Top Monsoon Destinations to Visit in India for a Blissful Vacation

The monsoon season is considered as the best season of all, people of every age group enjoy this season. The rainy day brings pleasant weather that turns the entire mood of the atmosphere with joy. Plants, birds, and humans all participate in celebrating the rain. Monsoon season is not about sitting idle at home, it is an excellent time to roll out with your loved ones to a memorable destination.

Monsoon holidays in India are undoubtedly a lifetime experience. There are several exotic locations that can leave you spellbound with its charm. We have jotted down the list of some of the best monsoon getaways in India which make your vacations memorable and worthy.

 

1. Shillong

Shillong in Monsoon (July - September)

Enjoy the best monsoon travel in India by visiting ShillongPopularly known as the ‘Scotland of East’, Shillong is the appropriate summons of exclusive natural beauty. The pure environment, the amazing cloudy sky, the super clean lakes, the majestic peaks make Shillong a popular hill station and tourist destination in northeast India. Shillong is surely a paradise for those who love nature and adventures. 

Popular tourist attractions: Nohkalikai Falls, Don Bosco Museum, Air Force Museum, Capt. Williamson Sangma State Museum, Wankhar Entomology Museum, and Rhino Heritage Museum.

Things to Do: Trekking, Boating, and Sightseeing 

Nearest Airport- Shillong Airport

Railway Station-  Guwahati Railway Station

2. Udaipur

Udipur - Monsoon knocks on the city's door around July &stays until September

Udaipur, popularly known as the City of Lakes. The city has several numbers of artificial lakes and the city represents a lavish and royal construction around. Along with a wonderful scenic environment, it holds great importance in Mewar culture. Udaipur is also known to be one of the best romantic places to visit in August in India. Udaipur is also popular among honeymooners.

Popular tourist attractions: Lake Pichola, Monsoon Palace, City Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Moti Magri, and Gulab Bagh

Things to Do: Sunset Cruising, Sightseeing 

Nearest Airport – Maharana Pratap Airport

Railway Station– Udaipur Railway Station

3. Goa

Goa's rainy season is between the months of June and August.

Goa truly reflects its magnificent colonial past along with the mesmerizing golden and white sand beaches. Goa doesn’t leave a single chance to give you that ultimate feeling of joy. During monsoons, Goa becomes a perfect spot to get soaked in the rains and enjoy picturesque sceneries and delicious cuisines. With amazing beaches, exceptional food, heritage sites Goa is a perfect place where you can bask in natural beauty and spend quality time with your loved ones.

Popular tourist attractions: Dudhsagar Falls, Aguada Fort, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral

Things to Do: Sunset Cruising, Sightseeing, Safari Tours, Cycling, River Rafting

Nearest Airport: Goa International Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Vasco Da Gama Railway Station

4. Coorg

Coorg - the monsoon season in the months from June to September.

Coorg, a famous hill station located in the Kodagu district of Karnataka, this beautiful hill station is popularly known as the ‘Scotland of India’. During the monsoon season, Coorg covers itself with a green blanket which shows the richness of flora and fauna during monsoon. Coorg is one of the best holiday places to visit in south India during the monsoon. It is a paradise for adventure enthusiasts who can enjoy sports like river rafting, trekking, camping, and mountain-climbing and many more. During the monsoons, you can explore the farms, orchards, and tea plantations. 

Popular tourist attractions: Abbey Falls, Namdroling Monastery, Raja’s Seat, Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary

Things to Do: Trekking, Rafting, Sightseeing

Nearest Airport: Goa International Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Vasco Da Gama Railway Station

5. Varanasi

Varanasi in Monsoon (July - October)

Traveling to India in august is great especially if it’s Varanasi, the city Varanasi is also known as the city of lights and commonly called Benares. The city has a huge spiritual significance. A large number of tourists around the world come here to witness the beauty of the land of Lord Shiva. One can enjoy taking a pious dip in the holy Ganga, experiencing boat rides, and Ganga Aarti, which is what Varanasi is renowned for. The city is also famous for many Hindu rituals. During monsoon, one can enjoy boating and sightseeing of several historic places and ancient temples.

