If you are somebody who loves the rainy season and does not let it hamper your travel plans, then you might be in for a treat. Monsoons are usually the time when people avoid traveling and so, you might experience lesser crowds and cheaper deals in hotels. One thing that the rains do is that they give a new look to the surroundings and everything seems much more vibrant. India has several destinations that are perfect for a monsoon trip as you can witness nature at its finest.

30 Best Places to visit in India in August 

1.Athirapally, Kerala

Athirapally

Athirapally Falls, located in the Thrissur district of Kerala, is a must-visit place during the monsoon. The cascading waterfall that flows through the Anamudi mountains of the Western Ghats has been a favorite spot for filmmakers. The falls have been a major backdrop in several Hindi and regional films like Baahubali, Dil Se, Guru, Raavan, Khushi, Iruvar, Pukar, and several others. The monsoon season adds a layer of green to the landscape making it look delightful. 

How To Reach: 

Air: Kochi Airport is the nearest airport.

Train: Chalakudy is the nearest railway station and the other major station is Thrissur railway station.

Road: Athirapally is well-connected to other cities of Kerala. Buses and cabs are available from Kochi, Thrissur, Valparai, and Chalakudy.

Places to Visit: 

  • Charpa Falls
  • Vazhachal Falls
  • Anakkayam
  • Sholayar Dam
  • Thumburmuzhi Gardens
  • Malakkappara Tea Gardens

Things To Do: Trekking, River Rafting, Elephant sighting, Nature Photography. 

Places to Eat:  Rainforest, Foliage, Zatkara Restaurant, and Greenvalley Motel.

Places to Stay: Rainforest Resort, Samroha Resort, Riverok Villas, Casa Rio Resorts. 

2.Cherrapunji, Meghalaya

Cherrapunji 

A trip in monsoon would be incomplete without visiting the second wettest place on earth- Cherrapunji. If you are a rain lover, then this place cannot skip your list. A visit in August will let you admire the lush green surroundings and hills. Another attraction is the unique orange flower honey that you get here. 

How To Reach:  

Air: The nearest airport is Umroi Airport at Shillong. 

Train: The closest station is Guwahati Railway Station. 

Road: Buses and cab services from Shillong and Guwahati help to reach Cherrapunji. 

Places to visit:

  • Nohkalikai Waterfalls
  • Double Decker Living Root Bridges
  • Mawsmai Caves
  • Dainthlen Falls
  • Krem Phyllut
  • Nongsawlia
  • The Mawkdok Dympep Valley View
  • Thangkharang Park 
  • Wakaba Falls

Things to do: Sightseeing, trek to Double Decker Root Bridge, hiking, kayaking & zip lining at Dawki, shop for local handicrafts.

 Local Food: 

The local cuisine of Cherrapunji is rich having dishes like Pork momos, Jadoh, and Sohra Pulao (prepared using vegetables and oil, without any spices). Rice beer is a compulsory drink among the Khasis. 

Places to Eat: Cafe Cherrapunjee, Orange Roots, Avron Restaurant, Rain Cafe, Halari Restaurant. 

Places to Stay: Saimika Resort, Jiva Resort, Goshen homestay, Ibankordor Jungle Resort, Kutmadan Resort, Polo Orchid Resort, Coniferous Resort.

3.Amboli, Maharashtra:

Amboli

Amboli is a quaint little hill station in the Sahyadri hills of Maharashtra. The monsoon seems to work its magic on Amboli as it gets all green and lively. Amboli is blessed with waterfalls that flow abundantly during the rainy season. Several viewpoints offer panoramic views of the surrounding hills. It is a weekend getaway spot from Mumbai and a must-visit if you are looking for a rejuvenating experience. 

How to reach: 

Air: Amboli is close to Goa and the nearest airport is in Dabolim, Goa. 

Train: The nearest railway station is in Sawantwadi. 

Road: Amboli is well connected by road to nearby cities and states. 

Places to Visit:

  • Amboli Falls
  • Madhavgad
  • Hiranya Keshi Temple
  • Shirgaonkar Point 
  • Nagata Falls 
  • Kawleshet Point
  • Sunset point 

Local Food:

Malvani cuisine is a highlight which is known for being spicy. As Amboli is in the Konkan region, you can also see the Konkani influence in the food. 

Places to Eat: Nandanvan Restaurant, Hotel Fish Tales, ABC Amboli Biryani Centre.

Places to Stay: Whistling Woods, Green Valley Resort, Amboli Hill Resort, Dark Forest Retreat, Nandan Farm stay, Green Grass resort. 

4.Jog Falls, Karnataka

Jog Falls

Jog Falls, the second-highest plunge waterfall in India, is a spectacular sight during the monsoons. The Sharavathi River flows down into four cascading falls named Raja, Rani, Roarer, and Rocket to form this magnificent waterfall. The Linganmakki Dam serves as a hydro-electric power station restricting the flow during other seasons. So, the best time to visit the falls is during the monsoon when it is in its full glory.

How To Reach:

Air: The nearest airport is the Hubli airport. The nearest international airport is in Mangalore.

Train: Shimoga is the nearest railway station. 

Road: Jog Falls has good road connectivity. There are bus services from Bangalore, Shimoga, and Mangalore to Jog Falls.  

