5 Spectacular Destinations in India During Monsoon

India is geographically one of the most blessed nations as it enjoys three distinct seasons namely summer, winter and monsoon. Rains are simply magical when you are on a vacation and have the time to enjoy them in true sense. Most travelers refrain from traveling in monsoon as the weather can be unpredictable, which makes it less touristy, and you can take a break in peace. Not only the local prices reduce, finding good deals is a relatively easier task. Although monsoon may not be evenly distributed throughout the country, certain states are blessed and best to enjoy this beautiful season.

Kerala

God’s own country is one of the favoured destinations for tourists throughout the year. Although winter is a more popular season, monsoon creates its own fairy like experience in this beautiful state. Lush green lands are at their peak during this season. The best places to visit in Kerala are Wayanad, Aleppy, Munnar, Thrissur & Kumarakom. Riding in the backwaters, beautiful beaches, scenic waterfalls, one can choose the destination city/town of their interest. Apart from natural beauty, you can look forward to enjoying Onam festivities in September to savour their rich culture and heritage. Kerala is known for various Ayurveda treatments and monsoons are considered the best time to take them as the climate is cool, moist and dust-free.

Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand is a beautiful hilly state in the northern part of the country. Thanks to its elevation, the state enjoys multiple panoramic views of its cities and beautiful waterfalls. Almora in Kumaon is known as the Switzerland of India. Pine forests, beautiful landscapes, diverse wildlife, and flora are livelier during monsoons. Ranikhet is a magnificent and serene hill station with captivating sights of Himalayan ranges. Mussoorie is another hill station which turns into a mini paradise during monsoon with cozy cafés and bakeries everywhere.

Tamil Nadu

There are two types of monsoon season in Tamil Nadu. The first one is from June to September (South West) and the other being October to December (North East). It is best to plan a trip during the South West season as the latter is prone to heavy rainfall and flood conditions in coastal areas. Tamil Nadu has a perfect blend of long coastlines and hazy green hills. Courtallam is famous for brimming waterfalls and is also known as the ‘Spa of India’. Coonoor and Ooty are pleasant hill stations with beautiful tea plantations and botanic gardens. Kodaikanal and Yercaud are similar destinations, out of which Kodaikanal is popular among honeymooners.

Maharashtra

Occupying a substantial region of the Deccan Plateau, it has its own share of Hill Stations too which are blissful during monsoons. Mahabaleshwar, Lonavla & Panchgani are touristy hill stations with misty weather. Mahabaleshwar & Panchgani are neighboring hill stations which are usually visited together. Amboli, Khandala, Bhimashankar & Malshej Ghats are popular for trekking during monsoons. Malshej Ghats is a popular spot for bikers and adventure lovers.

Cherrapunji, Meghalaya

The second rainiest place in the world is a must to visit for monsoon lovers. The grass-covered land like the Scottish Highlands are apt for peaceful nature walks taking in the countryside beauty of Meghalaya. Countless waterfalls, unexplored caves, and living root bridges are a unique experience that cannot be missed.

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