When it rains, it pours! That’s monsoons for you. Whether a drizzle or downpour, it brings with it much needed relief to all parts of the country reeling from the scorching summer heat. Monsoons are a great time to travel and see destinations in all their blossoming glory. Here are the top monsoon getaways in India to consider holidaying at when it rains cats and dogs!
It is hard to imagine that Kumarakom, cloaked in shades of green, can be any more spectacular than it usually is. However, the monsoons bring with it a slew of visitors who come to experience the best of God’s Own Country. While the first monsoon season between July and August do not allow for cruising on the Backwaters, the second monsoon season in November is a great time to explore the emerald labyrinth waterways. The surrounding shoreline is a sylvan delight lined with flourishing palm trees making Kumarakom simply sublime.
Top Attractions: Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall, Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom Beach.
Mount Abu, Rajasthan
Amidst a desert landscape, Mount Abu is a hilly oasis in the Aravali Mountains. Between August and September when the rains make their way to the region, you’re treated to lush green forests and milky white waterfalls. As the clouds roll in over Nakki Lake, the town famous for the Dilwara Temples exudes a refreshing vibe. Sit back, breathe in the wet air and take it all in because the views like Mount Abu in the monsoons do not last forever.
Top Attractions: Dilwara Temples, Nakki Lake, Guru Shikhar, Mount Abu Wild Life Sanctuary.
Located in the Western Ghats, Mahabaleshwar is a picturesque destination all through the year. With a bounty of waterfalls, forests and lakes, the monsoons further add to its panoramic beauty. Considerably wet during the rainy season, mist hangs in the air, creating a magical allure. While exploring the wooded wonderland is a bit difficult owing to spot flooding and slippery conditions, you can just as well admire your surroundings while sitting out in a balcony sipping a cup of tea.
Top Attractions: Venna Lake, Mapro Garden, Pratapgad, Lingamala Falls, Elephant’s Head Point.
Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
At its blooming best! That’s the Valley of Flowers during the months of July and August when the rains carpet this national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Garhwal Himalayas with hundreds of varieties of colorful flowers. Moreover, the valley comes alive with birds, butterflies and even wildlife unique to the mountainous terrain. The monsoons in the Valley of Flowers are fairly shielded due to its location so trekkers, campers and nature lovers are seen in large numbers in this nature’s playground.
Top Attractions: Hemkund Sahib, Nanda Devi National Park, Fauna & Flora, Joshimath.
Rain or shine, there’s always a beeline of visitors to Goa. Goa is relatively cheaper during monsoons but the downside is that the beaches remain inaccessible because of dangerous riptides. However, there’s still plenty to do here that makes up for it. Visit Goa’s wildlife sanctuaries and spice plantations and pay respects and churches and temples. The sea, though turbulent, is fascinating to watch as the waves crash in to the sandy shoreline.
Top Attractions: Fort Aguada, Chapora Fort, Dudhsagar Waterfalls, Beaches,
As you see the mist swirl through the spice and tea plantations in Munnar, it’s easy to forget the stresses of everyday life. Located in the Western Ghats, this heavenly hill station embodies all that makes God’s Own Country so special. During the monsoons, the landscape in Munnar is bathed in lush green while the lakes are brimming and the waterfalls are gushing. Rest assured, the cool breeze refreshes and rejuvenates the mind, body and soul.
Top Attractions: Tea Gardens, Top Station, Mattupetty Dam, Photo Point, Kundala Dam Lake.
Cherrapunjee has the distinction of being the wettest place on earth, receiving record rainfall through the year. July brings with it the monsoon season when the area is veiled by a curtain of water that seems to be endless. This is when Cherrapunjee is also its prettiest with lakes and streams springing up and waterfalls cascading in full force. The scenery is delightfully dreamy! It goes without saying, when visiting Cherrapunjee during the monsoons, a raincoat and umbrella are a must.
Top Attractions: Double Decker Living Root Bridge, Nohkalikai Falls, Mawsmai Cave, Seven Sisters Fall, Mawkdok Dympep Valley.
With its reputation of being the ultimate tropical paradise, the Andaman Islands’ white sands and turquoise waters are soothing and spectacular. An archipelago of over 500 islands in the Bay of Bengal, not all are inhabited but the ones that are like Havelock, Neil and Ross islands, are known for their idyllic palm-fringed shores where you can blissfully be a beach bum! With the onset of the monsoons in May, the tempestuous waves are not conducive for swimming. However, when the dark skies clear, there’s nothing to stop you from taking long walks on the beach.
Top Attractions: Beaches, Cellular Jail, Port Blair, Elephant Beach, Water Sports.
Author: Devika Khosla
With the inability to sit still, she’s always going ‘somewhere’. Foodie, spa junkie, animal lover and traveler. That’s Devika’s story.