Monsoons are the best time to travel around the world and explore the beauty of nature. The Beauty that takes a new shape and colour at this period of the year. After the scorching heat of the summer months, people await the cooling showers. And embrace the first monsoon rains. The monsoon rains are also vital for the crops. The absence of rains in this region would mean the destruction of crops. The worst nightmare of every farmer. These rains have a special significance in the lives of people. Some expect showers as the symbol of prosperity. Some as the symbol of gold showered from heaven, and many other things!
Southeast Asia is the most famous example of a monsoon area compared to any other part of the world
Depending on the monsoon time of various countries. Here is a list of countries and places you can visit during their respective rainy seasons:
The rainy season is during the months of June to September.
There is no better place other than India if you wish to taste the essence of monsoons. Here is where you can see the tempest in all its black-clouded. Lush vegetation and gorgeous wet-earth smell glory. And experience every shade and mood of the monsoon rains.
The food, climate, and people all in different shades. And moods of monsoon enjoy the season to the fullest!
Best places in India to visit during this incredible season are:
The lush vegetation bursts afresh with greenery. Under the magic touch of the monsoons, Rainfall is heavy here. But there are fantastic off-season discounts on hotels, tours and houseboat cruises now. Depending on the date of your visit, you can catch the famous Onam festival and the Snake Boat Race.
Being a famous beach destination, Goa is a lovely place to enjoy the rain. Though beach fun is hindered and spoiled by rain, it is not ruled out. There are other interesting things to do. Like visiting wildlife sanctuaries, and the breathtaking rain-engorged Dudhsagar Falls. Or the view alongside the Mandovi River from a cruise boat. Enjoying the Sao-Joao festival and visiting the lush spice plantations of Savoi.
This desert state is a great place to tour during the monsoons as it does not rain much here. You can visit the ancient and colourful cities of Jaipur, Jaisalmer or Jodhpur. And see the greatest marvels., the beautiful forts, and monuments there. Watch the countryside come alive under the rain from the Monsoon Palace at Udaipur.
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The monsoon months are November to March.
The various natural beauties worth visiting are:
A visit to this bustling capital city must include the mesmerising national monument. National Museum and for the shoppers, the best destination is the Mangga Dua Mall. For recreation hit the Ancol Dreamland.
Sumatra and Java
You cannot miss this huge, iconic Volcano Lake Toba. Or Lengkuas Island in Sumatra. And the world-famous Buddhist temple of Borobudur or Mt Bromo in Java.
Soak in the sun and water on the beautiful Kuta or Seminyak or Legian beaches of Bali.
Rest your eyes and give some peace to the mind.
With the lush green beauty of paddy fields in Ubud. Find peace of soul at the Besakih temple.
Explore the natural reserves, volcanic mountains.
Or explore the culture – the dance, music, food and lifestyle of the Balinese.
The monsoon season split into two parts.
As for May to October (west coast); November to February (east coast). The places worth the visit are:
When the major part of Asia is under the monsoon, The east coast has dry weather, so the lovely beaches there are still open.
You may Swim, dive or go snorkelling at the heavenly Redang or Perhentian Islands.
Sipadan is one of the best diving shores in the world.
You can also catch turtles laying eggs on the beaches there (May-August).
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in East Sabah is one of the few places on earth where the endangered animal is spotted.
You can go trekking, camping and can also explore the beauties of nature at Sarawak’s national parks.
The world’s largest and rare-to-glimpse Rafflesia flowers, Up to 39 inches’ diameter and up to 22 pounds heavy. These bloom in Gunung Gading National Park (Sarawak).
Or you may see the beautiful coral reefs in Tioman islands which once. And are one of the world’s most beautiful islands as per The Time magazine.
Do not miss the incredible Mulu caves (Borneo).
May to July is a good time to visit Kuala Lumpur.
Notable attractions are the famous Petronas Towers, Menara KL Tower , the Chinatown and Batu Caves.
Penang and Cameron Highlands should be on your itinerary too.
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It has two monsoon seasons, south-west, and a north-east monsoon (December-March). Between June to September, there can be showers and thunderstorms. But they are of short duration and thus, so not a hindrance to tourist activities. The monsoon months are June-September (south-west monsoon) and December-march (north – east monsoons)
The places worth a visit are:
The monsoon months are a good time to catch two extreme tourist events in the country.
You may indulge in a celebration of shopping during the Great Singapore Sale. During this time there are discounts for as much as 70 percent on various products.
June and July are also the best time to give your taste buds a treat. To a breath-taking variety in delicacies at the Singapore Food Festival.
The Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay. It has been attracting visitors ever since its inauguration.
Sentosa Island is also a popular destination for tourists and locals. A whole lot of exciting experiences awaits them in Sentosa.
The fascinating Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon, the beautiful Butterfly Park. And the Insect Kingdom the thrilling Megazip Adventure Park, Merlion Statue. And the Universal Studios (with rides based on blockbuster movies) is famous among tourists.
You can go exploring the natural world. With visits to the fabulous Singapore Zoo and the Singapore Botanical Gardens. For restaurants and pubs, head to Boat Quay and Clarke Quay. Marina Bay Sands, the National Museum. And the Science Center, the Singapore Flyer is other popular must-see attractions.
You can choose any of the above places to visit during the monsoon season. And experience the exquisite beauty of nature in its most blissful form!! It indeed is once a lifetime achievement; one must go and visit such places whenever one gets a chance to!