Tropical countries often have very mixed seasonal weather conditions and there could be no better example of this than India. Although you can find destinations to travel through the year, the generalisation of weather for the entire country sees most visitors planning trips from October to March. The summers are too hot and the winters too cold in the plains! The same goes for the monsoons of the country. The heavens come pouring down between the months of June to September in most parts of the country, with a greater intensity in the western coastal regions. Even though this puts off a lot of travellers, there are many destinations which are still worth travelling to off season.
Here are some great monsoon spots, tips on travelling and what you should expect.
Some great Monsoon Destinations of India
Ironically the west coast of the country is most dreaded and admired at this time of the year. Our two picks are favourite amongst those who love to watch the lush green surroundings wash into an even brighter green – namely, Goa and Wayanad.
Goa, the a popular choice for winter sunbathers or party goers takes on a whole new personality in the months of June through August. Goa metamorphoses into a verdant destination. Explore the wildlife, local treks and the waterfalls during this season. It won’t rain constantly and a stroll along a solitary wild beach with crashing waves is a totally different Goa experience to the sun and sand of the high season.
Wayanad is situated on the Northern tip of Kerala and transforms into an even greener and flourishing destination. The forest cover looks richer and thriving and waterfalls are at their thundering best. A great destination to get back to nature and catch up on many good books with a locally brewed coffee.
What to Pack
Travelling during the rains can be tricky and add to your weight. Here are some musts for your packing list:
- A wind block jacket which also keeps water away. Saving yourself waist upwards is extremely important.
- A heavy duty big black umbrella commonly used and available is a good addition.
- Light weight pants which dry fast.
- For your feet, try flip flops or crocs which will dry your feet easily.
- There is little chance of remaining dry. This also means that you need to keep clean. Carry enough supply of disinfectant scrubs and adhesive bandages.
- If it’s not too much, a hair dryer will be apt. It will help you dry up soon and also help you to dry clothes in case of emergency.
- An Aqua Pack for cameras will help you shoot sufficiently in the showers as well.
Don’t be Alarmed, Be Prepared
Very often, travellers feel overwhelmed with the predicament of heavy rains and travel. Rains can be unpredictable in most places. A smattering of light rain might see you venture out unprepared but may not last long, so always carry your monsoon gear.
In bigger cities, drainage has been a problem, so you may find a lot of flooding in the streets, Mumbai is especially infamous for this. This also means that traffic comes to a standstill. If you need to catch a plane, bus or a plane, leave much ahead of time than planned.
However, the monsoon season can be a fantastic time to travel and enjoy the colours of India with off-season discounts and fewer tourists at popular attractions.
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