India is lesser known among the most popular global holiday destinations, but its beauty is unparalleled. From heritage sites to lakes, mountains, and hills, India has all the treasures in one land. Many of these treasured spots have been frequented, yet some remain hidden. Whether you’re a non-Indian looking for a getaway to this land of culture, or you are an Indian, who wants to have a worthwhile holiday trip, this list of best places to visit in India during the monsoon has been tailored for you.
Places to visit in Monsoon in India
The places in this list are ranked in no particular order, but we can assure you that if you travel to any one of these, you will make memories worth a lifetime.
Also known as Kodagu, this rural district in Karnataka has become extremely popular for its beautiful hills, little streams, and large coffee plantations. During the monsoon, one can see the Abbey Falls in their full glory and walk along the Raja’s Seat to view the spectacular natural wonders that lay in this land. If you are interested in history, the Madikeri Fort with elephants on the entrance for the welcome of all who want to know more about the place. Coorg is famous for its coffee, so a visit to the plantations is a must, and you can also camp in them. You can also go trekking or golfing if you want to exercise your muscles while you are there.
How to reach:
The nearest cities are Mysore, Bangalore, and Mangalore, which are 118, 255,139 kilometers from Coorg respectively. You can take taxis and deluxe buses which run frequently. Also, Coorg is 95 kilometers away from the Mysore Junction Railway Station.
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Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Known as the princess of hill stations, this city has always been a popular monsoon destination located in the Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu. The name “Kodaikanal” means The Gift of Forest in Tamil and this place is amazingly beautiful with its lakes. Berijam Lake, which is a little far away from the city, is built on a dam and has a breathtaking location. Kodaikanal Lake, which is in the center of the city, is very popular for both boating and cycling. Other sites worth your time are the Coaker’s Walk, the Pillar Rocks Road, the Bryant Park, and the Pine Tree Forest, all of which have something unique and beautiful to offer. If you are going to Kodaikanal, don’t miss the waterfalls! The Bear Shola Falls and the Silver Cascade Falls should be on your itinerary.
How to reach:
Regular buses are available from Chennai, Coimbatore, Pondicherry, and Madurai. The nearest airport is the Madurai Airport, which is 120 kilometers, you can also fly into the Trichy and Coimbatore Airports, which are a little farther away.
This hill station in northeast India is no less than a paradise for anyone who visits. The Nohkalikai Falls in Shillong is ethereal, as is the bird at the Umiam Lake. The local markets are colorful and vibrant. If you want to know more about the regional culture and heritage, you should visit the Dan Bosco Museum, the Ever-Living Museum, and the Capt. Williamson Sangma State Museum. Shillong also has a one-room museum which displays the collection of various insects called the Wankhan Entomology Museum. The Airforce museum can also be visited by any aircraft enthusiasts. You can also go golfing and discovering plants in the Botanical Gardens of Shillong.
How to reach:
Shillong’s Umroi Airport is the nearest airport, only twenty-five kilometers away from the city, but the Guwahati Airport is about 125 kilometers. The Guwahati railway station is a hundred kilometers away and you can take a taxi from Guwahati to Shillong. The best route is to fly into Umroi from any major airport in India and then take a taxi from the airport to the city.
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This land of tree plantations in somewhere in the Western Ghats Range in Kerala. The Munnar hills boast of a lot of tea leave plantations, something you will see all around in Munnar, and this makes a visit to the tea plantations a must along with tasting the various types of teas. The Eravikulam National Park is a beautiful sight, as are the pure waters at Nayamakad Waterfalls. Boating in the Mattupetty Dammis sure to be enjoyed by you as are the various viewpoints in and around the hill station.
How to reach:
Cochin Airport is the nearest to Munnar, being only 110 kilometers away. Flights to Cochin Airport are very cheap if booked earlier. The best way is to fly into Cochin and then take a taxi.
Ladakh, Jammu, and Kashmir
The Ladakh region in Jammu And Kashmir consists of two districts-Leh and Kargil. And the best place to visit during monsoons is the city of Leh is a high-desert city in the Himalayas. If you’re going to Leh, be sure to visit the Nubra Valley, the various Buddhist monasteries- Thiksay, Sputnik, Phyang and Sankar. The Leh Palace is full of culture and it should also be visited. An army-run Hall of Fame is also very popular as it showcases the Indian Army history. If you are visiting, take some basic medicines because a lot of people get sick due to the altitudes.
How to reach:
The best way is to fly to Leh’s Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport from any city. Daily flights are not available from all the cities, so you may have to check in advance for the days you want to book.
All of these places are colder than the northern states during the monsoon, so be sure to pack enough woolens, so that your trip isn’t affected, especially in Leh, where places on high altitudes can have below zero temperatures.
So this monsoon, pack your bags and travel to these amazing monsoon holiday destinations in the country. You are sure to enjoy these places as much as I did.
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