Monsoon is here! There are two types of travelers: those who give travel a rest and those who get busy looking for rain-soaked destinations. With the scorching summer heat almost receding and rain gods blessing us with more downpour, we bring you a list of places perfect for the monsoon season.

Munnar, Kerala
Munnar is a place of many delights. From gushing waterfalls to natural sandalwood groves to the picture perfect tea gardens, everything comes to life with the rains. Whether it’s a lovely hike on an off the beaten path to Devikulam Lake or a date with the thousand-year-old dolmens (megalithic stone tombs) of Marayoor, there’s little in Munnar that monsoon doesn’t make better.This is a great time to visit the hill-station if you are looking for a quiet vacation.

Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

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Kodaikanal valley after a shower is a welcoming sight
Kodaikanal valley after a shower is a welcoming sight

Kodaikanal or in Tamil “The Gift of Forest”, is a hill station that won’t disappoint you a bit. With the sun and cloud playing hide and seek with each other and pouring down heavily at times, monsoon is the best season to watch the beauty of Kodaikanal unfold. The spectacular views of rain-soaked deep valleys and forest along with nature walks, hiking or cycling around make for the much-needed getaway. If you have been thinking of exploring a destination this rainy season, Kodaikanal is your perfect retreat.

Panchgani, Maharashtra
A five-hour drive from Mumbai, Panchgani is a small hill station home to lush green grasslands. Famous for its scenic beauty and strawberry farms, this place has an everlasting hypnotising effect on its visitors. Surrounded by five of the Sahyadri hills, the hill station is favoured for its undisputed beauty. Panchgani is a perfect destination if you are looking for a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of the daily life.

Coorg, Karnataka

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Jog Waterfalls, the second highest plunge waterfall in India
Jog Waterfalls, the second highest plunge waterfall in India

Blessed with picturesque scenery dotted with vast coffee plantations, Coorg is a perfect monsoon destination. During the rainy season, the Abbey and Jog waterfalls flow in their full might creating a mesmerising canvas. With lush green jungles and waterfalls all around, Coorg is a dream destination for those who love trekking.

Elsewhere…

Costa Rica, Central America

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Hanging bridge in Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Hanging bridge in Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

Visiting Costa Rica, one of the wettest destinations in the Central America, during the rainy season is a delightful experience in itself as it offers a mesmerising experience. The season begins sometime around in May and lasts until November. Rivers run high and the rain-forest becomes a little more mystical. One of the most popular destinations for wildlife enthusiasts and ecotourists, Costa Rica has a plethora of exotic plants and animals. From stunning beaches to dense jungles, this is the perfect destination if you are looking for a complete vacation.

Bangkok, Thailand
The rainy season makes the fields and trees greener and Thailand is one gorgeous place to be at during this time. Bangkok witnesses heavy rainfall, but time and again the sun shines brightly to dry everything completely. On rainy days, there are a number of things you can choose to do from. Despite the rain, the street vendors and the local snack shacks witness a roaring trade. Seek out a kebab cart or look for freshly-made pancakes and enjoy your favourite delicacy under the umbrella. Don’t forget to visit the floating market in the eastern part of the city.