15 Best Places to Visit in India in Monsoon Season

Rain rain go away, come again another day. This popular nursery rhyme does not hold true at least for the Indian subcontinent. In the bygone era, when there was no sign of a downpour for many months, people used to worship the rain god for showering his mercy on the parched and dry lands. And when it did come, there was a sense of relief and respite from the scorching heat of the blazing Sun.

Monsoon is always a wonderful time. The wet and foggy mornings, dark clouds and drizzles make the place, a fairyland. India is a tropical land. The summers are hot and the rainy season has moderate to heavy rainfall. This is the time when plants start to grow and flourish giving a green shade to mountains and plains. The water bodies will be filled with water and ready for water related activities. Not all places are good with rain during India Tour. Here are the 15 Best Places to Visit in India during Monsoon Season:

1. Munnar

Munnar is a hill station in Kerala. As a whole, Kerala will be very beautiful during winter with water filled backwaters, cool climate, green mountains and it is also the right time for Spa and Ayurvedic massages and other treatments. The best of Kerala is Munnar in monsoon. The hill station is packed with terrace farming and plantations. They will flourish during rainy season giving you ample amount of places to trek or for romantic strolls.

The flowering plants will be at its bloom and you can enjoy the beauty without worrying about the sun. The roads might be little wet but the drizzles will be soft giving a romantic touch to every place in this hill station. The best activity during monsoon in Munnar is a romantic walk in a coffee plantation during a mild rainy morning or evening.

Munnar in Monsoon

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2. Jim Corbett

Jim Corbett is a small place in Uttarakhand. It is about 6 hours away from Delhi. This place is known for the national park. It is a common thought that the park is closed during monsoon season because it is breeding time. Not the whole park is closed. The Jhirna Zone is always open. Since it is the breeding time, you can see a lot of animals with their cubs. The cubs playing in rain is a wonderful sight that no words can explain.

Rafting is possible in Jim Corbett during monsoon season. You can either choose jeep safari or elephant safari. The most common option is elephant safari during monsoon season. It is also easy to spot boars and antelopes during monsoon season. The best activity during monsoon in Jim Corbett is rafting inside the national park.

Elephant Safari Corbett in Monsoon

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3. Udaipur

Udaipur, the city of lakes is snuggled between Aravalli Hills in Rajasthan. During monsoons, the beauty of the city is increased manifold as the low lying dark clouds form a blanket over the skies and the blowing of cool breeze makes the place cool and comfortable. The five lakes are the lifeline of the city and as water is filled to the brim, the whole ambience of the place become calm and beautiful. Besides the lakes, the giant forts, tranquil temples and rich culture of the place casts a magic spell on the tourists.

Udaipur in Monsoon Season

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4. Bishnupur

Bishnupur is located in West Bengal. It is about 150 km away from Kolkata. It is a place for those who love art and crafts. You can find a lot of terracotta sculptures and temples. During monsoon season, the rain will wash the terracotta sculptures and they will be very bright orange in colour and a mild aroma of clay can be found. The place looks very fresh.

Moreover, this is the time when the inmates of Bishnupur start weaving Balcuhari silk sarees. You can watch them in action. Many events happen during monsoon season here. The most important monsoon activity in Bishnupur is wandering around Malleshwar Temple in mild drizzle. There are a lot of lodges and mid range hotels for accommodation in Bishnupur town.

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5. Goa

Goa is a land of beaches. During monsoon season, the beaches will be rich and fresh. The Dudhsagar fall is one of the romantic places in Goa. During rainy season, the falls are filled with water and the forests around the falls are greener and fresh. The water will be cold and refreshing.

Dudhsagar Waterfall Goa in Monsoon

People avoid Goa during monsoon because it might affect the nightlife out there. If you are looking for some adventure time, monsoon is the right time. The best activity in monsoon season in Goa is a trek to the falls and nearby forest in the morning or early evening.

Goa Beach Monsoon

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6. Malshej Ghat

Malshej Ghat is a hill station in Maharashtra. It is known for lush waterfalls, mountains, plantations and others. It is more of countryside than a hill station. The place is filled with flowering plants and unique animals during monsoon season. During the rainy season you can enjoy a lot of water related activities in the lake and waterfalls.

The best part of monsoon season in Malshej Ghat is watching the pink flamingos standing in one leg. Their mating dance is a wonderful sight. They are migration birds that come from Siberia. Apart from flamingos many other birds can be found here during the monsoon season. Another important activity is boating in the lake, early in the morning when the fog has still not thinned.

Malshej Ghat in Monsoon

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7. Ladakh

Ladakh is a cold place filled with mountain passes and lakes in Jammu and Kashmir. It is a cold fairytale place. During monsoon season the lakes will be filled with water and you can camp near them. Many mountain passes and trekking paths will be opened only during monsoon season. The most important activity of all is the white water rafting. The Indus River is filled with water during monsoon season and rafting is possible during this time.

River Rafting in Ladakh Monsoon

You can enjoy many road trips and visit hanging glaciers, monasteries, villages, rivers, lakes and others. The best activity of all is the Ladakh festival Hemis that happens in September. The folks of Ladakh dress in their traditional dress and sing as they dance through the streets of the city. This festival is a very colourful one.

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Hemis Festival, Leh Ladakh

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8. Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal is a hill station in Tamil Nadu. It is a popular summer destination. If you are planning on a honeymoon or romantic getaway, visit Kodaikanal in monsoon season. The monsoon season gives mild showers every day. The place will be very green and lush during monsoon.

