Travel list for You: Visit These Scenic Places During Monsoons 

Travel list for You: Visit These Scenic Places During Monsoons 

Travel list for You: Visit These Scenic Places During Monsoons 

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While some shy away from travel during monsoon, venturing out offers unforgettable experiences. Embrace nature’s peak beauty during this season and explore India’s enchanting monsoon destinations, detailed in this guide for your convenience.

16th June 2024

By Sukhmani Kooner 

The rainy season in India brings a transformative charm to the landscape, with cool breezes and a soothing climate. Waterfalls cascade vigorously, beaches become lush with water and hills shimmer in vibrant green. Cottony clouds dot the sky, turning the Indian terrain into a heavenly vista. The earth’s petrichor adds to the allure, making it a season of bliss and solace that connects us deeply with nature’s unfettered beauty.

While some shy away from travel during monsoon, venturing out offers unforgettable experiences. Embrace nature’s peak beauty during this season and explore India’s enchanting monsoon destinations, detailed in this guide for your convenience.

1.     Cherrapunji: Famed for receiving the highest annual rainfall in India, Cherrapunji’s landscape dazzles particularly during the monsoon. While rainfall persists throughout the year, the monsoon season brings an unparalleled intensity of rain. Enjoying piping-hot tea amidst the cool breeze and heavy downpour is an experience not to be missed here. Take a break with loved ones to savour the monsoon season at this renowned destination. Closest to Cherrapunji is Guwahati Airport, while the average temperature during monsoon hovers between 12 to 16 degrees Celsius.

2.     Lonavala:  If you’re living in Mumbai and seeking a perfect getaway during the rainy season, Lonavala emerges as an ideal destination. Nestled amidst the Sahyadri mountain ranges, Lonavala transforms into a lush green paradise with cascading waterfalls and a refreshing climate. Nature enthusiasts can indulge in activities like trekking, sightseeing, camping and horseback riding. Accessible within 1 hour 45 minutes (83.6 km) from Mumbai or 1 hour 26 minutes (67.1 km) from Pune by road, Lonavala also boasts its own railway station and is well-connected by trains. 

For travellers flying in, Mumbai airport is the closest hub, located 89 km away. Must-visit attractions include Tiger Point, for its panoramic views and the ancient Karla Caves dating back to the 3rd to 2nd century BC. The nearby waterfall near Bushi Dam is another highlight drawing monsoon aficionados. 

Accommodation options range from luxurious retreats like Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat and Spa to cosy stays at Treebo Trend Indralok Inn Lonavala. Don’t forget to pick up local specialties like chikki (a sweet snack) and wooden mementos as souvenirs. With moderate rainfall and average temperatures around 25°C, Lonavala promises a serene and enjoyable retreat from city life amid the monsoon season.

3.      Goa: Goa stands out as a top destination to visit during the rainy season in India, particularly for its beaches and picturesque landscapes adorned with monsoon showers. It’s an ideal retreat for nature lovers, adventure enthusiasts, beachgoers and those looking to enjoy the vibrant Goan culture. Activities abound with options like jet skiing, scuba diving, trekking, heritage tours, shopping and birdwatching. 

Accessing Goa is convenient via well-connected roads, a scenic Mumbai to Goa road trip being particularly enjoyable during the monsoons. Goa also boasts Madgaon and Vasco-Da-Gama railway stations along with the Goa international airport in Dabolim for those arriving by air. Notable attractions include trekking at Dudhsagar waterfalls, exploring Aguada Fort for stunning vistas, dolphin watching, cruising along the coastline, trying your luck at the casinos and indulging in water sports at Baga Beach. 

Accommodation choices range from serene options like Patnem Garden Cottages to luxurious stays at Vivanta Goa or Treebo Trip Linda. When it comes to souvenirs, don’t miss the local specialties like cashew nuts and feni. Goa’s monsoon climate remains warm and pleasant with moderate to heavy rainfall, and an average temperature around 30°C, making it an enchanting destination for a rainy season getaway.

