10 Top Monsoon Destinations in India


Are you tired of the scorching heat and endless days of sweating? Well, fellow travellers, it’s time to embrace the change in the atmosphere and welcome the monsoon season! India has some amazing monsoon destinations that are perfect for a refreshing getaway.


From the misty hills of Munnar to the majestic waterfalls of Cherrapunji, from the tranquil backwaters of Kerala to the dreamy valleys of Meghalaya, there’s something for every traveller seeking solace in the soothing embrace of the monsoon. 


Picture yourself sipping hot chai while gazing at the rain-kissed tea plantations or taking a leisurely boat ride through the serene waters, surrounded by a symphony of raindrops.

India boasts countless places to explore during monsoon, but we’ve handpicked our absolute favourite monsoon destinations for you to experience monsoon like never before. 

Get ready to be inspired; get ready to explore. The monsoon awaits, and so do we!


10 Best Monsoon Destinations & Experiences in India 


1. Monsoon adventures in Cherrapunji, Meghalaya

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Although Mawsynram has surpassed Cherrapunji as the wettest place in India, the latter still holds the distinction of receiving the highest recorded rainfall in the world. 

Cherrapunji attracts travellers with its breathtaking landscapes and stunning waterfalls. One such attraction is the Nohkalikai Falls, India’s tallest plunge waterfall, which offers a truly awe-inspiring experience. 

Believe me; there are countless monsoon adventures to be savoured here. 

– Take a stroll across the unique double-decker living root bridge in Tyrna Village near Cherrapunji

– Indulge in a scenic boat ride on the picturesque lake surrounded by the Khasi Hills. 

– Explore the enchanting village of Laitkynsew, marvel at the majestic 1,100ft drop of Nohkalikai Falls, and 

– Witness the captivating multiple cascades of Nohsngithiang.

How to reach: Fly to Guwahati or Shillong Airport. Cherrapunji is 54km from Shillong and 148km from Guwahati.

2. Coorg, Karnataka – Staggering Monsoon Destination

Coorg Monsoon Places in India


Nestled in the Western Ghats, Coorg is a breathtaking monsoon destination. The region transforms into a green paradise with coffee plantations, spice estates, and cascading waterfalls. 

During this season, Coorg offers a plethora of activities for travellers to immerse themselves in the beauty of the monsoon. 

Coorg offers numerous trekking and camping options like Tadiandamol and Brahmagiri.

Trekking enthusiasts can explore the verdant hills and dense forests, unveiling hidden trails and breathtaking vistas. The waterfalls, such as Abbey Falls and Iruppu Falls, are in full glory, cascading down with tremendous force and creating a symphony of sound.

For those seeking tranquillity, a leisurely walk through the coffee plantations, enveloped in the gentle drizzle, is a delightful experience. Coorg is renowned for its coffee, and monsoon is the perfect time to witness the harvest and learn about the intricate art of coffee-making.

How to reach: Fly to either of the airports: Mysore (120km), Mangalore (135km) and Bangalore (260km). 

Nearest railway station: Mysore, Mangalore, Hassan (104km).

3. Fireflies festival at Purushwadi, Maharashtra

Fireflies Maharashtra Purushwadi


Oh, you’ve got to check out Purushwadi, a charming little village in Maharashtra, for an incredible weekend getaway from Mumbai or Pune! It’s an absolute gem, especially during the monsoons.

The best part is that Purushwadi hosts a mesmerizing fireflies festival every year from late May to the third week of June.

Picture this: thousands of fireflies lighting the entire place with an enchanting glow. It’s truly an otherworldly experience that you won’t want to miss!

As a part of the rural tourism initiatives, villagers provide homestays and food to tourists. If you intend to camp, check this page for more details.

How to reach: Take a bus, train or taxi from Mumbai, Pune or Nashik to reach the village. The distance from Mumbai to Purushwadi is 190 km; From Pune to Purushwadi is 165 km. 

Nearest railway station: Igatpuri is 70 km away. 

4. Water Palaces of Mandu In the Rains

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Mandu, situated in Madhya Pradesh in India, boasts a captivating heritage that traces its roots to the 15th century. During the monsoon season, the lush green countryside is a sight to behold. 

