The Most Fabulous Places to Visit in India in July

The monsoons are at their peak in July, and it is the ideal time to soak up nature’s bounty. While many Indian destinations in July enjoy verdant greenery, gushing waterfalls, and dreamy cloud walks, places that receive limited rain spells have their own unique charm. Considering the distinct monsoon, here are some fabulous places to visit in July in India.

Best Places to Visit in North/East India in July

1. Udaipur

Udaipur

One of the most prominent cities of Rajasthan, Udaipur stands as an icon of art, architecture, and rich history. A fine blend of royalty, old-world charm, and modern lifestyle, its heritage has made Udaipur attractive to travellers of all kinds, from within the country and abroad. Udaipur receives limited rain and attains unlimited magnificence in July. Apart from the splendid lakes and resplendent palaces, the city’s main claim to fame during the season is the Sajjangarh Fort, also known as the Monsoon Palace.

This palace was originally intended to be a nine-storied astronomical observatory to note and assess the patterns of monsoon clouds. One can easily notice the arrival and patterns of the monsoon clouds from the palace because of its location. Nothing in this world can match the experience of welcoming the rain showers from this hilltop structure, which is extremely admirable for its intricate carvings and architecture. Here’s a guide to Udaipur, with comprehensive details on activities and things to do here, to make the most out of your trip.

Places to visit

  • The Lake Palace
  • Fateh Sagar Lake
  • City Palace
  • Lake Pichola
  • Vintage Car Museum
  • Bagore Ki Haveli
  • Saheliyon Ki Bari

How to Reach

There are two railway junctions – Udaipur City and Rana Pratap Nagar, about 3 km from the city centre. The city is served by Maharana Pratap Airport at Dabok, about 22 KM from Udaipur city. The city of lake is well-connected to all major cities and towns in the north and west of India. There are regular state-run and private buses from Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Ajmer, Ratlam, Jodhpur, Kota, Mount Abu, etc. You can also book a private car from any of these places and drive to Udaipur. 

2. Nubra Valley

Nubra Valley

Popularly known as the ‘Orchard of Ladakh’, the Nubra Valley is a pristine region nestled in the northernmost part of Jammu and Kashmir. This magnificent valley is an edgy gorge located at a distance of about 150 kilometres from Leh. Known for its orchards, scenic vistas, Bactrian camels and monasteries, Nubra valley is a treat for all the senses! Ladakh’s Nubra Valley basks in pleasant weather during July. Mostly, the preferable months are July and August, as this is autumn. This is when winding routes of rivers and lush green orchards of apricots, walnuts, apples, and almonds look even more panoramic. 

Places to visit

  • Samstanling Monastery
  • Diskit Gompa
  • Panamik Village
  • Yarab Tso Lake
  • Hunder Sand Dunes
  • Ensa Gompa

How to Reach

The beautiful Nubra Valley is accessible only from the city of Leh, and this can be done in two ways. For both the routes to be taken, one has to arrive in Leh to begin the journey, before deciding which way to go. One is the conventional route that takes you over the top of the world, while the other unconventional route is quiet and serene to no end.

3. Puri

July - Puri

Puri, the Land of Lord Jagannath is an ancient city and a pilgrimage centre located around 60 km south of Bhubaneshwar, the capital of Orissa. The city is famous for its 12th-century Jagannath Temple and is one of the original Char Dham pilgrimage places for Hindus. In July 2022, witness the biggest and oldest Rathyatra in the world – the Rathyatra at Puri.

The tradition dates back to 1150 AD when the Temple of Jagganath was completed. The festival is important in two aspects: chhera pahara, wherein the Gajapati Kings’ descendants sweep the area around the Deity and also clean the path on which the Chariot is moving. This is done on both the first and last day of the festival to signify the fact that in the eyes of the Lord all beings are equal. Additionally, some pristine beaches make this town worth a visit. With water reaching 30.7°C at most and 29.3°C on average, spending time in the water is very pleasant. Check out this guide to Puri, with comprehensive details on activities and things to do here, to make the most out of your trip.

Places to visit

  • Puri Beach
  • Atharnala Bridge
  • Sudarshan Crafts Museum
  • Astaranga Beach
  • Loknath Temple

How to Reach

Puri is the last railway station on the East Coast Railway route. It is well-connected to major cities in India. The nearest airport is Biju Patnail Airport which is located in Bhubaneswar almost 60 kilometres from Puri. Puri has good road connectivity with most cities in the region. You can book a cab from Bhubaneswar to Puri Car for a comfortable journey.

4. Panchgani

July Panchgani

A stunning hill station located in the heart of Maharashtra, Panchgani is snuggled amidst the five hills of the Sahyadri Mountain range. Bound by captivating views and perfect weather, there are many interesting things to do in Panchgani that travellers can experience on their next visit. With its origins dating back to the British Raj, Panchgani is a particularly suitable place to visit near Mumbai during monsoon for the light yet mesmerizing rains that grace this green heaven in the lap of the Sahyadris.