4.      Kodaikanal: Known as the “Princess of Hill Stations,” Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu is renowned as one of India’s finest monsoon destinations. Nestled in the Palani Hills of the Western Ghats, it beckons with enchanting waterfalls, serene lakes, lush greenery and panoramic views of the surrounding ghats and hills. Perfect for nature lovers, Kodaikanal offers activities like boating, sightseeing and trekking amidst its picturesque landscapes. 

Accessing Kodaikanal is feasible via several nearby airports including Madurai (135 km), Coimbatore (170 km) and Trichy (200 km), while it’s approximately a 9-hour drive (450 km) from Bangalore. Palani station, situated 64 km away, serves as the closest railway stop. Key attractions include the serene Berijam Lake, the scenic Kodai Lake surrounded by rocks and trees, and the breathtaking vistas of the Palani Hills. 

Accommodation options range from luxurious stays like The Carlton Kodaikanal to the tranquil ambiance of The Tamara Kodai. When it comes to souvenirs, visitors can explore local offerings such as jewellery, brass items and leather goods. During the monsoon, Kodaikanal enjoys a pleasant climate with moderate rainfall and an average temperature of around 22°C, making it a serene and rejuvenating retreat.

5.      Andaman Islands: A cluster of nearly 570 islands, the Andaman Islands offer an exotic getaway renowned for diverse wildlife, thrilling water sports, pristine silver sand beaches, majestic mountains and breathtaking natural beauty. Ideal for honeymooners seeking a romantic escape, the islands are a paradise for beach lovers, nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. 

Activities abound with options like jet skiing, sightseeing, scuba diving, snorkelling and trekking through lush landscapes. Accessing the Andaman Islands is convenient via regular passenger ship services from Chennai, Kolkata and Visakhapatnam, or through direct or connecting flights to Port Blair, the capital city. Key attractions include the poignant history at Cellular Jail, the vibrant marine life at Havelock Island perfect for scuba diving and snorkelling, and the surfing opportunities at Little Andaman. 

Accommodation ranges from cosy retreats like Hotel De Pebbles to the luxurious Munjoh Island House. For souvenirs, explore local specialties such as shell ornaments and bamboo goods. During the monsoon, the weather in Andaman remains pleasantly warm with moderate to heavy rainfall and an average temperature around 35°C, ensuring a delightful and memorable honeymoon experience amidst stunning natural surroundings.

6.      Coorg: Renowned for its dense forest cover and biodiversity, Coorg is a romantic destination offering enchanting waterfalls, serene lakes, expansive coffee plantations and delectable cuisines to delight every palate. It ranks among the top tourist spots to visit during the rainy season, perfect for nature enthusiasts.

Activities include trekking, bird watching, interacting with elephants, horseback riding and exploring coffee plantations. Accessing Coorg is feasible with a scenic 5-hour road trip (~270.4 km) from Bangalore. Nearby airports include Mysore (120 km), Mangalore (135 km) and Bangalore (260 km), while the nearest railway stations are Mysore, Mangalore and Hassan. 

Key attractions include the wildlife at Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, the exhilarating hike at Kotebetta, and Karnataka’s Jog Falls, the second highest in India. Accommodation options range from luxurious retreats like The Tamara Coorg to the serene ambiance of Evolve Back Coorg. For souvenirs, don’t miss local specialties such as Coorg coffee and Coorg wine. During the monsoon, Coorg enjoys a pleasant climate with moderate rainfall and an average temperature around 16°C, offering a serene and refreshing getaway amidst its natural splendour.

7.      Munnar: Nestled in the picturesque landscapes of Kerala, Munnar emerges as an ideal destination to visit during the monsoon season in South India. Known as a paradise in God’s Own Country, Munnar enchants visitors with its silvery mist, expansive tea gardens, verdant hills, romantic ambiance and delightful climate. Perfect for nature lovers and honeymooners alike, the hill station offers activities such as trekking through lush trails, exploring plantation tours, sightseeing amidst breathtaking vistas and birdwatching.

