Edited 31 October 2022

Love the rain? These Twenty Indian destinations are every pluviophile’s paradise

The rainy season in India is truly magical! It is that time of the year when tourists and locals alike are greeted with a cool breeze and soothing climate while the Indian landscape is dotted with drops of rain all around. The water from the waterfalls starts roaring fiercely, the sun-kissed beaches are full of water, the rolling hills glisten in green and the cottony clouds roll into the sky, transforming the Indian land into nothing less than heaven. Moreover, the indescribable fragrance of the earth following the rainfall delight petrichor from within. This is indeed the season of bliss and solace and brings one closer to the unfettered beauty of nature.

With such fascinating aspects, it will be an understatement to treat monsoons as the time to stay indoors. Although some avoid travelling during monsoon, we guarantee once you are out during the time of downpour the inexplicable charm of nature will offer such memories that you can never forgo. So, ditch all those plans to stay inside the four walls and step out to see the glory of nature at its peak during the monsoon.

Now, if you are wondering the best monsoon destinations in India, fret not, as we have covered everything for your ease in this very list. All you have to do is get in touch with us and get your tickets booked to these spell-binding monsoon destinations in India.

The best-known monsoon destinations in India

If you like exploring Indian beauty and don’t mind getting wet, then this list is for you. So, go through this list and make your monsoon travel plans easier than you ever imagined.

1. Cherrapunji

Known all over for experiencing the highest rainfall in the country, the landscape of Cherrapunji flashes brightly during the monsoon season. There is no shortage of rain in this part of the world all year round because it receives constant rain. The intensity of rain during the monsoon is, however, truly unmatched. The chance to sip piping-hot tea here under the roof amidst the cool breeze and heavy rain is an experience that no one should miss. So, take a break to enjoy the monsoon season with your loved ones at this popular destination.

  • Nearest airport: Guwahati Airport
  • Average temperature during monsoon: 12-16℃

2. Lonavala

We promise that Lonavala is one of the best places to visit in the rainy season if you place your faith in us. During this time, this picturesque destination is as romantic and magical as you can ever imagine. From Tiger's Point, take in views of the city, view the Tungarli Lake overflowing with water, or marvel at the Tikona Fort as it is covered in water droplets or click innumerable pictures against the perfect natural setting. All of these moments are guaranteed to make you happy.x

  • Nearest airport: Lohegaon Airport
  • Average temperature during monsoon: 22-26℃

3. Mount Abu

Ever tried dancing to the serene music of rain? Well, if not then Mount Abu can be the place for you to have the best monsoon memories. Mount Abu is a famed hill station located in the desert land of Rajasthan. Owing to its soothing climate and inexplicable charm, the place has the attention of tourists from worldwide. However, if you wish to witness the glory of Mount Abu at its peak, then the monsoon will be the best time. Among the places to see in Mount Abu are Dilwara Temples, Nakki Lake, Toad Rock, and a few others.

  • Nearest airport: Dabok Airport
  • Average temperature during monsoon: 22-30℃

4. Wayanad

A paradise nestled in God's own country, Kerala, Wayanad is an excellent place to experience South India during the monsoon season. As one of the best monsoon destinations in India, Wayanad hosts a three-day monsoon festival, Splash. If you are looking for verdant, lush tea gardens or even a trekking expedition in Wayanad during the rainy season, then you will not be disappointed and we are sure of that.

  • Nearest airport: Calicut International Airport
  • Average temperature during monsoon: 24-31℃

5. Darjeeling

The ‘Queen of the Himalayas’, Darjeeling needs no introduction. It is one of the most spectacular hill stations in India perched at an elevation of 2,050 m that no travellers can afford to miss. The expansive tea gardens, rolling hills, ageless toy train, and lush-green valleys together makes the landscape of Darjeeling so gratifying that you can never imagine. Once here, do not miss the chance to tantalise your taste buds with the world-famous Darjeeling tea that is indeed a heaven for all chai lovers.

