What is the best time to visit Alleppey?

Alleppey, the abode of the backwaters of Kerala is most enjoyable when visited between October and February. This is when Alleppey experiences winter season when the temperature is moderate (around 33°C), making it a perfect time to explore the city. Alleppey experiences monsoons between June and September. It is not advisable to tourists, but the monsoon lovers and the offbeat travellers can consider visiting in June. The town receives light rainfall occasionally that takes the mercury level down allowing tourists to explore the attractions. But as the season progresses, the region gets torrential rain, making it an unsuitable destination for travellers. Summers are also not recommended for the extreme heat that hits the region as the temperature can go as high as 40°C shutting all the outdoor activities. 

Weather in Alleppey


Upcoming Alleppey Weather

Monthly Weather in Alleppey

Month Avg. Minimum (°C) Avg. Maximum (°C)
January 23 31
February 23 33
March 25 34
April 27 36
May 26 34
June 25 33
July 25 33
August 25 31
September 25 31
October 25 32
November 24 31
December 23 31

Alleppey in Winter (October - March)

Winters (October to February) are the best to visit and explore Alleppey. The city experiences temperatures between 18°C and 33°C during the season which begins in November and lasts till February. So the skies are clear, and a pleasantly breezy atmosphere encourages travellers to explore the city and its attractions. The waterways are opened allowing houseboat rides on the backwaters of Alleppey around this time of the year. Owing to the bright and beautiful weather, one can choose from a day-long cruise to an overnight journey to suit their requirement.

The markets bustle with activities and the attractions open up inviting visitors from all over the world. The Alapuzzha Beach, the temples, Edakkal Cave, Vembanad, Krishnapuram Palace, are some of the attraction that can be visited without worrying about the weather. And while there, one may also witness some of the important festivals celebrated in Alleppey like the Chakkulathukavu Pongala which is celebrated in November-December, the Annual Beach Festival which is organised in December-January and Chettikulangara Bharani which is celebrated in February/ March. It is not just the cityscape that the tourists will see this time of the year but also its ancient traditions, rich culture and authentic celebrations.
Allepey Backwaters
Allepey Backwaters

Alleppey usually receives heavy rainfall during the monsoon season that begins in June and lasts till September. June may be considered a decent time as the rains have not peaked up, but August onwards, visiting Alleppey is not advisable. There are perks of visiting a tourist destination during the off-season as the terrain transforms into a fresh green paradise; the accommodation tariffs drop drastically, and the flight/ train/ bus tickets become cheaper, but safety is a big concern as the region is susceptible to torrential rains. So it is recommended to avoid the peak season. September can also bring some respite. There is moderate rainfall, and the scenic beauty is at its best. Waterways may not be open for the tourists, but there’s nothing to stop a traveller from exploring the city and its culture. If boating or a houseboat ride is the motive of travelling to Alleppey, monsoons are not at all advisable. But while there, in September, one may witness the festival of Onam and watch the Snake Boat Race in the backwaters.
Snake Boat Race
Snake Boat Race

Summertime is the least advisable time for a trip to Alleppey. The season begins in March and goes on till May. This is when the temperature hits a maximum of 39°C keeping the days scorching hot. After sundown, the minimum temperature hovers around 26°C. This season is not recommended to tourists, but if one wishes to, they can make the most of their trip by visiting at the onset of the season or by the end of it. Most crowd to the city on the special occasion of Temple Festival held in March every year. It is a 10-day long festival full of viguor and celebrations that can be witnessed. Budget travellers might also get delightful discounts around this time of the year, but one needs to be well prepared to deal with the rising mercury level.
Houseboat in Allepey
Houseboat in Allepey

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