The summer sun may have held you indoors but with the rains pouring and lush green sceneries to behold, it’s time to explore the outdoors. Here are 3 destinations in India one must visit during the rains.
- Munnar, Kerala
Munnar is one of the most popular hill stations in South India. It is nestled in the Western Ghats at an altitude of 6000 ft and is located in the Idukki district of Kerala. Once known as the High Range of Travancore, today Munnar is the commercial centre of some of the world’s highest tea-growing estates. The bulk of the plantations are operated by corporate giant Tata, with some in the hands of local co-operative Kannan Devan Hills Plantation Company (KDHP). Visit the Tea Museum to learn about the history and the process involved in brewing tea leaves.
Some of the major attractions of Munnar are Mattupetty Dam, Echo point, Kundala Lake, Top Station, Anamudi peak, Devikulam, Nyayamkad falls, Thoovanam falls, Eravikulam National Park and Attukal Waterfalls, etc. Munnar has the highest peak in South India – Anamudi, which towers over 2695 meters making it a perfect place for trekking and backpacking.
- Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
Cherrapunji, which means ‘land of oranges’ is the second wettest place on the planet after Mawsynram and the only place in India to receive rain throughout the year. Tucked away in North East India, Cherrapunjee is located around 60 km from Shillong in the East Khasi district of Meghalaya. Be it the spiritual hues or the lofty Khasi hills reaching out to hug the blue sky, Cherrapunji offers many magical charms to enthrall visitors. Nature lovers can experience amazing caves; natural trails and unique natural phenomenon of inter wined root bridges. The journey to Cherrapunji is in itself an experience worth savoring.
Apart from the constant rainfall, this place is also known for its root bridges – natural bridges formed from tree roots. The bridges, some of which are over a hundred feet long, take ten to fifteen years to become fully functional, but they’re extraordinarily strong — strong enough that some of them can support the weight of 50 or more people at a time. One special root bridge, believed to be the only one of its kind in the world, is actually two bridges stacked one over the other and has come to be known as the “Umshiang Double-Decker Root Bridge.”
Mawsmai Falls (also known as the 7 sisters falls of India), Eco Park, Koh Ramhah, Elephant Falls all offer a great monsoon experience.
- Agumbe, Karnataka
Agumbe lies in the West coastal region of South India, approximately 300 km west-northwest of Bangalore, the state capital of Karnataka in South India. Also referred to as the ‘Cherrapunji of the south’, Agumbe is home to spectacular wildlife like the King Cobra, Draco (Western Ghats flying lizard) and a bounty of many others.
Source: The better India
There is no place like Agumbe rainforests to explore in the monsoon season. There are trekking points like Mission Betta, Barkana Falls and Koodlu Teertha Falls which can be reached by hiking in the forest, although permission is required from the local police for some places that are hard to reach when it is raining in full force. Remember to look out for the leeches though. If you want to feel extra good on this vacation, you can also volunteer some time helping researchers. There is a research station that is located between the Agumbe reserve forests.
These are the places where you can truly sense the cool gentle winds, light raindrops and that smell of earth. Monsoons in India are truly a rapture of bliss, beauty and relief from the scorching summer sun and they are meant to be savored.