Monsoon makes your heart flutter and tempt you to make plans for holidays. Let not rain dampen your spirit or budget as you embark on expeditions to explore destinations in India in its rain-washed glory. India abounds in budget monsoon destinations in India that present the charms of the country like never seen before. From misty hill towns where the clouds descend down themselves to roaring waterfalls, the barren desert to valleys turned gardens of rare flowers, India in monsoon is a canvas painted by the Gods themselves.
Take a look at the 10 budget monsoon destinations in India that let you enjoy the rains.
Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
When the name itself means ‘The Gift of the Forests’ then the place ought to steal your hearts! Kodaikanal, a charming hill town of Tamil Nadu settled in the Western Ghats is one of best holiday destinations in monsoon that too on budget.
The rain-washed Kodai Lake and the Berijam Lake glitter like gems. Draped in mists, Coaker’s Walk and Brynt Park are scenic trails while the challenging treks are available for Dolphin Nose, Kurunji Andavar Temple and Pillar Rocks. If luck persists, witness the rare phenomenon of Brachem Specter where one can see your shadow in clouds with a rainbow halo.
Located in the Shayadri mountain ranges, Lonavala is one of best places to visit in monsoon. Epitomizing all that is blissful in rains, the beauty of town is beyond words. The scenery of lush green as far as the eye can see, rare flowers, birds and butterflies make it a blissful haven to heal your tired body, minds and souls.
In its rainy charm, enjoy a view from the Tiger point, exploring the Karla caves, trek to Bushi dam or day tours to Rajmachi, Lohagad and Tikona Fort. If rains call for a getaway, then here is your vacation that is quite easy on your pocket.
The rain gods have themselves blessed Cherrapunji. The beautiful town in Meghalaya ‘the Abode of Clouds’ in North East India was formerly the wettest place on Earth, and is now listed on the second position. One of the most popular monsoon destinations in India, rains are a beauty here.
Monsoon is marked with heavy to light rains and pleasant weather. The greenery appears out of the world. The waterfalls, especially the Nohkalikai Falls in all its glory are a sight you must not miss out on. Visit the living roots bridge, explore caves, or pay a visit to scenic villages. Feel the bliss of the charming town without stress to your pockets.
Mandu, Madhya Pradesh
Resembling a ship set to sail, Jahaz Mahal in Mandu is an extremely beautiful sight that too in the season of rains. The otherwise forgotten town in Madhya Pradesh comes to life in monsoon. Lakes, water bodies, baths, canals, ravines, gardens and even the marvelous monuments of the medieval 15th century town are seen with a new spark of life.
Walk along the town and relive the days of the yore, especially the love saga of Rani Roopmati and Baz Bahadur. The charming monuments are fun to explore. The salubrious weather of the monsoon, the old-world charm and the budget friendly holiday destination tempt for a visit.
If the smell of the wet earth and coffee tempts you, then Coorg is the place to be. Monsoon makes the place nothing less than magical. The best thing about this beautiful town of Karnataka is, it’s one of the unmissable holiday destinations in India during monsoon.
The rain makes the coffee plantations look beautiful and smell fantastic. The Abbey and Iruppu waterfalls appear a mighty spectacle of nature. Adventure aficionados have a number of scenic trails to explore. Even wildlife spotting at the Nagarhole National Park becomes exciting. If not nothing watching the rains is therapeutic. Away from the hustle bustle of cities, the simple pleasures of the town enamor you for a visit.
Water everywhere and even pouring from the sky, does it not sound like a beauty, the perfect setup to celebrate rains? Alleppey, the city of backwaters in Kerala is next on our list of budget monsoon destinations in India.
Washed in the rain, Alleppey looks all the more magical. Board a houseboat and cruise through the charming landscape. Celebrate Onam, the grandest festival in Kerala with food, traditional dances, clothes, and more. Attend the power-packed snake boat race. Indulge in ancient rejuvenation as it is the best time for Ayurveda to work its magic. Traditional resorts offer comprehensive packages for total healing of body, mind and soul.
Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
Blessed with one of the rarest sights that only happens in monsoon, next on our list we have the beautiful Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand. A part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the valley is blessed by nature and is listed as one of the best places to visit in India during monsoon.
Every year after the rains, more than 300 species of mountain flowers in every possible in amazing pattern blooms here. Get to the valley after a 5-6 day trek, enjoying incredible beauty as well as getting to spot high-altitude wildlife of Himalayas like Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, musk deer, blue sheep, etc.
Rains bless the parching earth. The ‘City of Lakes of Rajasthan’ Udaipur is blessed with picturesque beauty after rains. Named among the most romantic places on the planet, Udaipur becomes all the more amorous in the pitter-patter of monsoon.
In fact, Udaipur is one of the cities in the world to have a dedicated monsoon palace. The Aravalis look blissful in lush greenery. The Pichola Lake looks like a magical mirror, made all the more ethereal with the white-marbled Palace in the middle of the lake looking like a vision. Fateh Sagar Lake, Udai Sagar Lake, etc. are equally beautiful. The gardens feel out of the world. The food and royal hospitality add to the thrilling holiday.
Beaches and monsoon might not go together, but in Goa it does. The smallest state of India, though known for beaches has a lot more to it. It is counted among the top budget monsoon destinations in India. Nothing beats Goa when you are planning a memorable holiday that is easy on your pocket.
The mighty Dudhsagar Falls, in its full glory gives you enough reason to make plans. Trek to the falls crossing through spectacular greenery. The chance of a luxury vacation at the best resorts that too at economical prices. Free of crowds, Goa looks out of the world bliss. Festivals, delightful food, exploring the old world add to the bliss.
Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
Next on our list is Ladakh. The remote ‘Land of High Passes’ located in Jammu and Kashmir is the place to be, if you want to escape the rains. The cold desert surrounded by rugged mountains is only accessible in summer and monsoon.
When the entire country gets drenched in rains, Ladakh stays dry and amazing. From crystal-clear lakes, exciting trekking trails, ancient monasteries, colourful festivals, delightful gastronomy, charming homestays to the greatest adventure of a lifetime, Ladakh makes all of it possible. Escape the monsoon and get ready to be thrilled. Embark on adrenalin-gushing river rafting, trekking, road trip, camping and more.
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