1. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Fondly known as the ‘Princess of Hill Stations’, Kodaikanal is one of the ideal monsoon destinations in India. Kodaikanal finds itself in the region of the Palani hills, and at 2,000 m above sea level, the view here is simply panoramic. No sooner you arrive here, you will be greeted by enchanting waterfalls, misty clouds, and the verdant surroundings. Take a relaxing boat ride on the Kodai lake – a man-made lake bordered by tall trees and huge rocks. If you have a sweet tooth, you can relish the local decadent chocolates. Continue your sweet experience by making your stay comfortable.
2. Andaman & Nicobar Islands
These beautiful islands lie at the confluence of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. The Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands consists of a group of around 570 pristine islands flourishing with flora. Regarded as one of the monsoon hotspots, this is known to be an eco-friendly tourist destination in India. The sight of the cloudy grey skies, the mellow sea, the dense green foliage, and the rain pouring down the beach conjures up a perfect picture of paradise. The spectacular beaches attract the tourists to indulge in some thrilling adventure water sports. Beladaru beach at Batarang Island is very popular amongst tourists. Other places often frequented are the dolphin resort, Cellular Jail as well as the Phoenix Bay Jetty.
3. Munnar, Kerala
Munnar is one of the main reasons why Kerala is branded as ‘God’s Own Country’. It is not just a popular hill station of Kerala, it is also known to be one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in India. Munnar is home to dense forests and a variety of wildlife, and receives heavy rainfall between June to September. Take a walk through the green carpet of tea plantations and get the stimulating aroma of its fresh green leaves. If you are lucky, you may even spot a Nilgiri Thar or a sambar in some of its protected areas. Popular destinations include Anamudi which is home to exquisite wildlife, beautiful lakes in Devikulam and the Attukal waterfalls.
4. Coorg, Karnataka
Spanning over 4,100 sq km, Coorg seems to come alive during the monsoon. It is one of the most frequented hill stations in Karnataka. Its dense forest cover makes it one of the most popular destinations for wildlife enthusiasts. It is also known for its vast coffee plantations which give tourists the opportunity to witness the production process of this popular variety of coffee. Enjoy authentic south Indian cuisine amidst beautiful surroundings at the Magnolia Estate Stay or The Tamara.
Known to the world as the party capital of India, Goa really needs no introduction. Yet, it warrants a big thumbs up for a visit during the monsoon. Enjoy the rains while sipping tea or your favourite chilled mocktail, as you wind your way through tourists along its golden beaches. And once the temperatures drop, head for a helping of Goan delicacies, especially the finger-licking fiery Goan fish curry, the almost volcanic Vindaloo, and the sweet Bebinca, which are sure to have their complex flavours lingering in your mouth for as long as you’d like to imagine them. Goa is also known for its trekking zones, which are often scaled by tourists. And while you’re there, get a glimpse of the famous Dudhsagar Falls to know why they are called so.
6. Lahaul-Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
Commonly referred to as ‘Little Tibet’, Lahaul-Spiti promises to leave you mesmerised by its beauty. It is believed that the soothing silence of its rolling hills draws tourists to it. Whether you seek solitude or just wish to get away from the hustle-bustle of a city life, this is one of the sparsely populated places in India that promises to touch your heart especially during the rains. Adventure sports enthusiasts can enjoy skiing along the Yak Safari. Lahaul-Spiti is also home to some of the most beautiful monasteries in the world, which gives tourists an insider’s glimpse into the sacred customs and faiths of the region.
7. Shillong, Meghalaya
The city of Shillong is one of the best-known hill stations in northeast India, and the capital of the state of Meghalaya. It receives one of the heaviest rainfalls in the country. Bordered by the valleys of Khasi and Jayanti hills, and home to numerous waterfalls, Shillong is nature’s paradise. The state of Meghalaya is also home to Cherrapunji and Mawsynram – the two wettest places on Earth receiving an annual rainfall of 11,872 millimetres. The David Scott Trail is a popular trek route amongst most tourists.
Puducherry has retained its French legacy – evident by the presence of several villas, avenues, and speciality shops. This land of coffee plantations is a major attraction for both Indian as well as overseas tourists. The cool climate during the monsoon seems to create an air of relaxation over the entire town. Make sure you visit the experimental township of Auroville, which has almost become symbolic of Puducherry. Other places that are high on the recommendation list include the French War Memorial, Jawahar Toy Museum, and its beaches. The European cuisine as well as its healthy mix of local fares is again a must-try.
9. Darjeeling, West Bengal
Think of Darjeeling and the first word that spontaneously comes to anyone’s mind is ‘tea’. Sipping this world-famous tea is one thing, and walking through its tea plantations in the rains is another experience altogether. Due to its geography, the region receives heavy to very heavy rainfall. Adventure enthusiasts can try out activities like river rafting and mountain treks. While you’re there, a visit to the monastery could be a welcome experience.
10. Lonavala, Maharashtra
Those living in Mumbai would swear by the beauty of its most popular weekend getaway, Lonavala! The hill station becomes lush with greenery just after the first few showers of the monsoon. As the clouds descend, watching its misty waterfalls and expansive dams becomes a treat for the eyes. The view from Tiger point’s thicket is a sight to behold. Munch upon its crispy local chivda, sink your teeth into its wide variety of chikkis, and make sure you are in the line that forms just outside its immensely popular walnut fudge shop.
The monsoon is that time of the year when nature dons its newest greenest coat, and beckons you to experience this season outdoors. Not often do we get the opportunity to capture and witness nature in all its glory. While these locations have a different appeal to it, they have one common railing running between them – the magical moments they offer during the monsoon. So take your pick and get ready to be drenched in fun. Plan your monsoon trip in advance by booking hotels online at affordable rates & make your trip memorable.