Top 10 places in India to visit during monsoon

Monsoon generally referred to as the season of rain is a nice cozy whether to stay indoors and have some quiet time. But for pluviophile’s this is the season we wait for, to get out and have some fun. In India, we have particular places that are meant to be visited during the monsoons. Here is a list of them across the country perfect to be visited during the early monsoons or August.

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1. The Mini Switzerland of India, Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir

Starting from the north, we have Pahalgam located in the heart of Jammu & Kashmir. A beautiful hill station at an altitude of 7200 ft provides the best views of nature. Blessed abundance of flora along the Lidder River, it is also home to the beautiful Himalayan range wrapped in the snow with long and cold winters, and short mild summers. Take long drives along with valleys for some picturesque views and relish on the yummy yet cheap north Indian food. Best place to shop for shawls & carpets.

Weather during Monsoon: Average of 30° C.

Major attractions: Betaab valley, Sheshnag Lake, Tulian Lake, Mamal temple.

How to reach: 95kms from Srinagar Airport, 255kms from Jammu Railway Station.

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2. The Middle Land, Spiti valley, Himachal Pradesh

Coming down a little further, we have Spiti valley in the Himachal Pradesh. This needs no introduction with the increase in the number of bikers travelling to this heavenly paradise. Located at an average height of 12500 ft above the sea level, onc can experience the best of untouched nature’s beauty. Since it lies in the Himalayan mountain range it is covered with snow for almost more than 6 months. Hence, the beginning of monsoon is when the ice melts and is best time to plan your trip to Spiti. Hence it is essential to plan a very organized trip, due to the harsh weather conditions.

Weather during Monsoon: Average of 22° C.

Major attractions: Chandratal Lake, Kunzum Pass, Pin Valley National Park, Dhankar Monastery.

How to reach: Delhi is the nearest international airport. Direct busses from Kulu, Manali & Shimla are easily available.

3. The city of Lakes & Palaces, Udaipur, Rajasthan

The next on our list is the royal city of Rajasthan, Udaipur. Also known as the Venice of the East or Kashmir of Rajasthan, it is one of the major cities with numerous palaces and lakes. The marvellous architecture, the historic culture, the Aravali mountain range, all truly make it a magnificent monsoon destination. The royal city of Udaipur has several 5 star hotels built in white marble overlooking the Lakes which were earlier the summer palaces of the royal families. The courtyards, the gardens, the intricate paintings and the fine detail of the architectural elements are not to miss. Since it is located in the desert lands, it has a hot climate.

Weather during Monsoon: Average of 28° C.

Major attractions: City Palace, Lake Pichola, Jagadish temple, Jag Mandir, Monsoon Palace, Ahar Museum, Fateh Sagar Lake, Bagore ki Haveli.

How to reach: Udaipur has its own international airport. However, it’s well connected by road through major cities.

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4. The Lesser known Himalayas, Darjeeling, West Bengal

Towards the east of India, we have the famous honeymoon destination, Darjeeling. Located in the lesser known Himalayan region at an altitude of 6700 ft it is distinctively noted for the spectacular views of the Kanchenjunga peak. With varied culture & diverse population of Bengali, Nepali, Lepcha, Bhutia, Tibetian one gets to experience the unique style. Also some of the old British style schools still prevail which attracts students from the neighbouring countries. The dazzling snow peaks of Kanchenjunga along with the slopes of tea plantation all surround you, as you take a ride on the toy train making its way as the chilling wind breezes through. Visit some of the monasteries for bliss, and shop in the streets for some warm clothes while you sip the flavours of hot tea to make the Darjeeling experience complete.

Weather during Monsoon: Average of 18° C.

Major attractions: Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Peace Pagoda, Himalayan Tibet museum, Batasia loop, Tiger hill, Mirik, Bhutia Busty Monastery.

How to reach: About 95kms from Bagdora airport. Easily connected by air and road from Kolkata, Delhi & Gawahati. Local taxis available from the airport which is about 3 hours drive. Nearest Major railway station is New Jalpaiguri.

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5. The land of Jain temples, Kajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

Being one of the most popular spots in Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is well known for its ancient history of sculptures and reputed as the finest art in the world. Built in the Chandela dynasty, the Khajuraho group of temples represents various art forms including meditation, teachings, kinship, wrestling, royalty & most significantly erotic art sculptures. With a huge history behind the temples, one can enjoy this place if you have a keen interest in art. The famous temple complexes host the sound & light show every evening. Apart from the temples Khajuraho also has national parks & an excellent delicacy of wide spread food. Though the climate is moderate, it’s an offbeat location with art & history rather than always choosing a hill station for a monsoon vacation.

Weather during Monsoon: Average of 26° C.

Major attractions: Khandariya Mahadev temple, Lakshmana temple, Chaturbhuj temple, Nandi temple, tribal art museum, Western group of temples, various other temples.

How to reach: Khajuraho airport is the nearest airport which connects to several other major cities in India, like Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Bhopal, and Mumbai. International travellers can get flights from Mumbai and Delhi. Mahoba is the nearest railway station to Khajuraho which is located at distance of 63 km from Khajuraho. You can get bus services from neighbouring places like Satna, Chhatarpur, Jabalpur, Bhopal, Gwalior, Panna, Agra, Allahabad and Varanasi.

