Come August and there is freshness in the air and lush greenery all around; and you know monsoons are at their full glory. Imagine travelling in this weather, enjoying the scenic vistas on offer and feeling a sense of calmness about it. Having said that the rainy season is probably not for those to enjoy who are always in a rush, but for those who revel at the idea of being adventurous and are always fascinated by the incredible ways of nature. If you are among the second kind, then we suggest that you explore India in August; it can’t get better than this! Here we bring a list of 10 places to visit in August if you want to make the best of your monsoon vacations:
A popular weekend getaway for the residents of Mumbai and Pune, the hill station of Lonavala in the Western Ghats is at its scenic best in monsoons. The view of the verdant hills, constantly under a thick layer of clouds; the overflowing waterfalls and dams; and old forts make for an excellent experience at Lonavala. Whether you come here with your family or group of friends, you are sure to enjoy every bit of your trip.
Places to visit in Lonavala: Lonavala Lake, Bushi Dam, Tiger’s Leap, Lohagarh Fort, Kune Falls, Bhaja Caves, Valvan Dam and Lonavala Wax Museum
Things to do in Lonavala: Indulge in some adventure activities at Della Adventure Park, dip in the cool waters at Bushi Dam, enjoy trekking to Rajmachi Point and Lion’s Point and try out some ‘chikki’, the hill station is famous for.
The quaint hill station of Wayanad is one of the popular tourist destinations of Kerala and receives tourists all year round, but there is a certain charm in exploring it during monsoons. This is time to witness the green glory of the vast expanse of its rainforests; tea, coffee, rubber and spice plantations; trekking to its picturesque view points and enjoy its cool and pleasant weather.
Places to visit in Wayanad: Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Pookode Lake, Edakkal Caves, Neelimala View Point, Meenmutty Waterfalls, Banasura Sagar Dam and Chembra Peak
Things to do in Wayanad: Explore the serene coffee, rubber and spice plantations, enjoy boating and shopping for spices and handicraft items
The hill station of Panchgani, once a summer retreat for the British, is a picturesque wonder in Maharashtra, and August is the month when its beauty increases manifold with pouring rains making its weather quite pleasant and its valleys completely green. The twin hill station of Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani is dotted with some excellent vantage points, from where you can catch a glimpse of the spectacular Sahyadri hills.
Places to visit in Panchgani: Sydney Point, Bhillar Waterfalls, Parsi Point, Devrai Art Village, Mapro Gardens, Table Land and Kass Plateau
Things to do in Panchgani: Take a walk in the Strawberry farms, explore the rich flora of Kass Plateau and enjoy scenic vistas from the view points of Panchgani
Kanyakumari, which is the southern-most tip of the Indian mainland, is among the most visited tourist destinations in the country. Coming here in monsoons for a trip can be a totally different and fun-filled experience to witness the confluence of the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the India Ocean, with water continuously hitting the shore at high speeds. Besides this, there are a number of significant temples in the city, which are a must visit on a trip to this part of India.
Places to visit in Kanyakumari: Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Thiruvalluvar Statue, Thirparappu Falls, Kumari Amman Temple, Lord Subramanya Temple, Vattakotai Fort and Thanumalayan Temple
Things to do in Kanyakumari: Take a dip at the Triveni Sangam, visit the Thovalai Flower Market and Muppandal Wind Farm, and shop for handicrafts made from sea shells and excellent woven handloom sarees
Kumarakom receives abundant rain in August making its backwaters look even more fascinating; the same can be said for Vembanad Lake, which lies in proximity. During this time of the year, there are fewer crowds in Kumarakom; hence, hotel prices are low and even there is less rush for houseboat stay in the backwaters. So, if you are looking for a romantic getaway in August, come to Kumarakom for an experience of a lifetime!
