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Monsoon Holiday Spots where Rain doesn’t Play Spoilsport

Devika Khosla

Last updated: Jun 26, 2018

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Goa’s milky Dudhsagar Falls were most famously featured in the Deepika Padukone and Shahrukh Khan Bollywood hit, Chennai Express.

Eat

Sample authentic Malabari cuisine in Wayanad like appam with stew, kattu soup and then nellika.

See

In Shillong’s Wankhar Entomology Museum, you can see a colourful collection of moths and butterflies.

Do

For some fun, take a joy ride on the Neral-Matheran toy train.

Shop

From shawls made of Yak wool to hand painted thangkas, Paro is a great place for retail therapy!

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Sizzling in this heat? While you wait for the skies to open up, cheer yourself up by planning your next holiday to places where you’re guaranteed to have a good time! Here are top 5 monsoon holiday spots where rain doesn’t play spoilsport.

Wayanad

Wayand

Wayanad boasts of the finest that God’s Own Country has to offer. Lush forests, sprawling spice and coffee plantations and abundant scenic vistas of the Western Ghats, Wayanad is a monsoon holiday spot where the rain intensifies its beauty and appeal even more! While here visit the Edakkal Caves with inscriptions and carvings of animal and human figures. It’s said that the petroglyphs date back to a period between 5000 BC and 1000 BC. Another scenic spot is Pookode Lake, a freshwater lake cocooned between evergreen forests at an altitude of 770 meters. Also a must-visit are the three-tiered Meenmutty Falls with a height of 300 metres.

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Matheran

Escape to Matheran! Standing at a 244 metres, Matheran is a recognised eco-sensitive zone where the only mode of transportation is horseback riding so give it a go! That’s right, it’s automobile free. With undulating green vistas and several lookout points, one of the essentials to do here while on your monsoon holiday are waterfall hopping to Dodhani, Kondana and Jhuma Patti among others. For stunning all-encompassing views that include forts, waterfalls, lakes and more, head to Louisa Point, a popular picnicking and hiking spot in Matheran.

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Shillong

Monsoons in Shillong mean that you can expect brimming lakes, abundant waterfalls and fifty shades of verdant green! Home to the tallest waterfall in the country at the height of 340 metres, check out Nohkalikai Falls near Cherrapunji considered to be one of the wettest places in the world. Your journey to the Scotland of the East will take you past gorges and pastures with rain clouds in the horizon. The adventurist in you will get plenty of thrills going water rappelling at Elephant Falls and be one with nature by going camping amidst pine trees and green meadows in the Khasi Hills.

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Goa

Dudhsagar falls

Rain or shine, Goa is a year-round destination where the fun never stops no matter what the weather. While beach bumming is a big part of a holiday experience here, so is eating. Goan cuisine is mouthwatering and simply too good to pass up. Savour spicy staples like prawn curry, pork vindaloo, chicken cafreal and fish recheado while bebinca always hits the sweet spot! For a fun day in the sun, the Dudhsagar Falls at a height of 310 metres on the border between Goa and Karnataka is where you can explore picturesque surroundings.

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Paro

Bhutan, where progress is measured by the Gross National Happiness instead of the Gross Domestic Product, is the “happiest place on earth” and a monsoon holiday destination where nothing can spoilsport! The historic town of Paro in the majestic Paro Valley is a photographer’s dream with awe-inspiring sights like an ancient monastery seamlessly built in to a cliff front and temples housing antiquated Buddhist artefacts. Paro is also an absolute delight when it comes to reveling in the outdoors. Trekking and cycling are great ways to explore the valley as you go through evergreen forests and charming villages.

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