The mesmerising lands of South India are abound with the best of nature, culture, heritage and culinary experiences. The beauty of South India lasts through the year, but monsoons see some places take on an ethereal quality! Here are some of the best places in South India that you can visit in July and experience the thrill of monsoons firsthand.
We are about to take you through a visual guide of the top places in South India during monsoons. Be warned that by the end of the slideshow, you will indeed be spoiled for choice!
You might not usually see this in the list of top tourist places to see in South India. And that is because Thanjavur, the land of rice and paddy fields, of coconut farms and streams is the unspoilt beauty that many travellers miss out on! Thanjavur district in Tamil Nadu also called the 'Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu' is a vital centre for art, architecture and culture. Many of the Living Chola Temples that are UNESCO heritage sites are in and around Thanjavur. It is also popular for the Tanjore style of painting. Visit Thanjavur and let the scintillating greenery, temple architecture and murmuring streams render you breathless!
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Among the best places to visit in South India in July is the place in Tamil Nadu that conjures up images of crashing waterfalls. We are referring to Courtallam or Kutralam also called the 'Spa of South India'. With its many cascading waterfalls and resorts, Courtallam has become the relaxation destination for many travellers. So go ahead and get drenched in the monsoon joy at Courtallam.
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Another ideal place to visit in South India during the monsoons is Coonoor. The sister hill station of Ooty is popular for Nilgiri Tea and the trekking trails leading into the mountains. The monsoons enhance the greenery manifold, and the smooth winding roads ensure a drive to remember forever! The additional benefit of lesser tourist crowd here makes this the ideal holiday destination.
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Here are some tempting statistics, 70 hairpin beds up the hills, and around 1300 steps to climb down (and then back up) to the 300 ft Agaya Gangai waterfalls makes Kolli hills in Tamil Nadu a great adventure destination. Among the top places to visit in South India in July, Kolli hills is not a commercial tourist spot. Enjoy these less explored hills through activities such as trekking, hiking or by simply climbing down to the Agai Gangai waterfalls.
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Yet another lesser frequented travel destination, Dharmapuri has a lot to offer, especially in the monsoon season. Among the most popular places to visit in Dharmapuri is the Hogenakkal Waterfalls. Located on the border of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, this is the entry point of Kaveri into Tamil Nadu. The force at which the water falls over the rocks earned the name Hogenakkal meaning 'Smoky Rocks'. The monsoons bring in both the waters and the travellers.
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Munnar meaning the confluence of three rivers, is located in Kerala and is one of the best places to visit in South India in July. A green carpet of tea estates covers the landscape for as far as the eye can see. Interspersing trees that might be a few hundred years old, wet walkways after the rains and pretty birds drying off is a sight available only in Munnar. Take long walks complemented by hot cups of mountain fresh tea, and you got yourself an unforgettable monsoon holiday!
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Rightfully called the 'Venice of the East' Alleppey is full of postcard-perfect places. The ideal destination in South India for a monsoon trip, you can go here with your family, friends or that special someone! Popular for the backwater experience, Alleppey has many water canals, inlets and beaches. Explore the many waterways aboard a houseboat. You will lose track of time and worries as you sink into the bliss of watching the green waters, blue skies, towering coconut trees and quaint little boats in this backwater paradise.
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A monsoon trip to Vembanad Lake can prove to be more than an exhilarating journey. It can also save you money! Yes, that is right, considered off-season the hotels offer discounts during monsoons. But the place is never more beautiful than during the monsoon period. The lake is supposedly the longest and largest in India. Many resorts dot the surrounding lands, and if you wish to stay in the waters then choose from the plenty of houseboat options. You can even try your hand at rod-fishing here!
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Among the best tourist destinations in South India is the second-highest plunge waterfall in India - The Jog Falls. Located in Karnataka's Shimoga district, the waterfall plunging from 830 ft is created by the Sharavathi River. The different parts of the falls are ideally named as per their characteristics; the Raja, the Roarer, the Rocket and the Rani. There are steps leading across viewpoints to the bottom of the hills, and you can have the picturesque experience of climbing down nearly 1400 steps.
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Chikmagalur is a must-see tourist place in South India. Packed with pepper estates, coffee estates and thick forests, Chikmangalur is a nature lover's haven! Located in Karnataka, it is referred to as the 'Coffee Land'. Popular as a hill station among tourists there are many options for stay. Opt for a home stay experience in one of the remote estates, take morning walks through the coffee and pepper plants, watch the glittering sunsets and enjoy the fireflies as the flit about in the night. If you are lucky, you can also see peacocks and in the rain they might just break into a dance for you!
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