Top five monsoon destinations in India

Places to savour the magic of monsoons

Tourism

August 21, 2020

/ By / New Delhi



monsoon destinations in India

Indian travel destinations are gearing up to welcome tourists with adequate safety and comfort (MIG Photos)

Monsoon is at its peak across the country. Travel destinations in India are gearing up to welcome tourists with adequate safety and comfort. With travel restrictions being eased and tourism activity resuming in various states, the rains are waiting to drench tourists in fun and wash away the stress of the lockdown that they have endured.

India experiences gorgeous and vibrant rains that cast a magical spell around the country and transforms many lands into a mystical paradise. With different parts of the country receiving different levels of rainfall, each place adopts a unique ambience that is breathtaking.

With heavy downpour in the South and calming drizzles in the West, sunny delight in the Himalayas and lush wet rains in the East, India evolves and morphs into beatific wonders, each in its own way, which every passionate explorer needs to witness.

For bidding adieu to the hot summers, the unprecedented stress and unpleasant memories of being locked inside their homes for almost half a year and relishing the sheer beauty and splendour of the monsoons, here is a list of top five heavenly monsoon destinations in India that reach the pinnacle of their glory during the rains.

Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

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The rains bring all the flowers to life and they erupt in the most vibrant hues across the valley, looking a lot like a fantasy world (Photo: uttarakhandtourism.gov.in)

Located in north Chamoli and Pithoragarh, in the state of Uttarakhand, Valley of Flowers is known for its meadows of alpine flowers and variety of fauna. The rains bring all the flowers to life and they erupt in the most vibrant hues across the valley, looking a lot like a fantasy world. The valley has more than 400 varieties of flowers and one can enjoy a thrilling trek to this paradise for an even better experience.

The colours are not limited to the flora in the valley of flowers. Even many of its fauna, most of them endangered, are extremely colourful. ConsiderAsiatic black bear, brown bear, red fox and blue sheep, besides snow leopard and musk deer. Walking through miles of flowers with the magnificent mountains standing tall in the distance and the misty chill after a refreshing downpour is true bliss.

Cherrapunji, Meghalaya

top five monsoon destinations in India

Cherrapunji is known as the second rainiest place in the world (Photo: northeast.gov.in)

With the first sprinkle of rain, the North East brightens up and unfurls its true beauty. However, the place that truly embodies the monsoons is definitely Cherrapunji. Known as the second rainiest place in the world, Cherrapunji is located in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, about 60 km south of capital Shillong. It is also famous for its living root bridges, built by the locals of the town.

Surrounded by rustic villages, lush green hills and valleys, varieties of flora and fauna Cherrapunji has all the wonderful things to offer. The rivers and waterfalls here overflow and look ethereal. One should definitely visit the Nokhalikai Falls to witness its sheer might and aura during the rains. Taking a walk through the forests, root bridges, adventurous trails and unexplored caves while the white clouds envelop the lands in a hug is a surreal experience.

Lonavala, Maharashtra                                      

Lonavala and its surrounding areas are a favourite spot for trekkers as some of the climbs are amongst the most challenging in the country (Photo: pune.gov.in)

Located almost 85 km east of capital Mumbai, Lonavala is an idyllic hill station in the Sahyadri Mountains in Maharashtra. With dense green forests, picturesque scenery, voluptuous rivers and magnificent waterfalls, Lonavala is an ideal place to visit during monsoons.

Some of the most popular spots in Lonavala are Bhushi Dam built on the gorgeous Indrayani river, Pawna Lake and Tungarli Lake which will transports people to a different world altogether. Lonavla and its surrounding areas are a favourite spot for trekkers as some of the climbs are amongst the most challenging in the country and the Monsoons definitely make it a magical experience. For trekking one can choose Tikona and Rajmachi Fort, which are two of the most famous historical sites in Lonavala. Trekking to the Tiger’s Leap and Lion’s Point not only offer exciting terrain but also the best scenic views of the surrounding cities.

Goa                                                                                                        

From June to September, Dudhsagar waterfall in Goa is picture perfect with thriving green forests (Photo: goatourism.gov.in)

For most tourists, Goa begins and ends with its marvellous beaches and hence they miss out the unique experiences that the Monsoons bring to this lush green state in western India with coastlines stretching along the Arabian Sea. Indeed, Goa is a hidden gem to be explored during the monsoon. It’s during the Monsoons that a tourist can see that there is much more to Goa than pristine beaches and picturesque landscapes. Dudhsagar waterfall is at its best and is much-admired throughout the monsoon. During the months of June to September, Dudhsagar waterfall is picture-perfect with thriving green forests. From a distance, the waterfall looks like the flow of milk down the mountains and hence, the name Dudhsagar, literally meaning ‘Sea of Milk’.

As the Arabian Sea is particularly rough during the rains, for adventure seekers it is best to head inland where lush green jungles are waiting to be explored. There is also white water rafting and fishing to try their luck!

Alappuzha, Kerala

Alappuzha is filled with dense, green forests and is known for its delicious seafood, beaches and Ayurveda practice (Photo: keralatourism.org)

Alappuzha, more commonly known as Alleppey, is a very small town in the southern part of Kerala, bordering the Lakshadweep Sea. Alappuzha looks absolutely spectacular in the monsoons. Lush green fields and hills with beautiful rivers and backwaters make this place a real treat. Alappuzha has a very small population and a favourite among those looking to spend some time in a peaceful suburb during the rains.

Also known for its delicious seafood, beaches and Ayurveda practices, Alappuzha is filled with dense, green forests. Especially during the monsoons, this tiny suburb becomes a hit among wildlife explorers and photographers. One can easily spot rare animals such as wild dog, lion-tailed macaque, gaur, sambar and many more.

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