Best Places to Visit During Monsoons in India

Monsoon holidays in India are surely a lifetime experience as the exotic locations leave you spellbound with their beauty. The hills and mountains get carpeted with lush greenery, the lakes overflow with sparkling water, the waterfall sceneries become heavenly to make you fall in love with Incredible India. Monsoons in India are truly a rhapsody of bliss, beauty and relief from the scorching summer sun and they are meant to be savoured.

These are the places where you can truly feel the cool gentle winds, light raindrops and that typical smell of soil which indeed mesmerizes one's senses.

Munnar, Kerala
Munnar is a hill station situated in the eastern part of Kerala surrounded by lush green tea and coffee plantations. The misty rolling hills, sprawling estates, sparkling waterfalls, beautiful hamlets and fantastic mountain valleys makes it a picturesque beauty. Munnar is a showcase of an unending expanse of tea plantations, pristine valleys and mountains, exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests; with an aroma of spice scented cool air. The undulating hills of Munnar, South India's prime tea-growing regions, are carpeted in emerald-green tea plantations. The low mountain panorama is splendid especially during the monsoons when mist envelopes the mountain tops.
Tappas Voyages Recommended Hotel: Windmere Estate

Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Known as the "princess of hill stations" this is one of the best monsoon destinations in India. Situated in the Palani hills of western ghats, Kodaikanal offers enchanting waterfalls, lakes and lush greenery and spectacular views of the ghats and hills. Stroll around the Berijam lake and visit the Kodai lake which is the man-made lake surrounded by rocks and trees and enjoy the scenic view of the hills at Palni hills. Kodaikanal is a wonderful holiday treat for tourists in Monsoons. The literal meaning of Kodaikanal is the gift of the forest. It is a place where you can take break from the heat, chaos and stressful life of the big city.
Tappas Voyages Recommended Hotel: The Carlton Kodaikanal

Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu
Pondicherry now called 'Puducherry' literally means a 'new settlement'. Located near the Bay of Bengal on the Coromandel shoreline, it is famous for pristine beaches, French colonial rule and culture. Pondicherry is a perfect place with pleasant atmosphere, natural beauty, superb cuisines along with architectural marvel and cultural wealth. During monsoons, the temperature cools down, enabling to enjoy the lush green fields and hilly terrains of Pondicherry. One of the major attractions of this place is the sprawling vast land of coffee plantations which leaves a distinct fragrance of coffee in the air.
Tappas Voyages Recommended Hotel: CGH Palais De Mahe

Mandu, Madhya Pradesh
Mandu, the city of architectural ruins takes on a rustic tint during monsoon and is a pleasure to explore the domes and minarets. During monsoon, the lakes are overflowing, the sky has a special luminescence and the air is filled with the cry of peacocks.
Tappas Voyages Recommended Hotel: Jhira Bagh Palace

Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
Khajuraho, the temple city of central India, is famous throughout the world for its exquisitely carved temples in stones. The historic city widely acclaimed for its lovely temples is located in the woody planes of Bundelkhand region. During monsoons, this place becomes even more beautiful owing to the heavy rainfall that it receives. The Raneh Waterfall is full of fresh rainwater during this time. Plus, the light and sound show at the temples add on to the pleasant experience.
Tappas Voyages Recommended Hotel: The Lalit Temple View

Orchha, Madhya Pradesh
Another one of the best places to visit in India in monsoons is this town, built by Raja Rudra Pratap in 1501. Ringed by rising hills, Orchha sits on River Betwa and is crammed with sweet smell of custard apples. This undulating land has towering temples and forts.
Tappas Voyages Recommended Hotel: Orchha Palace & Convention Centre

Coorg, Karnataka
Known for its dense forest cover, it also serves as a biodiversity hotspot showcasing wide variety of flora and fauna. This romantic destination offers enchanting waterfalls, lakes, vast coffee plantations and delicious cuisines to treat your taste buds.
Tappas Voyages Recommended Hotel: Vivanta by Taj

Udaipur, Rajasthan
Udaipur titled as the 'Most Romantic city in India', 'Venice of India', and 'City of Dawn' was founded by Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 AD. The city draws its beauty from the numerous lakes set amidst the green Aravalli Hills in the desert state of Rajasthan. The clear blue waters of Lake Pichola, the 17th century palaces of sandstone and marble, adorned with amber, colored glass, fountains, Japanese-style gardens, and a string of canals connecting the various artificial lakes, make Udaipur a quintessential royal city amidst a gorgeous natural setting. The spectacular view of the reddish sun setting beneath the mountain ranges in the backdrop of the lakes is a sight to behold. During monsoons, this place revives with a hint of greenery around its pristine lakes and palaces to give you breathtaking views.
Tappas Voyages Recommended Hotel: Taj Lake Palace

Lonavala, Maharashtra
With the onset of monsoon, the Sahyadri mountain ranges and the ghats revive with alluring greenery, breath taking waterfalls and pleasant climate. For a quick escape from the bustling city, plan a trip to the quaint hill town of lonavala. The hill town comes alive with green during the monsoons and is a delight during Maharashtra's ample wet months. Lonavala has a number of view-points and trekking options around, all of which are a joy to behold during the Sahyadri monsoons.
Tappas Voyages Recommended Hotel: Hilton Shillim Estate

Pack your bags and head to one of these destinations to make the most of this year's monsoons.