The place with the highest rainfall in India is also the place which receives the highest rainfall in the world. India is home to diversity in everything from cultural, to linguistic and not to forget the geographical diversity, due to which one can experience various temperatures and climates in different parts of the subcontinent.
We have places as dry as the Thar Desert in the west and places as wet as Mawsynram in the east which also happens to be the wettest place in the country. You have even places which are as cold as Leh in the north and as humid as Chennai in the south.
The states that receive the highest rainfall in the country are Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Odisha, West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Karnataka and Kerala. The monsoon affects the subcontinent and its surrounding water bodies. In the cooler months, the monsoon winds create their magic from the north east and they change their direction and blow south west in the warmer months.
Let's take a sneak peek into some of the wettest places in the country.
Mawsynram in the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya holds the crown of being the wettest place of India and also of the world. Located on top of a hill in the middle of a valley, the place records 11,872 mm of rainfall during the peak monsoon season in the country.
Landslides are a very common event in the area due to the incessant heavy rains and the people here prepare themselves well in advance before the monsoons hit the ground. The village also holds the Guinness World Record for receiving the highest rainfall in the world.
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Cherrapunji also lies in the slopes of the Khasi Hills and experiences rain very close to Mawsynram. The place is located at the meeting point of two gorges in the hills. It receives close to 11,619 mm of rainfall annually during the monsoons.
Cherrapunji has some picturesque locations, one amongst them is Mawsmai Falls, which is the fourth largest in India at a height of 1035 ft. Apart from this there are a number of monoliths and underground passes beneath ancient caves which are truly fascinating.
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A small town in the Shivamogga or Shimoga district of Karnataka is Agumbe. This place receives an average rainfall of 7691 mm and is one of the most scenic places to visit in the Western Ghats. The lush green views all around attract visitors from various parts of the country.
Well known for its rainfall and dense forests, the rain forests surrounding Agumbe are part of the Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary and this place is known as the Cherrapunji of the South.
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Mahabaleshwar comes next in terms of the amount of rainfall it receives annually, which is around 5618 mm. Located close to the Western Ghats, it receives continuous mild rainfall throughout the year.
Apart from its rich green foliage, which turns even more beautiful during monsoon, you would come across ancient temples, the Venna Lake and Arthur Point, which are major attractions here.
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Known as the Mist Paradise, Amboli is yet another hill station in Maharashtra, which is well known for its monsoon tourism. The place has beautiful gorges and waterfalls, which flow in full capacity during the monsoons; it is also home to a large rare variety of flora and fauna.
Situated at an altitude of 690 m above sea level, the place has an amazing topography which comprises of dense forest areas. Amboli witnesses around 7500 mm of rainfall every year.
Receiving around 4388 mm of annual rainfall, Pasighat is filled with beautiful tea gardens and is located in the state of Arunachal Pradesh which also happens to be one of the oldest villages of the state.
Located alongside the Siang river, tourists stop here to get into a taxi or ferry to go to other places in Assam and Arunachal.
The capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok experiences about 3737 mm of annual rainfall. The lakes of Rumtek and Tsomgo along with the Khangchendzonga National Park are major places to visit.
The monsoons give the place an entire different charm which makes it one of the best times to enjoy the breathtaking climate of the region.