If you have been waiting for the perfect weather to plan a trip, monsoons are a perfect time. India, being an extremely versatile country offers several choices to travelers in every season. Monsoons in India are magical and if planned well, the season can turn out to be a memorable vacation. With our specially curated list of spectacular monsoons destinations, you can choose the destination of your choice for this rainy season.
Munnar and Alleppey: Kerala also known as God's own country, is a majestic holiday destination that is full of stunning breath-taking views. It is a delightful blend of lovely clean beaches, mouth-watering food experiences, age-old Ayurveda with the backdrop of serene Kerala backwaters. The coastal line of Kerala is blessed with glorious Arabian Sea coast and beaches, Spice & tea covered hills of the Western Ghats and wildlife reserves. Munnar and Allepey are major attractions that lure travelers from across the country. It is the best holiday destination in August.
Things to do: Cycling through the hills of Munnar is a must and spend a day on the houseboat in Allepey.
Places to visit: The majestic Valara waterfalls, Blossom Park and Pothemedu viewpoint in Munnar. Alappuzha beach, Kumarakom bird sanctuary, Vembanad Lake, and Krishnapuram Palace.
Mahabaleshwar and Lonavala: The best way to beat the scorching heat is to visit the lovely hill stations in Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar, and Lonavala. Take a stroll along with the lush green forests, pretty Parsi bungalows, and glorious old British buildings. Mahabaleshwar also is known as “the land of strawberries”, is home to various religious sites, mighty waterfalls, ancient heritage sites, and spectacular natural beauty. Lonavala offers great opportunities for adventure lovers to indulge in a variety of adventure activities. These hill stations are at their natural best during monsoons.
Things to do: trekking, camping and rock climbing in Lonavala
Places to Visit: Arthur’s seat, Chinaman’s Falls, Panch Ganga Temple in Mahabaleshwar. Tiger’s Leap, Bushi dam and Rajmachi fort in Lonavala.
Shillong and Cherrapunjee: Shillong, the capital of the picturesque state of Meghalaya, is known as "Scotland of the East" as the rolling hills, and lush landscapes reminded European settlers of Scotland. The mystic air of the city is fresh and awe-inspiring while you soak in the beauty of the hilly terrains loaded with pine groves. Cherrapunjee receives record rainfall for the longest time in a year that results in naturally lush and full of diverse vegetation. Due to its unique climate, the city is an untouched beauty.
Things to do: shop for local handicrafts at Fancy Bazaar, take a trek to the Double-decker lining route bridge
Places to visit: Umiam Lake, Shillong peak, Elephant Falls in Shillong. Dawki, Double-decker lining route bridge, Nohkalikai waterfalls and Mawsmai cave in Cherrapunjee.
Yelagiri: Yelagiri is a quaint hill station that is a cluster of 14 villages that lie between four mountains spread over an area of 30 sq km at an altitude of 11 meters above sea level. Yelagiri is an ideal destination for nature lovers and one of the most popular places for trekkers in Kerala. The highest point in Yelagiri is the Swamimalai Hill at a height of 4,338 ft with spectacular views. It is a lesser-known hill station making is less crowded which is perfect for any nature-loving traveler.
Things to do: Trekking to Javadi Hills and Palamathi Hills and Paragliding
Places to visit: The Velavan Temple, The Punganur Lake, Jalagamparai Waterfalls and Nature Park
Andaman and Nicobar: The beautiful islands of Andaman and Nicobar offer an ultimate experience to its travelers. This group of islands is popular for its golden and white sand beaches, pristine waters, rich flora, and fauna as well as for its calm and serene environment. Island hopping from Port Blair to Havelock is the best thing to do in monsoons and makes for a fascinating experience. These islands are most popular amongst adventure lovers and honeymooners.
Things to do: Scuba diving, Kayaking, Parasailing and Snorkelling.
Places to visit: Cellular Jail known for Kaala Pani, Rajiv Gandhi water sports complex, Ross island, and Havelock island.
Agumbe: Agumbe village is situated in the Western Ghats at an elevation of 826 meters. Agumbe is blessed with old-world charm, lush green forests, mesmerizing waterfalls, and rivers. Exotic treks leading to the stunning waterfalls attract several nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Agumbe Rainforest Research Station is popular for its pioneering ecological studies, particularly of the King Cobra, which is being put into practice for King Cobra management. It is popular mostly amongst nature and peace lovers.
Things to do: Trekking through the trails of the village.
Places to visit: Agumbe Rainforest Research Station, the sunset point, Gopalkrishna Temple, Barkana waterfalls and Onake Abbi falls.
Goa: Goa is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after tourist destinations due to its popularity as the party capital of the country. Goa shows strong Portuguese influence in its architectural geniuses and culture. Goa beaches have long been attracting tourists from across the globe. The city boasts of an amalgamation of new and old-world charm. The monsoons make the landscape of goa lush green and appealing. Its glittering beaches and mouth-watering seafood make the place one the best destinations to rest and rejuvenate. The city is popular with all different kinds of traveler, be it family, couple or backpackers.
Things to do: trek to Dudhsagar waterfalls and visit spice plantations.
Places to visit: Morjim Beach, Colva Beach, Fort Aguada, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Church of St Monica and Se Cathedral.
Pondicherry: Pondicherry is a former French colony, which is a perfect blend of traditional Indian sensibilities and French architecture. Pondicherry has a long interesting history of trade and war. Its huge influence of French style in the entire architecture would charm you with its simplicity and intricacies. Make sure to explore the most happening French Riviera of the East, which is full of stunning Churches, beaches and temples.
Things to do: Enjoy a walk on the French quarters, try lip-smacking food from French bakeries.
Places to visit: Aurobindo Ashram, Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Manakula Vinayagar Koil, Pondicherry Museum, Ashram's handmade paper factory, the Botanical Gardens and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church.
PML holidays have the best travel and tour packages for this monsoon. We offer a customized itinerary for guests as per your interests and liking. You can rely on us with your travel bookings, ticketing, and itinerary. Monsoons should not be the reason for you to stay at home away from travel.