Heading to India? We have 10 reasons for you to plan a trip to Kerala during monsoon season. You’ll fall in love with the green and lush area!
Kerala is indeed a nature paradise and the Indian state becomes even more magical during monsoon season. Many tourists and travelers plan a trip, especially during the rainy months. After all, where else can you enjoy the experience of sipping a hot cup of coffee and feasting your eyes on the beautiful scenery around?
The tropical land is indeed at its best during the rainy season, which lasts from June to September. During this period, Kerala looks even greener and more alluring. The season is ideal for nature lovers, honeymoon couples, as well as family groups. That’s why we think it’s the best time to visit Kerala!
Here are some excellent reasons as to why everyone needs to visit Kerala in monsoon season…
Most tourists arrive during the peak season so you’ll comes across less crowds and less of a rush during the rainy season. It means a more peaceful and relaxed holiday during the monsoons in Kerala.
Kerala has huge discounts and offers during monsoon season. It is common to see massive discounts; up to 50% off on rooms, tourist attractions, and other Kerala destinations. You can also save big on flights to Kerala and transportation vehicles. So, you not only enjoy the best of Kerala, but you also enjoy it at much lower costs.
Many tourists travel to Kerala, especially during the rainy season, for Ayurvedic treatments and massages. According to the John Hopkins Medicine website, “Ayurveda treatment starts with an internal purification process, followed by a special diet, herbal remedies, massage therapy, yoga, and meditation.” The monsoons make for perfect weather as the air is moist and dust-free, and thus, the therapy is more effective. Rejuvenate your body and mind during the cool monsoon weather in Kerala.
Kerala’s most important festival Onam is celebrated during the monsoon, so you have all the more reason to plan a trip to Kerala between August and September. The harvest festival lasts for about 10 days (each year the dates vary slightly), and you can learn about local customs and celebrations. You can also enjoy the famous annual snake boat on Pamba River during Onam celebrations.
One of the major attractions during the rainy season in Kerala is a stay in a tree house amidst the rainforests. Find yourself surrounded by the misty clouds and enjoy the morning downpour while having a cup of coffee. You can also enjoy the “Splash” monsoon carnival that boasts of local sports like archery, kabaddi, cycle races, rafting, and mud football.
Kerala becomes incredibly romantic during monsoon season and there is nothing that matches its natural beauty. The constant downpours enrich the green ambiance and create many romantic places in Kerala. In fact, many couples plan a Kerala honeymoon! Some favorite spots to enjoy memorable time together include Munnar, Kovalam, Kumarakom, Wayanad, and Vagamon.
You will love the drizzling weather, the amazing valley views, and going for long treks in the jungles. One of the top experiences is to bathe under waterfalls in Kerala during the rainy days and come back with some great memories. There are over 10 waterfalls in the area, so your Kerala itinerary would not be complete without a visit to one of them.
The beaches in Kerala are very popular. It is time to explore the untouched and less crowded beaches that offer an array of water sports like diving, swimming, parasailing, and boating. Enjoy freshly cooked seafood courtesy of the local fishermen who fish along the beach.
Munnar becomes even more alluring during the monsoons. It is a great joy to explore the mist-covered tea estates or trek to Anamudi, the highest peak in South India. The lush greenery of Munnar is one of the major attractions in Kerala. It is indeed one of the most exhilarating tourist spots in Kerala due to its rainforests, tea plantations, valleys, streams, and cliffs.
Another of the best places to visit in Kerala during the monsoons are the backwaters of Alleppey. Go for a houseboat cruise in the scenic and serene backwaters, and you are sure to fall in love with the area. Enjoy delicious food that is prepared and served onboard and stay overnight in a traditional Kerala boat house to enjoy the beauty of the backwaters and the heavenly-looking green villages. Some of the favorite Kerala backwater spots are Ashtamudi, Kumarakom, Alappuzha-Kochi, and Mannanam.
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Still confused about the best season to plan your trip to Kerala? We found the eKerala Tourism website very helpful since they have complete season guides to help travelers during all seasons and months. It might be worth having a look!