The land of beautifully sculpted temples, abundant rivers, mysterious forests, postcard views, exotic food and vibrant culture, South India has much to offer the exploring traveller.
In the rainy season, the lush greenery of the south looks even more scenic, the smooth highways providing unforgettable drives and the destinations attracting people to come relax and rejuvenate. If you fancy an idyllic holiday in the lap of nature as you enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee on languorous mornings, exciting walks into the forests, fanciful sightings of wild-animals and the spellbinding experience of fireflies in the dark, here are some hand-picked destinations, just for you.
South India in the monsoon season has a lot to offer, while we covered some of the places you must visit in July, here are other great monsoon destinations that you can visit in August.
A wonderful holiday to the quaint hill station Yercaud situated in Tamil Nadu, begins at the scenic drive to the place. The 32 km loop road that covers 20 hairpin bends proves to be an exciting experience. In Yercaud, enjoy the scenic vistas that only becomes more beautiful during the monsoons. Head out to the Yercaud Lake, Killiyur Falls, Lady's Seat and Pagoda viewpoints. Also explore activities such as boating, trekking and photography. The abundant nature and breathtaking views makes Yercaud one of the best places to visit in South India in August.
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The town of Pollachi located at a distance of 40 km from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu is one of the best places to visit in South India in August. Situated close to the Western Ghats, the town is an important centre for agricultural produce. This also means you can see many coconut farms, rice fields and other plantations. At short distances of lesser than 100 km from Pollachi, you can visit popular attractions such as Top Slip, Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Thirumoorthy Hills, Amaravathy Dam and Crocodile Park, etc. Pollachi is also popular for temples; Arulmigu Subramanyar Thirukoil Temple and Arivu Thirukoil.
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The most popular hill station in Tamil Nadu is also one of the best places to visit in South India in August. At an elevation of nearly 7000 ft, Kodaikanal boasts of cool temperatures and picturesque surroundings. You will be entranced by the grassy meadows, the rays of sunlight that struggle to penetrate through the tall eucalyptus trees, scenic lakes and much more. There is much to see in and around Kodaikanal, you can start with the Berijam Lake, Pillar Rocks, Pine Forest, Silver Cascade, Dolphin's Nose, Bear Shola Falls, Coaker's Walk, etc. Also, don't miss out on trying the home-made chocolates here.
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Idukki has a lot to offer all nature lovers and those looking to escape the chaos of city life. Densely wooded valleys with a backdrop of steep hills and flowing rivers makes Idukki one of the best places to visit in South India in August. There are many places to visit in and around Idukki, such as the Idukki Arch Dam, Wildlife Sanctuary, Hill View Park, Nadukani, Ramakkal, Anayirankal Dam, Kalvari Mount, etc. Enjoy wildlife photography, boating, scenic drives, picnics and various other activities here.
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One of the best tourist places to visit in South India in August is Kollam in Kerala. Those who want to getaway to a place with scenic beauty and waterscapes must visit Kollam. It has plenty of lagoons and backwaters besides the beach. Situated close to the Ashtamudi lake, the place has many attractions. Take your pick from places such as Palaruvi Falls, Thirumullavaram Beach, Munroe Island, Sasthamkotta Lake, etc.
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Among the top places to visit in South India in monsoon is Thekkady in Kerala. The beautiful place that consists of national reserves and spice plantations set against a backdrop of hills is great to for activities like trekking and mountain walks. The scenic place will relax and rejuvenate your senses. Visit the Periyar Tiger Reserve, Periyar Lake, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Murikkady, Chellar Kovil and Anakkara. If you are lucky you may see more than the lovely flora at the Periyar forests, you can also be taken on a guided tour where sighting elephants, tigers, bison, deer and over 265 varieties of birds can make the trip unforgettable.
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Set amidst pepper and coffee plantations, the postcard town of Coorg is another popular hill station in Karnataka. People from the world over come to Coorg to enjoy the vibrant nature and the invigorating coffee experience. There are many tourist attractions to explore if you have the will to leave your idyllic stay at the beautiful coffee estate home-stays. Explore places such as Nisargadhama, Abbey Falls, Madikeri Fort, Madikeri Palace, Gaddige, Raja's Seat, etc.
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The beautiful beach city of Visakhapatnam or Vizag in the state of Andhra Pradesh is one of the top places to visit in the monsoons in South India. The scenic views from the beach and other local attractions such as Indira Gandhi Park, Visakha Museum, Submarine Museum and even beautiful temples, will make the trip here unforgettable.
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You cannot travel to Vizag and not make a trip to the nearby Araku Valley. Among the best tourist places in South India in August, the lush green valleys and other attractions such as the Borra Caves, Chaparai waterfalls, Galikondu viewpoint, Katiki falls, etc., make the trip here a must during the monsoon season.
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A very picturesque destination in Karnataka, Kudremukh has so much to offer an avid traveller. Grassy valleys that seem too magical to be true, hill ranges of varying colours, rolling grasslands and waterfalls, make Kudremukh one of the best places to travel in South India in August. Explore attractions that come alive during the monsoons such as the Kadambi Falls, Lakya Dam, Kudremukh National Park, trekking across Gangamoola, etc.
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A land of confluence, Poovar in Kerala is where the waters from the lake, sea and river meet. Poovar in the past used to be the trading centre for spices, sandalwood, timber and ivory. Today it is one of the popular scenic destinations in Kerala. One of the few beach destinations in the country to retain its pristine charm, the place has not yet been discovered by commercial tourism. Explore the golden beaches, the Sri Chitra Art Gallery, nearby fishing villages and the birthplace of a unique form of martial arts.
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Sirsi located in the heart of the Western Ghats in Karnataka is surrounded by thick forests and is the land of many breathtaking waterfalls. Explore beyond what nature has to offer at Sirsi; check local attractions such as the many temples including the Madhukeshwara, Sahasralinga, and Sri Vadiraja Matha. Enjoy the refreshing waters at Unchalli Falls and make sure you don't miss the outstanding rock formations at Yana, located at a distance of 40 km from Sirsi.
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