Places to Visit: 

  • Jog Falls
  • Linganamakki Dam
  • Honnemaradu
  • Tunga Anicut Dam
  • Sharavathi Valley and Suspension Bridge

Places to stay: KSTDC Hotel Mayura Gerusoppa, Sharavathi Adventure Camp, homestays like Sri Ranga and Aloka Homestays

5.Munnar, Kerala

Munnar

Munnar is one place you cannot afford to miss, especially during the monsoon season when nature adds its magical touch. It is situated on the banks of three rivers- Madupetti, Nallathanni, Periavaru and is layered with tea plantations and breath-taking scenery. The aroma of the tea leaves and the sight of the captivating mountains will linger on even after your trip is over. 

How to Reach: 

Air: The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport which is connected to major cities of India.

Train: The closest railway station is Aluva. The major railway station is in Ernakulam. 

Road: Bus services are provided by the state and private companies from major cities in Kerala and Tamil Nadu to Munnar. 

Places to Visit:

  • Mattupetty Dam
  • Indo-Swiss Dairy Farm
  • Tea Museum
  • Old Munnar Town
  • Anamudi Peak
  • Top Station
  • Attukkad Waterfall
  • Kundala Lake
  • Echo Point
  • Lockhart Gap
  • Marayoor Dolmens
  • Mount Carmel Church
  • Eravikulam National Park

Things to do:  Visit the Carmelagiri Elephant Park for an elephant ride, visit the Tea Museum to learn about the process of tea cultivation, Sightseeing.

Local Food: Kerala is known for its non-vegetarian food especially sea-food. Some must-try delicacies include- 

Idiyappam with Egg Curry, Puttu and Kadala Curry, Appam with Stew, Kerala Prawn Curry, Spicy Chicken Fry, Kerala style Fish fry, Beef fry with Malabar Parotta, Kairali Thali, Ari Pathri and Chicken Curry. 

Places to Eat: Saravana Bhawan, Rochas Restaurant, Tree Top Restaurant, Raspy Restaurant, Hotel Sri Nivas, Guru’s Restaurant.

Places to Stay: Tea County, Wild Mist Homestay, Deep Wood’s Resort, Fragrant Nature Munnar, Chandy’s Windy Woods.

6.Lonavala, Maharashtra

Lonavala

Lonavala is a hill station situated in the Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats. It is the favorite monsoon destination for people from Mumbai and Pune, due to its proximity to the cities. Lonavala is replete with dams, waterfalls, lakes, and old forts which make for a perfect holiday. If you are visiting in August, you cannot miss the Bhushi Dam which is a major tourist attraction at this point. 

How to reach:

Air: The Lohegaon Airport in Pune and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai is close to Lonavala. 

Train: The Lonavala Railway Station is an important junction and has several trains arriving from Mumbai and Pune.

Road: Lonavala, situated on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway is well-connected by road to both the cities and other parts of Maharashtra. 

Places to Visit:

  • Bhushi Dam
  • Tiger's Leap 
  • Rajmachi Fort
  • Lonavala Lake 
  • Karla and Bhaja caves 
  • Tikona Fort
  • Lohagad Fort
  • Sunil's Celebrity Wax Museum 
  • Duke's Nose
  •  Adlabs Imagicaa

 Things to do: Trekking, enjoy boating in the Lonavala lake, and do not miss trying out ‘chikki’ which is a specialty of Lonavala. 

Places to Eat: The Kinara Village Dhaba, Cafe 24, Creme Della, Parsi Dhaba, Hotel Rama Krishna, PNF Restaurant, Maganlal Chikki.

Places to Stay: Dukes Retreat, Rhythm Lonavala, Della Resort, The Strand Resort, Fariyas Resort. 

 7.Orchha, Madhya Pradesh

Orchha

Lying on the banks of River Betwa in Madhya Pradesh, Orchha is a town with a historical legacy. It was founded in 1501 by the Bundela Rajput chief- Rudra Pratap Singh. The major attraction here is the fort, palaces, temples, Chhatris that reflect the beauty of medieval architecture. While Orchha is usually a dry and arid area, the monsoon adds a sense of freshness and greenery to the surroundings making it come alive. 

How to reach:

Air: The nearest airport is in Gwalior.

Train: Jhansi railway station is the nearest railway station.

Road: There are no direct buses to Orchha. Jhansi is the nearest bus stop and from there you can hire a cab to reach Orchha.  

Places to Visit:

  • Orchha Fort- on the banks of River Betwa, built by Bundela Rudra Pratap Singh in the 16th century.
  • Jehangir Mahal
  • Ram Raja Temple
  • Raja Mahal 
  • Rani Mahal
  • Betwa River
  • Sunder Mahal
  • Chattris- royal cenotaphs
  • Chaturbhuj Temple 
  • Phool Bagh
  • Lakshmi Narayan Temple 
  • Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Dauji ki haveli

Things to do: Rafting and boating in the River Betwa, nature trail at Orcha Nature Reserve, witness the architectural marvels. 

Places to Eat: Orchha Hut Restaurant, Jharokha Restaurant, Ramraja Restaurant, Betwa Tarang, Hotel Sheesh Mahal, Open Sky Restaurant. 

Places to Stay: Hotel Bundelkhand Riverside, MPT Sheesh Mahal, Hotel Sunset, Amar Mahal, Betwa Retreat, Shree Ram homestay.

8.Agumbe, Karnataka

Agumbe

Agumbe, located in the Shimoga district of Karnataka is often referred to as the ‘Cherrapunji of South India’. It is said to receive the second-highest annual rainfall in India. That is why, it is surrounded by scenic waterfalls, dense forests, and wildlife. Agumbe is home to India’s only Rainforest Research Station. If you have grown up watching the show ‘Malgudi Days’, then you are in for a treat. Although Malgudi is a fictional town created by R.K. Narayan, Agumbe is the place where the show was shot.  

