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Chase The Rains: 10 Best Monsoon Vacations in India

The monsoons are perhaps the time of year almost everyone in India is eagerly looking forward to. The showers bring immediate relief after the scorching summer months and make the landscape lush and green. Here are the Top 10 Monsoon Vacations in India. These are the ideal places to escape the traffic jams, flooded streets and the usual drudgery of daily life and just sit back, relax and enjoy the rain. So what are you waiting for?

Kerala

The beautiful state of Kerala is the first to receive the monsoon rains. The state, which is always lush and green, takes on an even more vivid color with the onset of the monsoons. The monsoon season in Kerala lasts from July to September. There are many options for a monsoon vacation in Kerala.

Spend a relaxing vacation in the resorts and homestays in Ashtamudi or take a relaxing trip on a houseboat in the backwaters of Alappuzha. Pamper yourself with Ayurvedic therapy - believed to be more effective during the monsoons.

Western ghats

Monsoons are the best time to soak up the picture-perfect beauty of the Western Ghats. The region changes from a dry, red-brown to a lush, green, within a few days with the onset of the monsoons. Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani, famous hill stations around Mumbai, are in full bloom during the monsoon season and are the perfect spot for a monsoon excursion in the western ghats like Lonavala and Khandala.

Explore the area's many waterfalls, natural attractions like the Sahyadri Range in Maharashtra and the Mullayanagiri Range in Karnataka, hike Kerala's Mathikettan Shola Rain Forest trails. This region really comes alive during the monsoons.

Udaipur, Rajasthan

Rajasthan is not usually associated with a monsoons, but Udaipur is perhaps one of the best places to enjoy the monsoons in India. As the monsoons descend, the city of lakes, Udaipur, becomes even more welcoming every year. And most of the luxury hotels also have special monsoon deals.

The five lakes of Pichola, Fateh Sagar, Rang Sagar, Swaroop Sagar and Dudh Talai become a sight when they are full of water. Enjoy the cool monsoon breeze and watch the rain fall on Lake Pichola with the city's various forts and palaces in the background - what better way to get a better monsoon vacation in Udaipur?

Coorg, Karnataka

The seductive beauty of Coorg takes a new turn during the rains, making it all the more beautiful and magnificent. You can also opt for trekking to famous viewpoints like Raja's Seat and Mandalpatti View Point, or some breathtaking views of the surrounding area.


Darjeeling, West Bengal

The rain-kissed lush plantations of Darjeeling are ethereal in the monsoons. The tranquility and postcard beauty of Darjeeling make it one of the top 10 monsoon vacations in India. Sip a cup of freshly brewed tea and watch the clouds hover over the mountains.


Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu

The famous French Quarter of Pondicherry is also a recommended option if you want to enjoy monsoons in peace. Although it rains heavily here, you can enjoy the sun most days. Start your trip with a ferry to Paradise Beach, plan a day in Auroville, or just take a bike tour to see the rain and the city at their best!

The seductive rains could be one of your reasons to visit Pondicherry but make sure to have advance hotel reservations as the place gets flooded with tourists at this time of year.

Shillong, Meghalaya

When you want the natural splendor of the capital and hill station of Meghalaya, Shillong at its best, the monsoons is the best time to visit. The Elephant Falls, which flow with all their might during the monsoons, and Wards Lake, which stretches to the summit with water, are a must see in Shillong.

Cherrapunjee, a short drive from Shillong, is another lovely place to visit during the monsoons. A walk on the living bridges with a stream in full flood is an unforgettable experience.

Mandu, Madhya Pradesh

Destroyed city Mandu's lovable beauty owes its location to the fascination of the monsoons. Although the official tourist time for this place is from October to March, this quiet and sleepy town is still one of the most romantic places to visit during monsoons.


Palampur, Himachal Pradesh

Palampur, often referred to as the "tea capital" of North India, is a typical mountain station with tempting green tea plantations. The Palampur is particularly attractive during the monsoons. Clouds over the peaks of the Dhauladhar Range, the green plantations and the cool breezes make Palampur picture perfect during the rains.


Goa

Monsoons in Goa mean fewer crowds, lower hotel prices, secluded beaches, long bike rides and an invitation to the famous St. John Festival, which celebrates the rain. Goa is an ideal vacation destination all year round. Many people are starting to discover the charms of this beach destination during the monsoons. Take a stroll on the beach while it drizzles gently, leaving all your worries behind.

Chase the monsoons this year. Also check out these vacation packages for different travel destinations and plan a trip there Top 10 Monsoon Vacations in India.

About the author: Jigyasha loves to read and travel, in that order!

Courtesy photo (Mandu): Official Facebook page of Madhya Pradesh Tourism.

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