Before jumping straight into mentioning the list of 10 magical monsoon destinations in India, I want to say that monsoon in India is one of the best times of the year to visit certain parts of the country.
Although the majority think it isn’t the right time to travel as rain might ruin the travel plan.
But let me tell you my friends, there are some places in our country which become exceedingly beautiful and enchanted, especially during monsoon.
You won’t believe it unless you see it. Yes, rain might drench you entirely, or you may face difficulty while traveling on roads, but I can say this much that the sight will make everything worthy of it.
Rainfall, you surrounded with greeneries, foggy weather, dark cloudy sky and somewhere amid everything you could see the tip of mountains and not to forget an awesome drive through the curvy roads. All this make your travel exciting and memorable.
Now, some of my readers might have already gone to the places which I am going to add, and some haven’t.
So, let’s see the 10 ultimate magical monsoon destinations in India where you can go with your family, friends and even on honeymoon.
People who live in Mumbai/Pune they know very well why I have added Lonavala in my list and is an ideal place to spend your vacations during monsoon.
Monsoon makes Lonavala one of the most popular destinations in Maharashtra for a weekend holiday.
The Sahyadri ranges of mountains get its life back when it rains and makes this small quaint town look beautiful with the scenic beauty of green meadows and numerous waterfalls.
Because it is well-connected to both the cities, the place remains crowded with the majority of tourists come from both the cities. You will get plenty of resorts and restaurants.
If you plan to stay here for long, then you can drive to the nearby places too like Pawna Lake, Rajmachi Fort, Lohagad Fort, and Khandala.
Not only Lonavala, but we also have Mahabaleshwar too for the monsoon destination in our list. This romantic place is situated in the regions of Sahyadri ranges and looks exceptionally beautiful.
I can say so because I have been to this place twice and both the times during monsoon.
The road drive through the woods and amidst the fog feels gritty and romantic.
The options aren’t limited, you can also explore other nearby places like Panchgani (a small hill station near Mahabaleshwar) and Pratapgarh fort (which is around 25kms from Mahabaleshwar.)
If you are planning for a trip to visit both the places in Maharashtra (Lonavala and Mahabaleshwar), then I will suggest you stay 2 days in Lonavala and 3 days in Mahabaleshwar. You can pretty much cover everything in and around the places.
The entire ghat region of Maharashtra looks fascinating during monsoon.
Coorg, a place widely known for its appealing natural beauty, picturesque scenic view of hills and coffee plantations, attracts tons of tourist from around the country throughout the year.
But do you know that Coorg looks like a paradise during the monsoon season?
The green looks greener, and the landscape will appease your eyes and fill your heart with happiness. Such is the beauty of this place.
It is obvious to get heavy rainfall during monsoon in these areas so it would be wise to check the local weather forecast before moving forward and choose to stay nearby your destination.
Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
This beautiful hill station is located in the southern part of India in Tamil Nadu and is bestowed with spectacular waterfalls, lush green trees and of course mountains.
Notably, during the monsoon, Kodaikanal looks majestic in its aura of nature’s beauty.
There are quite a few numbers of attractions in Kodaikanal like Coaker’s Walk, Bryant Park, Pillar Rocks and etc.
End of monsoon would be the right time to enjoy a trip to Kodaikanal.
Siliguri, West Bengal
Situated in the north of West Bengal, a city which is the hub of all the tourist activities in north-eastern India. Siliguri is the junction from where you can go anywhere by road both in the mountains and jungles.
Both will give you a different experience during monsoon. If you want to travel to the hill stations like Darjeeling, Kurseong, Sandakphu, etc the pine forest, misty roads, rain, heavy clouds and dense fog together will entice you enough to have a great experience.
On the contrary, a trip to the jungles like Garumara forest, Bauxa will bring the live and exciting green forest to you with animals roaming around freely. It is an altogether different experience that you will have in the hill stations.
So, Siliguri is an excellent choice of monsoon destination in India. You can also read places to travel in West Bengal for vacation.
Wayanad in Kerala is one of the most popular monsoon destinations in India. It is a perfect gateway for honeymoon, family, and friends.
A small hill station settled in the foothills of the Western Ghats in the south of the country. A place which is blessed by nature’s beauty. It has no shortage of waterfalls, wildlife or the picturesque landscape.
Each year flocks of tourist from around the places and everywhere come here in search for peace and adventure. But monsoon is probably the time when you can get to see nature’s pure essence.
Settled amid dense Western Ghats of Karnataka in the southern part of India, Chikmagalur is a prime attraction during the monsoon.
The Western Ghats looks majestic, especially during monsoon, waterfalls at every turn, rivers filled with fresh water, surroundings covered with a beautiful scenic view.
There are several offbeat places in this area too where you can reach by trekking, but it’s dangerous when it rains, so try only if you are fully equipped and experienced.
Definitely, it is a ‘go to’ monsoon destination in India. Chikmagalur is a famous monsoon spot in Karnataka. So, if you are in Karnataka, do not forget to explore the place this monsoon.
The next is one of the most amazing places in India – Shillong. Although, people choose other hill stations over Shillong but let me tell you that, Shillong is famous because of two spots ‘Cherrapunji’ and ‘Mawsynram.’
Both places are known to be the world’s wettest places. Apart from them, Shillong itself is a beautiful destination with mostly greeneries all around, serene villages and spectacular valleys.
Elephant falls, Laitlum Canyons, Khasi hills, and the famous Root bridges are a few points of attractions. You will love visiting this Northeast state during monsoon.
But once again, unlike other hill stations, Shillong receive too much rainfall so if you are adventurous and want to explore the place be prepared for the worst.
I would also advise you to ignore solo traveling there during monsoon, better if you go in a group.
Monsoon in Pondicherry?
Well, yes. Pondicherry in Kerala is also an excellent place for monsoon destination in India. The quaint French colony, food, and beaches all look different as compared to hill stations.
Tourist often prefers offbeat places for their vacations. I would say, Pondicherry could be considered as an offbeat monsoon destination in India.
Last but not least, I would like to add Goa in my list of 10 ultimate magical monsoon destinations in India.
I have been to Goa last year (2018) during monsoon on a road trip from Pune (Maharashtra). Initially, I was hesitant and confused, thinking should we go during monsoon or cancel.
But my husband was very much keen on experiencing the 10-hour long road drive to Goa. He convinced me, and we set our journey towards the destination.
Trust me guys, it may sound weird, but monsoon is the best time of the year to go Goa mainly because of three reasons:
- Cheap accommodation
- Scenic road drive
- Minimal crowd
If you want to save money and love experiencing new things, you should definitely try visiting Goa during monsoon.
You can check out this article on Comparison: where should you go North Goa or South Goa
I am sure there are maybe other destinations that you think are perfect for monsoon travel. India is a vast country; each state has beautiful and unique places to see.
I would love to know your preferences of monsoon destination too.
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Thank you and enjoy the monsoon traveling and spending time with your family.