India is a country of diversity ! While tourism is not popular in rainy season here, still, there are many remarkable places to visit during Monsoon in here.
Checkout these 11 best places to visit in rainy season!
1 Pondicherry in Monsoon
Pondicherry is the best place to visit in India during rainy season. The seaside city is not just famous for the beaches or ground floor hotel rooms with wide glass windows facing the beaches it provides a unique mix of cultural heritage.
Pondicherry is most popularly known for its French connection and hence called the Europe of India. The irony of this city is the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and low taxes on liquor. Aurobindo Ashram is where people go for mental health and peace.
Also this city is known for less expensive booze. Well you go for the former or the latter is entirely your choice.
Auroville the city of dawn and Botanical Garden is a must visit.
Apart from this the city is full of historical monuments, statues, museums, gardens, parks, Hindu temples, churches and mosques.
So if you plan on coming to Pondicherry you might want this one to be a long vacation.
2 Lonavala in Rainy Season
Another popular among the best places po visit during Monsoon season in India is Lonavala.
This rainy season tourist location is in the neighborhood of Mumbai. Most Mumbaikars looking for little adventurous trekking trip, head to Lonavala.
It’s a three hour journey from Mumbai. And the city is at its best during rainy season. Lonavala is full of green lush foggy hills, which is a refreshing sight to watch post all the lights of the Mumbai city.
And the waterfalls just make it worth climbing the hills. Lonavala is a small city, so the trip is rather short. It offers lot of sightseeing and sunset points.
But what makes it a hit is the road trip. There aren’t much travelling facilities so mostly people arrange their own vehicles.
So a road trip to Lonavala, then trekking, splash in the waterfall then probably stay the night in a hotel and next morning another road trip heading back to your home which makes its total fun package and a hell of a trip.
3 Goa During Monsoon
You think vacation you think Goa. And, this place is also among the most sought after Places to visit during Monsoon Season In India.
There is no one who can ever get enough of this city. Goa is just perfect no matter what the season is, whether it’s a two days trip, one week trip or even a month.
The beaches, the boat rides, the long chain of restaurants, the fish fries and the alcohol. But during rainy season it’s less crowded.
Visit the famous Dudh Sagar waterfall which will be present in its full glory. The Mollem National Park and the Mandovi River must be included in your list of must-sees.
The ambiance of the city is softer calmer in contrast to its usual party mood. So if you’re looking for a break and too tired to party, head to Goa during rainy season.
4 Puri in Rainy Season
After that, Puri is among most favourite among tourist places to visit during Monsoon Season In India.
Puri is a religious place as well. It is famous for Jagannath temple and it has always made me very curious regarding the stories that revolve around it. The devadasis of Jagannath dance for him. I have heard girls qualified to be devadasis devote their entire life to the god. They never get married and are given special training to be a devadasi. Also when they dance for Jagannath all the rooms are locked and no one gets to see the dance.
During rainy season the Jagannath Rath Yatra starts. This is the most famous festival of the city and partly one of the reasons why you should visit Puri during rainy season. There is also a story behind the Jagannath Rath Yatra. But I can’t give out all the stories here. So leaving that out for you to find out when you decide to visit Puri or you can just Google it to curb your curiosity.
The city is full of ancient temples, history and lots of stories and will prove to be a great visit. And don’t even worry about looking for a right hotel to stay as there are plenty of Hotels with very good price.
5 Mumbai in Rainy Season
Mumbai is definitely a city of dreams, a city of lights, and a city full of buzzing life. Being an army officer’s daughter we were always packing boxes and shifting to new a city in every two years. But Mumbai was different, refreshing and beautiful. And does total justice to the saying “once you are in this city you would never want to leave”.
But Mumbai is most beautiful during rainy season. Being surrounded with ocean water makes it the best place to visit during rainy season. The Marine Drive also popularly known as the Queen’s Necklace, Bandra Bandstand and a recent addition Bandra-Worli sea link are a must visit. And if you are a fan of beaches, Mumbai has it all, Chaupati and Juhu beach are always a favorite.
