10 Spectacular Destinations in India During Monsoon

Dains are magical in India. Though most travelers do not count this as a good time to travel, but there is a certain charm in vacations during downpour. With our list of spectacular monsoon destinations in India, you will certainly change your opinion about the glorious rainy season. These are the places where you can enjoy vacations for relaxing, sightseeing and adventure accompanied with gentle winds, light raindrops and that delicious smell of Earth. The season of bliss, beauty and relief, savor one vacation in India of such pleasures.

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1. Coorg, Karnataka

10 Spectacular Destinations in India During Monsoon

One of the most beautiful monsoon destinations in India, Coorg is the not just one of the most beautiful hill stations of Karnataka but also India. Blessed with gorgeous scenery dotted with vast coffee plantations, it is the perfect getaway in the monsoon. During the rains, the Abbey and Jog waterfalls flow in their full might, creating an impressive picture. Also, if you are into adventure sports, then embark on a trek to the highest peak of Tadiandamol, which is known for its wonderful scenery. Bylekuppe, Madikeri Fort and other sights are equally pleasant. If you are lucky, you will get a glimpse of a rainbow.

How to reach

Coorg in Karnataka is 5 hours and 270 km away from Bangalore via road. The nearest airport is in Bangalore city and closest railway station is Mysore. A drive during the rains is the best way to get to the hill town.

2. Shillong, Meghalaya

10 Spectacular Destinations in India During Monsoon

Nestled in the abode of clouds, Shillong in Meghalaya is listed top among the best places to visit in India during monsoon. Known for its captivating beauty, the hill town looks all the more amazing during the monsoons. If you do not mind getting drenched, this place is a perfect getaway. Misty clouds, lush green everywhere and roaring waterfalls are the reasons for visiting. During the rainy season, you must visit the Elephant Falls and the Spread Eagle Falls. Both of these waterfalls fed by rains make for a remarkable sight. The blissful feel of the town relaxes your senses. Food, specially the local delicacies and the cheap drinks sets the pace for a pleasant holiday.

How to reach

The nearest airport and railway station for Shillong is in Guwahati (Assam), at a distance of 149 km. For visiting in monsoon by road is the best way to get to the hill station. National Highway 40 connects Shillong with other towns. The roads are in good connection but it is strongly advised to be safe while driving.

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3. Munnar, Kerala

10 Spectacular Destinations in India During Monsoon

Munnar is truly a paradise in Kerala. This hill station is one of the must visit monsoon destinations in India. Rains add magic and romance to the already beautiful hills of Western Ghats, a prime tea-growing region carpeted in emerald-green tea plantations. Mist envelopes the mountain tops, seasonal waterfalls present amazing sights and the ambiance is soothing. The best thing about a monsoon vacation is, Munnar is crowd-free, hotels and resorts offer great discounts. Embark on trekking trails, marvel at natural bliss, walk through tea gardens, and gorge on delicious Kerala cuisine. Your monsoon holiday in Munnar will be undoubtedly memorable.

How to reach

Munnar is 3 hours 40 minutes and 130 km away from Cochin via road. The nearest railway station is Aluva and the closest airport is Cochin. Drive from Cochin is scenic in monsoon, you can book cabs or take one of the frequent state buses on the route.

4. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

10 Spectacular Destinations in India During Monsoon

The Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Monsoon is the best time to enjoy a visit, as the mountain flowers of every possible shade, bloom after the rain. Where else can you enjoy the beauty of more than 400 varieties of flowers in their full bloom? This valley is a part of the national park where you can reach only after a scenic easy trek. For a wonderful trekking adventure, the Valley of Flowers is an ideal destination. For the bliss of mountains, spectacular view of unique flowers in multiple shades, it is an amazing destination for a monsoon vacation.

How to reach

Govindghat is the nearest bus stand which is around 18 kms away from the Valley of Flowers. There are two routes to reach Govindghat, one is via Srinagar from Rishikesh, and the alternate route is from Haldwani via Ranikhet to Govindghat. Nearest airport is in Dehradun and the nearest railway is in Rishikesh.

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5. Udaipur, Rajasthan

10 Spectacular Destinations in India During Monsoon

Udaipur in Rajasthan is next on the list of best places to visit in India during monsoon. It receives one of the lowest rainfalls in the country, just enough rains for a pleasant climate. The city is snuggled in the lap of the Aravalis and is dotted with a number of lakes. Titled as one of the ‘most romantic destinations in India’, imagine the romance that is possible during the rains. Visit the famous Monsoon Palace, and Sajjan Garh, which offers a panoramic view of the city. Visit the scenic Lake Pichola and the Fateh Sagar Lake, go for boat rides, and enjoy the popular sights and the royal hospitality.

