Who said that monsoon is only for enjoying hot pakodas and tea from the comfort of your home? Pack your suitcases because we have brought you a list of places to visit that turns into fairly land during monsoon and deserves at least one trip in your lifetime.
With plenty of picturesque landscapes in and around Ranikhet, the town offers multiple options to go on a picnic with your loved ones. Once here, don’t forget to visit one of Asia’s highest golf courses that it houses.
Things to see: Bhalu Dam, Majkhali and Binsar Mahadev Temple
Activities: Camping and golfing
Nearest airport: Pantnagar airport (115 km)119 km.
Be it beaches, breathtaking lagoons or serene backwaters, Alleppey certainly has that X-factor that every backpacker looks for! If that’s not enough, imagine having a delicious meal on the houseboat while watching the fresh pours from the sky, bringing life to everything around you.
Things to see: Alappuzha Beach, Alappuzha Lighthouse and Vembanad Lake
Activities: Kayaking and Shikara riding
Nearest airport: Cochin International airport (82 km) 75 km
Meghamalai, Tamil Nadu
As the name suggests, this quaint little place is famous for being covered with clouds all the time, making it a perfect place to enjoy a monsoon shower. Moreover, one can simply enjoy a nature walk amidst the lush tea and cardamom plantations, which is a unique experience in itself.
Things to see: Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharaja Mettu and Megamalai View Point
Activities: Trekking and bird watching
Nearest airport: Madurai airport (103 km) 142 Km
Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
Though popular amongst spiritual seekers, Dharamshala also makes up for a good monsoon destination choice, given the jaw-dropping waterfalls and lake it boasts. People who enjoy going offbeat should pay a visit to Naddi Village.
Things to see: Triund Hill, Gyuto Monastery and St John in the Wilderness Church
Activities: Trekking and Wood Carving
Nearest airport: Kangra airport (13 km)
Panchmarhi, Madhya Pradesh
Walk through a dense forest and witness not just one but over 50 waterfalls come alive during monsoon. Don’t forget to visit the several noteworthy heritage sites for which Panchmarhi is well-known.
Things to see: Apsara Vihar Waterfall, Panchmarhi Lake and Jata Shankar Caves
Activities: ATV biking and Ziplining
Nearest airport: Bhopal airport (222 km)
Even if the monsoon season brings pleasant weather, it is still advisable to pack thoughtfully for a good experience. You can read our article on the subject for advice on what to bring during the rainy season.