Wettest Places in India
The place with highest rainfall in India, has the highest rainfall in the world also Amazing right? India is a land of diversity From cultural, to linguistic, to even geographical diversity! Due to the latter, one can experience varied temperatures and climates in different parts of the subcontinent. So you have places as dry as the Thar desert in the West and places as wet as Mawsynram in the East which happens to be the wettest place in India.
Mawsynram of Khasi Hills in Meghalaya, North East India, has the title of being the wettest place of India and of the world. It is located on the top of a hill in the middle of a valley. It has a recorded 11, 872 mm. of rainfall during peak monsoons in India.
The modest hamlet of huts, where often the rain bearing clouds enter inside, has very simple localites residing who consider it to be a great thing that their village features in the Guinness Book Of World Records for being the wettest place of the world. Landslides are a common feature in the area due to incessant heavy rains and residents prepare themselves prior to the rainy season. Women from every household make “knups,” using bamboo slivers, plastic sheets and broom grass to create a rain shield.
Cherrapunji also lies in the slopes of Khasi Hills and experiences rain levels very close to Mawsynram. Its located at the confluence of two gorges in the hills. 11,619 mm. is the highest rainfall recorded in Cherrapunji.
It challenges Mawsynram for its record in Guinness Book. It is located 4500 feet above sea level. Tourists flock to witness the magnificent monsoons, apparently the only weather of Cherrapunji because it literally rains all year long here. Still it has maintained its beauty as it is. Another interesting fact is that it usually rains here at night so that the day’s work is not disrupted.
There are some picturesque sites in Cherrapunji. 1,035-ft-high Mawsmai Falls-the fourth highest in India lies just a few kilometres beyond Cherrapunji. Apart from this, there are Cherrapunji monoliths and underground passes beneath age old caves which are fascinating.
Agumbe is a small town in Shimoga district of Karnataka. It receives an average rainfall of 7,691 mm. and is one of the most scenic places in Western Ghats of India. It has lush green views all around and has an important rainforest station for research.
It is known for its high rainfall and dense forests full of reptiles and other plants and animals. The rainforests surrounding Agumbe are part of the Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary It is called the Cherrapunji of South.
Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra comes next in terms of amount of rainfall it receives annually. 5,618 mm. is the recorded level. It is also located close to Western Ghats and receives continuous rainfall in mild quantity throughout the year. Heavy rains occur during monsoons. It is a perfect summer weekend getaway.
This ideal hill station lies approximately 270 kms. away from the bustling capital of the state. It takes one to drive approximately 5 hours from Mumbai to reach Mahabaleshwar. The nearest railway station to Mahabaleshwar is located at Wathar which is at a distance of 60 km.
Amboli is another hill station in Maharashtra, close to Panjim, famous for tourism especially in rainy season. Its called the ‘MIST PARADISE’ and encompasses beautiful gorges and waterfalls during monsoons. It is also home to a rare variety of flora and fauna.
It is even called the queen of Maharashtra. Amboli is located on the ridge of the Western Ghats. Amboli is situated at an altitude of 690 meters above the sea level and its amazing topography comprises dense forest area with a large number of waterfalls which increase in number during the rains. It witness around 7,500 mm. of rain every year.
Amboli waterfall and Nangarta waterfall are a must visit.