August is undoubtedly the time for nature to display all its shades with unrestrained joy. It is truly a spectacle to watch the downpour engulf everyone in its magnificence. However, this mid-monsoon season is not only an ideal time to be amidst nature but also a chance to have an economical travel experience. August saves you from the exorbitant rates everywhere by offering discounts, schemes, off-season prices and more privacy.
How To Be Smart About Your Vacation?
If you are looking for a respite from the fever and fret of life, August offers a great opportunity to plan a vacation. The Independence Day (15th August, Wednesday) is followed by Parsi New Year (17th August, Friday). If you can afford to miss Thursday i.e. 16th and make use of the weekend on 18th and 19th then this could be a perfect time to plan a trip.
Apart from this, Idul’ Zuha (22nd August, Wednesday) and Onam (24th August, Friday) fall in the same week. Taking a leave on Thursday i.e. 23th and combining weekend i.e. 25th and 26th gives you a full week to execute your travel plans.
Places You Must Visit In August 2018
Kodaikanal- the princess of hill stations, experiences moderate rainfall in August. The lush green beauty of this place is accentuated by the rains during August when the swaying trees become a delightful sight and the aroma of post-rain mud can infuse you with gaiety and gratitude. If you are looking forward to spend some time in isolation with your loved one, Kodaikanal is one of the best places for honeymoon in August.
Major attractions: Kodai Lake, Coaker’s Walk, Bear Shoal Falls
Kerala is sure to overwhelm your senses as it takes you through its local cuisine, traditional dances, cultural heritage and nature’s bliss. Monsoon is almost over in Kerala as August approaches and nature is in its prime during this period. You could enjoy a Kathakali performance at the Kerala Kathakali Centre in Cochin and enjoy the rhythm of the local Kerala music. However, if you want to be amidst mountains in August, Munnar should be on the top of your itinerary. If you are travelling in a group, you could take a tour package that offers a houseboat experience in Kumarakom. Considering its natural and cultural diversity, Kerala is undoubtedly one of the best places in India to visit with family during August.
Major attractions: Wayanad, Kumarakom, Athirapally Waterfall (largest waterfall in Kerala)
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
If you are eager to spend your next vacation near the waters, Andaman and Nicobar have a lot in store for you. Adventure enthusiasts can take a boat ride or trek to the Elephant beach and do snorkelling or go scuba diving at North Bay Island or Neil Island. With the vast variety of activities possible here, Andaman and Nicobar Islands is one of the best adventure destinations in India. However, if you have taken a break from your hectic routine and want to spend time relaxing on the beach, you have a lot of options to do that too.
Major Attractions: Kalapathar Beach, Jolly Buoy Island, Sunrise at Sitapur beach
If you thought Goa is only about beaches and water sports, you were mistaken! From wide roads to small alleys, from lush greenery to pristine waters, from local cuisines to high-end sea food, Goa will astound you with its hidden treasure. The laid back way of life and the calm in the air could be experienced luxuriously during the off season in August. This period lets you avoid the multitude of tourists and comfortably enjoy Goa while it is rejoicing in the rainfall. Not many people are aware of this but Goa is one of the best places for trekking in August; you could hike up to Fort Chapora (featured in Dil Chahta Hai) or explore some trekking zones along the Western Ghats. Even in August, Goa is the best place to visit with friends.
Major Attractions: Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, the Dudhsagar Falls
Whether it is the rich wildlife, tropical sandy beaches, tea plantations or the old-fashioned trains, Sri Lanka offers a complete package for a vacation. Even though rains in August make the water sports and adventure activities uncertain and difficult, there is no dearth of things to do in Sri Lanka. You could spend long leisurely hours at the Aragum Bay by sipping on cheap alcohol, relaxing on the hammocks and interacting with the locals. One of the most striking features about Sri Lanka is Adam’s Peak. You could hike to the top of this sacred site which is believed to be the first place where Adam set foot on Earth.
Major Attractions: Yala National Park, Turtle Hatchery
If you are finding an escape from the heavy downpour, Bali is one of the best places out of India in August. This month is the peak of dry season in Bali and you could go swimming and have a relaxed vacation here. Located in the far-east, Bali is a perfect blend of religion and modernity. You might encounter ancient Buddhist temples and rustic hamlets and also find a dash of European influence in the skyscrapers. While you are here, engage in the well-known Balinese massage and savour the delectable Balinese cuisine.
Major Attractions: Ubud Palace, Goa Gala Gala
A mosaic of stunning beaches, rustic temples and urbanisation, Thailand promises to keep you engaged and entertained during your stay there. You would be delighted to meet the locals who are friendly and eager to help with anything. Even though August is the ultimate monsoon season, Thailand’s two coasts don’t experience the effects of the rainy season and offer a favourable climate for tourists to find sunny beaches throughout the year. Irrespective of the weather, you can always enjoy an authentic Thai massage and relax your body.
Major Attractions: Grand Palace, Dmanoen Saduak Floating Market
Despite displaying relatively high humidity and regular rainfall, Hong Kong continues to be one of the top travel destinations even in August. During this time, ocean temperatures are quite warm and pleasant making it the ideal time to visit Hong Kong’s beaches. However, if you want some privacy, you can go on a short trek outside the city and explore the outskirts. August is also one of the best times to witness Hong Kong’s musical extravaganza. Several concerts and festivals feature a number of international superstars giving stellar performances.
Major Attractions: Victoria Peak, Star Ferry, Man Mo Temple
If the monsoon season appeals to you and does not discourage you from travelling, this list contains some of the best places in India and out of India that would help you choose your holiday destination. If you need any help with your itinerary and travel, iTraveller will be delighted to help you with the same.