One of the main attractions is Baz Bahadur’s palace, which features the stunning Roopmati’s Pavilion perched on a mist-covered cliff.

These structures are unique because they incorporate water into their designs, with small forests, fields, and lakes surrounding them. When the twin lakes, Munj Talao and Kapur Talao, fill up during the rainy season, the palace appears to be a luxurious ship floating on water.

Mandu, as a monsoon destination offer a breathtaking sight as the palace blends seamlessly with the surrounding water, creating a mesmerizing experience for visitors.

How to reach: Fly to Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport (Indore). It is also well-connected to cities like Varanasi, Delhi, Lucknow, Kathmandu, Bhopal, Hyderabad and Kolkata. 

Nearest railway station: Indor, 97 km away.  

5. Dudhsagar Waterfall Trail In Goa/Karnataka

Monsoon Destinations India - Dudhsagar


Now, one of the most breathtaking monsoon destinations is the Dudhsagar waterfall, located on the border of Goa and Karnataka. Located inside the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, is the stunning Dudhsagar waterfall, also known as the “Ocean of Milk.” 

This natural wonder is exceptionally breathtaking during the monsoon season, when it’s most powerful. However, reaching the waterfall can be a bit of a challenge. Until October, the jeep road is flooded by two streams, so visitors must navigate a narrow dirt track instead.

If you’re up for an exhilarating adventure, you can join local bikers for a thrilling monsoon bike rally. They offer rides from the Kulem railway station in Goa. 

The 14km ride is like an assault course, with rough terrain including ballast, puddles, ditches, and raging streams. You’ll need to trek about 100m over slippery rocks and stream crossings from the parking lot to reach the waterfall’s base. You’ll witness a picturesque scene with a railway bridge cutting through the misty falls in a beautiful arc.

Alternatively, you can opt for a hike along the railway track. It’s a 12km climb from Kulem or a 14km descent from Castle Rock, passing through various tunnels from the Karnataka side.

How to reach: Fly to Goa and then drive to Kulem, (about 65km from Panaji and 6km from Mollem), accessible via NH-748.

6. Monsoon Treks In The Sahyadris, Maharashtra

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Have you ever imagined walking along a misty trail that disappears into the clouds? Picture yourself surrounded by seasonal waterfalls, vibrant wildflowers, lush green escarpments, ancient rock-cut caves, and majestic crumbling forts in breathtaking settings. 

The Sahyadris offer an unmatched trekking experience, especially during the monsoon season. The most popular routes are situated around the Mumbai-Pune highway, so you can select a trek that matches your comfort level. 

If you’re a beginner, you’ll appreciate the hike to Bhimashankar through the Ganesh ghat route, the exploration of Prabalgad nestled between Panvel and Matheran, or the ascent to Visapur from Bhaje. 

For seasoned trekkers, Rajgad on the outskirts of Pune, Harishchandragad from Khireshwar or Pachnai, and Kalsubai, the highest peak in Maharashtra, are thrilling options. 

Remember to equip yourself with sturdy shoes, rain gear, and local guides to make the most of your adventure.

7. Chasing Waterfalls In Maharashtra

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Bhandardhara dam

Maharashtra boasts several monsoon destinations where one can chase waterfalls and immerse themselves in the mesmerizing beauty of nature. These are some of them:

– Bhandardara, nestled in the Sahyadri mountain range. It is home to the magnificent Randha Falls, where the Pravara River plunges over 170 feet, creating a majestic spectacle. The surrounding landscape, adorned with mist-covered hills and verdant valleys, amplifies the ethereal ambience, leaving visitors spellbound.

– The Vajrai Falls near Satara stands tall as the highest waterfall in Maharashtra. As rainwater gushes down the rocky cliff face from a staggering height of 853 feet, it fills the air with a symphony of cascading water and the sweet aroma of wet earth. The lush forests surrounding the falls provide a picturesque backdrop, offering a serene and rejuvenating experience.

– Malshej Ghat, a popular monsoon getaway, presents an ensemble of magnificent waterfalls. Harishchandragad Falls, with its graceful descent, delights trekkers and nature lovers alike. Packed with verdant hills, misty landscapes, and vibrant flora, Malshej Ghat becomes a haven for those seeking solace in the lap of nature.