How to reach: 

Air: Mangalore is the nearest airport to Agumbe.

Train: The nearest railway station is at Udupi.

Road: There are regular state and private bus services from Mangalore, Shimoga, Bangalore, and Udupi to Agumbe. 

Places to Visit: 

  • Gopala Krishna Temple
  • Rainforest Research Station
  • Sunset Point
  • Barkana Falls
  • Onake Abbi Falls
  • Good lu Theertha Falls
  • Jogigundi Falls
  • Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary

Things to do: Trekking, Hiking, Photography, Visit the Sunset Point, River Rafting in Sita Nadi River. 

Places to Stay: If you want to relive the experience of Malgudi Days, you can choose to stay at Doddamane Homestay which was Swami’s house and is owned by Kasturi Akka. Besides this, there are other places to stay in and around Agumbe- Belachikatte Homestay, Hingaara- The Nature Stay, Muduvalli Heritage Homestay, Kolavara Heritage. 

9.Ooty, Tamil Nadu

Ooty

Ooty is a popular hill station nestled amidst the Nilgiri mountains. It is usually crowded during the summers and so, monsoon might be the time to visit if you want to skip the crowd. The showers also add a colorful look to the landscape with the views of misty mountains, foggy clouds, and serene valleys.  

How to reach: 

Air: Coimbatore Airport is the nearest airport from Ooty.

Train: The nearest railhead is Mettupalayam.

Road: Ooty is connected by road to other parts of Tamil Nadu.

Places to Visit:

  • Doddabetta Mountain Peak
  • Ooty Lake
  • Rose Garden
  • Emerald Lake
  • Kodanadu's View Point
  • Avalanche Lake
  • Pykara Waterfalls
  • St. Stephen’s Church
  • Government Museum Of Ooty
  • Botanical Garden

 Things to do: Boat riding, Sightseeing, Trekking. 

Places to Eat: Nahar Restaurant, Ooty Coffee House, Earl’s Secret, Sidewalk Cafe, Garden Restaurant.

Places to Stay Ooty White House, Savoy, King’s Cliff,

Fortune Resort Sullivan Court, Sterling Ooty Fern Hill. 

10.Kolad, Maharashtra

Kolad

Kolad, a small village in Raigad district is a hidden secret of Maharashtra. It is known as the ‘Rishikesh of Maharashtra’ due to the variety of adventure sports it has to offer. The best time to visit Kolad is during the monsoons as the high water levels make it ideal for white water rafting. The picturesque valleys, flowing waterfalls and lush greenery are a treat to the eyes.  

How to reach:

Air: The nearest airport to Kolad is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. 

Train: The Kolad railway station is connected to the major cities of Maharashtra. Kolad railway line is part of the Konkan Railways which is full of scenic beauty. 

Road: The most preferred way to reach Kolad is by road. Buses are available from nearby cities. 

Places to Visit:

  • Kundalika River
  • Tamhini Ghat Waterfalls
  • Bhira Dam
  • Ghosala Fort
  • Sutarwadi Lake
  • Plus Valley Trek
  • Tala Fort 
  • Kuda Mandad Caves
  • Gaimukh
  • Devkund Waterfalls 

Things to do: River rafting is the most popular adventure sport here followed by several others like kayaking, paragliding, and river crossing.

Places to Eat: Shreekar- The Dhaba, Maratha Palace, Hotel Prabhakar, Suruchi Restaurant.

Places to Stay: Forest Hills at Tala, Gaachee Resort, Vinnca Village at Rockhill Adventures and Resorts, The Waterfront, Kundalika Cottages, Sterling Nature Trails Kundalika.  

11.Mount Abu, Rajasthan

Mount Abu

Mount Abu being the only hill station in Rajasthan is a popular destination. It offers relief from scorching heat to the people living in Rajasthan as well as Gujarat. The Dilwara Jain Temples make it an important pilgrimage spot for the Jains. The rainy season is a good time to visit as the weather is pleasant and a layer of greenery gets added to the landscape making it a splendid sight. 

How to reach:

Air: Mount Abu has no airport and the nearest airport is in Udaipur.

Train: The nearest railway station is Abu Road, which is 28 km away from the city.

Road: Mount Abu is well connected to major cities by road. There are regular state transport and private buses from the nearby cities of Mount Abu. 

Places to Visit: 

  • Dilwara Jain Temples
  • Nakki Lake
  • Sunset Point
  • Toad Rock
  • Guru Shikhar
  • Honeymoon Point
  • Trevor’s Tank
  • Achalgarh Fort
  • Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Universal Peace Hall
  • Arbuda Devi Temple 
  • Raghunath Temple
  • Brahma Kumaris Spiritual University
  • Gaumukh Temple

Things To Do: Trekking, Sightseeing, watch the sunset, visit temples, experience Wildlife.

Local Food: 

As Mount Abu is a popular Jain pilgrim site, one can find several vegetarian restaurants. You can find restaurants serving local Rajasthani food, Punjabi, Chinese, and various other options.

Places to Eat: Arbuda Restaurant, Jaipur Palace, Mulberry Tree Restaurant, Chacha Cafe, Kanak Dining Hall, King’s Food. 

