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Love the monsoon? Visit these amazing rainy destinations around the globe

If you are a lover of rain, then here’s a list of must-visit places across the world where greenery abounds and sunshine only makes a rare appearance.

travel Updated: Jul 29, 2017 17:10 IST
Asian News International, New Delhi
A beautiful landscape at Mawsynram, India.(Shutterstock)

There are number of places in the world that receive an immense amount of rain. As a matter of fact, these rainy cities and towns are spread across the globe giving us ample opportunities to explore and experience. Travel aggregator ixigo and digital marketplace Paytm Travel brings you a list of top rainy destinations around the globe that are enticing during their wet season with lush green surroundings and a picture perfect sky.

* Mawsynram, India: Located in Meghalaya, India, the beautiful city of Mawsynram receives an annual rainfall of 11,871 millimeters making it the wettest place in the world. Mawsynram is situated within a subtropical highland climate zone which is one of the reasons for its lengthy and powerful monsoon season. For instance, this place received rainfall for two years with no reported break.
Average annual rainfall: 11,871 mm

* Big Bog, Maui, Hawaii: One of the biggest tourist areas in the Hawaiian Islands, Big Bog is an extremely rainy part of Maui. It also boasts of incredible rainforest sceneries. This place, on the edge of the Haleakala National Park, receives approximately 10,262 millimeters of rainfall each year.
Average annual rainfall: 10,272mm

The morning fog at Emei Shan Lake in China. ( Shutterstock )

* Costa Rica, Central America: One of the wettest destinations in Central America, Costa Rica exhibits a delightful panoramic view, all thanks to the constant rainfall in this area. Along with white-sand beaches, the country boasts of lush rainforests, national parks and a copious variety of flora and fauna. Visit this place towards the end of spring to experience Costa Rica’s rainiest season with less crowd, uber-lush surroundings and sunny mornings.

* Emei Shan, Sichuan Province, China: Mount Emei, the highest of the Four Holy Mountains of Buddhism in China, receives an annual rainfall of 8,153 millimeters. This place experiences the phenomenon of “clouds sea” wherein the area attracts a double layer of clouds resulting in a good amount of rainfall. In 1996, Mount Emei was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Average annual rainfall: 8,169 mm

* Tutunendo, Colombia: This place is blessed with two rainy seasons in a year, so getting drenched is an inescapable fact if you are visiting this part of Colombia. This place receives approximately 11,760 millimeters of rain per year and still remains a popular tourist destination. You might encounter rainfall almost every day along with thunderstorms and if lucky, the sun might just come up for a few hours.
Average annual rainfall: 11,770 mm

Costa Rica is one of the wettest destinations in South America. ( Shutterstock )

* San Antonio De Ureca, Equatorial Guinea, Africa: Receiving an average annual rainfall of 10,440 millimeters, San Antonio de Ureca is the wettest place in the African continent. This place gets a brief dry season from November to March giving tourists a chance to watch turtles come ashore to lay eggs.

* Cropp River, New Zealand: Almost 9 kilometers in length, the Cropp River in New Zealand receives an annual rainfall of 11,516 millimeters. New Zealand is characterised by arid atmospheric conditions but the climate of Cropp River is an evident contrast to that and garners abundant showers. In 1995, Crop River recorded 1,049 millimeters of rainfall within 48 hours.
Average annual rainfall: 11,516 mm

* Debundscha, Cameroon, Africa: Located in the foothills of Mount Cameroon — the highest peak in Africa, Debundscha is among the wettest places on earth. Mount Cameroon has an annual precipitation level of more than 400 inches — a rarely attained figure elsewhere in the world. The region receives the most rainfall during the months of May to October.
Average rainfall: 10,299mm

* Kukui Maui, Hawaii, Oceania: Located in Hawaii, Puu Kukui is the highest peak of Mauna Kahalawa. The peak was formed by a volcano that eroded into what is now called the Iao Valley. Travellers vouch for Kukui being one of the best choices to experience majestic rains.
Average annual rainfall: 9,293 mm

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First Published: Jul 29, 2017 17:09 IST