Who doesn’t like the smell of Earth after the first downpour? Whenever we think about monsoon, the first thing that crosses our mind is thick clouds, downpour, and everything green in colour. Though many travellers believe monsoon is not a good time to travel, raindrops certainly add magic to the beauty of Incredible India. When you know the right places to visit, you experience the bliss of exploring exotic locations with light rainfall and cool breeze during monsoon.
Here is the list of Best Monsoon Destination in India.
One of the places to visit in monsoon near Bangalore is Coorg, considered as the Scotland of India. Blessed with dense forest, coffee plantation, and wonderful waterfalls, this beautiful hill station is a perfect getaway during monsoon. Apart from amazing scenic beauty, travellers can explore the diversity of flora and fauna here.
How to reach Coorg?
If you are planning to travel by air, the nearest airport to Coorg is the Mangalore International Airport, which is about 160 kilometres away. Another option is Bengaluru, but the city is 265 kilometres away approximately. Coorg doesn’t have a Railway Station by itself, but you can reach the nearest station in Mysore and take a bus or book a cab.
Places to visit in Coorg
Abbey Falls, Golden Temple (Namdroling Monastery), Burude Falls, Talacauvery, Nagarhole National Park.
Things to do in Coorg, Karnataka
Trekking, White River rafting in Barapole River, and coffee plantation tour
Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
“The Gift of Forest” and “Princess of hill stations” both terms are nothing but synonyms of Kodaikanal. This mesmerizing place, with spectacular views of hills and ghats, lush greenery, and waterfall, is one of the most visited places during monsoon in India. If you are lucky enough, you can also experience ‘Brachem Spectre’, a rare phenomenon where one can see his shadow in the clouds.
How to reach Kodaikanal?
Regular bus services are available to Kodaikanal from major cities like Coimbatore, Chennai, Madurai, and Pondicherry. The nearest airport is Madurai, approximately 120 kilometres away. Also, there are two other options the Coimbatore airport and the Trichy airport, 175 kilometres and 150 kilometres away, respectively.
Places to visit in Kodaikanal
Kodai Lake, Bear Shola Falls, Pillar Rocks, Green Valley View, Coakers Walk.
Things to do in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Trekking, sightseeing, and boating
Want to experience a true paradise? Munnar is the right place to visit. It is hard to explain the beauty of raindrops rolling over the leaves and branches between a silvery mist after the light rainfall. Admire the beauty of the hills of the Western Ghats and enjoy a walk through the tea plantation. When you are done exploring the paradise, give a treat to your tongue with delicious Kerala cuisine.
How to reach Munnar?
Munnar doesn’t have an airport of its own but you can fly to the Cochin International Airport and hire a cab to reach Munnar. The nearest Railway Station is at Aluva; after you get down, cover a journey of 110 kilometres by road via cab, state transport or private bus. Additionally, the self-drive facility is also available.
Places to visit in Munnar
Echo Point, Rose Garden, Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, Attukal waterfalls
Things to do in Munnar, Kerala
Trekking, Sightseeing, Birdwatching, and Plantation tours
Being blessed with rain throughout the year, Cherrapunji is the must visit place during monsoon. As it is the second rainiest place in the world, you will see lush green forest everywhere. Though there are countless waterfalls, the major tourist attraction in Cherrapunji is double-decker tree bridges. After visiting the place, don’t forget to have a taste of Meghalaya tea and unique orange flower honey.
How to reach Cherrapunji?
The nearest airport and railway station to Cherrapunji is located at 181 kilometres away in Guwahati. Also, you can choose Shillong Airport as your flight destination. Busses to Cherrapunji are available from the Paltan Bazaar bus stand in Guwahati and the Sohra Bus Stand in Shillong.
Places to visit in Cherrapunji
Nohkalikai Waterfalls, Krem Phyllut, Double Decker Living Root Bridge, Dawki, Mawsmai Cave, Mawlynnong
Things to do in Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
Trekking, and Motorcycle Expedition
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
If you want to escape the rain totally, run to Andaman and Nicobar Islands where downpour is not so frequent. No matter how long your monsoon vacations are, it is not easy to cover around 570 islands. Andaman and Nicobar islands are known for thrilling water sports and breathtaking natural beauty. Those who are beach lover should visit this place during monsoon to have the best experience.
How to reach Andaman and Nicobar Islands?
