Top 7 Monsoon Destinations In India
“A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener.”
India during the monsoons has its own magical stories to narrate. If you are one of those travellers who don’t mind getting a wee bit wet, then these 10 amazing places to visit in monsoon in India are perfect for sipping a hot coffee and enjoying the lush sparkling green on hills and mountains leaving you unimaginably spellbound.
P.S: Please make sure you wear anti-slip footwear.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
A group of nearly 570 islands, this exotic location has amazing wildlife, thrilling water sports, pristine silver sand beaches, mountains, breath taking natural beauty and tribal tour. This place will never seize to amaze you and you are sure to fall in love with its incredible beauty. it has to be a must on your list of best monsoon destinations in India.
How to reach: Regular passenger ship services are available from Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam. There are direct or connecting flight to Port Blair airport which is the capital city.
Attractions: Experience and know the history at the historic Cellular jail, Havelock island for scuba diving, snorkeling and other water sports and surfing at little Andaman.
Living in Mumbai and thinking of the best places to visit in India during rainy season? Well, there’s one right beside you – Lonavala! With the onset of monsoon, the Sahyadri mountain ranges and the ghats revive with alluring greenery, breath taking waterfalls and pleasant climate. For a quick escape from the bustling city, plan a trip to the quaint hill town of lonavala.
How to reach: It’s 1 hour 45 minutes (83.6 km) from Mumbai & 1 hour 26 minutes (67.1 km) from Pune by road. Lonavala has its own railway station & almost all the trains running on this route, halt here.
Attractions: Enjoy the extensive view of a stream flowing by at the cliff top called The Tiger point and relish in the tranquillity of Karla caves built by the Buddhist monks around 3rd to 2nd century BC. There’s a famous waterfall near Bushi dam which is a very popular spot for all the monsoon lovers.
KODAIKANAL, Tamil Nadu
Known as the “princess of hill stations” this is one of the best monsoon destinations in India. Situated in the Palani hills of western ghat it offers enchanting waterfalls, lakes and lush greenery and spectacular views of the ghats and hills.
How to reach: The nearest airports are Madurai which is 135 km away, Coimbatore which is 170 km away and Trichy at 200 km. It is about 9 hours (~450 km) from Bangalore via road. The nearest railway stations to Kodaikanal are Palani station at 64 km.
Attractions: Stroll around the Berijam lake and visit the Kodai lake which is the man-made lake surrounded by rocks and trees and enjoy the scenic view of the hills at Palni hills.
Goa will be amongst the best places to visit in rainy season in India.The land of beaches is surely worth a visit during monsoons to enjoy sand, drizzle and picturesque sceneries. It’s the perfect place to get soaked in the rains and enjoy some truly delicious Goan delicacies.
How to reach: Goa is well connected by roads and a Mumbai to Goa road trip is worth everything in monsoons. Goa is well connected to other cities with Madgaon & Vasco-da-gama stations and Goa international airport in Dabolim.
Attractions: Go trekking or hiking at Dudhsagar waterfalls, visit Aguada fort for a scintillating view, Dolphin show, Cruize amid the beautiful sea bordered by the beaches, feel rich as a gambler at the Casino and get the thrilling experience of water sports in Baga beach.
Darjeeling, West Bengal
The perfect monsoon getaway of India, is the well known for tea industry along with a popular tourist destination, also known as The Queen of Hills, is situated at the foothills of the great Himalayas. Due to surrounded hills, it receives heavy showers during the monsoon.
How to reach: The nearest railway station in Darjeeling is at New Jalpaiguri (62 kilometres from the main town) which connects major Indian cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar and Cochin. Or take a flight to Kolkata.
Attractions: Rangeet valley passenger cable car, Darjeeling monastery, adventure sports and the toy train. Don’t forget to try some authentic Darjeeling tea.
Known for its dense forest cover, it also serves as a biodiversity hotspot showcasing wide variety of flora and fauna. This romantic destination offers enchanting waterfalls, lakes, vast coffee plantations and delicious cuisines to treat your taste buds.
How to reach: 5 hours (~270.4 km) from Bangalore via road if you are planning to go on a road trip. The nearest airports are Mysore at 120 km, Mangalore which is 135 km far and Bangalore at 260 km. Coorg doesn’t have a station by itself but the nearest railway stations are Mysore, Mangalore and Hassan.
Attractions: Explore the wildlife at Pushpagiri wildlife sanctuary, experience an exhilarating hike at Kotebetta and visit the Jog falls in Karnataka which is the second highest in India.
Ranikhet, one of the most beautiful monsoon destination in India is situated in Uttarakhand. Ranikhet, The picturesque location is surrounded by hills, blessed with a pleasant climate, lush green forests and famous for majestic views of great Himalayan Ranges.
How to reach: There is no direct train between New Delhi and Ranikhet. You can take Utr Samprk K Ex from New Delhi to Kashipur then take a taxi from Kashipur to Ranikhet.
Attractions: Valley of flowers, endangered animals including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard and birds.