India is a very large nation and has six seasons throughout the year. All of these 6 seasons have helped in shaping Indian culture by the means of various festivals. From these 6 seasons, monsoon or rainy season comes in the middle of the year. Monsoon hits India from the Bay of Bengal. It usually biggins in the late July and end with the beginning of October.
Usually, India has a total rainfall of 900 mm every year. This a 110-year average and can vary in different years. However, some places in India have a lot more rainfall than others and some places even have 10000mm+ rainfall every year. Most of the places that witness the highest rainfall in India are located in the states like Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, West Bengal, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, and Kerala. These places are must visit if you like the cool breeze and soil’s smell after rain. These places have a great natural irrigation system hence they are perfect for rice crop. So here we are with a list of 6 Highest Rainfall Places in India.
Mawsynram is located in the north-eastern state Meghalaya and as the state’s name suggests in Hindi- the land of clouds. Mawsynram has recorded an average 11, 872 mm rainfall making it not only the wettest place in India but also wettest place on planet earth too according to the Guinness book of world record. Mawsynram has an area of 2,788 km² and is located on the highest hill of the Khasi Hills region of Meghalaya. Mawsynram area is very prone to landslides due to this kind of heavy rainfall. This area is a village but you will love the place if you like the sound of rain.
Cherrapunji is also located in the state of Meghalaya hence it surely has a heavy rainfall throughout the year. Cherrapunji has recorded 11,619 mm of rain, which makes it the second wettest place in India. However, this title is heavily argued because there is not very much difference between rainfall at Cherrapunji and the rainfall at Mawsynram. Furthermore, Cherrapunji has also witnessed 24,554 mm rainfall back in 1974 but that was a long time ago. Cherrapunji is also located on the highest hill of the Khasi Hills region of Meghalaya. Alongside rainfall, Cherrapunji is also famous for some monolithic caves.
Agumbe is located in Shimoga district of the state of Karnataka. It has an average record of 7,691 mm rainfall, making it the third wettest place in India. It is surrounded by forest which is a part of Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary. It is located in the western ghats making it perfect for tigers, elephants and other flora and fauna of the Western Ghats. Agumbe is basically a small town and is 27 km away from The Sringeri Sharada Peetham, which is a Hindu pilgrim spot. The Sringeri Sharada Peetham was constructed in the 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya. It is basically a complex structure with monasteries and temples.
Amboli is located in Maharashtra near Goa border making it much closer to the city of Panjim as compare to any other major city of Maharashtra. It is basically a tourist hill station and witnesses 7,500 mm rainfall every year. It is also known by some other names like Mist Paradice and the Queen of Maharashtra. It is 690 meters above sea level and has a dense tropical forest and a huge number of Waterfalls. Out of these waterfalls, Amboli falls is the most popular. These waterfalls, forests, and mountains make Amboli a major tourist spot.
Mahabaleshwar is also located in Maharashtra and is very close to the Western Ghats. It receives an average rainfall of 5,618 mm annually making it fifth wettest place in India. It is basically a hill station which witnesses rainfall throughout the year and it gets heavy in the months of monsoon. It is a great destination for summer holidays. It has some very old temples, Venna Lake and Arthur point which give a magnificent view of Savitri river. This spot has a deep history behind it a British officer Sir Arthur Malet used to sit at that very same point to gaze river Savitri, where he lost his wife and children. Mahabaleshwar is 270 km away from Maharashtra’s capital city Mumbai.
Pasighat is located in the state of Arunachal Pradesh and has an annual rainfall of 4,388 mm. This place is famous for Tee gardens giving it feel of Assam. It is one of the oldest villages of Arunachal Pradesh. It is located on the banks of a river called Siang. It is not a very famous tourist destination and usually stays quiet. The only tourism it gets because it is on the way of many famous tourist spots of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. It has an area just equals to 15 km² and as per 2011 census, it had a population of 24,656.