The monsoon can be magical in India. Though most travellers don’t see this as a good time to travel, there is a certain charm to this season. Here are 10 amazing places to visit in India during monsoon that might just change your opinion about the rainy season, which is usually between June and September.
1Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
This hill station is filled with scenic beauty that truly shines during the monsoon. Picturesque tails along Coaker’s Walk and Bryant Park offer many sights worth seeing. If you’re lucky you might even see a shadow of yourself on the clouds with a rainbow halo, a rare phenomenon called ‘Brachem Spectre’.
Rajasthan receives the lowest rainfall in the country, but in Udaipur, there is just enough to make the usually hot weather extremely pleasant. The city has a number of lakes, such as Lake Pichola and the Fateh Sagar Lake, which are among the best places to explore during this season. You can also visit the Monsoon Palace for panoramic views of the city.
This hill station in Kerala sits in the lap of Western Ghats and is famous for its natural beauty. The rainy season brings the‘Neelakurinji’ flowers into bloom. These vivid blue flowers famously bloom only once in 12 years.
4Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
Located in the Himalayas, the Valley of Flowers is said to be one of the most beautiful places to visit in India during monsoon. The best time to visit is during the monsoon, as the flowers of every possible shade, bloom only after the rains. The valley is part of the Valley of Flowers National Park and is reached by a short trek
This laid-back city is an excellent place to explore during the monsoon. Its French-influenced villas, many beaches, and cobblestoned streets dotted with cafes are filled with a quaint charm that is perfect for those looking for a mix of culture and relaxation.
Set in the Sahyadris, Lonavala is an extremely popular hill station due to its proximity with Mumbai. During the monsoon, the many waterfalls here come to life, truly a visual treat, making it one of the top places to visit in India during monsoon.
Kerala is quite stunning during the rains, and Alleppy is no different. The famous backwaters of Kerala are at their best, making it the perfect time for a cruise. It is also said that the moist and cool weather is the perfect time to undergo Ayurveda treatments and to enhance their benefits.
8Mount Abu, Rajasthan
The only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is an oasis amidst the Aravalis. The town is most famous for its many interesting temples and for the amazing views it has to offer.
In Wayanad, the mountains and the forests truly come alive in the rainy season. Explore hills that are covered in misty clouds, and the waterfalls in full force while you enjoy the delicious Kerala cuisine.
10Orchha, Madhya Pradesh
Located in an otherwise dry corner of Malwa plateau. Orchha turns lush and green during the monsoons. It is set along the Betwa River which is revived by the rains and creates a picturesque scene of rolling hills lined with historical forts, places, temples and more.
Shillong is a hill station in the state of Meghalaya. Known for its captivating beauty, it is said to be one of the best places to visit in India during the monsoon. The misty clouds, lush greenery and roaring waterfalls make it a must see, just as long as you don’t mind getting a bit drenched along the way.
Set in southern Karnataka, Coorg is a beautiful monsoon destination in India. Its many waterfalls (like Abbey, Irupu, and Jog) are in their full might during this season, and the gorgeous scenery, dotted with coffee plantations, is also seen at its best.
Of course, there are lots of other wonderful places to visit in India during monsoon. If we’ve missed any of your favourites, do share them in the comments below.