In India, it’s the rainy season in July, what we call the South-West monsoon which gives us some respite from the summer heat. Rainy Season is not for going to hills of Northern India where there could be a problem with landslides. Monsoon season is considered as offseason for tourism as school reopens after summer vacations but rain enhance the beauty of certain places and if you are a travel buff just grab your bags and head to any of these must-visit monsoon destinations in India.
You can literally travel anywhere during this period but Ladakh and Rajasthan might be a better idea if traveling in July as monsoons wouldn’t have reached there by then. As pointed out above Kerala is beautiful in the rains but rains the maximum there so plan only if you love getting wet.
Kerala is a paradise in monsoon season, specially Munnar which is the most beautiful hill station in South India. Munnar is home to acres of tea plantation and the rains bring lush greenery and the whole Munnar to life. Waterfalls are stunning during monsoon and climate is also pleasant for touring Munnar and surroundings.
Jaipur, Udaipur and Mount Abu Rajasthan
Rajasthan receives one of the lowest rainfall in the whole country making it ideal to be visited during July. It is warm but not exceedingly hot as in May & June as the monsoons have set in. The rains are sporadic so do not hold up your tour very much.
As rains just make the pleasant climate to enjoy which makes it as a popular place to visit in summer to escape the scorching heat in other parts of the state.
Goa in monsoon has much to offer other than its beaches. The rain is refreshing and being an off season you will get a lot of things pretty cheap. Some of its popular festivals like Sao-Joao, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul and Bonderam Flag Carnival falls in the rainy season. Dudhsagar which is nearby waterfalls is a must visit during the rainy season.
Coorg is also known as Scotland of India is blessed with acres of coffee plantations, waterfalls, and national parks. During Monsoon the vegetation in Coorg is lush green. Waterfalls and streams are full and are the best time for river rafting. Abbey falls, Bhagamandala, Mallalli Falls, Tala Cauvery, Monastery, Nisarga Dhama and Dubare Elephant camp are few of the attractions which one should visit when in Coorg.
If there is heaven on earth, this to be Ladakh. July is a peak season for visiting Ladakh as there is little rainfall and it’s snowbound through most of the year in July the beauty of nature is at its peak. There are many bikers riding through Leh to enjoy this offbeat destination.
Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
Valley of the flower is famous for waterfalls, landscapes, endangered animals and of course flowers. Flower bloom is at its peak during monsoon so July is the best time to visit the Valley of Flowers when you can see the full place blooming indeed looks like heaven on earth.
If you want to visit some cultural event than visiting Puri is the best option to witness Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra.
Agra, Uttar Pradesh
July is off season of tourism, the timing is perfect as the crowds begin to thin and good deals are available on hotels. The scenery will be particularly green and beautiful, which you can enjoy between showers.