Most travelers do not count monsoon as a good time to travel but you know there is a certain charm in going for vacations during the rainstorm. There are many destinations in India where you can just relax and enjoy the sightseeing, adventure along with gentle winds and raindrops. I feel one should definitely go for a vacation during monsoon in India as the exotic locations will surely leave you awe-struck with its splendid beauty. You will fall in love with Incredible India!

  1. Lonavala, Maharashtra

Lonavala is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. With the onset of monsoon, the Shayadri mountain ranges and the Ghats resuscitate with amazing greenery and breath-taking waterfalls. And do not panic about the rain as it will not spoil your vacation as there are beautiful scenic trails to Tiger’s Leap, Lion’s Point. And if you have an interest in history, Lonavala will not disappoint you, you can visit Rajmachi Fort and Tikona which are extremely delightful to visit.

A picture of Mumbai Pune Expressway near Lonavala

2.      Kodaikanal – Tamil Nadu

Kodaikanal, known as the “Princess of Hill Stations”, ultimately becomes a must visit during the monsoon. Situated in the Plain hills of Western Ghats it offers wonderful waterfalls, lush greenery, and amazing scenic views. You can stroll around the famous lakes, namely, Berijam Lake and Kodai Lake which is the manmade lake surrounded by rocks and trees and enjoy the spectacular picturesque beauty!

kodaikanal in Monsoon

3. Coorg – Karnataka

Coorg, blessed with stunning scenery speckled with vast coffee plantation is a perfect getaway during monsoon in India. If you are a coffee lover, make sure you visit this place! If you are into adventure sports, you can embark on a trek to the highest peak of Tadiandamol and enjoy the wonderful scenery. The place is also known for its rich flora and fauna. You will have an amazing time in Coorg for sure!

Coorg image
Image Source:

4. Udaipur – Rajasthan

Udaipur should be on everyone’s bucket list. The city is nestled in the lap of the Aravalli’s and offers you a number of beautiful lakes. The city is popularly known as “Venice of India”. During monsoons, the place recuperates with plush greenery around its pristine lakes and elegant places to give the spectacular views. You should visit the famous Monsoon Place and Sajjangarh Fort, Jagmandir which offers a panoramic view of the city and trust me it’s astounding. Also, visit Lake Fateh Sagar and Lake Pichola, and go for boat rides and enjoy walking down the street. Udaipur will surely give you a “royal feel”.

Udaipur in monsoon
Image Source:

5. Pondicherry

Pondicherry lures you with its old-world beauty and antiquated charm. The old colonial houses, cobble-stoned streets and a .plethora of sea-front cafes and bars will make you fall in love with Pondicherry. The monsoon actually adds a bit of romance to the place and make the city one of the popular monsoon destinations to visit. You can walk along the serene yet wild beaches and try all the delicious French delicacies!

6. Valley of Flowers – Uttarakhand

The Valley of Flowers is one of the most beautiful destinations to visit in the rainy season in India as you can enjoy more than 400 varieties of flowers in their full bloom. Imagine the beauty the place has to offer! You can reach this destination after an easy trek, so if you a trekking enthusiast, this place is for you. It is an awesome destination to enjoy enormous mountain views with unique flowers in every shade.

Image Source :

7. Mount Abu – Rajasthan

Mount Abu, the only hill station of Rajasthan is the perfect choice for those who are looking for a perfect dose of nature, religious activities and adventure at the same time. Nakki Lake, the famous Sunset Point, temples and gardens and the bazaar are just not to miss! The hill station provides you with a memorable time through its royal charm mixed with raindrops. You surely will have a great time in Abu!

Mount Abu
Image Source:

8. Panchgani – Maharashtra

Blessed with a great relief system and marvelous scenic beauty the place is a bliss! If you love strawberries, Panchgani is a place to go. Panchgani offers you the juicy and delicious strawberries. To add punch to your trip, you can visit Venna Lake, Waterfalls and go for horse riding and celebrate the season with a hot cup of tea/coffee served near the lakes and enjoy the food and the beauty!

Image Source:

9. Andaman, Nicobar Islands

Rains are very uncertain in Andaman and Nicobar islands while other days are mostly sunny. So, you need not worry about the rains and even if it does the place offers you a variety of indoor activities that you can enjoy. If you love adventure, Andaman is the perfect destination. This is that time of the season when the nature blooms and the tiny droplets of water do wonder for the soul.

Image Source:

10. Mahabaleshwar – Maharashtra

People generally avoid planning a trip to Mahabaleshwar during monsoon. But I would say, you must visit Mahabaleshwar once during the rainy season as the place truly transforms into a paradise. The cool climate, fresh breeze, peaceful and serene atmosphere definitely make Mahabaleshwar one of the best places to visit during the monsoon.

If you are one of those who do not mind getting a teensy bit wet, then you must visit these places for sure! You should definitely plan a vacation this monsoon to any of these destinations and enjoy the glorious rainy season with your loved ones.

Image Source:

Our country is full of natural blessings. We have many other places like these places to travel in the monsoon. We may have missed some other beautiful places here.


The piece was first published here: