The onset of the rainy season in India has brought in a respite from the scorching summer heat. With the weather turning cool and pleasant, the landscape is about to change. Waterfalls, rivers and lakes will soon be filled to the brim and overflow. The landscape will become refreshing and verdant. With monsoon adding to the natural beauty, it won't be an exaggeration to say some parts of the country will turn into magical dreamlands.
Though monsoon travel is not everyone's cup of tea, if you are really up for an awe-inspiring travel experience, then you must visit these stunning Indian destinations in July for a magical monsoon.
Kerala monsoons are the most romantic ones. If you have been to Kerala, then you can imagine what wonders the rain could do to the beautiful place that Kerala already is. With an option to choose from the many charming destinations, you could plan a romantic getaway with your loved one to Kerala. Escape to the dreamy backwaters and discover the alluring charm of silent backwaters at Alleppey, Kovalam or Kumarakom.
The slice of paradise Ladakh is one of the best destinations to visit in July. Located in the rain shadow of the Himalayas in Kashmir, the weather is just right at this time of the year to visit Ladakh. There's a whole lot to do, explore and experience when in Ladakh. Right from the adventurous activities, like biking, trekking and white-water rafting, to the leisure activities, like shopping and camel and yak rides, there's something for everyone.
Situated in the most picturesque location of Himachal Pradesh, Lahaul & Spiti is a truly stunning destination to visit. Most of the region falls in a rain shadow, therefore, making this time of the year ideal for travelling. The stark landscape, azure rivers, lofty mountains, alpine lakes, beautiful monasteries and villages and friendly people, all make it worthwhile travelling to Lahaul and Spiti this season.
Truly living to the title of being a 'gateway to Malnad' - the naturally rich region of the Western Ghats, Shimoga or Shivamogga is an ideal place to be, to revel in the magic of monsoon. Home to serene beauty, Shimoga is well known for Jog Falls - the second-highest plunge waterfalls in India, after the Nohkalikai Falls of Meghalaya. Surrounded by lush greenery, the water falling from a fearsome height is a sight to behold.
The exhilarating feeling of walking on the mist-covered trails and through the pine forests in a cool weather of Kodaikanal is inexpressible in words. With low temperature and a dramatic overcast weather, a stroll in the Coaker's Walk or watching the Pillar Rocks, or dipping your feet in the cold water of the Silver Cascade Falls are some of the most amazing experiences that one can indulge in.
Travelling to the stunningly beautiful north-eastern state of Meghalaya to relish the monsoon will be one of the best travel experiences you will ever have. Visit the numerous waterfalls including Nohkalikai - the tallest plunge waterfall in India, Elephant Falls, Krang Shuri Falls, go boating in the pristine Umiam Lake or explore the numerous trails slicing through the surrounding forests.
One of the most favourite weekend getaways of the Mumbai and Pune crowd, the charming hill station of Lonavala is a must-visit in monsoon. Pleasant throughout the year, the refreshing and cold monsoon adds charm to its beauty. Blessed with abundant natural beauty, one can thoroughly enjoy the numerous monsoon treks strewn in this region of the Western Ghats, including Rajmachi, Lohagad and Visapur Fort. More adventurous ones can go for caving at Karla and Bhaja Caves.