Top 5 monsoon holiday destinations in India

  • August 3, 2021

With the monsoon season in full swing across most of India and the COVID-19 cases on the wane, for the most part, destinations that are especially attractive during this time of the year are gearing up for welcoming travellers.

These are places that truly take on a different look altogether during the monsoon season. Lush, verdant scenes suddenly dot landscapes that were stark and dry just a few months ago. Lakes fill up and waterfalls drape the hills.

If you’re among those who want to take in the spectacle brought about by rain, then these monsoon destinations are simply a must-visit for you:

Bhandardhara

When people think of ideal monsoon getaways in Maharashtra, places like Lonavala and Panchgani come to mind first. And while those locales are no doubt stunningly gorgeous during the monsoon, we figured on picking Bhandardhara since it might not be as well known.

As the name suggests, it was a dam built during the British Raj. Ensconced in Maharashtra's Sahyadri ranges, it checks all the boxes of a seasoned monsoon traveller. The lakes, streams and falls dotting the landscape offer plenty of breathtaking sightseeing opportunities. Plus, it's a joy to traverse for hikers, trekkers and campers.

Banswara

Located in Rajasthan and also known as the 'City of Hundred Islands', Banswara takes on a life of its own during the monsoon. As with Bhandardhara, Banswara too got its name from a characteristic particular to the region. In this case, it's to do with the bamboo trees, or bans, that used to grow in plenty here, back in the day.

With verdant hillocks and magnificent surroundings dotted with lakes and rivers, it takes on a look that you'd not typically associate with Rajasthan. We particularly recommend you pay a visit to the Mahi river dam - it’s a great location to catch the sunrise and the idyllic setting is perfect for a picnic as you enjoy the chirping of the birds.

Cherrapunji

Cherrapunji, nestled in the East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya, sees soul-stirring weather for most of the year. But it truly lives up to its title of second-wettest place on earth during the monsoon season.

Be prepared to experience rain that's sometimes as intense as what you see in movies! But if you're thinking that with such heavy rainfall, the area is prone to flooding, then fear not. If anything, Cherrapunji comes alive during such weather, with birds and critters filling up the soundscape while rivers roar through the valleys.

We recommend visiting the Nokhalikai Falls to witness a truly spectacular sight. If you ever found yourself wanting to walk through forests trails, traverse root bridges and explore caves as they do on the National Geographic channel, Cherrapunji is one of the best places to visit in India during monsoon.

Valley of Flowers

If you thought the lavender fields in France’s Provence region were a sight to behold, then wait till you visit Uttarakhand's Valley of Flowers! Situated in north Chamoli and Pithoragarh, the flora and fauna on offer here have to be seen to be believed. When it rains, the over nearly 400 varieties of flowers dotting the many meadows light up and come to life, making the whole area look like a scene out of a fairytale.

Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand, India. Photo credit: Akanksha Sharma/Unsplash.com

And that's not all; there are exotic four-legged beauties to behold too, such as the red fox, Asiatic black bear, brown bear, blue sheep, snow leopards, and musk deer, among others. Couple all this with majestic mountains providing the perfect backdrop and you've got a dream setting for your Instagram gallery!

Alappuzha

Also known as Alleppey, Alappuzha is a small town located in southern Kerala along the Lakshadweep Sea. However, there's nothing small about the scenery on offer here, which is grand as can be, with sparkling rivers and backwaters.

If you prefer your vacation spots sparsely populated and peaceful, then Alappuzha is one of the best places to travel. Dig into some of the scrumptious seafood on the beaches while enjoying the glistening glimpses of rain-drenched forests in the distance.

Alappuzha Beach, Kerala. Photo credit: Anantha Krishnan/Unsplash.com

As with Cherrapunji, there is plenty of exotic wildlife prowling about, such as gaur, wild dog, and lion-tailed macaque, to name a few. This also invites wildlife photographers and daring explorers.

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