New Delhi: If you are a rain lover, a few of these silver droplets from the sky not only soothes your soul but wilders you into a sphere of large pillows of clouds dabbing out the old-gold colour of the sun.
There are a number of places in the world that receive an immense amount of rain and as a fact, these rainy cities and towns are spread across the globe giving us ample opportunities to explore and experience.
Authenticating the popular proverb, “Every cloud has a silver lining”, Travel aggregator ixigo and digital marketplace Paytm Travel brings you a list of top rainy destinations around the globe that are extremely enticing during their wet seasons with lush green surroundings and a postcard-perfect sky.
1- 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. As an instance, this place received rainfall for 2 years straight with no reported break. WOW, isn’t it?
Average annual rainfall: 11,871 mm
2- Big Bog, Maui, Hawaii
One of the biggest tourist areas in the Hawaiian Islands, Big Bog is an extremely rainy part of Maui. The rainfall at this place paints a picture of some of the most incredible rainforest sceneries. This places receives approximately 10,262 millimeters of rainfall each year on the edge of the Haleakala National Park.
Average annual rainfall: 10,272mm
3- 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 houses lush rainforests, number of 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.
4- 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 the year 1996, Mount Emei was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well.
Average annual rainfall: 8,169 mm
5- Tutunendo, Colombia
Highlighting an interesting fact about Tutunendo, this place is blessed with two rainy seasons in an year; so getting drenched is an inescapable situation if you are visiting this part of Columbia. This place receives approximately 11,760 millimeters of rain per year and still remains a popular tourist destination. Book a flight with ixigo to encounter rainfall almost every day along with thunderstorms and if lucky, sun might spread its charm just for a few hours.
Average annual rainfall: 11,770 mm
6- 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 that remains from November to March giving tourists a chance to watch turtles come ashore to lay eggs. Apart from these months, the area receives rainfall all throughout.
7- Cropp River, New Zealand
9 kilometers in length, the Cropp River in New Zealand receives an annual rainfall of 11,516 millimeters. New Zealand is mostly characterised by arid atmospheric conditions but the climate of Cropp River defines an evident contrast to that and garners abundant showers. In the year 1995, Crop River was recorded with 1,049 millimeters of rainfall within a period of 48 hours. That is remarkable!
Average annual rainfall: 11,516 mm
8- 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
9- 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 as being one of the best choices to experience majestic rains.
Average annual rainfall: 9,293 mm
Out of the areas that receive most rain on this planet, many of them are located near to large water bodies and mountains. This is the reason why these places do not experience much variation in weather as they end up collecting moisture from the layered cloud formations, ultimately receiving meters of rain each year.