Accessing Munnar is convenient via a 3 hours 40 minutes drive (130.1 km) from Cochin via NH49. The nearest railway stations are Aluva and Ernakulam, both major cities in Kerala, while Cochin Airport (110 km) and Madurai International Airport (140 km) serve as the closest air gateways. Must-visit attractions include spotting wildlife at Anamudi, the highest peak in the Western Ghats, leisurely nature walks around the serene lakes of Devikulam, and admiring the cascading beauty of Attukal Waterfalls. 

Accommodation options range from the luxurious comforts of The Panoramic Getaway to the serene ambiance of Fragrant Nature Munnar. For souvenirs, indulge in local specialties like spices and tea. During the monsoon, Munnar enjoys a pleasant climate with moderate to heavy rainfall and an average temperature of around 20°C, making it an enchanting destination for a refreshing and rejuvenating getaway.

8.      Ladakh: The cold desert of India captivates travellers with its stunning landscapes, particularly during the summer and post-monsoon seasons when roads are accessible. Highlighted by numerous mountain passes and pristine lakes like Pangong with crystal clear waters against a backdrop of snow-capped peaks, Ladakh offers a magical experience. Ideal for couples seeking adventure and cultural immersion, activities include sightseeing, thrilling bike rides, visiting monasteries like Thiksey and wildlife viewing. 

Accessing Ladakh involves a 12-hour drive (1262 km) from Delhi, with Jammu Tawi serving as the nearest railway station and Leh having the closest airport. Key attractions include experiencing the vibrant Ladakh Festival, enjoying the serene Pangong Lake, playing in snow at Changla Pass and exploring the spiritual richness of Thiksey Monastery. 

Accommodation options range from luxurious stays like The Grand Dragon Ladakh to the unique experiences offered at Chamba Camp. For souvenirs, travellers can shop for Tibetan handicrafts and rugs. During the monsoon, Ladakh enjoys a pleasant and cold climate with moderate to heavy rainfall and an average temperature around 10°C, making it a breathtaking destination for an unforgettable journey amidst rugged beauty and cultural richness.

9.      Udaipur: Renowned for its opulent palaces, bustling bazaars and serene lakes, Udaipur offers a glimpse into the majestic heritage of India’s maharajas. During the monsoon season, the city comes alive with greenery surrounding its pristine lakes and palaces, creating breathtaking vistas. Ideal for heritage enthusiasts and honeymooners seeking a royal experience, activities include leisurely boating excursions and sightseeing amidst architectural marvels. 

Udaipur is accessible via its own railway station, while Maharana Pratap Airport in Dabok, 22 km away, serves as the nearest air link. Key attractions include exploring the regal City Palace, Monsoon Palace and Lake Palace, along with enjoying the tranquil beauty of Fateh Sagar Lake. 

Accommodation options range from luxurious retreats like Hotel Lakend to the elegant Trident Udaipur. For souvenirs, visitors can shop for Bandhani print sarees and Rajasthani miniature paintings. In the monsoon, Udaipur enjoys a pleasant climate with mild to moderate rainfall and an average temperature around 30°C, offering a perfect setting for a romantic and culturally enriching getaway in the lap of royal luxury.

10.   Spiti: It is often referred to as “Little Tibet,” and remains an untouched gem of mystical and mesmerising beauty. It’s renowned as one of the best offbeat destinations to explore during the rainy season in India. Nature lovers, adventure enthusiasts and culture vultures are drawn to its serene landscapes. 

Activities in Spiti Valley include camping under the open skies and observing the local wildlife in Pin Valley National Park. Accessing Spiti involves reaching the nearest railway station in Shimla or flying into Kullu Airport. Key attractions include the diverse flora and fauna of Pin Valley National Park and the serene ambiance of Lhalung Monastery. Accommodation options range from the cosy Hotel Mandala Spiti to the communal atmosphere of Zostel. For souvenirs, travellers can pick up wool shawls and local jewellery. During the monsoon, Spiti Valley enjoys a cool climate with mild to moderate rainfall and an average temperature of about 20°C, offering a peaceful and refreshing retreat.

