Looking for monsoon destinations in India ? This post covers some of the breathtaking monsoon destinations, recommended by Top Indian Travel Bloggers. It will help you to plan your monsoon getaways.
The overcast sky, rhythmic sound of rainfall, umbrellas, clogged roads and puddles of mud, are the things that come to one’s mind when we think of the monsoon season in India. Rains are magical. It is during the monsoon season, nature paints the most dramatic landscapes around.
When nature adorns the gorgeous and refreshing green color, everything looks absolutely enchanting. If you are someone who enjoys rains, you are bound to hit the road to chase the monsoon. It allows you to get drenched and dance in the rains and makes you romance with the nature in its true form.
The freshness around you is not just pleasing to the eyes, but the rains give you the much needed relief from the heat waves. India flaunts numerous destinations where you could enjoy the monsoon season at its best. Don’t restrict yourself into your home and watching rain from the balcony of your house in the city. Pack your bags and explore some of the most exciting destinations in your own incredible India.
How about chasing the monsoon in the Second Wettest Place on earth – Cherrapunji? There can’t be a better place than Cherrapunji in Meghalaya to enjoy the rains. Known as “Abode of Clouds”, Meghalaya is the perfect destination to be in during the monsoon season.
The Khasi hills look absolutely spectacular with the astonishing green colour and the hovering clouds above them. From roads to fields, it gives you the most picturesque scenery. While visiting this gorgeous state in Northeast India, Cherrapunji should be on top of your list if you are travelling during monsoon season.
Situated on the southern edge of the Khasi Hills, Cherrapunji was originally known as “Sohra”. The British pronounced it as “Churra” before it got its popular name as Cherrapunji. It shares its international border with Bangladesh on its south.
Around 60 km away from Shillong, Cherrapunji offers some of the eye-arresting vistas. Dotted with towering Khasi Hills, valleys, lush green farmlands, forests, pastures, and scattered small villages, Cherrapunji flaunts unparalleled scenic landscapes.
The gushing waterfalls, countless water streams, caves, root bridges, clean villages, etc., the place makes you appreciate nature like never before. The unpredictability of the weather is another exciting reason to be here. You never know when you will be welcomed by the rain.
The descending clouds engulf the landscapes, bringing down the visibility of the road to null in no time. The incessant rain and the hanging clouds in the sky are the most exciting things to watch out in Cherrapunji during rainy season. When in Cherrapunji, do visit the Umshiang Double Decker Root Bridge and the magnificent Nohkalikai Falls. Don’t forget to carry an umbrella and raincoat to enjoy the magic of monsoon in Cherrapunji.
Chitrakote Falls, Bastar, Chhattisgarh
Not many people would think of visiting Chhattisgarh for a monsoon escape. But, it’s an incredibly beautiful destination, especially during the rains. Although the entire state of Chhattisgarh is captivating, the iconic waterfalls, Chitrakote, are a sight to behold. The sight gets even more magical when it’s raining!
The Chitrakote Falls are the widest falls in India with a height of 59 ft (29 metres). No wonder it’s known as the Indian Niagara Falls. I can’t forget the moment I reached the site – the falls look much wider and denser in the monsoon. It was all misty and dreamlike.
So, if you are visiting Chitrakote, don’t just go and come back. Slow down and soak in its beauty. I’d recommend you should stay at Dandami Luxury Resort, which is in the same vicinity. I stayed there for a night, which let me see the falls through the day, hear the gurgling sound at night and witness its magnificence in the early morning glow. Besides the falls, you can also explore the rest of Bastar district, which is the treasure trove of tribal art of Chhattisgarh.
How to reach
The best way to reach Chitrakote Falls is by your own car. There are buses from Raipur to Jagdalpur, but the journey is quite long and tiring. So, it’s better to avoid it. It takes 6 hours to reach Jagdalpur from Raipur, and nearly an hour to reach Chitrakote Falls from Jagdalpur.
