After witnessing a blazing summer, monsoon is picking up its pace in various parts of the country. With lashing rains, a lot people plan to curl up in their bed holding a cup of coffee and steaming snacks next to them. While people are also there who enjoy being plunged into the pages of some bestsellers. However, walking off this habitual drench track, you may also find some wanderlust bitten travellers who love to explore some of the most popular destinations in India during monsoon.
Considering the impending visit of monsoon, here come the five amazing places in India that you should pay a visit this monsoon:
1. Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
It has been a bone of contention that Cherrapunji or Mawsynram which is the world’s wettest place? Well, whatever the answer is; Cherrapunji is reckoned as one of the wettest places on the sphere. With an average rainfall of nearly 11,777 millimetres, Cherrapunji is undoubtedly one of the popular monsoon destinations in India. Nestled in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya, monsoon emerges the best out of Cherrapunji. Continuous drizzle and a soothing weather leave every visitor here completely spellbound. A blend of Double Decker Living Root Bridge and lush environs put its every natural effort to make you visit this place time and again. If you are a nature buff with an audacious persona in you, Cherrapunji boasts ample of trekking trails and hiking zones for you. Besides, exploring the tallest plunge waterfall, Nohkalikai is a must visit when in Cherrapunji. Intense rainfall makes the green surroundings of this location livelier with vibrant flow of water from high. Cherrapunji is thus one of the most amazing places to visit in India during rainy season.
How to go: Air travellers need to fly till Guwahati airport and from the airport they may hire a cab or prepaid taxis to reach Cherrapunji. If you travel via Shillong, the distance between Cherrapunji and Shillong is around 53Kms by road. From Shillong several transpirations are also available to reach Cherrapunji. People planning to travel by train, Guwahati is the nearest railhead. From Guwahati railway station buses and private vehicles are available to reach Cherrapunji. If you want to reach Cherrapunji from Shillong, hire tourist taxi from Police Bazar Taxi Stand. By road, the distance between these two places can be covered either via NH 40 or via SH 5 consuming nearly 1 hour 22 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes time respectively.
Places to Stay: During peak season, charges of hotels and resorts climb bit higher. Still by spending an amount of INR 1000 to INR 2500, you can avail a decent staying option in Cherrapunjee. Some of the preferred places to stay in and around Cherrapunjee are Cherrapunjee Holiday Resort, Coniferous Resort, Polo Orchid Resort Cherrapunjee, Pala Resort etc.
2. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Eminent as the “princess of hill stations”, Kodaikanal is one of the favourite places to Visit in Monsoon. Although, the volume of rainfall here is comparatively lesser than Cherrapunjee, but the beautiful hill station of Tamil Nadu is frequented by plenty of tourists all round the monsoon. A blend of misty climate and floating clouds makes one’s presence here quite soothing during rains. The most pleasure of monsoon can be enjoyed in the month of August when the Palani hills of western ghat receives here maximum shower emerging the waterfalls together with the lakes and lush greenery. Being perched at a high elevation, the temperature of Kodaikanal remains enticing all round the calendar. If you want to have some hiking and trekking experiences, Dolphin’s Nose is an absolute delight for you. Scaling atop the hill offers you a picturesque vista of adjoining splendour. In addition, man-made Kodai Lake and Berijam Lake are two more spectacular attractions around Kodaikanal.
How to go: The nearest airport to Kodaikanal is Madurai airport, which is located nearly 170Kms away. From airport, you may hire a cab or take a bus to reach Kodaikanal. For railway commuters on the other hand, the nearest railway stations are Palani (nearly 64kms) and Kodai Road Station (nearly 80kms). Additionally, you may also reach till Coimbatore junction from where you will get many trains for Kodaikanal. From all these railway stations, cab, bus and taxis are available to reach Kodaikanal. Tourists who are planning to reach Kodaikanal by road, regular bus services are there from the neighbouring cities like Madurai, Coimbatore, Pondicherry and Chennai.
Places to Stay: Being one of the mostly visited hill stations around Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal houses many comfy staying options for visitors. Within a price range of INR 750 to INR 3000, you will avail many decent accommodations in Kodaikanal. Some of which include Hotel Spring Valley, Richwin Hotels, Hotel JC Grand, Hotel Kodai International, Pine Borough Inn etc.
God’s Own Country, Kerala has no dearth of attractions for visitors. With nearly 135 rainy days a year, Kerala bags one of the top five popular monsoon destinations in India. Surrounded by lively seashores and tall stand coconut trees, Kerala can best be rejoiced in monsoon. Literally, Kerala faces rainy season twice a year. First in June and next is in the month of October. An interesting fact about the monsoon here in Kerala is that the city doesn’t get soaked in rain over weeks like other places. On the contrary; it rains here heavily for few hours followed by soft sunshine. This is why plenty of tourists flock here from various parts of the country to witness the amazing monsoon in Kerala. While making your time-off to Kerala, don’t forget to experience the traditional house boating. Besides, stepping into some of the Ayurvedic Spas is also not a bad idea during your vacation. If you want to take absolute pleasure from the rains in Kerala, make sure to explore some of the adjoining sites like Munnar, Wayanad, Alleppey and Kovalam. These destinations are truly amazing to stop by during monsoon.