Popular tourist attractions: Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Ganga Ghats, Sarnath, Ramnagar Fort

Things to Do: Boating, Sightseeing,Roaming around Ghats

Nearest Airport: Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Varanasi Junction

6. Jaipur

Monsoon in Jaipur

Enjoy the monsoon tourism in India at Jaipur, the city is popularly known as Pink City, a leading center for arts and crafts. The city is surrounded by beautiful castles and palaces that make this tourist destination more astonishing. During monsoon, Jaipur becomes more enjoyable, which makes it one of the best places to visit in India. Moreover, in monsoon, you can enjoy camping, paragliding, jeep safari, camel ride, etc. 

Popular tourist attractions: Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort, Jantar Mantar, Chokhi Dhani, Birla Mandir, Ram Niwas Garden.

Things to Do: Camping, Jeep Safari, Camel Ride

Nearest Airport: Jaipur International Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Jaipur Junction railway station

7. McLeod Ganj

Mcleodganj in monsoon season

A hidden gem of Himachal Pradesh, McLeod Ganj is a hill station near Dharamshala the place is also known as Little Lhasa. Mcleod Ganj maintains a colonial appeal with Tibetan vibes. It has many tourist spots to explore during the rainy season. You can visit Naddi hill point, St. John in the Wilderness (one of the oldest Anglican churches), and Bhagsu waterfall for an unforgettable experience. McLeod Ganj is naturally surrounded by peaceful mountains; peaceful in monsoon the lush greenery adds more charm to this fascinating place. 

Popular tourist attractions: Naddi Hill Point, Bhagsu waterfall, St. John in the Wilderness

Things to Do: Sightseeing, Photography

Nearest Airport: Kangra Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Pathankot Railway Station

8. Mussoorie 

Mussoorie usually sees heavy rainfall during the monsoon season.

During the monsoon season, the complete hill station looks marvelous and brimming with lush greenery. The delightful fragrance of rain everywhere calms your senses. Mussoorie in this season becomes an amazing spot for photographers where they have the opportunity to click stunning photographs of mist-covered hills and surrounding landscapes while the sun plays hide and seek with clouds. The picturesque view of Lal Tibba, the quick stroll in the Kulri Bazaar, or relaxed walk to Landour Mussoorie is a dreamy place that becomes all the more gorgeous when it rains.

Popular tourist attractions: Lal Tibba Scenic Point, Company Garden, Gun Hill Point, Mall Road Mussoorie

Things to Do: Sightseeing, Photography

Nearest Airport: Jollygrant Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Dehradun Railway Station

9. Pachmarhi

Pachmarhi Monsoon Season (July to September)

Pachmarhi is a famous tourist spot in Madhya Pradesh and popular as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Pachmarhi is also known as Satpura ki Rani located in the Satpura Range of Forests, this charming hill station enjoys a moderate rainfall and during the monsoon, the climate becomes extremely pleasant and the surrounding becomes intense green. It has several waterfalls which flow in full strength during the monsoon and attracts a large number of tourists.

Popular tourist attractions: Bee Falls, Dhoopgarh, Jata Shankar Cave, Chauragarh Temple, Handi Khoh

Things to Do: Sightseeing, Photography, Hiking

Nearest Airport: Raja Bhoj Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Pipariya Railway Station

10. Darjeeling

Darjeeling in monsoon

Located close to the slopes of the majestic Himalayas, Darjeeling is one of the top hill stations in India to visit. The magnetic charm of this beautiful hill station during monsoon makes it one of the best places in India. This place is known for the black tea plantations on the slopes. If you are a nature and adventure lover then this spot is an excellent choice you can explore the woodland trail in Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary, also Trek to the Tiger Hill, Boating at the lakes Mirik, Rock climbing at Tenzing Rock and Darjeeling Himalayan Railway ride can be enjoyed in monsoon.

Popular tourist attractions: Himalayan Mountaineering, Yiga Choeling Monastery, Tenzing Rock, Tiger Hill, Darjeeling, Dali Monastery
Things to Do: Sightseeing, Photography
Nearest Airport: Bagdogra Airport
Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri Railway Station

11. Delhi

Monsoon in Delhi

Delhi, India’s capital territory, is blessed with several historical monuments, gardens, and botanical houses, parks, restaurants, hotels, and much more. Delhi not only experiences extreme hot or cold seasons it also contributes a lovely rainy season where one can roam around the famous tourist destination in pleasant climatic conditions. Metros of Delhi are super amazing especially during monsoon you can easily commute and visit the famous tourist attractions. India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Red Fort, Crafts Museum are some of the popular tourist areas.

