5 Must Visit Monsoon Getaways in South India

The Southern states of India are rich with ancient architecture, history, delicious cuisine, tons of traditional activities, Ayurveda, and of course, Mother Nature in all her glory. And boy, is Mother Nature beautiful here!

Monsoons in India are a relief from the heat of summer and you can easily see the change in the scenic beauty around you. Lush greenery is present almost everywhere, crops grow in abundance, and the weather all around becomes lovely. Many take advantage of this weather and depending on how heavy the rainfall is, often take road trips to enjoy the monsoons more fully away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Without further ado, let us take a look at 5 amazing monsoon getaways in South India:

Araku Valley is a very popular hill station in Andhra Pradesh, close to Vishakapatnam. Locals and tourists alike come here to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and weather. During the monsoons, you will find an abundance of greenery all around you, roaring waterfalls, and the inviting aroma from coffee plantations. The Telegu film industry have often used the impressive backdrop of Araku Valley in their movies. This is the perfect place for those who seek relaxation and is also quite a popular trekking destination!

Named after the Courtallam Falls, this unique getaway is located in the Tirunelveli District in Tamil Nadu by the Western Ghats. Replete with cascading waterfalls and several health resorts, Courtallam has received the title of ‘Spa of South India’, more so because the waters here are believed to have healing properties. Tourists come here throughout the year to take in the serenity and relaxation that this little town has to offer. The monsoons not only enrich the surrounding nature but also bring all nine waterfalls to life, which is truly a sight to behold.

Located about 60kms from Thiruvananthapuram, Ponmudi Hill Station is truly a gem! This enchanting place is famous for its breathtaking scenery, many tea plantations, narrow pathways lined with wildflowers, and tiny rivulets. Trekking is a popular activity here. The best time to visit is just after the monsoons when the hills are covered in mist and the greenery is still lush.

Vembanad Lake is the largest lake in Kerala and the longest in India that reflects shades of blues and greens in its waters. A picturesque location, the lake has gained popularity as a prime Kerala backwater destination and is truly a photographer’s favourite. The tranquil waters come to life during Onam when thousands of people gather to cheer rowers participating in the snake boat races. Vembanad Lake is known for its serenity and a houseboat ride on its waters is absolutely recommended!

The jungles of are an absolute sight during monsoons! The rains not only make nature more vibrant but they also help in bringing the wildlife out into the open! You will find plenty of animals such as elephants, tigers, leopards, birds, etc. making their way to the watering holes that are now filled with rainwater. The clouds in the sky allow streaks of light to filter through the trees, giving the jungles an almost mystical feel. If you love nature and wildlife photography, this is a must visit for you!


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