Monsoon season brings the magic of rains in India with lush green nature,flower carpet on the hills, green Shola grassland, waterfalls and numerous species of small animals,amphibians,reptiles, insects and Invertebrate.
There are two types of monsoon hits India, known as the southwest and northeast monsoon. The southwest monsoon arrives in two branches, Bay of Bengal branch and the Arabian Sea branch.
Amboli hill station in Sindhudurg is one of the unexplored place in Maharashtra, lies in the Sahayadri Hills. The hills of Amboli village receives incredibly high rainfall, numerous waterfalls and mist during the monsoons are the main attraction for tourist.
Malshej Ghats mountain pass is nestled in the rugged hills of the Western Ghats in the Thane Pune district. The mountain pass is home to numerous waterfalls and hundreds of different kinds of flora and fauna.
Bhandardara village is located in the Ahmednagar district and Wilson Dam, Arthur Lakand Randha falls are the famous tourist attractions. The village is also known for very narrow Sandhan valley and home to Mount Kalsubai, the highest peak in Maharashtra.
Matheran is a popular weekend getaway during the monsoon from Mumbai and Pune. Matheran hill station can be visited within a day and is mostly visited during the monsoon.
Bhimashankar is the abode of Jyotirlinga shrine, located in the Ghat region of the Sahyadri hills. The ghat roads of Bhimashankar offers mesmerize view of Western Ghats and waterfalls.
Lonavala and Khandala hill station are must visit place during the monsoon in Maharashtra. Places of interest around Lonavla and Khandala include Rajmachi Point,Valvan Dam,Duke’s Nose, Bhushi Dam and Lohagad Fort.
Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar are two most popular monsoon destination in Maharashtra, famous as twin destinations. Mahabaleshwar and Panchagani are a decent option to visit in monsoon with fabulous sights of valley.
Must visit places during the monsoon season in Maharashtra also include Durshet,Khopoli,Kalsubai,Tapola,Kolad,Lavasa,Marleshwar,Tamhini Ghat, Alibaug,Kune Falls,Rajmachi,Raigad Fort, Karnala, Mulshi Dam,Purandar Fort,Lohagad and Igatpuri Hill Station.
Agumbe is known for its scenic beauty and also called as the Cherrapunji of South India. Agumbe rainforest are home to tallest waterfalls, large and small mammals including King Cobra,Lion tailed macaque,Cane turtle and flying lizards.
Coorg also known as Kodagu welcomes the monsoon season in from June to September. Kodagu is a popular getaway during the monsoon and an ideal destination to visit during rest of the seasons.
Chikmagalur is the coffee plantation region of Karnataka state, Located in the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range. Its scenic locations and nearby hill stations such as Kudremukha, Mudigere,Mullayanagiri, Kalasa, Koppa, Sringeri and Balehonnuru are the major tourist attractions during the monsoon.
Gorgeous waterfalls in Karnataka include Iruppu Falls,Abbey Falls,Hebbe Falls,Unchalli Falls,Sathodi Falls,Gokak Falls and the most popular weekend getaways from Bangalore, Shivanasamudra Falls on the banks of the river Kaveri in Mandya district.
Thenmala town in Kollam district is the India’s first planned eco-tourism destination. Thenmala Ecotourism walkway,Suspension Bridge,Parappar dam and Thenmala Dam are popular ecotourism destination in Kerala.
The magical season of monsoon is one of the reasons to visit Kerala when all water bodies, reservoyers and waterfalls are filled. Munnar has a mystic charm during the wet season and offers a great time to for a quiet vacation.
Wayanad is an important monsoon tourist destination in Kerala and surrounded by the wildlife sanctuaries of Bandipur, Muthanga and Nagarhole. The district also houses the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Banasura Sagar Dam and only pine forest of Kerala.
Nelliampathi hill station in Palakkad state is surrounded by tea and coffee plantations and known for Kesavam para viewpoint and Sithar Kundu Viewpoint. The cloud caressed peaks of the Nelliyampathy are perfect holiday spot for visitors in Kerala.
Best monsoon places to visit in Kerala also include Palakkad,Thenmala, Alleppey, Kochi, Kannur, Kottayam and Periyar National Park. Thenmala is India’s first planned eco-tourism destination and a must visit tourist place near Punalur town of Kollam.
Kodaikanal is the popular tourist destination in Tamil Nadu and most famous hill station in South India. Places of interest in Kodaikanal include several scenic natural attractions, artificial lakes and popular romantic destination for newlyweds.
Ooty and Coonoor receives heavy rainfall during the monsoon season but Ooty becomes more beautiful during the rainy season. Monsoon season starts from July in Ooty and you better take precaution for rain like rain cheaters and umbrella.
Araku Valley is known for breathtaking landscapes,pleasant weather and most visited tourist destinations in Andhra Pradesh, located near Visakhapatnam in the Eastern Ghats. The valley inhabited by different tribes and famous for paddy fields and Coffee Plantations.