Places to visit

  • Table land
  • Sydney point
  • Kate’s point
  • Dhom dam
  • Parsi point
  • Cheese factory

How to Reach

Panchgani does not have an airport or a railway station but one can fly into the nearest one in Pune at 98 kms away. However, we suggest embarking on a road trip to Panchgani, as the Mumbai – Pune – Surur – Panchgani – Mahabaleshwar route on the NH4, also called NH48, is the most favoured mainly because most of the journey is undertaken on more decent roads. For an easy traveling experience, you can book a car from Pune to Panchgani

5. Majuli Island

Majuli - July

Majuli is a river island in the Brahmaputra River in Assam. It is the largest inhabited river island in the world. It was also the first island to be made a district in India. It is formed by the River Brahmaputra in the south and River Subansiri in the north. It is a lesser-known tourist destination in the country with a vibrant landscape and culture. July is a great time to visit Majuli Island because the temperature is amicable, averaging at 20ºC; while rains are abundant, bringing lush greenery to the area. Here’s a guide to Majuli Island, with comprehensive details on activities and things to do here, to make the most out of your trip.

Places to visit

  • Kamalabari Satra
  • Dakhinpat Satra
  • Garmur Satra
  • Auniati Satra
  • Tengapania Majuli

How to Reach

Jorhat is the nearest city that has a well-connected railway network and airport. Also, the ferry to Majuli leaves from Neemati Ghat in Jorhat. If you are driving your own car or have hired a Majuli taxi, then you can take the vehicle with you on the ferry. You can get the ferry from Jorhat.

Best Places to Visit in South India in July

1. Coorg

Coorg or traditionally known as Kodagu is a sleepy hilly hamlet tucked in the Western Ghats. Surrounded by misty valleys, rolling hills, lush plantations, and pristine waterfalls, it’s a treat for all senses and a thing of beauty that no traveller ever forgets. It is one of the most prosperous hill towns in Karnataka, with its district headquarters in Madikeri, which is also the centre of trade and transportation for the entire district of Kodagu. Coorg is one of the prettiest places to visit in India in July. Between July and September, the mountains and valleys cover themselves with various shades of green, and the little sprouts of vibrant colours of the flowers soothe the eyes from the rather harsh summer. Take a walk in the rain through the valleys or just watch the mountains play hide and seek in the mists. This handy Coorg travel guide details out the gems of the place that every traveler must experience.

Places to Visit

  • Madikeri Fort
  • Abbey Falls
  • Raja’s Seat
  • Dubare Elephant Camp
  • Mercara Gold Estate & Plantations
  • Tala Kaveri

How to Reach

There is no direct fight and rail connectivity to Coorg. Coorg is well-connected to all major cities in Karnataka by NH275. The best way to reach Coorg from neighbouring towns and cities is to book an outstation cab or rent a private car and drive to Madikeri.

2. Kumarakom

Kumarakom

The tourist village of Kumarakom is relaxed and refined, featuring lush flowery landscapes and a multicoloured plethora of bird species, best enjoyed at the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Glide along with an intricate web of lagoons, lakes and rivers on a fully-staffed private houseboat. It is one of the best places to visit in India in July, as it is the perfect time to explore this emerald paradise honoured by monsoon showers. It is also the perfect time to attend some thrilling snake boat races.

Check out this handy guide to Kumarakom, with comprehensive details on activities and things to do here, to make the most out of your trip.

Places to Visit

  • Interpretation Center
  • Watchtowers
  • Vembanad Lake
  • Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall
  • Pathiramanal Island
  • Kumarakom Backwaters
  • Bay Island Driftwood Fossil Museum

How to Reach

To reach the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary by road, you can either take a flight to Cochin or a train to Kottayam from most parts of India. You can then take a cab service directly from Cochin to Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.

3. Courtallam 

Courtallam

Courtallam, a town situated in the Tirunelveli District, is also called the ‘Spa of South India’. Among the best places to visit in India in July is the place in Tamil Nadu that conjures up images of crashing waterfalls. We are referring to Courtallam or Kutralam also called the ‘Spa of South India’. With its many cascading waterfalls and resorts, Courtallam has become a relaxation destination for many travellers. So go ahead and get drenched in the monsoon joy at Courtallam.

4. Sirsi

Sirsi

Sirsi is a beautiful city located in Karnataka. Due to its serene environment, it has emerged as a frequent tourist destination. In the old times, Sirsi was ruled by the Sonda Dynasty and was known by the name of Kalyanapattana. Sirsi is hoisted 2000 feet above sea level and cascades over a gross area of 11 sq. km. It is beckoned by the splendid Western Ghats and is fed by the Aghashini River. The mesmerizing geographical location of Sirsi classifies its climate is tropical. Sirsi is one of the best monsoon destinations in South India and is famed for its peaceful vibe and dense forests which are encompassed by many cascading waterfalls.

5. Bogatha Waterfalls 

Not many people know about this hidden gem in Telangana. It is true, most places in India come alive during the monsoons and Bogatha Waterfalls exemplify this. About 130 km from Warangal city, Bogatha Waterfalls is also known as Telangana’s Niagara Falls. Otherwise dry, these falls swell up during the rainy season. One can witness a breathtaking cascade of water thundering down the rock-face during these months. A panoramic view of the gushing waterfalls under the monsoon sky is surely a feast to the sore eyes. For an easy traveling experience, you can get a car on rent in Hyderabad

We hope you enjoyed reading this article and it helped you plan your July holiday plan to some of the best destinations in India. Share this with your family members and plan your offbeat vacation soon! Happy Vacations!

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