Rains 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 downpours. 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
One of the most beautiful monsoon destinations in India, Coorg is 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 to 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.
- Famous for – Hill Stations, Waterfalls, and Coffee Plantation
- Major Tourist Attractions – Raja’s Seat, Abbey Falls, Kaveri River, Madikeri Fort, Golden Temple, Nagarhole national park
- Temperature – Minimum 23°C and Maximum 26°C Maximum
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 the closest railway station is Mysore. A drive during the rain is the best way to get to the hill town.
- Nearest Airport – Mysore Airport
- Railway Station- Mysore Junction railway station
2. Shillong, Meghalaya
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 Elephant Falls and Spread Eagle Falls. Both of these waterfalls fed by rain make for a remarkable sight. Food, especially the local delicacies and the cheap drinks sets the pace for a pleasant holiday.
- Major Tourist Attractions – Mawlynnong, Umiam Lake, Elephant Falls, Shillong Peak, Don Bosco Museum, Mawsynram.
- Temperature – Minimum 12°C and Maximum 13°C
How to reach
The nearest airport and railway station for Shillong is in Guwahati (Assam), at a distance of 149 km. Visiting in the 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.
- Nearest Airport- Shillong Airport
- Railway Station- Guwahati Railway Station
3. Munnar, Kerala
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 the 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, that Munnar is crowd-free, and 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.
- Famous for – Hill Stations, Tea Gardens, and Treehouse stay
- Major Tourist Attractions – Echo Point, Attukad Waterfalls, Tea Museum, Tea Gardens, Eravikulam National Park, Wonder Valley Adventure and Amusement Park, and Kundala Lake
- Temperature – Minimum 23°C and Maximum 29°C
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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.
- Nearest Airport – Cochin International Airport
- Railway Station– Cochin Railway Station
4. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
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 that 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 and spectacular view of unique flowers in multiple shades, it is an amazing destination for a monsoon vacation.
- Famous for – Natural Beauty, Hill Stations, and Trekking
- Temperature – Minimum 13°C and Maximum 20°C
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How to reach
Govindghat is the nearest bus stand which is around 18 km 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. The nearest airport is in Dehradun and the nearest railway is in Rishikesh.
- Nearest Airport – Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
- Railway Station– Dehradun Railway station
5. Udaipur, Rajasthan
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 rain 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.
Udaipur is also one of the top places for a destination wedding in India. Visit the famous Monsoon Palace, and Sajjan Garh, which offers a panoramic view of the city. Visit the scenic Lake Pichola and go for boat rides, and enjoy the popular sights and the royal hospitality.
- Famous for – Lakes, Palaces, Temples, and Shopping.
- Major Tourist Attractions – Lake Pichola, City Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Sajjangarh Monsoon Palace, Bagore Ki Haveli Museum, and Sajjangarh Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Temperature – Minimum 25°C and Maximum 35°C
How to reach
Udaipur is easily reachable by air, rail, and road. Udaipur Airport has flight connections within the domestic sector. The closest railway station is in Udaipur. The road connections are smoothly connected with major cities of the country.
- Nearest Airport – Dabok Airport or Maharana Pratap Airport
- Railway Station– Udaipur Railway Station
6. Alleppey, Kerala
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, and making the therapy more effective. The cool salubrious monsoon weather also allows the body to recuperate in bliss.
- Famous for – Houseboats and Alleppey Beach
- Temperature – Minimum 23°C and Maximum 29°C
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.
- Nearest Airport – Cochin Airport
- Railway Station- Cochin Railway Station
7. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Kodaikanal, ‘The Gift of the Forest’, is a scenic beauty that further magnifies its charm during monsoon. The small hill town in Tamil Nadu creates a refreshing vacation. During the rains, Coaker’s Walk and Bryant 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.
- Major Tourist Attractions – Kodaikanal Lake, Bear Shola Falls, Pillar Rocks, Thalaiyar Falls, Coakers Walk
- Things to do: Boating, sightseeing, trekking
- Temperature – Minimum 20°C and Maximum 28°C
How to reach
- Nearest Airport – Madurai Airport
- Railway Station- Kodaikanal Road Railway Station
8. Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
The second rainiest place on Earth, Cherrapunji is one of the places travelers must experience 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 at their full strength, and Nokhalikai Falls is 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 rain in Cherrapunji.
- Major Tourist Attractions – Nohkalikai Waterfalls, Double Decker Living Root Bridge, Dawki, Mawlynnong, Mawsmai Cave.
- Temperature -Minimum 12°C and Maximum 16°C
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.
- Nearest Airport – Umroi (Shillong) Airport ( 91 km)
- Railway Station- Guwahati railway station ( 181 km)
9. Wayanad, Kerala
Blessed with bountiful rains, Wayanad is a popular monsoon destination in India. A hill town in Kerala snuggled in the lap of the Western Ghats, it is blessed with picturesque beauty, waterfalls, wildlife, adventure, and more. In recent years, tourists 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 bloom once in 12 years. Relish the lush greenery of the hills, mighty waterfalls, lakes, and 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.
