Top 15 Places to Visit in Monsoon in India to Woo Your Heart

Rain Rain come again! While some of the people might dread the puddles, drenching and all the mess that monsoons entail, there are some who wish to get themselves swilled in those heavenly drops of water that nature bestows us with every year. As this monsoon rings the bell in your ears and darkens the sky above, don’t be a couch potato to while away your time before TV at home, but step out and experience some of the most beautiful and thrilling places to visit in monsoon in India. Believe me! Your perception of monsoons will completely change as you will see these picturesque locations in India that simply don a new look during this season.

1. Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya

Cherrapunjee - monsoon destination in India

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I know what you must be thinking! What can monsoons add to the already wettest place of the Earth? But if you listen to people who have been there during the monsoons, you will come to know of the kind of beauty that this place holds in this season. This is one place in India where you can experience rainfall in its most splendid self--unharnessed and uncontrollable. The period of July-August gives a magical color to Cherrapunji’s landscape and you will be left with infinite memories of what it feels to be like REALLY drenched in rains!

Activities to do: Walking over the living root bridges under the rain, river canyoning from Nongthymmai to Mynteng steel rope bridge

What to Avoid: Trekking, rock climbing and camping

Nearest major city: Guwahati

2. Pondicherry

Pondicherry - best to see in Monsoon

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If you wish to experience the quintessential Pondicherry, monsoon is the best time to visit. It is that season of the year when the colonial buildings glisten due to the drizzling water, beaches become more spectacular and natural vistas envelope a more idyllic cover. With an awe inspiring blend of nature, culture, history and spirituality, Pondicherry does deserve to be in the list of one of the best places to visit in India during monsoon.

Activities to do: Nature sightseeing, having the best cuisine, nightlife

What to avoid: Scuba diving can be bit challenging during this time

Nearest Major city: Chennai

3. Munnar, Kerala

Munnar - a must visit during rainy season

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The emerald landscape with unpolluted air renders Munnar to be one of the most sought after monsoon destinations in India. The mist that surrounds this quaint town during this time is enough to send you in a state of trance. Munnar is sure one of the spectacular monsoon honeymoon destinations.

Activities to do: Visit the splashing water streams that become voluminous during the monsoons, fishing in the tea estates, watching wildlife

What to avoid: rock climbing and rappelling

Nearest Major city: Cochin

4. Goa

Goa - off season in monsoon

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While you can visit Goa at any time of the year, there is something special and unparalleled about the monsoon season here, that you can't find anywhere else in India. Goa in monsoon is like a whiff of fresh air to the sore eyes and soul that comes along with a fervor of its own. The never ending rains, landscape enveloped in green color, Portuguese houses and mansions drenching under the rain, locals holding those big leaves during the downpours, soaked shacks, swelling sea are some of the pictures that would make a perfect collage of Goa in monsoon.

Activities to do: Watch the majestic Dudhsagar Falls that swells up during this time, Attend the fertility feast of St. John the Baptist, riding along the city on bike, Visit the stunning emerald wildlife sanctuaries of Goa

What to avoid: Water activities

Nearest Major city: Mumbai, Panaji Airport

5. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

Mahabaleshwar - monsoon is the beat season

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This one is my favorite! Cascading waterfalls, lush greenery and perpetual mist make up the picture of Mahabaleshwar in Monsoons and thus makes it one of the most coveted places to visit in monsoon in India. Infact, there can be nothing more beautiful and enamoring than the beauty and attraction of Western Ghats in monsoons. There are certain ancient temples such as Mahabaleshwar Temple, in this cute little hill station in Maharashtra that look even more appealing in monsoons.

Activities to do:  Trekking in and around, Boating at Venna Lake

What to avoid: Camping

Nearest Major city: Pune, Mumbai

6. Udaipur, Rajasthan

Udaipur - A magical place during monsoons

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If you are thinking of the most royal monsoon getaway in India, Udaipur is the place to go. Surrounded by the magnanimous Aravalli hills and bestowed with five lakes, Udaipur becomes even more charming during monsoon. 

Activities to do: Visit the monsoon palace and lake palace, trekking in and around

What to avoid: Cycling tours

Nearest Major city: Delhi

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7. Darjeeling, West Bengal

Darjeeling - monsoon getaway in India

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Darjeeling is one of the best places to visit in rainy season in India. Simple pleasures such as strolling on the British roads as the raindrops caress your face, standing against strong winds and welcoming each street with a photograph will render you with indelible memories of Darjeeling.

Activities to do: Nature sightseeing, walking down the tea plantations, gorge on some steaming hot momos served with hot chilli sauce.

