Best Destinations In India That Truly Come Alive During The Monsoons

From beaches to hills and temple towns, bookmark these places for the perfect monsoon break whether you are in Mumbai or Bengaluru. India's monsoon destinations are truly enchanting
Monsoon Getaways in India
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When the heavens burst open and transform India into a vibrant mosaic of greens and blues, it’s not just a season—it’s a celebration! From mist-kissed mountains to tranquil backwaters, the monsoon uncovers hidden gems across the subcontinent. Whether you're a rain romantic or a thrill-seeker, India's monsoon destinations promise an unforgettable adventure. Ready your umbrellas and pack your bags as we embark on a whimsical journey through five of the most magical monsoon retreats, where every raindrop tells a story and every cloud has a silver lining. Let the rains begin!

Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh

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Rainbow over the Araku ValleyShutterstock

Take a train (like the Kirandul Passenger) from Vizag to Araku Valley at least one way - its scenic route is an engineering marvel in the Waltair Division of the East Coast Railway. And a joy to experience during the monsoon. Incidentally, Shimliguda station, perched 997m above sea level, was the highest in India till J&K's Qazigund was built, though it remains the highest broad gauge station. It's old-fashioned rail travel with passengers cognisant of the season and countryside (plus 58 tunnels and 84 bridges) making it a fantastic introduction to monsoon in the valley. Most of Araku's numerous pretty waterfalls spring up nameless in the rains, but you should be able to easily ask your way to the gorgeous Thatiguda, Katiki and Chaaparai cascades.

Where To Stay: The APTDC Haritha Resort is covered in greenery, offering neat and clean accommodations in cottage style rooms. Find all details here

Hampi, Karnataka

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There's Hampi and then there's Hampi in the rains, when every stony nook and old crevice explodes in sprightly green, the kalyanis (water tanks) brim over to rippling gorgeousness, and the Tungabhadra rises swiftly and breathtakingly. Once the Sanapur reservoir nearby fills up and the river floods its banks, some guest houses are forced to shut shop, daily ferries stop plying, and Virupapura Gadde and Anegundi can only be reached by road. It helps that the key sites and monuments are on easily accessible level ground (no bouldering, hikes, or hilly drives). Even better, only a handful of people are around to enjoy these stunning vistas. 

Jal Mahal Villas at Hampi
Jal Mahal Villas at HampiEvolve Back

Where To Stay: Evolve Back Kamalapura Palace offers stunning heritage stay in a modern take on the ancient ruins. With their curated trails, exploring Hampi's natural and physical history becomes all the more interesting. Find out more here

Ganapatipule, Maharashtra

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Ganapatipule is not like other popular beaches of Maharashtra, which are crowded and pollutedShutterstock

The MTDC resort at Ganapatipule is a triumph of location - simple and tidy rooms set upon a palm-fringed beach, which offer unstinting views of the sort of water-sky interplay that only the monsoon can deliver. It's hard to photograph (and describe) the power of this seascape as low-hanging clouds advance in minutes over the water, there's a heavenly display of light and shadows over breaking waves, and the mood of the sea darkens visibly as we watch from the safety of the pristine shore. When the drenching begins, retreat to your room, leave the door open, pull back the curtains, and call for chai-pakoras.

Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra

The clouds come down on Malshej Ghat
The clouds come down on Malshej Ghat Wikimedia Commons

Mumbai celebrates the monsoon like no other Indian metro, and this love has expanded to include rainy day fun spots like Matheran and Lonavla, which are lovely no doubt, but fewer folk visit Malshej Ghat, especially from the start to the middle of the season. Waterfalls and smaller rivulets of cascading fresh water are already forming at every turn of the road, their ebb and flow by turns soft and roaring, depending on the quantum of rain. The Konkan Kada overhang, shaped like a serpent&rsquoshood, looks positively mysterious in the mist. And the swirling clouds and dropping temperature are best enjoyed with a hot omelette whisked at a roadside stall, washed down with a cup of steaming tea.

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Saj By The Lake offers tranquil viewsSaj Hotels

Where To Stay: Saj By The Lake offers a quiet lakeside retreat with well appointed rooms. Find out more here

Coorg, Karnataka

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Coorg, being a hilly district, is often perceived as a classic summer getaway. But many people land up to discover that it's disconcertingly warm, with temperatures from March to May going up to 35 degree Celsius. In the monsoons, the plantations get misty, and there's a distinct nip in the air, the Abbey, Mallali and Irupu falls swell up dangerously, and fireplaces get stoked when the weather doesn't let up. The roads are variable, but this doesn't deter bikers, cyclists and hikers from making the most of the seasonal solitude that brings them here. Hot idli-sambhar and filter coffee add to the experience. It is a great time to recluse yourself in the lap of plantation estates for an astounding monsoon experience.

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Where To Stay: Evolve Back Chikkanahalli Estate offers traditional cottage style luxurious villas with heated pools. There are plenty of activities within the estate itself, so rain will hardly dampen your chances of fun. Find more information here

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