11.   Shillong: Shillong, celebrated as one of the top destinations in India during the monsoon, experiences some of the heaviest rainfall in the region. Nestled amidst the picturesque valleys of Khasi and Jayanti hills, the city is adorned with numerous waterfalls and offers breathtaking views of lush green landscapes. It’s an ideal retreat for honeymooners, nature enthusiasts, wildlife lovers and those interested in exploring local culture. 

Activities abound with options like wildlife viewing, trekking along trails like the famous David Scott Trail and boating on serene lakes. Accessing Shillong involves reaching Guwahati, the closest railway station located about 100 kilometres away, from where taxis are readily available. 

Guwahati railway station connects to major cities including New Delhi. Key attractions include the historic David Scott Trail, renowned for its scenic trekking routes across Meghalaya. Accommodation choices range from the tranquil Ri Kynjai Serenity by The Lake to the elegant Heritage Club. For souvenirs, visitors can purchase local specialties such as shawls and stoles. During the monsoon, Shillong enjoys a pleasant climate with moderate to heavy rainfall and an average temperature around 15°C, creating a serene and refreshing atmosphere.

12.   Pondicherry: With its mustard-yellow tinted villas, colonial houses and cobble-stoned streets adorned with seafront cafes, Pondicherry exudes old-world charm and picturesque beauty. During the monsoon months, this coastal city becomes even more enchanting, with a romantic ambiance and cooler weather, making it a must-visit destination in India. Perfect for honeymooners, beach enthusiasts and families alike, Pondicherry offers activities ranging from scuba diving and meditation to exploring quaint cafes, vibrant nightlife and shopping experiences. 

Accessing Pondicherry is convenient through Villupuram railway station, located 35 kilometres away, or by taking a road trip from Chennai, which typically takes about 2 hours. Key attractions include strolling along the pristine yet lively beaches, visiting the spiritual community of Auroville and savouring delightful French delicacies. 

Accommodation options cater to various preferences, from the luxurious ambiance of The Promenade to the intimate setting of La Villa. For souvenirs, visitors can shop for local fabrics and pottery. In the monsoon, Pondicherry enjoys a pleasant climate with mild to moderate rainfall and an average temperature around 26°C, ensuring a delightful and rejuvenating experience amidst its coastal serenity and cultural richness.

13.   Darjeeling: Known as The Queen of Hills and famed for its tea industry, Darjeeling emerges as the perfect monsoon getaway in India. Nestled at the foothills of the majestic Himalayas, Darjeeling receives substantial rainfall during the monsoon season, enhancing its lush greenery and scenic beauty. It’s an ideal destination for nature lovers, honeymooners and families seeking a serene retreat. 

Activities abound with options such as visiting tea plantations, exploring monasteries like the Darjeeling Monastery, enjoying a ride on the iconic toy train and indulging in local shopping experiences. 

Accessing Darjeeling is convenient through New Jalpaiguri railway station, located 62 kilometres away, which connects major Indian cities, or by flying into Kolkata and embarking on a scenic drive. Key attractions include the Rangeet Valley Passenger Cable Car, engaging in adventure sports and savouring authentic Darjeeling tea. 

Accommodation options cater to diverse preferences, from the luxurious comforts of Mayfair to the tranquil ambiance of Chamong Chiabari. For souvenirs, visitors can shop for hand-knitted items and carpets, reflecting the local craftsmanship. During the monsoon, Darjeeling enjoys a pleasant climate with moderate to heavy rainfall and an average temperature around 18°C.

