During monsoon, the beautiful valleys of India started offering breathtaking views and few become home of a wide variety of flowers species. The mountains get converted into exciting sceneries and almost all the stunning waterfalls of India started attracting the tourists from all around the world due to its spectacular beauty especially in the rainy season. The exotic lakes of India leave you spellbound and the surroundings get carpeted with lush greenery.
If you are one of them who do not mind getting a little bit wet, here is a list of best places to savour the magic of monsoon in India:
1. Shillong, Meghalaya
One of the most popular abodes of clouds, Shillong is also known as the ‘Scotland of the East’ and undoubtedly an ultimate destination to just fall in love with! The city of Shillong receives a heavy rainfall during monsoon and a destination for every kind of traveller.
How to Reach: The nearest railway station is Guwahati around 3 hours to the city and Shillong Airport is the nearest about 35km away to Shillong.
Top Tourist Attractions: Mawlynnong, Umiam Lake, Elephant Falls, Mawsynram, Shillong Peak
2. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
A treat for wildlife lovers, Jim Corbett has a magical landscape known for its tiger richness. Less crowded during monsoon, Corbett National Park offers an exploration of the serene flora and fauna. Particularly in this season, rafting can be possible at Kosi River which covers a large area of the park.
How to Reach: The closest railway station to Jim Corbett National Park is Ramnagar around 12km away and directly connected to Delhi. Reaching by air takes time as the nearest airport is in Dehradun, located at a distance of 155km.
Top Tourist Attractions: Jungle Safari, Corbett Waterfall, River Rafting, Elephant Ride, Garjia Temple
There is no time to be bored in Goa because it offers to check how venturesome you are. Goa is a destination for every mood, every season and every moment. In the rainy season, Goa is the magic that lies beyond your level of happiness. The destination is on every traveller’s bucket list but visiting in the monsoon might be great for various reasons such as availability of cheap tickets, best deals on the hotels, and less crowded for sure. Believe me, Goa looks heaven in the rains.
How to Reach: The Dabolim Airport in Goa is 30km away from the state’s capital. Alternatively, train journeys are comfortable, and Goa, having two major railheads Madgaon and Thivim, is well-connected by rail too.
Top Tourist Attractions: Calangute Beach, Fort Aguada, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Dudhsagar Falls, Baga Beach
4. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Situated 7200 feet above the sea level, Kodaikanal has reasons to be called as the ‘Princess of Hill Stations’ and definitely one of the best tourist places in South India during monsoon. A destination with enchanting waterfalls, sparkling lakes, mesmerizing views and lush greenery, Kodaikanal is surely a must-visit place in India during monsoon.
How to Reach: The nearest railway line is Kodaikanal Road Station (KQN) which is about 80km to Kodaikanal. Madurai Airport serves as the nearest airport to Kodaikanal, located at a distance of 120km.
Top Tourist Attractions: Kodai Lake, Pillar Rocks, Bear Shola Falls, Devil’s Kitchen, Berijam Lake
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5. Udaipur, Rajasthan
Renowned globally for its dazzling lakes, majestic palaces & forts, the City of Lakes – Udaipur is a rich blend of its long tradition and modernity. Especially in the monsoon, there is a lot to see under clouds. Udaipur offers the world’s best sites and wonderful monuments that have been ornamented and kept prettified.
How to Reach: Udaipur Railway Station is directly connected to many major cities in India. The airport in Udaipur is named ‘Maharana Pratap Airport’ or Dabok Airport.
Top Tourist Attractions: City Palace, Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir, Lake Fatehsagar, Saheliyon Ki Bari
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6. Munnar, Kerala
Famous for its sprawling tea plantations and unexplainable beauty, Munnar is a perfect choice for honeymooners especially in the season of monsoon. The place is truly a romantic paradise in God’s own country which offers everything you could ask for. Trekking, sightseeing or bird-watching, Munnar has more other reasons to visit during monsoon.
How to Reach: Aluva is the closest railway station and Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport, both located at a distance of 110km to get to Munnar.
Top Tourist Attractions: Rose Garden, Echo Point, Mattupetti Dam, Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, Atukkad Waterfalls
Check: Best hotels in Munnar
7. Mount Abu, Rajasthan
One and only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is located in Aravalli Mountains. The place is perfect in monsoon and tourists head towards here to enjoy boating on Nakki Lake and choose the rainy season to get rid of scorching days at their locations or neighbouring cities in the state.
How to Reach: The hill station is around 30km from Abu Road Railway Station which is easily reachable from many major cities in India. Dabok Airport in Udaipur is the closest one, located at approximately 185km from Mount Abu.
Top Tourist Attractions: Dilwara Temples, Nakki Lake, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Guru Shikhar, Achalgarh Village
8. Lonavala – Khandala, Maharashtra
The people of Maharashtra are lucky because of having a pair of hill stations; Lonavala and Khandala. Its beauty in the rainy season cannot be easily described in words. Both the places may be considered an extremely salubrious part of the state and one of the top-notch places to visit in West India during monsoon.
How to Reach: Lonavala-Khandala is just 2 hours away from Mumbai and about 1 hour from Pune. You have several options to reach Lonavala from Mumbai or Pune; either by road or rail. The closest airport is the Lohegaon Airport in Pune, 65km away.
Top Tourist Attractions: Tiger’s Leap, Bushi Dam, Lonavala Lake, Rajmachi Fort, Amrutanjan Point
Check: Best Hotels in Lonavala
9. Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh
With its mythological significance, Chitrakoot in Uttar Pradesh is also known as the ‘Place of Many Wonders’. One of the top religious places in the state, Chitrakoot is associated with Hindu Lord Ram, described in the Ramayana. If you are in Chitrakoot during monsoon, you will have a million dollar smile due to its pleasant weather, misty hills & surroundings, and lush green views.
How to Reach: The nearest railway station is Chitrakoot Dham located around 12km from the city. Allahabad and Khajuraho Airport are the nearest airports located about 117km and 154km respectively.
Top Tourist Attractions: Kamadgiri, Hanuman Dhara, Marpha, Ramghat, Sphatik Shila
10. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
One of the largest hill stations in Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar has a cool climate and offers a tranquil atmosphere with a range of spectacular views of the surrounding valleys. At least 2-3 days you should spend to explore this pretty hill station which attracts hordes of tourists from every corner of the country.
How to Reach: Satara Railway Station (60km) is the nearest and well connected to all the major cities in India. The nearest airport is in Pune, which is about 120km away.
Top Tourist Attractions: Elephant’s Head Point, Chinaman’s Falls, Arthur’s Seat, Panchgani, Venna Lake
Rain is just confetti from the sky and exploring some wonderful tourist places during monsoon is a feeling that matters more than anything. You please don’t miss any chance to celebrate a couple of days with your loved ones or hit the road as a solo traveller and head towards any of the places which can help you create colourful memories in the rainy season.
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