Monsoon is a much awaited season in India. After the scorching heat of summers, monsoon brings the much needed respite. The rains in monsoon sooth the souls and fill the heart with joy. This is one of the best seasons when one can think of vacations. If you are not scared of getting a little wet then you must plan for a vacation during the months of July and August when the southwesterly winds laden with moisture from the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal enter the subcontinent to drench the thirsty land with the elixir of heavens – water.
10 Best Places to Visit in India in Monsoon
Here is the list of 10 best monsoon getaways in India :-
1. Lonavala, Maharashtra
This place lies just next to the economical capital of India- Mumbai. Sahyadri Mountains, after receiving the rains get covered in green color due to the fast growth of the vegetation. The waterfalls are evident from every corner of the mountains and creeks and streams start making their way towards the low lying areas. This presents the best time for all to make an escapade from the hectic city life into the quiet and calm hilly region of Lonavala.
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You may have known Goa for the beaches and open atmosphere but Goa is much beyond that and if you visit Goa during monsoon, you will understand that this state is one of the most beautiful places in the Western Ghats. The streams, the lakes, the sand, the drizzle and your soul soaked in all this is the experience that you must not give a miss. You can enjoy trekking at Dudhsagar waterfall or spend some time at Aguada Fort. Everything is worth your money and time spent there.
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3. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
This hill station is one of the most sought after hill stations in India and especially in South India. This hill town is situated on the top of the Palani Hill of the most beautiful Western Ghats. You can reach this place via road, air or by train. This place turns into a green carpet as soon as the monsoon rains hit the region. You can enjoy the view at the two lakes here- Berijam Lake and Kodi Lake or just keep watching the hills getting covered in clouds and then again receiving the sunshine. Kodaikanal turns into a magical place in monsoon.
4. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
The group of islands that this place is, presents to you a mystical monsoon experience. You can enjoy the stroll at the pristine beaches or trek in the lush green mountains or take a tour of the tribal areas to find out how they live in the dense forests r for that matter just laze around the area. Whatever you do in those islands makes a memory and you tend to falling in love with it over and over again.
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5. Coorg, Karnataka
This hill station of Karnataka is a great spot for the people who live in Bangalore or Mangalore. This is one of the most beautiful hill stations of Karnataka. The monsoons add to the grace of the place by giving life to the fauna and flora that lie dormant during the summers. You can enjoy the numerous small and big waterfalls in Coorg and explore the famous Pushpagiri wildlife sanctuary. This hill station is accessible by road and is well connected from both Mangalore and Bangalore. Coorg is famous for the coffee plantations and you can even taste the delicious cuisine of this hill town.
6. Munnar, Kerala
This hill station of Kerala is truly God’s abode. During the monsoons this place appears to have enveloped itself in a silvery mist and this makes it all the more mystical. You can find here extremely vast tea gardens that are on the lush green hills. This place is considered the best for the people who go as couples as during the monsoons the romance is in the air here and the mesmerizing beauty of this place fills your heart with joy. You can access this place via road easily from Cochin and Madhurai.
The glory of Rajasthan and its royalty can be only explained to you by Udaipur. The city that is full of numerous palaces, markets and stunning lakes is the most beautiful in the season of monsoon. You get the ultimate royal feel here. You can spend your monsoon in this place looking at the greenery that suddenly appears out of nowhere after the scorched land receives the first showers of monsoon. The breathtaking view of the palaces and the hills surrounding those palaces just make you stunned. Udaipur is a well connected city by road, rail and air.
8. Shillong, Meghalaya
Those of you who plan to visit North Eastern part of India must visit Shillong. This place is known to receive one of the heaviest rain falls and is surrounded by the great Khasi hills that make everything there so beautiful. The city and the surrounding areas are very clean and the air is fresh. You can find a lot of waterfalls and such panoramic views that you can do nothing but get astonished. You can trek on an old trekking route known by the name of David Scott trail.
This union territory of India is a reminiscence of the old colonial days. You will find big yellow coloured villas, cobbled-stone streets and the sea front cafes that turn this city into the one from Portugal. This city is just a fantastic getaway for all those who want to be in a city but away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You could just walk on the beaches or go to the French restaurants to savour a different delicacy.
This is the best and the most sought after hill station of West Bengal. The history of tea started from here in India. You could access this place by rail and the nearest station is jalpaiguri. The heavyrains here make the region very beautiful and rustic. You could ride the famous toy train and sip the famous Darjeeling tea here.
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