How to reach

Udaipur is easily reachable by air, rail and road. Udaipur airport has flights connections within the domestic sector. The closet railway station is in Udaipur. The road connections are smoothly connected with major cities of the country.

6. Alleppey, Kerala

10 Spectacular Destinations in India During Monsoon

Alleppey is divine during the monsoon. ‘Gods’ Own Country’ Kerala is blessed during rains and Alleppey shares its bliss. The rain makes the backwaters all the more beautiful. To explore this spectacular place, you must embark on a backwater cruise through its lakes, river and canals. Monsoon also enhances the benefits of Ayurveda. According to the ancient traditions of Ayurveda, the best time to undergo these treatments is during the monsoons. The weather is perfect, moist, cool and dust-free, opening up the pores of our skin, making the therapy more effective. The cool salubrious monsoon weather also allows the body to recuperate in bliss.

How to reach

A popular spot on the tourist map, Alleppey is well-connected. The city has its own railway station. Cochin is the closest airport to Alleppey, 75 km away. The backwater town is well-connected with most cities of Kerala.

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7. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

10 Spectacular Destinations in India During Monsoon

Kodaikanal, ‘The Gift of the Forest’ is a scenic beauty which further magnifies its charm during monsoon. The small hill town in Tamil Nadu creates a refreshing vacation. During the rains, Coaker’s Walk and Brynt Park offer picturesque trails while there are also serious treks to Dolphin Nose, Kurunji Andavar Temple, Pambhar Falls, Pillar Rocks, etc. Also, after the rains the waterfalls are a sight worth seeing. You can also have a very lucky experience, a rare phenomenon called ‘Brachem Spectre’ where you actually see yourself in the clouds. Feel fresh as the rains in this picturesque hill station.

How to reach

Kodaikanal is easily reachable by road. Tamil Nadu State buses, luxury coaches, private taxis ply on the route. Madurai, 120 km away is the nearest airport and railway connection.

8. Cherrapunji, Meghalaya

10 Spectacular Destinations in India During Monsoon

The second rainiest place on Earth, Cherrapunji is one of the places travelers’ must experience in the monsoon. Forests, farmlands, pastures and houses shine with a healthy glow. The grass grows overwhelmingly everywhere and creates a backdrop that is similar to the rolling hills of the Scottish Highlands.

Clouds, play a game of hide and seek, engulfing the landscape in a beautiful whiteness, bringing down the visibility to a null. Waterfalls flow in their full strength, Nokhalikai Falls to be the most gorgeous of them all. Explore living root bridges, caves and countless waterfalls. Go for walks while enjoying the rustic beauty of Meghalaya. Fall in love with rains in Cherrapunji.

How to reach

Cherrapunji is well-connected through the roadways. Shillong is 2 hours and 55 km away. Guwahati railway station, 150 km away is the nearest railhead. The closest airport, Guwahati is 170 km and 4.5 hours away.

9. Wayanad, Kerala

10 Spectacular Destinations in India During Monsoon

Blessed with bountiful rains, Wayanad is a popular monsoon destination in India. A hill town in Kerala, snuggled in the lap of Western Ghats, it is blessed with picturesque beauty, waterfalls, wildlife, adventure and more. In recent years, tourist exclusively visit Wayanad to enjoy the rains. The unique lure of the hill station in the rainy season is the ‘Neelakurinji’ vivid blue flowers which blooms once in 12 years. Relish the lush greenery of the hills, mighty waterfalls, lakes, ancient caves. Embark on trekking and mountain expeditions. The hill station also celebrates a monsoon tourism festival, Splash, a 3-day event of fun and memorable experiences.

How to reach

Wayanad is easily accessible by road. Most of the cities of Kerala are connected to the hill town. Karipur international Airport at Kozhikode (Calicut), 100 km away is the nearest airport in vicinity of Wayanad. Kozhikode Railway Station is the closest train connection.

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10. Orchha, Madhya Pradesh

10 Spectacular Destinations in India During Monsoon

Orchha is the perfect getaway to enjoy the magic of the monsoons. The season of rains turn this otherwise dry corner of Malwa plateau into the greenest and the most romantic spots on earth.  The Betwa River is revived by rain and the town settled on its banks is blessed with picturesque scenery of lush greenery, rolling hills, and serene bliss. Not just charming scenery, historical forts, places, temples, monuments, memorials, and heritage re-create the nostalgia of its golden period. Freshly washed, the buildings and the town simple look divine. If you are in love with rains, Orchha is one of the spectacular destinations to visit during monsoon.