Places to Stay: Chacha Inn, Silver Oak, Kishangarh House, Lake Villa, Manek Manor, Forest Eco Lodge 

12.Kumarakom, Kerala

Kumarakom

Kumarakom in Kerala is a small group of islands known for its backwaters. Vembanad Lake, the longest lake in India forms an enchanting background. The traditional houseboats, soothing waters, local cuisine, and pleasant climate make it one of the best places to visit during August. 

How to reach:

Air: The nearest airport is the Kochi International Airport. 

Train: The nearest railway station is Kottayam.

Road: Kumarakom is close to Kottayam which is well connected to other parts of Kerala. Buses and taxis are available from Kottayam. 

Places to Visit:

  • Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary 
  • Vembanad Lake
  • Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall 
  • Kumarakom Beach 
  • Kumarakom Backwaters 
  • Jatayu Rock
  • Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple
  • Juma Masjid 
  • Kumarakom Craft Museum 
  • St. Mary’s Church, Cheriapally 
  • Pathiramanal Island 
  • Bay Island Driftwood Museum 

Things to do: Fishing, houseboat cruise, watch the traditional art of Kathakali, Bird watching at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.

Local Food:

The local cuisine has must-try dishes like Appam, Karimeen- freshwater fish, and other seafood varieties. There are several options available for vegetarians as well. Also, toddy is a favorite drink amongst the people here. 

Places to Eat: Currymeen, Cocobay Resort, Baker’s Gourmet House, Tharavadu Restaurant, Grannery, Menani Restaurant, Ettukettu. 

Places to Stay: Kumarakom Lake Resort, Backwater Ripples, Aveda Kumarakom, The Zuri Kumarakom, ILLIKALAM Lakeside Cottages.

13.Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

Mawlynnong

If you are looking for an underrated destination, then you must go to Mawlynnong. It is a small village in Meghalaya offering the best scenic views. Regarded as the ‘cleanest village in Asia’, the showers in August will paint the town green. Besides its cleanliness and natural views, Mawlynnong is known for its Khasi tribal traditions, 100% literacy rate, and warm hospitality to visitors. One should visit this place to witness nature in its pristine form. 

How To Reach: 

Air: Shillong Airport is the closest. 

Train: Guwahati railway station is the nearest railway station 

Road: Mawlynnong is well-connected to Shillong and Guwahati by road. Several cab services are available from Guwahati and Shillong to Mawlynnong.

 Places to Visit: 

  • Mawlynnong Waterfall
  • The Jingmaham Living Root Bridge
  • Umngot river/Dawki river
  • Balancing Rock
  • Church of Epiphany
  • Sky Walk - made up of bamboo and it offers a panoramic view of the Indo- Bangladesh border along with that of the village. 

Things to do: Sightseeing, Trek on the Living Root Bridge, Nature Photography, explore the Sky Walk at Mawlynnong.

Local Food: One can relish the local Khasi cuisine at the homestays in the village. Food is prepared using organically grown vegetables and meat from the house- bred animals. The specialty includes dishes like Jadoh and Tungrymbai. 

Places to Eat: IAIKYRSOI Cafe, Dapbiang Restaurant, Naphi Food Stall, Wahumsang’s Food. 

Places to Stay: Umpohliew Homestay, Hala tyngkong Homestay, EB & Sis Homestay.  

14.Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu: 

Kodaikanal

Rightly called the ‘Princess of Hill Stations’, Kodaikanal is naturally blessed. Although it can be visited throughout the year due to its pleasant climate, if you want to experience the greenery at its finest, then August makes for a good time to visit. Kodaikanal with its mountainous views, cascading waterfalls and soothing atmosphere will be a fulfilling trip- both for the eyes and for the soul. 

How to reach:

Air: The nearest airport to Kodaikanal is the Madurai airport. Trichy airport and Coimbatore airport are other airports close to Kodaikanal.

Train: The nearest railway station to Kodaikanal is the Kodai road. Another major railway station is Coimbatore which is connected to major parts of India. 

Road: Kodaikanal is well-connected by roadways to major cities like Madurai, Chennai, Trichy, Coimbatore, and Bangalore. Regular buses ply from these cities to Kodaikanal. 

 Places to Visit: 

  • Kodaikanal Lake 
  • Bear Shola Falls 
  • Coaker’s Walk 
  • Dolphin's Nose 
  • Pillar Rocks 
  • Bryant Park 
  • Silver Cascade Falls
  • Moir Point
  • Thalaiyar Falls
  • Guna Cave
  • Kurinji Andavar Temple 
  • Kodaikanal Observatory
  • Vattakanal Falls
  • Shenbaganur Museum

 Things to do: Trekking, Camping, Boating, Sightseeing, Nature Photography. 

Places to Eat: Hotel Astoria, Tava, Woody’s Kodaikanal, Cloud Street, Ten Degrees, MannManam, Cafe Cariappa.

Places to Stay: The Carlton, Villa Retreat, Hotel Cliffton, Tamara Kodai, Western Valley Homestays, Lilly's Valley Resort, Kodai Resort Hotel.

 15.Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra

Malshej Ghat

Malshej Ghat is a mountain pass in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra. If you are a nature lover, this is the silent retreat you are looking for. The monsoons add a charm of their own with misty mountains, waterfalls, and greenery all around. It boasts of a variety of flora and fauna, but the flamingoes are a major attraction amongst the tourists. 

 How to reach:

Air: The nearest airport to Malshej is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. 

Train: Malshej has no railway station and the closest is in Kalyan, which is 85 km away from Malshej.

