Undoubtedly monsoon is one of the best seasons to explore Mother Nature in its entirety and India is blessed with so many picturesque locations which becomes almost magical when it pours.
With the very first downpour, these destinations tucked away in the various corners of our country, come alive with lush greenery, delightful lakes, cascading waterfalls, picturesque landscapes and incredible views that can simply take your breath away.
We have put together a list of ten such destinations that are nothing less than a paradise during monsoons. So, take a look and plan a fantastic holiday to relish the rainy season like never before, we guarantee you, it shall be an overwhelming experience. And, of course, you will come back not only refreshed but with jaw-dropping pictures and stories that will turn all your social media followers turn green with envy.
Overflowing with magnificence at every corner this North Indian state is a delight to the eyes during the monsoons. Surrounded by beautiful Himalayan ranges, serene lakes, and cascading waterfalls, Uttarakhand, which was formerly known as Uttaranchal, is one place where you won't find any difficulty in spotting scenic beauty. In fact, wherever you look, each view is better than the last one, and your eyes can't have enough of it. The most magical part of visiting Uttarakhand during monsoon is to witness the breathtakingly beautiful Valley of Flowers which wakes up in its full glory during this period. By July, all the flowers are in full bloom, and the lush meadows are a sight to behold. Uttarakhand is a must-visit during monsoons.
If you are in Coorg when it pours, then it is but natural for you to have a million-dollar smile. The place that is known for its coffee, cardamom, pepper and orange plantations, is only 250 kilometers from Bangalore. A delightful landscape dotted with coffee plantations, waterfalls and stunning views of Western Ghats await you during the monsoons in Coorg. The climate is charming with a cool breeze, misty fog everywhere and blankets of beautiful greens. Coorg also offers numerous outdoor activities that one can indulge in to relish the monsoon season to the fullest.
Munnar invites you with open arms to appreciate its splendid and heartwarmingly beautiful views of the tea plantations, hilly slopes, and the stunning waterfalls. Planning a trip to Munnar during the rainy season is nothing short of magical. The greenery there is sure to take your breath away, and the picturesque rain-kissed landscape will stay in your memory forever. The name Munnar signifies ‘three rivers", referring to the confluence of the three rivers – Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly, which add to the beauty of the place. Munnar is surrounded by many lovely spots like the Matt trivial dam, Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi top and some more, which are a must-visit during monsoons.
Referred to as the ‘Queen Of Hills, Shimla is your ultimate monsoon destination. Located at the foothills of the Himalayas, Shimla is blessed with nature’s bounty. Surrounded by majestic mountains and sheer cliffs, Shimla is serenely beautiful during monsoons.
There is a reason why Lonavala is known as the ‘Jewel Of Sahyadris.’ Situated just a few hours away from the cosmopolitan city of Mumbai, Lonavala with its lush green landscape and breathtaking misty views of the valleys, which are dotted by several waterfalls, is a paradise in itself. Lonavla is indeed an eye-catcher during monsoon. Come weekends and you can see most of the stressed out Mumbaities coming here to take a break and rejuvenating themselves. Moreover, though the weather in Lonavala is pleasant throughout the year, during monsoon, it is simply mesmerizing.
If you're someone who REALLY adores the rain, then you need to head straight to Cherrapunji, named as one of the ‘Wettest place on Earth.’ This is one place in the world, where it rains so much that it is recorded in feet instead of in millimeters. It is loaded with cascades of greenery which is soothing and a delight to the eyes. This is one place, where the mist is guaranteed to bring euphoria. A great many vacationers visit Cherrapunji each monsoon season just to get soaked and have a fabulous time.
Nestled in the mighty Sahyadri ranges, this small town in the Satara district is mystical when it pours. Situated about 5-6 hours from Mumbai, the beautiful hill station turns enchanting during the monsoons. The entire region is covered in mist and dotted with some of the most stunning views of the valleys and soaring Sahyadri ranges. And while the quintessential strawberries are missing during the rainy season, the travelers can treat themselves to piping hot corn tikies and strawberry cream, which go perfectly well with the cool climate.
Yeah, Goa is a popular summer destination, but this land of sun sea and sand turns into a fascinating paradise during rains. Goa has a charm of its own during the monsoons with deserted beaches, the roaring sea, and greenery all around. Spots like the Mollem National Park and Cotiago Wildlife Sanctuary, the renowned Dudhsagar falls and the beautiful spice plantations in Savoi are astounding during the rains. Apart from the bountiful nature, there are other perks of traveling to Goa during the monsoon season. Most of the properties have special monsoon offers, including some of the luxe resorts and hotels, which ensures that you enjoy the sea and the rains luxuriously during this season.
Alappuzha (Alleppey) is also known as Venice of the East, courtesy to its well-planned canals. Alleppey is an exotic spot for nature lovers during monsoons. A smooth trip through the Kerala backwaters in the Alleppey houseboats definitely need to be on your bucket list. The picturesque surrounding away from the chaos of city is sure to brighten up your spirits.
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