- Major Tourist Attractions – Edakkal Caves, Chembra Peak, Pookode Lake, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Stay in a Treehouse, Soochipara Falls.
- Temperature – Minimum 27°C and Maximum 35°C
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 the vicinity of Wayanad. Kozhikode Railway Station is the closest train connection.
- Nearest Airport – Karipur international airport in Kozhikode (100 km)
- Railway Station- Kozhikode railway station
10. Orchha, Madhya Pradesh
Orchha is the perfect getaway to enjoy the magic of the monsoons. The season of rains turns 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 simply look divine. If you are in love with rain, Orchha is one of the spectacular destinations to visit during the monsoon.
- Major Tourist Attractions –Jehangir Mahal, Orchha Fort, Ram Raja Temple, Raja Mahal, Chaturbhuj Temple
- Temperature – Minimum 25°C and Maximum 32°C
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 the monsoon.
- Nearest Airport – Gwalior Airport (100 km)
- Railway Station- Jhansi railway station
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 during 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.
- Major Tourist Attractions –Elephant’s Head Point, Chinaman’s Falls, Dhobi Waterfall, Arthur’s Seat, Venna Lake, Wilson Point.
- Temperature – Minimum 20°C and Maximum 25°C
How to reach
The popular weekend getaway of Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar lies close to both Pune and Mumbai. A 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 connections. Pune lies 120 km away while Mumbai is almost 250 km. Driving in the monsoon is enjoyable but requires caution.
12. Mount Abu
The only hill station in the desert state of Rajasthan, Mount Abu is a lush oasis. Inviting tourists 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 a 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, the ruins of the Mewar Dynasty on a rainy day is simply amazing. The royal charm mixed with the rain makes for a memorable time.
- Major Tourist Attractions –Dilwara Temples, Nakki Lake, Guru Shikhar, Arbuda Devi Temple, Achalgarh Village, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Temperature – Minimum 21°C and Maximum 28°C
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. The nearest international air terminal lies in Ahmedabad city.
- Nearest Airport –Maharana Pratap Airport & Dabok Airport of Udaipur
- Railway Station- Abu Road railway station
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 by a 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 adds 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 and Lion’s Point. For a tryst with history, Rajmachi Fort and Tikona are delightful and seem 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.
Snuggled on the western coast of India, Goa is the land of beaches and one of the best places to visit with family in India. During the rainy season, this beautiful town looks even more attractive. It is a perfect place to soak in the rain, take part in Goan festivals, and enjoy delicious local delicacies. One can indulge in river rafting and enjoy the spectacular jungle scenery. River rafting in Mandovi River is one of the unique thrilling experiences that one should not miss during the monsoon.
- Major Tourist Attractions: Dudhsagar Waterfalls, Aguada Fort, Baga Beach, Mandovi River, Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, Chapora Fort
- Things to do: River rafting, Trekking, Heritage tour, Bird watching, Safari Tour, Mandovi River Cruise
- Temperature: Minimum 25°C and Maximum 30°C
How to reach:
Goa is well connected with the major cities of the country. Dabolim Airport serves as the primary airport in Goa and is connected by regular domestic flights. Madgaon station is the biggest railhead of Goa and most of the people also get down at Vasco Da Gama railway station. These railway stations are connected with direct trains from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, etc.
- Nearest Airport: Goa International Airport
- Nearest Railway Station: Madgaon and Vasco Da Gama Railway Station
Ladakh is lying in the lap of the two world’s mightiest mountain ranges – the Himalayan and Karakoram ranges. It is among the top places for adventure activities in India. Dotted with amazing landscapes, picturesque views, snow-covered peaks, high-altitude lakes, and numerous mountain passes, Ladakh is a paradise for travel enthusiasts.
During the monsoon season, Hemis Festival is held which is one of the popular festivals in Ladakh. There are plenty of trekking opportunities in Ladakh during this season and people can indulge in other adventure activities as well.
- Major Tourist Attractions: Hemis Monastery, Nubra Valley, Zanskar River, Leh, Pangong Lake, Thiksey Monastery
- Things to do: Trekking, Jeep Safari, River Rafting, Bike riding
- Temperature: Minimum 1°C and Maximum 7°C
How to reach: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport [REF] is the main serving airport in Leh and is connected with regular flights from Delhi, Chandigarh, Jammu, and Srinagar. The nearest major railway station is Jammu Tawi railway station which is situated at 700 km. From Jammu, people can hire a taxi or board a JKSRTC (Jammu & Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation).
- Nearest Airport: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh
- Nearest Railway Station: Jammu Tawi, Jammu & Kashmir
16. Andaman and Nicobar
Andaman and Nicobar Islands are one of the best places to visit with family and friends during the monsoon. A group of more than 500 islands, thrilling watersports to enjoy, an abundance of natural beauty, and exotic locations make it a wonderful destination for all.
This is one of those places in India that can be visited throughout the year and it won’t cease to amuse you. Enjoying watersports when the sea currents are rapid during the monsoon, swells up the fun and excitement of avid travelers. These things together make this one of the best monsoon destinations in the country.