Road: Mumbai-Pune Highway connects Malshej to these two cities. Regular state transport buses are available from Mumbai and Pune to Malshej.

Places to Visit: 

  • Malshej Falls 
  • Pimpalgaon Joga Dam
  • Harishchandragad
  • Ajoba Hill Fort

 Things to do: Trek to Harishchandragad, rock climbing, bird watching, Sightseeing. 

Places to Eat: Visvash Garden Restaurant, Flamingo Restaurant, Shri Sadguru Family Garden Restaurant, and Dhaba

Places to Stay: Malshej View Bungalow, Saj by the LakeHotel 7 RaysJandyal Farm House.

16.Coorg, Karnataka

Coorg

Coorg in Karnataka is one place that must be visited in August. Known as the ‘Scotland of India’, it gets dressed in majestic green during the monsoon. The Abbey Falls is a major attraction as it gushes through gloriously. The tea plantations that surround you make for a perfect rainy season companion. 

How to Reach:

Air: The nearest airport is the Mangalore airport and next is the Bangalore airport.

Train: The nearest railway station is in Mysore

Road: Coorg is connected by road with all major cities of Karnataka. 

Places to visit

  • Raja’s Seat
  • Abbey Falls
  • Omkareshwara Temple
  • Madikeri Fort
  • Namdroling Monastery
  • Mandalpatti 

Things to do: Nature Photography, Trekking, Camping. 

 Local Food: Coorg is known for its Kodava cuisine with specialties like - Kadambattu(rice ball), Pandi curry, Bamboo shoot curry, Noolputtu, Akki rotti, Koli curry, Kuleputtu. 

 Places to Eat: Coorg Cuisine, Malaya Restaurant, Coffee Cup, Udupi the Veg, Taste of Coorg. 

 Places To Stay: The Taj Madikeri Resort and Spa, The Tamara Coorg, Club Mahindra Madikeri, Ambatty Green Resorts, Sanctum Retreat, WelcomHeritage Ayatana.

 17.Goa

Goa

Goa is an all-season destination and an absolute favorite amongst the tourists. The monsoons are an off-season which means great deals and lesser crowds for you to enjoy. Once a Portuguese colony, the remnants of colonial architecture are still visible. Goa is all about picturesque beaches, colonial architecture, buzzing nightlife, and vibrant culture. 

 How to reach: 

Air: Dabolim Airport is the closest. 

Train: Madgaon and Thivim are the two major railway stations of Goa.

Road: Goa is linked to other parts of India by a network of roads. There are regular bus services from nearby states.

Places to Visit:

  • Basilica of Bom Jesus
  • Beaches- Anjuna, Calangute, Baga, Vagator, Morjim, Candolim, Ashwem.
  • Dudhsagar Falls
  • Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
  • Fort Aguada
  • Chapora Fort
  • Church of St. Francis of Assissi 

Things to Do: Visit the beaches, visit the churches, engage in water sports.

Local Food:  Some Goan specialty dishes are Goan Fish curry, Goan Prawns, Pork Vindaloo, Fish Recheado, Chicken Xacuti, Rava Fried Fish, sweet dishes like Goan Nevri, Patolea, and Bebinca.

 Places to Eat: Chulha, Thalassa, Spice Goa, Gunpowder, Pousada by the Beach, Vinayak Family Restaurant, The Fisherman’s Wharf, Calamari.

Places to Stay: Radisson Blu Resort, Surya Kiran Heritage Hotel, Santana Beach Resort, The Postcard Velha, Carvela Beach Resort. 

 18.Saputara, Gujarat

Saputara

Saputara is a hill station in Gujarat with a rich cultural legacy. The name Saputara means ‘the abode of serpents’ and is named so after the Snake God who is worshipped here by the local tribes. If you are planning a trip in the monsoon, then how can you miss a Monsoon festival. Saputara holds a Monsoon festival in the months of August and September. The festival is an attempt by Gujarat Tourism to promote tourism in the region. The monsoon festival has a series of cultural events and adventure activities to engage people of all ages.

 How to reach: 

Air: The closest domestic airport is at Surat and the international airport is in Mumbai. 

Train: The nearest railway station is Bilimora.

Road: Saputara is well-connected by road and has regular buses from major cities in Gujarat and Maharashtra. 

Places to Visit: 

  • Gira Waterfalls
  • Saputara Lake 
  • Sunrise and Sunset Points
  • Ganddharvapur Artist Village
  • Hatgad Fort
  • Tribal Museum- learn about the life and culture of the Dang tribes. 
  • Governor’s Hill
  • Nageshwara Mahadeva Temple
  • Honey Bee Centre
  • Vansda National Park
  • Waghai Botanical Garden

Things to do: Boating at the Saputara Lake, visit the Artist Village, enjoy the views of sunrise and sunset, Sightseeing. 

Places to Eat: Sugar N Spice, Lake View Restaurant, Hotel Purohit, Deewan-E- Khaas. 

Places to Stay: Hotel Anando, Aakar Lords Inn, Hotel Lake View, Strawberry Hills Saputara, Jalsa Villas, Hotel Kansar Palace. 

 19.Valley Of Flowers, Uttarakhand

Valley of Flower

Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand, nestled amidst the Himalayas, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the name signifies, the valley gets adorned by colorful flowers that bloom in full glory during August. The mesmerizing peaks and colorful hues will leave you spellbound. The valley opens for a limited period from June to October. Famous for its varieties of medicinal herbs, it is also believed that Hanuman brought Sanjivani booti from the Valley of Flowers. 