Horsley Hills also called as Andhra ooty is a series of hills in Madanapalle taluk. Yenugu Mallama Konda is home to the tribes of Yanadis and Chenchus, also famous for wildlife of endemic Yellow throated bulbul,white rumped shama and black eagle.
Dhenkanal is covered with dense forest and a long range of hills. Tourist places in Dhenkanal district include Kapilash Temple,Saptasajya,Astasambhu Temple and maa tarini Temple.
Ranikhet hill station of Almora district is situated at an altitude of 1,869 metres and receives an average rainfall. Places to visit in Ranikhet include Ranikhet Golf Course, Ashiyana Park,Rani Jheel, Jhula Devi temple and Mankameshwar Temple.
Saputara hill station also known as Abode of Serpents, nested in Dang forest area of Western Ghats. Sight seeing and activities in Saputara are Vansda National Park, near by Purna Wildlife Sanctuary,Sunrise Point and Gira Water Fall on Waghai Saputara road.
The monsoons arrive in Shillong in June month and rains almost until the end of October. Tourist sites in and around the city of Shillong include Elephant Falls, Shillong Peak,Sweet Falls, Cherrapunjee and Mawsynram are the wettest places on earth.
Monsoon is the off season in Goa but its a great time to enjoy rain in the Chapora Fort and Fort Aguada. Top activities to do in Goa during the monsoons are fly boarding,river rafting and Adventure boat cruise.
Pondicherry receives rainfall in the months of November through January, The northeast monsoon sets in during the middle of October. Pondicherry gets heavy to light rainfall every year and one of least famous place in India for backwaters tourism.
Monsoon in India creates many spectacular and wonderful waterfalls covered by big rocks, dense forest and huge walls of nature. Here’s a list of 15 most beautiful waterfalls in India.
This is a list of notable and most popular waterfalls of Indian states, Kunchikal Falls of Shimoga district in Karnataka is the tallest waterfalls in India by height followed by Barehipani Falls in Odisha, Nohkalikai Falls and Nohsngithiang Falls in Meghalaya.
Valley of Flowers is a National Park known for its meadows,rare and endangered animals and the diverse variety of flora. The flower valley is located in West Himalaya of Uttarakhand state and one of the must visit places in India during the monsoon.
Chirimiri is the only hill station in Chhattisgarh and endowed with beautiful landscape,green area and very beautiful hills. The city of Chirmiri is well known for its coal mines, Lord Jagannath Temple,Amrit Dhara Falls are in Barbaspur and Hasdeo river.
Mount Abu hill station of Rajasthan is nested in the Aravalli mountain range near the border with Gujarat. The popular hill station is also home to highest peak on the mountain Guru Shikhar and home to rivers, lakes, waterfalls and evergreen forests.
Pachmarhi hill station of Madhya Pradesh is widely known as Satpura ki Rani and famous for five caves of Pandava brothers of Mahabharatha. The town of Pachmarhi has highest mountain peak of Dhupgarh and a popular tourist retreat and known for sunrise and sunset view point.
Sonbhadra sometime known as The Switzerland of India, lies between vindhya and Kaimur hills in Uttar Pradesh. The most popular tourist attractions of Sonbhadra include Vijaygarh Fort,Agori Fort, Salkhan Fossil Park,Shivdwar Temple,Rihand Dam, Kaimur Wildlife Sanctuary,Rajdari Devdari Waterfalls,Lakhaniya Dari Waterfall and the most magnificent waterfalls called Mukkha Falls.
Ziro Valley town in Lower Subansiri district is known for its stunning natural beauty and Talley valley wildlife sanctuary. The picturesque valley of Arunachal Pradesh is home to Apatani people and has been a favourite town for World Heritage Site.
Leh Ladakh have always been a favorite place for the people of India,especially among the adventure enthusiasts. Nestled deep into the mountain ranges of the Himalayas, Leh Ladakh offers spectacular white water rafting,Challenging Treks and the monsoons is an experience like no other.
Darjeeling and Mirik are two most popular picturesque tourist destinations, nestled in the serene hills of Darjeeling district. The Pleasant climate, natural beauty and easy accessibility of Mirik from Darjeeling makes it a popular tourist destination in West Bengal.
Havelock Island is the largest of the Andaman Islands and famous for popular beaches of Radhanagar Beach or Number 7 Beach, Elephant Beach,Vijay Nagar Beach,Kalapathar beach,Beach No. 3 and Beach No. 1.
Lahaul and Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh is a high altitude cold desert area and these two valleys are quite different in character. This typical mountain desert area receive an average annual rainfall of only 170 mm and enclosed between lofty mountain ranges with the Spiti river.
Dibru Saikhowa National Park in Tinsukia is the second most popular wildlife proected area in Assam and one of the few national parks in India remain open during the monsoon season. The park has largest salix swamp forest in north east India and bounded by the Brahmaputra and Lohit rivers. The lush green enviroment of Dibru Saikhowa is haven for many endangered species and unique wild animals and birds such as Hoolock gibbon, Malayan giant squirrel,pig tailed macaque,capped langur,Chinese pangolin,greater adjutant,Eurasian griffon, osprey, Bengal florican and feral horse.