  • Nearest airport: Bagdogra Airport
  • Average temperature during monsoon: 12-19℃

6. Coorg

Coorg is another gem tucked away in the heart of South India. Dotted with alluring waterfalls and tea gardens, Coorg is also the place to come close to mother nature. Renowned as the ‘Scotland of India’, Coorg has an immensely captivating hilly setting that none can take their eyes off from its beauty. As the weather becomes quite favourable and cool during the rainy season, it is best to explore the enticing charm of Coorg during this time.

  • Nearest airport: Mangalore International Airport
  • Average temperature during monsoon: 21-24℃

Read more about: Six reasons why Coorg should be your next holiday in the hills

7. Shillong

One of the best places to explore during monsoons, Shillong is settled amidst the picturesque Khasi and Jayanti Hills. Adorned by numerous jaw-dropping waterfalls such as Elephant Falls, Bishop Falls, Crinoline Falls, etc, Shillong’s captivating beauty falls short of words. When this quaint town gets drenched in rain, the beauty of Shillong reaches a point that you can hardly imagine. Excited already? So, make Shillong your next monsoon destination and do remember to relish the local cuisines such as momos, tungrymbai, jadoh and many more.

  • Nearest airport: Umroi Airport
  • Average temperature during monsoon: 12-16℃

Read more about: Love the monsoons? Here’s why Shillong is the perfect rainy getaway

8. Spiti Valley

Fondy called the ‘Little Tibet’, Spiti Valley is one of the top-notch monsoon destinations in India. Without any doubt, this is the place to not only indulge in spine-chilling activities such as trekking, rafting but also gaze at the profound natural beauty. From views of snow-capped Himalayan ranges to ancient and fascinating monasteries, Spiti Valley is indeed a paradise on earth.

  • Nearest airport: Kullu Airport
  • Average temperature during monsoon: 10-15℃

9. Munnar

Still, confused about where to go for a memorable monsoon getaway? If so, then we suggest you explore Munnar which lets you evade the hustle and bustle of chaotic city life. Blessed with silvery mist, expansive tea gardens, rolling hills, and an extremely calming atmosphere, Munnar is amongst the favourite tourist destinations in India during the monsoons. The rain revitalises not just the locals but even accentuates the beauty of nature to a point that it becomes no less than nature's paradise.

  • Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport
  • Average temperature during monsoon: 20-25℃

10. Malshej Ghat

If the fragrance of earth after a heavy downpour tantalises your senses to another level, then there’s nothing better than travelling to monsoon destinations in India and satisfying the petrichor in you. So, head to Malshej Ghat for a memorable monsoon vacay. Located in the Western Ghats, Malshej Ghat is home to a rich flora and fauna that looks even more fascinating during the monsoons. You can enjoy a short nature walk, trek or even bird watching activity to collect some everlasting memories.

  • Nearest airport: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
  • Average temperature during monsoon: 20-25℃

11. Kodaikanal

Renowned as the ‘Princess of Hill stations’, Kodaikanal lies in the lap of Palani Hills. Kodaikanal experiences an otherwise hot climate, however, monsoon brings back the vim and vigour to it with a constant dose of cool breeze and rainfall. The enthralling views of valleys and hills fed by the rain and on the other side a spectacle of rainbow painting the sky in seven different hues make for a fascinating sight to behold.

  • Nearest airport: Madurai Airport
  • Average temperature during monsoon: 20-28℃

12. Alleppey

Known for its backwaters and palm-fringed Ayurvedic resorts, Alleppey is officially called Alappuzha. This serene town looks divine during the monsoons as the lush-green field and meandering rivers get drenched in rain. You will often get to witness the sun and clouds playing hide and seek with each other during the monsoon. While here, also visit some of the popular tourist attractions such as Alappuzha Beach, Marari Beach, Revi Karunakaran Museum, etc.

  • Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport
  • Average temperature during monsoon: 25-30℃

13. Mahabaleshwar

The charismatic aura of the hilly landscape of Mahabaleshwar makes for a perfect monsoon destination for all those who love getting drenched in rain. Perched at an elevation of 622 m, amidst the Sahyadri ranges, Mahabaleshwar has mighty peaks surrounded by woods. From trekking to the top of mist-covered Wilson’s Point, exploring the charm of water roaring through the Lingamala Falls to ambling around the overflowing Venna Lake, Mahabaleshwar is like a dream destination for nature lovers.