How to go: Availability of three major airports (Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode and Kochi) makes Kerala an easily accessible destination for air travellers. These airports are in good touch with domestic and international destinations. From airport, you can hire a cab or a taxi to travel further. For railway travellers, Kerala boasts numbers of small and big railway stations connecting God’s Own Country to rest of the country. Some of the major railway stations in the state include Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Kollam and Kozhikode. From these railway stations, you may take a bus or hire a cab to commute further in the city. Akin to convenient railway and airway connectivity, the road connectivity to Kerala is equally suitable. Availability of NH 17, 47 and 49, connects the city with some of its neighbouring states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Regular private and public transpiration can easily be availed from these locations to reach Kerala quite conveniently. In addition, Kerala can also be reached by sea. Regular ship services are there that run from Kochi and travel towards Lakshadweep Islands. Nonetheless, availability of speed-boats, ferry and houseboat has also gained even popularity in the field of internal water transport systems in Kerala.
Places to Stay: The beautiful state of Kerala is visited by ample of tourists in monsoon. Hence, numbers of luxurious and budget hotels are set up here from time-to-time. Depending upon the city where you stay and types of amenities you avail, the charges may vary from one to all. However, one can easily get a decent hotel in Kerala from the price range of INR 750 to INR 3500 and more. Some of the preferred names in that list are Arcadia Regency, Kadavil Lakeshore Resort, The Ruby Arena, The Quilon Beach Hotel, Greenberg Resorts etc.
4. Coorg, Karnataka
Nestled in the midst of elevated mountains and picturesque nature, Karnataka’s own little paradise Coorg is an exciting tourist puller destination during monsoon. Popular as the Scotland of India, the best time to enjoy rain at Coorg is from July to September. This is the time when the mountainous ranges are enclosed here with refreshing shades of green making this site an absolute stunner for rain lovers. A gentle walk around the green valley and vibrant waterfalls makes your presence here quite incredible. Plenty of adventure enthusiasts flock here in monsoon to indulge in river rafting. Besides involving into various adventurous activities, this favourite monsoon destination also has plenty of breathtaking sites to offer. Some of the worth exploring destinations at Coorg include Abbey Falls, Madikeri Fort, Brahmagiri Peak, Tadiyendamol, Iruppu Falls, Nagarhole National Park, Gaddige, Chettalli, Raja’s Seat and Bylakuppe.
How to go: For air travellers, the nearest airport is Mangalore Airport (nearly 160Kms), which has good air connectivity with various Indian cities. The nearest International Airport is Bengaluru Airport, which is located nearly 265Kms from Coorg. From airport, you may hire cab to reach Coorg. People who are planning to reach Coorg by train the nearest railhead is Mysore Junction (95Kms). From railway station a taxi or cab can be hired to reach Coorg. Apart from flight and train, visitors can also travel here by road. Various buses are there that run under Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation. From the places like Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore and Hassan numbers of private and public transports often ply to Coorg. If you hire a cab, don’t forget to bargain.
Places to Stay: Being one of the best places to visit in Monsoon, Coorg houses plenty of budget and comfy hotels for visitors. During peak season, most of the hotels here are booked in advance. Hence, it is recommended to book your accommodation in advance. Based upon the type of hotel and amenities you avail, the charges may range from INR 1000 to INR 2500 and more. Some of the commonly visited hotels/resorts here include La Flora Jungle Hill Resort, Hotel Alwesal International, Wind Breeze Coorg, Coorg Guest House, Palm Era Resorts etc.
Goa, the land of beaches and intoxicating night life is equally arresting in monsoon. If you want to relish the drizzle and get soaked in the rains, do pay a visit here in the month of August. Intense rainfall and its splashes across the beaches make the landscape of Goa more magnetic. During monsoon, travellers visit here from fur-flung areas to indulge into usual beach and water sport activities. Apart from exploring many of its popular beaches, don’t skip the magnificent vista of Dudhsagar Falls during monsoon in Goa. People also enjoy being here in Goa during monsoon holding a glass of Feni and delicacies platters next to them. If you haven’t been to Goa in monsoon, make it happen this rainy season. Goa is always reckoned amongst the top five places to travel in monsoon. Apart from enjoying rains, you should also visit some of the leading destinations in Goa that includes Baga Beach, Calangute Beach, Anjuna beach, Colva Beach, Vagator Beach, Dona Paula, Basilica of Bom Jesus etc.
How to go: Being one of the popular holiday destinations in India, Goa is frequented by plenty of tourist footfalls from all over the world. Hence, the city of beaches is well-accessible by air, train and road. For air commuters, the nearest airport is situated at Dabolim (around 30Kms away from Panaji). Goa’s international airport is also in good touch the destinations like UK and Germany. From airport, taxi and cab can be hired to commute further in the city. Like air travellers, Goa is equally well-accessible by trains. Availability of two major railheads namely; Madgaon (around 38kms from Panjim) and Vasco-da-gama (around 29kms from Panjim) makes it convenient for railway commuters to travel Goa conveniently. One can easily hire a taxi or cab from these railway stations to travel further. People who want to reach Goa by road, regular buses are there that run under Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) and Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC). The road connectivity between Goa and its adjoining cities like Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore is very convenient for travellers.
Places to Stay: On enquiring about the availability of accommodations in Goa, the city is laid out with several luxury and budget hotels and resorts. Starting from INR 1200 to INR 5000 and more, you will find plenty of choices here in Goa. Some of the popular hotels and resorts in this list are Ginger Hotel, The O Hotel, Golden Tulip Goa, The Crown Goa, Resort De Crossroads, Cidade De Goa etc.
These are the five popular monsoon destinations in India. However, the list is not merely culminated to the above cited destinations. Incredible India boasts many such worth visiting destinations that can equally be enjoyed in monsoon. Places like Khandala, Lonavala, Dalhousie, Ladakh, Valley of Flowers, Rajasthan, West Sikkim and Tawang can also be travelled in rainy season in India. Hope this monsoon brings you a splash of glee and you get to discover a soggy India.