Popular tourist attractions: Humayun’s Tomb, Hauz Khas Village, Qutub Minar, Connaught Place, India Gate

Things to Do: Sightseeing, Photography, Enjoying Street Food

Nearest Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport 

Nearest Railway Station: New Delhi railway station

12. Lonavala

Lonavala in monsoon season

Lonavala is among the most famous and engaging hill stations located in Pune district, Maharashtra. The hill station is surrounded by beautiful green valleys. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the hill and the pleasant weather. The blissful weather, enchanting greenery, and serene landscapes are the factors that attract tourists to this fascinating place. Dams and lakes in Lonavala are full of serenity and tranquility. These scenic spots give a great chance to photographers. Moreover, the rainy season turns the surroundings look greener and cleaner which makes the lakes a perfect spot to spend time with your loved ones. You can also enjoy trekking, camping, farm tours, waterfall rappelling, and hot spicy local foods.

Popular tourist attractions: Tiger’s Leap, Korigad Fort, Karla and Bhaja caves, Duke’s Nose, Lonavala wax museum, Lion’s Point

Things to Do: Trekking, Farm Tour, Camping, Sightseeing

Nearest Airport: Pune International Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Lonavala railway station

13. Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal in monsoon season

This idyllic hill town in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This beautiful hill station is also known as the Princess of hill stations. Kodaikanal has a plethora of natural beauties including mountains, lush greenery, lakes, beautiful waterfalls, and a tranquil environment. You can enjoy wonderful adventures like trekking, camping, exploring caves and boating, etc. Kodaikanal has been blessed with beautiful valleys, hills, milky waterfalls, lush greenery, and pleasant cool winds. 

Popular tourist attractions: Vattakanal Falls, Guna Cave, Kodaikanal Lake, and Kodai Chocolate Factory.

Things to Do: Trekking, Camping, Boating, Sightseeing

Nearest Airport: Madurai Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Madurai Junction

14. Kerala 

Kerala has two rainy seasons, the first starts in June and the second in mid-October and finally ends around mid-November.

Kerala is known as God’s own country and one of the popular tourist destinations among any type of travelers. During the monsoon, Kerala turns into a wonderful tourist place. The lush greenery everywhere makes this spot a complete paradise and the best tourist places in India. Pamper yourself with exotic Ayurveda treatments especially during this season due to the availability of various medicinal plants. If you are in Kerala then you must enjoy a houseboat stay at Ashtamudi Lake or visit Munnar to explore the lush green tea garden during the monsoon. The famous snake boat race, an annual competition organized in Kerala most probably in the first week of August.

Popular tourist attractions: Eravikulam National Park, Athirappilly Water Falls, Periyar National Park, Varkala Beach, Mattupetty Dam

Things to Do: Houseboat stay, Enjoy Snake Boat Race, Walk around Tea Gardens

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Ernakulam Junction

15. Cherrapunjee

Cherrapunjee is an alluring village and one of the wettest places on the planet which receives heavy rainfall throughout the year. The dense greenery of this famous tourist spot attracts a large number of visitors every year especially to experience the monsoon season here. You can enjoy the exquisite sceneries and the hypnotizing 1115 feet tallest Nohkalikai Falls which takes another face of attractiveness in the monsoon season the waterfalls flow in their full strength during this season. It is also famous for the iconic double-decker natural living root bridge set in the dense forests of Meghalaya.

Popular tourist attractions: Double Decker Living Root Bridge, Nohkalikai Waterfalls, Mawlynnong, Dawki

Things to Do: Sightseeing, Photography, Exploring national parks

Nearest Airport: Shillong Airport 

Railway Station: Guwahati railway station

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Anand Raj

Anand is a content writer and developer, with 2+ years of experience in creating content for several industries. His zeal for helping the readers and providing authentic information arises from his former experience in journalism. Exploring new places, learning new things, trying out amazing cuisines, and blogging about them are few things that keep Anand fascinated.

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