Monsoon is one of the best times of the year to travel. This is the season that lets you experience the verdant natural beauty from exotic parts of India. Though many people find it unsafe to travel during the rain most others wait all year-round for the monsoon to plan their annual vacation. The lush green mountains and sparkling overflowing lakes and rivers create sceneries which are hard to resist.
To help you make the most exciting monsoon travel plans, we have listed the best places to visit in India during monsoon:
1 – Shillong (Meghalaya)
Shillong definitely ranks first on our list of the best places to visit in India during monsoon. It is also known as “Scotland of the East”, thanks to its hilly terrain which offers extremely captivating and alluring spots to visit. The entire town is enveloped by misty clouds with verdant greenery covering every surface around you. There are numerous mesmerizing waterfalls that attract tourists from all over the world.
2 – Lonavala (Maharashtra)
Lonavala is another exciting and one of the best places to visit in India during monsoon. This small colonial-era hill-resort town is situated close to Mumbai and Pune, which attracts tens of thousands of people to the hilly region every year, especially during the rainy season. The reason is that the monsoon season brings out the incredible verdant beauty of the region out for everyone to enjoy.
To have the best time in Lonavala, you can simply book a luxury suite at Stolen Heaven, the most popular destination hotel in the town. It is located within a large gated community and has spacious luxury apartments that will make you feel complete at home. You have incredibly wide vistas and mesmerizing views from the windows and balconies. Stolen Heaven is the top choice for not just tourists, but also for adventure-lovers, trekkers and even for destination weddings.
3 – Coorg (Karnataka)
Coorg is yet another colonial-era hill-resort town, situated in the winding valleys of Karnataka. You can visit numerous enchanted waterfalls, expansive lakes, sprawling coffee plantations and the mouth-watering local cuisine. Coorg offers various activities, including bird watching, trekking, horse-riding, coffee plantation tours, among others. This is a tourist destination which is extremely apt for families and couples to enjoy the verdant lush greenery during the monsoon season.
4 – Munnar (Kerala)
Munnar is a cozy hill-town situated in the south Indian state of Kerala, or God’s Own Country as it is popularly called. Situated atop winding mounds of verdant green hills, Munnar is a haven for tea lovers and offers views of the sprawling tea estates as you travel up to it. This is one of the less crowded tourist destinations for monsoon in India. At Munnar, you can enjoy a variety of activities, including adventure sports, such as trekking and tea gardens, or you can choose to watch the famous Kalaripayattu show, a demonstration of the ancient Indian martial art from trained martial artists. Munnar is also a haven for spices and a ride of the spice gardens on the back of an elephant is something you do not want to miss.
5 – Pondicherry
Pondicherry also ranks on our list of the best places to visit in India during monsoon. It is the ideal place for beach-lovers. This postcard-perfect city is renowned from its colonial times. It has a distinct old-world charm with cobblestoned streets, old colonial villas and traditional cafes and bars lining the seaside. Pondicherry is one of the best places to try genuine traditional French cuisine, besides impressive bazaars and walks along the vast, clean beaches.