Kodaikanal Monsoon

Most importantly, the lake will be filled with water and you can enjoy boating. There are many scenic places that look more beautiful during rainy season. Do not forget to visit the botanical garden. The flowering plants might bloom only in summer but, the trees in the park will look more beautiful during rainy season.

Kodaikanal Boating in Monsoon

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9. Spiti Valley

Spiti Valley is nestled between the state of Himachal Pradesh and Tibet. The valley is decked with snow capped peaks and rugged mountainous terrains. There is hardly any rain during the monsoon season in the valley and this enables trekkers to enjoy a long journey with perpetual sunshine thus exploring the hidden treasures of the inner Himalayas. Besides showcasing breathtaking views and scenery, the valley is a research cum cultural centre for Buddhists.

Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh

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10. Lonavala

Lonavala is mountain range in Mumbai. It is located in the Ghats and is one of the most alluring and green place in Mumbai. The mountain ranges, waterfalls and other attractions will be at its prime beauty during monsoon season. The best activities during monsoon in Lonavala are enjoying the stream in Tiger Point, enjoying the caves of 2nd BC and the waterfalls at Bushi dam. The waterfalls picnic is an important activity for romantic couples and people who love water.

Rajamachi Fort in Monsoon, Lonavala

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11. Kashmir and Amarnath Yatra

Kashmir is a well-known tourist hotspot and is renowned for exhibiting unprecedented natural beauty. Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir is well known for the Dal Lake where one can embark on a houseboat and enjoy a shikara ride. The beautiful gardens, scintillating lakes, sparkling rivers and gorgeous mountains welcome tourists at any time of the year.

Kashmir in Monsoon

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But the icing on the cake is the Amarnath shrine which is situated 145 km away from Srinagar. The shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Since, from September to June the path leading to the Amarnath Cave is covered with snow, it is inaccessible to tourists. The Amarnath pilgrimage tour is possible only in monsoons.

Thus we find that instead of being a dampener on your holiday, the rains in India may make your travelling experience even more rich and lively. Far from ruining your travel plans, the monsoons are actually a blessing in disguise.

Amarnath Yatra in Monsoon and Winter

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12. Andaman and Nicobar Islands

The place is an exotic one no matter when you visit. The silver beaches, natural beauty and calm greenish blue waters add serenity to the place. The place will be a fairytale place during monsoon season. During rainy season people visit this island for enjoy water related sports like scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing and others. Sightseeing is also an important activity during monsoon season. Monsoon season might bring heavy rains during certain years. Check the forecast before you start your travel towards the islands.

Andaman Nicobar in Monsoon

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13. Coorg

Coorg is a hill station in Karnataka. It is known for its forests, flora, fauna, coffee plantation, lakes and waterfalls. Like any other hill station, Coorg becomes a beautiful place during monsoon season. The climate will be mildly cold during monsoon season. The waterfalls, lakes and rivers become very beautiful and you can find a lot of tourist activities near them like picnic, boating and others. Most important rainy season activity is visiting Pushpagiri wildlife sanctuary. If you like thrilling activities you can hike at Kotebetta or enjoy playing in Jog falls.

Coorg Monsoon

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14. Ooty

Nestled in the midst of mighty mountains enveloped by dark clouds, Ooty is the most sought- after destination of South India in Tamilnadu. The scenic beauty, tranquil atmosphere and breathtaking weather of Ooty will truly captivate your hearts. The botanical garden, the rose garden or the Ooty lake gleams with a new look in the monsoons. Enjoy a boat ride on the Ooty Lake or a toy train ride in nature’s lap. Relish hot and spicy South Indian delicacies as it rains like cats and dogs and witness some of your favorite Bollywood movies shooting spots as you travel from one region to another.

Ooty Lake in Monsoon Season

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15. The Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand

Various hues of Alpine flowers with snow capped Himalayas as a backdrop along with gurgling streams carrying crystal clear water and rich biodiversity describes the Valley of Flowers. Declared as a national park in 1982 and a World Heritage Site subsequently, the valley is covered with snow from November to May. With the melting of ice in June, the valley bursts into a profusion of colors of purple, yellow and white in July and August. Hiking from Govind Ghat to the valley of flowers in the monsoon is the best way to experience the ecstatic joy of witnessing 300 species of flowers blooming in the wilderness.

Valley of Flowers Uttarakhand in Monsoon

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16. Shillong, Meghalaya

Cuddled between pine forests and gushing waterfalls, Meghalaya’s capital Shillong is decked with flower beds in different hues and sprawling tea gardens. The Elephant Falls with cascading effect attracts the tourists incessantly. A walk along the pine groves of Lady Hydari Par or a leisurely boat ride on the still waters in the Ward lake will be a rejuvenating experience. Nicknamed as the most charming hill-station of India, it is during monsoons that Shillong turns magical. Also known as the ‘Scotland of the East’ the rugged hills that are covered by the clouds constitute an ethereal landscape thus tempting one to spend time in bed with hot Assam tea or to go outside to get wet in the midst of gushing waterfalls.

Shillong Meghalaya

This is not an exclusive list. There are a lot of monsoon fairytale places in India like Alibaug, Kutch, Ooty, Orchha, Mount Abu and many others. The monsoon holidays in India will leave you with worthy memories and heavenly experience. But, make sure to read the forecast before planning your trip to India.

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