– The picturesque valley of Lonavala and Khandala also transforms into a scenic wonderland during the monsoon. Amidst the breathtaking Sahyadri Mountains, visitors can witness the awe-inspiring Kune Falls, which cascades down in three tiers, forming a magnificent sight. The lush green surroundings, enhanced by the drizzle and fog, create a mystical atmosphere that enchants the beholder.

8. Vihigaon (Maharashtra) for Waterfall Rappelling 

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Vihigaon waterfall. Image credit: Treks & Trails

For those seeking adventure in Maharashtra, waterfall rappelling at Vihigaon waterfall is a must-try experience. 

Also known as Ashoka Waterfall, this natural wonder offers an exhilarating adrenaline rush as you rappel down its cascading waters. Located just 12 kilometres from Kasara village, Vihigaon waterfall is not just a destination for thrill-seekers but also a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. 

Surrounded by lush rice fields, vibrant greenery, and gentle hills, visitors can enjoy the diverse wildlife and stunning scenery that make this location a perfect weekend getaway.

You can check more details here.

9. Athirapally Falls, Kerala 

Kerala Falls - Monsoon

Often called the “Niagara Falls of India,” Athirapally Falls is a magnificent sight during the monsoon season. 

Athirapally Waterfalls, the largest waterfall in Kerala, descends from an impressive height of 80 feet, flowing through numerous parallel streams. During the rainy season, it resembles the grandeur of Niagara Falls, offering mesmerizing views of the Sholayar hills and the Western Ghats.

Embarking on an exhilarating trek through the Sholayar Rainforest allows you to witness the magnificent cascade of the falls from proximity, immersing yourself in its captivating beauty. 

Additionally, you can take part in jungle safaris organized from Chalakudy to Malakkapara, adding an adventurous element to your visit. Check the details of Jungle Safari.

Embark on a thrilling trek through the Sholayar Rainforest, and witness the cascading beauty of the falls up close.

How to reach: Fly into Cochin Airport.

The nearest railway station is Chalakudy. 

10. Hike To Valley of Flowers

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The Valley of Flowers, nestled in the majestic Himalayas, becomes a captivating tapestry of colours during the monsoon season, , making it one of the most enchanting monsoon destinations.

This enchanting UNESCO World Heritage Site transforms into a blooming flower paradise as many vibrant petals unfurl across the valley. 

During July to early September, the valley becomes a breathtaking sight with vibrant hues of endemic flora covering the 7-8km long and 2km wide area. To explore the beauty, you can take a 4km stone paved trail that follows the Pushpawati River from the base in Ghangaria. 

You’ll come across enchanting waterfalls and charming wooden bridges along the way. Ensure you do not miss the delicious dhaba meals available for a pit stop! 🙂

To explore this magical realm of nature’s artistry, check out this guide  to find out additional information about the mesmerizing allure of the Valley of Flowers.

How to reach: Fly to Dehradun and then embark on a 20km drive to Rishikesh. Next, undertake a 9-hour drive to Joshimath. Afterwards, drive another 20km to Govindghat and proceed for 4km to Pulna. From there, hike along the Pushpawati River via Bhyundar village for 9km until you reach Ghangharia. The Valley of Flowers is a mere 4km away from Ghangharia.

11. Goa for Unforgettable Waterfalls, Landscapes and Spa

A bonus one! How we can not add Goa to the list? It’s one of the popular monsoon destinations! 


Goa is one of the most popular monsoon destinations in India, offering a unique charm and tranquility during this time of the year.

Picture yourself strolling along the beach while a gentle drizzle kisses your face or simply kicking back and savouring a glass of wine as the cool sea breeze sweeps away your worries. That’s the true essence of experiencing Goa during the monsoon season! 

In addition to the breathtaking waterfalls cascading through lush green landscapes, pamper yourself with Ayurvedic massages, yoga sessions, and spa treatments, and let the monsoon cleanse your body and soul.

That’s a wrap! 

It’s time to pack your bags and embark on a monsoon adventure to discover the unexplored wonders of India’s monsoon destinations.

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