What are the best places to visit in India during monsoon?

There are several destinations that you can add to your list to travel around the monsoon in India. The weather at this time is pleasant, perfect for outings and sightseeing as there are no heat waves to bother and not that cold you could not come out of your blankets. So to know about the best places in India to visit during monsoon, read this blog and determine which place you like to visit and plan your vacation. During the monsoon, you can encounter the lush greens in the mountains and experience the breeze of the water bodies. 

List of the places to visit during monsoon in India

1. Lonavala

The first place we have on the list to visit during monsoon is Lonavala, between the green valleys in Maharashtra. You can explore the historical caves, trek in the hills, and the greenery in the hills. It is a paradise for nature lovers to get insights to connect with mother nature, and do not forget to drink "kulhad chai" and "Golden Vada Pav with Thecha" as it is a must in Lonavala. 

How to reach: Lonavala is 2 hours far from the two of the major cities, Pune and Mumbai. One can get a taxi or travel by train to reach the destination. The nearest airports are in the cities only, and the travelers will need to travel around 89 km by local transport or taxi. 

Major Attractions: Karla Caves, Kune Falls, Lonavala Lake, Shree Narayani Dham Temple, Della Adventure Park, Lion's Point, etc. 

2. Darjeeling

The hill station in the West Bengal region is best known for tea flavors worldwide. You can see the hills covered with beautiful greenery everywhere, waterfalls, and old monasteries. You can spend a great vacation in the Himalayas' foothills, take in the fresh air, and drink the most flavourful Darjeeling teas. 

How to reach: The closest Airport to Darjeeling is Bagdodara, and the nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri. By railway station and airport, Darjeeling is 76 km away, which can be covered by a local or private taxi that takes 3 hours. 

Major Attractions: Rock Garden, Toy Train, Dali Monastery, Peace Pagoda, Happy Valley Tea Estate, etc. 

3. Shillong

Shillong is also known as the Scotland of the East. It receives the highest waterfall in the Meghalaya region and still is one of the best monsoon destinations in India. The high amount of rainfall makes this place more beautiful than ever as the greenery shines through the hills around the capital of Meghalaya and attracts tourists. You can visit a number of lakes and falls and enjoy the cuisines you cannot miss, like Jadoh or Sakin. 

How to reach: The best option to reach Shillong is by train to Guwahati, as it's only 100 km away. For a road trip, travelers can take the NH 40, which connects all the major cities in India. 

Major Attractions: Elephant's Fall, Umiam Lake, Shillong View Point, Laitlum Canyon, etc. 

4. Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar is located in the southern part of Mumbai. One can explore forts, temples, and peak points of the hills surrounded by forest. This place is ideal for farming majorly Strawberries, so you can explore the organic farming techniques as well if interested and enjoy the joy of fresh fruits and vegetables. You can try Parsi foods in Mahabaleshwar as it is quite famous among tourists. 

How to reach: From Mumbai, tourists can take the Mumbai-Pune expressway and the NH 4 route to arrive at the destination. However, the nearest airport to Mahabaleshwar is Pune Airport which is 131 km far, and Wathar Railway Station is the nearest. 

Major Attractions: Elphinstone Point, Sunset Point Mahabaleshwar, Pratapgarh Fort, Shree Mahabaleshwar Temple, Venna Lake, Parsi Point, etc. 

5. Munnar

One of the picture-perfect places to visit in Kerala during monsoon is Munnar. From valleys, forests, waterfalls, tea gardens, and Savannah makes, this place is heaven on earth, and during monsoon, the beauty of this place is heightened. Plan your vacation to Munnar in Kerala for a staycation or a getaway trip.

How to Reach: To reach Munnar by air, you must fly to Cochin International Airport, 125 km away from Munnar. The nearest train station is Kochi or Ernakulam, both at 120 km from the final location. 

Major Attractions: Eravikulam National Park, Tea Museum, Mattupetty Dam, Attukad Waterfalls, Cheeyappara Waterfalls, etc. 

6. Coorg

Coorg is a small rural district located in Karnataka and called Scotland of India. It is known in the world for its coffee plantations and also is amongst the great vacation places in the monsoon in India. The beautiful waterfalls, breathtaking views, and culture of this place make it popular for a trip to the southern part. It is a great place for a holiday with family, friends, or your partner.

How to reach: It is a five hours drive from Bangalore. By train 95 km from Mysore station. And by air, the nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport, 111 km from Coorg. 

Major Attractions: Raja's Seat, Abbey Falls, Mallalli Falls, Namdroling Monastery Golden Temple, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Madikeri Fort, etc.

Hence, above are all the vacation places in the monsoon in India that you can explore. You can plan your trip to one of these places based on your liking and convenience or add multiple destinations to your list.