The reason Mumbai tops my list is because travelling is very convenient around the city at very reasonable prices. Causeway and Bandra Linking road are great places for your ladies to shop saving lot of green notes in your wallet more than you anticipate keeping both you and your lady happy.
6 Chandigarh in Monsoon
If you are a big foodie then Chandigarh is the place for you.We know the butter chicken and the tandoori chicken of the Punjab. If you are graving for a road trip and good food on the way then Chandigarh is the best. Not just the city but the entire state is popular for their dhabas and lassies.And the fun of eating the hot delicious food served in these dhabas is heightened during rainy season.
If you plan on going to Chandigarh then do pay a visit to the very famous Golden temple. A trip to Chandigarh is always incomplete without it. Chandigarh is also famous for Rock garden which is more like a maze but you will eventually find your way out. The garden has some really good imaginative art constructions. There is a well constructed waterfall which is the heart of the Garden. You may also visit Rose Garden and Sukhna Lake.
7 Jim Corbett National Park in Rains
Jungles turn absolutely magical in the rains. A 6 hour drive from Delhi will bring you to this national park, which can be a real revelation. Although some portions of it remain closed during the rains, Bijrani, Jhirna, Dhikala and Durga Devi are the zones which remain open throughout the year. Kosi River is at its full strength and you can go for rafting. Do not miss the elephant ride which can be a little different as the foliage becomes really thick during monsoons and sketching your way through it on the back of the elephant can be the beginning of a lifetime experience. You may catch a lot of animals like boars and antelopes on the way. A lot of accommodations are available here depending on your budget.
8 Deoria Tal in Rainy Period
Another place in Uttarakhand which can mesmerise you with its beauty and mythology is Deoria Tal. An uphill trek on the Ukimoth-Chopta Road will bring the travellers to this magical place where water turns emerald green. Myth suggests that this lake was the bathing place of the Devas or gods. Surrounded by some of the beautiful snow-kissed peaks like Nikantha, Yellow Tooth, Kalang, Bandarpunch, this lake has a mystical existence. On a bright sunny day, the reflection of the peaks on waters of the lake is an experience you cannot afford to miss. No vehicles can take you there, so you trekking is the only option. But the trek can be quite interesting as the landscape changes from time to time. Rest houses and shelters are positioned on the trekking path, to make the travellers comfortable in their journey.
9 Munnar in Monsoon
From the north travel to the south to Kerala where Munnar awaits you for its brilliant topography!
The tea plantations on the slanted slopes, small cliffs, the thin meandering stream are all part of the quintessential Munnar charm. It is said that Munnar looks best during the monsoons. The place stands among the best places to visit during monsoon in south india.
The place becomes a haven of peace and as you sit in the veranda sipping a steaming cup of tea, the fresh smell of earth mesmerise you. Trekking is quite common in Munnar, so if you are an adventure enthusiast you can simply join a group of trekkers and follow the charted route through the tea plantations. Bird watching is also quite popular. Once you reach Munnar, you can simply create an impromptu schedule and do the things you want to do.
10 Mahabaleshwar in wet season
Often known as the favourite hub of Bollywood for outdoor shoots, Mahabaleshwar is one of the finest places in western India. Those who love to walks in the rains will not be disappointed, as heavy downpours are common in this area during monsoons. With the onset of rain, the landscape of this place transforms magically. The cool climate is an added advantage. The lush mountains, the cool breeze kissing the tip of the nose and a chance encounter with a handsome stranger can happen in Mahabaleshwar, as it is known as one of the romantic getaways of India.
11 Jaipur in Rainfall Season
With monsoon comes the much-needed relief after the sultry heat and you will be amazed to know that places like Jaipur which are steeped in history transforms magically. The forts and palaces simply come alive after they are washed with the first spell. The whole atmosphere changes after the rain and history becomes an interesting companion as you traverse through the long corridors and look out through the windows. Standing on the top of the majestic palace, as you scan the surroundings, you feel the strength of the warrior clan who had an indomitable spirit. Jaipur truly unfolds in a different colour in monsoon and as a history buff, it will be a sin to miss it.
So what are you waiting for? Make your plans and visit some of the old and new places which will mesmerise you in monsoon! Make the most of the monsoon.