If you were waiting for the rains to be in their prime to plan a trip; it’s time. But if you want to go to places with lesser rainfalls, we have those as well. Don’t just hesitate planning a trip because you couldn’t finalize places to visit in August in India. Lined up for you are some very offbeat destinations to enjoy the mid-monsoon August and take advantage of the off-season prices!
1. Munnar, Kerala
Mist induced rolling tea gardens and spice plantation with dewdrops rolling from the leaves and branches,Munnar in August is a nothing short of a nature lover’s paradise. The high mountains half covered in mist while the rain revitalizes everything it can touch. It’s an ideal escape if you’re looking for some quiet time amidst the mountains. Not being a tourist season in August, you can enjoy all of this without any rush and the off season prices!
2. Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya
Second wettest place on the planet, Cherrapunjee practically receives rains throughout the year. If you love the ferocity of the rains, then you have to visit Cherrapunjee during monsoons, covered with vast landscape and hills, it makes for an exciting monsoon trekking trip. You can also find the unique orange flower honey here and don’t forget to try the Meghalaya tea which is quite different to the Assam or Darjeeling tea. The double decker tree bridges are one of its kind experience that one can have the best in the late monsoon when the greenery is in full bloom.
3. Agumbe, Karnataka
Agumbe is one of the most popular treks in South India especially in August. The mountains and valleys are filled with numerous waterfalls which are a prime attraction; there are also ruins of temples dating back to the Hoysala Empire which is worth a visit. There is a gallery erected on a high point of the hills to view the sunset and you can see as far as the Arabian Sea. A nice trek could be followed by some hot tea only here you get a Vanilla flavoured tea which is just so much better. If the scenes in Agumbe seem much too familiar to you; it’s because it served as a setting to the famous TV adaption of the book Malgudi Days.
4. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
One of the most visited hill stations in Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal receives moderate rainfall. Often, you’ll find the clouds and sun playing hide and seek with the mountains during your stay in Kodaikanal in August during monsoons. The otherwise hot climate is quite pleasant during the monsoons with the rain swept valleys and misty mountains. This is the only time when the region is sploshed with waterfalls.
5. Lahaul – Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
The Valleys of Lahaul- Spiti are blessed with nature’s best. It is one of the sparsely populated areas and is ideal for a place for some solitude. It also offers a lot of adventure activities such as Skiing along with Yak Safari and exciting wildlife trails. There are beautiful monasteries that command a visit alongside some unique shrines that speak of the customs and faith of this region. Leh-Spiti are not accessible during winters for most of the people as the Manali-Leh route is closed and the other route from Shimla via Kinnaur also sees lots of disturbances due to landslides and heavy snowfall. Hence, Lahaul-Spiti is one of the best places to visit in August in India.
6. Andaman – Nicobar Islands
Rains are usually on and off in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, while the other days are mostly sunny. If it’s sunny, you can visit the Beladaru beach at Batarang Island. When it rains there are a many indoor activities to indulge you as well. Other places to visit here are Radhanagar, dolphin resort, Cellular jail and Phoenix Bay Jetty which is quite a sight in the rains. August is an off-season period in Andamans and that makes August a great time to visit Andamans for those who want to experience the exotic beauty of Andamans at dirt cheap prices.
7. Bikaner, Rajasthan
With little rains, the climate in Bikaner is more bearable than the otherwise hot seasons. The rain splashed majestic palaces of Junagarh, Lallgarh, Gajner and the famous Jain Temple and Karni Mata Temple are some of the must see places in Bikaner. While there is much to see here don’t forget to indulge in some shopping in the famous streets on Bikaner that are filled with numerous shops selling everything from authentic Rajasthani jewellery, clothes to silver and brone wares; cheaper if you can bargain!