Contributor: Renuka Walter from Voyager For Life
Bisle Ghat and Forest, Karnataka (Western Ghats)
There is no better place to enjoy the monsoons than the rain forests as it is where it absolutely pours! This is where you can see Mother Nature at her richest and wildest best! Streams, rivers and waterfalls move with a deafening roar and the rain forest sees wild action at every possible inch.
Karnataka’s Bisle Ghat and forest are one such mind-blowing monsoon holiday destination. Home to some of India’s most spectacular rain-forests, it is one of the lesser known monsoon trails of Karnataka and a hotspot of biodiversity. It is small, yet insanely beautiful. It is accessible only via a small forest highway, but therein lays its charm. Go here to listen to the roar of the rains, catch a glimpse of some of its rare wildlife, experience its vividly green forests and mountains through rainforest treks, and view some of the tallest mountain peaks of this region and to simply soak in the joy of the season of abundance.
How to reach
Bisle ghat and forest is part of a small forest highway that connects the temple town of Kukke Subramanya and the estates of Vanagoor. The nearest airport would be Mangalore, though Bangalore airport would offer a wider array of choices. By road, Bangalore to Bisle should be about 240 kms and it should take you anywhere between 4 to 5 hours of road travel. Coorg’s northern edge is just a few kilometres from this belt.
Contributor: Sankara from Be On The Road
Monsoon is not a season; it is God’s affirmative answer to a million prayers from the Indian Subcontinent. They talk a lot about the Spirit of Mumbai, but if you want to experience the Spirit of Mumbai, come during Monsoons. Monsoon in Mumbai is not a season but is a friendly duel between the City Maximum and the forces of nature. The duel continues for weeks at a stretch, taking only short breaks, with the city refusing to give up & the Rain Gods working overtime to give it all. At times the city falters & does not want to get up, but local trains take a lead in pushing the city, which gets up cursing with a smile & start running again.
You see kids in colorful raincoats walking to the school bus stop. You see office goers carrying their shoes in bags while they try to find a grip on the waterlogged street in plastic sandals. But if you want to listen to the heartbeat of Mumbai, sit silently at Marine Drive, listen to the duet of approaching thunder & crashing waves & you will find a young Raj Kapoor & Nargis crooning to “Pyar Hua Ekrar Hua”. Mumbai is not a city, it is the manifestation of a million musical dreams coming true simultaneously on a screen larger than 70 mm, larger than life itself and sung collectively by Mumbaikars.
How to reach
Mumbai is well connected with all the major cities in India and internationally. You can fly down or opt for trains to reach Mumbai.
Contributor: Prasad NP from Desi Traveler
Goat Village, Raithal, Uttarakhand
The Goat Village in Raithal was a magical place to visit during the monsoon. We went in the month of August. Fresh greens surrounded us in all directions. Colourful mushrooms and wild orchids were blooming. The clouds had descended down on the mountain tops. And every once in a while, when the sun showed up between the gaps, we could steal a glimpse of the snow clad peaks. The most revered peak visible from here is the Shrikhand Mahadev. August was also the perfect time to visit because a festival called Andudi is celebrated by the locals. It can be roughly translated to Butter festival. They celebrate it on the meadows of Data Bugyal. Raithal to Satara Bugyal makes for a moderately easy trek. You can camp at the top, or stay in with a local.
The Goat Village itself is the perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate. Away from the tourist glare (and internet), you can just relax here, go for short walks, observe the birds and the butterflies, participate in the farming activities or just revel in the simple local life. Places like Harshil and Nagori in Uttarakhand can be visited as day trips. Gangotri itself is less than 100 km away.
How to reach
The nearest airport or rail head is Dehradun. From Dehradun, you take the route to Uttarkashi. From Uttarkashi, the road goes parallel to the river Bhagirathi (this is also the road that leads to Gangotri). At Bhatwarii, you take the uphill diversion towards Raithal. Shared jeeps are available from Dehradun to Uttarkashi and then onward to Bhatwari. At Bhatwari, ask around if all the jeeps have returned to Raithal. If not, you can get shared transport here as well. Else, you will have to hire a private jeep.
