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Monsoon is one of the best times of the year to experience the beauty of every exotic part of India that offers ecstasy, beauty, and heavenly pleasure when you are vacationing. Although people may not find it very safe to travel during monsoon, rains have the magical spell to change your fear to become a little more adventurous. The lush greenery in the mountains, the lakes getting overflowed with sparkling water, driving around the waterfall, create a heavenly scenery that is too hard to resist. Check out these 7 places in the first part of this piece and look out for the other 7 in the concluding part. Team RetyrSmart
Best destinations to enjoy the monsoons in India (1)
monsoon, Shillong, also known as the ‘Scotland of the East’, is considered one of the top travel destinations in India during this season. The captivating beauty becomes even more mesmerizing when the entire hill town gets drenched in rains. Misty clouds, with lush green everywhere and rumbling waterfalls with a beautiful view, can surely be the best reason for visiting Shillong, Meghalaya. Road-tripping around the hills and staying at nearby cozy hotels with gorgeous views, visiting the Elephant Falls, and the Spread Eagle Falls, trying out the local delicacies, are what you need for a vacation. Both the nearest airport and railway station are in Guwahati (Assam), at a distance of 149 km.
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Goa is surely a major attraction point for any time in the year, but the Monsoon in Goa will make you spellbound. The land of beaches becomes gorgeous during Monsoon with the never-ending view of the sea and other picturesque sceneries. Ideal place for all nature lovers during the rainy season, you can go for trekking, heritage tour, shopping, birdwatching, etc. Road-tripping from Mumbai to Goa is the ultimate adventure you need.
From The dense forest is covered with a wide variety of flora and fauna which makes it an even more romantic destination during Monsoon. The enchanting waterfalls, lakes, vast coffee plantations, and delicious cuisines to treat your taste buds are the reasons to consider it as one of the best places to visit in monsoon. Trekking, bird watching, horse ride, coffee plantation tour are a few options you can indulge in when you are in Coorg. The 5 hours road trip from Bangalore (~270.4 km) is surely a great idea especially if you want to enjoy the mesmerizing view in rains, however, the nearest airports are Mysore at 120 km, Mangalore which is 135 km far and Bangalore at 260 km.
South India looks heavenly with lush greenery and witnessing it getting drenched in rain surely makes it one of the best places to visit in rainy season. And Munnar will surely offer you a great view with all of that, with silvery mist, vast tea gardens, hills, etc This hill station has become one of the favourite tourist places in India during monsoons because of its beauty. The crowd-free Munnar is famous for trekking trails, sight-seeing, tea gardens, getting hypnotized by the natural bliss, and indulging in delicious Kerala cuisine. It takes nearly 3 hours via NH49 route from Cochin, and the nearest railway station is Aluva and Ernakulam, and the nearest airport is Cochin at 110 km and Madurai international airport which is 140 km away.
With the greenery, calm surroundings, the beauty of the Sahyadri range, which is a part of the Western Ghats. Mahabaleshwar becomes one of the most romantic places in India, especially in the rainy season. Pratapgad is a beautiful place to explore if you’re in Mahabaleshwar, along with Lingamala waterfalls and The Elephant’s Head Point is another major attraction among tourists that make a captivating sight during Monsoon.Mahabaleshwar is definitely one of the best places to visit in rainy season which is very close to Mumbai and Pune. A road trip (120 km from Pune and 250 km from Mumbai) is the best idea in the rains.
Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Spiti Valley is one of the most unusual places in India to visit during Monsoon, and have become quite popular among people who like the calm and mystical vibe of the “Little Tibet”. Definitely a great place for camping, and wildlife viewing, and rains make it even more magical. The Lhalung monastery will give you a calming effect if you are looking for it. The nearest railway station is in Shimla and the nearest airport is the Kullu airport at Kullu.
One of the ideal places for beach lovers, the postcard-perfect city Pondicherry looks mesmerizing in the rain. With its old-world charm, the city looks picture-perfect surrounded by cute villas, old colonial houses, cobble-stoned streets, and a few cafes and bars near the sea. Trying French delicacies in rains is definitely fascinating for foodies. For party lovers, Pondicherry offers various places to enjoy, for others shopping near market areas and walking through the quiet yet wild beaches instantly bring joy. Villupuram is the nearest rail station, that is 35 km away, and if you want adventure, fly down to Chennai and road trip to Pondicherry.
Monsoon makes every place look heavenly when the rain pours everywhere, and this list of some best places to visit in monsoon is to help you enjoy the experience of a refreshing road-trip in rain, scenic beauty around these places and also an adventure of a lifetime