Monsoon is almost on its way and if you’ve been waiting for the rains to be in their prime to plan a trip, its time. August month not only brings showers of relief but also brings with it a lot of benefits for travelers who are willing to explore the lush green lands and go on several treks.
August is usually not a very touristy season as a result of which most of the travelers tend to get great deals, good discounts, reasonable vacation packages, cheap flight tickets and most of all better travel experiences. Several destinations in North and South India seem like paradise on Earth.
Lined up before you are some of the very offbeat destinations you can enjoy in the mid-monsoon August and also take advantage of the off-season prices. So, pack your bags and get going!
1. Munnar, Kerala:
Munnar is one place which needs no introduction to all the nature lovers out there. Mist induced tea gardens and plantations with dewdrops rolling from the leaves and branches, majestic waterfalls, wildlife sanctuaries, trails for hiking and trekking, and bustling rivers this place in August is nothing short of a paradise. The high mountains half covered in mist while it rains is a sight to behold. It’s an ideal escape if one is looking for some quiet time in the mountains.
2. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu:
One of the main hill stations in Tamil Nadu, this place is also called the “Queen of Hills of the South”. It receives moderate rainfall in August and often you’ll find the sun and clouds playing hide and seek with the mountains during August. The climate is pleasant during monsoons with the rain swept valleys, all cliched attractions and activities of a hill station and the misty mountains. It’s the most suitable place in Tamil Nadu for a refreshing vacation.
3. Lahaul – Spiti:
This magical place of Lahaul and Spiti is one of the best places to visit in August with its breathtaking vistas and adventures. With magnanimous mountains all around, blue river waters and sparse population, this is the perfect place for some solitude. There are a lot of beautiful monasteries that definitely command a visit and also several activities like Yak Safari, Snow Leopard Expeditions, etc. This place is surreal!
4. Cherrapunji, Meghalaya:
Being the second wettest place on the planet, this place receives rainfall throughout the year. If you love monsoons, this is the best place to visit with a lot of monsoon treks and adventure activities. You ought to try the orange flower honey here and also the Meghalaya tea which is quite different from the Darjeeling or Assamese tea. The Double Decker tree bridge is a must visit while in Meghalaya.
5. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand:
A World Heritage Site, the Valley of Flowers is one of the most beautiful places to visit in August. It is situated at the meeting point of Zanskar and the Western and Eastern Himalayan Ranges. Its mainly known for its stunning flora and fauna and the sprawling meadows. During this time, the new flowers and plants start germinating and are in full bloom. You can also trek to the Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara (highest Gurudwara in the world) from here.
6. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra:
Located in Satara district, this place is one of the most famous hill stations of Maharashtra. If you are not afraid of frequent showers and want to enjoy the cool, foggy, lush green climate of the place, then head over to this hill station. Since most of the tourists avoid this place, it makes it one of the most romantic getaways in Maharashtra.
7. Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir:
Famous as the most beautiful hill station of Jammu and Kashmir, Pahalgam is also called the Valley of Shepherds. This place is truly surreal with snowbound Himalayan ranges all around, dense pine forests, gushing rivers, striking valleys and awe-inspiring vistas. It is an ideal vacation spot away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
8. Udaipur, Rajasthan:
Considered as one of the most romantic cities of the world and also the City of Lakes, Udaipur is a historically significant place with palatial architecture. The main attractions are City Palace, Udaipur Lake Palace located in the midst of Pichola Lake, Sajjangarh Fort, etc. August would be one of the best months to visit Udaipur as you get some respite from the scorching heat of Rajasthan.
9. Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu:
Located at the southernmost tip of Tamil Nadu, Kanyakumari is surrounded by water on all three sides. It is the first place in India to receive the monsoon showers. Being a beautiful coastal town, this place never fails to impress travelers with its tropical charm. If you love rains, then experiencing monsoons and taking benefit of the lean season in August should be part of your to-do list.
10. Coorg, Karnataka:
Widely known as the Scotland of India, Coorg is a popular hill station located in Karnataka. During the monsoon season, especially in July-August, this place transforms into a lush green paradise with stunning waterfalls which is simply breathtaking. For sports enthusiasts, it’s a perfect time to do river-rafting there. So, plan a vacation here with your travel buddies soon!