The long hot summer comes to an end as the month of June elapses, and the parched Earth cools down with the incessant downpour which rides in on the Monsoon winds. If you are one of those who don’t mind getting a wee bit wet, then there’s really no place like South India to truly enjoy the Monsoon. From sipping a cup of hot tea and enjoying hot pakoras at a roadside stall to taking a walk under the umbrella in cool breezy weather, these destinations in the southern part of the country will mesmerise you during the rainy season.
Swaying palms, white sands and swirling waters coupled with torrential rains make Goa a must-visit during the rainy months. While swimming is not advisable as the waves can be dangerously big, and the water can get murky, there’s no reason not to take a walk along the beach with wet sand between your toes and a gaze at the cloudy horizon over the ocean.
Sip on a hot cup of tea, sample delectable Goan cuisine in a roadside cafe, or go biking in the meandering pathways of the state while the rain pours down. Even better, head into the forested hinterland of Goa where the jungle comes alive during the monsoon. Since it’s the lean season, don’t be surprised if you get some great deals and offers too.
Nestled amidst verdant landscapes, acres of coffee plantations, and rugged mountain terrain interspersed with cardamom-growing fields, Coorg is one of the wettest places in southern India during the monsoons. A sixhour- drive from the Bangalore airport, Coorg is often praised as ‘Scotland of India’ on account of its unending green slopes.
While a thin layer of mist that haunts over the lush valleys of Coorg, the hill town transforms into a palette comprising many shades of green when the rain comes down. The majestic beauty of this hill town with its cascading waterfalls and cool ambience make Coorg a perfect destination to visit provided you’ve got your rain gear and are prepared to step out in a downpour.
Mustard-yellow tinted villas, old colonial houses, cobble-stoned streets and a surfeit of seafront restaurants, cafes and bars-the postcard-perfect city of Pondicherry lures you in with its old-world beauty and quaint charm. The wet months of August to December add a dash of romance and create a cool ambience in the city, with its scenic wet trails, cloudy skyline, and water dripping down the sloping roofs.
Take a walk under your umbrella, hire a bicycle to explore this picturesque town or hop on a ferry to get to the beaches nearby-Pondicherry is anything but dull and grey during the monsoon season.
Carpeted with emerald-green tea plantations, the valleys of Munnar get even more mesmerising when dark clouds come rolling in and engulf the hilltops in the months of June to November. Those who want to witness nature at its best can go hiking in the Periyar National Park where a rich variety of flora comes alive during the monsoon.
So does the fauna, and it’s best to be protected against insects and other creepy crawlies which abound in the forest. The rain-drenched greenery is especially captivating around the many waterfalls around Munnar which become deluged during the monsoon.