The month of monsoon, August, is almost ready to arrive. Rainy weather makes a great time to travel to a new destination as the weather remains cool in most parts of the country. The ambiance is perfect for a holiday with friends and family. August is the time of the year when you can enjoy beautiful sunsets, take in the soothing breeze, take a stroll around the colorful meadows and visit the spectacular waterfalls.
Here is the list of best places to visit during the month of August:
1. Kodaikanal: Famously known as Princess of Hill Stations, the hill station is located in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the most famous honeymoon destinations. The cliffs covered in mist, cloud-capped mountains and beautiful lakes and valleys are what you will find here. Nestled amidst the rolling slopes of the Palani Hills, Kodaikanal stands at an altitude of 7200 feet above sea level and has a cool, pleasant climate all year round. Kodaikanal means the gift of the forests. Kodaikanal is a place you can go to take a break from the rigours of daily city life.
2. Cherrapunji: High above misty valleys and foaming rivers, ensconced in swirling clouds and perched on an escarpment, lies Cherrapunji. This is a stunning location and the year-round rain earned Cherrapunji coveted entry long ago into the Guinness Book of World Records as the wettest place on earth, the place where the rainfall can be recorded in feet rather than in millimeters. Appropriately, Cherrapunji lies in the heart of the State of Meghalaya-the abode of clouds.
3. Wayanad: It is a rural district in Kerala state. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a lush, forested region with areas of high altitude, home to animals including Asiatic elephants, tigers, leopards, and egrets. In the Ambukuthi Hills to the south, Edakkal Caves contain ancient petroglyphs, some dating back to the Neolithic age. Wayanad has a relatively cool climate. It receives some of the highest rainfall levels in the country. Monsoon chasers have a double window with the South-West Monsoon usually hitting Wayanad during the June-September months and the North-West Monsoon in October-November. The rainy seasons are the best time to visit. The double monsoons and the accompanying mists have to lead to Wayanad being called “the home of the monsoon”.
4. Mandu: It is an ancient fort city in the Madhya Pradesh. It’s surrounded by stone walls dotted with darwazas (gateways). It’s also known for its Afghan architectural heritage. Landmark buildings include Hoshang Shah’s Tomb, a domed marble mausoleum, and the vast Jami Masjid mosque, with courtyards framed by colonnades. The imposing, centuries-old Jahaz Mahal palace stands between two lakes.
5. Kanyakumari: A coastal town in the state of Tamil Nadu. Jutting into the Laccadive Sea, the town was known as Cape Comorin during British rule and is popular for watching sunrise and sunset over the ocean. It’s also a noted pilgrimage site thanks to its Bagavathi Amman Temple, dedicated to a consort of Shiva, and its Our Lady of Ransom Church, a center of Indian Catholicism.
6. Kausani: A beautiful village is located in Uttarakhand which also enjoys its stature as a quaint hill station. Cradled under the sheath of the crimson sun and the dark green hills, Kausani is known for offering a panoramic view of the massive Himalayan peaks such as Trishul, Nanda Devi, and the mighty Panchachuli peaks. The glory of snow-crowned Himalayan range reaches its pinnacle when the sun rays turn them into gold at morning and red-orange sky at sunset. The tiny hamlet of Kausani is truly a nature lover’s paradise.
7. Thrissur: Surrounded by mighty hills, forests and waterfalls in the East, beaches, and backwaters in the west and vibrant culture and heritage, the cultural capital of Kerala is located almost in the central part of God’s Own Country. With a heritage that blends past spirituality and tradition with the rush of the modern, it is a destination waiting to be unraveled. It’s known for sacred sites and colorful festivals. In the center is Vadakkumnathan Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and adorned with murals. The ornate, Indo-Gothic Our Lady of Dolours Basilica is nearby. To the north, Thiruvambady Temple is home to several elephants. Sakthan Thampuran Palace houses an archaeology museum with bronze statues and ancient coins.
8. Mount Abu: Rajasthan’s only hill station stands at the height of 1722 metres above sea level. The hill station is embraced by lush green hills of Aravali range. Studded with a colourful mix of rustic abodes of tribal communities and posh houses inclusive of British style bungalows and royal holiday lodges, Mount Abu appears to be no less than a wonder in this dessert state. Covered in vast stretches of green forests, serene lakes, and effusive waterfalls, this region allows you to revel amidst panoramic vistas, all year round. Other than its scenic beauty, Mount Abu is also popular as a seat of religious importance for Jains. The structural architectural wonders in Mount Abu, among other places to visit, have been drawing history buffs and architecture enthusiasts from different corners of the world.
9. Pachmarhi: Popularly known as ‘Satpura ki Rani’ (Queen of Satpura), the place is beautifully embellished by nature and history amidst the Satpura range. Legend says the Pandava brothers visited Pachmarhi during their exile. This beautiful region in the hills was discovered by Captain James Forsyth in 1857. This most popular hill station of Madhya Pradesh is a treasure with ancient caves of the Buddhist era residing in harmony with serene waterfalls. Pachmarhi is sure to make you feel calm, the way you felt when you put your bare feet on the garden grass for the first time, as a child.
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