Places to visit in August in India
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 August are plenty and we have lined up 15 such destinations for you:
1. Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya - Famous for double decker tree bridges
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.
2. Jog Falls, Karnataka - Monsoon splendour
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.
3. Lonavala, Maharashtra - Green paradise in August
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.
4. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand - Most scenic trek in August
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.
5. Athirapally Falls, Kerala - Best place to visit in August
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.
6. Dudhsagar Falls, Goa - Mighty waterfall in August
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.
7. Wayanad, Kerala - Best tourist attraction in August
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.
8. Bishnupur, West Bengal - Must visit historic place in August
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.
9. Coorg, Karnataka
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.
10. Munnar, Kerala
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.
11. Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu
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.
12. Leh, Jammu & Kashmir - Adventurous trip in August
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.
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13. Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra
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.
14. Goa - Less crowded off season destination
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.
15. Andaman Islands - Offbeat destination for August
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.
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!