India become more and more beautiful during the monsoon season whether a city, town or a rural villages. Some of the must visit places during the monsoon in India are Andaman Nicobar Islands,western ghats, Leh Ladakh and unexplored Northeast India. The monsoon season starts from June and rain till October, these 5 months of rainfall made Mawsynram, Meghalaya the wettest place on earth. There are two types of monsoon hits India known as the southwest and northeast monsoon, Most of its rainfall come by the southwest monsoon. Some of the tourist place are restricted to visit during rainy season due to slippery rocks, leeches, fallen trees, wind and landslides. These places are good to visit in summer but monsoon will have its own story to narrate.
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Gangtok – Sikkim: Sikkim,The only brother of seven sister states of India is situated in the Great Himalaya mountain. The second smallest state of India is least populous state and home to the Kangchenjunga, the world’s third-highest peak. Gangtok the capital and the hill city of Sikkim is the main tourist destination for its Enchey Monastery,Tsomgo Lake,Ridge and Nathula Pass. Because Shivalik Hills,Gangtok enjoys a gentle, mild climate and receiving heavy rainfalls along with strong winds during the June to August months. The monsoon season block the land access to Gangtok from the rest of India due to series of landslides, flooding and thick fog often makes transportation in Sikkim dangerous during the monsoon season.
Darjeeling – West Bengal: The perfect monsoon getaway of India, is the well known for tea industry along with a popular tourist destination. Darjeeling also known as The Queen of Hills, is situated at the foothills of the great Himalayas. Due to surrounded hills, Darjeeling receive heavy to very heavy showers during the monsoon. Darjeeling-Rangeet Valley Passenger Cable Car is one of the major attraction, other main attractions are Darjeeling monastery, adventure sports like river rafting and mountain treks. The dense evergreen forests of sal and oak make a perfect home for different species of ducks, teals, plovers, gulls and wide variety of rare orchids. Animals found here includes the one-horned rhinoceros, Indian leopard, hog deer and endangered red pandas.
Shillong – Meghalaya: Shillong, The capital city of north east sister states of Meghalaya. Shillong receive heaviest rainfall during the monsoon season and rain usually lasts longer than rest of India. Cherrapunji and Mawsynram located at 16km to each other are the two wettest place on Earth with an annual rainfall of 11872 millimeters. Shillong is surrounded by picturesque valleys of Khasi and Jayanti hills, adorned by numerous waterfalls and offer a panoramic view of green natural scenery. The beautiful land of abundant natural beauty is one of the best tourist attraction in Meghalaya. Not only Meghalaya but other sister states of north east India are blessed with natural beauty, rolling hills, big water falls and deep valleys. The eastern India offers virgin forests and valleys with their innumerable waterways to explore while visiting.
Kodaikanal- Tamil Nadu: The popular hill station is situated among the Palani Hills of Western Ghats. Kodaikanal means The Gift of the Forest, it is also referred to as the “Princess of Hill stations” due to its charming beauty. The finest hill station is full of mighty rocks, enhancing waterfalls and beautiful lake. During the rainy season Kodaikanal becomes more beautiful,Its gorgeous natural scenery and cascade falls make it one of the best hill station to visit. One of the main attractions for the visitors is the Kodai lake, the man made lake is surrounded by lush green trees and rocks. Other picturesque city of Tamil Nadu’s are Doddabetta, Coonoor and most famous Ooty.
Andaman Nicobar - Islands: The Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands are a large group of nearly 570 islands located at southern part of the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean. Andaman and Nicobar Islands is one of the best monsoon and Eco-friendly tourist’s destination in India. Its beautiful silver sandy virgin beaches, submarine mountains, breathtaking natural beauty and thrilling adventures water sports attracts tourists from all corners of India as well as world. The paragon of beauty also present landscape, dense forest, best wildlife, tribal tour and a very romantic atmosphere. Its culture and traditions are very much different from rest of India and holds a unique identity, there is no other place like this in rest of India.
Munnar – Kerala: Munnar, the most popular hill station of Kerala and one of the best honeymoon destination in India. The great mountains, deep valleys,dense forest and variety of wildlife makes Munnar one of the hot spot in the monsoon. Munnar receives heavy rainfall during the month of June to September,so be care full while visit a hill station in the rains. Kerala, The land of attractions become more and more beautiful during the monsoon season. Its spectacular green scenery, backwaters, houseboats and monsoon therapy make it a major tourist destinations in India. Best places to visit in Kerala during monsoon are Pallivasal, Kundala, Alleppey and Periyar national park. The wildlife park is famous for its wild animals and home to largest number of Indian elephant.
Coorg – Karnataka: Coorg or Kodagu is one of the favorite travel destinations in Karnataka, specially during the monsoon. The amazing and pleasant hill station in Karnataka covers 4100 square kilometers of land in the Western Ghats. Coorg, the honeymoon destination offers a fascinating view of beautiful hills,water falls,coffee plants and well famous for its cuisines, traditions and hospitality. There are list of places in Karnataka that should visited during the Monsoon season like Mullangiri, Ayyanakere, Gokarna and Bandipur national park. The 20% dense forest area of Karnataka make it a biodiversity hotspot for flora and fauna and one of the wettest place in India. The astonishing Jog falls, the second highest plunge water fall located near Shimoga District is a major tourist attraction in Karnataka.
Goa -Goan: Visiting Goa in Monsoons is the unique experience to share quit the sand and enjoy the rain. The chilling summer destination of India becomes more beautiful during the rainy season. Dudhsagar Falls- Sea of Milk is one of the most exquisite falls in the world located in the border of Goa and Karnataka. In rainy season Goa offer’s picturesque scenery, fantastic waterfalls, hills covered with green layers and wildlife sanctuaries. The land of beaches receives rainfall between the months of June and September from Southwest monsoon and July receives the highest. Ready to get wet and enjoy the nature along with delicious cuisines of Goa would be good experience to have. Goa is also famous for its delicious sea food cuisines.
Lonavala – Maharashtra: During the monsoon while Maharashtra become the hot spot for nature lover, Its Sahyadri mountains ranges awake from a sleep to sing and dance with the rain. The mountain ranges of Sahyadri offers some of the best waterfalls of the country along awesome climate and beautiful natural scenery to capture. Lonavla is well known for its greenery during the monsoon with astonishing waterfalls and ponds. Monsoon getaways of Maharashtra includes places around Pune like Matheran, Mahabaleshwar, Malshej Ghat, these places hold special attractions for adventure and nature lovers. Monsoon in Maharashtra bring breath taking view of its numerous ghats spread across the states and long tail waterfalls and lush greenery around make them look awesome.
Ranikhet – Uttarakhand: Ranikhet, one of the amazing hill station in Uttarakhand formerly Uttaranchal, situated in the northern part of India. Ranikhet, The picturesque location is surrounded by hills,blessed with a pleasant climate, lush green forests and famous for majestic views of great Himalayan Ranges. The mountains of Garhwal offers breath taking views of deep valleys, snow-capped mountains, dense forest and high-altitude lakes.The rolling hills of Garhwal Himalaya is paradise for nature lovers, Its valley of flower national park is well famous for meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora. Apart from the above attraction the richly diverse area is also home for rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard and birds. Other must visit hill station in Uttarakhand are Nainital, Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Kausani and Chamba.