Monsoon is considered as a celebration of new life in India. Enjoying monsoon holidays in the country would surely give you an experience that would stay in your heart forever. The thick forests covered with dew, the beautiful hills and mountains covered with fog, and scintillating waterfalls are what make the monsoon destinations in India impeccable.
One is bound to be bewitched by the alluring view that these sites are known for. In addition, one can literally have a shower of happiness as rain drizzles over the area. And yes, don’t forget the natural glow it would bring to your face. So get your seatbelts on for a ride through 10 beguiling monsoon destinations in India.
10 Top Monsoon Destinations In India
We have curated a list of the best monsoon destinations in India that one should visit in a lifetime. These destinations are perfect for having a cup of tea in your hand while glaring at heavy rainfalls. There are relevant details provided which would aid you in reaching these places and also enjoy them to the fullest.
If you are a Mumbaikar and thinking of travel destinations in India for the rainy season, then there is one right near you. Yes, it’s Lonavala! (a city in Maharashtra). During monsoons, the Sahyadri hills and the western ghats in the region rejuvenate with a splash of greenery. All nature lovers would surely be stunned at such a sight. The scenery becomes even more heavenly when the dew settles on the leaves of trees and other plants. Lonavla is one of the best places to visit in rainy season in Maharashtra specifically.
- All you should do: Trekking, camping, sightseeing, horse riding
- Route: It is very easy to reach this destination by road if you are living in Mumbai or Pune, which would take about 1 hour 45 minutes (83.6 km) and 1 hour 26 minutes (67.1 km), respectively. The city has an indigenous railway station where all trains on that route halt. However, it doesn’t have an airport facility and the nearest airport is in Mumbai at a distance of 89 km.
- Major Attractions: The Tiger Point and Karla caves
- Hotels: Treebo Trend Indralok Inn Lonavala, and Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat and Spa.
Who doesn’t love beaches? Goa is a destination where you would not only be drenched in the rain but also will be able to relish the beauty of beaches while being submerged in the salty water. It is popularly known as the land of beaches and is perfect for seashore lovers. With a blend of the blue sea and green hills, Goa is one of the best places to visit in India during monsoon.
- All you should do: Jet skiing, scuba diving, trekking, birdwatching, heritage tour, shopping,
- Route: Goa has good road connectivity and people staying near it are advised to take on a road trip to the city of seashores. The most memorable one has to be a trip from Mumbai to Goa. It is in touch with other cities through Vasco-Da-Gama and Madgaon stations. The nearest airport is the Goa international airport, which is situated in Dabolim.
- Major Attractions: Dudhsagar waterfalls, Dolphin show, Baga beach, and Aguada fort.
- Hotels: Vivanta Goa, Patnem Garden Cottages, and Treebo Trip Linda.
This location in Tamil Nadu is popularly known as the ‘Princess of Hills’ and can be one of the best monsoon destinations in India for the ones who love both rain and hills. It is situated in the Palani Hills of the western ghats and offers an array of mesmerizing waterfalls in the area.
- All you should do: Trekking, sightseeing, and boating
- Route: The nearest airports to Kodaikanal are Madurai, Coimbatore, and Trichy at a distance of 135 km, 170 km, and 200 km, respectively. It takes about 9 hours to reach this location from Bengaluru via road. There is a railway station nearby, Palani Station, which is about 64 km away.
- Major Attractions: Kodai Lake, Berijam Lake, and view of Palani hills.
- Hotels: The Tamara Kodai and The Carlton Kodaikanal
4. Andaman And Nicobar Islands
We would never let you miss the Island beauty of our country and therefore, this location has made it into our list of monsoon destinations in India. It is a group of about 570 islands and most of it is still unexplored. For someone who is adventurous and loves to explore new things, this would be a perfect travel destination. The dense forests that these islands are home to look elegant when the rain pours over.
- All you should do: Sightseeing, snorkeling, jet skiing, trekking, and scuba diving.
- Route: There are regular passenger ships from the ports of Kolkata, Chennai, and Visakhapatnam. In addition, you can book a direct or connecting flight to the capital city, Port Blair.
- Major Attractions: The Havelock island and the Cellular jail
- Hotels: Munjoh Island House and Hotel De Pebble
Coorg is known for the dense and green forest cover it has. It has ecstatic views that would lure any nature lover. It is also a biodiversity hotspot due to the diversity of flora and fauna it hosts. This monsoon destination will allow you to enjoy captivating waterfalls, scintillating lakes, huge coffee plantations, and of course varied delicacies to soothe your taste buds.
- All you should do: Birdwatching, trekking, interacting with elephants, horse riding, and a tour of the coffee plantations.
