Are you the kind that finds solace in the touch of droplets falling aimlessly from the skies as rains with a goal of simply pleasing you? Do you believe in the magic of rain as it spreads and ignites love, passion, and desire?
If your answer to the above questions is yes, then welcome yourself to a group of multitudes. A group whose members range from lovers (from the youngest to the oldest) to friends, to families, to the local sportsmen (who just need a reason to rush to the grounds) and so on.
In fact, who wouldn’t fall in love with these tiny droplets of joy?
So, if you love the rains, these are 5 places that are a must visit for you, and if you dislike the rains and can’t figure out what’s so special about them, then, these places are all the more for you. Pay a visit and fall in love, simple motto.
So, let’s have a look!
A beauty even without the rain, this town gets the finesse, as soon as the first drops of rain touches the earth. Getting substantial rainfall every year, Pondicherry is the dreamy combination of a place to roam about in the rains and a place to sit-in and enjoy during the rains. While the diners and cafes act as the perfect host outside your home during monsoon. The once French colony takes you into a different era, it is the beaches that provide you the most liberating and enlightening of experiences. Just go and sit at the beach in the rains, without thinking of getting dirty or wet, and just look at the sea uncurling in all its glory in front of you. This would be the time when you will start with all the deep questions of your life and you start to introspect.
2. Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
The monsoon showers in India first hit Kanyakumari and every bit of it demands a visit. An ordinary town (with much more than a couple of touristic locations), there is a sudden change in the air as the showers begin, as if the air has been electrified. Everything mentioned about beaches during monsoon in Pondicherry, to some extent, applies here too! In fact, this place has a divided monsoon. If you are the kind that prefers heavy thudding of water droplets against your windows, then July and August are the most preferable months; whereas, if you like your rains light and soft, you should be here around September. With religious vibes already in the air, the place becomes calmer when the monsoon hits and in a way more… auspicious! If you do not mind the rains, just set out as it pours. Take a walk or a drive (preferably in a scooter) across the town and observe what’s going on around and inside you.
3. Kolkata, West Bengal
Well, you haven’t really seen Indian rains unless you have been to Kolkata during monsoons. A bustling city even during rains, this city is a must visit if you have a habit of living eccentrically! You can visit the Princep Ghat for a boat ride (what fun it would be to be in the water while it is pouring cats and dogs!), or go for a drive with family or friends towards Rajarhat or pay your homage to wet-o-wild! Enjoy the rains with some delicious, mouth-watering Bengali food. Have some Beguni, Luchi, Aloo-Dum, Pyaaji, and other mind-blowing recipes.
4. Cherrapunji, Meghalaya
With an average rainfall of more than 11500 mm and the fame for being one of the wettest places on Earth, Cherrapunji is the place where you would want to be for your honeymoon! Comfortable, cool and exceptionally stunning with the valleys and greenery, this is one of the most romantic spots, you could ever visit. You have no option for light rains here, so either fall in love with the crazy rainfall everywhere at all times or… well, anyone would fall for it. What is worth wondering about is? Why does this place receive so many tourists? The answer lies in the true spirit, culture and the people of this place.
P.S. Trust this that nothing awes you as much as walking on live bridges during monsoon!
5. Lonavla, Maharashtra
It would be no less than a crime not to talk about this place when talking about monsoon in India. Though well connected by trains and by roads, this is one place you’d want to drive to, the reason being the freshness of air and the beauty around you. And well, the roads are damn fine! On the way, you will come across waterfalls, dams, ponds, awe-inspiring caves to the alluring greenery, the serene valleys to the sometimes ferocious but always heart-warming sky. This place has a lot to offer that should be accessed during the rains.
Fun fact: the food stalls offer the perfect snacks for monsoon, from Maggie to onion pakoras, obviously served with hot tea and coffee.
P.S.: Try to stay here for a day, accommodations would not be a problem!
Summing up, with the rainy season about to approach, it's time you start planning a visit to these destinations in India!
Himanshu’s love for travel has taken him to lands which experience contrasting weather conditions all year long. From the chilly hills in the north to the damp weather of the north-east, and the hot windy west, he has seen it all.