As the month of September approaches, the monsoons are starting to recede giving way to the next season. For all those who couldn’t manage to get out and take a monsoon trip, the rains are still around; make the most of these last showers of the year. Overall, September is a great time to visit various places in India. It is at a time when the temperatures have gone down with summers almost gone. The rains have reduced compared to July and August and the winters have not arrived yet. With autumn and winters, the peak season of travelling in India begins, which typically coincides with October. Hence, September is perfect to travel as it is just before the peak season, which means lesser prices and less crowded places and also lesser temperatures and fewer rains. Keeping this in mind, we bring you a compilation of some offbeat places for the end of monsoon trips – check out why Kerala would be the place you should go this September and how a small region in Maharashtra can be an exciting destination to explore in this month of September.
Here is the list of 16 Best Places to visit in September in India
Known For : Marine drive, Mumbai | Gateway of India | Colaba Causeway
Mumbai is a beautifully blended melting pot of cultures and lifestyles. The city soaks in everything into its fabric, making it its very own. From European and Portuguese inhabitants who migrated years ago to the city, to upcoming actors struggling to make it big on the silver screen; from Bolly superstars to big industrialists to tribes of fisherman and slum dwellers, Mumbai is a city that proudly boasts of stories from different walks of human survival.
In September, Ganesh Chaturthi that marks the celebration of the birth of Lord Ganesha is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Mumbai. Statues of Ganesha are installed across the city accompanied by much singing and dancing, and then immersed in the water bodies. During the festivities the streets are filled with devotees and lots of music. It is celebrated for 10 days, with the biggest spectacle taking place on the last day called Anant Chaturdasi day.
Best Time : October to February
Known For : Sindhudurg Fort | Beaches in Malvan | Scuba Diving in Malvan
Complete with beautiful beaches, dense vegetation lining the coastal areas of the Konkan belt, Malvan is one of the traditionally intact pockets of Maharashtra. It is well known historically for the Sindhudurg Fort of Chatrapati Shivajiraje. Famous in the state for its delicious Malvani cuisine and its impressive culture, Malvan is a small fair in itself. Apart from major attractions like the Tarkarli beach and the Sindhudurg Fort, Malvan also has grand celebrations for Ganeshotsav which happens during the end of August and early September.
Best Time : November to March
Known For : Durpin Dara hill | Cactus Nursery | Morgan House
Kalimpong is a virgin hill station in West Bengal renowned for its panoramic valley views, Buddhists monasteries and churches and Tibetan handicrafts etc.
Best Time : March to June, September to December
Languid backwaters, leafy coastlines, sprawling tea gardens, and coconut vendors at every corner to vanquish your thirst, Kerala, famously known as 'God's Own Country', is a tiny sliver of paradise that is one of best tropical tourist destinations one can possibly look for. Whether you want to bask in the sun and sand of the palm tree-lined Kovalam beaches, or you want to take a hike to Munnar hill station, or even if you just want to walk down the bustling streets of Kochi, Kerala has everything on offer to take your pick from.
Onam, the state festival of Kerala, is a ten day long festival- Atham is the first day and Thiruvonam is the final day of the celebrations, being the most important days. As per a popular legend, the festival is celebrated to welcome King Mahabali, whose spirit is said to visit Kerala at the time of Onam. Kerala comes out in its best form and spirit during the ten day long harvest festival. Traditional rituals, lavish feasts, spectacular carnivals of elephants, fireworks, boat races, music and folk dance performances like Kathakali and Pulikali (Tiger dance) are all commonly associated with the festival. During Onam ‘Tourism Week’ is held by the State Government, showcasing Kerala’s beauty and culture.
Placed in the lap of the Himalayan ranges, Lachen is a small village comprising of about 150-200 houses, majorly inhabited by the Tibetans and Bhutia tribes. The centuries old Lachen Monastery situated atop the village offers a panoramic view of the town. Challenging trekking trails, lush valleys, serene lakes and secluded landscapes are some of the things that Lachen has to offer. This untouched beauty has only recently been open to tourists has much to offer to both the adventurous and solitude searching souls.
Known For : Pangong Lake | Magnetic Hill | Leh Palace
A land like no other with superabundance of attractions to visit and phantasmagoric and fabulous landscapes, amazing people and culture, Ladakh is truly a heaven on Earth. . The winter starts setting in during the months of September and October. The weather becomes pleasant with cold winds blowing during the evenings. This makes it a perfect time to go trekking in Ladakh.
Don't forget to carry your favourite cosy woollens to make you feel at home while you sip your coffee.
Organised by the J&K Tourism Department, The Ladakh festival is an annual fiesta celebrating the tradition and heritage of Ladakh. It is a weeklong extravaganza in various villages including processions, lion dances, yak dances, and sports including archery, rafting and polo. Is something still missing? Oh the fooood. Some mouth watering local delicacies to go along with the wonderful musical performances.