17. Spiti Valley
Usually referred to as mini Tibet or little Tibet, Spiti Valley is one of the top-notch destinations of India. The mystical mountain range, profound natural beauty, and snow-clad summit of the Himalayan mountain range make it a thrilling destination for adventure enthusiasts.
Spiti Valley is also a destination that can be visited throughout the year. But if you are looking for an offbeat destination to visit in monsoon season then Spiti can be your spot without a doubt. Considering the altitude and spine-chilling activities on offer, this place is a real charm for every visitor.
- Famous for – Natural beauty, adventure sports
- Major Tourist Attractions– Spiti and Lahaul Valley, monasteries, villages
- Temperature– 15°C to 22°C
A perfect destination during the rainy season is Pondicherry. Mouth-watering cuisines, adventurous sports, a list of ancient and rustic attractions, and a lot of fun places to visit; is what this union territory looks like. Most of the tinted villas are colored in mustard-yellow that is designed and built on old colonial house styles.
The old-fashioned houses and ancient monuments have always intrigued visitors and lured travelers for a long time now. Moreover, during the rainy season, Pondicherry gets additional of charm, romance, and beauty making it even better for travelers.
- Famous for – beaches, sunset, cuisines, watersports, honeymoon destination
- Major Tourist Attractions– Auroville, beaches
- Temperature– 20°C to 26°C
19. Malshej Ghats
Living in Mumbai is hectic and people love to find short escapes and offbeat destinations near Mumbai to have a peaceful time around. If you too are looking for one during the monsoon season in India then heading towards Malshej Ghats is not a bad idea. One of the finest hill stations in Maharashtra– Malshej Ghats serves a huge crowd of travelers and families on vacation.
Blessed with a diversity of flora and fauna, some of them being rare species, this destination has always mesmerized visitors with its natural beauty. The rainy season in Maharashtra makes this place even better with blossoming flowers and a cleaner environment.
- Famous for – Family vacations, trekking, hiking, honeymoon, bird watching
- Major Tourist Attractions– The natural beauty of the place
- Temperature– Average temperature here remains 25°C
Another very fine monsoon destination of India in Maharashtra is Alibaug. It is a small town in the state of Maharashtra that’s located in the Konkan region. Owing to its natural beauty and beaches, the number of visitors coming here has been increasing year after year.
What makes it a popular tourist destination amongst visitors? It is the scrumptious cuisines, culture, nightlife, rich history, and a decent list of places to visit in the town. Some of the popular activities to enjoy in Alibaug includes banana ride, jet-skiing, and horse riding.
- Famous for – beaches, honeymoons, pristine location, nature-loving
- Major Tourist Attractions– Kaluba Fort, Magnetic Observatory, Alibaug Beaches
- Temperature– 22°C to 30°C
Monsoon General Tips
- Always decide the destination keeping in mind the adversities that can happen, like landslides in mountain areas.
- Keep all the rain gears in your backpack so that you don’t find a problem in enjoying it when it rains.
- Use good and right gears if you plan on trekking and hiking at any destination during the rainy season.
- Do not prefer eating roadside food or any uncovered items as they can lead to diseases.
- If you are going on a road trip then get your vehicle checked up thoroughly. If needed get the tires changed for optimum grip.
- Keep yourself updated with the weather forecast of the place.
- Even if you are driving an SUV try not to off-road. It isn’t good to do that.
- While driving or riding in the monsoon you will have to be very careful and do keep an emergency kit with yourself.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Monsoon in India
Q1.Which is the best place to visit during the monsoon? +-
There are a number of factors that have to be considered before finalizing a destination during the rainy season. As given in the blog itself, you have 20 different destinations throughout the country that will give you a great time. But if you ask what parameters would help me in judging the best destination then here are some of them listed for you:
- Your inclination towards a city
- The kind of destination you wish to go to (offbeat, regular, prime, or crowded.)
- How many people are traveling
- The duration of your trip
- Wish to go on a road trip or any other mode of transport.
These are a few things that will help you in shortlisting your choices.
Q2.Can I find snow anywhere in India during the monsoon? +-
There are no chances to find snowfall anywhere in India during monsoon but yes due to severe climatic changes due to global warming there are unpredictable cases where Spiti, some parts of Ladakh, and North Sikkim have experienced a little snowfall during this season.
Q3. Can I do watersports in the monsoon? +-
Water ports activities in India during monsoon are mostly restricted due to rainy weather. One of the most popular adventure holiday destinations in India Rishikesh looks mostly deserted during monsoon as all water sports activities comes to stand still during monsoon. The reason being, the water is very turbulent as well as murky. Unpredictable weather makes rafting and ckayaking etc. very risky and dangerous. However, there are places that offer a few watersports activities during the monsoon such as Goa. You can go surfing, do river rafting and winch boat parasailing in Goa even during monsoon. But underwater activities like snorkeling are out of question as rain makes water murky.
Q5. What are the ideal places to visit in the monsoon? +-
The list of places where you can head to during the monsoon is Bikaner, Udaipur, Goa, Pondicherry, Agumbe, Jaipur, and many more.