Maharashtra & Hill Stations in Maharashtra ]

14. Goa - Less crowded off season destination

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Goa needs no introduction. A favourite holiday destination among many from across the globe. Goa is known for its spirit and spirits and of course, beautiful golden beaches. August brings heavy rains, but is now seen by many as one of the best times to visit Goa. Monsoon special discounts, off-season cheap flights and much less crowded beaches is pulling people to Goa during the months of monsoon. Goa has plenty of stay options, right from beach bamboo shacks to high-end luxury resorts, you will be spoilt for choices choosing your accommodation in Goa

Goa travel tips: 

  • Hire a scooter and drive along the rain-washed road of Goa.
  • Even though travelling during monsoon, carry a water-proof sunscreen while visiting the beaches. 
  • Keep your valuables in a hotel locker.
  • Carefully read and follow the beach safety rules. 

How to reach Goa:

  • By air: Goa has an international airport located at Dabolim at a distance of 30 kilometres from the capital city of Panjim.
  • By rail: Two major railhead in Goa are located at Vasco and Madgaon. These railway stations are well-connected to the rest places from all over the country. 
  • By road: Goa is well-connect by state and national highways to major cities like Mumbai, Pune, and Bangalore. You can choose to drive, hire a taxi or take a take a state transport to reach Goa by road. 

[ Check Out: Best Things to do in Goa & Tips on What not to wear in Goa ]

15. Andaman Islands - Offbeat destination for August

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Though not a very popular time to visit, visiting the Andaman Islands during August may leave you surprised, and in a good way! Tucked in the Bay of Bengal, the rains bring magic alive with the lush green vegetation, enthralling sea waves and of course, the rains! Some of places you must visit are Radha Nagar Beach, Ross Island, Cellular Jail, Bharatpur Beach, Andaman Trunk Road and many more. Activities at Andaman include swimming, paddle boating, row boating, and jet skiing. 

Andaman Islands travel tips: 

  • All foreign nationals are required to have a RAP (restricted area permit) apart from the Indian Visa and a passport with 6-month validity.
  • Carry sun essentials like sunblock, sunscreen, sunburn relief cream and sanitiser.
  • Carry essential clothing items like light cotton dresses and shirts, floaters, hats and swim suits. 

How to reach Andaman Islands:

  • By air: Port Blair has an airport with daily flights from Chennai, Kolkata and Delhi.
  • By sea: Passenger ships are available from Chennai, Vishakhapatnam and Kolkata. However, these ships take anywhere between 2 to 3 days.

So, pack your bags, and get ready to chase the rains and those offseason prices. The list of places to visit in monsoon in India goes on. So, choose your favorite and do not forget to pack your rain-boots!:)

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