10 Monsoon Destinations in India To Drench in Fun
ts Monsoon! Just kidding, but don’t those two words fill you with fun? Right from when we were kids, getting drenched was one of those extra-special things in life. And now that we are grown in comparison, we can afford to do the same in style. From sleepy hills lodged in wet grass to places rainier than the whole world, India has in store for you places that will make the rains an experience for your lifetime.
- Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
You saw this coming. Didn’t you? No monsoon list is ever complete without destinations in Cherrapunji, the rainiest place on planet Earth. It is fitting, situated in a state that is named “The Abode of Clouds”. The 4 o’clock rains are what this place is famous for, the time it receives heavy rainfall, every day, caused by geographical wind cycles.
- Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
Mussoorie, the hilly tourist destination, is slowly but surely making a name for itself in the monsoon section. Mussoorie is somewhere that puts you in mind of Ruskin Bond whenever you think of it. Politically noteworthy, Kempty and Bhatta Falls are the major tourist attractions of Mussoorie.
- The Andaman-Nicobar Islands
These islands are diversely popular, as water sports and monsoon tourist destinations. Featuring colonial architecture, exotic water sports like scuba and panel diving, and either seclusion or hustle-bustle as per the needs of a tourist, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are places you should be the next monsoon.
- Munnar, Kerala
It looks like the hills are awash in rain very often. Situated in Idukki, Kerala, this spot, doubling up as hill station, has tea plantations, endangered fauna species like the Nilgiri Tahr, waterfalls and Anamudi range peaks for exploration in Munnar.
- Agumbe, Karnataka
You could gauge its place on the rainy-meter if I told you it was called the “Cherrapunji of the South”. Having waterfalls, the Sunset View Point and Rainforest Research centres, are another monsoon tourism hotspots of Agumbe.
- Lahaul-Spiti District, Himachal Pradesh
Formerly two separate bodies to be governed, Lahaul-Spiti came together to form a second Indian Ladakh, in my opinion. Equally tranquil and charming, it has monasteries, lake-side views and white mountains to revel in.
- Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
In this grassy, hilly, ashen little oasis in the Tamil-Nadu, there are lakes that look like the ones on the New Year cards they sell on street shops. You can look around the granite hills from an Observatory, or take the greener, healthier way and hike or cycle around Kodaikanal.
- Bikaner, Rajasthan
It is pleasantly surprising to find an entrant from parched Rajasthan on this list, but Bikaner makes it up with the manifold highlights it’s got-on offer. It has Junagarh Fort, and Prachina Museum. It is educationally noteworthy, and has been in media spotlight.
The official party capital of India is making a name for itself these days as a monsoon destination. While you can visit Goa all the year round, monsoon is one time you can do music fests, beach-time and free drinks best.
- Mawsynram, Meghalaya
If you Google this place, the image which appears on your screen is strongly reminiscent of the trailers of the 2009 smash hit Twilight movie franchise. And indeed, its not a far cry-Twilight was happening in legendarily rainy Forks, Washington, USA while Mawsynram is one of the arguably rainiest places in Meghalaya. It has natural wonders which leave one shivering at Nature’s ingenuity, “Shivalinga” formed of mountain rocks.
While India has in store ideal tourist getaways for whenever your office’s closed, be it summer, autumn or winter, monsoon tourism is a big hit. Its no wonder, really. Air fare is hearteningly slashed, and the prospect of grooving in the rains or swirling alone under an umbrella in the downpour brings out the 70’s Bollywood power hero/heroine in all of us. Next time you have a free weekend, a friend’s birthday or a company break near August, make sure to visit any of these amazing places.