14.   Ranikhet: Ranikhet, situated in Uttarakhand and renowned as one of the top 10 monsoon destinations in India, captivates visitors with its picturesque landscapes. Surrounded by hills and lush green forests, it boasts a pleasant climate and offers majestic views of the great Himalayan Ranges. It’s an ideal retreat for honeymooners and nature enthusiasts seeking tranquillity and natural beauty. 

Activities include trekking through scenic trails and exploring local temples. Accessing Ranikhet involves taking the Utr Samprk K Express train from New Delhi to Kashipur, followed by a taxi ride to Ranikhet. Key attractions include the Valley of Flowers, known for its vibrant blooms, and opportunities to spot endangered animals such as the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard and various bird species. 

Accommodation options range from the serene Essence of Nature to the comfortable Woodsvilla Resort. For souvenirs, visitors can purchase decorative candles, reflecting local craftsmanship. During the monsoon, Ranikhet enjoys a pleasant climate with moderate rainfall and an average temperature around 12°C, creating an ideal setting for a serene and refreshing getaway.

15.   Wayanad: Recognised as one of the finest hill stations and a picturesque destination in South India, it is especially enchanting during the monsoon season. Adding to its allure, Wayanad hosts a special 3-day monsoon festival called ‘Splash,’ further highlighting its popularity as a must-visit destination in India during the rains. Perfect for nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, honeymooners and families, Wayanad offers a plethora of activities including wildlife sightings, nature walks, treks, plantation tours and camping adventures. 

Accessing Wayanad involves travelling to Nilambur Road, the nearest railway station located 51 km away. Key attractions include trekking through scenic trails, enjoying hikes to panoramic viewpoints, sightseeing amidst verdant landscapes and participating in the vibrant monsoon carnival, Splash. 

Accommodation options range from the luxurious Arayal Resort to the serene ambiance of Mount Xanadu. For souvenirs, visitors can shop for locally produced honey and spices, showcasing the region’s agricultural bounty. During the monsoon, Wayanad enjoys a pleasant climate with moderate rainfall and an average temperature around 18°C, offering an idyllic setting for a memorable and rejuvenating getaway.

16.   Mount Abu: A year-round hill station, Mount Abu transforms into a captivating destination when clouds blanket the sky and raindrops nourish the earth. Ideal for honeymooners and nature enthusiasts, Mount Abu offers a perfect blend of nature, spirituality and adventure. 

Activities include serene boating experiences, leisurely sightseeing tours and invigorating trekking adventures amidst scenic landscapes. Accessing Mount Abu is convenient with its own railway station connecting major cities like New Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai and Ahmedabad, while Abu Road serves as a crucial railhead on the Delhi-Ahmedabad railway line. Key attractions include exploring picturesque viewpoints and indulging in boating activities on the serene lakes, complemented by the pleasant monsoon weather. 

Accommodation options range from the comfortable Hotel Hillock to the regal ambiance of Hotel Royale Palace. For souvenirs, visitors can shop for traditional Rajasthani bangles and sarees, reflecting local culture and craftsmanship. During the monsoon, Mount Abu enjoys a delightful climate with moderate rainfall and an average temperature around 20°C, creating a serene and refreshing atmosphere for a memorable hill station retreat.

17.   Jog Falls: Consisting of four distinct cascades named Raja, Rani, Rover and Rocket, Jog Falls merge to form a magnificent waterfall surrounded by lush greenery, creating a stunning natural spectacle. A perfect destination to visit during the rainy season, Jog Falls is widely regarded as one of the top monsoon destinations in India. It appeals especially to nature lovers and honeymooners seeking tranquil surroundings and breathtaking views. 

Activities include leisurely nature walks amidst the verdant landscape and birdwatching opportunities. Located approximately 430 km from Bangalore, reaching Jog Falls involves a scenic 6-hour drive. Key attractions nearby include Dabbe Falls, Linganamakki Dam, Tunga Anicut Dam, Thyvare Koppa Lion and Tiger Reserve, and the scenic Sharavati River. 