 How to reach:

Air: There is no direct flight connectivity to the Valley of Flowers. Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport.

Train: Rishikesh is the nearest railway station. Regular buses and taxis are available from Rishikesh to the Valley of Flowers. 

Road: The closest bus stand is at Govindghat which is the starting point of the trek to the Valley of Flowers.

 Highlights of the Trek:

  • The variety of flora and fauna that inhabits the valley is a major attraction.
  • The panoramic views of the Himalayas and glaciers.
  • Ghangharia is the last habitation center on the way to Hemkund Sahib and the Valley of Flowers. 
  • Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara on the way to the Valley of Flowers is a pilgrimage site for the Sikhs.  
  • The Nanda Devi National Park, close to the Valley of Flowers is home to rare and endangered wildlife as well as diverse plants. 

 Things to do: Trekking, Nature Photography, Sightseeing. 

Places to Eat: There are no food options at the Valley of Flowers. It is advisable to carry enough food and refreshments to last through the trek. However, you can find a few restaurants at Ghangaria.

Places to Stay: Valley of Flowers does not have accommodation facilities. Ghangaria is the base camp for the trek to the valley having several hotels and lodges like Hotel Kuber, Valley of Flowers Camp Ghangaria, Blue Poppy Swiss Cottage Camps. 

 20.Bhandardara, Maharashtra

Bhandardara

Bhandardara is a hill station nestled in the Sahyadri ranges of Maharashtra. The region is blessed in abundance by nature, especially during the monsoon. The flowing waterfalls that hit the rocks and the mountains in the background create a captivating sight. 

 How to reach: 

Air: The nearest airport is the Mumbai International Airport.

Train: Igatpuri is the nearest railway station. 

Road: Bhandardara can be accessed through a network of roads from nearby places in Maharashtra. 

 Places to Visit: 

  • Umbrella Falls
  • Wilson Dam
  • Mt. Kalsubai- the highest peak of the Sahyadri Ranges. 
  • Randha Falls 
  • Ratangad Fort 
  • Amruteshwar Temple
  • Arthur lake

Places to Eat: Hotel Panch Sheel, Coffee Dam Corner, Hotel Samadhan, Lake View Restaurant. 

Places to Stay: MTDC Holiday Resort, Wanderlust Resort, Anandvan Resort, Yash Resort. 

 21.Coonoor, Tamil Nadu

Coonoor

Nestled amidst the Nilgiris, Coonoor is the second largest hill station in Tamilnadu. The greenery of the mountains stands out in the monsoons and a cup of Nilgiri tea alongside this view makes for an ideal vacation. 

 How to reach:

Air: Coimbatore Airport is the closest airport. 

Train: The nearest railway station is Mettupalayam. Coimbatore junction is more well connected with the rest of India.

Road: There are buses operated by the government and private companies to all neighboring major cities. 

 Places to visit: 

  • Sim’s Park
  • Law’s Falls
  • Rallia Dam
  • Droog Fort
  • Hidden Valley
  • Highfield Tea Factory
  • St. George’s Church
  • Ketti Valley

 Places to Eat: Quality Restaurant, Jharoka Restaurant, Khana Khazana, Ced’s Cafe, Cafe Diem.

 Places to Stay: Kurumba Village Resort, Neemrana’s Wallwood Garden, Sunvalley Homestay, Tea Nest, Gateway Coonoor.

 22.Yercaud, Tamil Nadu

Yercaud

Yercaud, located in the Shevaroy Hills of Tamil Nadu is a lesser-known hill station compared to Ooty and Coonoor. However, it is equally charming and has a sense of calmness to it. Yercaud is known for its coffee plantations and the nature views. It can be visited any time of the year, but the monsoon adds color to the landscape making it stand out. 

How to reach:

Air: The Salem Airport is the nearest.

Train: Salem Railway Station is the major station near Yercaud.

Road: Buses are available from most nearby cities of South India to Yercaud. 

 Places to Visit:

  • Emerald Lake
  • Deer Park
  • Botanical Garden
  • Lady’s Seat
  • Pagoda Point
  • Bear’s Cave
  • Shevaroy Temple
  • Kiliyur Falls
  • Norton’s Bungalow
  • Karadiyoor View Point
  • Annamalaiyar Temple
  • Tipperary View Point 
  • Rose Garden
  • Kurumbapatti Zoological Park 
  • Silk Farm

Things to do: Sightseeing, explore wildlife, visit the Botanical garden, boating. 

Places to Eat: Dakshin Restaurant, The Orange Restaurant, Altitude Kitchen and Bar, Sweet Rascal, Brook’s Bistro, Salem Heights Restaurant.

Places to Stay: Hotel Great Trails Yercaud by GRT Hotels, Grand Signature Hotel & Spa, Sahana Cottages, The Cliff Resort, Oyla Cottage, Fairholme Bungalow.

 23.Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar, located in the western part of the Sahyadri Hills is a summer retreat for most people. But, the beauty of Mahabaleshwar in monsoon is something that most people tend to miss out on. Mahabaleshwar with its spectacular peaks, majestic viewpoints, and flowing waterfalls might be the place you have been looking for.

 How to reach:

Air: The closest airport to Mahabaleshwar is in Pune.

Train: The nearest railway station is in Wathar. But, the major railway station is in Pune.  

Road: Mahabaleshwar is well-connected by road to nearby cities of Satara, Pune, and Mumbai. There are buses available from Mumbai and Pune to Mahabaleshwar. 