Contributor: Sandeepa & Chetan from SandeepaChetan’s Travel Blog
Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra
The under explored Malshej Ghat is a seasonal secret destination of Maharashtra, which very few outsiders know about. It is a mountain pass which comes alive during the monsoon months that starts in June in Maharashtra. The beauty of Malshej Ghat starts to reveal itself as soon as you reach the road approaching the Malshej Ghat. The numerous waterfall, dramatic tunnels, verdant valleys and misty atmosphere will give you company even as you drive through the pass. As they say sometimes the journey is as beautiful as the destination. As such there are no ‘points’ to see in Malshej Ghat.
A visit to Malshej Ghat during the crazy monsoons of Maharashtra includes activities like sampling local food, bird watching, taking a bath in a random waterfall, a village walk, long drives, small hikes and treks or even an aimless walks in random places. Malshej Ghat is also known for the migratory flamingos which stay here from July to September. A walk in the villages gives you a glimpse of the traditional Maharashtrian lifestyle. Many locals speak only Marathi and eat only Marathi food which makes it an authentic experience. At some places you will see as many as 10 waterfalls cascading down green mountains simultaneously. It’s a sight to behold.
How to Reach
You can reach Malshej Ghat by either a self drive or if you are on a shoestring budget then you can take a state transport bus which takes just 1.5 hours from Kalyan. Kalyan has a local railway station, which is connected with most local railway stations of Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. Look out for the Ahmednagar bound bus. Kalyan and Karjat are the nearest railway stations. Malshej Ghat is also close to Pune and can be accessed via buses or self drive.
Contributor: Abhinav Singh from A Soul Window
Mandu, Madhya Pradesh
Perched on a picturesque plateau in Central India, Mandu was once named the ‘City of Joy’ by a monarch long forgotten. This one-time capital of the Malwa Sultanate has seen dynasties rise and fall. It has witnessed the destiny of India being written within the intrigues of its palaces and during the battles outside its ramparts. Famous names and fascinating tales, on which pages have been coloured in the History books of the subcontinent, lie buried in its desolate tombs and palaces.
Mandu is not only an architectural and historical gem, but is also one of the most romantic places in India, especially when the monsoons arrive. Its corridors are still haunted by the legendary, and tragic, love of Sultan Baz Bahadur and his beautiful Queen Roopmati – lovers who even death could not separate; their tales still alive in the folklore of Malwa. After all, this was the city that inspired the Taj Mahal!
How to reach
The nearest railway station and airport are in Indore from where Mandu can be reached by a 2-hour long drive via Dhar. The best place to stay is the Malwa retreat, owned by MPTDC.
Contributor: Purnendu Singh from Shadows Galore
Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
The curving roads shone with their rain washed brilliance. The fragrance of exotic herbs mingled with the intoxicating earthy fragrance of Petrichor. The monsoon had worked its magic and romance seemed to hang low in the air. Kodaikanal, the gift of the forest, is simply irresistible in the monsoon. Its enchanting beauty dazzles and mesmerizes visitors who love to head to the hill station, come monsoon. Yes, the summer is when most people pack their bags and head to the calming and pleasant embrace of Kodaikanal, but if you want to romance Kodaikanal then there is no better time than the monsoons to head out there.
Kodaikanal is located at an altitude of about 2,000 meters above sea level and is embellished by numerous waterfalls, lakes, and lush green forests. It is an excellent place to commune with nature and leave the stresses of city life far behind. One of the most popular hill stations of South India, Kodaikanal does get crowded during the summers but is relatively secluded during the monsoon. The best way to enjoy the picturesque hill station is to stay away from the center of the town and incorporate long hikes and drives into the woodlands that surround it.
If you love the rains, then you must head to Kodaikanal, they together make for an irresistible combination.
How to reach
One can fly to Madurai and from there take a bus or cab to reach Kodaikanal. If you are in Chennai or Bangalore, you can take a direct bus to Kodaikanal.