- Route: A road trip from Bengaluru would take about 5 hours with a distance of 270.4 km to cover. The airports to consider would be Mysore and Mangalore, which are away about 120 km and 135 km, respectively. The nearest railway stations are located in Mangalore, Mysore, and Hassan.
- Major Attractions: Pushpagiri wildlife sanctuary, and Kotebetta.
- Hotels: Evolve Back Coorg and The Tamara Coorg
It is an exemplary destination if you are considering South Indian locations to visit in the monsoon. It is home to a host of enchanting sceneries and will definitely leave you spellbound. It houses several tea gardens, exuberant green hills, romantic weather, and a soothing climate. It is also a perfect destination for couples if they want to celebrate their honeymoon in the monsoon.
- All you should do: Plantation tours, birdwatching, sightseeing, trekking,
- Route: A road trip from Cochin would take you 3 hours and 40 minutes to cover 130.1 km. The railway stations near Munnar are major cities in Kerala, Ernakulam and Aluva. The airport facilities are at Cochin and the Madurai international airport, which are 110 km and 140 km away, respectively.
- Major Attractions: Anamudi wildlife, lakes in Devikulam, and Attukal waterfalls.
- Hotels: Fragrant Nature Munnar and The Panoramic Getaway.
Ladakh, the cold land, can be visited in monsoons if you love culture and adventure. It offers a blend of indigenous traditions along with unforgettable experiences in the hills due to the magnificent view and rocky terrain. The pure crystal clear water bodies that surround the area are actually bewitching. You can also enjoy the Ladakh Festival that takes place between September 17 and 27. The snow-covered hills are another bliss. However, you might face risks such as road blockages or even landslides. Therefore, check the weather forecast of the region before planning a trip.
- All you should do: Bike riding, wildlife exploration, sightseeing, and monastery visit.
- Route: It takes about 12 hours via road from Delhi to cover a huge distance of 1262 km. The nearest railway station to Ladakh is the Jammu Tawi. The airport facilities can be availed in Leh.
- Major Attractions: Tour of the Ladakh Festival, Pangong lake, Thiksey monastery, and Changla pass.
- Hotels: Chamba Camp and The Grand Dragon Ladakh.
The imperial city of Udaipur, which has an ecstatic history of kingship is one of the best monsoon destinations in India for the ones who love the nation’s golden past. The crystal clear lakes and the royal ambiance would definitely leave you spellbound. During the rainy season, the greenery in the city revives around the palatial lakes and palaces, which enable a mind-blowing experience to one.
- All you should do: Sightseeing and boating
- Route: The city has its own railway station and the trains on that route often halt. The nearest airport is in Dabok, Maharana Pratap airport, which is 22 km away from Udaipur.
- Major Attractions: City Palace, Monsoon Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, and the Lake Palace.
- Hotels: Trident and Hotel Lakend.
9. Spiti Valley
- The Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh is also known as the ‘Little Tibet’. The area has been away from human intervention for ages and therefore has retained its enthralling beauty. It is an eccentric choice when considering the best monsoon destinations in India. However, nature and adventure enthusiasts should surely undertake a journey to Spiti since it hosts some of the unseen elegant experiences. It is also a pick for those who are looking for places to visit in monsoon in North India.
- All you should do: Wildlife Interaction and camping
- Route: The nearest railway station is situated in Shimla. One can air travel to the nearest airport which is in Kullu.
- Major Attractions: Pin valley national park and Lhalung monastery.
- Hotels: Zostel and Hotel Mandala Spiti
Shillong receives a high amount of rainfall as it is situated in Meghalaya, the Indian state that receives the heaviest rainfall in the country. Therefore, you can get drenched in the light and heavy showers that pour and this feature makes it one of the best places to visit in monsoon in India. The green canopy with a dewy view would be the most alluring sight when you wake up in the morning. The surrounding hills are best for mountain lovers and adventurous people.
- All you should do: Trekking, wildlife interaction, and boating.
- Route: If you want a train trip then get off at the nearest railway station in Guwahati, which is about 100 km away from Shillong and would approximately take 2 hours to land you there. The railway station is connected to major cities in the country including New Delhi.
- Major Attractions: David Scott Trail for trekking
- Hotels: The Heritage Club and Ri Kynjai Serenity by The Lake
Pouring The Highlights Down
The 10 monsoon destinations in India listed above are some of the must-visit places if you love rain and nature. In addition to the beguiling view, you would gain some memorable experiences. The calm and pleasant weather of these locations with the rejuvenation of greenery would revive your soul too which might have been fatigued due to the fast-paced lifestyle. The most prominent monsoon tourist places in India that we would want you to visit would be Lonavala, Shilong, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.