The mesmerizing monsoon season in India brings a pleasant relief from the fierce heat of the summers. The fragrance of raindrops on sun baked earth refreshes the senses. India celebrates monsoons like a festival. The air is fresh and vibrant and the landscapes are a panoramic view of lush greenery. Monsoon in India is joyous; here is our pick of the Best Monsoon Destinations in India.
Wildlife, valleys, lush green tea gardens and numerous waterfalls is what Munnar is known for. It is best to explore the contours of the misty mountains of Munnar in monsoons as the chill in the air leaves you refreshed. Rains result in numerous streams and streamlets in the area, and the beauty of the vast expanse of cloud kissing hills never misses to captivate a travelers’ mind and soul.
Darjeeling (West Bengal)
Visit Darjeeling in Monsoons for an ambience so serene that you can hear raindrops and leaves talking to each other. The dense evergreen forests of sal and oak make a perfect home for different species of ducks, teals, plovers, gulls and wide variety of rare orchids. One of the main attractions is – Rangeet Valley Passenger Cable Car, which offers splendid panoramic views of the Himalayas. For those inclined towards adventure, river rafting and mountain treks are the perfect getaways.
Better known as the ‘Scotland of India’, Coorg is carpeted with coffee and spice plantations all through and in monsoons the aroma spreads across the Western Ghats. The early morning mist covering the mountains makes is the perfect honeymoon destination. Coorg is also known for it’s cuisines, traditions and hospitality. The dense forest area of Karnataka makes it a biodiversity hotspot for a wide variety of flora and fauna. The astonishing Jog falls (the highest un-tiered waterfall in India) is a major tourist attraction.
Goa is known to be a winter destination with sun-surf and sand, along with some lazy lounging alongside the beach. However, monsoons offers a unique Goan odyssey where Mother Nature in her full element brings a fresh aroma, romance and liveliness to this beach state. The famous Dudh Sagar falls and the gorgeous spice plantations in Savoi are spectacular in the rains. It’s also the ideal weather to indulge in Ayurvedic massages and therapies, whether it’s to shed off some extra pounds or to restore the natural glow of your skin!
Though there is hardly any relation between monsoons and Ladakh, the region is best visited when it rains elsewhere in India. Set between the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram Range, Ladakh spells untouched scenery with blue lakes, snow laden mountains, rugged topography and a clear blue sky. Centuries old monasteries, colorful markets and stunning views of the Himalayas make Leh an incredible destination. The icy cold waters surging down from the glacial heights look stunning as the Sun shines brightly, and the rhythmic chants of the monks in an ancient monastery takes you on a different plane.