WHERE TO GO
The southern beach resorts are at their cheapest, and the higher altitude locations in the north are best explored while the rest of the country is doused with rain.
At the end of May each year, on the southwestern coast, the monsoon arrives. Regular downpours interspersed with brief stints of blazing sunshine and an intense humidity moves across the country in a northeasterly direction, hanging about in regions for a month and a half at a time. Flooding is common in the northwest jungles, causing mayhem, while in the far northern reaches of India where the Himalayan foothills begin it’s common for there to be landslides.
Clearing up by September, another monsoon season sweeps down from the Bay of Bengal between October and December, but only effects the southeast and southern coasts before dispersing. By December, skies have cleared up and temperatures have cooled down to a reasonable level, meaning that tourism increases across the country.