The month of September is when most of India experiences heavy rainfall, making the prospect of exploring the country seem unattractive to most travellers. But the fact of the matter is that in a country as geographically diverse as India, there’s always a place to visit irrespective of the weather and time of the year. Moreover, September being the shoulder month for the country, there are some irresistible deals available on hotels and accommodation.

So, if you are looking to explore India in September, here are your best options:

Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

If rolling hills, green meadows, cascading waterfalls and serene environment are things you like to accompany you on a holiday, Kodaikanal will have your heart. The time when the rains do not pour as heavily as the preceding months, but are still plenty to render the surroundings greener and more beautiful than ever, Kodaikanal is perfect destination to be visited in the month of September in India. Cycling around the Kodai Lake and boating at the Kodaikanal Boat Club remain largely popular among the tourists. The attractions worth your time include Kodaikanal Lake, Bryant Park, Coaker’s Walk, Pillar Rocks, Dolphin’s Nose rock.

Spiti Valley, Himachal

With all roads to enter the valley still open in September, the greens of Kullu, Kinnaur and Lahaul valleys and browns of desert at their most vibrant as well as lesser crowds – there can’t be more reasons to visit the Spiti Valley in Himachal in September. While you definitely should check out the local attractions such as Ki monastery, Tabo monasteries, and Bara-Shigri glacier, don’t forget to add yak riding to your list of things to do.

Bundi, Rajasthan

The hot deserts around Bundi have cooled down by September due to heavy downpour in the previous months, leaving the city to enjoying its most pleasant weather in the past few months. With weather being supportive, September can be a great month for your discovery of the royal palaces, forts, and lakes in Bundi. Some of the most popular attractions here include Bundi Palace, Shikar Burj, Taragarh Fort, Chitrashala Art Gallery, Chaurasi Khambon Ki Chhatri, and Raniji ki Baori.

Tarkarli, Maharashtra

This lesser-known town in the Indian state of Maharashtra has everything that a vacationer can need for a few days of fun and frolic. From scuba diving and snorkelling opportunities, and from virgin beaches to gushing waterfalls, there is no dearth of adventures that await you in Tarkali in the month of September. If all this seem like too much activity, imagine yourself lying on a beach and gazing at the gorgeous night sky, full of stars, a rarity in India. The attractions you cannot miss visiting here include Tarkarli Beach, Sindhudurg Fort, Deobagh, Malvan, Karli backwaters, Padma Garh Fort, Vijaygarh Fort, and Shree Shivchhatrapati Temple.

Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh

Ziro; a peaceful town known for its beautiful weather, rolling hills and paddy fields; is best visited in the month of September. What makes Ziro a great place to be visited at this time, besides its charming natural landscape, is the organisation of the Ziro Music Festival, one of the biggest music festivals in the country. One of the largest gatherings of talented musicians from around India, the Ziro Music Festival makes the whole valley come alive with its celebration of music, art, culture and traditions of the state.

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