  • Nearest airport: Pune Airport
  • Average temperature during monsoon: 18-22℃

14. Udaipur

If you want to go to destinations with lesser rainfall, then Udaipur, the ‘City of Lakes’ is a must-visit as this picturesque destination receives moderate rainfall. Lined with umpteen number of tourist attractions and colourful bazaars, Udaipur is the perfect destination to catch a glimpse of the aura of Maharajas. Moreover, the monsoon makes the climate of Udaipur soothing enough to experience a memorable boat ride in the alluring lakes such as Fateh Sagar Lake, Lake Pichola and so many more.

  • Nearest airport: Maharana Pratap Airport
  • Average temperature during monsoon: 20-30℃

15. Orchha

Rejuvenating the landscape with immense greenery, the monsoon season is the best time to explore Orchha and bid adieu to the heat waves of summer. This quaint town was built by Raja Rudra Pratap in 1501. Orchha is settled on the banks of river Betwa and is crammed with numerous forts and temples. The historical ruins of the forts freshly washed with rain look divine during this time. So, enjoy the season of monsoon with a visit to this otherwise dry town in Madhya Pradesh.

  • Nearest airport: Gwalior Airport
  • Average temperature during monsoon: 23-30℃

16. Goa

The bustling ‘Party capital of India'', Goa is one destination that all of us dream of visiting at least once in a lifetime. With no shortage of sun-kissed beaches, Goa surely is best enjoyed during the monsoon to soak in picturesque sceneries amidst constant drizzles. Monsoon, however, may not be the best time to indulge in thrilling water activities, still fret not as there is a lot more to do in Goa. You can explore the Dudhsagar Falls, discover the Basilica of Bom Jesus or discover the charm of Aguada Fort.

  • Nearest airport: Goa International Airport
  • Average temperature during monsoon: 25-30℃

Read more about: Top four reasons to discover Goa - a perfect destination for beach lovers

17. Chikmagalur

Popular nationwide as the ‘Coffee land of Karnataka’, Chikmagalur sits on the laps of Mullayanagiri ranges. The views of terraced coffee plantations dotted with droplets of rain along with the aroma of coffee beans making their way out are certainly the best part of your Chikmagalur trip. This iconic destination is also the home to a vast tropical rainforest that indeed tempts tourists from all over.

  • Nearest airport: Mangalore Airport
  • Average temperature during monsoon: 18-20℃

18. Pahalgam

Located amidst the confluence of Sheshnag Lake and Liddle river, the beauty of Pahalgam is way beyond description. It is one of those awe-inspiring cities in Kashmir that never fails to cater to the needs of tourists. Unlike other hyped destinations in India, Pahalgam offers a peaceful retreat from the humdrum of life. Amongst the most visited places of Pahalgam are Betaab Valley, Chandawari, Aru Valley, Liddle River and the list continues.

  • Nearest airport: Srinagar Airport
  • Average temperature during monsoon: 13-26℃

19. Ranikhet

Ranikhet is another delightful destination in Uttarakhand that draws the attention of tourists with its unparalleled experiences during the monsoon. This isolated town is far from the madding crowd of the city and is thus often occupied with all those who are in search of peace and solace. Blessed with a favourable climate, Chaubatia Orchards, Bhalu Dam, Dwarahat and many more.

  • Nearest airport: Pantnagar Airport
  • Average temperature during monsoon: 22-29℃

20. Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Pretty much like Goa, the land of beaches, Andaman & Nicobar Islands is not just limited to alluring beaches. Monsoon in Andaman & Nicobar Islands is like a blessing as the land otherwise remains hot and humid. A few of the tourist attractions that one can explore during the monsoon while here include Cellular Jail, Phoenix Bay Jetty, Anthropological Museum and so many others.

  • Nearest airport: Port Blair Airport
  • Average temperature during monsoon: 22-30℃

Blessed with so many enticing destinations, it is time for you to explore them during the season of rain. If you wish to know about similar destinations, you may get in touch with us for all the required details. Happy exploring!

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