Best Time : Jun to Sep
Known For : Light and sound show, Khajuraho | Kandariya Mahadev Temple | Lakshman Temple
Khajuraho is a town in Madhya Pradesh known around the world for its stunning temples adorned by erotic and sensuous carvings. The monsoon season here lasts till September. This is not exactly the best time to visit Khajuraho, although the paradise turns into a lush green site, thanks to the heavy rainfall. However being an offseason, there is a chance that you can avail great deals on hotel tariffs.
Best Time : July to March
Known For : Saddle Peak National Park | Scuba Diving In Andaman | Havelock Island | Snorkeling in Andamans
Lagoons of crystal clear water and scenic beaches topped with a little bit of history make Andaman and Nicobar one of the most perfect choices for an enjoyable, laid-back holiday where you can go on long treks, laze around in the backwaters of the island, or if you're feeling a little more adventurous, even go for a bit of deep sea diving. From the pristine, untouched beaches of Neil and Havelock Islands to the bustling town of Port Blair, the Andamans have something to offer to every tourist.
Best Time : October to Jun
Known For : Golden Temple | Wagah Border | Jallianwala Bagh
The holy city of Punjab is quite pleasant around this time with occasional showers and full of greenery. The world famous Golden Temple is crowded throughout the year while places like Chand Baori, Durgiana Temple, Akal Takht and the spectacular Wagah Border Ceremony. The Jallianwala Bagh site has much history of the country to not be missed. Visit Amritsar in September before the peak season for holidays begin in October.
Best Time : October to March
Known For : Sim's Park | Lamb's Rock | Dolphin's Nose
A relatively unexplored part of the Southern India, Coonoor is a beautiful town in Tamil Nadu that is packed with some exciting mix of attractions. The more than a hundred-year-old Sim’s Park which is a rather unusual botanical garden exhibiting a variety of floral and shrubs, the Lamb’s Rock offers a bird view of the landscape, while the Dolphin’s nose, St Catherine Falls and Hidden Valley are other must see places in Coonoor which makes for an all season destination.
Best Time : October to March
Known For : Hemkund Sahib | Valley of Flowers National Park | Nanda Devi National Park
Valley of Flowers is located in Chamoli district (near Badrinath) of Uttarakhand, approximately 300 km to the north of Rishikesh. This is a picturesque national park, gracing the beauty of Western Himalayas. Valley of flowers was discovered in 1931 and is a World Heritage Site for its wild untamed blooms surrounded by white peaks. Being a snow-clad valley almost throughout the year, the best time to visit the place is between June-September. It has a large variety of endemic alpine flowers such as golden lily, waterfalls and streams.
Best Time : May to October
Known For : Dal Lake | Mughal Gardens, Srinagar | Nishat Bagh
Famously known as 'Heaven on Earth', Srinagar is every bit the epitome of paradise on earth. As picturesque as the most stunning painting to ever be painted, Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, lies on the banks of the Jhelum river, and is blessed with splendid lakes and gardens. Srinagar is a beauty that every eye needs to behold. Srinagar has a cool, pleasant climate all year round, contributing to the perpetual influx of tourists visiting this city which offers a plethora of gorgeous scenic vistas. Septembers in Srinagar being pleasantly cool with light traces of rainfall, is a good time to visit the gentle cover of green that the rains have left behind.
Best Time : April to October
Known For : Mahanada Wildlife Sanctuary | Sumsing and Suntalekhola | Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary
‘Dooars’ literally means ‘door’ or ‘gateway’ for being the gateway to the neighbouring country of Bhutan. Bound on the east by river Teesta and on the west by river Sankoshi, these floodplains are a must visit during September. Home to the Mahanada and Champari Wildlife Sanctuaries, Dooars is abundantly rich in flora and fauna. Its untouched beauty must be experienced and there’s no better time than September.
Best Time : Throughout the year
Known For : Tarin Fish Farm - Paddy cultivation | Kile Pakho | Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
The cradle to a unique tribal group and a balmy climate, Ziro is the peace seeker's paradise. Ziro is a quaint old town in Arunachal Pradesh, home to the Apa Tani tribe. Blessed with pine covered hills and undulating rice fields, this picture postcard town has mild weather throughout the year. Although quite offbeat, this place comes alive in September and hosts the amazing Ziro Music Festival that draws an assortment of music aficionados to it’s serene outdoors.
Best Time : Throughout the year
Known For : Green Valley View (Suicide Point) | Kodai Lake | Bear Shola Falls
Located in the state of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is one of the most famous honeymoon destinations in India. When you think of Kodaikanal, you think of a wonderful climate, cliffs covered in mist, cloud-capped mountains and beautiful lakes and valleys, and once you visit this hill station, you will find that every bit of what you have imagined it to be is true. Nestled amidst the rolling slopes of the Palani Hills in Tamil Nadu, 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.
Best Time : September to May
Known For : Tiger's Leap | Bushi Dam | Lonavala Lake
One of the most famous hill stations of Maharashtra, Lonavala is a popular choice to spend a weekend enjoying the rains. Even during September, Lonavala receives a good amount of rain and for those who have missed the rains so far can rush to this place to enjoy the going away rain amidst mesmerizing mountains and valleys. You can even include its closely located twin Khandala in your itinerary.
Best Time : Throughout the year
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