Monsoons in India is a whole new season exhibiting lush greenery and scenic beauty. Some of the exotic locations in the country ensure to leave you spell-bound with their landscapes especially with the onset of the rainy season. Lakes and waterfalls become filled with gushing water, giving you a different experience all together. So this monsoon, it's time to pack your bags and visit the following scenic locations to have a quality time with your family, in the lap of nature, surrounded by greenery with picturesque views of the monsoons.
Top 5 Family-friendly Monsoon Destinations in India.
1. Shillong, Meghalaya
This city may be known to many of you as the Scotland of the East. It got its name from the fact that it has a resemblance to many significant spots in Scotland. The colonial past of the place adds up to the similarities. The monsoon brings out the best of Shillong turning the city into lush, green landscapes to gawk at. The peak monsoon season that extends from July to September sees a temperature range of approximately 12 degrees Celsius to 16 degrees Celsius. This range makes sure a windy, misty and pleasant atmosphere is maintained in Shillong thus making this the best time to visit. When in Shillong, visit the Elephant Falls, Umiam Lake, Mawlynnong Falls, Laitlum Canyons..
2. Munnar, Kerala
This town in Kerala is a great holiday destination for families. The place offers adventure sports like camping, trekking, rock climbing, shikara rides. The Carmelagiri Elephant Park is a must-visit for animal lovers. The tea plantations are a striking feature of Munnar that entice most tourists. There is Munnar market to shop your heart out. Try out the authentic delicacies and get a taste of Keralan cuisine. The mild showers and pleasant weather wil definitely make your visit worthwhile.
3. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
This town in Maharashtra is situated only a few hours from Pune. Located amid the western ghats, this hill station is truly at its best during the monsoons. Several things can be done with families in Mahabaleshwar. Starting from visiting the Echo point, sunset point, and similar treks admiring nature. For all the history lovers, the fort of Pratapgarh is in Mahabaleshwar. Mapro Garden is another place that should be on your must-visit list when in Mahabaleshwar. They have freshly baked pizza, lip-smacking strawberries with cream, strawberry milkshakes and jams made with fresh strawberries, freshly prepared sandwiches, and much more. The street food of Mahabaleshwar has more snacks like Butta, corn tikkis, strawberry shakes, and more.
4. Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu
This one-of-a-kind city in Tamil Nadu is a must-visit for monsoons. Pondicherry was a French Colony till as recently as 1954 and thus has the city architecture and structure resembling the French. As it is a city on the coast of the Bay of Bengal, many beaches can be visited here. Colloquially known as 'Pondy' this city also has a large number of gorgeous churches to visit.
5. Mount Abu, Rajasthan
This hill station in Rajasthan has the most mesmerizing views in monsoons. The otherwise desert region blooms during heavy rains. There are sunset points in Mount Abu that are considered very pleasant and serene spots. There is Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary that can be visited, Dilwara Temple is another tourist spot, and leisure activities like boating can be done at Nakki Lake. Udaipur Airport is the closest to this town.
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