How to reach

Orchha is easily accessible from anywhere in Madhya Pradesh. The nearest airport is in Gwalior, 123 km, 3 hours away and the nearest railway station is in Jhansi, 17 km away. Drive to the town for a wonderful vacation in monsoon.

Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar View

Enveloped in the beauty of the Sahyadri range, a part of the Western Ghats, Mahabaleshwar is one of the most romantic places in India, especially in the monsoon. Foggy roads, pitter -patter of rains, lush greenery, clouds that descend the mountain tops and more, make it breathtaking. Pratapgad is charming to explore as the tales of the olden days reverberate in the very air. Lingamala waterfalls, fed by rains make a truly captivating sight. The panorama is surreal from the Elephant’s Head Point.

Named among the popular weekend getaways, be it a romantic break or just an escape from your daily schedules, the magical rains make Mahabaleshwar a beauty out of the world.

How to reach

The popular weekend getaway of Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar lies close to both Pune and Mumbai. Road trip from any of these cities is the best way to reach the hill town. Pune is the closest city with both air and rail connection. Pune lies 120 km away while Mumbai is almost 250 km. Driving in monsoon is enjoyable but requires caution.

Mount Abu

Mount Abu

The only hill station in the desert state of Rajasthan, Mount Abu is a lush oasis. Inviting tourist to the green lap of the Aravalis, Mount Abu has a plethora of blessings. It is one of the best monsoon destinations in India. Prescribe yourself therapeutic remedy with a holiday here. Washed in the rains, the white-marbled Dilwara Temples look enchanting. Guru Shikhar, the highest point in Mount Abu has a number of interesting temples and amazing views to offer. Nakki Lake, Sunset Point, temples, gardens and the markets of the town are unmissable delights. An excursion to Achalgarh, ruins of the Mewar Dynasty on a rainy day is simply amazing. The royal charm mixed with the rain makes for a memorable time.

How to reach

Mount Abu is easily accessible from not only Rajasthan but also from Gujarat. The closest railway station is in the city itself, 28 km away. The nearest domestic airport is in Udaipur, almost 210 km away. Nearest international air terminal lies in Ahmedabad city.

Lonavala

Lonavala

Resting in the lap of lush greenery of the Sahyadri Mountains of Western Ghats, Lonavala is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. Come rains, and the bliss is truly out of the world. Clouds descend down the earth accompanied with soft melody of rains and a sudden appearance of a rainbow in the sky. Built on the Indrayani River, Bhushi Dam is a popular site. The pictorial Pawna Lake, surrounded by lush forests add to the beauty. Tungarli Lake looks absolutely romantic. The rains do not spoil the fun of trekking, as there are scenic trails to Tiger’s Leap, Lion’s Point. For a tryst with history, Rajmachi Fort and Tikona are delightful, which seems truly enamoring in the monsoon.

How to reach

Lonavala is one of the popular weekend getaways from Mumbai and Pune. Driving to the hill town in the rains from any of these cities is blissful. Pune offers the nearest air and rail connection, lying only 64 km away. From Mumbai the hill station covers a distance of 96 km.

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Debashree Chakraborty

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5 Responses

  1. Shubam Rajora says:

    The places you described are awesome. These become all the more beautiful during the monsoon , the scenic beauty is just lovely to see. You can’t remove your eyes from the beautiful weather, flowers and scenes. The smell of Earth and blossom of flowers make it more than anything .

    • Debashree Chakraborty says:

      Hey Shubam,

      Thank you for your kind words. Hope you enjoy the bliss of these beautiful destinations. Keep following our blog for more such informative posts.

  2. Shaurya says:

    Udaipur becomes heavenly places during the monsoon times. Surrounded by such green hills it doesnt feel like Rajatshan in Udaipur

    • Debashree Chakraborty says:

      Hey Shaurya,

      Udaipur is truly magical during the monsoon season. if you have already visited Udaipur, then this season plan your visit to the other 9 places mentioned on the blog. We would love to hear more from you.

  3. Carol Abroad says:

    I will definitely go for Alleppey, Kerala. I heard about the place that it is one of the heavens in India. With those top 10 places we can consider Taj Mahal

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