Accommodation options are available, with Green Embassy Hotel offering a comfortable stay amidst the natural beauty of the region. During the monsoon, Jog Falls enjoys a pleasant climate with abundant rainfall and an average temperature of around 28°C, ensuring a refreshing and enjoyable experience for visitors exploring this majestic waterfall and its scenic surroundings.

18.   Kutch: Known for its surreal landscapes, transforms into a captivating destination during the monsoon season in India, particularly in July-August. The monsoon clouds casting shadows over Dhinodhar hill and the vast salt lands of Rajasthan create mesmerising sights that draw culture enthusiasts from around the world. The expansive desert plains against the dramatic monsoon skies offer a dreamlike panorama, especially when Kutch gets submerged in water. 

It’s an ideal time to plan a monsoon trip to Kutch, considered among the best places to visit in India during this season. Activities include sightseeing to witness the majestic natural vistas and camping under the starry skies. Accessing Kutch is convenient via Bhuj airport, with the Kutch Express train available from Mumbai via Ahmedabad up to Gandhidham, followed by a road journey. State-run buses also provide efficient connectivity to this unique destination. Key attractions include the breathtaking natural beauty and opportunities to experience the local culture. 

Accommodation options range from the rustic charm of Kutch Safari Resort to the luxurious amenities of Regenta Resort. For souvenirs, visitors can shop for traditional Rogan art and copper bells, showcasing local craftsmanship. During the monsoon, Kutch enjoys a pleasant climate with minimal rainfall and an average temperature around 25°C, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable experience exploring its distinctive landscapes and cultural richness.

19.   Alibaug: Alibaug, situated in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, has become increasingly popular among tourists due to its scenic beauty and the historical hinterland of the Israeli-Jews. Beyond its tourist appeal, the town is renowned for its rich history, delicious seafood and vibrant culture, making it a remarkable destination to visit during the monsoon. Ideal for beach lovers and nature enthusiasts, Alibaug offers a variety of activities such as jet skiing and horse riding along its picturesque coastline. 

Accessing Alibaug is convenient via Pen railway station, connected to Mumbai’s Panvel through the Central Railway station, with onward travel to Alibaug available via local transport options like buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws. Key attractions include the historic Kulaba Fort, scenic Alibag Beach, Murud Beach and the 150-year-old Magnetic Observatory. 

For accommodation, Radisson Blu Resort and Spa offers a luxurious stay experience amidst the coastal charm of Alibaug. Visitors can also shop for traditional Kolhapuri Chappals as souvenirs, reflecting local craftsmanship. During the monsoon, Alibaug enjoys a pleasant climate with occasional to moderate rainfall and an average temperature of around 30°C, providing an enjoyable atmosphere for exploring its cultural heritage and coastal delights.

20.   Auli: Auli, renowned for its skiing slopes in winter, transforms into a captivating destination in the monsoon months from July to September. During this period, Auli experiences moderate rainfall which enhances its lush green surroundings and offers a refreshing change from its snowy landscape. The weather remains warm and pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 10 to 30 degrees Celsius, making it an ideal time for sightseeing tours and engaging in activities like trekking, cable car rides, hiking and paragliding. 

While the rain adds a romantic and dreamy ambiance to this Himalayan hill town, travellers should be cautious of slippery roads post-drizzle. The showers also cleanse the surroundings, revealing greener and fresher scenic views of the valley. Key attractions include Kwani Bugyal, Trishul Peak, Rudraprayag, Joshimath, Chenab Lake and the Nanda Devi Range. Accessing Auli is convenient via Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, with Rishikesh being the nearest railway station. State transport buses from Haridwar and Rishikesh provide additional connectivity. 

Accommodation options range from the eco-friendly Auli Eco Resorts and The Royal Village to the cosy Hotel Mount View, ensuring a comfortable stay amidst the natural beauty of Auli. During the monsoon, Auli enjoys a pleasant climate with occasional to moderate rainfall and an average temperature of around 10°C, creating an inviting atmosphere for exploration and relaxation.

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