They don’t call Kerala God’s Own Country for nothing! It’s got everything- right from lush green hills to pristine white beaches and picturesque calm backwaters! But ask anyone, and they’ll tell you that God’s Own Country gets even prettier during a certain time of the year- Monsoons! Yes, Kerala is the perfect monsoon vacation destination during the Monsoons, when everything looks green and romantic, and the weather is perfect- not too hot or cold! You could get an off-season discount at a lot of places, and the airfares might be cheaper during this time of the year, too!
Best time to visit Kerala : The Gods have been especially kind to Kerala, and have bestowed it with two monsoon seasons- The first in June, and the second in mid- October. Marked by a few hours of refreshing showers which are usually followed by golden sunshine, the season does not present the hardship it does in other parts of the country.
Here are some of the popular places in Kerala and the activities that you can plan there during the rainy season!
Traveller Type: Families, friends, couples
Participate in the Festival of Monsoon
Onam is one of the most important festivals of Kerala, and it’s quite a delight to be there during this time of the year. Onam is usually celebrated around the last week of August. Festivities carry on for about 10 days with food, cultural and sporting events and much more, enthralling participants as well as spectators
Where you should be: Trivandrum, Kochi, Thrissur, or Kottayam
Things to do:
- Watch the famous snake-boat race, Vallamkali on the river Pampa 117 kilometres from Thiruvananthapuram. The race gives hundreds of oarsmen the opportunity to showcase their skill, as spectators cheer them on
- Sample the traditional Onam Sadhya
- Watch folk dances like Mohini Attam and Kathakali
- Be introduced to the world’s oldest Martial-arts form- Kalaripayattu
Spend time on a houseboat in Alappuzha
About 80 kilometres from Kochi lies Alappuzha or Alleppey as it is also known. A unique destination, it is crisscrossed with serene backwaters where you can rent and stay in a houseboat. A visit to the backwaters in Alleppey during the monsoon season is quite an experience!
- Go on a backwater cruise and spot and aquatic life otters, crabs and turtles, and birds like kingfishers Cormorants and Terns
- Participate in the Sand Art Festival
- Participate in the Alleppey Beach Festival
Get the feel of a hill-station in Munnar
A place that boasts of the highest peak in South India, Munnar is especially beautiful during the Monsoons when it’s all misty and romantic.
- Relax in the hills
- Visit the Eravikulam National Park
- Visit the Tea Museum
- Get a breathtaking view of the Attukad waterfall which is a sight to behold during the Monsoons
Suggested Read: Chasing Rain Clouds in Munnar!
Located a mere 13 kilometres from Munnar, Mattupetty is perched at 1700 ft. in the Idukki hills. Uncrowded and pristine, this small town is transformed into paradise in the monsoons.
- Visit the waterfalls
- Visit the dam and lake
- Gaze at mist -laden mountains being washed by rain
Explore the wild in Thekaddy
The Monsoons are a great time to visit Thekkady. A favourite destination among wild-life enthusiasts, the location offers the opportunity to view some species of birds and animals which make an appearance only during the Monsoon. While some activities like boat rides might stand cancelled, you could try some others which are equally enticing.
- Visit the Periyar forests of Thekkady, one of the best wildlife reserves in India
- Bamboo Rafting
- Go for the Jungle Night Patrol if you get the chance
Relax and unwind in beautiful Kumarakom
Kumarakom is often referred to as one of the 10 paradises on Earth, and you’ll know why once you come here! While houseboat rides might not be available during the Monsoon, it’s still a great time to visit the place.
- Go bird-watching, and see the migratory birds which visit Kumarakom bird sanctuary during the season
- Visit the monsoon-swollen Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls
- Opt for a houseboat ride on the backwaters
- Visit the Pathiranamal Island
- Step into the Bay Island Driftwood museum when it is raining
- Visit the Vembanad Lake
Lap up nature in pretty Wayanad
Another hilly destination, Wayanad sees a lot of Monsoon tourism of late when the weather gets romantic. Watch the rains lashing the lush green hills and rocks, stay in a tucked away tree house or get a tour of the tea plantations- something that definitely should not be missed! Some locations like Lakkidid in Waynad experience the highest rainfall in India.
- Try Tea tasting! Taste tea brewed with the freshly plucked tea leaves from tea gardens, which is the perfect accompaniment for the rainy season!
- Go rainforest trekking on one of the many trails
- Explore the islands scattered in the Kabini river on a river trail in a raft
- Indulge in a spice tour to sample the flavours of the region
- Discover the history of the region on a Heritage and Legend trail
Refresh your senses in Bekal
A small town on the coastline with some pretty beaches, Bekal is another gem in Kerala to visit during the Monsoon. While water sports might be suspended on days with heavy rain, the scenic beauty during this time of the year is unmatched
- Get an Ayurvedic massage
- Relax on the beach
- Visit the Bekal Fort for the panoramic views it offers
Kick back and relax in Kovalam
Another beach-side destination, Kovalam is picture-perfect during the Monsoon in all its rain-washed glory! This is perfect weather to go sightseeing, especially if you enjoy seeing the rich flora and fauna. For those wanting a more relaxed time, the leisure options at this beach are plenty!
- Go Catamaran cruising
- Get a herbal massage
- Go surfing
- Walk on the beach
- Tuck into fresh seafood
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