 Places to Visit: 

  • Elephant's Head Point
  • Chinaman's Fall
  • Veena Lake
  • Dhobi Waterfall
  • Pratapgadh Fort
  • Wilson Point
  • Arthur’s Seat
  • Lingamala Falls

Things to Do:  Enjoy boating in Venna Lake, rock climbing, horse riding, visit Mapro Garden, shop for jellies and jams, shop for handicrafts and Kolhapuri footwear. 

 Local Food: Mahabaleshwar is known for its strawberries, mulberries, toffees, syrups, fudges, ice creams, whipped creams, jellies, etc.

Places to Eat: Grapevine Restaurant, Bagicha Corner, Mapro Garden Restaurant, Royal Garden Restaurant, Elsie's Dairy & Bakery, Aman Restaurant.

Places to Stay: Le Meridien, Evershine Resort, Veena View Hotel, Citrus Chambers, Brightland Resort & Spa.

 24.Darjeeling, West Bengal

Darjeeling

Darjeeling, a hill station in West Bengal is at the peak of its natural beauty in August. The majestic Himalayan peaks of Kanchenjunga get blanketed in a layer of green and you can also see the sprawling tea plantations. 

 How to Reach:

Air: The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport. You can take a cab from there to reach Darjeeling. 

Train: The nearest railway station is Siliguri Junction.

Road: Darjeeling is accessible by road from Bagdogra.

 Places to Visit:

  • Batasia Loop
  • Ghum Monastery
  • Tiger Hill
  • Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
  • Nightingale Park
  • Sakya Monastery
  • Darjeeling Rock Garden
  • Darjeeling Observatory Hill
  • Peace Pagoda

 Things to Do: Toy Train Ride, Ropeway, Visit to Tea Estate, Trekking, Sightseeing, Photography.

 Local Food:  Darjeeling Tea, Thukpa, Traditional Nepali Thali, Naga cuisine, Sael Rotis, Churpi (local cheese made from yak milk), Momos, Chaang, Shapalay (Bread with meat). 

 Places to Eat: Kunga Restaurant, Nanking Restaurant, Glenary’s Restaurant, Sonam’s Kitchen, Nathmull Tea 

 Places to Stay: Sinclairs Darjeeling, Shangri-La Regency, Ramada by Wyndham Darjeeling, Elgin Darjeeling. 

 25.Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

Mussoorie

Mussoorie with the crown of the Garhwal Himalayas is rightly called the ‘Queen of Hills’. The rains weave a spell on Mussoorie making the mountains lush green. The hanging clouds, foggy mornings, cool breeze, and spectacular views make for a postcard-worthy sight. 

How to Reach: 

Air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport.

Train: Dehradun Railway Station is the nearest.

Road: State government and private buses connect Mussoorie with nearby places of Uttarakhand as well as with Delhi and cities of Uttar Pradesh. 

Places to visit: 

  • Lal Tibba
  • Gun Hill
  • Mussoorie Lake
  • Kempty Falls
  • Cloud’s End
  • Jharipani Falls
  • Happy Valley
  • Lake Mist
  • Bhatta Falls
  • Christ Church
  • Mossy Falls
  • George Everest’s House

 Local Food:

Mussoorie is known for its Kumaoni and Garhwali and several restaurants specialize in the local cuisine. 

Places to Eat: Kalsang Restaurant, Little Llama Cafe, Urban Turban Bistro, Landour Bakehouse, Char Dukaan.

Places to Stay: Royal Orchid Fort Resort, EllBee Mussoorie, The Pine Retreat, Rokeby Manor, Hotel Padmini Nivas.

 26. Matheran, Maharashtra

Matheran

Matheran is a quaint little hill station in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. Its proximity to Mumbai makes it an ideal weekend spot to escape the chaos of city life. Having around 36 viewpoints, you can admire the scenic beauty of the Sahyadris that becomes all the more magical due to the rains. 

How to reach:

Air: The nearest airport to Matheran is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai. 

Train: The closest railhead is in Neral, from where you can take a toy train to Matheran.  

Road: Mumbai, Pune, and Panvel are linked by road to Matheran. Vehicles are allowed only till Dasturi Naka, after which one has to ride on horseback or man-pulled rickshaw. 

 Places To Visit:

  • Dodhani Waterfalls
  • Panorama point
  • Charlotte Lake
  • Louisa Point
  • One tree hill
  • Alexandar Point
  • Ambarnath Temple
  • Rambaug Point
  • Echo Point
  • Porcupine Point
  • Prabalgad Fort
  • Neral-Matheran Toy Train 

Things to do: Horse Riding, Sightseeing, Toy Train Ride, Valley Crossing.

Places to Eat: Garden View Restaurant, Shabbir Bhai Biryani HouseKokan Katta, Hakimi, Hotel Panaroma. 

Places to Stay: SaffronStays Parsi Manor, Westend Hotel, Cecil Hotel, Dune Barr House, Radha Cottage, Usha Ascot Hotel. 

27.Wayanad, Kerala

Wayanad

Wayanad in Kerala with its overflowing waterfalls and green surroundings is an enchanting destination during the monsoon. The picturesque views and the diversity in flora and fauna are bound to keep you attracted. 

 How to reach:

Air: The nearest airport to Wayanad is Calicut International airport.

Train: Nearest railway station to Wayanad is Nilambur railway station. The bigger railway station is the one in Kozhikode.

