5 Best Places to Visit in August in India to Experience the Monsoon

India offers an extravagant mix of traditions, festivals, spiritual beliefs, architecture and natural landscapes blazing bright in your memories even after you have left your shores.

As you plan to make a trip in the monsoon months of India, be prepared to face some practical travel hindrances which will soon be of little concern as you start exploring the amazing beauty of nature around.

How about a trip to the hills sitting by the rain-drenched windows on the rails? Let the entire journey tell you the tales of undulating hills and lush fields as you approach towards your destination sipping the hot chai. While many think that vacationing in India during its grey and gloomy weather is not as interesting as it is during the conventional winter months, you will soon be amazed by the beauty of the country in this monsoon months. Below is a list of best places to visit in August in India which can be the perfect escapade list from city life.


Understanding the Monsoon in India

Before moving on to the list, let us briefly explain the monsoon weather in India.

A seasonal change in the direction of the prevailing, winds of a region results in monsoon. The summer monsoon and the winter monsoon decides the type of weather for most of India and Southeast Asia.

   Summer Monsoon

It is associated with heavy rainfall and takes place generally in the months of April and September. At the end of the winter, warm, moist air from the southwest Indian Ocean comes towards India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Bangladesh. This rainfall sets in a humid climate with torrential downpour

   Winter Monsoon

This prevails from lasts of October to April, and is less well-known than its summer equivalent. The dry winter monsoon starts over Mongolia and north-western China. They are less powerful than summer monsoons because of the Himalaya which prevent much of the cool air from reaching places like the southern parts of India.

Top 5 Best Places to Visit in August in India

1. Kodaikanal

Lovingly called as the Princess of hill stations, Kodaikanal sits in the hills of the Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu. The gorgeous meadows, grasslands and waterfalls, make it one of the premier monsoon destinations in the country. The best part of the trip is to experience the mystic transformation of the city after the shower!

Regular buses from Dindigul, Chennai, Pondicherry, are available to reach here. Madurai airport is the nearest one while Kodai Road is the

Vattakanal Falls in Kodaikanal
Vattakanal Falls in Kodaikanal
closest railway station. Bothe these places are well connected to this hill station.

Places of attractions:

•    Kodaikanal Lake
•    Berijam Lake
•    Mannavanur Lake
•    Guna Cave
•    La Saleth Church
•    Vattakanal Falls
•    Pambar Falls
•    Lutheran Church

2. Shillong

Named as the ‘abode of clouds’, the capital of Meghalaya, is breathtakingly beautiful. Isn’t the name enough to explain why this place should be on the bucket list of best places to visit in August in India?

Monsoon are not the most tourist-heavy season, so you can get the city all to yourself. With sparkling waterfalls, and a strangely distinct culture, there are a lot of reasons that will allure you to visit again to experience the natural charm of Northeast.

Places of attractions:

•    Umiam Lake
•    Shillong Peak
•    Elephant Falls
•    Don Bosco Museum
•    Lady Hydari Park
•    Phan Nonglait Park
•    Sohpetbneng Peak
•    Mawphlang Sacred Forest
•    State Museum
•    Ever Living Museum
•    Mawphlang Village
•    Mawjymbuin Cave
•    Lumpongdeng Island
•    The Grand Madina Masjid

3. Mandu

To visit this citadel located in the central part of India, you can witness the finest heritage of the country through the imposing monuments which stand the test of time. Mandu or Mandavgarh in Madhya Pradesh is almost like a deserted town which was once one of the prolific dwell to the Mughals. With a gleam of Afghani architecture and beautiful lakes, appreciate the destiny of time which now exhibit crumbling walls of history. This ancient city looks resplendent in the rains as the ruins of the medieval fort city gets an amazing monsoon glow. The endless views

Jahaz Mahal Mandu
Jahaz Mahal, Mandu
of plateaus, hills and forests makes it one of the best places to visit in August in India.

Places of attractions:

•    Jahaz Mahal
•    Hathi Mahal
•    Rani Roopmati's Pavilion
•    Baz Bahadur's Palace
•    Hindola Mahal
•    Bagh Caves
•    Hoshang Shah's Tomb
•    Jama Masjid

4. Nainital

The list would be incomplete without an addition from one of the most naturally-blessed state, Uttarakhand. Nicknamed as the Queen of Lakes, this place becomes one of the finest romantic getaways in the monsoon.  The trees get greener, and the mountains have clearer views while the skies become no less than a fairy tale.

Places of attractions:

•  Naini Lake – from where the name of city comes

•  Naini Peak – Highest Peak In Nainital

•  Snow View Point – the oldest viewpoint

•  Nainital Zoo – Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant Zoo

•  Tiffin Top – see the quaint hill town

•  The Mall Road – Shopping Centre

•  Bhimtal Lake – another major lake

•  Eco Cave Gardens

•  Binayak

•  Khurpa Taal – for those interested in fishing

•  Jim Corbett National Park – enjoy the wilderness

•  Sattal – the mix of lakes and pines

•  Land’s End – get the majestic views of Khurpa Tal

•  Himalayan View Point – see the Himalayan range

•  Kainchi Dam

•  Naukuchia Taal

•  Corbett Falls

•  Peora – a popular hill station in Kumaon Hill


5. Munnar

With greenery and mountains that cover tea plantations, forests, wild life, and valleys, Munnar is one of the most popular hill station in Kerala (See also Best Tourist Places in Kerala) that is not just one of the finest honeymoon destinations but monsoon getaway as well. The following are the major places that you must not miss while making a list of the best places to visit in August in India: (6 Best Honeymoon Places in Kerala)

Munnar Top Station
Top Station, Munnar

Places of attractions:

•  Tea Museum

•  Cheeyapara Waterfalls

•  Pothamedu ViewPoint

•  Attukad Waterfalls

•  Top Station

•  Kundala Lake

•  Eravikulam National Park


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