If you were waiting for the rains to be in their prime to plan a trip; it’s time. But if you want to go to places with lesser rainfalls, we have those as well. Don’t just hesitate planning a trip because you couldn’t finalize places to visit in August in India. Lined up for you are some very offbeat destinations to enjoy the mid-monsoon August and take advantage of the off-season prices!
1. Munnar, Kerala
Mist induced rolling tea gardens and spice plantation with dewdrops rolling from the leaves and branches,Munnar in August is a nothing short of a nature lover’s paradise. The high mountains half covered in mist while the rain revitalizes everything it can touch. It’s an ideal escape if you’re looking for some quiet time amidst the mountains. Not being a tourist season in August, you can enjoy all of this without any rush and the off season prices!
2. Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya
Second wettest place on the planet, Cherrapunjee practically receives rains throughout the year. If you love the ferocity of the rains, then you have to visit Cherrapunjee during monsoons, covered with vast landscape and hills, it makes for an exciting monsoon trekking trip. You can also find the unique orange flower honey here and don’t forget to try the Meghalaya tea which is quite different to the Assam or Darjeeling tea. The double decker tree bridges are one of its kind experience that one can have the best in the late monsoon when the greenery is in full bloom.
3. Agumbe, Karnataka
Agumbe is one of the most popular treks in South India especially in August. The mountains and valleys are filled with numerous waterfalls which are a prime attraction; there are also ruins of temples dating back to the Hoysala Empire which is worth a visit. There is a gallery erected on a high point of the hills to view the sunset and you can see as far as the Arabian Sea. A nice trek could be followed by some hot tea only here you get a Vanilla flavoured tea which is just so much better. If the scenes in Agumbe seem much too familiar to you; it’s because it served as a setting to the famous TV adaption of the book Malgudi Days.
4. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
One of the most visited hill stations in Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal receives moderate rainfall. Often, you’ll find the clouds and sun playing hide and seek with the mountains during your stay in Kodaikanal in August during monsoons. The otherwise hot climate is quite pleasant during the monsoons with the rain swept valleys and misty mountains. This is the only time when the region is sploshed with waterfalls.
5. Lahaul – Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
The Valleys of Lahaul- Spiti are blessed with nature’s best. It is one of the sparsely populated areas and is ideal for a place for some solitude. It also offers a lot of adventure activities such as Skiing along with Yak Safari and exciting wildlife trails. There are beautiful monasteries that command a visit alongside some unique shrines that speak of the customs and faith of this region. Leh-Spiti are not accessible during winters for most of the people as the Manali-Leh route is closed and the other route from Shimla via Kinnaur also sees lots of disturbances due to landslides and heavy snowfall. Hence, Lahaul-Spiti is one of the best places to visit in August in India.
6. Andaman – Nicobar Islands
Rains are usually on and off in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, while the other days are mostly sunny. If it’s sunny, you can visit the Beladaru beach at Batarang Island. When it rains there are a many indoor activities to indulge you as well. Other places to visit here are Radhanagar, dolphin resort, Cellular jail and Phoenix Bay Jetty which is quite a sight in the rains. August is an off-season period in Andamans and that makes August a great time to visit Andamans for those who want to experience the exotic beauty of Andamans at dirt cheap prices.
7. Bikaner, Rajasthan
With little rains, the climate in Bikaner is more bearable than the otherwise hot seasons. The rain splashed majestic palaces of Junagarh, Lallgarh, Gajner and the famous Jain Temple and Karni Mata Temple are some of the must see places in Bikaner. While there is much to see here don’t forget to indulge in some shopping in the famous streets on Bikaner that are filled with numerous shops selling everything from authentic Rajasthani jewellery, clothes to silver and brone wares; cheaper if you can bargain!
8. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
Nestled in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges, Mussoorie is quite a scene in August in India. The drive from Dehradun to Mussoorie itself is breathtaking, add to that the undulating hills of Mussoorie and the spectacular view of the Himalayas, you’ve for yourself a holiday of perfectly quiet ambience. Waterfalls like Battha & Kempty are worth visiting and so is the Naga Devta Temple along with some beautiful churches.