Road: Wayanad is well connected with nearby cities of South India such as Bangalore, Mysore, Coimbatore, and Kozhikode. Buses and cab services are available to Wayanad. 

Places to Visit: 

  • Banasura Sagar Dam-
  • Pookode Lake
  • Meenmutty Falls
  • Edakkal Caves
  • Soochipara Falls
  • Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kuruva Island

 Local Food: 

Wayanad offers the authentic cuisine of Kerala. A specialty is the Bamboo rice (called Mulayari by locals) and Bamboo rice payasam is worth a try.

Places to Eat: Clay Hut Restaurant, 1980's A Nostalgic Restaurant, Jubilee Restaurant, Green Gates Restaurant, Wilton Restaurant, Taste Tree Restaurant.  

Places to Stay Vythiri Village Resort, Mount Xanadu Resort, Banasura Hill Resort, Wayanad Blooms, Marmalade Springs.

28.Daman & Diu

Daman & Diu 

Diu, with its beaches and pleasant climate, attracts several tourists in August. The Portuguese ruled here for a long period and have left their traces in the form of forts, churches, and influences on the food and culture. 

How to reach:

Air: Diu has its airport.

Train: The nearest station is Veraval railway station.

Road: Diu is linked via roads to Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Vadodara, and other major cities. 

Places to visit: 

  • Diu Fort
  • Nagoa beach
  • Jalandhar Beach
  • Zampa Gateway
  • St. Paul Church
  • Shell museum
  • Ghoghla Beach
  • Panikota Fort 

Things to do: Camping, boating, and other water sports.  

 Places to Eat: Chamunda Restaurant, Sea View Restaurant, O Coqueiro, Apana Foodland, La Dolce Vita.

 Places To Stay Krishna Beach Resort, Hotel The Grand Highness, Hotel Kohinoor, Radhika Beach Resort, Sea Village Resort.

29.Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu

Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of India is a small coastal town in Tamil Nadu. The union of three water bodies of the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean, and the Bay of Bengal makes it a picturesque location. The beaches, temples, iconic monuments, perfect sunrise, and sunset views attract a large number of tourists. 

 How to reach:

Air: The nearest airport is Trivandrum International airport.

Train: Kanyakumari has its railway station which is well-connected to major cities of India. The next closest railway station is Trivandrum.

Road: Kanyakumari is linked by road with major cities of South India. Regular bus and cab services ply from these cities to Kanyakumari. 

 Places to Visit: 

  • Vivekananda Rock Memorial
  • Thiruvalluvar Statue
  • Kanyakumari beach 
  • Padmanabhapuram Palace
  • Bhagavathy Amman Temple 
  • Thirparappu Falls 
  • Lord Subramanya Temple
  • Wax Museum 
  • Gandhi Mandapam 
  • Vattakottai Fort
  • Olakaruvi Falls
  • Our Lady of Ransom Church 
  • Thanumalayan Temple
  • Sothavilai Beach 
  • Tsunami Monument- in the memory of those who lost their lives due to the earthquake and tsunami on 26th December 2004.
  • Adikesavaperumal Temple is 
  • Kanyakumari View Tower

Things to do: Sightseeing, a day trip to Padmanabhapuram Palace, watch sunrise and sunset, visit temples, shop for local handicrafts. 

Local Food:

The cuisine of Kanyakumari includes a generous amount of seafood, coconuts, and spices. The well known South-Indian dishes are Idli, Dosa, Chutney, Vada, Sambhar, Rasam, Upma, Pongal, Payasam, Kesari, etc. 

Places to Eat: Sea View Restaurant, Hotel Saravana, The Ocean Heritage Restaurant, Hotel Sangam, Hotel Annapoorna, The Curry. 

Places to Stay: Sparsa Resort, Hotel Jebasakthy, Annai Resorts & Spa, Hotel Ocean Heritage, Hotel Sangam. 

30.Udaipur, Rajasthan

Udaipur

Udaipur, the ‘City of Lakes’ becomes pleasant during the monsoon. It seems like a welcome relief from the scorching heat of summer in Rajasthan. The rich architectural heritage and cultural history make it an interesting place to visit. The lakes and the slight drizzle create the perfect mood and ambiance. The city also has a Monsoon Palace built on a hilltop by Maharaja Sajjan Singh to soak the beauty of monsoon clouds and panoramic views of the city. 

 How to reach:

Air: The Maharana Pratap Airport is closest to Udaipur. 

Train: The two railway stations in Udaipur- Udaipur City railway station and Rana Pratap Nagar railway station. 

Road: Udaipur is well connected by road to other parts of Rajasthan as well as other states. 

 Places to visit: 

  • Lake Pichola
  • City Palace
  • Sajjangarh Palace
  • Fateh Sagar Lake
  • Vintage Car Museum
  • Jaisamand Lake
  • Jag Mandir Palace
  • Kumbhalgarh Fort
  • Saheliyon Ki Bari
  • Jagdish Temple
  • Bagore ki Haveli
  • Maharana Pratap Smarak
  • Haldighaati
  • Crystal Gallery
  • Doodh Talai Musical Garden
  • Jaisamand Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Bharatiya Lok Kala Museum

Things to do: Visit the Monsoon Palace, boating in Lake Pichola, explore the heritage. 

Places to Eat: Savage Garden, Charcoal, Ambrai, Udai Kothi, Khamma Ghani Restaurant, Millets of Mewar, Neelam Restaurant, 1559 AD.

Places to Stay: The Oberoi Udai Vilas, Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel

 

 

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