Monsoon is the most magical time of the year and undoubtedly holidays during this time is a unique experience in itself. With diverse terrain and exotic locations, one can witness an enthralling scenery. Though most travelers suggest not to travel during this weather majorly because of risks, it is always better to plan your journey and know what places to visit.
Monsoon comes with its own hassles and benefits. Now when we say vacation during monsoon, you would probably picture yourself with blissful drizzles and damp breeze, having a cup of chai accompanied by roadside Maggi. That’s what a vacation in monsoon is meant to be!
Amidst a huge list of India’s best vacation spots, here’s a list of a few places you can consider while planning for a holiday during the monsoon season.
If you have a knack for enjoying scenic beauty, this is the place for you! Famous for coffee plantations, Coorg is also known as ‘Scotland of India’ and officially known as Kodagu. The lush green spots become a heaven for nature lovers during monsoon.
Coorg’s steep hills, numerous streams, dense forests and rich flora & fauna will take your breath away. In terms of attraction and must-visit places, Coorg has a lot to offer.
Motiverge’s take on must-visit places in Coorg-
- Nagarhole National Park
- The Raja’s Seat
- Iruppu Falls
- Madikeri Fort
- Abbi Falls
- Tibetan Buddhist Golden Temple
- Dubare Elephant Camp
- Harangi Dam
Best time to visit?
Coorg’s beauty is at its peak during the months of March and April. During these months, days are moderately hot but the valleys are misty, making it the perfect weather for you to go trekking, bird watching, horse riding, plantation tour, or cycling.
Although Goa is a major attraction all around the year, you are sure to get awe-struck during monsoon. The beaches look gorgeous with scenic sea views and majestic sun sets. Since Goa has been a part of historic Portuguese colonies, it has a rich culture that still prevails. Portuguese cuisine, lifestyle, and buildings is what attracts tourists here.
Goa has a number of captivating beaches that you can visit. During monsoon, there are a lot of offbeat places in Goa that one can visit. Here you can enjoy the monsoon breeze, relish Goan dishes, and get soaked in rain.
Motiverge’s take on things to do in Goa-
- Jet skiing
- Discover marine life with scuba diving
- Street shopping
- Tour around heritage spots
- Explore the beautiful beaches in North Goa & South Goa to experience sunbathing, sunset romance and exciting water sports (especially in Baga beach)
Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Counted among one of the most offbeat places to visit in North India during monsoon, Spiti Valley has gradually become a popular spot among tourists. A high-altitude region of the Himalayas, this place is ideal for people who love tranquility and rain. This place gives off a Tibetan vibe and is a great place for camping, trekking, wildlife discovery and the rainy season makes it even more magical.
Motiverge’s take on places to explore in Spiti Valley-
- Kee (Ki, Kye) Monastery
- Pin Valley
- Chandra Taal
- Kungri Monastery
When you are planning a trip in the month of June, July, or August, Alleppey has to be a must-visit place on your list. You will be thrilled to witness how beautifully monsoon rains decorate the skyline and the landscape of the backwaters.
If you wish to explore more during this season, here are a few places that you must check out on your trip. Your trip is sure to become more exciting yet soothing. From ayurvedic massages to elephants’ ride, Alleppey has a lot to offer!
Motiverge’s take on top things to do in Alleppey:
- Visit Ambalapuzha temple
- Explore rural Alleppey at Kuttanad
- Kayaking in backwaters
- Explore elephant training camp
- Witness snake boat race
Quite underrated, Shillong is among one of the best spots to enjoy during monsoon. Known as ‘Scotland of the East’, Shillong is decorated with greenery of Khasi and Jayanti hills. It receives heaviest rainfall during this season. Here, you can spot various waterfalls and picturesque landscapes.
Motiverge’s take on best attractions in Shillong-
- Go for trekking on the Devil Scott Trail and don’t forget to capture surreal pictures of the greenery
- Must-visit the Elephant Falls and the Spread Eagle Falls as you will get to experience the actual monsoon here
- You can shop for hand-made shawls, stoles and other woolen clothes
- Relish local street food or delicacies.
But Before You Pack Your Bag, Remember..
Monsoon can be a lovely season as it brings out nature’s beauty. However, there are always a few things and precautions to consider before you plan a trip.
Whenever you plan out a trip, always stay cautious about landslides in mountain areas. Don’t forget to pack rain and trekking gears. It is also very important to stay updated about the weather forecast and keep your vehicle’s parts in check, especially the tires. Another important thing to keep in mind is that street food can cause problems to your stomach in the rainy season. It is always advisable to carry a few antibiotics and if possible, eat only packaged and fresh food. So, what’s on your monsoon travel bucket list? 😉