Best Places to Visit in August & September in India: The Mid-Monsoon Trips

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Welcome the sweet aroma of earth, the blossoming evergreen trees and the scenic panoramas; as August ushers in, India reaches its peak of the monsoon season, bringing out the best of all cities. The sweaters make an appearance, whilst the hot cups of tea keep you company and the states, cities and towns entice a fine balance of cold, chilly breeze against the pattering of drops. Travelling during these months is a journey alright. Not always smooth, but breathtakingly beautiful nonetheless, some of the best places to visit in India bloom during the monsoon season. Stunning vistas never leave your sight – be it the swaying palms by the beach or the pines by the mountains, the gorges by the hills or the waves by the sands. The rains, the monsoon season, the showers – whatever you want to call it – bring out an almost magnetic charisma that is simply unbeatable. 

The north, south, east and west, all invite tourists from far and wide. Here are a few of the best places to visit in August & September that make for the perfect monsoon trips – have a look. 

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Munnar, Kerala

Enveloped in lush green tea gardens, glorious waterfalls, scenic hikes and trails, amongst a spread of other activities, Munnar seems like the perfect vacation spot, especially during the monsoon season. One of the best tourist places in India, Munnar attracts huge amounts of tourists throughout the year, making it a favourite amongst travellers. It certainly is popular among honeymooners, given its romantic charm. However, Munnar’s appeal lies in the fact that it so effortlessly caters to all kinds of people – nature lovers as well as adventure enthusiasts. What’s more? The monsoon showers are synonymous with the off-season for this hill station, making the generally crowded tourist spots almost desolated, and the beauty, even sweeter. 

Places to Visit in Munnar 

  • Spot wildlife at the Eravikulam National Park 
  • Visit the fragrant Rose Garden 
  • Relax under the Attukad Waterfalls 
  • Stroll around the tea plantations and spice gardens 
  • Boat your way through Kondale Lake 
Munnar is one of the best places to visit in August.
The serene landscapes of Munnar

Mount Abu, Rajasthan 

The only hillstation in Rajasthan, Mount Abu certainly enjoys an esteemed position. Serving as the ideal escape from the otherwise humid and hot state, Mount Abu is brimming with things to explore. Do not let its size fool you, as the hill station boasts temples, delectable cuisine and absolutely stunning views of the mountains. Surrounded by the majestic Aravalli Range, Mount Abu is a beautiful melange of sands and hills. The hillstation itself receives minimal rainfall during the month of August, making it more accessible, along with making it easier to travel in and around Mount Abu.

Places to Visit in Mount Abu 

  • Savour the splendid sights at Nakki Lake 
  • Head over to the Sunset Point 
  • Pay a visit to Dilwara Temple 
  • Head over to Toad Rock 
Mount Abu is one of the most popular destinations to visit during the monsoon season.
Blissful Panoramas of Mount Abu

Ooty, Tamil Nadu

The enrapturing beauty of Ooty is simply unmatchable. Locally referred to as Udagamandalam, it is surrounded by the Nilgiri Hills. One of the most picturesque hill stations in Tamil Nadu, Ooty is no short of a paradise. A chai lover’s dream, Ooty is swathed in unending tea plantations, boasting a variety of tea and coffee, including hibiscus tea, rose tea and more. Also boasting pristine lakes, plunging valleys and gorgeous hills, the destination is justifiably one of the top places to visit in August. Although the rains make the roads a tad slippery, it is still one of the most visited hill stations in India. 

Places to Visit in Ooty 

  • Enjoy a boating ride in the Ooty Lake 
  • Learn all about tea at the Tea Museum 
  • Enjoy the Nilgiri Mountain Train Ride 
  • Visit the Pykara Waterfalls 
  • Capture the beautiful flowers at the Government Botanical Garden 
Ooty's famed landscapes are
Ooty’s vibrant landscapes

Igatpuri, Maharashtra 

One of the most famed hill stations of Maharashtra, Igatpuri lies approximately 3 hours away from Mumbai. The drive is scenic, boasting winding ghats, lush greenery and deep valleys – all in one. The hill stations in Maharashtra recieve ample rainfall, and during the months of August and September, they bloom at their best and Igatpuri is no exception making it one of the best places to visit in August. Cascading waterfalls, foggy mornings, misty roads and loads of memories are promised at this spectacular destination. 

Places to Visit in Igatpuri 

  • Visit the famed Sula Vineyards in Nashik 
  • Capture the natural beauty of Vihigaon Waterfalls 
  • Enjoy a scenic trek to Kalsubai Peak 
  • Behold amazing sights from the Bhatsa River Valley 
Head over to Igatpuri's famed waterfalls
Savour Igatpuri’s beautiful landscapes

Coorg, Karnataka 

Endearingly referred to as Scotland of India, Coorg is the perfect escape throughout the year. At an elevation of 3500 ft. above sea level, here, the clouds never leave you, and the breeze follows you everywhere. The beautiful tea and spice plantations coupled with the colonial architecture make for a rather memorable combination. One of the most popular hill stations of Karnataka, Coorg during the rains is a sight to savour. The beauty of the bewitching mountains is only enhanced, as the rains gush down, bringing along its own alluring charm. 

Places to Visit in Coorg

  • Spot wildlife at the Pushpanagiri Wildlife Sanctuary 
  • Visit the Coffee Plantations 
  • Trek to Tadiandamol Peak
  • Enjoy an afternoon at the Abbey Falls 
Coorg's one of the famous places to visit in August.
Coorg’s views are simply stunning

Here are a few things to keep in mind –

Is it safe to travel during August? 

Although the entire country is prone to heavy rainfall, it is advised to remain cautious when travelling during the months of August and September. The roads can be slippery, and the hilly terrains attract landslides, so always be on the lookout for the weather conditions of the region you are visiting. 

What are the places to avoid whilst travelling in August?

Granted that some of the peak monsoon seasons bring out some best places to visit in August, there are a few destinations that preferably should be avoided. The Eastern Himalayas, i.e. Darjeeling and Sikkim treks should ideally be avoided, as they receive continual heavy rains, making it difficult and risky to navigate through the terrains. The Eastern Himalayas receives an annual rainfall of 3000 mm. 

When looking to trek in or around, it is recommended to steer clear away from the Kumaon and Garhwal region, especially during the months of July and August. If you are looking to trek in the aforementioned regions, the months of September and October are perfect. 

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