The temperature cools down in monsoons, enabling to enjoy the lush green fields and hilly terrains ofPondicherry. One of the major attractions of this place is the sprawling vast land of coffee plantations which leaves a distinct fragrance of coffee in the air. The French War Memorial, Pondicherry Museum and Jawahar Toy Museum are some places to visit here apart from this, the Paradise Beach, Botanical gardens and the Pondicherry beach are worth visit.
10. Mandu, Madhya Pradesh
Mandu, the city of architectural ruins takes on a rustic tint during monsoon and is a pleasure to explore the domes and minarets. The famous love story of Rajput Rani Roopmati and last Sultan of Malwa took place here which is why the courtyard of Roopmati’s pavilion still reverberates with the romance. It also houses the tomb of Malwa’s second king Hoshang Singh – the country’s first marble monument.
11. Coorg, Karnataka
Coorg, a popular hill station located in the Kodagu district of Karnataka is widely known as the Scotland of India, owing to its picturesque hilly setting. During the monsoon season, especially in July and August, the entire town transforms into a lush green paradise. The weather becomes quite pleasant and cool because of the heavy rains. August is the best time to visit the splendor of the seasonal waterfalls of Coorg. For the adventure sports enthusiasts, it’s the perfect time to indulge in sports like river rafting.
12. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
Located in the in the Satara district of Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar is one of the most popular tourist places to visit in August in India and the largest hill stations in the Sayadri range. Most of the tourists usually avoid this place in the monsoon season due to the torrential rains. But this is also the time when the beauty and greenery of Mahabaleshwar is enhanced, If you want to enjoy the cool, foggy, lush green environment, then head over to this beautiful hill station in August.
13. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
A World Heritage site, the Valley of Flowers is situated at the meeting point of the Zanskar and Western and Eastern Himalayan ranges. The high, tranquil Himalayan peaks nestle this virtual paradise on Earth. While it is mainly known for it sprawling meadows of numerous species of flowers, the fauna here is also rich including rare and endangered animals like the snow leopard, musk deer and the brown bear. This place is one of the most beautiful places to visit in August in India as it’s the time when new flowers and plants start germinating and burst into full bloom,
14. Udaipur, Rajasthan
Udaipur is considered to be one of the most romantic cities of the world and has rightly received the tag of theVenice of the East. Also known as the City of Lakes, this is also a historically significant place as it remained the capital of Mewar for several centuries. The main attractions of the city are the City palace and the Udaipur Lake Palace located in the middle of the Pichola Lake. One of the best times to visit Udaipur would be in the monsoon season as you get respite from the piercing heat Rajasthan.
15. Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
The southern most tip of the Indian subcontinent, Kanyakumari forms an essential part of almost every trip to South India. Surrounded by water on all three sides, the weather here is usually cool and pleasant, the usual seaside climate. It is the first place in the country to receive the monsoon showers. If you’re a fan of rain, then experiencing the monsoon at this place in August in India should be a part of your to-do list. Also, being a lean season, one might avail some good discounts on hotels and restaurants at this time.
16. Khajurao, Madhya Pradesh
The Khajurao group of temples are renowned Hindu and Jain temples which represent a distinctive yet rich form of art and architecture of the Chandella period. They’re also one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in India and are famous for their nagara style architecture and the erotic sculptures and carvings on the temples. In August, the place becomes even more beautiful due to the heavy rainfall it receives. The Raneh Waterfall is full of fresh rainwater during this time. Plus, the light and sound show at the temples add on to the pleasant experience.
17. Pahalgam, Jammu and Kashmir
A world famous hill station in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Pahalgam is visited by thousands of tourists every year. Situated at the confluence of the streams flowing from Sheshnag Lake and the Lidder river, it is one of Kashmir’s premier holiday and health resorts. Out of all hustle bustle of city life, this place really offers a relaxing, peaceful atmosphere which makes it an ideal vacation spot. The weather is cool and pleasant due to the monsoon showers which makes Pahalgam a good place to visit in August in India.
18. Mount Abu, Rajasthan
Mount Abu prides on being the only hill station in Rajasthan. This place acts as an oasis retreat from the extremely hot climate of Rajasthan. It is known for it’s beautiful hilly landscape and the architectural marvel of the Delwara Jain Temple. In the month of August, it receives less amount of rainfall but the scenic beauty of this pretty hill station doubles as the surroundings are filled with mountain mist and lush green vegetation. Nature enthusiasts will love taking nature walks in this picturesque, green environment.