1. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu:
The hill city of Kodaikanal is one of the finest places to visit during the monsoons. Situated among the Palani hills of the Western Ghats, Kodaikanal has green forests, gushing waterfalls and a beautiful lake. The rains add to the greenery and beauty of this hill station making it one of the ideal monsoon destinations.
2. Agumbe, Karnataka:
If you grew up in the 90s, you will remember watching Malgudi days on TV. Agumbe is the place where it was shot. A small village in the Shimoga district of Karnataka, Agumbe lies on the west coastal region of South India. It receives the most rainfall in South India. Some amazing waterfalls and a beautiful view of the sunset await you at Agumbe. If you like rainforests and wildlife, volunteering at the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station (ARRS) here can be a great way to enjoy your vacation.
3. Pushkar, Rajasthan:
Known as a sacred destination for Hindus, Pushkar in Rajasthan is a great monsoon getaway for those who crave for peaceful and serene vacations. It’s a famous legend that this town was created when Lord Brahma dropped the petals of a lotus from his hand on this part of the earth. Monsoon is the off-season in Pushkar so the place is not crowded with tourists like the rest of the year. This also means cheap accommodation and discounted rates.
4. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra:
Mahabaleshwar summer vacation
Maharashtra becomes extremely beautiful during the monsoon season and one of the finest hill stations to witness this is Mahabaleshwar. Known as the Queen of the Sahyadri hills, Mahabaleshwar offers spectacular views of green ghats and long-tailed waterfalls. It is a nature-lover’s delight with several sight-seeing points like Arthur’s seat, Kate’s point and Wilson’s point.
5. Kausani, Uttarakhand:
Situated close to Nainital, Kausani is a picturesque hill station in Uttarakhand which is known as an all-year destination. A comparatively unexplored destination in Uttarakhand, Kausani is great for those who do not like commercial tourist spots. It’s a small place where you can sit peacefully in the hills and enjoy the enchanting views of the Himalayas. Kausani becomes more beautiful and romantic during the rains making it a cool monsoon destination.
Monsoon is off-season in Goa and this is a blessing in disguise. Goa is actually the most beautiful during the rains. While many of the beach shacks are shut, the beach still has an unusually attractive feel to it. The number of tourists is at a minimum during this time so there are plenty of places where you can find solitude. The greenery of the palm trees and rice fields add to the beauty of the place and make it spectacular.
7. Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir:
The highways to Ladakh are closed for most part of the year and open up only during May-June to October-November. This region is bereft of rains during the monsoons making it a great place for an adventurous road trip flanked by breath-taking views of the barren mountains, blue sky and mesmerizing water bodies.
8. Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra:
An ideal getaway from Mumbai and Pune, Malshej Ghat comes to life during the monsoons with gushing waterfalls and great views of the surrounding mountain peaks. You are in the midst of clouds and dense fog as you pass through roads in the green valley. If you like bird-watching, you can also catch a glimpse of the migratory flamingos found here during the monsoon season.
9. Chikmagalur, Karnataka:
A famous coffee land in the state of Karnataka, Chikmagalur is one of the greenest destinations abundant with natural beauty. Its beauty peaks during the monsoon. Glorious waterfalls and foggy roads between valleys are a common sight in Chikmagalur.
10. Alleppey, Kerala:
One of the most popular destinations in Kerala, Alleppey looks like a beautiful picture with a silvery mist and lush green hills during the rains. Canals, backwaters, and the beaches are at their best and snakeboats can be seen battling in races. The whole place is wet and green and has a romantic feel to it during the monsoons. A ride into the interiors of Alleppey in a shikara is an experience worth your time and money. Alleppey is less crowded as compared to its travel contemporary Munnar during the monsoon and is therefore a better choice for a quiet getaway.