But the monsoons in Kerala do not last very long. The place receives quick showers of rains followed by a burst of sunshine. So you can enjoy the downpour and then soak yourself in the sun. Besides, it receives rainfall in two phases- one is in early June to September which is called the Southwest Monsoon. And the other is during the months of October and November called the Retreating Monsoon or Reverse Monsoon. Besides the bounteous natural beauty, Keralites also celebrate their very important festivals- Onam and the Snake Boat Race during this season. You can also in a treehouse to have a wholesome enjoyable experience.
What to Do in Kerala in Monsoons?
1. Romance on a HouseboatHouseboats have been the highlight of Kerala tourism since forever. And what is better than just chilling in the houseboat? Yes, chilling in the houseboat when it is raining outside! The houseboat experience is a must during monsoons in Kerala. You can gawk at the beautiful scenery outside the windows- the lush green paddy fields, clear blue waters and the tinkering music of the falling rain.
2. Go Beach-HoppingBeaches in Kerala especially come alive during monsoons. The gray laden skies on the top and shiny turquoise waters down below- is truly a visual delight. There are a number of virginal beaches in Kerala that are devoid of the commercial crowds. You can sit here in solitude to experience the beauty of nature or you can watch the traditional fisherfolk at work. Watching the swelling sea waters while sitting on the virginal sands while it is raining is an experience in itself.
3. Be a Part of the Onam FestivitiesOnam is the harvest festival of Kerala which is celebrated with a lot of pomp and show. Other than the traditional and cultural festivities of the natives, the highlight of the festival is the dance performances like Kathakali and Mohini Attam. The grand procession held in the place during the place has decorated elephants, flower hangings, traditional games and elaborate feasts etc. There is also a very popular Snake Boat Race held on River Pampa as part of the celebrations.
4. Sit Beneath the Gorgeous WaterfallsWhat is a better season than monsoon to see the waterfalls in all their glory and splendour? And luckily, the state of Kerala is blessed with a plethora of waterfalls that boast of utter beauty and charm. One can spend hours sitting at the site and gazing at the charisma of the cascading waters and soaking in the surrounding natural beauty. Waterfalls should definitely top the Kerala monsoon destinations.
6. Relax and Admire the Beautiful BackwatersLast, but not least, a trip to Kerala is incomplete without visiting the backwaters. And what better time to visit here other than the monsoons. You can hire a traditional boat and cruise down the backwaters, admiring the beautiful countryside all along the way. You can also spot wildlife and beautiful birds on the way that migrate here from other places.
Perks of visiting Kerala in Monsoons
1. Great Discounts and Deals on Stay and FoodMonsoons, for all the wrong reasons, is considered to be the ‘offseason’ in Kerala. But fortunately so, it is also the season when the hotels let out the special discounts and deals. You can find accommodation and stay options for a much cheaper rate than usual, in monsoons in Kerala. Not just this, the menu rate also experiences a dip and meals are also offered at a lesser rate than usual.
2. Fewer Commercial Crowds and TouristsAnother benefit of visiting Kerala in monsoons is that it experiences minimal tourist inflow which leads to lesser crowds. You can explore the place in peace without the hustle of a regular tourist season.
So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head to the pristine land this monsoon itself.