One of the most magical things about India is its monsoon. Sweltering under scorching sun for months, the wait for substantial downpour is ever waited for by Indians. If the lush greenery, sparkling waterfalls and scenic rainbows are what define monsoon, then a majority of Indians living in urban setups lag it. Intense rains, encumbered roads and prolonged traffic – if this is what most Indians experience in monsoon, they sure need to know more places to experience this mesmerizing season around the country.
We will help you find some of the must visit spots for this rainy season.
- Coorg, Karnataka
Located at about 1500 meters above sea level, it is gifted with endless misty landscapes amidst magnificent mountain ranges. It is called, and rightly so, ‘the Scotland of India’. Not only is it known for its water streams cutting through the hilly landscape but also known for the vibrancy of local cultures and people, especially the ‘Kodavas’ who are known for their hospitality. Madikeri, the center point of the region is known for its Raja’s Seat, a popular monument simply overlooking the vast rice paddies and dense forests nearby. The temperature in monsoon is mostly around 20°C, making it a perfect gateway for monsoon lovers. On a visit to Coorg it is must to cover the incredible towns surrounding it like Pollibetta, Kushalnagar, Somwarle and Gonikoppal. If you want an absolute cultural indulgence, then try the local homestays or Airbnbs to experience it.
- Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Kodaikanal, roughly translated as ‘The Gift of the Forest’ in local Tamil language, is a cozy hill station located at about 2000 meters in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Known for its refreshing vacations and picturesque trails, this small hilly town offers you several scenic parks and temples like Coaker’s Walk, Brynt Park, Dolphin Nose and Kurunji Andavar Temple. Treks for Pillar rocks and Pambhar falls are also a thriller for the adventure seekers. Trip to Tamil Nadu is incomplete without taking a boat ride in Kodaikanal lake, several options for bike riding have also been set up in the vicinity. Guna caves, known for its haunting tales is a worth visit. While reaching the caves, we come across tall, captivating pine trees. Our secret advice – visit a lesser known destination called ‘Caps Fly Valley’, which is infamous for a unique phenomenon; if you throw a cap or bottle in the air, it comes flowing right back at you!
- Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
Mahabaleshwar is a hill station in Maharashtra’s Western Ghats region located 260 km south of Mumbai and 117 km from Pune by road. With an elevation of 1300 meters the region is blessed with chilly weather and cozy temperature hovering around 20°C. ‘Panchgani’ which falls on the way to Mahabaleshwar, is a small beautiful hill station surrounded by five mountains of Sahyadri mountain ranges. Its breathtakingly lush landscapes and strawberry farms, with misty mornings all year long have maintained the unparalleled beauty to its credit. Mahabaleshwar has quite a few noteworthy spots like Elephant’s Head point, Arthur’s seat, Lodwick point, Tiger Spring and Kate’s point. Boating and horse riding is available near the scenic Venna lake.
- Himachal Pradesh
With average temperatures around 15-20° C throughout the season, the cool weather and lush greenery leaves you spellbound. Call it the God’s own gateway or the subcontinent’s Switzerland, this hilly state goes down with any name we entitle it to. Kasol or the ‘Little Island of Israel’ as it is called mesmerizes you with its beauty and charm, located on the banks of river Parvati it offers you with some of the most magnificent café’s in the state. Be it Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara, Chalal or Tosh, all places offer a budget-friendly stay and a host of activities to rejuvenate your soul. Khajjar lake, in monsoons is no lesser than heaven given its dreamy and breathtaking greenery and mist. Shimla – the Queen of hills as it is popularity known has never ending places to visit from the Tibetan markets to the Christ Church, the town offers peace, tranquility and beauty. Visit this state to eat yummy parathas, hot Maggi and flavoured tea.
- Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya
‘Sohra’ as the town is locally known is officially the second wettest place in the world. It is widely known for its root bridges and rubber trees, thriving dense forests and indigenous tribes, exquisite cultures and variety of flora and faunas. Activities like bird-watching and sightseeing in Mawsynram village, which receives rain throughout the year is a must do. One of most popular tourist sites is the Mawmluh Caves or Krem Mawmluh, a glorious cave, which has a vanishing river. Wakaba, Dainthlen and Nohkalikai (1115 ft.) waterfalls are a must see with stony cliffs and forest greenery as their backdrop. Very little is known about Mawlynnong village, apart from the fact that it is one of the cleanest villages in Asia! The beauty it holds is more prestigious than the title it has held. It is rightfully termed as ‘God’s own garden’ by the locals.
Which of these places have you visited before? Do you have any other destination that can be added to this list? Let us know!