What to avoid: Trekking as there are chances of landslides

Nearest Major city: Kolkata

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8. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

Kodaikanal - perfect for a monsoon trip

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Move south of India and see what nature holds in store for you there! Surrounding the town of Kodaikanal are the tiny streamlets that turn into gushing waterfalls during monsoons. Apart from that, you will be offered with a number of views of picturesque landscapes that turn denser during this season. Kodaikanal is a must visit place in August in India.

Activities to do: Boating in Kodai lake, visit the pine forest, visit the Berijam lake

What to avoid: Trekking

Nearest Major city: Madurai

9. Valley of flowers, Uttarakhand

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From south, move up to north and you will come across one of the most exquisite places on Earth: The Valley of Flowers! This valley is surrounded with high altitude mountains and houses atleast 300 variety of flowers that bloom at their best between April to October. For the rest of the year, this valley remains covered with snow.

Activities to do: Hiking, Trekking up to the mountain trail

What to avoid: Nothing

Nearest Major city: Delhi

10. Lonavala, Maharashtra

Lonavala - must visit hill station in monsoon

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When in Maharashtra, visit Lonavala during monsoons. Surrounded by Sahyadri mountains that offer cascading waterfalls to flow down during monsoons, this town colors itself anew during this time. While most of the northern India remains quite humid at this time, some of the places in Maharashtra remain pretty pleasant and infact dreamy.

Activities to do: Visit the Bushi Dam waterfall, Trek upto tiger point, Visit the Karla caves

What to avoid: Going too close to dam, water can be bit unpredictable during this time

Nearest Major city: Pune, Mumbai

11. Alleppey, Kerala

Alleppey - a heavenly place during july-august

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Kerala’s magical backwaters are even more stunning during monsoons! Alleppey is an ideal haven for the couples who wish to colour their monsoons with a romantic charm. Alleppey is mystical, laden with local colour and looks surreal during hours of incessant rains.

Activities to do: Boat rides, backwater cruising, Pathiramanal island visit

What to avoid: Nothing

Nearest Major city: Cochin

12. Andaman and Nicobar

Andaman and Nicobar for beautiful rain soaked landscape

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Dotted with silver and sandy pristine beaches, Andaman and Nicobar islands is one place that will make your monsoon an exciting season. These islands are known for their submarine mountains, breathtaking natural beauty and thrilling adventures water sports. Since rains turn everything into green here, this is one place that you can’t afford to miss during this monsoon!

Activities to do: Trekking, bird watching at Chidiya Tapu

What to avoid: Scuba diving and snorkeling

Nearest Major city: Port Blair

13. Dalhousie

Dalhousie - monsoon holiday destination

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Nothing can beat the quaint British charm of Dalhousie that turns more surreal during monsoons. As it is Dalhousie boasts of a beautiful weather, monsoons further add a touch of winter chill after the sunny days of summers here.

Activities to do: Trekking and nature sightseeing

Things to avoid: Nothing

Nearest major city: Delhi

14. Kasol, Himachal Pradesh

Kasol - monsoon travel destination in Himachal

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Kasol is perhaps one of the best places to visit in India during July-August. Nestled in sylvan hills, this small village is today quite famous with backpackers, trekkers and nature lovers. During monsoons, this village becomes resplendent with green color making it one of the havens on earth.

Activities to do: Nature sightseeing, Trekking

What to avoid: Nothing

Nearest Major city: Shimla, Delhi

15. Jog Falls, Karnataka

Jog Falls - must visit during monsoon season

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One of the highest plunge waterfalls in India, the Jog falls are situated in Shimoga district of Karnataka State. Locally known as Geruoppe Falls and Jogada Gundi, the Jog Waterfall comes to delineate the beauty and tourism of Karnataka. Falling in four cascades whose milky water gushes down the high levels, the Jog falls look enamoring and jaw dropping. Monsoon is the time when you can witness the falls in their most voluminous self.

Activities to do: Trekking towards the falls

What to avoid: Camping nearby

Nearest Major city: Bangalore

With these are some of the best places to visit in monsoon in India, hope your season turns out to be the most vibrant. Any other suggestion? Let us know.

Also Check these spectacular monsoon places in South East Asia

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
NEHA KAPOOR NEHA KAPOOR

A lover of literature, Neha wants to understand world through the prism of books. Nuances of words, spoken or written, entice her to delve into the human psyche. A voracious reader of Partition and feminist literature, she desires to deconstruct and unlearn the congealed forms of knowledge system.

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