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6. The land of white sands, Andaman & Nicobar islands

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A little away yet belonging to our country is the Andaman Islands. A destination with a mixed variety of beaches. Since the weather is quite unpredictable here, early monsoon would be the best time to visit which is not much crowded either. Multiple islands have attractions that are very special in their own way. Also don’t miss the scuba diving and the glass boat ride to find some precious coral reefs. The white sands & pristine clear water beaches would attract you to play, even though you are not a beach lover. A little expensive on the food, but a must try for the sea food lovers.

Weather during Monsoon: Average of 26° C.

Major attractions: Port Blair, Cellular Jail, Havelock Island, Radhanagar Beach, Ross & Neil Island, Baratang Island

How to reach: There are only 2 ways to reach Andaman, either by sea or by air. Direct flights operate regularly to Port blair from Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi & Kolkata. About 60-70 hours of ship voyage 4 times a month from Chennai, Vizag & Kolkata. Either islands can be accessed through the local cruise.

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7. The Italian town of India, Lavasa, Maharashtra

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Lavasa is called the newest hill station destination of Maharashtra, situated in the western mountain range in Pune district. Well known for the city planning, one can have a pleasant holiday enjoying the beautiful landscapes & serene environment. This modern day hill station has extremely well developed resorts, hotels, malls & residential properties. Take a trek to the waterfall or dine at the finest restaurants with the view of the riverfront, or just laze around the balconies of your resort with your loved ones, Lavasa has it all.

Weather during Monsoon: Moderate climate throughout the year but monsoon being the best with an average of 23° C.

Major attractions: Temghar Dam, Vajrai falls, Bamboosa

How to reach: Pune is the closest airport which is about 65kms away. Lavasa is well connected by road and by rail from major cities including Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Nagpur & Bangalore daily.

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8. The Scotland of India, Coorg, Karnataka

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Located in the state of Karnataka, Coorg is favorite destination of the south. Monsoons are a blissful time for the Coorg with splendid greenery all around. It is when the entire town blooms. During monsoon is when Coorg faces some heavy rainfall making it a humid, wet & cool weather. The beauty of the waterfalls is best experienced in this season. Located in amidst the misty landscape, Coorg is best for nature lovers. Forest covered hills & coffee plantations add more value to the greenery. You can also experience white water rafting in Barapole River, visit the Namdroling monastery and play with some cute little elephants and feed them as well. Transportation within Coorg might be difficult so it’s advisable to hire your own cab to drive down to all places around.

Weather during Monsoon: Moderate climate throughout the year but monsoons being the best with an average of 23° C.

Major attractions: Madikeri fort, Raja’s seat, Kushalnagar, Talakaveri, Abbey falls, Nisargadama

How to reach: Mangalore is the nearest airport which is about 160 kms from Coorg. But well connected with daily buses and trains from Bangalore, Mysore & Mangalore. Also, self drive is a good option to enjoy the views along.

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9. The Princess of Hill stations, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

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Located in the state of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is another famous hill station in the south, apart from Ooty. The literal translation of the name Kodaikanal means the gift of a forest. The most picturesque hill station surrounded by Palani hills all around, with lakes and gardens offering a cold weather could be a romantic vacation with your loved ones. A vacation here will be a fun filled one with cycle rides, boat rides, and long walks with the views of valleys & admiring stunning views which will make this an ideal holiday for the monsoon season.

Weather during Monsoon: Average temperature of 23° C.

Major attractions: Kodaikanal Lake, Palani hills, Silver Cascade falls, Brynt park, Pilla rocks viewpoint, Berijim Lake, Coakers walk.

How to reach: Madurai is the nearest airport which is about 120kms from Kodaikanal. From airport buses and taxis are easily available. Kodai road is the nearest railway station which is 100 kms away. Mostly tourists self-drive which is accessible from major cities including Bangalore, Madurai, Coimbatore & Tirchy.

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10. The southernmost tip of India, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu

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Coming to the tip of India, we have the astonishing Kanyakumari rich in culture and the mystery of the colorful sands. Located on the rocky mainland of the Indian Ocean, also where the 3 Oceans meet is a popular destination for Sunrise & sunset. Another unique thing about this place is that one can witness the sunset and moonrise simultaneously on full moon days. The majestic hills, virgin beaches, pristine rivers and a mixed culture of Tamil Nadu & Kerala with numerous temples, with rich history make it a popular holiday destination. What makes it special for the monsoon are the perfect weather conditions to enjoy the waters and the colorful sands to play around.

Weather during Monsoon: Average temperature of 26° C.

Major attractions: Kanyakumari Bhagavathi Amman temple, Vivekananda Rock memorial, Padmanabhapuram palace, Thiruvallavur statue, Thanumalayan temple, Kanyakumari beach.

How to reach: Trivandrum is the nearest airport which is about 67kms from Kanyakumari. Regular bus & train service from all the major cities around including Bangalore, Chennai, and Trivandrum. Local taxis are available for transportation within the city.

We’ve covered almost all the important locations starting from North to South, East to West and also the territories. Monsoon of course is such a wonderful time to travel. Pick from our list and experience the various cultures and diversities within our country. Be it adventure holiday or a relaxed vacation, just be sure to have fun.

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