It takes roughly 5 hours to reach Port Blair from Delhi & Mumbai and about 2 hours from Chennai & Kolkata. Direct flights are available from Bangalore and sometimes from Visakhapatnam on selected days. If you are in a mood to experience ship voyage (approx 60-70 hours), there are 3-4 sailings from Chennai, Kolkata, and Visakhapatnam, scheduled every month to reach Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Places to visit in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Havelock Island, Ross Island, Neil Island, Cellular Jail
Things to do in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Scuba Diving, Jet Skiing, Snorkelling, Sightseeing, and trekking
Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
The beauty of Spiti Valley will make you fall in love at the first sight. This little Tibet is an ideal place for peace lovers as it is sparsely populated. Besides visiting monasteries and shrines, you can experience exciting wildlife trails and Yak Safari. The best to visit Spiti Valley is in the month of August to enjoy the monsoon vacations.
How to reach Spiti Valley?
Bus services are available from Delhi and Chandigarh to reach Spiti Valley, either you can take Manali route or Shimla route. There is no direct flight connectivity, and the nearest railway station is in Chandigarh.
Places to visit in Spiti Valley
Chandratal Lake, Suraj tal Lake, Kunzum Pass, Key Monastery, Dhankar Monastery, Pin Valley National Park
Things to do in Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Camping, and Wildlife Viewing
Monsoon is the time when the beauty of Mahabaleshwar is enhanced with fog and green vegetation everywhere. Though heavy rainfall is a drawback, many prefer to visit Mahabaleshwar during weekends irrespective of the weather. The spectacular panorama of the place is overwhelming and the perfect weekend getaways.
How to reach Mahabaleshwar?
Pune Airport is the nearest to Mahabaleshwar. From here, you can take a bus to cover 130 kilometres long journey. The nearest railway station is Wathar which is approximately 60 km away from the hill station. Both transport and private bus services are available from Pune. Also, you can catch a bus from Dadar East, Sion or Vashi (Mumbai).
Places to visit in Mahabaleshwar
Elephant’s Head point, Arthur’s seat, Dhobi waterfall, Chinaman’s falls, Venna Lake
Things to do in Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
Trekking, and Sightseeing.
Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
One of the most beautiful places to visit in India during monsoon is the Valley of Flower which is completely surrounded by beautiful Himalayas. In no other place, you will find 400 varieties of flowers that burst into full bloom after a rainfall. Not just flora, Valley of Flowers is also a home of many endangered species like musk deer, snow leopard, and brown bear.
How to reach Valley of Flowers?
There is no direct flight connectivity to the Valley of Flowers. Reach to the Jolly Grant airport which is nearest and hire a taxi to cover 295 kilometres long distance. The nearest station is 276 kilometres away in Rishikesh. To reach the Valley of Flowers, you can cover the journey via road till Govindghat and then a trek of 13-kilometre along a mountain trail.
Places to visit in Valley of Flowers
Valley of Flowers National Park, Hemkund Sahib, Nanda Devi National Park
Things to do in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
Camping, Trekking, Sightseeing, and Wildlife Viewing
Orchha, Madhya Pradesh
Another best monsoon destination in India is Orchha which is situated at the heart of India. This small town full of divine scenery and exotic hills will take you to the era of ruling kings. A little rain during monsoon add charm to the beauty of historical forts, monuments and temples, thereby, makes it the must visit place.
How to reach Orchha?
To reach Orchha, take a flight to Gwalior which is 108 kilometres away. In case, you plan to travel by train, deboard at Barwa Sagar railway station and take a cab. The nearest bus stand is 14 kilometres away in Jhansi.
Places to visit in Orchha
Jehangir Mahal, Raja Mahal, Phool Bagh, Ram Raja Temple, Chattris (Cenotaphs)
Things to do in Orchha, Madhya Pradesh
Sightseeing and Rafting & Boating in River Betwa
Mount Abu, Rajasthan
The only hill station in the state of the desert, that is Rajasthan, is Mount Abu. Though the place receives less rainfall even during monsoon, change of climate from extremely hot to pleasant is a bliss. After a few drops of rain, the surrounding of this hill station gets covered with lush green vegetation and mist.
How to reach Mount Abu?
Those who live in the capital can directly travel via bus to Mount Abu. Dabok Airport in Udaipur is 104 kilometres away and is the nearest. While travelling via train, Morthala station is your destination which is 14 kilometres away from Mt. Abu.
Places to visit in Mount Abu
Dilwara Temples, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Nakki Lake, Guru Shikhar, Trevors Tank
Things to do in Mount Abu, Rajasthan
Sightseeing, and Boating