Located in the Peninsular Deccan Plateau, the mesmerizing land of South India is abounding with the best of nature, vibrant culture, rich heritage, and authentic culinary experiences. The beauty of South India lasts throughout the year, but monsoons make some places more ethereal with lush greenery, roaring waterfalls, and gushing streams. Here are some places you can visit in South India and experience the thrill of monsoons firsthand as part of South India Tour Packages.
Situated at an altitude of over 2100 feet, Agumbe in Karnataka is one of the most scenic places to visit in South India in monsoon. It is fondly called as the Cherrapunji of South India as it receives the highest amount of rainfall in Southern India. Known for its scenic beauty and rich bio-diversity, the mountains, and valleys of Agumbe are filled with numerous waterfalls which come alive in the rainy season. Sunset View Point, Jomlu Theertha Falls, Barkana Falls, Onake Abbi Falls, Jogi Gundi Falls, Kudlu Theertha Falls, and Kunchikal Falls are the must-visit places here as part of Karnataka Packages. Also, Agumbe is the base station to several trekking trails including the famous Narasimha Parvata Trek. The surroundings of Agumbe looks familiar as it served as a setting to the famous TV adaption of the book Malgudi Days.
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At an altitude of about 3500 feet, Valparai is a soothing hill station in Annamalai Hills of Tamilnadu. This unexplored hill station in Tamilnadu receives the highest rainfall during the monsoon season. The tea estates, overflowing dams, dense forests, gushing waterfalls, whispering streams and cool climate make Valparai an apt place for a hassle-free vacation during monsoon season in South India. It is a heaven for nature-loving souls, trekkers, and wildlife enthusiasts. Sholayar Dam, Nirar Dam, Aliyar Dam, Monkey Falls, Grass Hills, Indira Gandhi Wild Life Sanctuary, and Balaji temple are the major tourist attractions of the town that can be visited as a part of Coimbatore Tour Packages. Don’t forget to take a morning stroll through the tea plantations in Valparai that will help you unwind your soul in the lap of nature.
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Located far away from mainland India, Andaman & Nicobar Islands are a group of nearly 570 islands abode the Bay of Bengal. Blessed with azure waters, exotic beaches, secluded islands, evergreen tropical rain forests, vibrant flora and fauna, Andaman Islands is a little slice of paradise on the earth. It is one of the popular places to visit in monsoon in South India as a spot of rain will leave you completely transfixed by the natural beauty of these tropical islands. But don’t worry, the rain won’t dampen your holiday as rains are usually on and off here while the other days are mostly sunny which are perfect to engage in water sports like scuba diving, snorkeling and sea walking. Neil Island, Radhanagar Beach, Cellular Jail, Limestone Caves in Baratang and Chatham Saw Mill, are the must include places in Andaman Tour Packages. Besides, monsoon is an off-season period in Andamans and that makes it a great time to visit Andamans for those who want to experience the exotic beauty of Andamans at dirt cheap prices.
Positioned at the foothills of Mullayangiri range, Chikmagalur is an ideal pick for monsoon travelers as the monsoon rains bring the magic with lush green nature, flower carpet on the hills, stunning waterfalls, and overflowing rivers as well as lakes. Baba Budangiri, Manikyadhara Falls, Hebbe Falls, Kudremukh, Mullayangiri, Jhari Falls, Hirekolale Lake, and Honnamana Falls are the well-known tourist places to visit in this hill station during your monsoon trip to Chikmagalur. Nothing can be more pleasurable than a monsoon drive in the Western Ghats region of Chikmagalur when nature is at its best. The Charmadi Ghat near Chikmagalur is one of the beautiful monsoon scenic drives through the Western Ghats as it is dotted with numerous waterfalls.
Jog Falls, Karnataka
Another popular monsoon destination in South India is Jog Falls, the second highest plunge waterfall in India. Dropping from 830 feet, Jog Falls is a gorgeous sight to behold especially when the rains are pouring out all their love on Karnataka. Here, the Sharavathi River flowing down from a rocky bed in four distinct falls known as Raja, Rani, Rover, and Rocket. The four cascades merge to form the huge waterfall. This magnificent falls is portrayed within lush green surroundings and allows visitors to enjoy the same from far off platforms or by hiking at its foothills. Kudumari Waterfalls, Unchalli Falls, Koosalli Waterfalls, Bennehole Falls and Murudeshwar are some major attractions near Jog Falls.
Cozily perched atop the Western Ghats in northern Kerala, Wayanad is one of the popular places to visit in South India in monsoon as it experiences good rains. The bountiful rains make this hill station even more picturesque with enchanting waterfalls, lush greenery, and pleasant weather. The unique lure of the hill station in the rainy season is the ‘Neelakurinji’ flowers which bloom once in 12 years. Make a visit to prehistoric Edakkal Caves, take a jeep safari to spot wild elephants, trekking through a rainforest area, scaling the gorgeous waterfalls and experiencing a resort holiday are some of the things you can do here as part of Wayanad Tour. The stunning hill station also celebrates a 3- day monsoon tourism festival.
Located in the Shevaroy hills in the Eastern Ghats, Yercaud is one of the best places to visit in South India during monsoon season but is often overshadowed by the popularity of Ooty and Kodaikanal. This hill station got its name from the Yercaud Lake located at its center. In Tamil, Yeri means lake and Kaadu means forest. This hill town looks amazing in monsoon surrounded by lush green hills, overflowing lakes and stunning waterfalls. Yercaud Lake, Lady’s Seat, Shevaroy Temple, Pagoda Point, Killiyur Falls, and Botanical Garden are the top places to visit here during your Yercaud Tour.
Monsoon brings life to nature & several waterfalls. Athirapally Waterfalls in Kerala is one of them and is one of the best places to visit in South India during monsoon months. Formed over Chalakudy River, Athirapally Falls is cascading down from a height of about 80 feet through several parallel streams. During monsoon, the water gets strength and all the streams join together and appear like Niagara Falls. It is the largest waterfalls in Kerala and among the best waterfalls in India. Vazhachal Waterfalls, Chapra Falls, Sholayar Dam, Valparai and Malayattur Wildlife Sanctuary are the nearest attractions to Athirapally which can be visited as part of Kerala Tour Packages.
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If you are looking for a calm and tranquil weekend getaway during monsoon then Meghamalai in Tamilnadu is the perfect place. Meghamalai, popularly called as High Wavy Mountains, is situated at an altitude of about 1500 meters in the Western Ghats. Scattered with cardamom and tea plantations Megamalai is an exquisite place resplendent with amazing natural beauty, several waterfalls, many trekkings, and colorful flora and fauna. Meghamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Meghamalai Falls, Suruli Falls, Thoovanam Dam, and Vellimalai are the top places to explore in Meghamalai as part of Madurai Tour Packages. Its long winding roads through the thick plantations are ideal for nature walks.
Another best place to visit in the South Indian state of Tamilnadu in monsoon is Courtallam that conjures up images of crashing waterfalls. Also called as Kutralam, this is one of the most famous waterfalls in Tamilnadu as part of Tirunelveli Tour Packages. The place is home to nine waterfalls. Falling from a height of 60 m, Peraruvi is the most popular and the biggest among the nine falls. Chitraruvi, Shenbagadevi falls, Thenaruvi, Five Falls, Palaruvi Falls, Thirumalapuram Rock Cut Cave Temples, and Thenmala Dam are some prominent places to visit in Courtallam. With its many cascading waterfalls, Courtallam has become the relaxation destination for many travelers during monsoon.
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