Contributor: Sandy & Vijay from Voyager
There are a few places that take an alluring appearance during the monsoon; and Bangriposi is one of them. Situated in the Thakurani range of the beautiful state of Odisha, Bangriposi literally means,‘beautiful daughter of hills’. The best part of Bangriposi is its serenity. With its mountains, hills, verdant forests, waterfalls and the Buribalam River, Bangriposi is truly an enchanting place. With the rains, the place looks greener and fresher. The trees and shrubs have different shades of green, while the Buribalam River flows with all its glory over the rocky terrain. The waterfalls too cascades down with their full might and force. The Buribalam River also has a historic connection. It is the place where freedom fighter Bagha Jatin had fought with the British.
Once you are done with admiring the beautiful surroundings, you can take a trip to the Dwarsini Temple and the Bonbibi Temple. Both the temples are in honour of local deities and venerated by the locals. If you happen to visit Bangriposi during the weekends, do not forget to visit the local Haat (market). It is a colourful place where you will see the tribes with their fares. Other places of interest near Bangriposi are the Sulaipat Dam and the Bankbal Dam. During the monsoon, both these places look mesmerizing with the clouds hanging over the vast stretches of water.
How to reach
Bangriposi has a quaint railway station, but not all trains stop there. The nearest one is at Balasore. From Balasore, you can take a trekker or a car to Bangriposi. There is one DMU passenger train from Balasore to Bangriposi at 10 AM. The train journey is extremely beautiful as it passes through the jungles and countryside of Odisha.
Blogger: Agni & Amrita from Tale of 2 Backpackers
Monsoon unravels a different landscape in India with green carpets sprawling across many parts of the country. Western ghats which stretch for more than 1600 kms is probably the most dense and greenest part, and a favourite with trekkers and nemophilists alike. In the monsoons, Coorg in southern Karnataka offers some of the best trekking options in the Western Ghats. Tadiyandamol, near Kakkabe is one of the highest peaks in Karnataka and is a popular moderate trek with magnificent views and lush greenery all along. Coorg is laced with expansive coffee plantations and the trek takes you past them to the towering hills nearby.
Engulfed by mist and drizzles, the trail meanders its way past gurgling streams, forest patches, goat tracks, vantage points, grasslands and a few hills before it ends atop Tadiyandamol. Though the low visibility and the ubiquitous leeches might be a deterrent on the way up, Tadiyandamol trek is definitely one of the best monsoon treks in India. The intermittent drizzles are always refreshing and the different shades of green that the monsoon splashes further accentuate the charm of this wonderful trek.
How to reach
One can fly into Bangalore and then drive to Coorg, which is six hours away. Honey valley estate at the base of Tadiyandamol is a good option to stay.
Contributor : Niranjan Das from Tales Of A Nomad
Binsar, a picturesque, hidden forest is perched at an altitude of 7913 feet in the Kumaon Himalayas of Uttarakhand. It is encircled by a vast wildlife sanctuary spreading up to 46 km and is home to many rare animals, birds and wild flowers. Binsar lies 95 Kilometers from Nainital, 35 kilometers form Almora, and 423 kilometers from Delhi.
As soon as you enter the Binsar wildlife sanctuary you are transferred to a different era. It seems time clock had frozen years back here and sunlight never had an opportunity to kiss the place. In the monsoons, the place brings a lot of surprises. If atone moment, there is a pitter – patter of raindrops, other moment it will be misty with floating clouds in the valley, followed by thunderstorms and continuous rain throughout the day and night. Overall the place looks super green, fresh, foggy and smells earthy.
Registration Fee for Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary- INR 150 per person and INR 250 for vehicle.
How to reach
Binsar can be reached via air, road or rail. The nearest airport is Pantnagar airport and the nearest railway station is at Kathgodam. Further from both the stations, distance to Binsar can be covered by taxis or buses.
Contributor: Suruchi & Tashi from AllGudThings
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