Monsoons in India are magical. Not only they take away all your stress but they also leave you spellbound with its natural beauty! Lush greenery spreads all around. The hills and mountains covered in eye-soothing greenery. Lakes and dams overflow with gushing water. The waterfalls become alive and heavenly adding a unique charm to the scenic beauty of incredible India.
If you don’t mind getting wet in the rains and love enjoying hot tea or coffee and pakoras as I do. Then these 10 spectacular places are definitely for you to visit during monsoons in India:
1. Lonavala, Maharashtra
Living in Mumbai or Pune? Then, Lonavala is the best quick escape destination nearby. It’s one of the most beautiful hill stations to visit in India. The weather in monsoons is pleasant with low to medium rainfall with an average temperature of around 25degrees Centigrade.
As monsoon begins, the Sahyadri mountain ranges revive with amazing greenery. Bushi Dam is a popular site built on the Indrayani River. The beautiful Pawna Lake and Tungarli Lake are an added beauty.
Trek to the scenic trails at Tiger’s Point and visit the tranquil Karla caves built by the Buddhist monks around the 2nd or 3rd century. The Lonavala Waterfalls near Bushi Dam is a popular picnic spot for monsoon lovers with small eateries around.
Other activities in Lonavala include camping, sightseeing and horse riding. Try the Chikkis- a local sweet and their mouth-watering Chocolate-Walnut Fudge in Lonavala which you would love to carry back home in generous amounts.
How to reach there- Distance from Mumbai is 84 km, whereas 64 km from Pune. Lonavala also has its railway station and almost all trains running on this route halt here. The nearest airport is Mumbai Airport located at 89 km away.
One of the best places to visit in the rainy season is the land of beaches-Goa. It is a perfect place to enjoy the sand and get soaked in the rain. The weather is warm and pleasant with medium to high rainfall and an average temperature of 30 degrees Centigrade.
Don’t miss out on a great experience to go trekking or hiking at the Dudhsagar waterfalls or pumping your adrenaline with thrilling water sports at Baga beach.
Spend some time on the cruise with your friends amid the sea bordered by the beaches or test your luck at casinos. You can go for Dolphin watching, bird watching or visit the Aguada Fort built by the Portuguese.
Goa is highly popular amongst party lovers. Goan cashew nuts are famous in all parts of India as well as in some foreign countries also. So you can buy these best quality cashew nuts and carry them back with you.
How to reach there- Goa is well-connected through roads and a road trip from Mumbai to Goa is worth it, especially during monsoons. The distance from Mumbai to Goa is almost 609 km by road. Goa is well-connected to other cities through Madgaon and Vasco-Da-Gama railway stations and the Goa International Airport in Dabolim.
3. Coorg, Karnataka
Known as Scotland of India amongst nature lovers, Coorg is a beautiful amalgamation of nature, history, adventure, luxury and good food. The Kodagu region is often referred to as Coorg (it’s the English version) and is one of the most visited destinations in Karnataka.
Interestingly, Coorg is renowned for its coffee plantations, which contribute almost 60% of India’s coffee production. Experience the coffee plantations with staying at one of the resorts or homestays. The coffee there is really superb!
Attractions and activities in Coorg include Dubare Elephant Camp, Madikeri town- best known for sightseeing. Abbey Falls and Irupu Falls are just another beauty in the Coorg region. Mountains, hiking, river rafting at Barapole river, etc are not to miss activities that you would love to do in the lap of nature.
How to reach there – The nearest railway stations are Mysore, Mangalore and Hassan. Mangalore International airport is located at a distance of 135 km. You can also travel in KSRTC buses that connect the roads between Coorg and nearby cities such as Mysore, Mangalore and Bangalore.
4. Munnar, Kerala
Monsoon is the best time to witness the epitome of nature’s beauty in the beautiful town of Kerala known as Munnar. The lush green hill station is the home of Neel Kurinji flower that blossoms once in twelve years.
Munnar has some of the best sightseeing options like Rajmalai National Park, Echo Point, Mattupetti Dam, Kundala Lake, Top Station, Lockhart Gap, etc. Adventurous activities in Munnar are very popular such as trekking to Anamudi Peak, paragliding, river crossing, trekking and camping, rock climbing and rappelling.
Many other interesting activities in Munnar include Elephant Safari and Plantation tour, Jeep Safari to Kollukkumallay and speed boating in Mattupetti Dam.
How to reach there – Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport to Munnar located at a distance of 130 km. To reach Munnar by train, Aluva is the nearest railway station at a distance of 110km. Munnar has a well-connected road network with nearby cities like Kochi, Aluva, Madurai, Coimbatore, and Kodaikanal. You even get direct buses and cabs easily from these cities to Munnar.
5. Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
Since our childhood, we have known Cherrapunji as the wettest place on earth, which is now the second. Cherrapunji is nestled in the East Khasi Hills at a distance of 56km from Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya. Originally known as Sohra, Cherrapunji is famous for its many waterfalls, living bridges, limestone caves and sightseeing.
Explore the beautiful waterfalls like Dain Thlen Falls, Nohsngithiang Falls and Nohkalikai Falls. Visit the stunning caves such as the Mawsmai cave and among the most popular living bridges, Umshiang Double Decker Root Bridge. It’s one of its kind in the whole world that consists of two bridges one above another and worth visiting.
Cherrapunji receives rainfall for about eight months in a year from March to October and mostly rains during June and July. These months are best to unwind, enjoy the monsoons and scenic beauty. But if you love adventure and outdoor activities then visiting Cherrapunji during the winter months from November to February would be a great idea.
How to reach there- Guwahati Airport is the nearest major airport to Cherrapunji located at a distance of 181km from the city. By rail, you can reach Guwahati station which is 181km in distance. From Guwahati railway station, bus services or taxis are the best road options to reach Cherrapunji.
6. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
Nestled in the Western Ghats in Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar is a popular and beautiful hill-station. During the monsoons, it becomes livelier with its amazing scenic and natural beauty and misty weather. Mahabaleshwar is renowned for its zigzagging roads, scenic waterfalls, stunning strawberry farms, various points such as Needle Hole Point, Sunset Point, etc that offer magnificent views of hills and valleys. The wonderful hill retreat boasts of being one of the most splendid evergreen slope stations in India.
You can do sightseeing, horse-riding, boating at the Venna lake, shopping in the market, Jungle trekking at Tapola, etc. The Mahabaleshwar Temple is worth a visit which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Visit the famous Mapro Garden which is known for delicious, jams, jellies, squashes and crushes. Moreover, enjoy the mouth-watering local sweet corn and its delicacies, carrots, strawberries and mulberries.
How to reach there – The nearest airport is Pune International Airport located at a distance of 128km. Satara is the nearest railway station situated at 60km from Mahabaleshwar. The road network is well-connected to Mumbai and Pune through buses and taxis.