Scenic waterfalls in India to visit during the monsoon

Enjoy a memorable getaway at these breathtaking falls across the country.

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India is a country brimming with natural treasures, and its waterfalls, especially during the monsoon, offer a matchless spectacle. The rains breathe a new life into these beguiling falls, attracting nature lovers in throngs. If you, too, like us are seeking a getaway and want to see nature at its best, head to these beautiful destinations across India. Here are seven waterfalls guaranteed to treat you with unforgettable views and a luxurious stay nearby.  

Jog Falls, Karnataka

Picture standing before the Sharavathi River as it plunges 830 feet in four majestic showers—Raja, Rani, Rover, and Rocket. Jog Falls, situated in Shivamogga district, is India's second-highest waterfall where a symphony of sights and sounds come alive during the monsoon. The mist rises, creating a serene atmosphere. Make a whole trip out of it by visiting nearby coastal towns and hubs like Udupi. You can also make Coorg your base and stay amid nature at boutique stays like The Tamara Coorg or Evolve Back. The nearby coffee plantations are a must-visit. 

Dudhsagar Falls, Goa 

Also known as ‘Sea of Milk’, the Dudhsagar Falls form a foamy wonder every monsoon, with water gushing from 1,017 ft. The old-school railway bridge adds to its charm and majesty. The four-tiered waterfall, found on the Mandovi River, is accessible via a thrilling jeep ride through the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary or a scenic trek. Stay at The Leela Goa, about two hours away, to soak in the natural beauty and enjoy a private beach access in the Sunshine State.

Athirappilly Falls, Kerala 

Often called the ‘Niagara of India’, Athirappilly Falls in Kerala is a sight to be seen during the monsoon. The falls are over 80-foot high and surrounded by thick foliage. This waterfall has been the backdrop for many Indian films including Baahubali: The Beginning (2015), Dil Se.. (1998), Madras Cafe (2013). Located 63 km from Thrissur district, it is easily accessible by road, making it a popular weekend getaway. For an exceptional experience, stay at the Sterling Athirappilly, where you can wake up to the roar of the falls and enjoy extensive views from the comfort of your room.

Nohsngithiang Falls, Meghalaya 

In the heart of Cherrapunji, Nohsngithiang Falls, also known as the ‘Seven Sisters Waterfalls’, put on a stunning show during the monsoon. It has derived its name from the way it splits into seven segments, cascading down dense hills in a mesmerising display. This natural wonder is located about 60 kilometres from Shillong and a shot drive away. Enhance your experience of Northeast with a stay at Ri Kynjai—Serenity by the Lake in Shillong. This luxurious retreat offers stunning views of Umiam Lake and the surrounding hills, providing an idyllic setting for relaxation and exploration.

Bhagsu Waterfall, Himachal Pradesh 

Bhagsu Waterfall, a gentle cascade about two kilometres from McLeod Ganj, provides a restful escape amidst nature’s charm. The waterfall is particularly popular among trekkers and can be accessed via a short trek from the Bhagsunath Temple. After a day of trekking, destress at The Pavilion Dharamshala, where modern services and stunning landscapes of the Kangra Valley add a touch of grandeur to your getaway.

Koilighugar Falls, Odisha

This hidden gem in the Sundargarh district surges from an altitude of about 200 feet into a peaceful bath below. Locals believe a submerged Shivalingam lies under the falls, attracting devotees from all over India. This waterfall is noted for its secludedness and untarnished surroundings. For a luxurious stay, travel to Mayfair Rourkela, a short distance away. 

Hogenakkal Falls, Tamil Nadu 

Renowned for its dramatic beauty and therapeutic baths, Hogenakkal Falls, meaning 'Smoky Rocks', is a marvel of nature. The Kaveri River descends over rocky steps, creating a captivating series of waterfalls that resemble smoking rocks. The waterfall is popular due to its rugged terrain and special boat rides. Head to GRT Nature Trails in Yercaud for a scenic stay. 

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