Places to visit in Kumarakom: Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall, Vembanad Lake, Bay Island Driftwood Museum, Kumarakom Craft Museum
Things to do in Kumarakom: Enjoy a houseboat stay at the backwaters of Kumarakom, indulge in bird-watching at Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, relish local cuisine and get some Ayurvedic treatments
6. Mount Abu
Mount Abu in Rajasthan becomes a popular retreat for people in this part of the country in the summers, but it enjoys the same popularity in the monsoon season too as this places gets moderate rainfall while the weather becomes really pleasant. In August, its scenic mountains and lush green valley is a thing to witness and get awe-inspired, besides visiting the famous temples this hill station is famous for. A trip to this place with your family can be a good choice!
Places to visit in Mount Abu: Dilwara Temples, Guru Sikhar, Achalgarh Village, Arbuda Devi Temple, Toad Rock, Gaumuk Temple and Raghunath Temple
Things to do in Mount Abu: Enjoy a boat ride at Nakki Lake, explore the wildlife of the hill station at Trevor’s Tank and Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, and shop for crafts, paintings, leather goods, etc.
Home to the famous UNESCO-listed temples, Khajuraho is among the top tourist destinations in India. After the hot and humid summer months, Khajuraho enjoys a pleasant weather in the month of August and becomes an ideal time to spend a short vacation here. This is also the time, when you will find less number of tourists here, and so you can easily explore each of the below attractions.
Places to visit in Khajuraho: Khajuraho Group of Monuments, Raneh Falls, State Museum of Tribal And Folk Art, Gangau Dam, Beni Sagar Dam, Mastani Mahal – Dhubela
Things to do in Khajuraho: Explore the Eastern and Western Groups of temples
Read more: Architectural Beauty of Khajuraho Temples
Considered among the most picturesque hill stations in Southern India, Munnar is a favorite destination for tourists from across the country, and why wouldn’t it be? Its pleasant weather, verdant valleys and lush tea and spice plantations make a perfect setting for a romantic getaway. Alike the other parts of Kerala, Munnar receives good amount of rainfall in August, but it just enhances it beauty to a new level. Coming here during monsoon, which is an off-season, has an added advantage, especially with regard to hotel bookings.
Places to visit in Munnar: Atukkad Waterfalls, Eravikulam National Park, Kundala Dam, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Chinnakanal Waterfalls, Mattupetti Dam and Anamudi Peak
Things to do in Munnar: Take a walk in the tea gardens and spice plantations, go on a trek to Anamudi Peak, enjoy scenic vistas of the hill station from its vantage points and plan to stay at a tree house
Read More: Fascinating Attractions in Munnar
The city of the royal Rajputana clan – Jodhpur can be a great option for a family vacation in August as this time of the year as the city enjoys a pleasant weather. Exploring its royal palaces, historical forts, splendid temples and shopping at its markets for traditional Rajasthani attire and handicrafts can be a wonderful experience, more so because there is less tourist footfall during this time.
Places to visit in Jodhpur: Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mehrangarh Fort and Museum, Jaswant Thada, Mandore Gardens, Chamunda Mata Temple, Balsamand Lake and Kailana Lake
Things to do in Jodhpur: Taste the authentic Jodhpuri cuisine, shop at its colorful markets, explore the Rao Jodha Desert Park and enjoy cycling through the lanes of the city
Read more: Mehrangarh Fort: The Royal Heritage of Jodhpur
Another picturesque destination to visit during the monsoon month of August is Dharamshala. Being located at a higher altitude, it receives heavy rainfall and hence, its greenery becomes even more enchanting. Besides paying a visit to its famous monasteries, you can explore a lot about Tibetan history and culture here, especially at the Kangra Art Museum and Library of Tibetan Works and Archives – two of the must-visit places in Dharamshala.
Places to visit in Dharamshala: Namgyal Monastery, Bhagsunag Temple, Tsuglagkhang Complex, Gyuto Monastery, Kangra Fort, Masroor Rock Cut Temple and Library of Tibetan Works and Archives
Things to do in Dharamshala: Take a trip to Bhagsunag Waterfalls, pay a visit to Kangra Art Museum, enjoy a trip to Kareri Dal Lake and do visit the Naddi village.