Traveling in August might not seem like the perfect thing to do for a number of people. Many people choose to delay their travel plans during this time because of the weather.
Monsoons in India start from the month of June and go on till the end of September and travelling between these months often seems like a bad choice, however there are some of the most beautiful places in India that are ideal to explore during these months.
If you’re holding back those travel plans because you can’t find the perfect holiday destination, here are the top ten places to visit in August.
10. Mandu, Madhya Pradesh
Mandu is known as a city of architectural ruins. These ruins come to life during the monsoons. The various minarets and domes in the area are simply a pleasure to view. Mandu is known for the famous love story between the Sultan of Malwa and Rajput Rani Roopmati. The courtyard of the pavilion of Roopmati still reminds every one of the romance that bred here. Mandu is also home to the tomb of the second king of Malwa Hoshang Singh. This is known as the first marble monument of the country.
Pondicherry is known to be a warm city and this is why it is best to plan a visit here during August. The temperatures are a lot cooler due to the rains and this makes it easy to travel and explore the land. There are some of the best coffee plantations in India here which turn lush green during the rains. This is one of the most beautiful sights to see. Pondicherry is also known for the famous French War Memorial, Pondicherry Museum and Jawahar Toy Museum which are some must visit places. The beaches here are also worth exploring.
8. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
Mussoorie is one of the most beautiful places to visit in August. It is nestled in the foothills of the Himalayan ranges of Garhwal and the view here is simply breathtaking. The drive from Dehradun to Mussoorie by itself is worth coming to Mussoorie for. The view of the Himalayas during the month of August couple with the Battha and Kempty waterfalls make it the perfect holiday destination for August.
7. Bikaner, Rajasthan
Bikaner is a very hot town and visiting this town during any other season will be a waste of time. Rajasthan is known to receive very little rainfall and this makes it a favorable time to travel. There’s a lot that you can explore here in Bikaner and during the month of August the temperatures which are usually high drop down a little. You can enjoy some street shopping and explore the famous Jain Temple and the Karni Mata Temple here. When in Bikaner, make sure to take back some amazing Rajasthani items to decorate your home.
6. Andaman – Nicobar Islands
While there is no fixed season for the rains in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, visiting this place during August is just perfect. If it is not raining, you can roam the beaches in the bright sunshine. If it is raining, there are various indoor activities that one can indulge in. One of the best sites when it rains is the dolphin resort, Phoenix Bay Jetty and the Cellular jail. Since August is not considered a tourism month, the stay and food here is cheaper during this month.
5. Lahaul – Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
The Lahaul – Spiti Valleys are beautiful to explore during the rains. One of the best things about these valleys is that there is not a lot of crowd here so you can enjoy a blissful and peaceful holiday. There’s a lot of adventure that you can experiment with here. During August, there are some amazing sports such as skiing, Yak Safaris and wildlife trails. If you love nature and you want to get a little adventurous then Lahaul – Spiti is a great place to visit in August.
4. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Kodaikanal has to be one of the most popular hill stations in Tamil Nadu. It receives decent amount of rainfall. Visiting Kodaikanal during August will give you respite from the heat due to the cloud cover and the weather become pleasant as well. The misty mountains and the lush green valley’s are amazing to view during the month of August. August is probably the only month when visitors can get to see amazing waterfalls in the area.
3. Agumbe, Karnataka
People who love trekking should head to Agumbe during the month of August. This is one of the most popular places where you can enjoy a beautiful trek alongside nature. There are some amazing hills and waterfalls that you can explore during this time. The highlight of this place is the very unique and popular hot tea with vanilla. The greenery here is very impressive and it is one of the most amazing treks that end with watching the sun set on a hill.
2. Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya
Cherrapunjee is considered the second wettest place on Earth. This area receives rainfall throughout the year. If you love the monsoons and the green landscape and hills, Cherrapunjee is a place to visit for the best trekking trips and monsoon adventures. This place is also famous for the orange flower honey and the double decker tree bridge that is famous during the monsoons.
1. Munnar, Kerala
Munnar is a great place to visit especially during the month of August. Since the town is situated in Kerala, traveling here in summer is one of the things you would want to avoid. The temperatures in Munnar drop during August and this makes it an ideal time to travel and explore the place. There area is covered in lush greenery in August which adds to the beauty of Munnar.